Hard to believe WInter "officially" starts in a couple days followed soon after by Christmas then the New Year. I'm amazed when I look back thru the threads of what we have made this year.
We have lost track of a few quilters/sewers but many new faces have come to sew with us. And occassionally a few show up again.
These on-line friendships are held together thru intertwined "threads". Thru these threads we experience the Quilting Bee of the 2000s. Our stitches are done across the country and across borders. We originally came together because we shared a love of fabrics then found we had much, much more in common.
So, before the next weeks become too crazy, I want to thank each of you for always being there when I needed someone to "talk to" or to show my most recent creations.
And the toast for the New year - May all your seams be a scant 1/4"!!!!
Now, back to sewing... What will you be making this winter????
Bless you Qwilter and know that we all echo your sentiments. It's been a wonderful year for sewing - we have had fun with our swaps and now we are all rushing through the holidays. I'm wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas or Hannakah or Kwanza or whatever you choose to call this season for yourself and I'm looking forward to another great year with all of you. I'm hoping those who have been away can pop in to say hello and that anyone who has been lurking will feel free to join in with us.
Jean, so beautifully stated. i would like to add my wishes for the season no matter how you celebrate it. Also a huge "thank you" for being there for me during all the ups and downs with Mom this year--bound by threads is so correct. On my most depressing days, I only have to snuggle with my quilt everyone contributed to and I feel friendship and understanding.
Looking forward to more fun and swaps this coming year. Health and happiness to all!
Frequently my husband will ask me about "what I'm doing, or who I am 'talking' to" and I will tell him, one of my DG friends! It's been a pleasure to get to know all of you better over these past few years.
Sheila brought me Taylor's quilt last night, today's goal is to get it trimmed and sew the binding on. Thank you everyone for the blocks from the winter/Christmas swap. I think it is just lovely and I know Taylor will love the bling. You are the best!
That's an interesting layout ... at first I thought it was random, it was the sides that I first noticed the pattern. You are a BRAVE soul! 5 inch blocks, I can't wait to see the finished project, it will be STUNNING!!!
I just finished 9 inch denim and cotton fabric in a random layout for a rag quilt.
No, it's not random- I just started placing the squares and kept going! I am not disciplined enough to follow a pattern or directions- I have to create my own- that is with just about everything in my life. I really believe the song "I did it my way" was written for me!
I echo what qwilter said. Being a part of DG has been very inspiring for me. Seeing what others are doing and sharing what I've done has been very special for me. I have been encouraged to finish several projects just so I could show them off to you all!! ;-p You have all been very kind and generous and it is so appreciated. I tend to isolate myself so you all have been good for me. Thank you for your friendships and generousity.
May good health and happy quilting be with you all, and may your seam ripper collect dust.
Let's face it...We all keep each other motivated. I love quilting but I know I wouldn't have had near as much fun all by myself as I have had in here. The ideas, help, friendship, and encouragement has made all the difference.
And all the wonderful memories we are gathering too. It's been just wonderful to meet you all whether in person or online. There are days you are my only contact with someone other than Norm and I truly do need you all in my life. Thank you so much for always being there!!!! Merry Christmas - Hugs, and Love, Barb
OK- Here it is- I couldn't stop stitching until it was finished, and I just love it! It is blacks, white, some grey and 2 pieces with red & tan for color. The back is all black. I got most of the flannel at Joanns on black friday for $1.49 a yard. They sure don't make flannel like in the past-I used 2 pieces from my stash, and they are twice as thick and fuzzy as the new pieces. However, they all fluffed and blossomed quite well.
Jo... I have to say that I've liked many of the Rag Qs seen here before, but I am very much taken with yours. It's really sharp and with just the right amount of color. I'll admit that I can see that in the rows, to my eye, you've worked from middle out in the repeat for mirroring to the center, but I can't see a pattern that you used from row to row, though the rows themselves seem to mirror as well. As I said, it's very sharp. It's a bit more masculine, but not too, and not flowery, which really attracts my eye. Great job.
FlStu- I didn't have a *pattern*- I used odd numbers of rows both ways so there would be a central square (11x15), then worked from the center out in both directions. Each of the 4 quadrants is mirrored. My only criteria was to be appealing to my eye- that is how I work whatever I am creating. It has to be mine, not someone else's!
Thanks Jo... guess I didn't mean pattern as in written instructions, but, rather, the pattern of how you structured the order of the squares. For example, when I did my rag Q, I used an odd # of blocks per row and the number of rows were more than the number of blocks in the row to make a rectangle. I moved over the block order by one within a set repeat of colors to produce diagonal lines. I realized after I wrote the note that you worked not only from the center block out to either end in a row, but also worked the rows from the cneter of the quilt out to mirror the rows equidistant fro the center. I like the effect.
They are cotton on top. The two on the left have a flannel back and the two on the right have a backing that is like Minkee. I must admit I won't use that stuff again - it makes a mess!!! Surely will the flannel though.
I transferred offices from the one I had been to for the past 8 yrs back to the one that I had been in the 8yrs prior to that. The day that my transfer was approved, the Hospital that had taken back the reigns of my shortly-to-be previous office came in and clsed the clinic down. They offered two of my staff transfers to other clinics and one accepted. The other, an LPN, took a job with a University clinic in another specialty with the help of my recommendation. The two other employees are without positions. Up until that day, I was splitting my weeks between the two clinics, so now I'm full time at the one. Much drama. Later today, I'll have finished binding the last of the lap Qs that I made for the three members of my former staff that I was planning on giving these to and will deliver them... pictures to come once all are done.
I love the idea of the scarves. So next Christmas, rather than Lap Quilts for the 8 employees at the current office, I'll do scarves... much more efficient.
I left the flannel about 6 inches longer on each end before I sewed the front on. After I hand sewed the ends across, I cut the extra back to about 4 inches and then I fringed it by pulling the across threads and leaving the others coming from the scarf. It was time consuming but I liked it. Then I just separated the fringe into sections and tied it. I'm sure you saw how I quilted them!!! Thank you so much for introducing me to serpentine stitching!!!!! They really were easy - the most time consuming part was the fringing...
I call this Colors of Africa. It's made with 7 FQs of fabrics from Africa (5 from Tanzenia and two from Nigeria) that I bought last winter at a quilt expo in Orlando, several batiks, some animal prints and a Native Art print that I also used for the binding.
Has nothing to do with sewing, but I got a Craftsman Impact Drill/Driver from Santa. It has enough torque to put a screw into concrete. Now I can finish putting the frame & lattice up around my back deck!!!!!! The battery is charging!!!!! Tomorrow I can go out & get some concrete screws and get started.
Oh Jean! A woman after my own heart! One of my favorite Mother's day gift's from my Sweetie was a concrete mixer. He knew I loved working in cement garden projects and thought this would make it easier on my shoulders and back.
When I put the tile floor in the basement I mixed my own grout. I didn't know there was a mixer attachment you could get for a drill so I used the Big spoon that came in our BBQ set. Talk about something that was stiff to stir. Next time I'm getting the mixer attachment!!!!! And I didn't know there was a saw to cut off the bottom of door moldings so I cut the tile to go around the molding. I got really good at tiny intecrate cuts. Took me hours to to that work. I'm buying the saw before I put the laminate flooring down!!!!
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas...may your days be filled with Peace, Faith, Love and Hope.
Barb...I love those scarves you made!! they look soooo comfy and I am sure the recipients will treasure them in our cold winters!! Had a good laugh at the picture of Kelly...she sure looks comfy...miss the Girlie!!!
Stu...your quilts are just amazing!! Love all the colour combos and the different patterns. I am sure you must not sleep in order to make all these quilts in such a short time!!! I just love the picture of your SO...your are one lucky guy to be able to hug and kiss Santa every day!!!
YAY I was able to finish my son's Christmas Gift on Friday at 9pm!! Needless to say my fingers were sooooo sore and throbbing...lol
Here is the German Coat of Arms for my son
We had a wonderful Christmas...the usual chaos and pandemonium. My kids prepared a delicious prime rib dinner for 27...more goodies than you can possibly imagine. Tons of homemade cookies & candy. All the fun of grands and greats opening gifts.
Photo is of our Tennessee three, Payton, Sammi & Brody. The only greats missing.
thank you Jean for the pattern. Lovely to make.
Finishing this tomorrow for a very dear person who has gone through unmentionable treatments for "C" and is doing very well. Has brand new Craft room and thought this would please her. it is beautiful. my edges are not as nice as on Jean's. what's with that?
My DD and "Eureka" by Jackie Robinson.
At Almasues.com Machine pieced and hand quilted in her shop for the shop. Check out the frames and Menonites hand quilting away. Can be had for $1700.
My project for tomorrow.
I just found my copy of that pattern Jean. At the time you sent it to me, I had next to nothing in greens. Now I have plenty so it's on my list for this year. I just got through going through a cabinet that held projects that I had bought fabric and patterns for and I found 18 different ones!!!!! So I know I'll be busy next year and probably will only need to buy additional batting and backings. And I still have all that fabric!!! This is our purge year so I'll be getting rid of a lot of stuff that I just don't or won't use. Norm suggested I put an ad in the paper and offer gently used quilting supplies. I just might...
What beautiful quilts have been posted!! I am so delighted to be home and able to view everyone's fantastic work.
Stu, glad you situation has worked out nicely and Monte makes a fantastic Santa Claus. Curious how many times his beard gets pulled checking if it is real or not. Provided he does work with children present. I can imagine my 2 little GD imps doing that! LOL
Thea, incredible work on the coat of arms---nice looking son too I might add.
As usual Helene, you never cease to amaze me with what you post--hopefully this year will allow me a little more time to sew.
Had a wonderful Christmas day with Mom, she was very alert and like her old self---full of jokes and teasing everyone. Monday and yesterday weren't so good but that is the way it will be we are told. Planning to return (provided things continue okay) the end of January for a couple of weeks or so. Will celebrate her 93rd birthday the 4th of February, the good Lord willing.
To all my special friends here, my very best wishes for health and happiness in the coming New Year. I sew look forward to many wonderful, challenging swaps with each of you!!!
Yesterday afternoon I disconnected my quilting machine & took it to the "Spa" to get a good end-of-year cleaning. I do believe she has gained weight since I set her up almost 4 years ago.
Get to the shop to find that the guy who cleans the machines had left for the day so I was on my own to get the machine into the shop. None of the workers even offered to help me carry it. And they wonder why I don't shop there.
Strolled through the isles of fabric for a bit. Did not see a single bolt under $12/yd. Now I know why I drive over the border & shop in PA. I was afraid to see what the batiks were marked.
Hopefully I'll be able to pick up my machine this afternoon ot romorrow AM (at the latest). I'd really like to get her reconnected & do soem quilting over the long, cold holiday weekend.
BTW, as I was driving to the shop yesterday, I was bombarded with snowflakes!!!!!! Have I mentioned I do not like Winter!!!!!
The one and only thing I like about living up here is we have an excellent Bernina repair shop. We had a shop downstate...and that's all I'll say about that.
Another big plus, Bernina shop is connected to an awesome quilting shop. I can't always afford to shop there but they are so very friendly and helpful.
I DO NOT like winter too, so what am I doing in northern MI? Trying to leave as fast as I can. LOL
I do NOT like driving on nasty roads... I don't like the cold... I do NOT like driving in the dark!!! I ask myself WHY I ever thought I "wanted" to do crisis work the first time I had to drive over an hour in an ice storm to get to crisis situation.
Poor custumer service is one of the biggest draw backs to several otherwise GREAT companies! With doctors, it seems like the front desk staff make or break a business. When I left my EX's business, he hired a blonde Bimbo. Within weeks his business dropped by 50% becasuse she was an idiot!LOL
I got FABULOUS news... I just talked to my boss about 30 minutes ago and I have the day off!!! I got an email last night from personnel saying "oops... guess I should have told you sooner but you have accumulated more vacation time than you are allowed and will lose another 8 hours if you don't take it tomorrow' I was ticked... figured NO WAY was my boss going to let me cancel on 8 hours worth of services. But I talked to her this morning, she is shifting all my client's to other counselors that did not have full loads!!
I picked up my machine this AM. Got it back in the house & back on the table. I've been wanting the 24" machine, but after having to take this one out, I'm glad I have the 16" one.
So it's hooked up; laundry is mostly done; cleaned the birds cage; heck, since I couldn't quilt this AM, I swept the tile floor & even got a wet rag and cleaned the baseboards. Sewing room sparkles. Now to load a qult & see what swewing with a clean, well oiled machine feels like!!!!
And it is almost 60 here today with mostly sun. Supposed to be the same tomorrow with even more fun. I'm NOT complaining at all!!!!
Fantastic Cher!!! I love the swap quilt. I like how you have different quilting in each block. And Mom's is great also. Did she do the handwork on those blocks?? Please tell her I said hello and Maybe, when the warmer weather gets here we can try for coffee...Happy New Year.
Thanks Barb and Happy New Year everyone!!!!!!
No the embroidery was done by machine it is the twelve days of Christmas not sure the maker I forget, she has had that waiting to be quilted for a few years. After she saw the Dragon Fly quilt I did for DD and the Christmas swap quilt she asked me to quilt it for her. Will say hello and yes Coffee would be great.
It's pretty warm up here too Jean. It sure doesn't feel like winter but it IS coming!!
I'm still working on that quilt room and some swap blocks for the other room. I will have it ready to use !
Off I go for more coffee...
Happy New Year everyone! I spent yesterday going thru my fabric, putting it together in project bags, all my UFOs together, etc. Now it won't fit back under the bed, :>( I am taking a class taught by Bonnie Hunter in Feb, pulled some fabrics for that too. Going on a Fabric Frenzy bustrip with the quilt guild this Saturday to the Amish quilt shops, I have a better idea what more fabric I need now.
It is a class called 'Virginia Bound'. It is a foundation pieced string type quilt. Bonnie Hunters' website is www.quiltville.com. This is a picture of the quilt. I plan to make it for my oldest son (maybe).
Looks like fun for you Robin. I went and read through her website. I'm glad she made the blanket statement that her quilts can be shown. I have never heard of having to ask for permission from a designer to show a quilt I made. I do understand the copyright laws and it would be common courtesy to have a designer named on a label but to have to ask permission???? Has anyone else heard of this?
Happy New Year, everyone. My NY's resolution is to get rid of those projects I just don't want to finish. I'm going to try to finish one UFO per month, at that rate is will take me a little more than three years. (((Big Sigh!)))))
New Year greetings all! Would like to say "we" partied here last night but alas no--our neighbors sure did. I haven't heard that many guns--yes guns--being shot since I was in Palestine. I haven't a clue who was doing the shooting but I do hope someone is admonished about that. Just to dangerous.
Okay, has anyone discovered the new batting line Joanne's is carrying now? I was so shocked when I went into to purchase my usual brand and nada!!!!! The manager of our store isn't very happy about the change and said she is already hearing complaints from many customers. Kim (DD) and I were trying to finish a quillow for a friend of hers that lives in Washington but will have to look further for the batting I wanted. Will be interesting to know what others are finding.
This is what happens as soon as you rack a quilt... These little darlins think it is just for them once you put it on the bars. My husband has just finished putting a door on my sewing room so this will no longer be allowed.
Happy New Year to you all! It is so nice to hear that I am not the only one with projects waiting. Yesterday I made a list of the things I need to do now that it is the new year. We usually have bad weather in January and February so I planned lots of projects but so far we have not had any winter at all.
I need to finish the rag quilt I promised the Radiation Center for their chem room.
I promised two so I will have to look for fabric for the second. The girls in our sewing house got a pattern for a quilt in November and we are all going to use it with our own fabrics. It calls for batiks and the shops around here have nothing at all. I may have to make a trip back to Lansing to my good shop for their batiks. They have a whole room!
Then I promised a quilt to a friend a long time ago and the top is finished so it goes up north to be quilted, then I can do a binding and have it off my desk.
My daughter got a divorce this month and she is getting rid of the bed that belongs to her ex. I offered to make the batik quilt for her but that is not her thing; she is a country girl. She did say that she would love to have a Christmas quilt for next year, so that will be one the list, too.
A neighbor admired my quilts and talked longingly about having one of her own so maybe I can put that on the list, too. She is a dear and one of the ladies I like best in the community.
Then what about all those blocks that I received from all of you that have to be make into quilts?
Is that enough to start the year?
I do miss our swaps, too...Don't know what I would do with more blocks but maybe we can come up with something else to swap. Sewing machine covers, or pin cushions...One of the ladies from our Quilt Club made 12" quilt blocks to cover a piece of canvas and set it on a small easel as Christmas gifts. They were just beautiful and that might be something we could do (the block not necessarily the easel). Maybe I will have to show you all a picture.
I have missed all of you and make it a resolution for the New Year to try and keep in better touch here in "our place"!
Janice, how wonderful to see you checking in with us. Yeap, you are in the right group for many UFOs. LOL Have been sorting through mine trying to get them into some kind of order to work on--hopefully.
We are expecting our first really cold weather tomorrow night--18 predicted so we shall wait and see what develops.
Please don't be so long checking in here!!!! Saw Tink's pictures of Jonathan with his toys. What an adorable little boy they have!!! I can see you beaming from here.
I just started a rag quilt today with old blue jeans and North Cott Flannels. I cheated I have the Accu Quilt cutter and it has an 8 in rag block already snipped can't wait to see how well they sew together they cut beautifully. I am making an 80 by 80 quilt. Will show when I get it together. The Flannel is all cut the denim takes longer.
Found out this weekend that my eldest nephew got in to two colleges. The one he's going to go to is Alfred University in norther New York by the finger lakes. He got a full scholarship there. For his HS graduation, going to make him a quilt for his dorm bed and a rag flannel and denim for the colder times that he can put on top or use to hang around in. My SO is also going to embroider a waffle robe for him to take to the shower and use if hegets into swimming there... my sis had all three grow up on the swim teams and he's a lifeguard during the summers. Don't know if they have aswim team, but he may be interested if they do.
Marion... you can always 'shop' at my house. On black Friday, I bought 35 yrs of W & N, not really intending to buy that much..
Been cleaning out a couple of closets, rearranging things to put the pictures and other things from my old office away. Also going through things to start to list stuff on Ebay and Craig's list... really need to de-clutter.
Started to take the top veneer off of a treadle singer that I bought a bit ago at the Salvation Army. Going to have to strip the wood and clean the metal. The veneer is chipped and raised in some areas, but my sewing repair guy said that the wood below is usually beautiful. With some of the veneer off, I can see that the veneer is only on the top, and the wood under is the same as the wood of the edges, sides, etc. Will be a project for me and the first thing I've ever refinished.
Cher, my boss loved her quilt. I was so excited to give it to her. Wouldn't you know it... we got 2 crisis calls within 20 minutes when all the crisis team went out to lunch to present her with the quilt!!
Sounds like the DG quilting group is kicking into to high gear trying to dejunk and organize, finish up UFO's. I made a list of quilts to FINISH. I think I'll send two out to quilt, the others I'm going to attempt the QAYG techniques. I just can't afford to send out quilting work and don't have the skill to machine quilt with my Viking.
Stuart, do you want to adopt an niece that is older than you??? Just let me know!! Your nephew is a very lucky man!
My mind ALWAYS turns to "another swap" as soon as one is finished but I hope to focus and get the blocks done that I have. THAT will take more than 2012 to do I'm sure. HOWEVER, with that said I know I can't manage to go a whole year without swaps!
Thanks Stu, if I had known that our Joanne's would not carry the W & N anymore, I might have bought some earlier. As it was, I gathered up all the other batting (mostly polyester) and put them on the free cycle thread here. Gone! I am sure they are going to good use somewhere. I haven't looked through some of my boxes yet so I might have a piece so Kim can finish the quillow. Lucky nephew!!!!!!! Better yet, you are one special Uncle to have--sure they all agree. Hummm, maybe adopt 2 nieces who are older than you? LOL
Fantastic idea for the blocks Barb. The pictures are wonderful.
Atleast I managed to get my scrap bag under control today. Trimmed up lots of pieces to be used for strips in sizes 4" and 5". Great feeling, not to mention they are easier to store now.
Great idea Barb and everyone looks to be enjoying them very much.
OMG! I just can't count I am short 50 block on my Rag quilt. I was going to do all flannel on top but was counting my back denim pieces as the front. Oh well I just have to cut more denim and I will alternate them that way. Thats what happens I guess when your to eager to finish things lol.
Wonderful picture, Barb. Cher your quilt is beautiful, I love the dark sashing.
As fabric prices and postage costs soar we find we have to be more creative with our shopping. Do check out the thrift shops as many sewers are purging and donating. Also don't overlook clothing as a wonderful source of fabric. I have recently purchased several size 6 womens floor length skirts in denim and an embroidered denim jumper. The fabric is worth much more than the cost of the item. When I need D rings I look for belts made from grosgrain ribbon. The ribbon can be used as bookmarks or to embellish purses, etc. This year I am going to use my serger more and a great project to start with is a hostess apron. Serge around every piece then fold over and sew for a nicely finished edge.
Barb, what a great way to use the Christmas blocks. Wish I had thought of that. I'm taking the rag quilt to the sewing house this afternoon to start sewing the rows together. I have problems, too, in getting the pattern for the quilt. I lay out the front but when I try and get a pattern for the back I don't do as well. I need to make a list of how many blocks I need to do one, with how many blocks for both sides and the flannel blocks, too. I usually do a 9" block with 6 blocks across and 6 blocks down. This gives me a nice size lap quilt even for guys. Since math is not my strong suit I have trouble figuring out how much fabric I need of both the cotton and the flannel center. Usually just fake it!
I'd gotten a bit sick, then busy, then busier, so wasn't sure where I was even posting anymore.
Now, I'm fine, have taken 3 day vacation to Winnipeg to visit family (couldn't afford to take DH too, unfortunately), and had a Great Time.
Good Christmas Eve/Day, and New Year's Day. Friends over for CD and NYD dinners. Great time had by all!
Hope you all had a Great Season, and Now, back to sewing...
Here is my snowflake tablerunner...after Christmas I always decorate the house with snowmen...so this is a perfect fit for the coffeetable.
I am sure Barb will recognize a lot of her fabric she had gifted me last summer!!!
Mittsy, love what you did with that block!!! and Thea I too could just "steal" the runner and little wall hanging...maybe instead I will just steal the designs...I was lucky enough to also get one of those adorable little snow-woman ^_^ what size are those little strips?????
The cross stitch santa is machine embroidered. A lot of jump stitches and color changes but I do love the way it comes out. I have a poinsettia flower by the same digitizer.
That snowflake table runner is very nice and looks like a recent project we just had at the Thursday night library group. They all used striped fabric and a special ruler to give the mitered corners. Went together so nicely with the proper tools.
I have signed up for a beginner's class. It's going to run for 5 months and cost $5.00 per session. I think it will be a great chance for a refresher course. The finished goal will be a hollow cube quilt.
Mittsy - I'll be intereted to see what you think of the "hollow tube" method. I picked up a book once, thinking it was something else, and just didn't "get it". Luckily it was a library book. But for $5/session, I'd take a class also!!!!!
14 this AM!!!!!! Hear it is 25 at the FL homestead. Guess my hibiscus and passion floweers won't be blooming whan I get down next week.
It was only 2* when I got up at 6am. COLD!!!! I love all these pictures that I'm seeing. Love the blocks Mittsy and I just love what Thea has been up to as well. And yes, I do recognize some of your fabrics. I like the runner and the way it was finished. Great job. I've been making blocks for the other room swap so I can't post here at least until I'm ready to mail them. We are only making 9 blocks but you know me, I had to pick a paper pieced one. So I'm taking it slow and easy...
This month is the last month of the 2011-2012 BOM. (She now starts them in Feb so she isn't crushed in Dec with the holidays and trying to get a BOM started) This is the one I did in orange and brown. I also did my Mariner's Compass class in orange and brown. I'm hoping to use the compass as my center and the other blocks surrounding it. Time to clear the design wall and start to play I think!!!.
BUT not until my purge chore for today is done. It's bookcases for me. I'm to take out only what I want to keep. Norm has done the same and the rest will be donated to our library. They are also getting all the DVDs and CDs that we are purging as well.
[quote="Quilter5bdsr"]This is the one I did in orange and brown. I also did my Mariner's Compass class in orange and brown. I'm hoping to use the compass as my center and the other blocks surrounding it. Time to clear the design wall and start to play I think!!!.
It sounds as if you DID some BOM and I think those are the pics that LK is looking for...
Happy Birthday Jean. It is cold here this morning!! I don't know what it actually did go down to but at 11 pm it was 21--no hibiscus or passion vine is so right. The good part is they will come back if mulched really well--bloom later. Sorry Jean.
I have the book featured in the video--on my "bucket list" for quilting things to do! LOL Will be eagerly awaiting your comments Mittsy Keep us posted---if I were closer, I would sign up also!!!
Chilly here too Barb was colder we were 11* at 6 am I think it is 28* now. I am very disappointed we had no snow for Christmas I just love it. It's not Christmassy without it. Course DH would trip me if he heard me say that. I guess I can't blame him I love to look at it but not clean it up LOL.
Wishing you a Happy Birthday as well Jean...hope you had a wonderful day!!
Barb and Cher...well I could send you all kinds of snow your way if you like...been snowing off and on all day today and still bitter cold out.
Thunder...those strips are about 1 1/4" and the snowman block is a little less then 5 3/4"...the rest I just kind of eyeballed it...lol...that is my kind of pattern...just make do with the scraps you have and see what you can come up with.
Jean, are you one of those crazy "polar bear swimmers" ???? got to be in the 80's at least to get me near the water!!! and then I only swim if the water temps are 80 or higher :) prefer more like 90's for water temps...
I'm soooo excited, last night I got a call from my honorary grandson Joey( home on R&R from Afghanistan), wanted to know if it was ok for he and his wife to come up for a visit. Like I would EVER say no.
Awww just sent me a message.."On our way, see you soon Grandma" All teary now.
What a great start to the NewYear! A family visit..exciting for sure..
Have quite a day planned..part entails me keeping busy
so off to cut sash'ing to use up Christmas swap blocks..imagine, did a bed runner with blocks from 2010 black/red/white swap blocks so figure using the 2011 blocks I'm wayyy ahead!
left over Ham... quiche, ham& cheese broccoli casserole, split pea soup, I like thinnly sliced ham in fried rice. In scrambled eggs, make it into ham salad (same as you'd make tuna salad only use ham) ... Yep, that's all I can come up with in a hurry!!
I love serpentine SID easiest for me to do successfully.
Awesome visit with "grandson" Joe and his wife Blair. They got to go snowmobiling, the reason for coming up north, and had a great time. We took them to a local fav for dinner. Sleder's is the oldest tavern in the state. has a great "up north" decor. The tradition here is brides come from all over to "smooch the moose" hanging on the wall. Funny thing is the bartender recognized Joe as being military, he said just by the way he held himself. Anyhow, we decided as Blair was still basically a bride, she must smooch the moose, which she did to much clapping, bell ringing, and cheers from the whole place. Food was very good, they had a wonderful time, as did we. They spent the night with us and just left a while ago with promises to come back this summer when Joe gets home for good.
A kindergarten teacher once told my DIL that she was "concerned" because when asked to draw a tree, my DGD drew a pine tree instead of a trunk with a curly Q top. Another told my DD that my DGS, who was ambidextrous, would "have to make a choice on which hand he was going to use".
Needless to say I was hopping mad and wanted to take them on for being critical of creativity.
When my son was about to go into Kindergarten, he was excited about learning how to read/write, so he asked his big sister to teach him. I was all for it!
However, his Kindergarten teacher said to stop as he would be ahead of the others and they should progress at the same speed!
Personally, I think she was lazy and it was easier to teach one level... Same thing happened in Gr 1...
When he was older, they said he Could progress one grade ahead, but that he wouldn't socially be ready for it, and discouraged that idea. Yes, he wasn't socially ready, BUT being held back academically was a bad choice, I think.
I hope things have progressed further in the past 20 years or so...
Just catching up a bit to see what you all have been up to. I have three grand nieces, one grand nephew and one grand daughter. Instead of trying to figure out what to buy them I take the easy way out and give them money for Christmas and their birthdays. This year I made little stockings for each of them, filled them with candy, wrapped money around a candy cane to give them. I made the turquoise one first and for some reason made the rest of them a bit shorter... I made the pattern up myself so there weren't any directions to follow. The weather has been so nice that I haven't sewed any thing since. We have a rental that we've been cleaning up, getting it ready for the new renters. The yard was a mess. We have a lot of stuff to haul to the dump. It's a mobile on a couple of acres so we've been busy. I'm getting pretty ancy to sew... Two weeks with out sewing and I start getting weirder than usual. Must have my fix!! Gotta go sew! Catch you all later!
Right now I'm making myself happy!
I've done it, I've done it!! I downloaded a Free e-Book to my computer and then to my e-Reader.
I'd never done this before, as the e-Reader is new to me, and so was the technology... never mind the finding of an e-book I wanted to read LOL
I downloaded "A Prisoner in Fairyland" about a man who goes back to his childhood dreams. Sounds good. We should all take a step back to childhood now and then!