Sunday, May 25, 2014

Quilted Comfort Project

I saw on Brenda Riddle's blog, Little Acorns, that she is beginning a new project, Quilted Comfort.  You can read all about it here.

Brenda has this quilt on her site, a much better picture than this, so please go check it out.  She had two, but you can see where one of them landed!

This project is really near and dear to me for a reason I won't go into here.  Brenda is the sweetest person and I am so happy that she has begun this project.  I plan on participating as much as I can.  Imagine the joy a quilt will bring.

Please contact Brenda to see how you can  help.  Every donation or contribution, no matter how small, will be such a blessing. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Dottie Progress

I'm still working on the Dottie blocks.

I think I have ten more blocks to go.  The small dots aren't as fun to work with as the large dots, but they are all colorful!  My goal in making these bright and fun quilts is to have a stash of them on  hand for gifts for younger folks.  I think this quilt totally fits that plan!

I had to be at work at 6:00 a.m. yesterday for first aid/CPR/AED training.  It was a very good course, and I'm happy to be certified in that, but I was so tired on the way home that I decided a nap was the first thing on the agenda.  The air quality here is so bad now, and I'm sneezing and hacking.  Okay, so I lost yesterday but I feel better today.  And hot -- Lordy, it's been hot.  It has been over 100 degrees on my way home almost every day.  Penny doesn't even like going outside in that heat.

Tomorrow is my 20 year anniversary with the company.  My late boss' wife invited me to dinner, so that will be fun.  Twenty years -- wow.  It's hard to believe I've been in SoCal that long.  I mean, after all, I was this cute young puppy when I moved here!  (rolls eyes)

Market was such fun to watch all the postings.  There are two or three quilts that definitely are on my to-do list now!  I'm constantly amazed at the brilliant and talented folks in this industry!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

I hope all of you who are mothers or who have a mother enjoys your day.

Penny is soaking up the sunshine on the patio.  A growly dog walked by and she came dashing inside.  She's bringing me leaves, one at a time, and must be praised with each one.  I love my dog!

I sewed a bit yesterday but felt so badly that I gave it up.  I'm not even half done with these blocks but will keep plugging away on them.

It's so cool today, just beautiful.  Hot weather is predicted next week, so I have the house open to enjoy a bit of this wonderful weather.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Checking In

It's been a couple of weeks since I've felt like blogging.  Things just seem to pile up on me, and if I can't do it on my phone, then it doesn't get done.

Health issues keep coming up.  I called my doctor and had a long conversation with him last week.  One specialist that he sent me to isn't a good fit.  He said he would step in and take control of these additional tests, etc.  It sucks getting old!

I pulled out a quilt this morning that needed a minor fix.  It didn't take but an hour so I don't know why I've put it aside for so long.  On to the next one that needs a fix.  On this one I managed to screw up an inner border and didn't realize it until I pulled it out to get to a quilter.  It's been just sitting for a few years.  I'm going to work on that one today.  It's a bright and happy Christmas quilt that I know I'll be happy to have done come December.

There are so many new quilts that I want to start, but I think it's smart to first get these off to be quilted.  There are maybe five or six.  I need to take inventory.  There may be more. No time like the present to just do it.

Market is in a couple of weeks and I can't wait to see what is shown there.  Carrie at Miss Rosie has been teasing everyone on Instagram with peeks at her new quilts.  I know there will be lots of fabulous fabric unveiled, but, honestly, I'm more interested in patterns at this point.  I have a feeling there will be some good ones from Me & My Sister, too.  There's a Minick & Simpson pattern I want to make from their new line when that hits the stores.  I'm always interested to see what Jaybird and V and Co. come up with. 

The one project I will dig into is something that will use up those low volumes I've been collecting.  I'm thinking about doing the Burgoyne Surrounded low volume quilt that a lot of you did a few months back.  Of course, something else may pop up that I'd rather make.  I need to stay focused here.  Once this stack is off to the quilter, then I'll make the decision.

I've been having horrible internet issues.   The provider has let me, and the others in this condo group, down for the past couple of years.  Workers are digging outside my front door now, and when I asked, they said they were laying new lines for Vios (?).  Penny doesn't like them out there at all!  I need to check with the management office to see what's going on.  Anything will be an improvement!  I can't wait to retire and move away from being a renter.  It was a wise decision not to buy again after I sold my house, but the wait for retirement is going so slowly.  That beautiful quilting studio is waiting for me!