Saturday, July 28, 2007

Mom DID have a sense of humor!

A Hershey's Candy Kiss! Yikes! The only thing funnier was the year I had to be a mallard duck!

Friday, July 27, 2007

300th Post!

Do I talk a lot or what? Wait, don't answer that! ROFLOL

So to mark the occasion, it's my turn to do a give-away - to pay it forward - to thank all of you who have read my blog, laughed and cried with me, and have politely read through the no-picture blogs. The drawing will be held on Sat. August 4th, noonish o'clock my time. To be entered to win, you just have to leave a non-anonymous (is that a word?) comment here.

I've been pondering this today, and I decided just to fill up a goody bag with quilty things I'd like to get. Maybe I'll get a picture posted of the goody bag before the drawing - if I remember to call Matt about my inability to download pictures again. I keep forgetting to do that until I get home and remember. Sheesh...

Good luck to everyone! And again, thank you for allowing me to be a part of this ring and a part of bloggerland!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Merrily We Applique!

Of course, since I don't have a picture to show, everyone is just going to have to believe me! :)

I've finished the second block of All Things Christmas. The top third of the quilt is done done done!

I bit the bullet and embroidered the arms on the snowman tonight. Question: What needle do you use for two strands of floss? The needle I'm using seems SO fat after using the straw needles for applique!

Note to self: Call Matt tomorrow!! I need pictures!!

Supper: My last bagel. I guess it's time to go to the market. I need to get food this time! LOL. No storage bags, magazines, junk stuff. Real food! Maybe I'll grill this weekend. I can get enough cooked for most of the week. Hmmmm......


~ A lot of them!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Magic Won Again This Weekend!

Magic won his sixth blue ribbon this weekend out of 11 field trials he's run so far this season. What a remarkable dog! My boss' other two dogs jammed, so it was a good weekend all around. I really love Magic. Even if he weren't a champion, he's just a wonderful animal.

It's raining here today! Well, SoCal's version of rain. Just enough to totally mess up the freeways this morning. It took me an hour and twenty minutes to get to work. I just hope this rain settles down all the dust and pollutants in the air for a while.

Friday, July 20, 2007

I'm SO Bored!

I was too busy this week to call Matt about my photo problem. And I've had literally dozens of things I wanted to blog about -- but would need pictures to do it up properly.
I decided to look through my old photo albums to see how many Christmas quilts I had pictures of. Look what I found!
Isn't this the most awful, bedraggled Santa you've ever seen? No wonder I looked scared to death! LOL. My mother loved this picture. But then I think I already said she had absolutely no sense of humor.
On the other hand, he DOES look a little folk-arty, in a grungy kinda way. I guess there weren't many Santas to choose from in Sulphur, Louisiana.
OMG, I just thought of the funniest story. When Don was working on his first college degree, with a wife also in college and a new little baby, he decided to work as Santa at Sears in Lake Charles to earn a little extra Christmas money. Okay, Mom was mortified, but Dad and I thought it was great!! (Oh, my, how we loved to mortify Mom!) But I digress.
So Don was all padded up and costumed on his first day as Santa. Dad and I couldn't wait to get over there to check him out. We were standing there watching him when our next door neighbor walked up with her two grandsons. They were such bad little boys ... the terror of the neighborhood ... but they were both absolutely adorable. Blonde hair, blue eyes.
So Todd gets up on Santa's lap first. Santa said, "Todd, have you been a good little boy?" Todd just was shocked that Santa knew his name. I mean, you should have seen the look on this kid's face. He didn't miss a beat, though, and said he had been very good. Santa said, "Well, what about the time..." and proceeded to tell Todd about something bad he had done. His grandmother and Dad and I were laughing so hard. That's when Todd decided it best to start rattling off his Christmas list. Santa said, "Todd, are you sure you deserve all those things after doing ...." and said another bad thing Todd had done.
Todd looked at him for the longest time .... then promptly got down off of Santa's lap, walked over to his Grandma and declared, "I don't like this Santa. Let's go find another one!"
I don't know how many years it was before Todd was told the whole story, but he was a lot better after that! LOL
And just in case Santa is keeping a list and checking it twice ...... I've been VERY good this year!
~ I think we've solved a problem at work. Happy dancing!
~ That means no work this weekend! More happy dancing!
~ A nice breeze this evening while walking Daisy.
~ Dinner: potato chips and a banana. (I really must start cooking!)
~ Happiness is box(es) from the Fat Quarter Shop!! sssshhhh........

Monday, July 16, 2007

Tagged by Susan!

Finn's Monday Meme is getting around! Okay, here goes:

Five Things To Do Before I Die:

~ Go to Alaska. It's been a burning desire for years and years. Hearing my friend Jane and her DH talk about when they lived there makes me want to go even more!
~ Go to Ireland. My maternal grandparents were from Ireland. Maybe that's where I get that wee bit o'blarney!
~ Drive across country in a motor home, visiting friends and quilt shops along the way! Oops, better make that an 18-wheeler if quilt shops are involved!
~ Learn to play the fiddle and piano. Not at the same time - but that would be kinda neat! LOL
~ Retire before I die. Preferably before I die. (sigh)

Five Things I Can Do:

~ Figure out how to do most things. Doesn't matter how hard it is. Of course, it's a good thing I learned two Polish curse words so hardly anyone else knows what I'm saying while I'm figuring things out!
~ Unconditionally love.
~ Tap dance. Of course, I'm not as cute doing it as I once was! (sigh)
~ Make a bigger mess than anyone else in the whole world while I'm sewing. Yep, I do! I'll challenge you to a duel on this!
~ Still quote an Edgar Guest poem that my Dad taught me when I was five or six years old.

Five Things I Cannot Do .... Yet:

~ Hand quilt
~ Remember some things - but that's getting better.
~ Eat tuna fish - but I'm not sure I really want to do that .... ever!
~ Get used to this heat here. 13 years and I still can't handle it. Wonder if it's the location or the fact that I'm post-menopausal! :)
~ Say Massachusetts. It comes out Massa-chew-sits. Seriously. Guess I can't ever live there!

Five Things That Make a Man Attractive To Me:
~ Intelligence. Okay, maybe I could forego this if they're drop-dead gorgeous!
~ Attentiveness
~ A good dancer
~ A sense of humor
~ A cute butt! (sigh)

Five Celebrity Crushes: (only five?)
~ Hugh Grant
~ Clint Black
~ Mel Gibson - okay, you gotta admit he's cute!
~ Harrison Ford
~ George Clooney! (sigh)

Five People I'd like to Do This .... If they want:
~ Anyone who is interested!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Sunday Ramblings

I'm pictureless again. (sigh) The camera is working fine -although those rechargable batteries sure don't last long before they have to be recharged. It's the HP Photosmart Premier program. It doesn't recognize me any longer. But I'm not surprised by that. I'm kinda getting used to being ignored! LOL

So today mental pictures will have to suffice. Where do I start?

Went into the office today. But before I drove to the office, I stopped by Ginger's. I mean, after all, it was almost on the way to the office! Really! I picked up a few FQs for my loggy neutrals. I really want to get back to making those. I was hungry on the way there, but I had to stop at the ATM machine first. Oops, the ATM machine was past Sonic Burger, and you can't go back the other way in traffic very easily at that point. Oh, well, I'll get something more nutritious on the way to the office.

Well, when I get to Ginger's, I always head straight to the fridge for something cold to drink, and they always have snacks out on the counter. So two cookies later, I'm not hungry any more. Oh, and I'm feeling a bit righteous about not eating a big burger and fries. I mean, two cookies are a whole lot better for me than all that food, right?

Three or four hours later, I'm heading home from the office and stopped by my friendly neighborhood Albertson's. I just needed bread that I forgot to get last weekend to go with all those deli cuts. (Geez, I hope they did okay in the freezer.) And I had to pick up some more of those neat Ziploc Big Bags. The XL ones I got last weekend are really too big, so I picked up a box of L's to see if those will work better. Oh, and since I'm in there anyway, I grabbed a box of those 2.5 gallon Hefty zip bags. Turns out those are a good size for applique projects. And since I'm still there, a couple of quilty magazines found their way into my shopping cart. $90.37 cents later I headed home with my bread. Might this explain how my stash got so big?

So I'm home to my messy house which I totally avoided cleaning this weekend. Wait, I take that back. I turned on the dishwasher before I left the house today because I would need a clean coffee cup in the morning. That thing is so loud that I only turn it on when I'm leaving. And I did put a set of sheets to wash. Because those have been sitting there needing to be washed for a week, and now I need to change the set on my bed again. I refuse to have more than two sets of sheets. (Okay, I have three sets but one is so raggedy I don't admit to owning them.) This stems from my mother having three linen closets stuffed with brand-new sets of sheets still in the wrappers. She went nuts every time one of the department stores had a white sale. When she died, my brother and I spent almost a whole day boxing up those things. Neither one of us could use them because they were all double bed size. They went to Goodwill still packaged. Honestly, there must have been 100 of them. Excuse me while I go get those in the dryer. BRB.

Okay. I'm back. Phew, housework is SO hard!

On the quilty front, I got the pumpkin block appliqued this weekend. Just need to do a little embroidery on it. I have a picture that I'll post as soon as I become a known entity again with the HP software. But fair warning, it's a pumpkin on steroids! As a matter of fact, it's a pumpkin on steriods with serious alignment issues. I honest to Pete had that thing basted down just right. I don't know how the center piece of the pumpkin got so wonky. I'm debating whether to unstitch it and straighten it up. Maybe I'll just let bloggers vote on it. In my defense here, the stem on the pumpkin is supposed to be slightly off center. I think that's what threw my eye off. Well, that sounds like a good excuse anyway. But, hey, it's folk art! Maybe it needs to stay wonky!

I'm heading over there right now to start prepping All Things Christmas Block 2! I have fallen totally in love with this quilt. And I'm going to stick to my resolution to do the block each month. So far so good. One down ......... lol

I had the TV on the Lifetime Channel all day yesterday while I was stitching the pumpkin. Hours and hours on end. I really wasn't paying it much attention -- until it dawned on me how depressing all those sad stories were. No wonder I was feeling grumpy last night.

Oh, and dinner tonight? A piece of fried chicken from the deli. I was still hungry, so I ate a banana. And I was still hungry, so I ate an orange. Might this explain how my stash got so big?


~ No eyes rolling from blogger friends about my long post with no pictures. At least not yet!
~ Packages - nuf said.
~ Decision made that next Sunday the borders are going on the giterdun.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Appliqueing this Weekend!

I'm going to applique this weekend. I'm going to sit by Daisy on the sofa and stitch and watch movies. Or maybe tune into the cooking channel. I hardly turn on the TV any more, so I really don't know what all's on there. I did downgrade my cable service six or eight months ago from 70 million channels - to just HBO and the standard 10 million channels that come with the cheapskate package. I looked at my auto bill pay one month and it was over $100!! One phone call to the cable company took care of that! I mean, all that stash money for something I never even turned on! Sheesh ...........
I finally prepped a pumpkin block. I need to move things around a bit before I start stitching. I was eager to start it last night so I appliqued down one of the blue stars. Yikes, my points are horrible. Maybe I shouldn't have had those 2.1 sips of wine before I started. (I'm such a cheap date!!)
And block two of All Things Christmas has arrived from The Fat Quarter Shop! Thank you, Kimberly, for such a dynamite BOM! This month's package included the embellishment kit for the entire quilt! I'm so excited! This is going to be a fabulous quilt when it's all quilted and embellished. In fact, I like it so much that I'm actually working on the blocks as they come in - instead of stockpiling them to work on 84 years from now in The Home! LOL

I couldn't sleep last night, so I took out an applique project that I thought I could do without knowing how to applique, or even quilt for that matter. (Started this one six years ago.) Uh oh! The first block is so bad. I sat in the middle of my bed at 2:00 this morning and started taking out stitches. The first to go were the tiny berries -- at least, I had sense enough to stop after four of them! Then I started unstitching a flagpole and the flags. I didn't know I was supposed to layer the flag -- again, I won't detail the horrible-ness of the whole thing. But I decided that I'm going to keep the leaves and vines as they lay on it. Okay, so it won't look anything like the pattern. Another learning block -- and it'll be fun to see the difference, and hopefully improvement, on the second one. I'll blog this one after I redo the flag and berries. I really need to also show you what it's supposed to look like! AFTER I get a hold harmless clause signed from all my blogging buddies just in case they die laughing!
I'm going to have to go into the office tomorrow for a few hours. I figure Sunday the 15th ought to be more productive than Friday was!
So that's it from hot hot hot hot SoCal. Except for the awful exterior colors they're painting the condos - I cringe when I round the corner into my circle. Oh, wait, I need to get those signatures on the release of liability documents before I can blog this!
~ Saturday the 14th!
~ For my friend -- HAPPY DANCING!
~ Sweet old Daisy
~ Blogging buddies who turn a dreary lunch break into smiles!

Sunday, July 08, 2007

The Swap

I'm doing a swap with two wonderful friends. We have no deadlines. We have no pressure to get these done. But I was at loose ends yesterday, so decided to pull out the swap container and make my next block. We're doing the Lori Smith pattern, Quilt Block Sampler.
Since there are three of us, our names were put in alphabetical order and we were assigned every third block in the quilt. Then we make three of those blocks using Civil War fabrics in the general colorways on the pattern picture.
I've run across this a time or two or three in my lifetime, but having a name that starts with a "V" isn't always fun. (If I were still in the South, the "sucking hind tit" analogy would be applied!) Really, I'm just joking. As I looked at each block last night, there are no easy ones in this pattern. Really no hard ones either, just all tedious ones. Because I know someone will ask, these are, I think, 8" blocks.
It would be great if my stash room and my sewing room with good light were on the same floor in my condo. Now don't you all start telling me that running up and down the stairs is good exercise! LOL. I've got two humongous wire baskets filled with Civil War fabrics. They're too heavy to lug downstairs. In fact, they're so heavy that I broke a nail yesterday trying to get them out of the runners and down on the floor where I could dig through them. I love those fabrics, though, and have enjoyed going through them for this project.
But about Civil War fabrics, a little goes a long way! Most of the projects I've done were itsy bitsy blocks. Heck, a fat quarter is way too much fabric for them. There is only one store about an hour or two from here that sells Civil War fabrics, and I don't get there often. If I see a particular fabric or color online that I need/want, there's usually a half yard or yard minimum order. Absolutely too much, although I have done that and regretted it. My solution is the Road to California quilt show in each January.
I hit the Schoolhouse Quilts booth first, chat with Judie and Bob Rothermel a bit, and then dive in picking and choosing what I think I will need through the year. Bob is a hoot! If any of you ever get to a quilt show they're attending, you've got to stop in and say hi to them. Their booth is always packed, so I usually run straight there when the doors open and before it fills up with quilters. Several years ago I took a four-day Robyn Pandolph workshop at R2CA. On Thursday and Friday during the day while classes were going on, and before the weekend crowd got there, it was fun to sneak down to Schoolhouse Quilts at odd times during the day. I spent so much time and money in their booth, and I think I touched everything in there at least twice. In fact, Bob said he was going to put me on their Christmas card list (or claim me as a dependent)! Since then, though, I just head over there, ask Bob what's new, and focus on just the new things.
This year I'm going to focus on red and green, mainly green. I've got oodles of blue, brown and shirtings, and a fair amount of the other colorways. Greens are sadly lacking in my CW stash. I've tried a couple of times doing fabric swaps with online friends on CWs, but I always end up getting what I don't need or already have.
Anyway, this block swap has been fun. We've got a long ways to go on it, but it really doesn't matter. I guess it just needs to be finished before we get to The Home. Or we could just get adjoining rooms! We could sit out on the veranda in our rockers, sipping mint juleps, and stitching! Wait, I don't think they serve alcohol to nursing home residents, do they? LOL
The picture shows the blocks we've swapped so far, and the three I made yesterday. I really think the best part of doing a swap with close friends is that I think of them the whole time I'm working on the block. That's a huge smile factor in itself! But it's especially nice when one of them calls, like what happened yesterday, just as you're thinking of her!


~ My friendship cup runneth over! What a blessing!

~ The joy of returning to a project that you love for a bit, and then putting it away to be enjoyed another day!

~ Last day of the long holiday break -- manicure is definitely on the agenda today!

~ Sleeping in until 6:30 this morning! I'm such a slug!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Whew! Just in Time!

And its a good thing because the next block is on its way to me. I'm just loving this project!

The angel doesn't have a face yet as I thought I'd wait and do all the embroidery after the blocks are finished. And there are embellishments to go on after it's quilted. But, boy, this has really got me in the Christmas spirit!

One glitch when cutting the first background, but it won't be noticeable when it's quilted.

Day four of holiday break! I was up at 5:00 this morning finishing this up. What to do next? LOL. I'm going to go digging in the BOMs and find another one to start. Or I may get some blocks done on my swap with D & M. Yeah, that's what I'll work on!


~ Day four of holiday break! LOL
~ McDonald's for breakfast. No cooking for me this weekend!
~ Resisting all meggings this week but one!

Friday, July 06, 2007

Giterdun Progress!

The body is together. Hooray! Just need to think about borders for this puppy. The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter!
I spent all day yesterday at Ginger's spread out on tables getting this thing assembled. It was nice to be able to just leave everything there overnight and go back this morning. I met Ginger at 7:00 for breakfast, and then off to the quilt shop. I finished assembling the body about 1:30 today.

It's so hot here. Well, I guess it's not as hot as other places, but it's 100, real muggy, smoggy, and nasty. I'm in, I think, until Monday when I go to work. I got notice that they're going to power wash my condo tomorrow to ready it for painting next week, so I have to get things off the patio. I'll do that in the morning while it's cool.

And I'm going to work on the first block of All Things Christmas that I talked about a couple of weeks ago. It's going to be a great Christmas quilt. I'm about 80% done on the applique and have to make a couple of pieced blocks for it. The second block is winging its way to me - and I'm determined not to get behind on this one!
~ The new central air conditioner.
~ A wonderful quilt shop that welcomes quilters to sit around and work on projects, or just sit around and visit!
~ A good talk with my brother yesterday.
~ Thoroughly enjoying my vacation at home!

Monday, July 02, 2007


You MUST go read Judy's blog! (Her July 2, 2007 post!) I'm so excited!!!!

Thank you, Judy!!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

That darn Kimberly!

There's a new BOM beginning soon that's on her site under Quilt Kits at Debbie's Shangri-la Garden. I love the appliqued and pieced blocks, and the colors really sing to me. (I think she picked one with blue borders on purpose just to tease me!) Gosh, it's gorgeous!

I'm going to have to get going on these BOMs or get a 15 bedroom house to store them all. I love every single one I have. Decided that I'm going to devote a month to just getting started on a bunch of them - then I'll have a choice of what I want to work on at all times. ROFLOL. Like we don't all have that already! These are just the ones stored in the chest that's my coffee table!

Yesterday Jane and I had a fun day. We ran by Ginger's to visit for a bit. Ginger's is my favorite local quilt shop - everyone is so nice in there, most of the time there are groups of friendly women sitting around sewing and chatting, always goodies in the kitchen to snack on, cold drinks in the fridge, and there are hugs aplenty when you leave. It just feels like home!
And I had to drive her by a house I passed on the way to my haircut earlier. I came to a screeching halt in front of the house at 7:45 a.m. Displayed in the front window was a gigantic wooden carrousel horse! It was the most gorgeous wood, not painted. It screamed "Folk art! Take me home with you!" My goodness, it's a good thing I had an appointment in a few minutes; otherwise I would have been banging on their door with checkbook in hand! I think I'm going to drop a letter in the mail to them - just in case they ever want to sell that thing! I haven't quit thinking about it!
And for all you stitchery divas, I have some questions on the Leanne's House patterns. Hanne, you're stitching with batting behind your block. Why? I've been through all of my stitchery books and I don't see that mentioned anywhere. And do you all use DMC thread, or is there something else I need to start collecting -- uh, trying out? One more question. Is there a be-all and end-all stitchery how-to book that you would recommend? I want to do these beautiful patterns up right, and it's been decades since I've done embroidery. Thanks!
Off to finish cleaning house and getting laundry started. Next week I sew!