Sunday, December 30, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
I am still working on my mystery quilt but I didn't get a lot of time to sew today. I think I may be coming down with something. It shouldn't come as a surprise with 26 little bodies around me everyday, with many coughing and not covering their mouth. Somedays I feel as if I need a sneeze guard!
Well, back to the sewing progress! I made 20 nine patch blocks tonight.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
I have so many people that I would love to make a quilt for, and many, many deserve one, but this one is very dear to my heart. I need to get it finished because I want to see the reaction on her face! Ooops! Now you know it is a girl! Sorry all my guy friends out there, this one is not for you.
Check back soon for more progress!
Monday, November 5, 2012
This is for yet another new project! I just can't stop, it is definitely a sickness! This project is going to be a gift so I don't want to give anything away just in case they read my blog. Hopefully I can find some time to start sewing, even if it is only 30 minutes a day. If you want to see more creations head over to Patchwork Times to see what else is going on!
Saturday, November 3, 2012
A few months ago our school was awarded an amazing grant. There was money put aside, through the state of Utah, for a pilot program to see what would would happen if a school was immersed with technology. There was one high school, one middle school and one elementary school chosen in the state. My school was picked as the elementary school. We feel very fortunate because there is no way we would ever have this opportunity on our own.
Anyway, onto the basics. Here is the run down. Each teacher received a new MacBook Pro, a 55" screen with Apple TV and an iPad to use in the classroom. I have to say I LOVE my laptop! It is so nice to be able to take my computer home with me and have all my school stuff on one computer. No more emailing notes to myself to work on at home, it just comes with me. We also received days and days of training on how to make effective use of it in the classroom. Our school was also rewired with more wifi stations and enough capability to run many devices at the same time.
The best news of all is the students in the school will also receive an iPad to use during school! Yea, I have 27 students so I can have 27 iPads running at the same time! It is an overwhelming thought to me right now, but the kids are over the moon about it!
There were a lot of questions about how this is going to work. The company we are going through is iSchool in Park City, UT. They have done a fantastic job implementing this change. I can tell they really want us to succeed. They have shown us how it is possible to adapt to every child's needs. I have a broad range of students, ones who need help learning their letters to some that are reading on a first/second grade level. With iPads I can adapt to each child and give them the help they need. It is an amazing thought, and I can't wait to see the results!
Along with this there have been some learning curves, hopefully they are mostly behind us and we can move on. This is going to be a great adventure!
Sunday, October 21, 2012
3 Dog Design was one of the designers I met through that experience. He recently gave a review of our quilting tools. You can check it out here. We believe, as he does, they are great tools that every quilter could use and appreciate.
Remember the holidays are coming up. If you have a quilter on your list you can't go wrong with a great piece of art that is also functional!
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Friday, October 5, 2012
I had high hopes of getting the 12 Days of Christmas quilt finished today. In reality, I didn't even sit down at my machine. We had a great day at school, but after getting dinner and the dishes taken care of I was beat! I decided to chill out tonight, watch a movie and get a good start in the morning!
Thursday, October 4, 2012
In my school there is a teacher that loves to quilt, in fact, she is the one who encouraged me to try applique. We got together yesterday and talked quilt stuff for about an hour. I felt like I was in heaven! We looked up different quilt designers, fabric, patterns and books. It was so refreshing to find new designers and see the wonderful quilts that are out there. It was just what I needed! Last night I made time to sit at my sewing machine, it was only for 15 minutes but it was wonderful. The rejuvenation I felt last night was amazing, and it all came from an hour of conversation about quilting! Maybe I should have an enlightening conversation about cleaning, but then again, it probably wouldn't help.
This weekend I am joining a the Quilt-a-thon with Patchwork Times. Does anyone want to join along? It starts today and the goal is to sew, and sew and sew as much as we can Thursday - Sunday. Of course, I have to work but I am planning on posting every night with the progress I have made that day. I have high hopes of getting a few pesky projects finished!
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Here is a quilt I just finished, binding and everything! Just in time to hang in my entryway for Halloween!
My husband asked "didn't you start that for last year?"
Yes, yes I did, but at least I finished something. In my world that gives me permission to start 3 more projects!
Have a great weekend!
Friday, September 28, 2012
One of our products is a seam presser, or wooden iron that doesn't stretch seams and pressers like an iron!
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
Quilty, is that even a word?
I feel like I have to apologize for my long absence! I am doing great, my family is fantastic, but life has been busy!!! The longer I didn't blog the more I felt like I needed to catch up with everything that had been going on. It started to feel overwhelming! I have missed communicating with everyone, not sure how many people read this, but I am ready to start posting again.
Well, back to the quilty thing. Westenskow & Sons is at two quilt shows this weekend! One in Longmont Colorado and the other in St. George Utah. This is our smaller booth at the St. George show.
It is great to be here, not thinking about school, just relaxing and watching people. Not watching in a weird creepy way, just crowd watching!
I haven't even walked around to see what is here, but from the booth I can see some gorgeous quilts! I will post my 3 favorites later.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
|My side of the family.|
|Andy's side of the family (I know they love being on here!)|
Monday, July 9, 2012
Friday, July 6, 2012
This is one of those other projects. There is this really cute ruffle fabric that I love! If you haven't seen it the fabric comes with ruffles already sewn onto it.
One morning I woke up with the great idea to make raglan t-shirts with it. Okay, but there was a problem. I don't know how to sew clothes (at least not very well, and I usually end up cursing it about halfway through) and I couldn't find a pattern. Low and behold the internet came to my rescue once again. I found this great tutorial on how to make your own pattern and step by step instruction on how to sew it together. You can find the tutorial at Craftiness is Not Optional. Seriously, this was a great tutorial and I could show you the steps I took but why? You should just go there and see for yourself.
Here is the final product!