Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Today is my Birthday....

Good Morning everyone!

So, today I am 34. Not a bad age to be and I have been so very blessed. I am pretty happy with where I am in my life so that in and of itself is a wonderful blessing.

After I finished my bag making for the day yesterday I worked a bit on my 9 patch quilt. I wanted it to be quilted more densely so it will be slow going. I am also using a really thin cotton batting from Quilter's dream. I am loving it so far. I can't wait to see it all washed, dried and crinkly. It is all folded up back on the shelf today, but it was fun to work away on it yesterday. Ike the fluffy cat decided it made a nice place to take a rest from his busy cat day of looking out the window and sleeping in the sun. He did have to be hustled off because he is heavy and I can't maneuver the quilt if his fat butt is acting as an anchor.
So, let's look at the bag I finished yesterday. Here is the inside pocket. It is a "wonky friendship star" I have not made one before and I saw the tutorial for it over on Block Party. So I made one up and bamm it became a pocket. You may know this already, but I really spend too much time on the inside pockets of my bags...but I can't seem to help it. I love the little pops of story or color. See that little black gold fish? He is in a bag and thinking about his life in the sea (are gold fish even saltwater fish? I have no idea, but he is thinking about the other free sea creatures).

I finished this little wallet right after watching the movie "New Moon". Yes, my 3 kiddos and I were of the zillion people who saw it this weekend. I liked the movie...and I will tell you why. I read the books and Jacob was my favorite character in the book. I can't tell you how much the casting for his character irritated me. Come on! It was Shark Boy. But....shark Boy went to the gym between Twilight and New Moon. So he looks more like my mental image. Everyone seemed to have taken acting lessons as well, so that was good too.
OK, back to the wallet! Sorry. I did a little reverse applique on the back. Looks like a goldfish in a bag looking out a port hole?

This was the front, it now has a button in place of the strap thingy. I like the little "wallet feet".


And here is the front of the Cathy bag. I like how it turned out. I like it very much. Oh and if you were wondering at the sea theme...Jennifer's mate is in the Navy. See, I sew for other branches of the military besides just Army. Jennifer is also a skilled quilter, silver smith and one of my Flickr friends....I hope you love your set Jennifer! You have been a joy to sew for.
OK, I am off to make breakfast for the Boys, take Ethan to the Dr (he needs his eyes checked, nothing dreadful) then go to the commissary and then home to try to get in a bit of sewing before I have to start dinner.
Have a wonderful day everyone!
xo,
Tia




14 comments:

Emily said...

Happy birthday! Mine was last week (the 14th). I turned 35. Hope you can do a little of what you want and not what you have to today!!Have a great day...


Your bags are so AWESOME!!

Jennie said...

Happy birthday!! Your bags are always awesome :)
~ Jennie

Esteemarlu said...

What a cute kitty he looks so comfy.I'm wondering how you baste your quilts when you machine quilt. I can see you use a regular sewing machine did it take long for you to get the hang of it, I mean the machine quilting.

LauraJ said...

Happy Birthday to you!! Happy birthday to you!! Happy Birthday dear Tia! Happy birthday too you!!

Michelle said...

Happy Birthday to you! I love the bag, great color combos!

silversmith said...

tia - i DO love my set!! i cannot thank you enough for making them and i am looking forward to getting them at my house. if i get the package in time for my super-short visit to DC next week, they're coming with me to visit the navy. all for my quilting too!

and i completely agree with you on jacob... i saw it on saturday for a date with the hubby.

soggybottomflats said...

wahooooo, happy birthday from Texas Tia!

Georgia said...

Happy Birthday to you!!!

Andi said...

Happy Birthday Tia
Andi :-)

Shelley said...

Happy Birthday Tia!

Rafael's Mum said...

Happy Birthday Tia!!

Just come back from Holland and saw your post.

Love the bag and the way the goldfish are peeking out! I often see fabric I like but don't know quite how to use it... Then I see your creations and YES!! that's exactly how to do it!!

You are such an inspiration!

Hope your day was great.

Miri said...

Happy Birthday Tia!

The quilt is looking good-love the freemotion quilting!

Great bag!

Beth said...

Happy Birthday Tia!!!

Digs said...

happy belated bday! I love the photo of your kitty quilt helper!

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