Sunday, January 24, 2010


I have a friend who recently found out that I quilted. She was so excited and asked me if I could finish a vintage quilt that she had. I normally don't take on "special" projects, people expect to much and I really don't like to disappoint them. I told her my concerns and she said that she didn't really have a huge emotional attachment to the quilt and would just like to see it finished. With that, I took on the project.

This was the most uneven, unsquare quilt that I have ever had to work with. (Even my first quilt was not this bad.) As I quilted I had to deal with pucker after pucker, the whole time fearing my friend would hate the finished quilt. I was also not happy with the way the quilting was going, but just keep working, there really was no turning back. After I took it off the frame, I still hated this quilt. After sewing on the binding i was still unsettled with the project. I threw it in the wash, set it to the hottest water temp, and crossing my fingers. I pulled it out of the wash and this is what happened. . .

AMAZING! The hot water shrunk the quilt in all the right places, the puckers disappeared and it looks like an old vintage quilt, used and loved for many year. I now love this quilt and am very sad that i have to give it to my friend tomorrow. Secretly i hope that she hates it, thows it at me and says she never wants to see it again but unfortunately i know that she is going to fall in love with it just like i did.

Fat dog in a little bed

All I could think of was this as I was looking at Bruno. Stupid dog.

Friday, January 22, 2010


This is what the first semester of Nursing school books look like. I have a lot of reading to do.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


I'm not a big leftover fan. My fridge is full of leftovers. Leftover cans of soda, leftover dinners and yes, leftovers that have been there way to long and are unrecognizable. Problem is I make a meal, we eat and then we always have some left. But it is that weird bit left, not enough for a whole meal but just enough that I feel really guilty throwing it away. So they get put in a container and unfortunately just sit in the fridge, until this happens.

Yes you can say ew now. And mind you this doesn't happen often. . but yes ever now and again.

I have to admit that this bad habit/leftover situation has grown into other aspects of my life. See, I made my sister an AMAZING quilt for Christmas, full of C-R-A-Z-Y fabric, however as it goes I ended up with a little bit of leftover fabric. At first you would think, "hey that's not bad Nicole, you like fabric and you will use it." That's true but this fabric was really C-R-A-Z-Y and I really didn't know where I would use this little amount I had left, until this quilt. Yep the last of the C-R-A-Z-Y fabric was actually used up. Glad this leftover looks better then the other.

Sunday, January 17, 2010


Yep we did it. Got another dog. Bruno needed a sidekick.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


I finally know what forever feels like. Finishing this quilt was a chore.

Glad this one is finally done. This quilt has great texture (think corduroy) but ended up a little stiff for my liking.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Betty Gone Retro

Thanks mom for the Christmas present. The fabric was wonderful and the quilt top is just fun. Let hope I get it quilted before school starts.