Thursday, May 27, 2010

Taking off again......

I'm off to the cabin, where there is no internet access, so I thought I'd drop a line and wish you all a safe and happy holiday weekend.

It's a great time to remember those who have given so much for our freedoms. We should remember them every day.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Weekends end just too fast!

Patti and I went to the cabin this past weekend. Just a little three day trip to sew! We did pretty good on getting things accomplished and had a lot of fun! Too bad it all ends too soon. We drove up on Thursday night and back on Sunday evening. Here are some pics from the trip....
We had great weather.....

Patti worked hard on a "kit" we both made up for retreat and didn't get to then. I worked on mine, too!

This is mine...all laid out

A couple of weeks ago my friend, Sharon, came over because I have a frame and machine on it, but I just couldn't get it to work right. I finally got frustrated and gave up, so it's been sitting there for two years ... doing nuttin! Now, it's working great! I finished this quilt on it and had no problems at all. Maybe, she fixed me and not the machine...but "whatever"! I'm just happy that I can use it now!

Heading back up to the cabin for a long holiday weekend. I'm going to make some new curtains for the cabin while I'm there. Garry will be doing some riding and working on hooking the new shower up there. That's all the news... Hope you all had as good a weekend as I did.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Laptop returns home.....

after a very long absence. I did have a battle with the company that had my laptop, but it's a long unhappy story. Suffice it, to say, I have it back and it's working and I didn't let them keep adding more to my bill. about we start with pics from retreat last month? ya go....

Someone (Jen) loves pears. I didn't know this before, but I mean she LOVES pears a lot!

Patti learns to paper piece log cabins....and they are adorable.

Cindy and I taking pics of each other! And...all the busy beavers working away....

Oh yeah! Jen V. (the world's worst stalker) finishes a quilt top and wraps in it to celebrate! Loved it too! Also, this is a good time to say that she is one of the nicest people I have ever met. She was kind enough to invite Patti and I to stay with her the night prior to the retreat we both appreciated it so much. Thanks again, Jen. You're a wonderful young woman and made us both feel so comfortable and welcome in your home.

This pic of Jen just makes me giggle. I don't know what was said or done that made her lose it, but have you ever seen anyone look that tickled over anything? Just love this one!

Jen also showed me how to paper piece log cabin blocks. I knew it must be late when I kept putting piece number 13 prior to piece 12. She thought numbers, in order, taped to my machine might be a help to me. What a dork! Hahahaha! They are still taped to it....makes me giggle every day!

Well! That's enough for today. I'm off to my sewing room now! More to come, including prom pics! Happy Sewing, Ya'll!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Been sewing up a storm.....

I started these six inch log cabin blocks at retreat and I'm addicted to the little rascals! I could make these forever, except that my fabric is going to run out before I'm ready for it to, I'm afraid. I love how these are turning out and I can see more paper piecing in my future.

I started this one yesterday and finished up the top today. I saw a video of this one and just wanted to see if it was as easy as it looked. It is and it went together fast. I may start quilting it on Monday.

Finally got word on my laptop repairs. It couldn't just be the $35 part, it's the lcd or something like that. Yep, the $170 part. Should have it back in 7 to 10 days. Ughhhhh! This desktop I'm using now has a virus in it and sometimes it works and don't! I can only get pics in this one using my cell phone since the card reader no longer works either. It goes in for repairs as soon as I get the laptop back.

Happy Mothers Day to all of you! Hope you all have a great day! Garry and his dirtbike buddies are all at Ben's house watching the race.'s been quiet around here tonight. Could that be why I got so much done? Perhaps.....

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Slowing down....

Life is getting back to "normal" around here, which means a little time to sew! I finally finished my "Tossed Irish Hearts" quilt and just in time too! The little girl it's for was born this past week. Nothing like cutting it close. That quilt has been laying around here waiting for binding for a few months.

I couldn't make a decision last night on what to work on, so, of course, start a new project. It's interesting! Not sure I like this because you don't make blocks but line up all the units. Not really my cup of tea, but I do think I like the outcome. Today, I think I'll work on it some more.

In other new, one of my dogs is getting old. He's having some hard days and it breaks my heart. Mugsy sleeps about 20 hours a day. He's got arthritis and can no longer get onto the couch. Garry and I just put him up there and take him down throughout the day. He's the best boy. Great temperment and has always been such a sweetie. Yesterday was his birthday. Unconditional love every day is quite a gift. If you're not a dog person, you probably don't get this. If you are, you know how it feels to know that sooner, rather than later, you will lose a great friend. Here's to hoping today is a great day for Mugs.

Patti and I are taking time for a mini-retreat. I've got a cabin in Northern Michigan and she and I are heading up there the weekend of the 21st. Three days of sewing time. Oh yeah, Baby! Sounds like a great plan to me. We decided to spend that time doing Jen's Barn Blocks. There's a link to them on my sidebar. I hope to be all caught up by the end of that weekend. Yay! I finally found some fabric that I think will work for that project.

And that's all the news that is the news from here. Hope you all get the time to sit and sew a spell today!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Life is just too busy sometimes.....

This is one of the tops I made at the retreat. The most CRE8TIVE person I know offered to quilt it for me. She sent me this tease pic yesterday via the cell phones. I LOVE this quilt and it's even more special because Jen quilted it for me. Thanks, Jen! I can't wait to see it in real life. Quilters are the best people in the world.

Daughter, Cindy and date at her Junior Prom. Val made it her dress and it is beautiful. Thanks, Val! You're an awesome friend to do that for Cindy!

Could this be why she's failing half her classes? Does she spend the day in her locker? Amazing that she fits inside her locker with room to spare!

I am hoping life slows down a bit, but I don't see that happening any time soon. My friend, Val, is having a "Girls Night Out" event at our Township Hall on Friday night. Vendors, dinner, fashion show.....and I don't know what else will be happening. I'm really looking forward to it and a lot of friends will be there. Some are even modeling. Yay! I have been going to Curves and working out. Val and I went fabric shopping on Saturday and Sunday. Ughhh! The damage that did! Oh well, I love everything I bought. Now, to get it all used! I'm spending the day in my sewing room today. Taking the day, just for myself. Yep...that's the plan. Hope you all have a quilty plan today, too!