"I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful." Oscar Wilde

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Magic Tree House Books

Most years I don't have this problem but this year I have three students who are well beyond what the rest of my students academically. Most of the class is just beginning to read this time of year. These three students have found "Magic Tree House" books and are eating them up. I would move them to the next grade except they are right there emotionally, socially, and physically with their classmates. I’ve talked with their parents that it might be best to keep them with their peers and then see how they are doing next year. Sometimes when children are moved ahead too soon they start having emotional issues.

I've been checking the "Magic Tree House" books out of the school's library. But soon the school's collection will all be read. My next option will have to be the public library system. I've been looking on the internet for activities to go with the "Magic Tree House" books. If I were teaching an older group of children I would be able to use whole class activities. As it is I'm afraid I'm going to have to make my own. I don't mind doing that except when am I going to use them again. I did find a book published by Scholastic, "Teaching with Favorite Magic Tree House Books." I may have to wind my way over to the local book store and see if they have a copy I can look at.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Love One Another

Wow What a Great Site!


I was looking at one of my nieces' blog and came across this site for making fun kids clothes. I can't wait to try in on some of my grandkiddies. I love the freezer paper stenciling idea.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Celtic Applique

In April I will be going to Missouri to teach a class on Celtic Applique to my mother's quilt guild. These are the patterns I think might be the easiest and work the best.

Now I need to make each of these quilt blocks to show the quild.
To make the bias tape a "QUILTER'S PRESS BAR" is needed.

1 fat quarter light fabric for background
6" x 6" square contrasting fabric for applique insets
14" x 14" sheet of tracing paper
1 fat quarter each of 2 subtle print fabric for applique
Fusible product

1 fat quarter light fabric for background
14" x 14" sheet of tracing paper
1 fat quarter contrasting fabric for applique

1 fat quarter light fabric for background
14" x 14" sheet of tracing paper
1 fat quarter medium or dark print fabric for applique

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Finishing Touches

I am almost finished! I now need to know should I add a yellow border or just leave it with the green.

I love the green and would bind it with the dark pink.

I also love the yellow and would bind it with green or pink.

When I look and this quilt I can almost smell the sweet aroma of yellow Persian roses that were around my great grandfather’s farm house. In the summer I would sit between the roses and the house just smelling the roses. I really need to get some yellow Persian roses for my back yard.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Jane Austen's Quilt

This is the quilt that Jane, her mother, and sister made. It is a summer quilt with no batting in between the layers of fabric. I had tried to make the large diamond in the middle but it wasn't working out so I just scrapped it. I'm just about finished and will post my more modern version soon.

Which do You Like Best?



I found these two pieces of fabric that I just couldn't live without. Both would workout great and I have enough of both to do either one. Thanks Sarah for inspiring me to look for something better. And I didn't even have to go to Hobby Lobby.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

JA Quilt Update

For the last two weeks I've been out of school. About all I have done is work on this quilt top. I'm just about finished! All I need to do is put some borders around it.

I've been trying to think of what kind of borders I should use. I kind of like this one. I want something that has some of the pink colors in the pieced part of the quilt. The problem is that there are so many to choose from. I could go from pale pink to bright hot pink to bright red.

Tell me what you think.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Hit the Road Jack!

After 23 years our old furnace is OUT! It has lived up to its name Payne. It has had numerous recalls, we found out about the recall AFTER it ran out and we had to eat the replacement parts cost. Towards the end of its life we had to have somebody come in every fall and lay hands the furnace and raise it from the dead. What we have now is very quiet. I LOVE IT!

We now have a new beautiful and QUIET machine. Now if it just gets cold again we'll see how good it works.