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It’s Snow Much Fun!

Published January 13, 2011 by glaumland

Little Girl has a big day today. Her class at school is taking a field trip to go skiing. It will be her first time and we were all excited for her. There’s some hilly areas north of KC, so it isn’t like she will be alpine skiing or anything, but it is probably a great place to learn. I can’t wait to hear her chatter about it later today.

The kids have been out of school for the past three days thanks to the snow and cold weather. Monday was the only bad day really, but county roads don’t get much work done, so we tend to have more snow days than the city schools.

Our yard looks snow-mageddon with tracks and trails everywhere. No pristine snowy beauty for us! Then yesterday Little Girl and her BFF (who’s currently hobbling around with a bruised knee) decided to do some crutch-racing around the yard. How funny!

Little Boy spent most of his time inside playing with his Lego’s and doing some science experiments. It’s fun to watch and listen to him pretend, as that is something that is only recent to his development. Now he’s figured out the next Lego’s that he NEEDS, so good thing he has a birthday coming up, it’s something for him to look forward to.

I didn’t get as much quilting done as I would have hoped. Never do with the kids around. I did get the blocks done for the next baby quilt. I’m doing an off-set cubby-hole with a Noah’s Ark print for the center, then coordinating colors for the blocks. I couldn’t really find any instructions, so I’m making it up as I go. Hopefully it works out OK.

The fabric is mostly black with a stripe of animals down either long side of the fabric. I’ve picked up some color from he animals to use as the edges of the blocks. It will be colorful. And unusual, I guess. But relatively easy and fun. Now if I can just keep those kids in school so I can have some time to finish.

Until next time…

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Our Wild, Wooly, Windy Weather

Published January 7, 2011 by glaumland

Smokey Joe & kids a few winters ago.

It was a very fun & productive day here in Glaumland. The wind was up today, blowing trash cans around and making it very chilly. Actually pretty nice for January. But I’ll take it over snow any day.

But according to the ponies, it was a day for kicking up your heels and acting like rodeo horses. I turned them out in the little pasture with the goats this afternoon. Yeehaw, buckaroo! However, the taste of grass soon overcame the need for speed and they settled down into a good feast. The goats followed them around the pasture, at a very respectful distance, but keeping close nonetheless. No baby goats have arrived yet, although our does are looking really big.

I finally finished my Christmas gifts for my staff. Only two weeks late, or a whole year late, depending on how you look at it. I’ll have to post pictures when I get them scanned in. This year I stamped a stack of cards for them, plus a thank-you note and a gift bag. Whew, I haven’t stamped that much in a while. And that will be it until I get some more projects done this year.

I got the blocks done for one baby quilt, and finally figured out how I want to do the second one. It will be a cubby hole quilt, so it should go pretty fast, too. Lots of bright colors and black…my kind of quilt.

Well, I’m walking around here like an old lady, so guess I’ll hop in the hottub and get some rest. Until next time…

Bitten By The Quilting Bug…Prognosis: Guarded

Published January 3, 2011 by glaumland

I’ve got 4 great-neices that are due for some quilts (actually, overdue as I had planned to get them done for Christmas…now shooting for Valentine’s Day). So I have the fabrics picked out and now that I’m looking through quilting books and blogs, I’ve gotten bit again. I’ll have to work fast to get this thing out of my system before my next class starts on the 18th.

I like the idea of the Crazy Shortcut Quilts (www.crazyshortcutquilts.com). My BFF used their ‘quilt as you go’ technique, finished one we started and gave it to me for my birthday.

The crazy quilt finished by my BFF.

It’s funny, but with indoor lighting it looked very homespun-y, but in the full sunlight its jewel tones were sparkling.

So I’m thinking that some or all of these little girl quilts will have to use this technique. We’ll have to see what happens.

Until next time…

Going On A Fabric Journey

Published November 19, 2009 by glaumland

I got to spend the day with one of my favorite people today: my best friend & sister of my heart. We’ve been getting together on a regular basis and doing some quilting. It has been very therapeutic and productive – definitely a memorable time.

We’ve finished a baby quilt that had its humble beginnings as some of the ugliest blocks I’ve ever seen. (Why did I ever put those fabrics together?!) Amazing how some fabric, thread and creativity can turn an ugly duckling into a beautiful, snuggly gift. So I’ve decided,  you just can’t force the fabric to do what you want; sometimes you just have to go with the fabric.

OK, I know I’m sounding like a corny hippie-crat here, but I have to say in my own defense, it’s a much happier way to quilt for me. It takes the idea of ‘quilting with no rules’ one more step. After a day of quilting, instead of being tense and worried about our project, I’m all relaxed and happy with the process.

So the fabric is on a journey through the sewing machine, and we’re just along for the ride. There’s no map and there’s no telling where we’ll end up. We let the fabric tell us where it wants to go, and amazingly enough, it’s usually a beautiful destination. Sometimes you have to back-track (and do some ripping out) but it usually isn’t as painful as you would think.

[It’s kind of like having Bob Ross whispering in your ear (the oil painter on PBS with the soft voice that lets the painting tell him where to put the little squirrels), although the experience is more akin to the PBS show “Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations.”]

Enjoying the journey of the quilt is just more fun when you allow yourself to take detours and visit local attractions. You just never know what you’ll find or where you’ll end up. But at the end of the day, you’ve had a great time and made some memories.

As for today’s adventure, two sets of quilt blocks finally told us that they didn’t belong together. So now we have the beginnings of two awesome quilts. I can hardly wait to see where we end up! Yippee!

Until next time…

A Day Of Fabric Therapy

Published October 4, 2009 by glaumland

I was so lucky the other day to spend an entire day with my BFF. I was having a very low energy, dark-mooded day – not really in the frame of mind to do anything.

However, after a while of warm tea, relaxing music, and soft conversation I found myself in a much more relaxed and open state of being. Praise God and thank you to my BFF!

I had taken a box of scraps, intending to work on a dark quilt full of corderoys, but happened upon some scraps of rail fence. Why I put some of those colors together I do not know! However, with me at the sewing machine ‘slapping’ fabric, and her ‘wacking’ fabric and arranging it at the felt wall, after a few hours we had a beautiful baby quilt completed – front & back!

And best of all – she has a friend due to deliver at the end of the month. Yea!

So now we’re going to go through our stashes and get those UFO’s (unfinished objects) done! Imagine that, finishing something!

But the best part of the day, spending time with my BFF: working like a great team, catching up on life, and sharing our love of color and fabric.

Now to go through our stashes and get some more of those UFO’s done! I can’t wait!

Quilting With No Rules

Published April 20, 2009 by glaumland

I spent a marvelous weekend with my dearest friend at the Mennonite Quilt Auction in Hutchinson, KS. Besides all of the beautiful quilts, there was also great food, great music, and great bargains. It’s fun to come home with an arm-full of fabric for just a few dollars. No buyer’s remorse, here! Now, what to do with it…

So my friend and I have decided that we’re going to do some “no-rules quilting.” In otherwords, lines don’t have to be straight, points don’t have to meet, and no worrying about perfection! We’re just gonna have fun with the fabrics and see what happens! Finally, I think I can get excited about quilting this way; I want to play with my quilting and not stress over how other people tell me it should be done or should look.

Now, to all of those wonderful ladies who do quilt to perfection, more power to you. And maybe some day, with enough practice, maybe I’ll get close. But for now, more fun is what I need.

So my friend (AKA Fabric Slapper) and I (AKA Thread Banger) will work on making some cool quilting stuff. Not exactly ‘crazy quilts’ and not exactly ‘abstract’, but mostly a kind of ‘free-style’ – emphasis on the free.

Until next time…