Monday, January 28, 2008
This is my first quilt I've completed start to finish without my mom's help. Although I did call Mom about ten times about the binding. (That's the thin border that "frames" the quilt) The binding was trickier than I thought, but I succeeded! Who says that a 1979 Singer sewing machine can't handle quilting? That little machine is sturdier than I am, and will probably be merrily sewing while I'm in a nursing home.
Anyway, here's some pictures of the quilt. It's Winnie the Pooh and bees... there's honeycomb on the front, and honeybees on the back. I thought it was cute. Everyone liked it, or at least that's what they said. They could have lied to be polite.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
In the picture below, the bell tower in the front is right behind my office building, the Penrose Library. It is all that remains of another beautiful building on campus that was burned down twenty five years ago by an angry student who had received an F on a paper (or something like that). The tower in the background is the tower on top of the Ritchie Center... because all gyms and ice hockey rinks need a cathedralesque tower on top.
The Ritchie Center also holds the Coors Gym and sports venues. Nothing like having huge corporate sponsors put their names on educational buildings. But anyway, I recently had the opportunity to climb to the top of this tower and look out on Denver. It seems everything is always prettier when you're below something looking up, because once I was on top of the world (or at least this part of Denver) things didn't look so pretty.
By the way, the Penrose Library is the tan cubist building in the center of the above picture. It's the ugly building surrounded by the Ivy League brick wannabe buildings. (Sigh) Of course I have to work in the ugly building.
But anyway, I've always loved to quilt. I love going to a craft or sewing store, picking out colors and finding a pattern that catches my eye. I love it! And I like the idea of creating something so spectacularly unique that no one will ever be able to duplicate it.
So last fall, just months ago when I wasn't overwhelmed by school, work, teaching, The Chef's culinary school, etc, I decided to make a baby quilt for my friend Amanda. This quilt combines Amanda and my dreams of this little boy being a future cowboy.
I love all the fabric! I want one too, for my future unborn children. Anyway... the next quilt I made was for my mother in law. I found a picture of a quilt like this online, it's antique and selling for over two grand. I thought it was interesting enough to copy, and I spent hours studying the quilt and designing my own pattern. Here it is... (note all the blocks are one inch... I think for a while I went temporarily insane).
The bottom picture is an image of the individual block. I made nine of these X's and then put them all together. It really was fun. I made another one just like this but blue for my other mother in law. I hope they love me more now. :)
Monday, January 14, 2008
Yup... it's a gorgeous dress isn't it? I'll pretend I looked as good as the model in this picture, brides always look gorgeous, right? I always laughed at girls who drooled over their wedding dresses, or spent tons of money on their wedding dresses. After all you only get to wear the dress one time, right? As much as I silently scoffed at my friends, when it was my turn to wedding dress shop, I was scared. Nothing I tried on really cried "bride" to me. I went to five or six different stores over a period of two or three weeks. Nothing was working. And then, I found this dress. I never thought I'd want something like it, but once the salesclerk zipped up the back, I fell in love. And I do still dream about my dress a lot. I truely loved wearing the dress, and was so disappointed after the wedding was over and I knew I couldn't really get away with wearing the dress in public ever again. sigh.
I would like to thank all of the beautiful brides who prepared me for my wedding. I was a bridesmaid to them, and am so grateful none of my friends dressed me in a hideous southern belle hoop skirt or a lime green mini-skirt.
Thank you all! And now, another view of the dress I'll never be able to wear again, but have stowed in a vacuum box in my parent's basement. (Although my dress wan't pink like this, but still equally pretty.)
Thursday, January 10, 2008
The Chef and I spent most of our time inside my parent's house, watching tv, drinking hot chocolate, and baking cookies... at the time it was blissful, and so so relaxing. But now, as I am in the crazy busy schedule of work, teaching, and being a student, I'm a bit depressed.
I'm depressed because it will be another eleven and a half months before I can go back and sit in that warm cozy house and do nothing. sniff.