Sunday, March 29, 2009

It’s all in the Details

Last October I helped Kathryn Wald choose a button for a quilt she was making.  She had fabric with her, but not a design for me to see.  We spent some time auditioning buttons and finally chose one.  While in Tucson in January for their Quilt Fiesta Quilt Show, I was pleased and proud to see Kathryn again…this time with her quilt!


It is entitled “Caught On A Dream”, and it is gorgeous!


There is beading surrounding the button in the center of the Dream Catcher.  Great job, Kathryn!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

From My “Heart”


I met this sweet lady in Phoenix, AZ at the Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival in January.  She allowed me to share this great design idea with you.  Using the Clover Small and Large Heart Yo-Yo maker, she made 2 colors of heart yo-yo’s, added her favorite buttons to the centers, and attached them to her shirt neckline and sleeve.  My picture does not do her creation justice: it was adorable!  This is just another example of asking yourself, “Where can I put a button on this?”.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Snow Day

Well, it could have been worse…I could still be driving for FedEx!  The snow wasn’t so bad, but the roads are still very, very bad!  Steve stayed home, as his office, and most of the town, closed for the day.  Here are some pictures of him shoveling our deck this morning and our dog, Annie, catching the snow as it fell.  She goes wacko in the snow!



Tonight is a big night!!!  My Arizona Wildcat’s face the biggest challenge so far as they play Louisville tonight for the right to a spot in the Elite 8.  Steve and I spent most of Sunday afternoon at our favorite sports hangout screaming our heads off for my Cats! I even did a solo rendition of “Bear Down” for the whole bar!  GO CATS!!!

Last, I want to share just one picture of my sweet grandson, Tristan.  I recently got a new batch from his Mama and I’ll share more soon.  For now, just say “aaaawwwwwwwwwwww, he’s adorable!”


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Button Quilts ala Wal-Mart

While I was at the Tucson Quilt Fiesta in January, I was privileged to meet quilt artist Karen G. Fisher.  She is a force to be reckoned with in every way!  She made a series of wall quilts designed to showcase buttons she purchased at her local Wal-Mart.  The buttons are a line distributed by Blumenthal Button Company.  Here are a couple photos of the one she entered in the show.  052 


In addition, Karen made some of the awards ribbons.  I sure wish I had won one of these!  Button Up!  Karen did!


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Button Mayhem

I must organize my buttons today!!  I am trying to prepare several “trays” for our Colorado State Button Society Spring Show and competition that’s coming up in May. What is a “tray”, you ask?  I know it was a curiosity to me when I first heard the term.  Here is a picture of a tray I entered for an award written for green glass:


Note the numbers under each button; this refers to a section listed in the National Button Society classification book.  This book is the guide for all competition trays, from the number of buttons required, to the size of the board they are mounted on! This tray did not win a ribbon, but I was not disqualified either…a miracle for a newbie like me!!!  (One button is missing, I know.  It was sold to a friend of mine for her tray!).  I’d like to show you another tray tomorrow.  Today I need to get busy!!!  Enjoy!


Thursday, March 12, 2009

So Little Time

I admit it…I’ve been too lazy lately to write for the past few days.  I was going to say that I was too busy, but that’s only a small part of it.

I’m taking a class from a friend of mine.  Moo McDermott is teaching me to make a gorgeous quilted jacket.  I’ve been putting kaleidoscope blocks together all week long!  This Saturday we are making the jacket pattern.  I’ll have to post a picture of the finished product when I finish it (don’t hold your breath!).

Sunday is our Colorado Springs Button Club meeting and I need to get some of my competition cards ready to take.  This way we can review each others’ cards and critique them before the judges do!  Here are some of my new buttons I recently purchased:

006792_1sm 007032_1sm 007251_1sm 006629_1sm These, and others, are coming from a lady in Czechoslovakia and I can’t wait to get them in hand so that I can catalog them and add them to my collection!

We are expecting snow tomorrow, so I will be able to get in some more sewing and button organizing!

P.S.  Happy Birthday to my dear friend, Karen and my favorite baseball player, Steve Finley.  Hugs and Kisses to you both!