Monday, August 27, 2012

Objects of Desire...pinned and ready

This is the second top I've pieced (not counting a small wall size quilt) and it's been sitting for a long time, just waiting to be finished. I've vowed to finish the tops I've done before starting another one (unless I get sick of sandwiching and quilting, in which case I'll cheat). So it's all pin basted and the next step is to quilt it. It's made from an Objects of Desire jelly roll from Moda and boy howdy, is it ever bright. The pattern is from an older issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Pepper Jelly

Last night I made some pepper jelly and it came out so pretty I had to take a picture. Go to my recipe blog here for the recipe.


Monday, August 20, 2012

Nestability organization

We just got back from vacation-that's one reason I haven't posted in a while. It was pretty hectic in the week or two before, getting everything ready, and then we drove from Indiana to Nevada and then to California. I know. Crazy, right? On the trip my son took over the camera and here is a picture he took, I believe, in Colorado.



And here is one of the places we visited in Las Vegas. I'm sure History Channel fans will recognize this.



We didn't see any famous people but we saw a lot of interesting ones!

So the nestabilities. I tried several different methods to organize them. I tried the magnetic folders and the cd cases but nothing worked for me. Then someone at Split Coast Stampers posted this method and I tried it. I love it. It works out perfectly for me. I used some mat board to create some dividers in the box, including one long one on the side for the bigger dies. I used mat boards to put the dies on, and used the magnetic business card things that Staples sells. I cut one in half for each board. On sets that have a really small piece in the center, I put an extra square of magnet there so the small pieces stayed put. Then I made some tabs by printing out the names on card stock and folding and gluing them over the boards that hold my dies. Here's how it looks. I took these with my phone so the quality isn't great but you get the idea.

the box (the top hinges on the back and swings straight up):



the view from the front:



the view from the top:



this shows one board with dies on it:


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