Thursday, August 6, 2009

Over the Hump Day

Yesterday was a full day. Sweetheart painted my parents bathroom so I got to spend the day with my mom. First we ran my basket quilt out to my friend Coleen's house. Coleen has the coolest sewing room. Since she hardly ever blogs....though she DID just update her blog the other day...I will show you around. Here is Coleen at one end of her large L shaped studio which is in her basement. Her husband built her walls and even put a door on.Coleen has a fabric stash that would put many quilt shops to shame and a book collection unmatched. She has a collection sewing machines and this mid arm quilting machine. This is where she will baste my basket quilt. I could not watch. Again...she gets me and is fine with my prejudice toward hand quilting. We have been friends since I met her in my old guild over 16 years ago. Coleen also has a massive design wall. Here she is doing a couple of monthly classes. Did I mention she is addicted to quilting classes?? (((hugs))) I love all these blocks. We like the same colors...you will find few pastels in her collection, though she did buy some recently, and donated some to the Basket Case.This is one of my favorites...it is called "Wine and Cheese" and the picture does not do it justice. I was with her when she bought the kit. The fabric is gorgeous!These are blocks from a 1930's swap she was in.
And this is her masterpiece. All hand appliqued. Gorgeous! That is a hummingbird in the center. Coleen LOVES hummingbirds.Her new obsession is wool applique and you can see her project on her blog.
After we left Coleen's, I took my mom to run errands. We ate lunch at the mall and went to Bath and Body Works. I love that store. I got some body cream in my new favorite scent, Coconut Lime Verbena, another foaming soap in that scent and another in Spice. Also they have this hand lotion called Cashmere Shea that is awesome. A teeny tiny tube is $14.50, but they were on sale for $6. All a gift from my mom.
Back to my parents where Sweetheart was finishing up the painting. Mom made us Pizza Pie for dinner. It was so good.She smiled after I took the picture! She was not thrilled with my shoving the camera in her face. LOL
I had to pull out a bunch of those pastels when I got home. I know...I feel like I have eaten too much cotton candy!! I needed to get going on a baby quilt. We are having a shower for a new baby girl in the church at the end of the month. I am putting it together and Coleen is going to quilt it on her mid arm....yes, she is. Coleen goes to my church too and will be giving the quilt along with me as a gift of love. I am hoping to have the top together today so she can take it with her when she drops off the Basket Case. It will be 7 rows of 7 blocks, all 6 inches, measuring out at 42" square. Not too difficult.I can't wait to get my hands on that basket quilt! I have several other tops I want to get going. A couple are already started. Winona listed her August goals yesterday, and though my own are no where near what she has planned, I would like to make a dent in a couple of projects. Once home school starts, my time at the machine will be very limited.
Also, I wanted to tell you of a brand new blogger. Go over to Pins and Needles and meet Chris. She is a quilter who loves hand applique, hand piecing and hand quilting. She also has a garden and grandkids, so she will be a fun new blog to read!
I better get back at it. Sweetheart is working at his mom's today so the day is mine!! Remember to give God some of your time today!!!


11 comments:

Mommy Saves ALOT!!! said...

Beautiful Post Bren! Love the wine and cheese quilt as well.

Sheena

Fruit of her hands said...

Bren~ You had a wonderful day it sounds like, what no pictures of the bathroom??? Love all the quilt blocks..
Blessings,Joann

Crispy said...

Love the projects your friend Colleen is working on, that hummingbird quilt is fantastic!!

I had to laugh at the look on your mom's face....she was giving you that look that we mom's all reserve for our children when they are irking us LOL.

Crispy

karenfae said...

looks like you had a busy, busy day.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Love Bears All Things said...

I enjoyed this post and my visit to Colleen. I know you loved your time with your Mom. I like to visit B&BWs but since I can't smell, I can't enjoy the nice scents. I usually stick with the Warm Vanilla Sugar. I know what vanilla smells like. Last time I was there, I had the Princess with me and she was my tester. I had her give her opinion on a couple of scents and bought two new ones. I'm not sure if they'll be for me or for gifts.
You are a busy lady. Please ask your Mom to share her recipe for pizza pie.
Mama Bear

Coleen said...

After looking at all the things on my walls, I need to join Winona and finish some.

Winona said...

Great post Bren. Coleen does have a wonderful setup. Yep, you were irking your mom. LOL I use that look on my kids as well. The baby quilt is going to be very pretty. I love how we can take fabric and with a very simple design, create beauty. Have a good day. Winona

One Christian Mom said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful day! Your friend's quilting room is bigger than my bedroom!!! :) Lucky her :-D the new quilt looks like it will be very pretty.
Shellie

Meggie said...

Loved meeting Coleen & seeing her studio. Thanks for sharing the quilts too.
Lucky baby, to get your quilt.

Guðrún said...

Coleen´s masterpiece is indeed gorgeous.

Zarebski said...

Wine and cheese quilt looks really fantastic... You have chosen wonderful stuff from Bath and Body Works... I too like to buy baby creams from here!!