March 27, 2013

"GEAR" up for Baby!

Last month my girls, Kira, Kaitlyn and myself hosted a baby shower for Angie and Baby Kord.  It was great getting together with family and friends to celebrate the arrival of this little one.
For the refreshments we decided to go light finger foods.
Sugar cookies in the shape of "K".
Great grandma White's recipe for Chex Mix, which is a favorite of Jacob's.
For the first time I tried my mini donut maker.  They worked out well, the only thing I would do different would be to use my mom's chocolate cake recipe!  The recipe that came with was just a bit to rich.  Very fun to make.

And then we had an old fashioned candy bar and lemonade.

Angie really did get some nice gifts.  Thank you everyone who came and made this day special for her.
Myself and the girl's, Kira, Angie and Kaitlyn
And these cute little ones couldn't get enough of the donuts.  Karas, McKinely and cousin Emma.

March 25, 2013

Some lovin for Baby Kord!

In just about 20 days we will be grandparents of 6.  Our son, Jacob and his wife, Angie are going to be first time parents.  We couldn't be more happy for them.  And of course this Grandma had to have a couple of quilts finished by the time he made his debut. What little boy doesn't need trucks, cars and things that go.  The first one is a mish mash of different fabrics pulled from the stash. The focus fabric was bought while at market after I had just gotten the news they were having a boy.  I used a gray for the background.  The pattern was also purchased while in Houston.  It's an all boy quilt that's for sure.
 A binding shot, because of course it's my favorite on a quilt.  Especially because it's striped and on the bias.
 The second, a fun vintage western quilt.  All of these fabrics have been in the stash closet just waiting for the perfect little cowboy.  With the fabrics I used some chenille trim that I sewed down to look like a lasso.  After it was washed and dried it frays out.  A really fun accent to any quilt and it comes in all sorts of colors.  This was a design of my own because I couldn't find the right pattern for the trim.

And there's that striped bias binding again. What is it about them that makes me happy?

Here's a cute picture of the happy parents.  We are excited to have baby Kord join the White house family.  Our first grandson to carry on the White name.  More to come on this happy event.

March 24, 2013

They have arrived,

here in America.  Yvonne, Alex, Rennie and Rene' landed yesterday in Chicago after a long flight from the Netherlands.  They will pick up their RV's and start on their 3 week journey.  A week from today we will all be meeting in Moab to start a 2 week sight seeing vacation.  From Moab we will travel to many of  the National Parks, Las Vegas, St. George, Bryce Canyon and back here to our place for a few days. 

Oh, and I forgot to mention that we will be visiting the quilt shop (It's Sew Moab) there in Moab where this fantastic friendship all started, back in 2009.  So looking forward to it.

March 18, 2013

We have a winner!

Thanks everyone for all of the nice comments.  I knew there were several of you still viewing my blog.  And hopefully there are still lots of you out there that are just like me and don't take the time to comment but still follow the things I post about.  It is my hope that you can get some inspirations and ideas for you own projects.  I will continue to do my best at getting things together, posting about my sewing adventures and fun things we are doing here at the White house.

LynCC you are the winner of my little contest.  Please e-mail me your address and I will get your prize out in the mail right away.  My e-mail address is

Now what are you doing on this beautiful spring day?  Are you spring cleaning, yard work, sewing, etc.? Here at the White house I am getting ready for our out of country guests. So that means a little bit of everything.

March 12, 2013

Just Testing!

This is a test, and only a test!
 Just wondering how many of you out there are still one of my faithful followers?  Are you like me and do lots of stalking but do not leave many comments?  Do it just this once, I triple dog dare ya.  Please leave a comment after the BEEP!  I know, let's make a little contest out of this, should we?  Everyone that leaves me a comment stating your still with me, will have their name put in for a drawing. Oh, and for all of those first time readers, you can play too.  That's what quilters do, play nice with each other.  The prize, something sewn by me of course.  I will draw a name Sunday evening and let you know Monday morning.
Make sure you leave your e-mail address in the comment, just in case your the WINNER!

The Queen Bee Quilting Bag

Isn't this an awesome bag?  I found the pattern on the Moda Bake Shop while searching for a bag to teach at the annual Pie Plate Pattern's Spring Retreat.  It's a huge bag, as you can see in the pics.  By the time I get this up on my shoulder I have about 6" before it hits the ground.  
 It uses 1 charm pack of your favorite fabric line and yardage of two prints that coordinate.  I used Aneela Hooley's Sew Stitchy for my charm pack and the grey pins fabric for my lining and handles.  For the back side of my bag I used yardage from the Oh Deer line.  Both fabrics are Moda.  I did make a few minor changes to my bag.
It holds my cutting mat, acrylic extension table, rulers, iron and a whole lot of other sewing supplies that I might need to take to sewing retreats.  You will definately feel like a Queen Bee when you show up at your next Bee or quilting class sporting this bag.

March 6, 2013

"SEW" out of my Element!

Today I am working on a special project and for this special something I need 8 tiny 9 patch blocks.  Now to some of you this isn't tiny.  But for me this is "SEW" out of my element.  I usually like bigger piecing.  But thanks to my Clover Fork Pins the result of my first block is gorgeous!  Love, love, love
these pins.  Have you all got some of these in your notions drawer?   If not ya gotta get ya some!
 Just look at those perfect intersections would ya.  One down 7 more to go, I should have these done in no time.  Wish me luck! 
What are you all working on today?

March 4, 2013

Winter Bindings!

Last fall when I was digging through my junky fabric closet I found these four quilts that hadn't been quilted yet.  I had them quilted, put the bindings on all of them and waited for winter to get here so I could bind them on cold evenings.  Guess how many I have done?  ONE! The one folded right there in the front. I had it done right after the quilting so I could use it as a baby gift, but the others are still waiting to be stitched. 
So I wonder what happened to the cold winter evenings of stitching.  I guess they have been replaced with just sitting under a warm quilt watching television or sitting at the sewing machine making new ones!!  I'm not worried, with time they will get done.  It's all about time, right?


Hi there, I know I am a wee bit behind but that just seems how I am working lately.  This cute quilt was made back in January.  One day while I was a work I was helping a customer put together a baby quilt with these same colors.  After she left I just kept adding and adding until pretty soon I had come up with so many fabrics that I had enough to make a large twin size quilt.  I searched my project bag and found this pattern.  Marcea with Abbey Lane quilts had been in the shop and had left me several patterns to try out.  It's called Anthropology.  The colors and fabrics all work well together, they are from an array of different fabric collections.    Look really close at the block and the way they are arranged.  I think it's saying HI! 
 The binding fabric I chose was a diagonal two toned gingham check.  No need to cut on the bias.  Who doesen't love a diagonal binding.  It's my favorite thing about the quilt.

 The backing is from the same line as the binding.  It's called Happy Ever After by Sandra Workman of Riley Blake Designs.  Such a fun quilt to make.  Wouldn't this be so cute in a little girl's room? 
We have these as kits at the Corn Wagon.  Pattern and binding are included in the kits.  Stop by and see me when your in my neck of the woods.