"Hey, if I had somewhere to go, I certainly wouldn't be in Cleve-Land." -Howard the Duck

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July to all!!!  I love this photo from our family archives...that's my Grandma in a dress AND hat with her 3 kids on the beach!!!  I'm guessing this photo is from the mid to late 1920s as the first boy on the left is my Dad & he was born in 1920.  I'm not even sure what beach it is...but it's definitely along Lake Erie as they never lived anywhere except in the Cleveland, OH area.

At least the kids got to go into the water to play.  That's my Uncle Ray, then my Aunt Arline, & my Dad.  Summer fun for all!!! 
I hope your 4th is happy & fun & safe...we're enjoying a laid back just the 2 of us day with some hot dogs on the grill later & hopefully we'll see some fireworks from our backyard.  No fighting the crowds anymore...and we like it that way.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Catching up on A Swap for All Seasons

Well...I've certainly fallen behind on blogging...I'm blaming it on making quilt tops & also on Instagram.  Early in March we finally got smart phones & the first thing I did was sign up on Instagram.  Good grief...I can spend hours in there.  If you want to check me out, I'm ohkittencreates.
Anyway...the first thing I'm going to catch up on here is the samplers I've sent & received in A Swap for All Seasons.  The one above is what I created & sent to Jan of Jan's Arty Junk.  Way back in March.  I told you I was behind here.  Jan lives in the UK & it was lots of fun to get to know her a bit through this swap. 
This lovely sampler is the one I received in March from Marti of Artful Curiosities. Marti lives in my very favorite place on earth...San Diego!  The sampler she created for me is lovely...so many different vintage laces & a sweet romantic photo.  I love it.  Thanks, Marti!
In April I made a sampler for Marti...and from reading her blog I found out she loves Paris.  So...I pulled out an image of the Eiffel Tower & used some Paris map fabric I found at Fat Quarter Shop.  Marti said she loves what I created for her...and it was fun to make. 
My April mailbox held this wonderful sampler from Jan.  I love the blue & yellow color combination & that kitty cat is so ME.  All the little vintage laces & buttons & those sweet yellow crocheted flowers are awesome.  This sampler makes me very happy.  Thanks, Jan!
In May I created this little green 1930s print sampler for my friend Bev of Country Frog Creations
Bev & I have been swapping for years & have become friends...even though she lives in Pittsburgh & insists on rooting for the Steelers.  I'll forgive her for that!  Bev loves green so I hand pieced & quilted this little quilt for her.  I'm loving these little quilts...might have to make myself a bunch of them one of these days.
In May I received this bright & beautiful sampler from Pam of Treasures-n-Textures.  I've swapped with Pam in the past, too...and asked her for some bright colors & she sure delivered.  The batik fabric background is beautiful & the vintage flowers in the bouquet are so special.  Love that crocheted lace at the bottom, too.  I love it all...thanks Pam!
Whew!!!  Thanks if you've stayed with me to the end...I feel better now that I've posted the little works of art from A Swap for All Seasons.  I've just mailed off my June sampler to Texas...so once my partner has received it & I've received my June swap, I'll update them here.  AND I'll try to keep up with each month as it goes along. 
Oh...one more distraction from my new phone...I get alerts from the Los Angeles TV stations when there's a police pursuit in progress...
This one was along the 15 going north from near where we lived in Corona to Ontario & beyond.  I guess it's a Southern CA thing...but you've gotta love a good police pursuit!!!  I can't resist watching.
So...that's what I've been up to...I'll have some quilt top in progress pix to share soon...and our little garden is growing nicely...you can see them all on Instagram...look for ohkittencreates.
Happy SUMMER!!!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Always Remember

Always remember why we celebrate Memorial Day.  Always.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Why my kids are furry & purr

This is me with a cousin's baby...back in 1983. 
As you can see...no one is happy in this photo! 
And that's why all my kids are furry & purr.
Happy Mother's Day!!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Finally Finished!!!

It's kinda hard to see, but this Zombies quilt has been my unable-to-show-you project since the end of October 2014.  It was finally completed & bound & shipped off to Phil's niece, Libby...as her birthday/Hanukkah gift!  On time for her birthday...quite late for Hanukkah.  The good news is that she LOVES it!!!  I love it, too...and actually have the fabric to make us a similar one later in the year.
This is the back of the quilt.  The fabric for this quilt is the Zombie Apocalypse line by Emily Taylor Design for Riley Blake Fabrics.  Whew!  This collection is sold out, but you can still find some of the prints in Etsy or eBay shops.  Since I wasn't sure how much I'd need for this quilt, I bought extra because I was sure we'd want a Zombies quilt, too.
You can see some of the hand quilting detail here.  I used Aurifil 12wt. thread to hand quilt it with an irregular big stitch & I love the look, especially after it's washed & dried.  The fabric gets so soft & the quilt is all puckery & "quilty".  You just want to cuddle up in it.  I forgot to measure the quilt before I sent it off...but it's probably about 60"x 72" or so...a nice big throw size. 
The hand quilting is really awesome in the center panel.  I just quilted around the big illustrations & the Zombies & not-yet-Zombies...and around the words printed on the fabric.  There are sayings like "Zombies can't climb trees" & Zombies can't read"...fun stuff like that.  The orange on the front & the blue & grey on the back are prints with Zombie eyeballs...each one has 2 pupils instead of one. 
Now I'm working on a quilt for Phil...it's all menswear prints from a collection called Woodlands by Jo Morton.  It was also supposed to be for Christmas/Hanukkah 2014...but the top should be finished by the end of this week & then I can piece the back & layer it to start quilting.  I'm going to hand quilt this one, too...with it getting warm, he won't need it until this fall...and I love the look of the long stitch hand quilting. 
So...I still have other projects to share with you.  I'm finding when I get into the sewing/quilting thing...I don't want to stop to blog.  I'll try to get better at that...but can't promise anything. 
Keep calm & quilt on!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

February 2015 Banner Swap, Part 2

I was definitely thinking SPRING when I made my banner for Joy who lives just south of me here in OH.  She's had a very rough winter, too...so I put the ugly images of the dead, snowy Ohio landscape out of my mind & thought of better days ahead.  BTW...that UGLY snow is still out there, but melting...just like the Wicked Witch.

I loved how the blue fabric has little birds printed on it...very subtle, but there.  Those are from the Zoey Christine Charm pack by Eleanor Burns for Benartex.  It's quite different from the fabric I usually buy, but I'm glad I have it as it was perfect for this sampler.  The green at the bottom in the first pic is from another Eleanor Burns charm pack called Ellie Ann's Treasures.  The two charm packs coordinate wonderfully with many of the same prints in different color ways.
Joy said she likes bling, too...so I took some vintage flowers apart & sewed them on with a sparkly little crystal bead in the center.  MY collection of beads is a great resource for these little banners.  I love the green leaf trim, too...that's from my days doing ATCs & tags.  Just add some vintage lace & trim & everything comes together.  I did this one entirely by hand again...being just 4"x6" it's an easy hand sewing & quilting project.  Hand sewing really relaxes me.
I had this cute little bit of 1930s fabric with green flowers...I thought it worked for the back of the little quilt.  Those 1930s prints always make me smile.
So here's the little banner with some walnut dyed clothespins that I've added little wooden hearts to...I think they're the perfect touch if Joy wants to use them to hang her spring banner as part of a garland. 
I sent a few little goodies in Joy's package, too...but I didn't take pix of them.  We're not really supposed to add goodies, but I have so much to share that I couldn't resist.  It's always fun to get some goodies in the mail, no?
Now on to the March Swap at A Swap for All Seasons.  I mail to Jan in the UK this month...and I've already pulled out a bunch of fabric & lace & trims to inspire me.  This has to be one of my all time favorite swaps ever!  Go check out the swap blog for some great eye candy & inspiration from Linda, our swap hostess.  There's also a monthly giveaway that you can enter.  You don't have to be part of the swap to win, so check it out!
So here's my latest challenge.  We finally broke down & got smartphones this weekend.  So far I'm loving it but I still have a lot to learn.  This old dog is really working on learning these new tricks.
Have a wonderfully creative...and hopefully warmer week!