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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It's a Girl!

I have another niece!  She weighs 7 pounds and is 19 inches long and she has long (it really is long) black hair!  Both Mommy and baby are doing great but Daddy is still recovering!


Saturday, October 27, 2012

I've been busy...

I've been busy sewing up some Halloween table toppers using scraps from other Halloween projects.

The fabric for all the Halloween projects is from Connecting Threads, called All Hallows Bash.

I also made three tote bags, also from Connecting Threads, called the Super Simple Reversible Treat Bag Orange Kit by Susan Terpin.  The tote pictured below is for my youngest.  The second tote is for my niece, and the third tote is an advance gift for a niece or nephew due by Thanksgiving.

I made a large table topper for my kitchen table, using Crazy Mom Quilts tumbler pattern.

I love how the colors go so well with that bowl.

I only have a picture of one tote because I gave the other two totes to my sister-in-law already.

Here's the tote reversed.

I made this adorable wall hanging using Tracey Brookshier's "party bags" pattern. 

I also made a quilt for my soon to be niece or nephew.  I used a Moda Bake Shop pattern and fabric from the "Wild Ones" Collection from Connecting Threads.  This collection is flannel and so soft.  I added the sashing squares to break up the cream that I used.  I used a dot fabric from my stash for the backing.

 And I made two quilts from Joanna Figueroa's book, With Fabric and Thread:  Summer Soiree and Tagalong Sister.  The fabric is Andalucia by Patty Young for Michael Miller Fabrics.

 This is the back of the smaller quilt.  I sewed all the selvages together and used the little bits of leftover to create the zig zag pattern.  This is the first time I've ever done something like this and I really like how it turned out.
I really like how this one turned out.  I've switched out my summer slipcovers to my winter slipcovers (gotta love IKEA) and the colors are perfect!  Everything I had imagined.

Oh!  And how could I almost forget!  I won the Bordeaux pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop! I've never won a thing so I was sooooo excited.  The pattern is great and I think I'm going to try a "scrappy" version.  We'll see.


Friday, September 28, 2012

August, September...October?

I cannot believe it's almost October!  Summer's over, school started, and I'm seeing Christmas decorations in the stores.  What?! 

So what have we been up to these last few months?  August found us in Washington, DC and Williamsburg, Virginia.  That was one of the most relaxing vacations ever!    September came, and we rushed back into the school routine.  Also in September, my youngest fell off her bike and broke her arm!  Full cast (almost to her shoulder) for two weeks and then a shorter (below the elbow) cast for four weeks.  But no sports, etc. until December!  Now generally, she's not the sporty type of kid.  But all the extra attention wore off by day two and I'm constantly telling her no, no, no about all these physical activities she's suddenly desperate for.  We always want what we can't have, right? 

And very soon, only days away, it's October and I can feel time speeding up, until it reaches the crescendo of Christmas! 

Wow, I'm exhausted!


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Celebration Success!

So, the 4th of July celebration was wonderful!  The heat was nearly unbearable but everyone seemed to be having a blast!  We had a huge cloud roll in about an hour before the fireworks were scheduled - lots of thunder and lightening - but no rain.  A lot of people cleared out or sat in their cars for a while.  But by the time the fireworks started, there were stars in the sky and that storm had moved on.

As for the flag?  Well, they didn't need to use it, they were able to borrow one - and let me tell you, I thought the flag I was repairing was huge, well the flag that they used made the one I was repairing look like a mini flag!  I'm not kidding when I say that this flag had to be about 50 feet long!  They had it hanging from a crane (that was about 70 feet up) and they had lights on it during the Grand Finale - it was so beautiful and the crowd went wild!

It was a great day!


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

I'm in Betsy Ross mode...

 Our town puts together a spectacular July 4th Celebration. The day begins at 7:00 am at the Firehouse for a pancake breakfast and ends at about 11:00 pm with Fireworks.  There are dozens of home-town events (like the dog show (no professionals please) and the pie eating contest and the race and the parade) scheduled throughout the day. Art work, created by our children, is on display.  Local bands perform for us, there's a clown, and magic, and I could go on and on and on.  It is the best 4th of July celebration ever.  Amazing part about it is, this entire day is pulled together by volunteers!  Yes, Volunteers.  Volunteers that do everything from fundraising, to building, to cleaning, and just about any thing you can possible think might need to be done, they do it.  And they do it very, very well.  All for the joy of our community.

Anyway, back to Betsy mode, Sweet Hubby calls me last night and asks me to stop at the park before returning home.  He needs me to see if I can sew something.  So that "something" turns out to be the American Flag.  Apparently, the flag was mistakenly stored in a cardboard box and the mice have been quite comfy and cozy in there.  (This flag has not been used for a number of years, they have borrowed one).  Since they were concerned that they would not have a flag this year, they pulled out their old "Old Glory"...and found this:

 So, Sweet Hubby says, "Can you fix it?"

I can fix it, but it isn't going to be pretty...

Now let me just interject here,  this flag is huge.  Each stripe is 12.5 inches wide and I have no idea how long the entire flag is...the damage was contained to the top section where the flag would generally attach to a pole, in this case, a crane.  The largest hole requires a 7 inch patch.  and since this fabric is so thin and faded, and I need it done in a day, forget about trying to match and let's just see what I've got on hand....I figure no one's going to be able to tell when this flag is hanging off of a crane. 

 So I sit in front of my dear friend, with the American Flag supported by my ironing board, and I piece and patch and I feel good!

God Bless the men and women who have fought, and continue to fight, for our Independence!

God Bless America!

Happy Fourth of July!


Sunday, June 24, 2012


Sweet Hubby's joined the Blogging World!



The good news is I finally found my camera!  The bad news is that I couldn't take good pictures.  But here they are: 

Sweet Hubby's Birthday Quilt

This one was just me playing with Scraps

I also completed One Santa Wallhanging and need to finish the binding on two more.

I am so itching to start a new project -- Actually two (or three) new projects.  I have a bundle of Vintage Modern that is begging to become something and another bundle of AndaLucia that I am dying to cut into!

I'll keep you posted!


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

I Got It!

BookcoverWith Fabric and Thread

Daughter #1 picked this up for me on Sunday!  I love this book.  I feel like I'm sitting at the table talking with Joanna; the way she writes is so personable!  Love the projects too!  I think my first project will be "Fresh Vintage Patchwork".  I love this quilt with the solitary house block!  I'm thinking of using Vintage Modern by Bonnie and Camille

I'll keep you posted.


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Time Flies...

I cannot believe it's June!  What happened to May?

I guess I've been pretty busy...I had two work related trips in May, bought a new car - Yes, I sold the Cabby [Gasp!] - and I can't even remember what else!

I've misplaced my camera, so as soon as it surfaces, I'll post the quilt I made for Sweet Hubby.

I expect June to fly by too!  All the end of the year excitement has already begun.

Until Summer...


Friday, April 6, 2012

Rough Week

Wow, it's been a rough week! 

A little history:  my aunt has hypertension that has been largely uncontrolled despite medication.  Efforts at lowering her blood pressure have been unsuccessful.  Now she's having trouble breathing so her doctor tells her (last Friday) she needs to see her cardiologist immediately.  So, the cardio doctor (Monday) says she has Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and changes her medication and doubles the diuretic. 

Last Friday morning, I get a flat.  My spare is a "donut" and my commute is 90 miles round trip so the donut isn't going to cut it.  But, they don't have the tire (under warranty) in stock.  No problem, I have the Eurovan.  (Remember, I Love my Eurovan).  But the battery is dead.  Sweet Hubby jumps it, and no problems.

Tuesday, the battery is dead again.  (Really?  Oh Come On!)  So I get a jump from my son, and off I go.  I try to start the van on my break - not happening - so I get another jump and go to Sears to get a new battery.  (I will not even go into the difficulty Sears gave me about my dead battery that was still under warranty - suffice to say I was able to leave Sears with my new battery on the passenger floor)  Get another jump, and go home where Sweet Hubby installs my battery.  Oh, did I forget to mention that the inspection is expired?

Wednesday (really Thursday at 12:30 am) Mom calls, "Aunt can't breathe, meet us in the Emergency Room".
Lots of fluid in the lungs and legs - They admit her.  Get home around 5:30 am, wake up at 7:30 and get my youngest ready for school.  Put her on the bus, go pick up mom, drop the Eurovan off for inspection, drive mom to the hospital, go back home, make some calls for work and try to lie down at 12:30.  Up again at 2:00 to shower, pick up my youngest and go to the hospital.  Somehow, I also manage to pick up the van and we all go out to eat after we leave the hospital.

Friday, Aunt is soooo much better.  No swelling in legs, still some fluid, but her blood pressure is way down.  Not perfect, but getting there.  And maybe, they will discharge her tomorrow, so she can be home for Easter.  Today, she was laughing when we were teasing her and complaining about the food!  So we will see.

As for my car situation?  Well, the Eurovan is a keeper.  But I'm thinking about selling the cabby for something newer - something that might tolerate the high mileage of my commute a little better.  We'll see.

I hope everyone has a Blessed and Peaceful Easter!


Thursday, March 29, 2012

My Space

I'd thought I'd post a bit about my space.  It is not very attractive.  And at times, it's not very bright.  But it's my space and I love it!  My space is located in my unfinished basement.  Unfinished in that the walls are cinder block, the floor is cement and access to the basement is through the garage (which is attached to the house).

Sweet Hubby picked up some slat board (for free) and hung it on the walls so there is plenty of space for my stuff.  Sweet Hubby also made two "work benches" for my space.  I store everything in bins.  (Sweet Hubby has a workshop down there too and everything gets very dusty from the lathe.) My stash is stored in bins on shelves.  Scrapbooking and other assorted supplies are stored in larger bins under the work tables.  Fabric and scrapbooking stuff is easy to locate - the bins are clear.  Other stuff, not so simple - the bins are big and and not see-through.  So when I'm looking for something, I have to pull out one of these monster bins and start digging.  I really need to label the bins with the contents but that could take forever.  I think the next time I go searching, I'll make a list and label the bin.

There's also a small (child size) table and chairs down there for my youngest to do "craft projects" while I sew.

It can get pretty messy - especially if I'm working on a project - but I manage to clean it up before I start the next project.  Sometimes, Sweet Hubby takes over my space (when he's working on my cabby or a house project) and then I'm stuck because I don't know what to do with his stuff.

My goal is to organize the entire basement!  And if you saw the basement, you would see that this is not an easy goal to accomplish!  And, when (if) I reach that goal, I might just be brave enough to post some pics!


Wednesday, February 22, 2012


So I counted my unfinished objects and I went from five to...Nine!  Oh my!  How did that happen? I am actively working on completing at least five of the nine.  The five I am working on are all in various stages of being quilted.  Four are Christmas wall hangings (that I started before Christmas with the intent to give as gifts) so I actually have until December to complete them as they will be gifts for this Christmas.  Number Five is a quilt I am working on for Sweet Hubby - and since Sweet Hubby reads this blog - no pictures until he receives it!


Monday, February 13, 2012

What I've been working on....

so I made a little case for it.
 I have a nook tablet..
The side pocket holds the charging cable.

This little case was made to hold my GPS and all the assorted charging cables that float around my car and/or bag.

This is a little bulky so I think I'm going to make another along the style of the nook holder.

I made this pillow cover for a bed size pillow for my couch.  I needed something for the center cushion and this seemed to fit the bill. 
I picked up the trim at 90% off at Joann's Fabric and the brown was left over from the curtains.

I'm also working on a quilt for Sweet Hubby but I can't show you that until I give it to him...


Monday, January 30, 2012

My Cabby...

The cabby being towed home.
 Sweet Hubby sent me some pics of the cabby
 This is the piston. Sweet Hubby says that the dark marks are where the metal got scratched.   If you could touch it, you could feel how deep the grooves are.

 Sweet Hubby says I should keep it as a paper-weight.

The is the head gasket cover from my old engine - on the new engine...isn't it pretty? Love that green!

Old Engine Out

New Engine In

Once again - Drum Roll Please - The engine is in and it runs!  Sweet Hubby wants to take it for a test run before he turns it over to me...hopefully, I'll have my poor little cabby back by the weekend!


Saturday, January 21, 2012

January Already?

Wow!  I cannot believe it!  It seems the older I get, the faster time flies!

So Christmas snuck up on me and somehow I managed to get everything done and what a wonderful Christmas it was!  My Dad is living with my brother and his family now and I think this was the first Christmas that we spent all together in 15 years.  The twins and Sweet Hubby's family was also there.  It was wonderful!  I cried.

So now it's January!  And guess what?  I cooked the engine in my sweet little cabby!  Ohhhhhhh, Sweet Hubby is really gonna kill me now!  But, being the Sweet Hubby that he is, he just said he was planning on an engine swap in the spring anyway.  So, he finds an engine, drives 7 hours round trip to Massachusetts, picks up my "new" used engine and starts ordering parts.  He then towed my little cabby, in a snow squall, to his place of employment over an hour away and it ended up taking like 4 1/2 hours round trip.  And now, he's been staying late to work on the cabby.  Honestly -- I'd want to kill me for this!  Dare I ask for pictures to post?  Ummmm.....maybe.....he is a Sweet Hubby.

And so, the greatest daddy-in-law ever came to the rescue and has lent me his car until the cabby is fixed!

And what about my dear old friend?  Well, I did do a little sewing for Christmas but never managed a completion!  I haven't sat with her since before Christmas and I really miss her!  Hopefully soon we can sit down together and catch up!  Until then...