Saturday, June 28, 2008

A Quilty Birthday

My birthday was on Thursday (and the only good thing about turning 61 is that I'm now less than a year away from collecting social security! LOL). It was truly a great birthday though, because a friend had a mini-retreat at her house for two days (not overnight). I bought the fabrics for a couple of quilts last month and cut them out ahead of time. This is the first one and I finished piecing the top today -- still need to add two borders. This is a pattern from Kansas Troubles Quilters newsletter called Five and Dime. It was made with a Layer Cake and a Charm packet of KT fabrics. The squares in the centers are raw edge. Fun quilt to play with. The bright blues in the picture are not true to color -- in fact, most of the colors are a bit darker. We had so much fun sewing all day Thursday and Friday that we're going to do it again next Thursday -- but only one day. And Bill of course took me out for dinner Thursday night!

This piece is a panel that Kris, the hostess with the mostest gave me as a challenge. I have 3 fabrics that will go with the 3 colors and I think I'll cut the bottom flag out and border with 3 borders. Kind of boring, so haven't decided for sure. Don't have a clue what to do with the top flag yet either.
Today I worked on the guild's newsletter and then got to play with the Five and Dime quilt. I hope to get the borders on it this week - maybe even tomorrow afternoon. I'd like to get one of the flag quilts finished this week too. I like to decorate with patriotic quilts, which I have already hung all through the house, but I really need a new one and would like to finish it before the 4th.

The humidity and heat have subsided for a bit, so off with the a/c and on with the open windows.
Our phoebes had 4 babies and they flew the nest this afternoon (I missed it -- one minute they were all hanging out and when I looked while doing dishes they had already gone).
Sewing with friends.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Baby Contest

My daughter submitted a couple of pictures of Will to an online baby contest sponsored by Parents magazine.
Here's the link:

He is pretty cute, but don't let me sway you! vbg

Monday, June 16, 2008

Taking time to smell the flowers...

And play with the grandchildren!
I dug up this lily a few years ago and replanted them out by the road in the full sun. This one just refused to go and has been blooming where it was originally planted!

These snapdragons were planted in a hanging basket, but the porch is too shady for it, so I have it in front of the porch in the flower bed -- they're just happy as can be to be there!
Last Wednesday I went up to visit the grandkids. Will is 11 months old today. This is his itty bitty baby pool and he loves it! He's walking really well now too and definitely did not want to wait for a swim diaper!

But, Mom -- I don't want sunscreen on -- I just want to swim!
It was really hard to get a picture of AJ -- he was just way too busy to be bothered!
I brought up a picnic lunch -- including store bought cupcakes and the kids had a great time! Will looks so much like AJ at this age that AJ wants to call him "Baby AJ!" He really mugs for the camera -- as soon as he sees you taking his picture, he smiles! But then, he smiles a lot!

AJ really enjoyed the cupcake! -- Only time I could get a picture of him!
We really had a great day -- and hope to have a lot more this summer. I've decided to slow everything down, let my quilting take a backseat, let the cleaning run along behind and just enjoy each day!

Saturday, June 14, 2008


That should have been my word for this year -- and probably every year. I seem to be behind all the time and nothing ever gets caught up.
I have no pictures for this post -- I left my camera full of pictures of our grandsons at my daughter's on Wednesday. I thought I could use my old one, but the battery had run down for lack of use and is now getting charged. And hopefully, Steph will bring my camera with the pictures tomorrow to Steve's as we celebrate Steve & Kim's 11th anniversary, Father's Day and my birthday.

What I've been up to: doesn't seem like much, but I've been busy. I did finish 7 or 8 small quilts/wall hangings and gave them to Steph for her garage sale. I quilted 4 lap quilts for a friend as gifts for graduates, I have a quilt on the frame ready to be quilted and it was on the list today, but I don't know if I'll get any of it done or not.
Today I made potato salad and baked a loaf of bread for tomorrow. I swept the front porch because it is absolutely beautiful outside and I needed some fresh air. I even pulled a few weeds. I need to spend a few days outside pulling a lot more, but the weather hasn't been cooperative at all. (I'm grateful we aren't under water. Bill's brother & sister-in-law live in Cedar Falls, IA -- they're okay but the whole downtown is flooded.) I did pick a colander full of strawberries this afternoon -- and that's about the 4th batch we've picked so far. Love the taste of home grown sweet strawberries. We've been eating home grown asparagus most every day also.

Once again I've started walking on the treadmill (and may get some outside walks in as well) -- I'm trying to establish a good habit to counteract the hours spent sitting at the computer and/or sewing machine. I made an appointment with a new doctor today -- I'm so fed up with my regular family practitioner I was not looking forward to going back to him. I did make an appointment with him and then found this new one and canceled the appointment with the old one. (He had gotten so arrogant as to be not patient-oriented). I'm already impressed with the new office staff -- they told me ahead of time to fast because they will be doing blood tests that same day I'll be seeing her. The old office could not possibly plan that far ahead and had to reschedule lab work for a different day (even when I fasted and was prepared for blood work). One more thing that I simplified.

I'm paring down my to-do lists and trying to take some extra time for myself this summer. I make myself crazy sometimes with wanting to do too much and then feeling the pressure I put on myself to finish ufo's or do something I really don't need or want to. The quilt tops that are stacked waiting to be quilted will wait. If I feel like starting a new quilt, why not! If the "spring/summer/fall" cleaning doesn't get done -- so what. Shorten the list and simplify! I'd rather spend my time enjoying my husband and kids and grandkids. I've turned off the tv and have been reading every night the past few weeks -- it feels great to pick up a book and actually finish it. It feels great to start another one right after that.

We have a pair of phoebes nesting on the thermometer on the back porch. It is directly across from the kitchen sink, so we keep an eye on them all the time. They seem to understand we won't bother them -- they keep an eye on us too! I love to see their babies -- when they first start leaving the nest they look like they have crewcuts -- their feathers on top of their heads stand straight up! We still have eggs right now, so it'll be awhile though.
We also have some happy wrens nesting in various birdhouses Bill has put around. One birdhouse is a log cabin and the wrens moved right in this year. We also have a pair of bluebirds -- their house is down by the road, but they come up to the trees in front of the house every afternoon. And of course we have robins -- two pairs have nests on the overlapping logs on either side of the front of the house.
And we have a single, solitary deer roaming the woods here. She/he is young -- not fawn spotted, but not much older, and seems to have lost its mother. She/he walked across the front yard toward the back at dinner time two days ago. Yesterday I spotted him across the road walking along the edge of the woods and today Bill spotted him walking through our woods.

Simplicity -- I'm enjoying the slower pace of summer and all of nature this year.

Monday, June 02, 2008

June has arrived!

Our June Calendar page. Briana is really a sweet big sister. AJ adores her and I'm pretty sure Will does too!

I've managed to get my guild's newsletter finished and out the door and/or through cyberspace. The only stitching I've done all weekend was hand sewing the binding down on a couple of table runners. Hopefully by the end of the week I'll be back in quilting mode!

There is ongoing research on Glioblastoma Multiforme tumors like Steve has -- and they're testing a vaccine at this time that so far has extended the lives of the patients that are undergoing the trial 33 months. Steve just showed me the article and he's going to talk to Dr. Ian about it next visit. I'm very thankful that this research is ongoing.
A beautiful summer day today -- I should have been out weeding the flower beds, but I had to do laundry and clean house -- it was still a beautiful day!

Sunday, June 01, 2008


I am in the middle of doing my guild's newsletter, so very little quilting happening here. I am hand stitching the bindings down on a few quilts for my daughter's garage sale!
I just wanted to post the url for the Chiclets pattern that I will be doing as a leader/ender as soon as I get back to my sewing machine! Here it is: It is a free pattern on her site.

I'll be back when the newsletter is finished!