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Friday, April 29, 2011

A real quick post....

I want to get out in the yard.  Today isn't the big reveal....yet!

This is a quilt I did for Customer T.  This lonestar was done with QuiltSmart and in batiks.  I just love batiks in these quilts!  (It also helps keep you from ironing them on wrong, if you know what I'm sayin....)  It is going to be a throw for a friend, if I recall correctly.  Pretty pastel purples...



She chose the classy curls pantograph, which is one of my favorites.  It has such even quilting....



This is a close-up of the quilting.  Don't you think her friend is just going to love this!  I am sure it will be a very much appreciated gift.

Until the big reveal......

Blessings

Oh where, oh where, has my little dog gone.....

Before you ask, no, I have not lost my dog.  But, I bet you have been wondering where I have been.  Well, hopefully I will be able to post this weekend and show you.  Customer S has definitely challenged me!  I haven't had time for much else, other than working for her on ONE quilt.  It has definitely given me a new appreciation for this particular designer's quilts.  (You will see what I mean later.)

In the meantime, here is another quilt for Customer R. This is the baby one to go with the other two I showed you last week.




All three quilts used the same fabrics, just different designs.


This is very close-up of the funky feathers.  Backing is flannel, so it will be nice and warm.

Well, I'm going back to spend quality time with Customer S's quilt.  Need to do the big reveal this weekend!  I want to work in my gardens tomorrow, so I really neeeeeed to get it done today!  :)

Blessings

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Today, all I have for you is a joke.....

Why I got divorced....

Last week was my birthday and I didn't feel very well waking up on that morning. I went downstairs for breakfast hoping my husband would be pleasant and say, 'Happy Birthday!', and possibly have a small present for me. As it turned out, he barely said good morning, let alone ' Happy Birthday.' I thought....well, that's marriage for you, but the kids.... they will remember. My kids came bouncing down stairs to breakfast and didn't say a word. So when I left for the office I felt pretty low and somewhat despondent.


As I walked into my office, my handsome boss Rick, said, 'Good

morning, lady, and by the way Happy Birthday!' It felt a little better, that at least someone had remembered. I worked until one o'clock, when Rick knocked on my door and said, 'You know, It's such a beautiful day outside, and it is your birthday, what do you say we go out to lunch, just you and me.' I said, 'Thanks, Rick, that's the greatest thing I've heard all day. Let's go!'

We went to lunch. But we didn't go where we normally would go. He chose instead a quiet bistro with a private table. We had two martinis each and I enjoyed the meal tremendously. On the way back to the office, Rick said, 'You know, It's such a beautiful day...we don't need to go straight back to the office, do we?'

I responded, 'I guess not. What do you have in mind?'

He said, 'Let's drop by my place, it's just around the corner.'

After arriving at his house, Rick turned to me and said, 'If you don't mind, I'm going to step into the bedroom for just a moment. I'll be right back.''Ok". I nervously replied.

He went into the bedroom and, after a couple of minutes, he came out carrying a huge birthday cake, followed by my husband, my kids, and dozens of my friends and co-workers, all singing 'Happy Birthday'.



And I just sat there....



on the couch....



NAKED.

Have a Blessed Easter.  See you Monday!

Friday, April 22, 2011

You have grandchildren...I have...

definitely not grandchildren.  I have grandpuppies and grandsnakes!  Ugh!



This is Sofie and Dora.  They belong to Army Son.  Sure, they look quiet and harmless enough...they are just re-charging the batteries!  They are like little springs, they just bounce everywhere.


This is Debbie.  I haven't held or touched her yet.



This is Sheila.  She has grown a lot.  I have held her before, against my better judgement.  The snakes also belong to Army Son.


This little poochie belongs to Princess.



This is Princess with her new Puppy.

This is Yogi and Luci.  They belong to Banker Daughter.

I don't have a pic of Oldest Daughter's doberman....but you see where this is headed.  We have turned them all into animal lovers and none of them are in too much of a hurry to provide the much-needed grandchildren.  We could have deterred the process....hubs and I have decided that once given the aforementioned grandhildren, we will put an addition onto the house that is a ball pit.  We will also be ordering a chocolate fountain, a slushie machine, a cotton candy machine and anything else that is high in sugar!  :)

Oh, and I almost forgot....this is what Army Son wanted.....thank goodness his GF laid down the law!



So, if you are interested in sending me a sympathy card for lack of grandchildren, just send me a private e-mail, and I will give you my mailing address!!!!  ROFL

Have a blessed day!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Busy, Busy!

Between the website and longarming, I have been a busy girl.  Customer R picked up her three quilts yesterday, so now I can show them to you.  She had little ones in tow, so we just had to lay them on the table and snap quickies....the first two quilts go to a husband and wife as throws.  Flannel on the back and the same fabrics used with the same allover quilting design.  She wanted the male pantograph to be bigger than the female, so this is what we ended up with....

Female Quilt with the smaller allover design


Male Quilt with the larger allover design

Quilt that Momma made for Customer R
Customer R's Momma made her this last one.  The skinny borders you see are all folded borders and had to be basted before we did the quilting, so if you see long threads...that's what they are.

I fell in love with Customer R's little girl.  She is nearly two and held me by the hand walking me around showing me things....when she didn't have me holding her.  Too precious....made me really want those grandchildren!  :)

I'll have to show you all pics of what I get for grand "children" later. 

I can't chat for too long this morning.  I have three customers dropping off quilts and one picking up an order, and I haven't showered yet.  Haven't had time to blog hop these past few days, so I need to get caught up on those this weekend.

Enjoy the sunny weather today!

Blessings

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

What's going on with the move???

Several people have asked what is going on with the move....well, I don't know!  LOL  We STILL don't have our house listed for sale and please don't take this the wrong way, but I don't care!  I'm not being negative here....we finished the laundry room and are waiting for some special order fixtures to come in to finish the laundry room bathroom...and I am relishing the new laundry room.  I just love it!  The last four houses we have lived in...we have done most of the remodeling then promptly had to move.  I never get to enjoy the fruits of our labors.  So, since I am not the one driving an hour and a half one way every day....I'm not pushing the issue!

I am looking forward to having time to have a great veggie garden this year.  I have started all kinds of seeds in my little greenhouse.  I have a little time to quilt.  I am still longarming for customers and doing the web business....so, I am quite content right where I am!  :)

Here is the view of the farm we like.
527 Hillandale Dr., Newark, OH.
This is the upstairs deck.  Where you see the trees here, there is a little pond.  It has nearly 14 acres and everything else we would need.  The problem....it is another fixer-upper.  Not just a little....  We had agreed that we would look for a smaller house with some land that didn't need work.  We just can't get our heads around it. So, I contacted a guy I went to high school with and asked if he and his sons could help me with the remodel if we buy it.  He said it was right up his alley and he would love to help.  Yet, our house still isn't for sale.

This picture is of the back forty.  LOL  It is another fenced area where the property used to be a horse farm.  This is where I would plant my grapes....and lots of them!  And yet, our house still isn't for sale. 

So, I will just embrace the renovations still going on here.  If we sell this year, I will be surprised.  But, I have a plan....if we do get it sold, this will be my new home.....if I play my cards right.  Until then, I will just keep gardening, quilting....and oh....remodeling!  LOLOL

P.S.  Still up in the air as to whether I will re-open.  Part of me wants to...the area could use a quilt shop....but part of me is really enjoying not being tied down to a schedule.  I approached one quilt shop that is a little bit of a drive about teaching, but she is hesitant to commit.  Can't blame her, she is probably worried that I will re-open.  But, there is another closer....if I become sure I won't re-open, I will see if she will let me teach.  I miss customers and teaching.  :(

Blessings

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Something Old, Nothing New, Nothing Borrowed, Something Blue....

Log Cabin Blues
Another hand quilted!  :)
Snow Treats
Made with flannels.

Trick or Treat
How's that for a bright one?  (Oops....I may have already shown you that one....)

Finalizing some things for the 'new' website today.  Can't wait to get your feedback!

Blessings

Hand quilting....me?

Amish Chain

See, I really did used to hand quilt.  The longarms have spoiled me!  This was also hand pieced.

Confederate Eagle
This was a free online pattern.  It was much better in theory....

Leaf Gathering

Off I go!  Have a blessed day!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Working on it!

I've been working hard at it, but I want to wait to show you until it is a flimsie.  Sooooo....let the quilt show continue! 
Floor Tiles Table Runner

I think I made four of these Autumn Table Runners.  They were for the "Aunts".  Two have yet to be delivered.  I'm a horrible niece!

Autumn Table Runner
This was a Camp Thimbleberries project. 

Fence Sitting
 I just love this little project. 
Tic Tac Stars

Well, that's all for now......

Blessings

More Quilts...

Not much accomplished yesterday, so I will just continue on with the quilt show....
Scandinavian Hearts and Pines
This next one is an Appalachian Quilts design.
Tentalating Turtles

Abstract Leaf was given as a gift to a gal pal.  I think I need to make me a new one.
Abstract Leaf
Button Town is a sentimental one for me.  There are a few of my buttons on this one that have sentimental value....one set is from my grandmother's house robe before she passed.  One set is from my favorite coat from elementary school.
Button Town
Well, I'm off to do my pilates and get to work.  I need to come up with some new stuff to show you and I'm not getting it done by playing on the computer!  :)

Blessings

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Poky Puppy

Customer L should be picking up her quilts in the next day or so, soooo....I guess it would be OK to show you her quilts.

The first is based on the book Poky Puppy by Golden Books.  I think it is for a grandson.  Adoreable!  Even has the inner page of the book that says "This Golden Book belongs to...."   She is going to hand embroider her grandson's name.  She chose dog bones for the pantograph and it turned out adoreable!



This next one is the Starry Night collection.  Love this fabric.  She chose a swirl pantograph which blended perfectly.

Here is a close-up of the block.  Aren't these swirls just the coolest.


My 30 minutes a day have gone toward an applique project.  I have the 24 wool leaves on and I am starting the flowers.  I can't wait to show it to you all done, but it could be a while!  LOL

Blessings....

Sunday, April 10, 2011

All in a Row

The good news....All in a Row is now a flimsie!  Woot!  Woot!  This quilt has been mostly pieced for months.  The original plan for the border was to use a border print from the same fabric line and miter the corners, leaving out the cornerstones.  We didn't cut enough of the border print to make this happen, so it sat undone with the top and bottom borders on until I decided whether I wanted to 'waste' the fabric and cut new...or follow the pattern.

Well, that's what I did.  I frog-stitched off the original border, folded it up for later, and finished according to the pattern.  The pattern came from Kim Diehl's book Simple Seasons.  This book has patterns for 12 throw-sized quilts.  The fabric line is Old Primrose Inn.

(Sorry it was a tad windy when I was trying to get the pic.)

The bad news.....now I have another flimsie for the "to be quilted" pile.  But, in my opinion, that really isn't bad news at all.  Another UFO has been completed and I feel great!  :)  Since I have been getting a lot of them done, it isn't quite as painful!  LOL

Did you get anything fun done this weekend?  I would love to hear from you---it motivates me! 

Blessings

I've got the fever!

After my massage on Friday, I decided I would try to find a soil blocker at my favorite greenhouse.  I didn't want to wait to have one shipped, and I just knew if anyone had one, they would.  I grabbed the camera to show you why I love this greenhouse so much, and off I went to the mecca of all greenhouses.  I get there....grab the camera...turn it on....and no camera card!  Ugh!  So, after I go in...I start looking at the flowers gracing the entrance.  Oh, this isn't going to be good.  I should tell you that right when I got into the parking lot hubs had called on my cell and said "You should have some fun today.  Treat yourself to some flowers."  Oh, that was a bad idea on his part!  I had to stay focused.  Go straight for the tools.  Do NOT look at the flowers.  But, it was too late.  After finding out that they didn't have my coveted tool, I went to the perennial section.  Dangitall!  They had the new Everblooming Hydrangea they have been advertising in magazines.  OK, so maybe I'll just get one.  I love hydrangeas.

A customer had given me a cut toad lily the last day the shop was open.  I had made a note of it and wanted to see if they had any toad lilies.  They did, so maybe I'll just get one, you know for posterity's sake.

I saw a gardening show on TV where they had violas.  They are similar to pansies, but are perennials and act a little as a groundcover.  They had them, so maybe I'll just get two...OK, I need four.  Afterall, I need to space them out to cover the area in mind.

You see how this trip went.  A couple hundred dollars later, the trunk was full and I was leaving the greenhouse.  Note to self....don't go when you are feeling unappreciated or have flower fever.  Heck, the place will give you flower fever, so don't go unless you have just won the lottery.

My work boots
So, I got home and put on my work boots.....



My work gloves
  Got out my old gloves....yes, I have new ones without the holes, but these are broken in!

My gardening apron
 Donned my apron.....and headed off to my little greenhouse.  I planted the perennials that I had bought first, but remember my goal for the day initially had been starting my seeds.  I started my tomatoes (three kinds), some lavendar, basil, oregano, sage and rosemary.  I watered the lettuce, strawberries, hibiscus and columbine that I had started from seed a few weeks ago.  I treated my trumpet plant for wooly aphids.  And then.....I took a nap!  ROFL

Saturday, I loaded a quilt on the longarm and decided I would finish another of Prodigal Son's welding caps.  Hubs decided he wanted one, so this turned into a 'rest of the day' ordeal.  His head is 'substantially' larger than DS, so I had to tweak the pattern.  He chose this fish fabric (we are scuba divers).  I figured if he didn't like it, we could always use it for a parachute in a plane crash!  (Oops, did I say that out loud???)


Here is the hat I was finishing up for Prodigal Son.  We finally have the pattern tweaked to the correct size and fit.


Here are his signature flames.  So, I finish up, make dinner, clean up the mess and you guessed it, I wanted to take a nap.  I didn't.....honest....but I wanted to.

So, if you are taking notes here....I have had an entire week where I have not gotten my half hour a morning in the sewing room with all of these sleep issues and other commitments.  I may try to sneak in this afternoon, but hubs is already asking me what's for dinner!

Blessings

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Just a quick check-in....

I know I usually show you pics, but I have been busier than a one-armed paperhanger!  I've been longarming my little fingers to the bone.  Had 5 quilts picked up by customers today and don't you know I didn't get a single pic??  Soooo sorry!

I have MORE company.  An 'adopted' Army son is here visiting.  He is on his way from Korea to Kansas.  I feel like I am in some sort of laundry ministry.  His Momma didn't do his laundry, so.....you guessed it....more laundry for me!  I've done seven loads today!!!!  Took him to a vintage guitar store to occupy him while Prodigal Son was at school and spent some time letting him serenade me and play on his guitar. 

Tomorrow, my life gets back to normal.  Hopefully, I can get back on a normal sleep pattern and get this old body settled down.  Ever get all messed up like that?  Can't sleep at night....so you take a nap during the day....go to bed at 10....wake up at 4......need another nap.....can't get out of the vicious cycle!  Ugh!

Hopefully, I will get some pics on here for you tomorrow!

Blessings

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Rowdy Rippers

When I look at this quilt, I don't try to remember the pattern name, what fabrics I used or what I intended to make it for.  I see the Rowdy Rippers.  We had a beginning quilting class that coined the name Rowdy Rippers.  They earned it.  :)  We met once per month for around 2 years.  We started out with the basic beginning quilting classes, then it turned into "we want to learn to do this....teach us to do that...."  For me, it was a great excuse to keep spending time with this awesome group of students. 

We had one gentleman in the class, and bless his heart, he sat smiling through discussions ranging from PMS to hormones.  He sat through heaters and air conditioners being turned up and down because of hot flashes.  He sat through being called V's hubs, because he always helped her carry things and pick out fabric.

This class was also a great excuse to EAT.  We had many potlucks and way too much food over those 2 years.

Before I had a shop, I was a class 'snob'.  I only took classes for techniques I had not learned or because it served a useful purpose.  It never dawned on me that taking a class is also just good for the soul and a great way to make many new friends.  I miss my Rowdy Rippers.  I miss our Midnight Mysteries....I just miss our classes!  I don't even think about how harried I was trying to get everything done in time for the classes anymore....I just think about how much I miss my students!

So, if any of my Rowdy Rippers are reading---I MISS YOU!!!!!!

The wind was blowing when we took this pic.....it really isn't that wonky!  LOL

P.S.  This is UFO finish number 14 this year!  Woo Hoo!
Blessings.....

Welding....

Well, the welding caps were such a big hit that I have 'orders' for about ten more!  Here is what the prototype looked like....


The embroidery is a varigated thread meant not to be 'too conspicuous'.  The next one will have flames and will be more conspicuous.



I ended up using Dream Angel batting in the headband and the bill, which is flame-retardant.  Don't know if it will make a significant difference, but I was just using up scraps and when picking I thought "what the heck?".  They want them to come down on their heads about an inch, but other than that, it was a big hit.  Prodigal Son had picked out this batik, which matches his personality.

So, that's where I have been and where I will be....I am also working on quilting a UFO while I quilt a customer quilt...and I intend to get another flimsy done this weekend.  Oh the best laid plans of mice and men!  :)

Have a blessed day!