Thursday, October 22, 2009
This women is giving away a fat quarter bundle (27 FQs!!) of Red Rooster's Pumpkins & Spice Fabrics by Whimsicals. There is a fat quarter of every fabric in the line, except the panel. WOW!!! Be sure to check out the slide show of the fabric from this line, and her FUN playlist!
I love sunflowers, pumpkins and almost anything primitive in fabric. I've always like sunflowers, but just recently become intrigued with pumpkins and general primitives.
I promise to post more soon!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Remember the other day when I said I couldn't decide which background should be black or white so I decided to make 2 quilts? Well.....on both quilts there is only one background color - all white or all black! I like the way they look, but they aren't the way they were supposed to be. I've decided to call this a design change instead of take them apart and admit to a mistake, but you do know what this means don't you? Now I have to make 2 more quilts following the original design because I still want to see how it looks with the black and white backgrounds in the same quilt!
I'll post pictures in the next day or so.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I don't know if you can see the iron on the right side of the table, but that is the iron that gave out this evening as I was getting ready to piece the first border strips for Freeze Frame. If you look closely you can see the mini craft iron that I used to finish pressing the center and after that I decided to wait until I get a new iron to finish this. I've not had much luck with irons lately. The Bernina Steam Generator that I had and loved quit working about 3-4 weeks ago and even though I love it, I can't justify spending close to $200 getting it fixed. It was sent in for repairs a couple of years ago and I'm not very happy that it didn't last longer. I'm going to get a cheap iron tomorrow and start researching "good" irons. Anyone have suggestions or recommendations?
Speaking of Judy L.'s Freeze Frame. I really liked the picture and decided that I just HAD to make this quilt. I new I wanted to make it in brights but I couldn't decided if I wanted to use a white or black background so I decided to do both. I'm sure I'll find a use for two quilts, right? All of the fabric is from my stash except 3 bright fabrics. If you look closely, you will notice that everything is identical except that where there is white in the quilt on the right, it is black on the left quilt, and vice versa. I'm still surprised at how different they look. I can't wait to finish these, but of course, I need an iron first! This past week I was reminded as to why we should not buy fabric and put it away without looking at it. The fabric below was purchased a very long time ago (probably 4-5 years) with the intention to be used as the backing for a particular quilt. Well, I finally finished the quilt and while I was getting ready to layer it I discovered a flaw that ran the entire width of the fabric, all 108" of it! Of course it would have shown on the quilt for which it was intended so I had to get new backing and find another use for this fabric. You'll be happy to know that it is now contend as the backing on my Up North quilt (Thimbleberries) that my friend Rachel just finished quilting for me.(Check out her blog on my side bar-Sew Behind-she has finished 2 of my quilts and I love them both!) I really am in the mood to get things done. I sent 4 quilts to Rachel (she put out a plea to help raise money so her dog could have some medical care. How could I not help her, AND get quilts done?), and I have others that I am doing on my own. They are much smaller and they are much easier for me to do in my machine. As a matter of fact, on my stash picture, my Pineapple Blossom (Bonnie Hunter's pattern) is one the table. I'm half done quilting it, but decided to take a break and add the borders to the Freeze Frame. So much for that!
Monday, September 7, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Can you believe it? I hardly keep up with this blog, let alone facebook. I've confirmed some friends and read a couple of messages, and I've even written on a couple of peoples' walls, but that is about it. I haven't taken any time to figure out how the whole thing works and I don't know when that will happen. Nikki and family will be here this weekend, so I guess that I'm going to get a crash course in facebook. Now, as we know, that does not guarantee that I will actually post anything or even read the messages. I will try, but I'm not promising anything.
There has been lots happening lately and even though they will sound like excuses, they are the reasons I haven't posted in AGES!
I've had a few medical issues to deal with, including a brief stay in the hospital and taking some medicine that has just thrown me for a loop. I'm hoping that we are on the right track now and things will settle down so I can sew, quilt and post (both on this blog and on facebook!).
This past weekend was the Cleveland Breast Cancer 3-Day event and I had medical permission to attend the event and work on the lunch crew as planned. I know that I will need permission to walk in Dallas in November, but that's a while away and I know that I will be ok for it!
Anyway, the event was great - very emotional, tiring, and exciting all at the same time. I met some amazing people during my four days (crew has to be there one day early for training) and in that short time, I feel like we've been friends forever. When I talk to people who have dealt with cancer and other issues and they have such a wonderful outlook on life, it puts things in perspective for me. I think that the timing for this event and my medical issues was perfect. I needed to be reminded of what is really important in life and that there is always someone out there who has more to deal with than me! (I often forget that it really ISN"T all about me.)
I saw husband and wife teams walking together, crewing together, as well as wives walking and husbands working on the crews. (We had 3 men on our crew who's wives walked.) It was touching to see the men's concern for their wives and the relief when they saw them approach the lunch stop. They were able to take a break from working to enjoy a little time with their wives and help them regain the strength and desire to stand up and walk the final 10 miles for the day. I saw pride, concern and love as the wives came around the bend and entered the "tunnel of support" to welcome them back to camp each night. I was touched and glad that Jack and Lynn were with me.
I look forward to Dallas and walking with Jack and his cousin Pattie who is a breast cancer survivor. I know that this will be a challenge, but I know I can do it again! I'll keep you posted on how my training and fundraising is going!
Thanks for "listening!"
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I've been working quite a bit lately and there's been changes going on at work. The Norwalk club has been sold and the owners are in negotiations for the Huron club. I'm still working in all three clubs, but because of vacations, etc. I've been working a lot. That's going to continue through July, even though I will be gone for the last weekend of the month. That's the Cleveland 3-Day in which Jack, Lynn and I will be working the lunch crew. We have to report for Crew Day on Thursday and the walk is Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
We had our annual fundraiser garage sale the last weekend in June, so I spent many days in early June picking up donations, pricing items, making signs, advertising, etc. We were pressed for time to get ready because the week before the sale was our annual sisters' weekend (also known as the estrogen weekend) that stretches into an entire week when our families join us at Burr Oak. As usual, we had a wonderful time and it was very relaxing and enjoyable. I was able to get a bit of walking in and Jack and I went canoeing one afternoon. We had a wonderful time and it was SOOOO needed.
I've been busy with various fundraising efforts (we have to raise $2300 each), including the garage sale and a pampered chef party. The party was well-received and we will get 15% of the total sales donated to our fund (that should be about $170).
Jack and I visited David and Rachel in Chicago last weekend and had a good time. It rained most of the day Saturday, but it was a light rain so we went to the Botanical Gardens and walked around for a couple of hours. It was BEAUTIFUL! There were fireworks Friday and Saturday and we were ablt to enjoy about four different set of them at the same time each night.
This weekend is the Huron County Relay for Life and Lynn and I are part of the Funky Monkey Team. This is the first time that either of us has been part of Relay for Life, but we are looking forward to it.
Nikki and Quinn spend 10 days with us in the middle of June. That was great! Zach was able to join them here for a long weekend, so that was really nice. I feel kind of bad though because I was busy with work, the garage sale, and the pampered chef party. I wish I had more time to just sit and play with Quinn. She is getting so big and it is amazing how much she changes in such a short time. I've got to make plans to get to Cincy soon!
I have lots of quilting work to get done. I'm still working on two T-shirt quilts and three memory quilts. Hopefully I can get busy on them next week. I'm also working on a wallhanging that is made out of ribbons won at horse shows. It is challenging, but that's what I like about it. Perhaps I'll have pictures for the next post.
Oh, something quite different did happen today. While I was putting some things away in the basement, I noticed a snake on the stairs. I HATE snakes!!! Jack came in, picked it up and happened to mention that it had a triangular shaped head, which I believe means that it is poisonous. Now how the heck did it get into my basement! Anyway, I have gone back to the basement, but I sure do look around the entire time I am there. Did I mention that I HATE snakes? I'm sure that I'll have some interesting dreams the next couple of days.
Okay, speaking of dreams, it's time to get ready for bed and hope that tomorrow is productive...........
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Anyway, the monitor finally came off today. The doctor told me that they have recorded enough data, even though I didn't have one of my "major episodes" which was the reason for wearing the darn thing anyway! All that remains to remind me of the monitor are the red, swollen sore spots where the electrodes stuck to my skin. It sure will be nice to sleep tonight and not feel as if I'm being strangled.
All joking aside, I'm amazed at technology! I was pretty shocked when I got my first phone call from the monitoring company at 2:12AM the first night I wore the thing wanting to know how I felt because I was having an episode. I didn't even feel it! Amazing!!!
Anyway, here are two of the hanging baskets we bought Saturday. I love all of the color and different flowers. Do you see the sprayer in the second picture? That was filled with vinegar and dish soap and used as a "green" weed killer for the new garden area. Within 2 hours the grass had started to die and I was ready to start spading the area. Can you see the brown grass in the last picture? (I feel like an elementary teacher. Do you see Spot run?)
This last picture is of the area that has become the dumping spot for plants over the last couple of years. If I didn't know where something was going, I planted it here for "a couple of days." Well, a couple of days has turned into a couple of years, but it's finally getting done. I have some iris and lilies that I need to get out of there, but that will have to wait until they are done blooming, and I want to transplant a few more of the black eyed susans. After that, this area will be a clean slate!
Well, I'm excited. Three posts in four days is pretty good for me. I'll try to keep it up, but I certainly won't make any promises. I do have some guild work that I should have done before I blogged, but this was going to be more fun. I guess that I'll have to do that when I get home tomorrow before I do anything else!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Tomorrow I will finish transplanting the black eyed susans and hopefully get the rest of the flowers in the ground. We're going to put the garden in a new area this year but we need to see how much sun the area we have in mind gets. We want the garden closer to the house and that limits the areas we can use. We'll know tomorrow and get busy prepping the ground!
We had to unlatch the shutters from upstairs because there were bats behind them. We don't care that they are there, they just poop all over the balcony and that is a pain to keep clean. We have to do this every year, so it isn't a big deal, just a pain.
Jack went to teach class tonight and while he was gone I worked on a couple of quilt designs that I've been playing with. I got the fabric yardage figured out and started to write up the pattern. Sometimes I do things backwards. I design the quilt and write out what I think will be the instructions. I use what I typed up as a guideline and change it as I sew and decide the best or easiest way to complete the quilt. I haven't done any sewing yet, but I hope to before I go to bed.
I love days like today. Beautiful weather, time to play in the dirt with the one you love, design a quilt or two and hopefully get some quilting in. Who could ask for more?
Saturday, May 23, 2009
We picked up a couple of beautiful hanging plants along with our marigolds, petunias, sedum, pansies, tomatoes, peppers, dill, parsley, basil, etc. We also got a couple of horseradish plants to augment the patch we already have because we love fresh horseradish! By the time we were done shopping, we had a car-full. I'll try to get some pictures tomorrow to post.
Since we were in the area, we stopped at the new home of Country Fabrics. This is the first time that I've been able to get there, and it is really nice. The building is an old barn and is much larger than their previous place. My friend Carolyn and her husband were at the shop so we got the chance for a brief visit. (We were all in a bit of a hurry since the trips were kind of spur of the moment.) I picked up a couple of fabrics that I'll use in the raffle quilt that I am making for my sister's school. I'd picked out fabric from my stash, but I knew that I didn't have enough for the border, so I got that and some background fabric. Now, when will I get to sewing that? I have no idea. I have to get my "you know what" in gear and finish the raffle quilt for the 3-Day!
After a quick lunch (grilled turkey burger and grilled asparagus - YUM!) Jack and I went back to Mulberry Creek to get a truck load of mulch so we could get started on planting. We got the flower boxes all planted and then I worked on getting the other areas cleaned up and ready for planting tomorrow. My goal is to have everything done tomorrow so I can sew on Monday since I don't have to work.
Speaking of work, Doug and Gretchen sold the Norwalk Club! I'm not sure exactly when and how that will affect me since I work in all 3 clubs, but I'm assuming that nothing will change for at least a month to give the new owners a chance to get organized and accustomed to the place. I've met the new owners and they are very nice. Even though change might be scary, it is often a good thing and I'm looking forward to the new adventure!
More on our progress tomorrow.....
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Jack, Lynn and I went to Cincinnati 2 weeks ago and visited Nikki, Zach and Quinn. We had a great time and the weather was fabulous.
On Saturday we all went to the Cirque Dreams, Jungle Fantasy and it was great! I can't imagine how anyone can be that flexible or talented. If you ever get a chance to see them, you really must go. There were contortionists, trapeze artists, acrobats, jump ropers, etc. I would be hard-pressed to tell you my favorite part of the show.
Check out their website: http://www.cirqueproductions.com
Quinn really enjoyed it. We were all surprised that she was so engrossed in the show that she didn't fuss at all and was dancing to the music. She fell asleep during the last 5 minutes or so, but I think that is amazing considering she hadn't taken a nap.
Saturday was Zach's birthday and Nikki bought him a grill. We got him some utensils and a grilling cookbook and some seasonings. Since we had gone to the 2PM show, Zach grilled dinner for us all and it was really good. We didn't celebrate Quinn's birthday yet, even though it was on the 9th. Nikki and Zach want to have a picnic/party at the park so no one has to try to have a ton of people at their house. It is also perfect for the kids because of the playground equipment, tennis courts, etc. Even though it will be almost a month after her birthday, the party is May 2nd. We figured that Quinn wouldn't care. Afterall, she's only 1!
Jack and I went to the Indians home opener last Friday afternoon. Lynn was there with some friends, but we weren't sitting close. It was cold and rainy and there was a rain delay. We all left after about an hour and half delay. Jack and I stopped to get something to eat and when we got in the car around 9:15, they had resumed play. I couldn't believe it. The rain delay was almost 4 hours long! I'm a big baseball fan and so far it looks like it is going to be a challenge to really enjoy watching Cleveland this year. I know, it's early!
I haven't had much time to sew. I've been busy at work and I was sick over Easter weekend. YUCK! It is driving me crazy to not be sewing. I've been trying to sneak in a few minutes here and there, but even that hasn't happened much the last coouple of weeks. I'm hoping for this weekend. Hopefully I'll be able to post some pictures then also.
My friend Rachel digitized some letters for me and I have to see if I can save it to a USB stick and transfer it to my machine. I think I'll try that tomorrow morning before I get busy with the thirty other things on my list. Thanks Rachel! That was fast.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Nikki made the move two weeks ago and they seem to be settling in pretty well. We are taking a couple of forgotten items, or things that wouldn't fit in the car with us and they will be here in about 3 weeks so that should take care of everything. I'm going to try to "accidentally" bring something home with me that they really need so I have to make and "emergency" trip next week. Do you think I could do it and have no one figure out my plan? Anyway, it will be good to see them all.
Saturday is Zach's birthday and we are all going to see the Cirque Dreams, Jungle Fantasy. It should be fun and I'll let you know when I return.
Jack is doing much better. He did end up with another stent, which is what I kind of expected. He had some trouble during the procedure. There was a problem with the blood flow and he suffered a minor heart attack, but there doesn't appear to have been any lasting damage to the heart. He continued to have chest pains for a few days, but that has subsided. Also, now that we have his medications figured out, he is MUCH better - no more headache, dizziness or nausea. He took a walk yesterday and really enjoyed it.
I'm sure I will have pictures from this weekend so I'll try to post soon after I return.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
For Christmas, Nikki made me a scrapbook and I love looking at it. Apparently, so does Quinn! More to come later....
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I have a picture of the flowers that the gals from the Norwalk club sent me for my birthday Monday. When the guy delivered them, he said he had a birthday cake for me, but that it was non-caloric. It was a flower cake! How cute is that?!?
I was chain-piecing my blocks when Karen and Kare started laughing and pointing at me. Of course, I assumed that I had food on my face or drool running down my chin so I quickly started to wipe my face and ask what was going on. They both were laughing so hard that they couldn't say anything, so they just pointed to my thread. The thread was dangling and bobbing all over the place while I was sewing! It really was funny and we all laughed pretty hard. As I'm typing, I realize that perhaps most people wouldn't find this to be so funny so maybe we were really tired or in a food-induced stupor! I guess that there is no question now as to the fact that it doesn't take much to entertain us.
Speaking of the retreat. We had a really good time and even though I wasn't able to stay the entire time both days, I got a lot done. I always find it interesting how 18 people can be using the same pattern, but end up with such different looking quilts. Check out the Milan Quilt Builders blog on the sidebar to see a slideshow of the quilts. (Thanks Kare for doing such a great job with the guild's blog!)
I promised one of our guild members that I would update my blog more frequently, so I will work on that. Maybe that should be what I do for Lent, rather than give up something!
I've got to get busy on some of the UFOs that I have, but they might have to wait until I complete two T-shirt quilts. I just received a box of T-shirts from a woman who had seen a quilt I made for one of her co-workers. We spoke on the phone a couple of weeks ago and she said she was going to get some shirts together for me. Well, they arrived today so now I have to work on those. I want to finish piecing the raffle quilt so I can get it quilted and begin selling the tickets. I also want to work on the guild mystery quilt and its BOM. I have three quilts ready to quilt, but I never seem to have the time to layer them and get them under the machine. I forgot that I also have some embroidery that needs done on a couple of casket scarves and some woven blankets. YIKES.....I have my wok cut out for me. Maybe I should cut back on my sleeping or better yet, work. What do you think?
More tomorrow (or the next day), including pictures!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
If you look closely at the second picture, you will see that the animals are enjoying an afternoon in the yard as well. Do you see the possum?
I know it is early to be thinking that there won't be anymore snow, but it sure is nice to have warm temperatures and see green.
As you can see, my camera is working, but it's only because I have a new disc in. I am resigning myself to the fact that I have lost all of the pictures on the other disc. :( I guess that will teach me to take them off the camera sooner.
I have added a couple of blogs to my list. Check them out! The knittingbrow is my brother's blog and his Jan. 31st video is showing some of the family calendars we've made over the years. Thanks for the trip down memory lane Jerry!
Jack and I are off to visit my sister Ann and her family. Mom is staying with them, but will be returning to Dayton soon. We'll be taking Quinn with us and I know we'll have a great tme. I'm also pretty sure that the trip is a "Photo Op" waiting to happen!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
On a happier note, the retreat was really fun and productive. Even though I didn't complete my normal number of projects, I did get a lot accomplished. I began work on the 2009 raffle quilt (Bonnie Hunter's Double Delight - with her approval) and that has a lot of small pieces. I have completed most of the square in a square units (I need to do 12 more I think) and all of the mini 9 patches are done. I needed to wait for the remaining square in a square pieces because I wasn't sure what I was going to do for the borders. I didn't want to cut into the rest of the fabric until I decided because that would mean that I would have to piece the borders; and I don't like doing that. Anyway, I also stated sewing the blocks together and I have one corner done. Today I decided how I am going to finish the quilt. I want to make a pieced border that I saw on another quilt. I have to e-mail that designer and make sure she doesn't have any objections to me using her border. I don't think it will be a problem because she has a ton of free patterns on her sight and this border is on one of those projects.
I also worked on a Patriotic UFO and have it all done except two borders. I decided to add pieced cornerstones and I need to resize and finish those ASAP. I really like the look of the quilt and wonder why it got put away in the first place.
Of course all of my retreat pictures are on my camera, so I don't have an to show you. Oh well.
Until next time.....
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I am trying to decide what I am taking on retreat at the end of this month. I always take too much, but I'd rather have too much than not enough. I'm sure that I will find something that just calls my name while I'm there too, but you never know. We will be in Holmes County, staying in a condo. I love being there in the January because it is usually cold and snowy and I always get a lot done. My best friend Kare is going with us this year. She's a "virgin retreater" but I have no doubt that she will fit right in. We sew, laugh, shop, eat, sew some more and always have a wonderful time. I'll try to remember to take my camera and forward some pictures.
I took a break from organizing my stash and trying to decide what fabric I will use for my guild's retreat mystery next month. I'm finding out that I have been busting a lot of blue and "background" stash. I only have four or five pieces of blue in the tub and not much more of the light "backgrounds." Do you think that is reason to shop while I'm on retreat in a couple of weeks? :) Oh well, I better get back to work or I'll find some excuse to stop.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Anyway, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and that the new year is shaping up to be a good one for you. I was going to make a resolution that was something like this: " I resolve to update my blog at least once a week, if not more in 2009," I knew that would only be setting myself up for failure so I didn't do it. How's this for a resolution: "I'll try to post weekly and not beat myself up if I don't do it"? I like the second resolution best!
Anyway, I have some pictures I'll share in my next post that include some of the projects that I made for Christmas, what I am working on now, and the projects that I want to start soon. Be on the lookout for that post sometime in the next ??????? or so.