It’s off to Vegas baby!

I’m leaving in the morning and going to Vegas!  I’m excited.  I just talked to Aaron and he was excited to be in Las Vegas.  They had a great road trip getting there and are excited about the Billboard/Chevy competition at the Fremont Street Experience.  They’ve been treated like rock stars and are loving the road trip.  They played a set in the Mohave desert earlier today and a house show in San Francisco on Saturday.  The film crew that has been with them has been great too.  I’m excited to see him tomorrow and hear more about the adventures.  He said Las Vegas is bigger than life!  What a great experience.

If they win this next competition against 5 other bands, they will have the opportunity to perform at the Billboard music awards on Sunday and be broadcast live on ABC. This momma is pleased!

Here is a video of the band getting ready for the trip.

This is a from the photo shoot for Chevy at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles. It will be in the May 14th issue of Billboard magazine.

Kindle Pouch

I finally finished the pouch for my new Kindle and just in time for a trip!  I think this will work well.  It’s protection for the Kindle so I don’t feel like it’s going to slide out of my hands when I pick it up and also will be fine and not too bulky when I slip it into my purse.  It has a bit of character where I pieced in the squares and the lining inside is fabric with cute little chairs on it.  Also turquoise.  It’s fun, somewhat modern and I think will meet my needs perfectly.  This was a good finish.

Almost

Well, I finished pouch number 1.  Now I’m on to number 2.  A little bit wider and a little bit longer.  Apparently I miscalculated a bit in the depth and the width when I added the zipper and it’s just a bit too small.  It did turn out very cute however and I have a new home waiting for this little cutie.  Stay tuned for round 2.

Quilt blocks

I’ve spent some time this weekend sewing quilt blocks together.  It’s been an interesting experience.  I consider myself a fairly accomplished seamstress but this is another learning curve.  Precision is so much more important here.  Precision in cutting, sewing and 1/4 inch seams.  If any of those are out of alignment, you’re blocks might not line up squarely and I’ve learned that does matter to me.  I didn’t realize that I’m fussy about that and I want it perfect! There are someblocks  that I tried to unstitch and resew and it hasn’t turned out much better so I’ve decided just to leave some of that and each one is getting better.  At least as far as the seaming goes.  The cutting is also fairly accurate because of the rotary cutter but I think when I cut multiples of some of the blocks, I was not as accurate lining the strips up and therein lies the problem.  Lesson learned for next time and I will do this in a slightly different manner.  To many this would not be a big deal but for me it’s a good challenge.  They are cute though and I think I’m going to like the end result.

Zipper pouch

Mom bought some new sunglasses recently but they are bowed and didn’t fit into any of her glasses cases.  She also wanted to be able to keep them in her purse so she had them when she needs them.  So… for her birthday she got this fun little zipper pouch.  It’s bright enough that she should be able to find it easily in her purse and it’s lined with a black and white print so she should easily be able to see them inside as well.  This was fun to do and I think it turned out very cute.

A special day..

Yesterday was my mothers birthday.  She was 84 and is doing well.  Although it was not a lovely spring day in the northwest we had a lovely lunch at a local waterfront restaurant.  Good times had by all.  Today is a cleaning, laundry and some sewing day.  Tomorrow some of the kids will be here to help me celebrate Mother’s Day.  It will be a good weekend.

And the fun continues

I’ve not spent as much time sewing today as I thought I might but I have pulled a few weeds, been to the fabric store for more white sashing fabric, washed and dried the fabric and started sewing the strips together.  I hope to have them all sewn and start cutting before I have to quit for dinner.  For now, here is a pictorial update.

New project

Oh it’s been a fun day.  I’ve decided I was going to start a quilt for me.  I’m still thinking about the layer cake I bought but haven’t found a pattern yet that I want to use so that’s sitting.  I do have a set of the new Denyse Schmidt fabric that Joann’s is carrying however and I’m cutting into that.  I’ve never bought so many pieces from all one line before so it’s been interesting. Thank goodness it’s been on sale and I don’t need much from each bolt. I’m using a Moda Bakeshop pattern called Hugs and Kisses from the Park.  I am going to make it bigger however and I’m not using a jelly roll which is pre-cut fabric for those of you that don’t know what that is. I think I’ve figured out how much I need but it will be  interesting to see if my calculations are correct. I do believe that I’m going to run out of white sashing fabric which will require another run to the store but I should have enough here to start.  I always wash my fabric too before I start.  I know that many quilters today don’t wash the fabric but I’m always a bit leery of colors running and uneven shrinkage so I just feel better if I have pre-washed.  That however does require some touch up with the iron and I decided as long as I was pressing I should also add a bit of starch.  Whew… that took some time. Now I’m almost done cutting the strips. I know a jelly roll would have been faster but this way I will have some extra fabric left to play with also.  I didn’t think to take a picture when it was daylight so for now I’m just going to post this with a picture of the gray and yellow quilt top I started a few weeks ago.  I think I  might finish that one soon too. More tomorrow with the work in progress.