Monday, November 30, 2009

My class made quilts

We made the newspaper, too! We made charity quilts and hand tied them. Believe me, it was a labor of love, and not easy, but the kids were so proud of themselves. Read about it and check out the photos, too. It's amazing what quilters can do when we work together. :o)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Marylhurst University

Yesterday, I went to research and tour Marylhurst University, and made my mind up to apply. I even turned in the first part of the application.
The vast majority of the students are both part-time and non-traditional, so I think I'll fit right in.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

some sewing machines are home again :o)

I've had a tough time getting all the way through our class' quilting unit. The very last lesson was showing them how to add french fold binding onto our quilted hot pads.

Last week, when I was teaching my students how to quilt, I has just terrible luck. First, my Pfaff stopped working. OK, not a big deal...I grabbed my Janome Jem. Well, that stopped working. Different issues, but still, it wouldn't sew. OK, it's much heavier, but we're doing the last of the class and we wanted to get finished, so I brought the Bernina to class. It worked for about 15 minutes and then it, too died. 3 sewing machines, 3 different issues. I bundled them all into the car to go to the sewing machine "hospital" and drug out my very first, original, New Home machine. That baby, probably made in the 1950s, finished the last of our quilts up and ran as smoothly as you could imagine. Yay! for good old mechanical machines!
The New Home is almost ready to go back into it's case. The Pfaff and the Janome are home safely and the Bernina is still waiting for a hook. Not that I *need* it, but it should be home within a week or so. At least I didn't have to even think about using the treadle machine. There's no way that I could've drug it to school to show the kids how to attach binding. :o)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

No pics today

It's been awhile, so I figured I'd just put some words here to let you all know what I'm doing.
Everybody is healthy, Rick is out hunting, this college term is about half over, so I'm thinking that Paddy and Jack are sighing a bit in relief. I know I am. My math class is kicking my butt, but I think I'm winning. I really hope that this is my last math class in college. No guarantees, but a girl can hope, can't she? :o)
Today, I did no math homework nor any quilting. :o( Instead, I defrosted the regular fridge, the little fridge and the freezer. Then I cleaned out the fridge, roasted a leg of lamb that I found in the freezer and am in the process of making a double batch of pear butter.
My roof was leaking into my sewing room, but I got up on the ladder and raked all the maple leaves out of the valley and yay! No more leak. I would've asked Rick, but he's gone elk hunting this week.
At work (a special education high school class), we are having a unit on quilting. We are making quilts for charity and also hot pads for the kids. "Little quilts". 2 of my sewing machines are now in need of some TLC. They won't work at school. Maybe they'll do better at home. If not, I have 3 machines ready to go to the sewing machine doctor... and one of them is my favorite "use it for everything" machine. I love to quilt, but I am so ready for our quilting class to be done. Have you ever tried to teach a pre-schooler or grade-schooler how to quilt? Well, that's us, times 12. We do have 7 quilts ready to go to the school police officer, so that will be exciting.
OK, that's enough for tonight. I've got homework to do tomorrow, so I need to get some rest so that my brain will work tomorrow.
Hugs to everyone and I hope your roof doesn't leak in this beautiful fall weather.