Friday, December 31, 2010

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!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

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.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

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!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

a wonderful gathering

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!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Hope you all have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and that Santa's good to you and yours.  I also hope you get to hit lots of GREAT after-Christmas sales!  LOL 

Next week,  it's back to sewing and quilting (I hope)!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas dinner!!

OMG!!  I just made the most AMAZING turkey gravy using a recipe from  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.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

  O little town of Bethlehem

  how still we see thee lie,

  Above thy deep and dreamless sleep

  the silent stars go by.

  Yet in thy dark streets shineth

  the Everlasting Light.

  The hopes and fears of all the years

  are met in thee tonight.

Monday, December 20, 2010

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...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas guild

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!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Ohh, I just HAD to post this..look how cute he is!!

He thinks I put that tree skirt under there just for him!! LOL

Friday, December 10, 2010

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.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

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.


Thursday, December 2, 2010

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.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

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.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

need a little therapy?

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!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

fall color

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......

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


I've always loved this hymn, especially at Thanksgiving--

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;

He chastens and hastens His will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing;
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

pictures from Quiltsitters

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.

Friday, November 12, 2010

final Houston pix

Just thought I'd post a few of the beautiful floral quilts I spied in Houston--


Peacockiness by Marilyn Wall            Sun Dancer by Marjorie Post


Under the Sunflowers by Barbara McKie  and  Red Weeds on Stricker's Pond by Susan Jackson


Angel's Trumpets by Roxane Lessa and Blazing Sun by Kathleen Campau

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Pam Holland's journal quilt class


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.......