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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Strippy Quilt As You Go

I managed to get 20 blocks done for Jan Mac this week. Originally, I was thinking I'd see how many I could do the rest of February, which is today. I'm taking a break today, but will probably give it another shot later on. I did do one with other fabrics just to see what it would look like. They get to be addicting after awhile LOL

I smell lunch cooking! We're just having corn chowder and pumpkin pie. I love pumpkin pie and have never understood just why it can 'only' be eaten on Thanksgiving or Christmas.

I had a surprise visit from one of my very close cousins on Thursday (we grew up practically as sisters) I have only seen her a few times in the last ten years so that was a good thing (toquote Martha S.) If nothing more to their liking turns up they may actually be moving here. Since my closest non-relative friend has moved away, that would be very nice. I've even found them a house already!

I better go tend to lunch before it burns.

Saturday Simples

I'm thankful it's the weekend and I don't HAVE to do anything I don't really want to today

I'm thankful I got 20 blocks done to send 'Down Under'

I'm thankful the snow is melting, REALLY thankful

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Got It Fixed

Thanks to Tracy for alerting me to where the problem was. Looks much better now.

Very rainy day today just right for staying in and sewing. I now have 12 blocks all done, ready to send to The Land Down Under. (Hmm. Seems like when my kids were teenagers that was a song on the radio. By Men At Work, if I'm not mistaken. Strange the odd things your mind can remember !! Now if I could just remember the things I NEED to LOL) Making these quilt blocks is really doing some serious stashbusting. I love it. Then I'll have to shop to replenish it, right?

My cousin that I haven't seen very often since we've all grown up and gone our seperate ways is going to be over here to visit tomorrow. Her husband is actually applying for a job in our town. That would be fun if they actually got to move here. My really, really, close friend has moved away so it would be nice to have someone to do things with again. I wonder if I could get her interested in quilting?!!

I put a shelf up in my quilting area this afternoon. And already have it full of things that were on my work tables in the way. How nice. Are those little jar toppers still in style or not? I've used various old canning jars to store things in. Easy to see what's where and gives a nice ambiance to the room. Anyway it does in my mind. And that's the one that counts LOL.

Wednesday Thanks

My family is all alive and well

That I actually got the shelf up --by myself

The much needed rain

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

See It's Still Doing It!! GRR

When I preview my blog it looks just fine. But then when I view it, nothing is in order like I did it. What do I need to do differently? This is SO discouraging. I've looked through the Help section but didn't find anything that really addressed my problem.


Finally Have a VERY few moments !!

Would someone please tell me just WHY my list from the last post is NOT in order? That is SO irritating!

Any of you quilters out there, they are having a fantastic sale over at Superior Threads. Here is the link to the sale page. They are really cleaning house!!

Also, if you'd like to help out those unfortunate people "Down Under", the lady at Sew Many Quilts blog site is requesting anyone who would like to help to send just the quilt blocks to them. However many you have time, or stash, to make. They are very simple, you can use strips from 3/4" up to 3". You just cut 11.5" squares of your backing + batting and sew the strips on the diagonal beginning with the crosswise center. They go real quickly. I have no idea what it costs to mail something down there, and her address is on her blog site. She said that what they REALLY need badly is blocks suitable for teenage boys, ya know, no flowery prints or pink! The one other caveat is don't duplicate the same print in the same block. Other than that, she doesn't really care what you do. I highly recommend going to her blog and checking it out. Great way to stashbust and help others at the same time.

I'm in the midst of doing a Turning Twenty red/black/white quilt top. What fun! One of the quilt groups I belong to has divided up into groups of four to do this. We sent five blocks to each of the other three in our group, and, of course, kept a set for ourselves. It is almost like Christmas when a package arrives that you know has blocks in it. Then we are waiting (oh so hard) until the last person has all their blocks and then sew like mad as the first person totally done,done,done, gets a prize.

To quote Bugs Bunny (wasn't it?)

That's All Folks!

Tuesday Blessings

The beautiful rainbow I saw earlier this morning
Hazelnut Coffee
And, last but certainly not least, my faithful little Mini Doxie who is never very far away

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Have Some Fun !!

Saw this at Sarah Ann Smith's blog today, and thought I’d play along too!!! I also think this means I am hereby opting out of the getting tagged thing on blogs… this’ll have to do it!
Here are the rules: Bold the things you’ve done and post on your blog!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo (in my car)
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors (no, but I'd like to)
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling (snorkling is awesome!)
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia (my son has)
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (bought them LOL)
62. Gone whale watching (didn't see any though)
63. Got flowers for no reason
4. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving (ABOSLUTELY NOT)
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car (twice)
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating -
88.Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life (my little dog's, soes she count?)
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous (LBJ)
92. Joined a book club
93. Got a tattoo
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

I've done more things than I thought! Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


The plastic shoeboxes were $8.88 at Bi-Mart, not $4.99. I can't even type anymore LOL

I have a Group Buddy that lives in Tampa and he said their heading for 19*. I'm not sure if he meant the high tomorrow or low tonight. Either way, that's pretty chilly for Florida!

Need to get busy and get things finished up for the evening. Just a few more things to do. It sure is easier to accomplish something when the sun is shining.

When I was folding fabric I found a piece with this tag stapled to it. Think the fabric qualifies as vintage? The fabric in the background is NOT the fabric this tag was attached to !!

It came out a little blurry but the tag says 2 1/4 yds, price $1.79, JC Penney. How long has it been since Penney;s even carried fabric? It's been awhile!

Have a good evening, or whatever time it is where you are.


I've been organizing all my fabrics. Whew! More than I thought! I'm using a method someone posted on one of my quilt groups. Everything is looking so nice and neat now because all of the fabrics are folded the same. If you'd like to see what I'm referring to mosey on over to . Scroll down the page and on the right side you will find a sink to Fabric Folding.

My shelves are now sorted accoring to colors and all the bitty scraps and orphan blocks are house in plastic shoesboxes I got at the local Bi-Mart Store. $4.99/8. Can't beat a deal like that these days.

Ok so my stash isn't as big as The Happy Zombie's or her sister's but it will grow. It still took HOURS and HOURS.
I still have some fabrics that I want to cut into strips. That was my project for today but instead i took the car in town and had the oil changed. (oh, yay!) I went to our tire shop to get it done and they even vacuumed the car for me. It was a horrible mess after all winter and it was way too cold to even think about doing the job here at home. Now I suppose I should stop by the car wash and give the poor thing a bath.
There is laundry calling to be folded. Sigh. Why can't dogs be trained to do housework? Sounds good to me LOL Just think how much more time we'd have for quilting!
I DID get a little practice in on the free motion quilting before I managed to break the needle. Another job waiting to be done.
It's an absolutely beautiful day here in South Central Washington. And WARM even! Not really the kind of day to waste indoors. Especially after the weather we've had all across the country this winter. But, it's still too muddy to do any kind of yard work.
Well, those lazy dogs are just napping rather than getting the chores done so I suppose I will have to do them!
My Wednesday Gratefuls
I'm grateful the sun is shining
I'm grateful for our local tire shop guys cleaning the interior of my car
I'm grateful that the week is nearly over