Wednesday, December 31, 2008
3 .... count them ..... 3 days!!
That's all it took to get the order I placed with Knots & Bolts. And the picture just does not do justice to the 'real life' fabrics.
See all of those Fat Quarters in the back? 38 And only one duplicate! Awesome!
I am such a FQ pack rat.
I love them!!
I love to buy them!
I love to sort them.
I love to see them all lined up on my shelves.
I love dreaming of the quilts I will make with them.
Hummmmm I guess one day soon I probably should use a few.......
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Now ..... since that's my birthday (and a very important one at that) I just want to let you all know that you really don't need to enter. That way .... I will win and have a really HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
It's really quiet around here now. I'm trying to get my thoughts in order and the house cleanup started. I'm doing much better about the house. (my thoughts, however, are swirling)
Laundry has been started and I've gotten several loads complete. Lysol sprayed (trying to conquer the cold and flu virus) and whether I'm doing any good is debatable .... but I think I am and that's what is important after all isn't it.
Actually the house is in really good shape since Deb did such a good job of cleaning up after everyone. Thanks! You have a backbone of steel girl!!
We still have a lot of leftover candies but what Scott doesn't finish off I'll stick in the freezer to enjoy later.
I think today the decorations (what few I did put up) will be taken down and packed away and I'll then be done with my domestic chores for awhile.
The quilts I made for everyone were all a big hit. And a surprise to a couple of the boys. I've got three (no four) more quilts to make for this year and then my immediate Must-Do list will be complete. I want each member of the family to have a snuggle quilt from me.
I placed an order for some fabric yesterday (gotta love clearance) and as soon as it arrives I'm going to start on a couple of baby quilts for the hospital. Our guild keeps the nursery supplied with baby quilts to be given to each newborn and they are in need of several for the first couple of months of the new year. So our guild needs to crank some out in a hurry.
Then I plan to put some of my UFO's on the frame that need to be quilted. I love piecing the tops....but they really need that next step to be finished.
Maybe I'll make a New Year To-Do List and challenge myself to see how much I can get finished this next year. Not that I really do better with challenges....but it's a thought.
Gosh I miss those sweet faces already......
Friday, December 19, 2008
He has officially completed his collage courses now and has "Graduated". Yeah for him! We'll have a small party for him on Tuesday night to celebrate.
Now the poor kid has to go out in this cruel world and find his place. That's got to be scary. Especially now.
Tomorrow Deb & Jim arrive too. Jess comes Tues and Michael's family get here Wed. Evelin only has a couple of days off work so their trip won't be very long this year. But at least they get to be here for a short while. We still have cleaning to do before the whole bunch arrives but that won't take long.
I do have Danny's quilt off the frame now and ready to sew on the binding today. Then I'll be able to get the hand stitching finished this weekend.
Here's a quick pic and a closeup of the quilting.
This is the last quilt for Christmas this year.
Now I'm off to get the binding on.
Have a great day.
This is for you Jacquie.....
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I love Christmas music don't you.
Today we're off to a wedding. My childhood friend has found a guy that she wants to spend the rest of her life with. The best thing is.... they will be living just about 50 miles from me. He owns a farm and they plan to live there in the summer months so I'll get to see here more than just a quick visit every 5 years or so. Both of them lost their spouses and they became friend and the rest (as she says) is history.
Friday, December 12, 2008
At this age Poor brain has gotten much too comfy and set in its ways.
Poor brain doesn't like much change any more.
And it certainly doesn't like puzzles that it needs to figure out.
Which is exactly what I've had to do these last couple of days. Figure out a puzzle.
I've been trying to figure out which company I wanted to use for my Medicare supplement and... which do I want to use this year for my prescriptions. I have now come to the conclusion that for people like Don & I (who don't use many drugs) this Plan D is a crock. It's not the accessibility or the cost that bothers me. There are many reasonably priced plans available.
It's the penalty that would be applied if we DON'T enroll now and would later try to sign up. What a built in ripoff. Some body's pocket sure got fatter when our wonderful representatives in Washing finalized that bill that's for sure!!
But.... like the old saying goes....Can't fight city hall. It is what it is and if I don't like it I'd better just get over it.
So .... all the lines have been signed and the T's crossed and I's dotted and the paperwork is in the mail.
I'm moving on with life.
With a lot less money in my pocket now.
Yesterday the tv guy came to string cable to my sewing room so I will now be able to watch (listen) to tv while I'm back there. That will be nice.
I've been working on Danny's quilt a bit more. Today the borders go on then I'll get it on the frame to quilt. By golly....I just might get it done after all. Sheesh I'm sooooo slow!!
I also made the labels for both quilts and Michaels is stuck on and just have to stitch around it then throw it in the wash. I always love that. When I take it out of the dryer and see the REAL quilt for the first time.
There's just something about a good washing and drying that turns fabric into something to snuggle under.
Have a Great day everyone.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Criminy!!! I've got to get crackin!!
I've so been enjoying my Photoshop Elements 7. I'm learning a lot as I go and definately wanting to learn more. I've added layout pics to my Picasa and the link to the album is over there on the right >>>>>
Just click and it will open up all the layouts. There are a couple of new ones that I haven't shown yet. This is where I'll add them as they are finished. I may or may not post each one separately....but they will go in the album. So if you're interested you might want to check there occasionally I hope you enjoy!
Now I think I'd better get to that binding that still needs to be hand sewn down.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Everyone will be heading back home tomorrow....but we still have today together! And it has been soooo much fun this week.
I've done a bit of scrapping so I thought I'd leave you with one of my favorites.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
and in the very back "New Beginnings"...... which is the main reason I HAD to have that angel in the first place. It's name has a very special meaning to me and I just had to have it when I saw what the artist had named it.
Friday, November 21, 2008
So now today I'm torn. Do I go back and sew on the 9-Patch.....or stay here and play and play.
2 more days Jess!!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Or maybe I'll play.... or.... make a run to the quilt store.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
And....here's one more layout.
I've found the answer!!! After much searching and frustration and digging I came across some info that said to not drag and drop the picture after uploading to the post. And that's what I've done with all the other pics so I assumed I could do that with these.
But .... now I have to edit Html .... cut the code for the pic ..... and post it where I want it to show up in my post.
So....I've gone back and reposted all my scrapbook pages and they all work now. Click to enlarge!
Happy days are here again. heehee
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Hey Jess....I plan on picking your smart brain when you get here to show me some tips and tricks. :)
Here's one more simple layout. I've always loved this pic. Yep! That's our Kianna!
I don't know what I'm doing wrong when I save the layouts. But neither of these will open larger when I click the pic. ???? Looks like I need to spend some more time seaching for the answer. Hummmm???
(I've edited these and found the correction I needed to make to get them to open) Yeah!!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
And now I've spent way to much time on this playing around. I think I'll go sew awhile.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
This is not a normal year for the foliage in my yard.
I usually have a bit of gold on the leaves of our trees and my Burning Bush is a nice quiet dark red. Part red and part green.
The bushes (I can't remember the name) beside it usually are just a tad lighter burgundy that they show all year.
Well not this year!!
This year.... no gold on the trees. Just plain brown.
and the bushes are vivid red.
AND.... we've actually had moisture this year so there is even moss on the big locus tree. Cool for my yard.
Just wanted to share.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Went shopping all day and I'm beat.
It's starting to get dark outside and the little goblins are starting to knock on our door. We don't get too many any more but Don still buys enough candy to feed the multitudes. I think he really buys so much so he'll have left-overs. heehee
I'm going to register for Stories in Hand class by Jessica Sprague! It's FREE and sounds like something I might be very interested since I've been wanting to start digital scrapping.
Class starts Nov 9th so go check it out.
I saw the link at Mary's
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Won't be around tomorrow. I have a Dr. appt and from there will stop at LQS to pick up some batting and a backing fabric for Michael's quilt. I'm slowed down on it after all. Yeah yeah what else is new huh? hahaha But I do have the blocks put together and the first border on so it won't take much longer to get it on the frame. I did have to order some more thread today though. I don't have a single one that will work on this blue. Sooooo quilting will just have to wait till it comes in.
Maybe I'll pull out something else to work on while I'm waiting.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
It was awesome.
So I took my trusty little camera out the front door and stood on the porch and started clicking.
*** The thing is....I also changed the mode to 'sunset' (Of course I didn't realize that I really needed to have the camera on a tripod because the pics turn out way to blurry otherwise). I didn't know that since I'm just a born point-n-click kinda gal.
But by playing around with some settings.... it is kinda awesome the way some of the pics turned out don't you think?
To create the "fire" I remember moving the camera down before it was finished taking. (It seemed like it took forever in that mode to 'take')...and I had to look at it to see if it was going to work. hahaha So the fire is a result of operator error. But cool anyway!!
AND....I have upgraded to Picasa 3 and this collage is one of the new features. Love the upgrade!!
Monday, October 13, 2008
I used a panto design from Linda Taylor's Longarm book and printed about 10 sheets and taped together. Worked great.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Click on the pics to get a better look-see.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I still need to get it quilted (and that may be awhile) so I'll wait till then to get a close-up of the material and quilting together. I was pleased with how it turned out.
And then I decided to walk out in the yard for a quiet break this afternoon.
It's Fall for sure!!
Enjoy a piece of it's beauty
Sunday, October 5, 2008
This was the first *class* I've ever gone to and it was well worth the money. So fun to be sewing along with all these gals and being able to see up close and personal how everyone else interprets a pattern.