Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Where Does The Time Go?

It seems almost impossible that it's been a month since I posted last. Where does the time go?

Is anyone else thinking about Spring Break? We are here at our house! Yesterday I helped Sara make arrangements for Spring Break in Panama City, Florida. I did get an invitation to go with her, but when she found out I was going to wear a bikini on the beach, the invitation was rescinded. Whew that was a close one!

Christmas was wonderful. We had all our family here at our home. Maybe all the food didn't get done at the same time, but we didn't really care. The kids were so excited to open their presents. We had a wonderful time together.

So the princess will be going back to Ohio State on Thursday so she can celebrate with friends from college. I think she is coming home the next day...we have to watch the Rose Bowl this year! Then back to college again on the 3rd.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that the New Year will bring you everything you want!


Monday, November 30, 2009

So today was a fun day...I ran errands and almost got everything I wanted to do finished.
First I went to the commercial embroidery shop that I use to work at and got a shirt embroidered for a friend. It took longer than I thought it would. My ex boss had to rearrange the stitching. It was great seeing my friend Sherry. She had gone on a red eye trip to NYC over the weekend. Her goal was to buy a knock off purse, and eat a wiener from a street vendor. She accomplished both, good for her.
Then I went to the quilt shop where I work part time, had lunch with my current boss. I don't work till tomorrow, but it's always a fun place to hang out.
After that, I actually got two quilts from my quilter today. I still need to trim them and get the bindings on both of them. They are both charity quilts. They both go to Pennsylvania. One to a lady I signed up to do a quilt for on Charlotte's Garden, and the other is for Quilts For Kids. They sent me material for the top and backing. I just added batting and binding. This is my first quilt for them. I hope to more in the future.
The only thing I didn't get to do was to start another quilt. My brother in law called about two weeks ago and asked me what he needed to do to get a quilt made. He has a co-worker that hasn't been able to work for awhile now and they want to do a benefit for him and his family. I should have started it about a week ago, but you know, some of us just work better under pressure (that's me!).
Tonight I helped with a Girl Scout troop (20 little girls) that is making a purse. Each girl is making a raggedy purse from Girl Scout fabric. This line is so cute.
If you've gotten this far, I still need to let you know about a sale on Fairy Frost. Our shop has it on sale (lots of colors) for just $5.99 per yard. If anyone is interested, let me know and I'll send you the phone number for the quilt shop.
Oh my, that's a long post! Happy quilting!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

She's Gone Again

I had great holiday weekend. I hope you all did too. Sara was home for four days. We had a good time together. We went to see "New Moon" together. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.

Of course we had to do some shopping. She hadn't been home since August. We love to shop. She gets it honestly. I love finding things for her. I really don't buy much for me (unless we count fabric!).

Sara is going to a wedding in December so we were looking for something she could wear to that. This is what we found:

I really think my daughter looks better in the dress than the model. I'm probably a bit biased tho.

Monday, November 16, 2009


Stop by this site for a chance to win her giveaway!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Tired & Broke!

What a fun two days I've had. The girls that went with me kept me laughing all the way. Good friends, and great company.

My feet hurt, my back hurts from driving for two days, but I'd do it again in a heartbeat! There were so many great samples at the quilt shops, I think I'm on sensory overload. I want to start at least 20 new projects :)..... I just don't know which one to start first!

Now to the broke part. I spent about $130 on the kits to make the quilt that was displayed in each shop. I was buying a kit for one of my friends that couldn't go with us. So really only $65 of that is actually my debt. But I definitely did a fabulous job keeping all the pattern writers and designers in business. I haven't added it all up yet and I don't think I will. Ignorance is bliss!

That's it for me tonight. I'm feeling pretty good about posting two days in a week!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

2009 Shop Hop

Well, it's been a long time again. I'm not sure where all my time goes. I can guarantee you it's not spent cleaning! I wish I could say that I've been busy sewing, but I can't even claim that excuse. Seems like I'm just fiddling away my time.

Tomorrow is going to be a fun time. I am going on the Amish Shop Hop with two of my friends. We will visit nine of the shops, and finish the last three on Thursday. I love going to all the different shops and just looking at all the samples on the walls. The girls that are going with me are so much fun. I hope I don't break the bank. I love to shop!

Maybe I'll post some pictures tomorrow night. Hopefully I won't be too tired!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Giveaway Alert!

Stop by Blue is Bleu's blog for a really cute tablerunner giveaway.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Quilt Show

So I've been a bad blogger once again. I can't believe it's been almost a whole month since I posted anything.

We have been in full quilt show mode for the last week. Our guild puts on a show every 18 months. There has been some serious talk about doing it every two years. I'd say the majority of our members are over 50, so it takes us all a lot longer to get everything ready. Tuesday from 4-7 we were to deliver quilts for display at the show. Since the ladies could also bring items for our boutique, I stayed til 7 so the items could be checked in and priced. I had wonderful help with this, it's more complicated than I thought. When we were finished several of us went out to supper. Wednesday I went back at 9 am to help with the quilt judging (my job was to help present the quilts to our judge). I stayed til 5ish, and worked on setting up the rest of the boutique. Again, I had fantastic help! I couldn't have done it without Sherry (no blog). Thursday was our big day. We arrived around 4 and finished up around 7. We have 150 or so quilts on display. All the stanchions had to be assembled and quilts hung. Some of the husbands showed up to help, thankfully. So Friday we open the show at 10 am til 5 pm and Saturday we are open 10 am til 3 pm . I hate to even try to add up all the hours I've spent there.

If anyone lives close enough to visit our show, we'd love to see you!

So that's my excuse and I will try to get back into the swing of this blogging again.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Jelly Roll Giveaway


Stop by the above link, The Cutting Table Quilt Blog, to win a free jelly roll!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Giveaway at Just Another Hang Up

Stop by "Just Another Hang up" for a chance to win a wonderful bag. The fabrics are great!http://justanotherhangup.blogspot.com/2009/09/september-tote-give-away-chocolate.html

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sweet Nostalgia BOM

I just found a cute free BOM from Dorothy at Dorothy Baker Designs. Stop by and enter her giveaway too!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Blogaversary Winner!

We just got back from Columbus. I'm so tired I think I could just go to bed for week! What a wild four days. Jeff took me down on Tuesday night and Sara and I started cleaning almost immediately. I can't believe she can cram that much stuff into such a little apartment. Her new roommate is moving in tonight, so we wanted to freshen the apartment a bit. That included washing down all the walls in the apartment. I thought this was a small apartment til we started washing the walls down. Tuesday night, we discovered that the washing machine had stopped working. A call to the emergency repair line was practically worthless. The man on the other end left a message for Sara telling her that it would be 7 days before they could get to her apartment to have a look at it. I wasn't happy with that answer, so I called him back and told him that was unacceptable. He had a repairman there by Friday. So I'm thinking three days is way better than seven! The repairman pronounced her machine dead and then we are told it could be a week before they delivery a replacement. Wrong! James came thru this time. We had a new washer there by 2 pm. Anyway, we clean, picked up a new couch and new end tables, and cleaned some more.

Opps, I got carried away. The winner of my blogaversary jelly roll is Terry. Thanks for commenting Terry. Could you send me your address and I'll try to get it out to you by Monday at the latest.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

One Year Blogaversary - Edit

Wow, it sure doesn't seem like it's been a year since my first post. Where has the time gone? I just looked back at my first post. We were getting Sara ready to move into an apartment in Columbus and the start of her Sophomore year at Ohio State University. She has done amazingly well at the university and we are very proud of her.

So I've had a year to think about what to give away for my anniversary. I think I'll do this in two parts. The first post will be for bloggers who have commented in the last six months. I know I don't get a lot of visit, so this will reward will go to the ones who have been commenting and visiting on a regular basis.

I'll post a picture of my "reward" tomorrow.

My next post will be for all other commentors. Good luck to everyone.

I've found my giveaway!!! It's a Moda Jelly Roll. It's Called Arcadia By Sanae. The owner of the quilt shop where I work just made the Ashley Bag by Amy Butler from this collection. It's really cute

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Quilty Picture

This is the last quilt I finished. I finally finished sewing the sleeve on the back last night. I am getting things done, it just seems to take me forever to take a picture. I don't usually use batiks, but I really like the way this one came out.

Here's college girl. She thought she needed another pair of Uggs. Seriously, how many Uggs do you need? I guess I'm just not into shoes that much. She went back to Columbus on Saturday. Lots to do in the next few weeks. Her roommate is moving out and the new one moves in on September 5th. We are going to try our best to get the carpets cleaned on the 3rd, move her furniture to the other bedroom, build a bookcase for her bedroom, and help the first girl move out (remember the putting her couch thru the window?) Wow, I'm tired just thinking about it all.

I still have a huge box of UFO's. I'm thinking about making a list. Maybe if I saw it in print, it would motivate me to finish more things! Nah, I'd probably just get depressed.

My one year blogaversary is coming up at the end of this month. Not exactly sure what I'll giveaway. I don't like it when bloggers make you jump thru hoops for a giveaway, so I'm sure mine will be very simple. I'm seriously thinking about making only my visitors who have commented in the last 6 months eligible. Your chances should be pretty extremely good!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The ABC's of Me

The ABC’s of Me…

A – Age: 59

B – Bed size: Queen

C – Chore you hate: Cooking - it never ends

D – Dog’s name: No Pets

E – Essential start your day item: Take A Shower

F – Favorite color: Turquoise (at least this week)

G – Gold or Silver: Gold

H – Height: 5′ 4″

I – Instruments you play: None that I care to mention

J – Job title: Retired

K – Kid(s): Sara

L – Living arrangements: House (too big now that Sara is in college)

M – Mom’s name: Loretta

N – Nicknames: Joycee

O – Overnight hospital stay other than birth: Age 4 – Tonsils out

P – Pet Peeve: People that are late…

Q – Quote from a movie: You work on commission don't you? Big mistake, big, huge!
Vivian (Julia Roberts) says this to some snooty shopkeepers after they would not allow her to shop in the store. She comes back in the store after spending a ton of money elsewhere and tells them what a big mistake they made by turning her away.
***I've always liked this line because it reminds me that you shouldn't always let other peolpe's opinion matter to you. People tend to judge on outward appearances and often miss out on a truly great person by being so narrow minded. ***

R – Right or left handed: Right

S – Siblings: Patty – age 57; Sue - age 55 (wow they are getting old)

T – Time you wake up: Between 9:00 and 11:00 – depends on when I go to bed

U- Underwear: Yep

V – Vegetable you dislike: Egg Plant

W – Workout style: Walking

X – X-rays you’ve had: Back, Teeth, Mammograms

Y – Yesterday’s best moments: Spending time with my daughter. We love to shop

Z – Zoo favorite: Lions, Tigers, and Bears! Oh My!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New Fabric

I talked to Sara today. She says she is coming home on Monday. She has to work the weekend. This is a picture she sent recently. She was leaving to go to the Ohio State Fair. I'm sure glad we have texting, skyping, and phone calls.

I work at the quilt shop tomorrow. The owner just got in some new fabric. It's by Free Spirit, the Prairie Gothic collection. Some pretty wild fabrics. I made a tote bag tonight from some of the 60" fabric. So cute.

That's all for tonight

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Sewing Machine Withdrawal

Today I took my Pfaff 7570 sewing machine to have it serviced. I think I'm having withdrawal, sweating, shaking, nervousness! I felt so sad when I left it at the shop. It probably will be lonely tonight in that unfamiliar room, with no one to play with! I hope it will forgive me when I go back in two weeks to get it. Wow two weeks! I am use to driving my baby to Pennsylvania and bringing it home with me the same day. Way more expensive than the old shop too.
The good part of the day was when we stopped at two quilt shops. One I had visited before, but the first one was new to me. The shop was Material Obsession in Medina and was very cute. The last one was Fabric Peddler in Wadsworth. I did some major damage to my credit card today. I bought some really cute patterns and a little bit of fabric. Actually the fabric was for a friend of mine.

The Princess is suppose to come home in a week. I hope she doesn't change her mind. It's been almost a month since she was home, and I need some Sara time.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Good Day, Good Friends

Today was a good day. Two friends and I went to Charm to visit Miller's Dry Goods. It's a great place to do fabric shopping. We didn't buy a lot of fabric, we are trying to only buy in order to complete projects. Like that's gonna last!

I had a surprise in the mail when I got home. There was a package from Terry of Atkinson Designs. I won a giveaway at Terry's blog. Thanks again to Terry for her generosity. I can't wait to try out the patterns.

Tomorrow, our guild is going to decorate the local library with quilts. That's always fun. I think we've done it at least once a year for the past 5 years. Guess I'll have to go to bed early tonight so I can be up early to help.

I should have several quilts to show you in my next post. I've been busy sewing but not taking pics. Soon they will be on here.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Accu Quilter Dies

Just wanted to let anyone reading this blog know that the quilt shop I work for is having a sale on the dies for the Accu Quilter. She has everything discounted generously. If anyone is interested, please leave me a message and I will let you know the price of the die or dies you are intersted in purchasing.

I did finally finish the Bears In The Farmhouse quilt that I did as a quilt along with Judy. If it hadn't been for this quilt along, I probably would have never put stripes in any of my quilts. Thanks, Judy!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

I'm A Winner!

I couldn't sleep tonight, so I've been hopping around blogland. I just discovered that I won a prize in the Minnesota Quilt Designer Blog Hop. Check out Terry's blog, she has wonderful patterns. I've made several of her quilts.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Five Things Found In Your Purse

This sounded like fun to me:
Five Things Found in Your *Bag/Purse:

1. Checkbook
2. Cell Phone
3. Key To Quilt Shop
4. Receipts (stuffed everywhere)
5. Calendar

Five Favorite things in your room:

1. Quilt On My Bed
2. My daughter's childhood rocking chair
3. Framed photos of the Princess
4. A necklace and bracelet holder
5. Photo of my mom and dad (dad has passed away)

Five Things you have always wanted to do:

1. Zip Line
2. Sky diving
3. Be better organized
4. Work At a Quilt shop (started that this summer)
5. Be a good role model for the Princess

Five things you are currently into:

1. Quilting
2. Scrapbooking
3. Blogging
4. Trying to keep the deer out of my plants
5. Family & Home & Friends

This isn't as easy as it looks. If you'd like to do it, please let me know you posted your answer on your blog, I'd love to stop over and see if we match on any of my answers.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Where of Where Has My Blog List Gone!

Great, I just got back online, after a big storm went thru and now my blog list is missing. Sure hope it magically reappears! 'Cause I haven't a clue on how to get it back. I checked my settings and they are all still there.

Ha Ha, I just removed the Feedjit application, and everything is back! Yippee.

Worked at the quilt shop today, just four hours, but I was pretty busy. Makes the day go quickly. Unfortunately, I have four bolts of fabric put back that I want cuts from. Looks like I didn't make any money today. I will probably owe her money!

I know I don't write much, and I don't have a lot of people that visit my blog, but for those of you who do, could you please do me a favor and visit the blog of a young friend of mine and drop her a note of encouragement? Her blog is: http://stealingraindrops.blogspot.com/

Giveaway at Helen's blog

Since I can't figure out how to hyper link the picture, you'll have to click on "Helen".

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A Berry Good Day

Actually, this was about a week or so ago, but it was a berry good day. Two of my quilting friends came to my house and we made strawberry pie. It's been a long time since I had made a pie crust. The pies looked great, and we all had a piece of pie when we were finished.

This little cutie came to my house today with her mom and sister. I had called Jodie to ask for help with my new Cricut Expression. I was so happy that she could come today. We unpacked the Expression, and checked it out. Thankfully this one worked perfectly! I had purchased one last December and had not unpacked it til about three weeks ago. Unfortunately, it did not cut at all. So Provo craft sent me a replacement! Now I just need to get working on my scrapbook pages.

So all in all, it was a BERRY GOOD DAY!!!!

Sunday, June 21, 2009


This is a picture of my daughter and husband. She didn't have a lot of time to spend with him today, so I made sure to take a pic before she left to go back to college. Happy Father's Day to all the great Dads out there!

Friday, June 19, 2009

NQA - Columbus, Ohio

Wow, it's been a long time since I updated. I've been busy! I made another shop sample, my daughter has been home for a week, and I got to go to NQA in Columbus.
I love going to the vendors! The quilts where lovely as well. We started at 8 am and didn't get home til 7:30 pm.

What fun! I spent more than I should have, but I've not been buying fabric or patterns for a couple of months. I didn't do too much damage to the credit card. Besides, if I don't help the economy, who will?

Sara and I have had a very busy week. We've been trying to get all her medical visits in the one week. We've done a good job. Now she'll be returning to Columbus to start summer school.

Just checking in with everyone. I'll try to update more regularly after Sara goes back to school.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Today is my lovely daughter's birthday. It is the first time in twenty years that we have not been together. Last year she was able to finish her freshman year at college and return home just in time for her day. Even though we will celebrate when she comes home, I would really like to see her today!

I love you, Sara!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

New Day, New Start

I'm starting a new project today. I'm going to use the "Tom & Jerry" fabric I found at the LQS. I just couldn't resist. I know I have a ton of UFOs, but really, they are UFOs for a reason! Maybe one of these days I'll take an inventory of UFOs. Opps, that might not be a good idea. I've seen the boxes where they are all stored. Maybe I could do a new project and then an old one. Any suggestions? Do I just have to bite the bullet and do them?

I really need to start on my Christmas projects. I read on a blog somewhere that it's only 222 days away. I have at least three Christmas projects I'd like to do before it's time to decorate. Actually, I'd like to have them finished before our guild quilt show.

Sara is Sara. She went to a concert last night with her boyfriend. Dashboard Confessional was playing in downtown Columbus. I guess the tickets were free for OSU students.

Time to run. Maybe I can get Jeff to take me out to eat, and then start my new project!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Finally, Something Quilty

I just finished this quilt top for our local quilt shop. I'm really not a scrappy kind of girl. I find them hard to do, guess I just need more structure.

While we were out for Mother's Day, I snapped a couple photos of Sara. She's not fond of having her picture taken, and that makes it hard for me, since I love to take pictures of her!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Days

So the princess did come home this weekend. She wasn't going to, but changed her mind. I know she wants to do some studying this weekend, that should work out just fine. I am going to work at Material Girl on Saturday, so she will have some alone time on Saturday. Then it's off to Amish Door for a Mother's Day celebration. We all decided to go out to eat on Saturday instead of Sunday.

One of the local proms is this weekend, and I think she will probably go watch the walk-ins. Seems like just yesterday that she was going off to prom herself. Hard to believe that she is about finish her second year at OSU.

I spent my day cleaning up my house. Did some deep cleaning. Now I just need to get into my sewing room and dig it out. I'm working on a project for the shop. As soon as I get a few more blocks done, I'll a take a couple of pictures and post them.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Credit Card Woes

So here we go again! Remember the post about Ticketmaster charging my credit card three times for one transaction? We finally got that all settled. Ticketmaster did credit my account for the $320.00. One disaster averted.

Tonight, I received a phone call from my credit card company fraud unit. Must be my lucky day. Someone used my credit card number on a website for swimsuits to the tune of $1100.00. Who needs that many suits? I'm really glad that the card company is keeping a close look on my account.

Now my next worry will be identity theft.

I'm not sure where or how anyone got my number. I have two possibilities. I recently sent my laptop in for service at Best Buys, and the fiasco with Ticketmaster. I hope it wasn't either of those. Makes me nervous to think that someone is using my card.

I told my daughter about it, and that we can't use our credit card til we receive new ones. I had to laugh, she said "What are you going to do?" My response.....we'll pay the old fashion way....Cash! Kids, they are so use to using plastic for everything.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Quilt Show and Flag Company Tour

The title just about sums up my Friday. We had a tour of the Coschocton flag company yesterday. They are the largest retail (ie Target and Walmart) flag maker in the United States! The picture of our tour guide is posted. He is a cutie. He told us before we started the tour that he has seven children and then they adopted three more, nine girls and one boy! We were teasing about all the weddings he had to look forward to. His idea of a wedding is a ladder and cash at the top of it. What a funny young man. Here's Joe:

The quilt show was really nice. Not too many people there. Probably the bad economy in our area. I have tons of pics, but nothing super special to show you.

This is a picture of the ladies who when on the tour and to the quilt show. I've got to stop hanging out with all these old people!! gg

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Happy Birthday Caren!

Just got this picture of my great niece, Caren. She had a princess birthday party this last Sunday. Because of a miscommunication, I missed the party, so her grandma sent me these two pictures. The bag is one I got her and filled with swim stuff, new swimsuit, towel, flip flops, and beachball. She's too funny!

Quilt Raffle

I finally set up my quilt frame so I could photograph the quilt our guild is going to raffle off at the next quilt show. Our show is scheduled for October, so we are way ahead of schedule. This quilt is really large. It measures 111" x 111". It almost didn't fit on my frame. Hope you enjoy the quilt.
I did have a picture of a quilt I made for our LQS, but I think I deleted it by mistake. I'll have to check my photo card. If it's still there, I'll try to post it later.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Ticketmaster Disaster

Well I still have my cold or whatever it is. It does seem to be better today. My throat is no longer sore, but my head is still full.

I didnt' blog about my ticketmaster disaster when it happened because I thought I needed to calm down a bit and get a more distant perspective of everything. So here goes. You can quit reading here and I won't be offended.

On March 31, I received an email from Sara asking me to please go online on April 1st and make the purchase of her Ohio State football tickets for the the 2009 season. She had classes all day from 7 am til 4:30 pm. Not hard, I had done it before. This year, however, OSU ticket processing was going thru Ticketmaster. So at 10 am I logged onto ticketmaster. Forty five minutes later I am still getting the message " Your wait is 15 minutes or less". So I wait, and wait, and wait. I was finally assigned the tickets. It took me three tries to get the site to actually offer the "Student" tickets. When I go to the history of the tickets purchased, the price doesn't seem right. It's $10 more than it should be. Seriously, they should have paid me the $10 for the inconvenience. I call Sara and tell her she is sitting in "Block O" section. Not good, she doesn't want in Block O, I didn't request Block O and that's why my price was higher. So I call Ticketmaster. Forty five minutes later I am speaking to an actual person. She tells me there is nothing that can be done about it. I call Sara and tell her, she's said don't worry about it. An hour later I get a call from Sara that all her friends are getting regular tickets (not Block O), and why didn't she get them. Ugg. So you guessed it, I called Ticketmaster. This time I get a wonderful woman who has agreed to help me. After an hour and a half and killing the battery on two remote phones, she does get the Block O designation off and it looks like we are in the clear with regular reserve seating. I actually promised to name my first grandchild after her (Katie) if she can get all this mess fixed for me. Sure hope the first one is a girl! So I'm thinking we are done. WRONG.....my credit card bill shows up about 6 days later. Not only is the charge for OSU tickets on my statement, but two other charges for OSU tickets for $320.00. Once again, Ticketmaster, here I come. Yep, forty five minutes later, I am talking to a supervisor who explains to me that they have only run my credit card once, not three times. His advice at this point is to dispute the charges. I did, and we are waiting to see what's going to happen. The credit card company said that the two charges that I say I didn't make were made at a ticketmaster location in Indiana face to face. Yeah, I went there two minutes after my original purchase with ticketmaster. Heck I was still on the phone with them when the other two were made. Today we received two new credit cards in the mail. The reason they gave is because of possible fraudulent use of our card.....Do You Think?????

I didn't give Ticketmaster a very good review when I talked to the OSU Athletic department. I don't understand why TM wasn't prepared for the onslot of 50,000 students all trying to get their tickets at the same time. I'm hoping they make some big changes in the way the students get their tickets in 2010. Next time, Sara can call and get her own tickets! I wasted about six hours total on the phone with TM, CC company, OSU Athlete office.

Wow, that was long, sorry. If anyone can top my TM disaster, I'll send you a fat quarter.

Ok, I'm done.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sick of Being Sick

Wow, time really flies when your sick....not! I've managed to acquire the nasty cold that has been swirling around my circle of friends and family. Thanks guys! I've never had anything hit me so fast in my life. One minute I was fine, the next my throat was so sore I could hardly swallow, lucky me the stuffy head and congested sinuses followed. Today, I lost my voice almost completely. Some would consider that a Godsend....(see husband smiling). Enough, hopefully I'll feel better by tomorrow.

Princess Sara called today to tell me about her day at the dental clinic. Apparently they did panoramic view xrays. She hasn't had those since she went to the orthadontist for a retainer. She was laughing cause they told her she has a third molar that hasn't dropped yet. Can't wait for that one to happen (surgery on the horizon). She also still has two baby teeth. Glad she got into the dental profession. Maybe she can get a discount on the work she will need.

The day before they did impressions on each other. She tried to tell her partner that they would need to use the child size equipment, but even the instructor said they could use the adult equipment. Sara was right, after 8 tries at taking the impressions they finally decided to try the kid tray.

On the sewing front, I just started a BQ pattern for the quilt store. The fabric is really pretty. I think it will look really nice together. I have most of the strips put together, just need to subcut and sew it all back together again. I'll try to add a pic later.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Im Back!!!!

Well, it's been an interesting three weeks. My daughter was home for Spring break and she told me that my laptop was not right. So we took it to the "Great Geek Squad" and they sent it away to be fixed. I just got it back this morning. Had to charge the battery before I could test it out, but it looks like they fixed the issues. Yippee.

So in three weeks I've been doing a lot of nothing. At least that's what it seems like to me. I've missed visting all the blogs, and I'm anxious to get caught back up.

I am currently binding the guild quilt that we will sell opportunities on this fall. As soon as I get a picture of it, I'll post it. It's one of the prettiest quilts we've made.

That's it for now.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Spring Break

Sara is home for Spring break. I can tell you I'm glad she's not on some beach somewhere doing gosh knows what! We've been entertaining ourselves with"Skype".
Last night she decided that we both needed to download Skype and see how it works. It's amazing. So easy to use. We spent the first half hour "skypeing" each other. She was in her bedroom and I was in mine. Sure doesn't take much to entertain us.

Today we are going north to a local mall. Hopefully my sister and her daughter are going to go with us. Sara wants to hit Old Navy, Sam's Club, and Dillards. I'm just hoping it doesn't hit my wallet too hard.

On the sewing front, not much going on. I still need to finish the sashings for Judy's quilt a long. Maybe today when I get back. I think I have til Tuesday to send my picture.
I did work at the local quilt shop yesterday. I spent six hours cutting fabric, talking to customers, and taking money. The talking and taking money was my favorite part. I did not buy any fabric yesterday! Hard to do when you are there for six hours. I'm trying to console myself with the idea that I got to fondle fabric all day, even if I didn't bring it home. Just need that fabric fix. The quilt shop gives me all the benefits, without the damage to my wallent (so far).

Off to the mall.....hope you are all sewing up a storm!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Quilt Along

Yippe I finished the third set of intructions. I'm still not thrilled with my sashing, but at this point, I'm just glad to have them finished.

Monday, March 2, 2009

What I Did Today!

Bet you thought I made this quilt today. Nope, I just put the binding on it for a friend.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Bears In The Farm House

I just finished my half square triangles for the Quilt A Long I'm doing with Judy L. As usual I wait til the last minute. Sara just left for OSU and I really didn't want to work on them while she was home. We had a great day on Saturday. Just bumming around together.

I watched my great nephew and great niece on Friday. The are such good kids. They were only here for a couple of hours. Thank goodness I kept several of Sara's toys. We got out the doll house and then the Legos. Carynn was very interested in my sewing, so who knows, she may end up being a quilter!! Here's a pic of Carynn, she was fascinated with my thimbles.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Colonia Manor Project Finished

I just got back home from the Colonial Manor County Home. It was amazing to be a part of this group effort. The residents were so appreciative of the quilts. I hope that having our program was a little bit of sunshine for them. As we entered the center, we were told that the county home will be closing and they had just told the residents today. At least they will be able to take their quilts with them. Some will be moved to nursing home facilities and others to group homes, and still others will go with family. It was so sad to hear some of the residents talk about leaving their friends.

We had a small program for the residents. We sang patriotic songs, played quilt block bingo, had our own "Betsy Ross" tell us about the making of our first flag. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

Princess will be home this weekend. Yea!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Quilt Photo Shoot

Here are the last nine quilts for our county home project. We started this project in July of 2008 and we will deliver our quilts this Tuesday. Everyone has done a fantastic job on the quilts.
While I had the frame up I took several pictures of quilts that are mine. I'll post them tomorrow. I'm not sure blogger can take a dozen pics in one post.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Judy's Quilt Along

I received the second set of directions for Judy's Bear's in the Farmhouse Quilt Along project. I am a little intimidated by the number of half square triangles. I know I can make them, but that's a lot of half squares.

Above are the fabrics that I've chosen. I usually stay far far away from stripes, but this may be a great opportunity to overcome my aversion to them.

I finished a quilt top for one of my friends. It was a block lottery that she won at our local quilting group. Again, this was an old project. I think I've had it since 2003. I'll have to look at the group's records and see exactly how old it is. It was suppose to be an easy set, but when you are working with blocks from 20 different people, it was definitely a challenge. One that I'm not sure I did well. I'll just be glad to give it back to her. It's been staring me in the face for the last year, mocking me on my design wall. The picture I took is not very good, but I'll post here anyway.

My princess is coming home again in about nine days. I'm sure glad she and her boyfriend travel together. It makes it less stressful for me knowing she is not alone for the trip.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

February Finish :)


A quick post to show you my most recent finish. This quilt was a pattern I received from my friend, Melodye, in 1991. Yep. you read that right. So today I just finished sewing the binding on and hung it in my kitchen.

I had a mini photo shoot today in my family room. I think I photographed 6 quilts. Most of them are mine. I really need to start my scrapbook for my quilting. I have all the necessary papers, just need to get started.

The quilt to the right belongs to my friend, Belinda. She started this quilt last fall with her youth group at church. I think I posted a picture of this one earlier, but I decided it needed a border to make it a nice size for the young man who will be receiving it. Belinda is going to send it to a young man from her church who is serving with the Navy in Korea. I just need to add a label, wash it, and get it back to her for mailing.
I'll try to post more of my photos later.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

My Stash

Here's what I've been working on since January 1. I'm still not finished. There are four more shelving units to the right of these. It takes a serious amount of time to get organized. I sure hope it will be worth it. My friend, Peg, has been helping me fold and stack fabric whenever she has time. Without her, this wouldn't be this far along. I guess this explains why I haven't been sewing much lately.
I just found out that Sew Mama Sew was asking about stashes. Here are my answers to her questions:

What do you usually sew?
Quilts, all sizes

When you shop for fabric, what size cuts do you usually buy? (i.e. If you see something beautiful, but you don’t have a use for it right away, how much do you buy?
Usually at least two yards. If I love it I'll get the rest of the bolt. I don't need a project in mind.

Do you buy on impulse or do you go out looking for something you need?
Usually think I'll only buy what I need and always end up buying fabric for something I think I'll make in the future.

Are you a pre-washer? If you are, do you wash your fabric before you need it, or only when you’re ready to use it?
Yes, I prewash everything as soon as it comes in the house. I serge the top and bottom of my fabric to keep it from fraying and causing a mess in my washing machine and my septic system

Do you iron it?
I partially dry my fabric and then iron it dry.

How do you sort it? (color, print size, collection, etc.)
I sort by color then by project

Do you have any special folding techniques?
I use a method I found on the internet. I can't remember where

How do you store your fabric?
On metal shelving units in my basement

What tips do you have for building up a well-rounded stash?
Just buy what you like

When do you say enough is enough?
I said enough on January 1 when I started folding and sorting my messed up stash

What are some of your favorite stash-busting projects?
If I had any, my stash would not be out of control.

Do you have a current favorite print in your stash? Let’s see it!
They are all favorites it would be liking picking a favorite child

What’s your definition of the perfect stash? (Consider sharing a picture or two of your stash & storage, or direct us to a pic on Flickr!)
When I can go to my stash at 11pm and find exactly what I need.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Superbowl Commercials

Ok, you will rarely see a picture of me, since I am usually the one behind the camera. This is me and my sister being goofy and getting ready to watch the Superbowl commercials. I think we'll keep it a secret as to which one of these two lovlies is actually me! I sent this picture to my daughter and she sent a text back saying "Oh mom!"

Today I worked on a Valentine table topper for my sister . It has been awhile since I've actually worked on anything. I need to stop reading blogs and get back to my sewing machine.

I am truly impressed with all the wonderful talent out in blogland.

Sorry this picture is turned the wrong way. I forgot to rotate it. I think you can see ok if you click on the picture. This is a quilt I sent down to The Victory Junction Gang Camp. My friend's daughter is in medical school and she volunteers there in the summer. So Alicia took the quilt with her to donate. I hope the child that got it has enjoyed having it.

I just took another look at the picture of me and my sister, and trust me, I should stick to quilt pictures!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Sunday Meeting & Blog Giveaway

We had our Piecemakers' meeting today. A group of ladies that meeting the first Sunday of each month. We have a "block lottery" each month. This month our hostess chose a paper pieced tea cup. I didn't win the blocks, but I did win last month. My blocks are all Ohio Stars.

I saw a giveaway at Vickie's blog just a couple of minutes ago, please visit her site to enter her drawing.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Community Project

Our small quilting group, about 10 ladies, decided back in July of 2008 that we would make enough twin size quilts (39) for our local county home. Here are pictures of the four that I made. I also made four "kits" and passed them out. Sure did help with the stash busting (NOT)!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Helping Hands

I've never been one to wait for someone else to do it. If it needs done, I usually jump in with both feet. Last night while reading Christine's blog, I saw where she was making nine patches for a little girl. Apparently, Christine is willing to make 10 nine patches for every ONE that is donated. Since today was a do nothing kind of day, I started on my nine patches. It really didn't take very long, and I made 19 blocks in no time flat. I really hope she doesn't feel obligated to make 190 patches! If you want to help, please visit Christine's blog for more information.

I am tired of the snow and ice. I snapped a couple of pictures tonight as we went out for dinner. It's very pretty when you don't have to go out for anything. My daughter called on Wednesday at 12:58 am to let me know that The Ohio State University was cancelling classes for Wednesday. That doesn't happen very often. So here are a couple of pictures from the driveway. Nothing fancy. The one tree is about 25 yards from the house so I zoomed in ...hoping to get a good shot of the ice.

That's it for tonight. Stay warm and be safe!