Saturday, July 13, 2013
Hey there folks! How are you all doing? It has been ages since I blogged on this blog. I do most of my blogging on my quilt blog (tiacurtisquilts.blogspot.com) but I miss this space with so much of my life over the past years. So blogging here will again commence!
Our latest adventure is having hens in the backyard. We started with a couple Ameraucana hens and they did great. they happily lived in their little coop and grew and did very well. We made the coop larger as they grew and tried to keep it safe from predators.
The kiddos had a lovely time watching their hens. I guess we had them for about a month, and it was time to go on vacation. Our neighbor was watching our cats and had no problem watching our hens too (Stanley went to the kennel).
The Beach was wonderful! What a relaxing peaceful time! We really liked Fort Walton beach. It had its perfect moments and its stormy ones too...but it was great and I will take it any way I can get it! My husband did all sorts of fishing and the kids did all sorts of swimming. I did some painting and lots of reading!
We then drove up to the mountains and surprised my parents on their annual 4th of July reunion picnic. It was so so good to see everyone!
Happy Independence day! Well on the last 3 nights of our vacation all 4 of our cute little chicken girls got eaten by a raccoon. Sad....but coons are very sharp and no matter how our pet sitter tried to reinforce the battlements, it still got to the hens. Well, as they say life goes on! We are starting again!
But this time I couldn't find pullets so I decided to start with chicks. And quite a variety of chicks! Thanks to Alan of Heartland Hatchery This little lady (hopefully!) is a Silkie. She will look quite fuzzy when she is grown and be a small bird. This one is Sam's chick.
I have no clue what this one is, but I like the feathers on her legs
This is either a Cinnamon Queen or a Road Island red. I had 3 other sets of helpful hands popping chicks into the box.
This girl was a Polish hen of some sort...but I noticed yesterday after I got her home that she just didn't seem as healthy as her friends, and indeed she had passed away during the night. But she was a cute little thing
Here are some more Aracunas.
I know I got too many...but with my luck some won't make it. So my neighbors won't have to worry about giant mounds of chicken poo. They are crazy cute. My daughter has been out playing Mozart for them, we read somewhere that hens like music.
And I have been quilting like a fiend. Really, so much of my time has been spent down in my studio that I have almost no time to blog or market myself. This quilt is QOV (quilt of Valor) made by lovely Raylene. I always love quilting her quilts. She has perfectly flat seams and she is a joy to be around.
OK, I have some work to go do. You all have a great day and I hope to see you here again quite often.
Do any of you have hens? How do you keep Racoons away? I do have a trap....but for now I am waiting for my husband to return home before putting it out. If he wasn't coming back this evening I would go ahead and do it myself...but he likes to do that sort of thing.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Hey there! I feel like I haven't made a Camp Follower Bag in Ages! It has been a long time. But I have been quilting lots and lots of quilts for folks. I sure love my job.
OK, lets talk about this order for a second. The request was to make a Molly purse out of both the green flight suit and the gray ACU.
I love this size zip bag. It can act as a clutch or a project bag for little hand stitching or a place to keep tech chargers while traveling....I have zillions of them around the house and I forget what is in each one so it is a little surprise when I find one under the couch...Ah ha! There is my lipstick.
I utilized on of the leg pockets for this Molly (just like almost any other Molly I make)
Airborne, air assault and flight wings on the side
Inside are 2 generous pockets
This one has a pen pocket (Mighty Pen).
OK, folks. The kids start their spring break tomorrow, so I will be busy for a while keeping my children entertained and mentally stimulated. I hope you all have a great spring break in your neck of the woods and find time for some sewing!
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Good Morning! Yesterday was my middle Man's birthday. He is 10 years old. 10 Years old is a big birthday among Army Brat kiddos. They get an ID card when they turn 10. That is a big deal. For my kids entire life they have watched Stu and I show our card to do just about anything on the military compounds that we have lived on over their lives. To get on post, to go shopping to see the doctor to get medicine...to get in special buildings...everything requires a display of an ID card. Well, Where does on keep an ID card? In a cool wallet of course! Ethan and I looked and looked for a wallet for him. I was disgusted by the "craftsmanship" and materials of the wallets we found, so I went home and made one. Actually this happened years ago. My husband carries one of my wallets, I carry one and I made one for my dad. They are the easiest things to make and are so simple and functional.
Birthday traditions are pretty simple around here. Whoever the birthday person is picks out their special meal and they get a cake. Ethan choose Steak, potatoes and grilled Bok Choy. It was pretty good. March has 2 birthdays 3 days apart, so the boys get a party together. Low key. Sam ( my youngest) has already put his order in for Sushi.
I know the pictures aren't great, but I was a fool and used top secret special fabric that I can't show until next month. You can go look at Carrie's blog (SuchitySuch) and get an idea of the fabric she gave me to make some things with for her. It is named Collage. It is pretty awesome. I will go find Sam's wallet so you can see the structure of the item. I plan to make a tutorial for a simple leather wallet, but that may not happen until tomorrow. I have too many things to do today. Not the least of which is getting ready for another birthday and a birthday party on Saturday.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Friday, February 15, 2013
Hey there! Did I mention on this blog that I have some patterns out? Well, I do! They are starting to pop up on news shelves now. My first one is in Quilt Almanac. It is a quilted Kindle case, or "Hip E-reader"
Cool huh? Well, I have 2 copies to give away. Do you want one? It is pack jammed with great projects I promise.
I just finished another pattern this morning for the Type quilt I made for quilt market out of Julia Rothmans awesome Type fabric it will be in a Fons and Porter magazine soon. Gosh it feels good to have that project away.
Modern Patchwork will have my Library Tote bag pattern.
Ok leave a comment letting me know if you would like to see any specific patterns from me in the future. I have been making bags and quilts for the past 10 years from my own designs so they will be easy to make into patterns. This pattern writing is pretty wonderful.
Leave a comment below and maybe on my other blog ( you will have 2 chances to be a winner).
***Make sure I can get in touch with you. Include an email if your profile does not have it easily displayed. Thanks!
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Good Morning! I was trying to explain this half square triangle technique to my mom yesterday on the phone and I decided that pictures would be better than words. I am pretty sure this technique has been around for ages, but I first saw it done by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star quilt company. I think.
1) Take 2 squares the same size.
2) Lay them on top of one another
3) stitch around the entire block
for real, all the way around
4) Slice in quarters diagonally
Now press. I like my half square triangles to have their seams open.
Half Square triangles are cool. You can do all sorts of layouts with them.
Happy Quilting Mom!
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Hey there! How have you all been? I sure hope you have been well in my absence. I have been up to my neck in quilting and thread....but for Christmas I took a little break. It is COLD here. I hope you are warm where you are. The disgraced generals are digging the snow. Even Stanley and his gimpy hip have had a good time dashing through the icy snow.
My parents drove over from North Carolina and my sister flew in from San Francisco for the Holiday. It has been so so good spending time with them.
David thinks it is awesome to fetch snowballs...they taste great.
This is one of the very few handmade Christmas gifts I made this year. It is for my sweet nephew. An art pouch to go with his quilted notebook cover. I hope he likes to daw as much as my kids do!
Here is my son and my dad. Sam and Sam. I think they look alike.
My mom looks great too. I tell you there was a span of time there a couple months ago I thought I would never get to see here again. This is one strong woman. 2012 has been rough on her. A foot surgery, brain surgery and a rotator cuff repair (that will have to be redone when they return to NC in January).
I ordered some lovely new notions and a little pack of Liberty of London fabric for mom so when she is ready to return to quilting she will have the very best supplies to work with. I ordered this gift from Purl Patchwork.
My dad decided that my 7 year old needed to have a pirate sword. A real one.
But Stu and I got shotguns....we will be ready for the next family fun shoot on post. Watch out skeet here we come!
My little sister loved her quilt. Mom pieced it and I quilted it.
I spent a ton of time here in front of the stove this Christmas....but the meals have been fantastic, I have but on some winter weight and it has been great getting to chat with my family.
Here are my wonderful parents. I love you guys.
Each of the kids got bows...so lots of target practice has been happening
We have had a blast but we missed my older sister Malia and her little son. I have also missed my sewing machines, but they will be there when my guests leave me.
I pray you have a lovely holiday, may your new year be a blessed one. I have big plans for 2013 and I can't wait to share them with you.