Wednesday, June 29, 2016

I'm baaack!!!  Did you miss me?  I sure missed all of you!

It's hard to believe the last time I shared with y'all I was getting ready for our family reunion. (mini)  Well, we had the reunion again and we're back from that!  What a great time was had by all!

I was even able to make all the kiddos mini gift bags in assorted fabric and was such a joy to fill.

Plans are already in motion for next year. :}

Things are hopping at Stitchin Tree but letting up (maybe) somewhat since the All Iowa Shop Hop is in its final week.  We met some really neat people from all over the place.  Speaking of really neat people from all over the place, we had a visit from a mother/daughter all the way from Idaho to visit us!!  Can you belive that?

Carla Evans and Elle Baumann of Aunt Hetty's Quilt Trunk, couldn't make it to market so they drove to see us all the way from Salman, Idaho!  

By the way, that quilt they are standing in front of, is Teresa's very own Block Stock pattern.  The squares are all pre cut!  Several different fabrics to choose from and layouts.  They really make a great gift!  

So much to catch you all up on, which is going to take time.  So I'm back and plan on sharing some more adventures/projects in the weeks ahead.

My very best to you all,
Happy quilting,

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A moment with Nancy

Hello everyone!  What a week!  Graduations, Spring market and rain with cool weather. Nothing like going to a graduation in pouring down rain only to realize you forgot your umbrella!  Not so fun.
Teresa and Patti are back from Market and I'm anxious to see what news they brought back with them.  That's always fun.

Well....I finished my black and white quilt and the backing. (yay!)  That's all ready to quilt.  I was feeling a little lost today so I got into my PHD's. (projects half done).  I had started a New York Beauty 10 years ago as a block of the month.  I had the squares completed, they just needed to be sewn together.  And then of course the border.  The border is something else and will probably take me the rest of my life to complete.  The trouble with unfinished projects is when you eventually get back to them it seems like it takes forever to figure out where you were when you put it away.  I have at least a couple of those in my closet. 

Luckily I just needed to sew rows together for this New York Beauty.  But honestly there are seven borders.  I'll be sure and show you the finished quilt when I get those done. 
I was in the shop today to quilt my black and white quilt.  Yay!!! I have it quilted and now just need to sew on the binding.  My daughter is going to be so surprised. :)
Tomorrow I'm at the shop for the day.  We have a lot of classes coming up and they are filling.  So much I want to do and so little time.....the story of a quilter.  :-)
With that I shall wish you all the best, until next time....
Happy quilting,

Monday, May 11, 2015

A Moment on Monday May 11

Hello again!  Can you believe it's been a week already since I last ranted here?    Time is passing way too quickly.  Sometimes I wish we could slow things down a bit to be able to enjoy where we are in life a little bit longer.  (or speed things up)  Anyway....I've been busy this week just like y'all.

What a mess I had last week and I am happy to say I am passed that and on to something else.  That something else should really be cleaning up the mess I've made in my sewing room but who has time for that?  I'll just work around it.  :)  I do have my quilt ready to take in to quilt.  Now to find the time to quilt it in time for our June 3 reunion. I love the backing I found and it was wide enough that I didn't need to piece it! yay!!!
And....I have all the wallets finished.  That was so much fun.  I was in the shop the other day and learned that the class is almost full.  The class size limit is 12 and it was already 9 on Friday.  If you have a chance to take the class it is so much fun and the wallets are adorable.  See......

I told you they are cute!  I can't wait to give these to the girls at the reunion this summer. They are going to be so surprised I made them.

Now on to something else....I really had better get my sewing room organized.  I truly thought I could work around it, but I just took a second look and it's not going to happen.  Wish me luck!

Until next time, my very best to you all.

Happy Quilting,

Monday, May 4, 2015

A Moment on Monday May 4

Hello friends!  I hope this finds everyone well and busy doing what you like to do best. I'm looking out my window at the apple trees. The blossoms on all the trees are amazing this spring.  They are loaded, which makes me think we just may be having a record crop of apples.  We could only be so lucky....right?

Well, have I been busy this week.  Last Monday Teresa had us out to the cottage for a workshop.  We made the cutest billfolds with the help of Betty.  They are so cool I just had to make some for my girls and of course when I get something in my head.....everything could be falling down around me and I'm busy with my newest project.  Then on top of all of that, I am cleaning up one of the biggest messes on that black and white quilt.  You know, I always clean my seams as I go so there won't be such a mess at the end.  However, this time I didn't and am I ever sorry.  It's going to take me forever to get this mess cleaned up before I can get it quilted.

 See what a mess I have?  My wallets are in various states and the quilt.....ugh!!!  But aren't those wallets just the cutest?  There is going to be a class coming up this summer.  They are so much fun to make and they give you such an opportunity to use some of those cute fat quarters you've been collecting all these years but don't have anything to do with them.
Other than that, Bob and I have been playing as much golf as we can.  Unfortunately today was a little rainy.  You would think I could get a lot done in the sewing room, wouldn't you.........but like I said, Bob and I.......
So with that, I shall sign off, until next time.  My very best to you all.
Happy quilting,

Monday, April 20, 2015

A moment on Monday April 20, 2015

Hello everyone!  I hope this finds you all doing well.  I feel like we're about to be blown away out here in the country.  The wind sure is a blowin.  But at least we've gotten some much needed rain and the wind is drying off the roads so it's not so hard to drive.  All is well.

I've been busy since I last visited.  Lots of procrastination!  Do any of you have a section of a project that you really don't like to do?  Some people it's the binding and some hate to cut out the pieces. Me, I don't like b o r d e r s!  You all know what I'm talking about.  It's probably one of the easiest steps to do but......I'd rather sew on a binding, rather cut out an entire quilt top than sew on borders.  I've been trying to talk myself out of being so hard on myself for this.  You know it doesn't make me a bad person or anything.  I eventually get the borders on, but not without a lot of procrastination and frustration!  I sewed three fourths of the border on one side before I realized I was out of bobbin!  (I just hate it when that happens.)  (plus the border had to be pinned on all the way)  Anyway....enough of that.  In spite of all the extra time spent, I still managed to get that Love Hate quilt finished and almost ready for the quilters.  (I call it my Love Hate quilt because I kept waffling back and forth on liking it.)  I did end up liking it just fine.  Now I'm working on the backing, piecing a strip to off set down theback side for some added interest.   And that's another thing.  When did this happen?  Remember the day when the backing didn't matter so much?  You either used bleached muslin or unbleached.  No big deal.  I've seen quilts recently that the backs are pieced almost as pretty as the top! (I'm not making this up)

I was able to get into the shop this week and had lots of fun.  Getting things ready for the Mardi and Me club and my Bag Class in June.  Finally Theresa and I were able to come up with a date for the bag class.  We have kits cut out for this bag or  the Bathing Beauties.  Should be a lot of fun!

It seems like I've done a lot of ranting today.  But for some reason I feel a lot better.  :)    
I wish you all the very best, until next time,
Happy quilting,

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A Moment on Monday April, 6

Where is the time going?  At this rate we will all be complaining about how hot it is before we know it. I'm ready to get my flower pots all ready, but not before Mother's Day. I just might even plant some tomatoes this year while I'm doing all my flower beds. ;)

What a week. Last Tuesday we went to Madison Wisconsin (I think I told you) for cousin Lana's retirement and take the quilt for her new grand.

The contents of the basket were a big success as you can tell by the smile on Anne's face. Bob and I had such a good time during our visit and are looking forward to going back in August for a Door County bicycle ride.   Bob won't be riding his bike but we'll be on his motorcycle.  That's the plan for now. 
Along with all the festivities in Madison, was the celebration of yet another birthday.....for me.  It was fun celebrating in downtown Madison with some really neat people.  A little more chaotic than how I'm used to spending it.  We came home on Friday to find a surprise on the doorstep.
What a nice surprise!  They had been there for a couple of days (in a box) but still looked
 good.  Thanks goes to New Mexico! 
Well, with all this traveling around, I haven't had any time to spend on my quilt I need to have ready
for the reunion in June.    So I had better get myself busy and make the best of my time.  This quilt is sooo out of my comfort zone.  Ah....a challenge!
I'm going to be attending the Mardi and Me club with Teresa.  It meets at the cottage, or you can receive everything electronically, and my first time is this month.  I'm really looking forward to it. 
I've been out of the shop for a couple of weeks and am anxious to get back into the swing of things.  There's a lot of quilts to get quilted and I'm sure more fabric to see.  Can't wait!!!
Until next time, my very best to you all!
Happy Quilting,

Monday, March 30, 2015

A Moment on Monday March 30, 2015

Hey everyone!  It's so windy out here in the country. If what they say about March winds bringing April showers, we're likely to get a really wet April.

What a fun week I had!  Saturday, my boss from a few years ago, had a dinner party. It was such fun catching up with everyone that was able to make it. Every time we get together we try and get a stair picture taken.  This year was no different.
I spent a lot of time with these people, worked hard and laughed hard.  It's good to know they are still in my life from time to time.
Tomorrow we are leaving for cousin Lana's retirement.  And....I get to take Baby Belle's basket to give her.  Just got it put together this morning and it turned out really cute.

It doesn't look like it, but there is a baby quilt, a receiving blanket, two burp cloths and seven wash cloths in here.  I think baby Belle's mom is going to love it!

One more thing I want to share with y'all today....Shoes.(I'm probably the last one alive that doesn't know about these)  OMG!!!!The Gowalk2 made by Skechers are like walking on pillows with no constraints!  My daughter surprised me with a pair and I'm shocked.  I have never worn anything that feels so good on my feet.  I'm so going to try these out at work.

My very best to you all,
Happy Quilting,