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Monday, March 19, 2012

Happy Monday To You!

Happy Monday to you!  It is a Happy Monday for me because I'm heading over to the Quilt Foundry to do some stitchin' and I can't wait :)  My Birthday present to me.  Thank you to everyone who remembered that yesterday was my big ole birthday....48 never looked so...well....lets just not discuss it...LOL.

 On the "Flamingo Front" the babies seem to be doing just fine.  You'll see them in the far left of this photo...still in their nests.  The other siblings had a game of pick up basketball over the weekend.

Ya all know who this is, right? is Ami Simms!  She was at the Toledo Gathering of Quilters, last week on Thursday.  I have not had the pleasure of hearing her speak before and everyone I know says, "don't miss her."  So off Waldo and I went to the meeting.  Ami is everything people say she is....genuine, warm, funny, kind and colorful.  I loved here jacket.  It is her pattern, Rag Fur Jacket.  She said the one she is wearing in this photo is 6 or 7 years old....and look how good it looks.

Ami's program was, "How NOT to make a prize winning quilt."  I can vouch for her....she definitely knows how to do that well.  So much of what she said resonated with me and my start with quilting.  I also made a baby quilt and every single corner is mitered differently.  I had no clue....but I sure was proud when I was finished.  Oh the freedom we allow ourselves when we just "do it."  I'll tell all of you what I was told, "if you get a chance to hear Ami speak....don't miss it."

Ami is the founder of the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.  Did you know that you can make a quilt that is 9" x 12" OR Smaller....but absolutely not bigger....and donate it to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative and they will sell it to raise funds for research?  Sooooo....while you are practicing a new skill, making a teeny tiny quilt that is embellished with beads, or you've never made a small may just want to head over here and read all about it. 

Remember last week when I was busy embellishing everything?  I decided to embellish a few straight pins....for no other reason that because I could.

 I cracked up when I saw these femo heads on the end of my straight pins.  It gives new meaning to quilting with your friends :)  I thought the thread spool was cute too.  I stopped at three...I didn't want to get too carried away you know.

My co-workers were invited to a birthday party on Saturday.  The little girl who's party they went to just so happens to be a little girl that I  adore.  The boys gave her their gifts and I wanted to give her something this is what I made for her:
I used Sarah Vedeler's Hearts Machine Embroidery Design.   I really like all the choices I have on that CD.  I think the birthday girl is such a Star, so I chose the heart with the star in the center.

Tajiana's favorite color is green so I made sure that the fabric was green and I used 7 or 8 different shades of Floriani thread for the design.  Her name had to be hot pink....after all...she just turned 9.
After I did the machine embroidery, I added some bling with my new Professional  Touch Crystal Applicator.    I think the crystals added a little zip and besides....I had to have an excuse to use it again right?  I inserted the design into a Quick Stitch Desktop Organizer.  Tajiana can either use it for pencils and pens or she can keep it in her bathroom for her tooth brush and tooth paste....or where ever she wants.  When she opened the package...she had a big beautiful smile on her face....that's all I needed.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend as well.  Happy belated National Quilting Day and St. Patrick's Day too....I was just too busy to blog...I know you understand.



  1. O!!! I'm so sad that I missed wishing you a Happy Birthday!! But, I'm sending you salutations...just a bit belated!
    B-day's are only are as young as you feel..or if you don't feel's what you make of it!!


  2. So sorry to have missed your birthday but we were celebrating the birth of our first grandbaby yesterday. He was born at 1:06 AM in Dayton.

  3. Happy belated birthday!

    Doesn't Ami put on a great program?!

  4. Happy Birthday late to you,
    Happy Birthday late to you!
    Happy Birthday late dear Kelly,
    Happy Birthday late to you!!!!!

    I'm sorry I missed it, hon. Bad me :( Love the flamingoes playing basketball, what a hoot! And oh lucky you, getting to see Ami, I would dearly love to see her in person - she is truly an amazing woman. LOVE your pins and the birthday gift for that little girl!!!!

  5. Have fun quilt shopping. What a fun way to celebrate your birthday. Thanks for the update on the Flamingos. I guess they must play a lot of basketball to keep their legs so shapely. Glad to hear you have the QuickStitch containers at IHAN. Way cool gift idea.


  6. Any age looks FABULOUS on you my dear!! Got something headed your way!! hugs!!

  7. Oops! So that was YOUR cake I ate! mmmmmm, it was good!! Chocolate, our fave!! Happy belated birthday!! That's pretty cool embroidery you did & I'm glad you got to see the recipient's smile!! Always warms my heart when I know someone loved what I did! Speaking of which, I've gotta got "do" something up real quick!

    'later, chickee!!

  8. Wasn't Ami Simms great! I hadn't heard her before, either. What a treat--and an inspiration, too.

  9. Happy Birthday! It's a week long celebration isn't it? the very least. What a fun gift you made for the birthday girl. And I just love you keeping us current with your local flamingo population and their antics. Very fun indeed!

  10. What a sweet gift! Hope you had a good time today, dear. Sending lotsa love to you!

  11. Happy Birthday (even though I'm late). Sounds like you had a great day! Isn't Ami a great speaker? I took a class from her at MQX a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. She's the best!

  12. What ????? 48???? i don't belive it. You don't look a day over 35!

  13. Happy Birthday, Kelly! Hope you had a suitable celebration and find much to celebrate all year long. And hearing one of Ami's talks is indeed a memorable experience!

  14. Happy Belated Birthday! I loved Ami's book. Funny!

  15. Well I will now remember you bday, it is my MIL's as well (she is my pal! I love to hang with her!) HAPPY B-DAY!!!

  16. Happy Birthday! Thanks for keeping us updated on the flamingo family. I see March Madness has hit them too. Nice work on the machine embroidery. It really is addictive!



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