My DGD's been with me all week and I finally had to take her home today. But on our way to her house, we had to stop and pick up a few geocaches while looking for travel bugs to take to FL with us next month. We did several yesterday and had a good time. She's a good cachin' buddy!! Now I really MUST get busy sewing!!
Oh shoot, I've been meaning to share this since I first received it but just kept slipping my mind (sound familiar? LOL). Anyway, I thought of it AGAIN and this time followed through immediately so I didn't forget once more.
My friend, Judy, gave me this t-shirt she picked up in a quilt shop in Salado. I thought it was pretty funny and one I hadn't heard before. I've heard the usuals--UFO, WIP, PIG but never PHD. I'm sure to some this is not new but might be a new one for others of you. Whatever they're called, I sure have a LOT of them and need to get busy finishing at least a few in the new year.
Just thought I'd share an exciting opportunity that I found out about through Marlene. Here's what she had to say..
Marlene's nephew has started a new dot com business that they're thinking (and hoping, of course) will grow as fast as Groupon and bigger than Facebook (wow!). They send out a deal a day and, in an exciting and different twist, will get you 2% back on every item YOU purchase and 2% back on anything purchased by anyone who signs up under you (up to 5 deep!!). I've purchased restaurant certificates through another site like this but didn't earn a percentage back.
If you're interested, you can sign up here and then go tell YOUR friends!! This should be FUN!!
I got the idea from JoAnne to take a group photo after seeing hers with her family at Turner Falls. It was pretty funny with everyone all trying to smile with eyes OPEN at the same time but we managed to get a couple of good ones (I think anyway!). Of course, the two doofies had to be silly but that's OK..pretty standard for them! LOL
Who's that hiding under the Christmas tree? Do you see those glowing eyes?!! LOL His favorite spot til there got to be too many presents that they crowded him out. Most of them have been opened now so he has his space back!
OMG!! I just made the most AMAZING turkey gravy using a recipe from allrecipes.com. My niece and her DH smoked a turkey for Thanksgiving and it was SO GOOD they decided to do another for Christmas. I'm making a ham again for those non-turkey eaters in the family and wanted to go ahead and get the gravy made. This stuff is FANTASTIC and there's plenty for Christmas and enough to freeze for later. You can find the recipe here if you're interested.
A few photos from Quiltsitters today..was our annual Christmas party and, as always, so much fun!! We all bring pkgs. from our sewing room containing things we don't want or need anymore (no JUNK!). If it's fabric, it can't be scraps, must be at least a fat qtr. size. Some people brought complete kits in various stages of completion (or non-completion), patterns, books, rulers, orphan blocks, quilt tops!! WOW! And the food--YUMMY!
The first is Cindy's--this one was HUGE! She said she embroidered the blocks a few years back and put it together for her son and DIL for Christmas. Then Leslie's, another she made and gave me for QOV! She is SO PROLIFIC! This is the third she's given to me to pass along to QOV. I don't remember who these other quilts belonged to and the pictures are BAD! I lost my battery charger for my camera and my iphone doesn't have zoom so you get so-so pix. Oh well...
Haven't posted lately so thought I'd share a few photos from the guild show & tell tonight...
I forget who made the first one but I've done 9 patches like that and just really like that setting. The next one is Erema's then the 3 gals are showing off the results of the workshop with Debbie Maddy. Ruth's bee did the string quilt and it's going to one of the wounded soldier groups (not QOV but a different one). Sheri and another gal won the Christmasy log cabin blocks last year at guild and combined the blocks for a donation quilt--WTG Sheri & Sue!! Sheri even quilted it on the new machine she purchased in Houston. Then the last one was inspired by the Christmasy log cabins but she just did all her own blocks!
Just a quick post to show this month's BOM..took me longer than usual to complete for some reason. Normally, I pick it up, bring it home and get it whipped out by the next day. This time, it was a WEEK! LOL
I've started yet ANOTHER project thanks to a fellow blogger (such a PUNK! LOL). Will show pix in a couple of days.
We went to see the most recent Harry Potter movie yesterday and the brand new Narnia movie today. LOVED the Narnia..Harry Potter was OK.
I went to my Baltimore Album class yesterday but have no pictures. We were learning a ruched flower and it looks fairly easy. Will have to try it soon (before I forget! LOL).
Then last night, I attended our Sunday School class's annual auction. I think we did pretty good once again. Total raised before a couple of large items were added in was around $5,000. So not a bad night's work. I DID take a couple of photos there of some of the beautifully decorated tables. These gals really outdo themselves.
Well, I managed to get ONE picture today at Quilting for Christ (even though I forgot my camera!!). This is another taken with the trusty ole iphone. Guess it's better than nothing....
This will be going to Alycia for Quilts of Valor. I'd seen the picture SOMEWHERE on the internet and we wound up trying to reproduce it. I personally think it turned out great and think it will keep some beloved soldier warm and let them know how much we appreciate them.
We had TONS of tasty cookies and filled 6 (I think) tins full for folks who do things we really appreciate. A small token of our thanks.
I know you probably think I've been a lazy butt lately since I haven't been posting too much and even less posting about quilty things. So even though it's not QUITE finished, I'm going to show you one of the things I've been working on...
This is the "Wild Turkey" pattern by Country Threads. I thought it was SO CUTE and will use it during the Thanksgiving season. I'm bound and determined to get it done so that it will be a finished quilt
NEXT Thanksgiving. Plus, I've made mine larger..the original only had four turkeys and I made NINE! It's all hand appliqued so took longer than if I'd machine appliqued it. When I'm finished completely, I'll get crackin' on a couple of Christmas quilts which will hopefully be ready for NEXT Christmas. LOL!
And a couple of gratuitous cat photos...
This goofy cat, like most cats, LOVES to crawl into boxes, bags, small spaces. I got some new sheets and they came in the standard plastic cover thingy. This was left on the floor and quickly discovered by Mr. Fang. He crawled in and made himself right at home! He's such a goober but so darned cute!!
Tomorrow is our final Quilting for Christ group of the year. We'll be partying a little, I'm sure, as we're all supposed to bring two dozen cookies. We make up tins for our custodians at church, the gals who do our longarm quilting for us, the church staff and we share the rest! So I made my standard Rolo's on pretzels topped with pecans. SOOO easy and SOOO yummy! We'll also TRY to get some things finished up and taking home 'homework'. I'll try to take pix.
I think I've mentioned before that my church class goes to the Ronald McDonald house on the 4th Tues. of the month to serve dinner to the folks who are staying there. We all really enjoy doing this and the gal that coordinates always does a wonderful job of coming up with good menus that will appeal to most everyone. This week we took soups (& a very nice variety I must say) plus salad, rolls, crackers and desserts (of COURSE!! LOL).
Every month on our appointed night, the therapy dogs come as well. I really look forward to visiting with and petting all the dogs that come (probably as much if not more than the kids!). I always intend to take pictures but then forget--will tonight, I DIDN'T forget! So here are the dogs in attendance this week...
This precious little girl is Marble--she is the sweetest little miniature Schnauzer and such a pretty color. She always comes all dressed up in the cutest costumes. She was all ready for Christmas!!
This handsome fellow is Rory. He's a Gordon Setter (I believe I have that right) and is so friendly and always happy for any attention you can spare. He was wiggly and all over the place so I was lucky to get this good of a picture!!
These two big guys are Titan and Boomer. Titan is a great dane (a small one, I'm told at 130 lbs.) and Boomer is a Brazilian mastiff. They're both such loveable big old teddy bears. The folks who own Rory also own Titan plus 3 other dogs and currently have 2 foster dogs (golden retrievers). WOW, I can't imagine that dog chow bill. LOL!
We have had the most GORGEOUS weather of late and I have been enjoying it immensely. I am NOT a cold weather person so as long as we can avoid it, I'm one happy camper. But the cold is barrelling down on us and will hit us HARD on Thanksgiving Day! That should be our first freeze. Sure hope we have a milder winter than last. It was SO COLD!
Many think here in N. Texas that we don't have a lot of pretty fall foliage. Well, on just a quick trip this am to drop off my DGD, I snapped a couple of photos to prove we actually do! Now granted, it's not like fall in New England but we do get some pretty colors here, too.
Now, I need to keep my eyes peeled for some of the beautiful golds & yellows and try to get pix of them before the freeze knocks all the leaves off the trees.
And today is my anniversary! DH and I have managed to stick it out for 30 years!! We were supposed to go on our trip to England this year and had it all planned but then wound up having to cancel for medical reasons (my DS's, not one of us). So that'll hopefully happen NEXT year and I'm kinda looking at a couple of different destinations. We'll see......
They're not very good cause I forgot my camera and had to use the iphone but here they are anyway!!.....
This was Jill's pretty quilt. I think she said she made it for her sister or SIL.
Ooo, Diane's pretty fall leaves quilt. This was a BIG puppy! Love it!
Susan's pretty finish. This was the $5 BOM a year or so ago. I did the same colorway but do you think MY blocks are anywhere near a finish? NO, of course not!! LOL Susan's motivated me though.
And this was Brenda's 'aggravating' quilt. She did it as a BOM from somewhere and said the instructions were TERRIBLE. She said she really had a helluva time getting these blocks made and several had to be hand stitched (course that wouldn't have bothered me). But it really came out lovely.
On my last day in Houston, I took Pam Holland's journal quilt class. I was so sad I hadn't planned on staying the entire day--there were only like 10 in the class!!! Talk about one on one assistance with your designing..MAN!! I had only planned to stay until lunch and then head out. She has so many cool ideas and is an incredible artist. Her sketch books were phenomenal! Above are a few of her little journal quilts and then there's "American Gothic". LOVE IT! The little Chicago quilt--those letters are printed on watercolor paper. Who'd a thunk it? Not me, for sure!! The little dove (sideways) has an actual dove feather stitched onto the quilt. And the quilting she does on the quilts, even the littlest, is so fantabulous! Her "American Gothic"--on the back, for some reason, she has bandaids on the old man and old lady's faces. TOO FUNNY! I came out outta there with a great start for my own journal quilt. Now to just find the time.......
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Books I've Read
1 Widows by Lynda La Plante
2 Under Your Skin by Sabine Durrant
3 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
4 Splintered Silence by Susan Furlong
5 The Buried by Kathryn Casey
6 The Thief of all Light by Bernard Schaffer
7 Playing Dead by Julia Heaberlin
8 The Heavens May Fall by Allen Eskens
9 City of Bones by Michael Connelly
10 The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
11 The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor
12 Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
13 The Baker's Secret by Stephen Kiernan
14 Educated by Tara Westover
15 Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
16 The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian
17 Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf
18 Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
19 Bear Town by Fredrik Backman
20 Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf
21 The Eighth Sister by Robert Dugoni
22 Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline
23 Between the Lies by Michelle Adams
24 The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
25 Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
26 Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
27 The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
28 The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff
29 Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf
30 Home Front by Kristin Hannah
31 Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin
32 Cardiac Event by Richard L. Mabry, MD
33 These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf
34 Burnt River by Karin Salvalaggio
35 A Life Intercepted by Charles Martin
36 The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz
37 All The Light There Was by Nancy Kricorian
38 As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner
39 The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell
40 Dead of Winter by Annelise Ryan
41 A Lethal Legacy by Heather Graham
42 The Body in the Wake by Katherine Hall Page
43 One Night at the Lake by Bethany Chase
44 Cold Woods by Karen Katchur
45 night road by Kristin Hannah
46 American Predator by Maureen Callahan
47 The Territory by Tricia Fields
48 This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
49 Into the Savage Country by Shannon Burke
50 Wolf Pack by C.J. Box
51 Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
52 The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
53 All Rivers to the Sea by Bodie Thoene
54 Call Your Daughter Home by Deb Spera
55 Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
56 The Bitterroots by C.J. Box
57 Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger
58 Heaven's Keep by William Kent Krueger
59 An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock by Terry Shames
60 Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger
61 Savage Country by Robert Olmstead
62 Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
63 Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf
64 Copper River by William Kent Krueger
65 Dog Tags by David Rosenfelt
66 Damaged by Lisa Scottoline
67 Below Zero by C.J. Box
68 Cold Shot by Mark Henshaw
1. Assassin's Revenge by Ward Larsen
2. In Too Deep by Lynn H Blackburn
3. See that My Grave is Kept Clean by Bart Paul
4. Tamarack County by William Kent Krueger
5. A Dangerous Man by Robert Crais
6. Manitou Canyon by William Kent Krueger
7. Northwest Angle by William Kent Krueger
8. A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci
9. Clawback by J.A. Jance
10. Crooked River by Preston & Child
11. Home by Harlan Coben
12. Find Her by Lisa Gardner
13. One Minute Out by Mark Greaney
14. The Disappeared by C.J. Box
15. The Reckoning by John Grisham
16. Out of the Deep I Cry by Julia Spencer-Fleming
17. The Guardians by John Grisham
18. Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason
19. Thunder Bay by William Kent Krueger
20. Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain
21. Agent in Place by Mark Greaney
22. This is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf
23. Masked Prey by John Sandford
24. Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
25. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by KM Richardson
26. The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes