Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My New Camera Bag

I got a new camera a couple of months ago.  One of those dslr cameras.  It's not top of the line but it does great as far as I'm concerned.  I also got a macro lens to go with it.  But what I didn't get was a camera bag.  You really need a camera bag if you get a camera.  I just didn't want to spend a lot of money on one.  They can cost close to $100.  More than I wanted to spend.  So the best solution, make one.

I quilted the fabric and then made the bag.  I put a divider in it to keep the extra lens and camera seperate.  Then I made extra thick quilted padding to insert just to give the camera extra protection.  I had the perfect button to add for decoration.  The best part is, I didn't have to buy anything.  Everything was in my stash.

Friday, May 13, 2011

My Blogger's Quilt Festival Quilt

Thanks again, Amy, for bringing all of us quilters together to share our passion.  I love seeing what all the other quilters have been up to this past year and visit all the other blogs.
I decided to add this fun quilt to the festival this year!

I call it "Around the Neighborhood".   It was made from blocks from a swap I was in.  I asked for wonky houses with a white background and bright, happy fabrics.   Boy, did they come through for me!  After I put the blocks together, I found the perfect fabric for the backing. 

Now, I'm not too good with machine quilting, and I didn't want to take a chance with ruining it, so I hand quilted it with wavy, wonky quilting lines.  And I think it was the perfect solution.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.  Now, I'm off to look at all these other amazing quilts on here! 
                    Happy Quilting, Sandy

Amy's Creative Side

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Amy, the Nurse Practioner

Our beautiful daughter, Amy, graduated from nurse practioner school on April 30th.
Look at that beautiful smile!
This girl is amazing.  She became an RN about seven years ago and has been working in the ER since.  She loves her job and was recently named nurse of the year in the ER department and is up for nurse of the year for the whole hospital.  We couldn't be more proud.  A few years after she graduated she decided to go back to school to get her bachelor's in nursing.  That was quite an accomplishment in itself.  Amy realized she wanted more, so about two years ago she started school to be a nurse practioner.  I guess she didn't have enough to keep her busy, because in the middle of all this she had another baby.  That makes four kids!  Wow!  She is amazing!  She has been working nights on the weekends, going to school and doing clinicals.  Add raising four kids to the mix and I just don't know how she has done it.  She is so determined.  So if I sound like I'm bragging, that's because I am!