Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Last day of School

Last day of school today (uh oh!)

(First day 2016 for Jack)
Last day 2017 for Sam
(first day 2016 for Sam)

Last day 2017 for Grant
(First day 2016 for Grant)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Flea market sunday

Pictures are going to have to speak for themselves this week as I've cut my finger on the rotary cutter and am sporting 3 stitches and one very numb index finger.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Another teacher gift, a book made by grant

Grant is CRAZY about the assistant preschool teacher this year. He wanted to make her a special gift. I asked the classroom teacher who said she liked books and was moving to Alaska this summer. I was  having the hardest time coming up with a gift when jack said just make her a book! I altered a poem I found online and had grant illustrate it. I think it was very well received! (And I have plans to make a few more with the kids this summer) 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Kindergarten Art Parade

The art teacher sends home the whole year's worth  of artwork in a big folder at the end of the year.  It's kind of awesome that way.  Take pictures of them all and get on with your business!

A year's worth of kindy art

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Pinwheel Garden Quilt

Oy this quilt!  Some quilts come easy, some are head scratching, buying all the fabric (and selling it because it's wrong), tooth grinding adventures. This was the latter.

The pinwheels are made from a double pinwheel (or double windmill) pattern which is easy enough to google. It's a pretty standard, classic block. I saw this block on the fat quarter shop Instagram (it is going to be part of their BOM here in June I think?) but you can google other pinwheel flower patterns. There is one in an older quilt magazine I found on line. 

I debated adding something to the centers - yo yo's or buttons, but decided against ultimately because of washability. I really like people to be able to use the quilts and wash them easily!
It was the block setting and sashing that caused me one million fits. Setting them on point has left me with a whole stack of leftover blocks too...

Fabric - American Jane Bread and Butter
Batt - cotton
backing - pencil fabric and white kona
Pattern - mish mash of googled things
Use - gift for one of the school teachers!
Finished - April/May 2017

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

On the junking road

Stuff acquired this week:

This old painting was in perfect condition. Then there was a little accident in the parking lot. Sniff.
I can stop using Dave's tape measure as a door stop now.  There was another, I should have bought it too. When the windows are open the doors slam shut.
My kids keep breaking these so now I buy every one I see.
I seem to have a teensy problem with acquiring these as of late.
This quilt top is dated 1958.
I love how she fancied up her name.

And her choice of script was interesting too. It contains some names of a few ladies who share the last name with a rather large car dealership in our area.  Interesting stuff!

Monday, May 08, 2017

Conversations with grant

Mom, why did you buy a raincoat?
I was sick of being wet.
But you like getting wet in the bath?!?

Mom, how did they hire little bit to heaven?
What? Hire her?
You know - "higher" her!
Oooooooh. (Duh Sarah) her spirit went to heaven, her body stayed on earth. Your spirit cAn fly!

We had torrential rain last week. Like 10 inches of rain. And a basement flood. In fact, so much of the St. Louis area was under water again. I remember when flooding was an unusual event, not a once every 18 months event. Sign of the times I guess.

Our neighbor has two gigantic rose bushes. Huge, epic. There is one single rose that's a different color. It has a little streak of the same color as the other 10,000 roses. Interesting. (Seen above)