Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What a trip! I thought I posted this in September!

Its official! I am a Wheaton mom! Sports Guy was delivered to campus a week early...to practice with his new college team! One of his dreams....

that was just the begining of the trip!

Chicago -> campus
campus -> St Charles MO (suburb of St Louis)
  - Cardinals baseball game
   -   drive thru neighborhood that Joe Garagiola and Yogi Berra grew up in...right across the street from
  each other!
  - drive by confluence of Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Walking tour of locks on the river. (didn't see any  ships in it...we were disappointed                                           
 St Charles -> Waterviet IN
   -Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Waterviet ID -> Grand Rapids MI
 FRESH blueberry pie/peach pie on along the way
 -3 days at AQS Gd Rapids (classes with Jamie Wallen and Sherry Rogers-Harrison)/golf for DH
-visit with Friend Lily and her DH from Ontario Canada
Grand Rapids -> campus
 -feed up Sports Guy and his roommate
 -See scrimmage game- Sports guy got playing time
campus -> Kansas City
  -met up with DH brother from California
  -spent time with family : DH cousins and his uncle
  -lunch with 2 AOL quilt chat friends, 2 shop shop-hop!
Kansas City -> campus
 - DD joins us from TX
 -feed up Sports Guy
 -see 2 tournament soccer games: Sports Guy got playing time and a shot on goal (he is a defender!)
Campus to Midway airport to drop off DD...then to OHare for flight home

Get home, short grocery trip...quick dinner....MY OWN BED! WHEW! If you are counting..we stayed in 8 different hotels (2 in KC so we could be close to the airport for an early morning flight). I am glad to be home. Tomorrow I will show you all my goodies ....some quilty...some baseball..some just goodies!

Thursday, July 03, 2014


rook-ie (rook'e) n. [slang] 1. an inexperienced army recruit 2 [INF] any beginner

In my book, a rookie is the new kid on the team...new baseball player on the team. In my life?

friend of Rally

petrified of storms (thanks Rally for teaching me that 
rain is EVIL!)

sneaker of the couch
(I wondered why it was covered in BLACK DOG HAIR!)

Dog of a 4 month 'adventure'
weird dog 
goofy dog
petrified of all strange sounds: ESP the dreaded text alert!
missed dog


Sunday, April 20, 2014

WOW! What a day!

#1 Its EASTER! The best day in the Christian calendar. I enjoyed a wonderful service this morning. Calvary was PACKED OUT! I got to view Good Friday service on line from...Chicago...see #2!

#2 Sports Guy and I flew to Chicago on Thursday. He participated in a one day soccer camp-mostly to be seen by a college coach. Met the coach, SG spent the night in the dorm with one of the students, had a short walking tour of the campus on Sat am. He was offered a roster spot on the men's soccer team! He had already been accepted academically: Wheaton College. There are a few other schools in the running...and its HIS decision. 

#3 Our DD's birthday! So nice it fell on Easter! I will not get to celebrate with her till the end of May...but that is for another post...Happy Birthday ChicPilot!!

and #4...drum roll please!! LAST but on the top of MY list today! Look what I was presented with!?
Looks like I am going to be a MIMI!
Due Date; mid Dec
I am thinking that covers their Christmas present to us! HA!
Hope you had a
Blessed Easter...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

off the frame...but WAIT!

I finished this baby quilt on Tuesday...all the way to the binding!

The squared off flower is from a tutorial at

 I did a modified flower in the border to continue the flower motif.
You can see it better below from the back.
 The backing is a pale pink Minkee. The stitches just melt into the softness
leaving a line that looks embossed. Love it!
 After I got it off, I discoverd I had MISSED a corner...so I have to
put it back on when I am done with what is on there...
and quilt that corner! Always something!
This is a picture of the top before last borders and quilting.
I will get a picture of the whole quilt before it is gifted.
Thanks for looking!

Grand Canyon or bust!

When Sports Guy was a sophomore, we hosted an exchange student from Japan for a semester. They both had the same math class and were teammates on the varsity soccer team. Well, after pass his college entrance exam, he was allowed to come for a visit! He didn't get a chance to visit the Grand Canyon during his stay (he was BUSY! marching, jazz and concert band, varsity soccer and JV baseball. It was a quick year!), so we headed off on Tuesday to see the 'big hole in the ground" Its been many years since I had been there. Only a 3 1/2 hour drive, north thru Flagstaff, makes it an easy day. We planned to see the sunset. It did not disappoint!

I think there will be a Grand Canyon quilt sometime in my future. The colors are amazing and always changing.
 We enjoyed Mexican food for dinner...
 And lots of pictures to prove we were there!
We even got a close up of a condor who flew about 10 feet below us
at a lookout point. I was not fast enough to take a picture.
Look what we woke up to! BRRRRR!
We decided NOT to join the Ranger talk
about fossils in the canyon!
The rest of the day was cool, but not cold...
and NOT crowded.
Clear and lovely! Home by 5:30 on Wed.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014


What do you do when  you have a task that you are dreading...and when you DO start it (with the timer set for 15 mins. You know the FlyLady says you can do ANYTHING for 15 mins..so I am going to get started),  you  are finished before the timer goes off?


I had a baby quilt with a Minkee back. I had done the SID in the inner border. When I got ALL
the way around that border, there was a nice BIG generous TUCK in the Minkee. ::: S I G H::::
So, I took out 2 sides..and there is  still too much on one side...Then it HIT me. I loaded the Minkee with the selvedges on the SIDES. It should have been loaded on the rollers. All I had to do was take out the 2 remaining sides of SID. I took my smallest rotary cutter and skinned between the top and batting. When I was finished..there was 5 mins and 48 seconds left on my timer.  Tomorrow my 15 mins will be to take it off and reload. Want to take bets on how long it will take me?

Monday, March 03, 2014

Design wall Monday

Boxes and Bows
Pattern from Quiltmaker Nov/Dec 2011
This got put up on the design wall in the sewing room.
It had been a UFO since about 3 weeks after I
recieved the Quiltmaker it was featured in!
I got bogged down on the little spool blocks and put it away
with only 10 left to make! I could not
decide what colors. It will be the 1st Christmas quilt on the pile.
Each of my 3 kiddos will get a Christmas quilt this year
...and they will get to pick what they want.
Even if I have to make another one!
Celtic Solistice is still on the design wall in the guest room.
I think it will stay there for a bit. I am enjoying the Boxes and Bows!
I counted the pieces on CS. There are 2068...and that does not count the borders!
Time for a change of scenery! I am also working on borders for
Blueberries in the Park.
Thanks for visiting!
For more Design Wall Monday, be sure to head over to Judy's
to check out more!

Sunday, March 02, 2014

its done!

I put the last rows together last night!
I have some of the units made that Bonnie had planned for the border.
I have decided I am DONE making them, so will just use what I have
and make do!
Wanna guess borders? Just a word in advance. Thru the magic of EQ7, I have
imported my blocks as images and then done some planning for borders.
I got...um...LAZY and didnt' turn all the arrow blocks in the border.
Mine will all be going in one direction around the quilt,
but will not make it all the way around. I will put them on opposite
corners and fill it in the dark blue. Ya gotta use
your imagination a bit!
 So, do you think I will use the white inner border>?

the green one?

or the yellow one?
I am putting borders on Blueberries in the park and stash diving
for borders for this. If I don't come up for air at dinner,
call my DH!