Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I'm so thankful for my quilting

Yesterday I attended the memorial service for a dear friend. We met when our husbands were active duty AF. She was one of those people who was larger than life. Blunt (but not hurtful), funny, opinionated, practical.... I didn't see her regularly but when I did, it felt like I had seen her yesterday. She attended one of my quilt classes in March (altho I found out yesterday, it was NOT an easy process for her! She was VERY frustrated! lolol). She had a major stroke the day before Thanksgiving and passed away a week later. She was 56. I'm heartbroken. The Christmas tasks I have yet to finish are a priority, and yet...I feel like my spirit is quiet. I love hearing the Christmas carols and songs, but I don't join in. (usually my family cannot get me to shut up!) My quilting room is a solace. Jan would understand.

Sorry for this somber post. I just could not let her passing go unnoticed by me.
Hug your loved ones and put aside your quarrels. Thanks for listening.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

have you ever had THIS happen?

I have NEVER seen this happen. I'm not a world class quilter or anything...but when you buy a spool of thread from a reputable company...you think you are getting a CONTINUOUS piece of thread... I was quilting along and my top thread broke. I checked the tension and it was REALLY tight. Checking along the thread path...all is well, till I get to the spool. Its kinda wrapped on itself. Takes me a minute to see what the problem is...

and I see THIS

The thread is in two pieces. I have never had a spool with two pieces of thread...they have always been continuous. Have you ever had this happen? Or do I need to get out of my sewing room more often?

I was hoping to have this off my frame already, but my older son came to visit me yesterday AND today. Its for HIM...so I could not work on it while he was here! I KINDA had to shoo him away....WAAAAAAAA! I did take him to dinner before I told him "its Christmas time and I need some time to finish things you cannot help with'. Do you think that was diplomatic enough? lolol

Thursday, December 16, 2010

What do you get....

What do you get when...

your 14 yr old son gets out of school early after exams.
goes to his friends house with his soccer teammates.
you live in the desert (ie: no grass this time of year..and if you DO have grass?
it looks like straw
it is raining....
they are BORED
They decide to play soccer...IN the Rain...

THIS! See the white shirt? That BROWN thing next to it? Those are the MATCHING
shorts! I sure hope OxiClean works its magic!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I'm here

I'm still here...just working a bit at a time...I have a customer quilt on my design wall

This is a Christmas gift...I dont' think the recipient reads my blog..I HOPE not!

my sketch to practice before quilting...

one row of quilting. The border is the same design in a blue varigated...with continous curve in the blue checkerboard squares. This design is called Streamers. I was hankering to FEATHER..but thought this was a bit more MANLY...We will see what the recipient thinks!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

National Mutt Day

Did you know that today is

National Mutt Day? I'm proud to be 'owned' by three of my own. Rally gets 2 pictures because he looks guilty so well! (and most of the times he LOOKS guilty, he IS guilty! Today I didnt' even know there was a problem..but I went LOOKING for one...because he had his hang dog look on! Too funny! The other 2 are not blameless..they follow along and get in PLENTY of trouble right behind him....)

Rookie, man of the 4 month 'adventure'

Rally, terrier of undetermined lineage, surfer of cat box (sorry...but he does, the rascal), lover of all things 'squeeky ball', and ball catcher extraodinaire!

And last but not least...Buddy...pesterer, lap sitter, couch sneaker, heel nipper and most vocal of the three....

TA DA! There you have it ..my mutt haven!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010