Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year

It seems the years are coming every few weeks these days...ugh!  Hope this one's good to you!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas with family

We had a FANTASTIC day yesterday..good food and quality family time.  We ate, chatted, played charades and took pictures for posterity!  LOL  We always take some silly and some 'serious' photos and this year was no exception.



Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Love this



and wanted to share.  It's such a beautiful rendition of this song (even though a few of the lyrics are misspelled).

Merry Christmas!!!



I haven't been doing much at all since December rolled around.  But I didn't want to forget to wish you a Merry Christmas!!  Hope your holiday is a joyous one spent with family and friends.  And remember the true reason for this season.

Friday, December 11, 2015

One more month


Once the holidays are in the rearview mirror, I'll be spending a little time here--can't WAIT!!

I had a group of ladies over in November for bunco which meant I had to get this joint in order.  The master bath reno was completed just prior to the girls coming so it was a HUGE push to get everything cleaned up.   THEN I had a different group come to play all day this week.  I decided between the two not to mess with draggin' the machine and fabric out only to have to put it away again!  I have several projects that need to get wrapped up but just not in the mood for it right now (my Grinch comes out).  Maybe after Christmas is over I'll drag some of it out..we'll see.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Many times I feel sorry for myself in my loneliness and become envious of many of my friends who still have their spouses and/or also have wonderful relationships with their children and grandchildren.  I feel for the most part that I'm way down on the priority lists of my boys (and so often mothers don't have as close a relationship with their sons as they do with their daughters) and that makes me sad. But I try to stop and think about what I have to be grateful for.  I do have a home, warmth and shelter from the weather.  I have food and clothes and really all that I need.  But those things cannot take the place of a spouse, one that you love and know is always there for you, someone who'll drop everything and go wherever it is you want to go.  I need to remember all that I've had and all that I still have and give thanks with a grateful heart.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Sunday, November 8, 2015

My mom

I was just thinking yesterday that my mom's birthday was today and then it dawned on me--she'd have been 100 yrs. old today!!!  She's been gone 15 years but WOW!  She came close.


Friday, November 6, 2015

Oldie but GOODY!

I was going to refold this one as I was pretty sure it was getting badly creased and I was right.  But instead of just refolding, I decided to hang it for awhile because I LOVE it.  I knew I'd done it a number of years ago but didn't think it was THAT long!!!  2007!  I made this one for one of our guild quilt shows as our challenge had to do with Dear Jane blocks.  It was magnificently quilted by Susan Corbett but pretty sure it didn't win a ribbon.  Hopefully after it's hung awhile, some of those creases will disappear and THEN I will wrap it on one of those swim noodles.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Small topper

I saw this somewhere on the internet and fell in love!!  So naturally I had to make my very own.  Of course it's not going to be finished in time to use it for THIS fall season but maybe I'll remember to use it for the next (we'll see how all that works out).

I'm pretty sure it will look much better after pressing!  LOL

Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy Halloween!!

Tomorrow the ghosties and goblins will be roaming the streets so watch out!!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Pluggin' away

Still, VERY SLOWLY, making progress on the Quilts of Valor.  Work is to start in the morning on my master bath renovation so I've been working on getting everything cleared outta there.  Trying to squeeze as much as possible into the other bathroom has taken a great deal of effort.  Thank heavens that one isn't used for much except a spare so there wasn't a lot of extra stuff in there.  But it doesn't have major cabinet space like the master has.  Oh well, max of 3 weeks I'm told so should be OK.

But I DID manage to get one of the QOV's all sewn together.  It's not pressed nor does it have a backing yet but that's OK, the top is now at flimsy stage.

If you've read my blog for any length of time, you know how many of these I've made but most were in civil war repro fabrics for Home of the Brave quilts.  I had almost enough of these blocks to make two like this.  Now I need to get busy and make 3 more blocks so I can put another one of these together.  This one wound up about 68" x 82".   Now ON TO THE NEXT!!!  :-)

Monday, October 12, 2015

Frank

The years seem to whiz by and yet it seems every day's an eternity.  This will be the third year he's not here to celebrate his birthday.  But I'd be willing to bet he's celebrating every day in heaven.  Can't wait to see him again!

He truly appreciated any gift you gave him!
Frank and Chris--not his biological son but his son nevertheless!!!  Loved him like his own.
Papaw with his beloved granddaughter, Reni, in Yellowstone.
Our wedding day, Nov. 24, 1980.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Nearly ready...

I finally got borders put on one of the star tops and I measured it for backing size.  Came out to 68X80 and I had another flimsy laying across a chair with it's measured size (meaning I have two backings to make pronto!!).  The other top was exactly 68X80 but a totally different block and no borders on it.  How crazy is that?!!  But at least two are nearly ready to go to the longarmer.  YAY!

Now I need to go scrounge up some fabric for the backing (like fabric's in any kinda short supply around here!! UGH).

Friday, October 2, 2015

Getting there

I put together the center of the 2nd of these tops..my goal THIS WEEKEND is to get the border on and a backing made for these two.  I'm SO close to finishing up a couple of the others but need to focus (something I find very difficult :-(  So I'm going to put the blinders on and commit to working only on the finishing of these so they can go visit the longarmer!!!


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

QOV's

It's been a couple of weeks since I posted but I haven't been a total slug.  I'm still working on a few QOV's and need to get the backing made for a couple so they can be sent along to the longarmer.  I unearthed some more of these blocks so I've been busy putting them together in a different QOV.  I think at this point there are 5 different designs that I'm working on so there will be a decent assortment.

I REALLY like the zigzag effect that this layout provides.   This is one of Bonnie Hunter's fabulous free patterns that she so generously provides on her blog.  I've made several of her scrappy creations and actually did one of her mysteries (which I need to get borders on and finish since I love it so!!).  I think I'll need 3 more rows to get this one to the size I want and several blocks are already made so hopefully will move along quickly (my quick may not be your quick!  HAHA).

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Takin a break


Decided I needed a short break from the row by rows so I could work on getting a few QOV's finished up.  This is the first to get assembled and working on blocks for another one like this (IGNORE those green toes in the picture!!).  I have one already finished, quilted and bound and have a couple more in progress.  And while I'm working with these colors, I'm planning on making a FEW blocks for Alycia.  My 'parts' are cut 5" and hers are 3.5" so I can do that.  Now to select a border for this one and piece a backing.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

rows and rows

Two more to be added to the group!!  I'm working on TRYING to get the Grand Canyon fused--WOW, is THAT a bugger.  But if I get it done AND done right, it will be worth all the effort and gorgeous to boot.  That thing is entirely laser cut (THANK HEAVENS!!!).

I think there will need to be a lot of dark stitching on the pieces in the top row.  The fishes, birds and anchor don't show up as much as I'd like.  And, as all the others, they're only fused.  No trimming or stitching on any of them yet.  If anyone has the bottom dragonfly row, a bit of advise.  Make sure you have the stupid dragonfly fabric going the right way before you stitch (ask me how I know!!).

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Getting more together

Now that the swapping for rows around the country has slowed considerably (row by row officially ended on Sept. 8), I've had a little time to get a few rows put together.  These are extremely easy rows and they are merely fused, not trimmed OR stitched.  I figure I'm going to put together as many as I can and when the long, dark, freezing days of winter get here (much sooner than I'm ready for, I'm sure, since I'm NEVER ready for cold!!), then I can stay in the house where it's nice and cozy and warm and stitch to my heart's content!!  That's the plan anyway--we'll see!!  (Does it seem I say that alot?  I think I do!).


Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sharing a few more

Just wanted to share a few more before wrapping it up.  This was the old First Congregational Church and it was a beauty!!  The cemetary beside and behind it was quite awesome--the headstones were so beautiful and OLD.  Amazing to see some of the dates that were here.


Very interesting seating configuration inside.  Instead of rows of pews, there were little boxes.  The guy told us that people 'purchased' the boxes and the more expensive ones naturally had a more prominent placement.  There were these little metal boxes on the floor in the center of each box which was a 'heater' in that they placed coals or something inside and set on the floor in the middle so that everyone's tootsies could stay warm.  Even the upstairs had boxes.
 Outside of the church was the cemetary which included the grave of Robert Frost.  WHO KNEW?  Not me.  There were three or four large markers for the Frost family and his had coins and little sticks placed on the marker.  I googled about the pennies and sticks but didn't find a definitive answer.
 This was the Bennington Monument.  There's an elevator inside so we went up to the top.  A pretty magnificient view (though not quite what you'd see from the Empire State Bldg., Statue of Liberty or St. Louis Arch--and yes, I've been in all of them!).  I had Kendall take a picture reminiscent of the
"someone (can't remember the name) was here".  Who was it, do you remember?  DUH, I hate that!  HA  Elrod!!!!  It was Elrod, wasn't it?  That's what I'm remembering anyway.
 Such a pretty little covered bridge (we saw 3 or 4).  I told Kendall I bet people drive over these every day and never give them a second thought (kind of like their beautiful fall foliage) but people like me go gaga over them!!
 AND we made it to the birthplace of Calvin Coolidge!!  Too late (what's new) for the tour but we just strolled around.  It was very pretty.  This was the little house behind the store where he was born.
And this was a big ole barn on the property (I love old barns!!).


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

QOV block drive

Alycia is putting out the call for QOV blocks for her block drive.  She does such a great job of churning out the quilts and presenting them to our wonderful heroes.  She's also trying to collect SO many blocks that she can share with other states that are in need around the country.  Pretty sure every block will be put to good use so visit her blog to get the instructions for the block.  It's a wonky star--easy peasy.


AND a couple of beauties from our way too short visit to Cape Cod just a week ago.  SO pretty!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Most recent three

These are my newest row by row additions.  I picked up the whale in Walpole, MA while on vacation last week.  I LOVE it!!  The other two I got by swapping and think the top one was from MI and the Gone Fishing from NY.  The Gone Fishing was totally laser cut and they had already removed the fusible paper so it was just place and press (stitching still needs to be done).  The top one has issues.  Think I must have either gotten a bad piece of Heat N Bond Lite or I used too high heat on the iron.  Several of those pieces kept coming off so several are pinned.  That will probably be the first one stitched so I don't lose any of those pieces!!!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

More from the trip

This was Mystic Seaport in CT.

Gillette's Castle (where?) don't remember but wow, was it cool.  This guy was an actor but he designed this place (sorry the color is so bad on this one) and he had mechanisms for door locks, a dining room table on sliders built into the floor, mirrors so he could see who was coming in the front door from upstairs, a system on the roof of the house to collect water that would funnel into hoses in the house in case of fire.  All kinds of unique, unusual stuff.  He must've been a genius!

And Mark Twain's house.  Pretty snazzy.
I've been so busy 'rowing' (the row by row experience ) that haven't had time to actually work on any rows!!  But I will get busy in the next couple of days I hope.  I picked up some rows on the trip and am in the process of 'sharing' with other rowers.  I will NOT be doing this next year..it can get outta hand REAL quick!! :-(

Friday, August 28, 2015

Just got back

from nearly a week driving through Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire.  WHEW, I'm BEAT!!  I tried to limit the quilt shop stops since my son was with me and he finds fabric extremely boring.  (What does he know?!). 

This was part of Saugus Iron Works--just stopped by to see what it was all about but didn't wait for the tour of the house.

The Kennedy booth in the Union Oyster House.  Huh, who knew?

Paul Revere's house..can't believe he raised 15 kids here!!  Whoa!

I THINK this was Trinity Church in Boston--beautiful on the outside and from what I could see without paying, it was gorgeous inside (they charge to go in EVERYWHERE!!!).

I didn't go into Fenway--there was actually a game in progress when we drove by on the trolley (from which I took the picture..HA).


John Adam's beautiful home (it was already closed when we got there but we walked all around the grounds which had some very pretty flower gardens).

Thursday, August 20, 2015

WHEW!!!

THAT was some labor-intensive fusing!!  HAHA  Can I tell you how THANKFUL I am that I got the kit?!!!  That would've been a lot of tracing and cutting and... (I'm shuddering just thinking about it).  Of course, it's not trimmed or stitched down yet.  Can you see the gator in the water?  Such great little touches in this one!!!

Just had to share!

HAHA!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Sandusky and Lake Erie

Two more rows assembled (but not yet stitched down) today.  I had planned on doing one of the paper-pieced rows but that didn't happen.   These two haven't been trimmed or added onto yet either so still a bit of work and I'm NOT looking forward to stitching down the fused pieces on the Sandusky row...arghhhh!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

My little foxes

This is my little foxes row from Appleton, WI (they are blind and mute at the moment but that will be rectified soon!!).  Aren't they CUTE?  Just got the kit today, had to trace everything onto fusible then cut out, place and fuse.  I'm going to try to work on one or two of the paper-pieced rows this evening.  We'll see how that works out.  YIKES, I just noticed the white inner ear part on the far left fox is missing but I fused it.  It's probably on the bottom of my iron :-(

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Two more rows

Underwater fish and turtles through portholes and the running of the horses!!!  The stitching on all those horse pieces is really scaring me (all the pieces are just fused right now)!!!  I got the heron finished as well and want to get busy and get another row cut and maybe put together.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Row by Row and more

I've been collecting row by row patterns, kits and plates via fellow swappers, family & friends.  I've started on the first two.  The umbrellas are fused but still need to be stitched down.  And I've gotten the sky portion of my heron vertical row and now need to get the water done.  The heron is ready to be placed as soon as the background is complete.
 
And I finally got my cute little alphabet quilt back from the longarmer.  SO cute and just in time for back to school!  HA!!  Now I need to get busy with the binding.  But that may wait a bit while I get a couple more rows done!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Time's flying

Today is 3 years since Frank's been gone.  So hard to believe..still miss that face.