Friday, April 24, 2009

A Favorite Tool of Mine and a Little Bit of Info

I've not been in a super sewy mood lately. I think part of the problem is that I've been working on a Christmas quilt and to be honest I've had it with the winter weather. The last four days here in Utah we've had spring like weather. I heard though that today we should get to about 55 degrees so that's all for now! I've had it and in protest I'm putting away my Christmas quilt. Yes, I started yet another quilt before I had the first finished. Why? Summery fabric. I am making it out of Sweet . I needed a change. I don't have the first block done yet. I was going to applique it by hand. We'll see..... it may be time to whip out the invisible thread and do it by hand. I'll post a picture when I'm done appliqueing the first block.

One of my friends does a Recommended Consumer Item of the Week on her blog. Probably not every week, but I love it when she does. She always makes me laugh with her love of products. Although I'm not witty like she is, I thought I'd post about the tools I like best when I haven't written for awhile.

Although this isn't necessarily my #1 favorite it really is quite handy. I was making my first apron one day and when I was turning the ties right side out it took me almost an hour for just one skinny little tie. Well.... that was not worth the effort. I remembered something about this that I saw somewhere so I went to JoAnn's and asked if they had anything to help. Sure enough they had these amazing turner outer things. I can't remember what they are called though. Since that one apron I have found quite a few uses for these. They came in a set of three sizes.

When I put away my double wedding ring quilt for the first time it was because I was sick and tired of turning the bands. Not any more my friends! This turns them right side out quick as a wink!

I was reading Sherri's blog today and she has some facts about her. I thought it was fun to get to know the person behind the quilts so I decided to add a few of my own.

1- Before my kids were born I taught 5th grade. I graduated from college when I was 21 and started teaching when I was 22. I taught until a few days after my 25th birthday, then school was out for the summer. I loved my class that year and was sad to see them go. They kept asking me if they could come help me the next school year. Although we had just been approved for adoption I knew in my heart we would be getting a baby boy that summer. Sure enough we did. I didn't tell anyone I was quitting or even that he was coming in the three weeks we knew before he was born. These things fall through all the time and I didn't want to talk about it if it fell through. Caleb was born in July. I hadn't bought much for him (in case it fell through I did not want to have baby stuff laying around and no baby to go with them). Jeff's mom came over and I needed a few more things so Jeff and I ran to the store while grandma babysat. I had planned on going in on Monday to talk to my principal and tell him I was quitting. Caleb was not quite a week old. Well.... we saw him at Walmart. He saw the baby stuff in my cart and I told him. Then Jeff announced that I was quitting. And so I quit at Walmart about three weeks before school started. Fortunately he was very excited for us!

2. I have sang and been in choirs all my life. My parents met in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and we were always doing some kind of music thing when I was growing up. When I was younger I was in The Salt Lake Children's Choir (there is a sample of music). I like very classical, but I also love to be in musicals. I hadn't had time to be involved with music while I was in college and I didn't want to take away time with Jeff when I finished and he was still going. As soon as he graduated were in Oklahoma together, which is not my favorite musical.
We are the couple in the back. I haven't been in anything since Caleb was born. Jeff has to be on call for work so he can't do it so I 'd have to do it without him, which would be fine but practices are usually every night and that's just too much time away from my family. Someday I'd like to do it again.
I'm late to meet friends to go for a walk, but I'll come up with some other things for later.


Sherri said...

What a fun post...uyou'll have to finish the info. part. I can't wait to see what you are doing with sweet! I'm realizing I'm probably going to have a lot of leftovers from my Tisket a Tasket I should be able to make another "Sweet" quilt!

Gayle said...

That handy dandy tool you told us about is called tube turner - they're worth their weight in gold!

Jen said...

I had a great time learning more about you, Elizabeth! I'm so glad you moved into the neighborhood. As for musicals...I've never been in one (been in a few plays in High School) but always wanted to. I keep thinking it would be fun to do a community one (Kaysville always has that one around the 4th of July), but I can't justify the time away from family either...guess it will have to wait until the only part I can get is the old lady (maybe we should do it together!).