Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
There is some quilting news to report. Last weekend Pam had a small gathering at her place and I was able to spend Saturday and Sunday sewing with Holly, Bonnie, Alison and Pam. It was good to see everyone again and spend time sewing and laughing. Dwight took good care of us once again and kept us well fed. He is an awesome cook and you know we had to keep our strength up.
On Friday, I did take a trip to Helen's for a Sew Day at her house and had a wonderful day. Everyone there was doing hand work, myself included. Several of the ladies there are working on Baltimore Album quilt blocks and, I must say, it is going to be a gorgeous quilt. These ladies do exquisite applique. One of the ladies, Sandra, showed us a block she was working using wool. It was so beautiful, the wool just seemed to glow. And Kris was working on the cutiest little apron blocks using 30's fabrics. Did I say it was a wonderful day - well it was. Good friends, good food and a perfect day with needle in hand.
On a blogging note ... my Blogiversary was postponed because of things that were going on. Be sure to check back, something is in the works.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Well, a trip to my doctor, continued meds and I think things a starting to turn around. It is going to be a slower recovery than I would like, but at this point I am not going to complain.
Take care of yourselves, one and all. You never know when a bug is gonna creep up on you and getcha when you least expect it!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
We arrived, did an early check in at our hotel and walked over to the Convention Center. Did I mention that excitement filled the air? Well, it was.
It was fantastic entering the show room … Robert Duval said it best …
I love the smell of fabric in the morning!
Ok, ok, maybe he smelled something else, but you know what I’m talking about.
The day was great. We had decided to take in the vendors on Friday, of course, and Saturday we would spend on the Quilt Exhibits. So far so good. Got to chat with a lot of people I knew. Did a bit of shopping and saw several projects that I thought would be fun to do.
The day was GREAT. We met with some of Rose’s friends in the evening and had fun talking, laughing and hearing stories of Rose and Marge’s antics.
Then early Saturday morning things took an unexpected turn. I had to go to the doctor for some emergency care. Nothing life threatening, but enough to have to change our plans for the day. So, we stopped to pick up the necessary medications and a couple of other med supplies. Another stop for something to eat and then on the road for the long drive home.
I was so disappointed not to be able to go back for the second day, but it couldn’t be helped. It was just one of those things.
But we did have a fantastic time on Friday and that is what's most important. Sometimes the good does come with the bad. You just have to make the best of it and move on. I think we did.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
It started with 4 days in the country ...
to this!! Not the best quality, but you get the idea.
Have a Happy 4th!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Kim really seemed to like hers and I can see why. Do you have one? How do you like it? Inquiring bloggers want to know.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
But the weekend before ... a Sew Day with friends!! Now that's my kinda weekend!!! We all gathered at Debbie's again. Pam was going to help us struggling machine applique-ers and give us some much needed pointers. And we were going to have a potluck lunch.
And check out what Pam brought for each of us - OMG!!! The towels are so neat. Pam brought the towels all prepped and ready to stitch. Having never done machine applique before I didn't want to ruin my towel, so first I practiced on another block I had. After my practicing I felt confident enough to tackle my towel. But this whole machine applique stuff might make me start thinking about a sewing machine upgrade. hmmmm
So our potluck lunch was very good. Pam brought a cheese ball w/crackers, veggies and dip, and the most delicious (and cute, I might add) mini bear claws.
I brought all the fixins for a 'build your own" taco salad. Debbie supplied all the beverages and of course opened up her home to us once again. And Deanna brought some out of this world Apple Dumplings (recipe courtesy of The Pioneer Woman).
Well, we had an absolutely fun day. We sewed, we laughed, and of course we ate.
I finished up my towel. Yipee!
Elizabeth sent a copy of her Words on Quilts book for a giveaway. Deanna already had a copy, so the drawing was going to be between Debbie and me. Pam had Deanna choose a number between 1 and 25. You know, I would have never guessed 34. LOL Debbie wouldn't have either, so we had to have a giveaway do-over. We laughed so hard. It was too funny. Debbie won the book.
- I am the youngest of 3 but the only one that quilts.
- I do not wear makeup.
- I don’t like tapioca pudding or soggy bread or soggy cereal.
- I still live in the same town where I was born.
- I have never broken any bones.
- I love stream fishing, but haven’t been in years.
- I have only driven in the snow once in my life.
- I don’t like to fly.
- I have never been on a roller coaster.
- I saw Stevie Ray Vaughan in concert 3 times before his untimely death.
In random order, these are 10 bloggers I enjoy reading. Some you may know … others might be new to you. Hope you enjoy their reading their blogs too.
- Brown Quilts
- Living Life at Lee Haven
- Log Cabin Quilter
- Quilting Down the Stairs
- Cottons ‘n Wool
- Bits and Pieces
- Magnolia Bay Quilts
- Quilting Daze
- All Stitched Up
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Last weekend Helen had a gathering at her place and I so wished I could have gone, but I had to work. I know from past experience that they had a great time. Helen if you are reading this – I was thinkin’ about you guys all day! Hopefully next time work won’t conflict with her get together.
The first 11 days of June have shown a little quilty progress. I have continued to work on my Lost Sock blocks off and on in the evening. The weather has been on the cooler side so I have also been trying to get some much needed yard work done.
That being said ... there were fun days in my future.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
The weekend after the Pirate Quilters Retreat another group of friends gathered for a Sew Day. We were down a couple, PamKittyMorning and Alex were gone to Quilt Market and Holly was suffering (yeah, right) through a vacation in Hawaii. So it was just the “Triple D’s” again, Deanna, Debbie and me. Deanna had a morning commitment, so Debbie and I were on our own until the afternoon. When Deanna arrived we had a wonderful lunch of Veggies w/Dip, Italian Crockpot Beef sandwiches, Macaroni Salad and Chocolate Brownies for dessert and then continued on with our sewing.
and then some applique.
Monday, May 11, 2009
And we were welcomed with open arms.
Pam had seen to every detail and made certain our quarters were well stocked with supplies.
I had such a great weekend and I just don't know where to begin. We were technically nine, but were a crew of eight, Pam, Kathy, Helen, Kris, Bonnie, Cynthia, Carolyn and me.
A few of us had cameras and took close to 400 pictures all together. Pam copied all of the photos from our disks and is going to compile a CD for everyone.
Pam had everything set up for us and so we were all able to get right in and start working on our projects - it's all about product and none of us wanted to walk the plank (they run a tight ship at the Pirate Quilters Retreat).
So here is where I have to jump ahead, because I don't have all of the photos yet.
Thursday night we had the most wonderful Lasagna dinner prepared by Pam's very own Cap'n Cook. And of course Rum Cake for dessert. It was all delish! And then it was back to work.
Friday morning we found coffee and juice waiting for us. Cap'n Cook was in the galley and prepared a fantastic French Toast breakfast. We had a busy day ahead of us and needed plenty of energy. Cynthia brought a couple of games for us to play and the first was started right after breakfast. We were all given a quilt retreat related charm and then were told that we couldn't say the would QUILT. If you did you had to give up your charm. The person with the most charms at 3pm would then get ALL the charms and a bracelet too. Kathy was the winner in the end, but let me just say that some of these quilting pirates were a bit more cut throat than others - and I am not going to name names ... Kathy and Bonnie!
Promptly at 10am we headed to the Quilter's Cupboard to stock up on supplies and then made a quick trip over to Sew Fun to get anything else we may have overlooked. And then it was back to work, breaking for a lunch of Italian Crockpot Beef sandwiches. Then back to an afternoon of sewing. The Cap'n brought in a round of Strawberry Margaritas late in the afternoon and before we knew it it was time for dinner.
The Cap'n and his 1st mate (Pam) served the crew a Chicken Enchilada dinner. And then it was time for dessert of Olallieberry Pie. The Cap'n pulled the crew together for the pie presentation and here is what was served up.
Cynthia had made pincushions for everyone!
Why that pie looks good enough to eat!
Next we had real Olallieberry Pie for dessert! YUM.
And then we played a game called Left, Right, Center.
The prize was all of these fat quarters! And I won!!! WooHoo!
We got another early start on Saturday and got busy after breakfast. A stop mid day to have a bite of lunch and then back to the fun stuff.
Cap'n Cook prepared a round of Lemon Drops and Pepper Popper appetizers.
We sewed until dinner time and then had the best BBQ Rib dinner.
The time passed quickly, but we did manage to squeeze in quite a bit of sewing. We also had some demos. Helen and Kris both did demos on hand applique. They both do exquisite work - absolutely stunning.
Pam demoed the little baskets from the Pink Penguin.
We all had so much fun. A lot of laughing, we sang the Pirate Song and the group even heard the theme song from the Super Chicken cartoon show.
It was a fantastic 4 days and it was so good seeing everyone again. The crew was absolutely the best and I hated to see it end. We are already looking forward to next time.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
This weekend has been going by all too quickly. I am looking forward to some expanded quilting time in the very near future though and time with good friends.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Back on April 18, a group of us got together once again for a fantastic fun filled Sew Day. Debbie was our hostess and we were a “quiet” group of 4 (Pam, Deanna, Debbie and me). Debbie served up a wonderful lunch and had lots of goodies for us to snack on throughout the day. Alex was able to drop in for lunch - it’s always good to see her. And I was glad she could take a quick break from her Asilomar prep to stop by. We have another Sew Day on the calendar and I am looking forward to spending the time with good friends once again.
Last weekend was also quilt related sewing fun. Saturday morning started with a quick trip to a quilt show. I got to the show early and then met up with my mom and my neighbor, Rose. The show was very nice and there about 350 quilts on display. I did remember to take my camera, but very inconveniently forgot to bring fresh batteries. Wouldn’t it be nice to have batteries for sale at quilt shows. Maybe it would just help to remember them when leaving the house.
After the show I went home and loaded up the car and the dog for a weekend of country quilting. I spent the rest of Saturday and all day Sunday in the quiet and solitude of the country. I got to see the “deer family” off in the distance – too far off to get a picture with my camera and fresh batteries. And then on Sunday morning I could hear the turkeys off somewhere down the road.
There weren’t any possum emergencies in the “hood” since my last post. That’s a good thing I guess. I hope to get some more sewing done this weekend. Hope you are all able to do the same.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Last Monday was just routine. Starting with coffee, a shower, and getting dressed. Oh yeah, must not forget the high speed car chase being covered on the news. I think it was north bound on 110. Not all that familiar with the freeways in southern CA.
The chase had just ended with the “purp” veering across all lanes of traffic and crashing into the center divider and ending in the center of the freeway injured and unable to exit the vehicle.
This is where my day suddenly changes direction …
My neighbor from across the street appears at my door and tells me he needs help. He has a possum in his yard and doesn’t know what to do. I suggest just chucking it over the fence, but he says he thinks it is dying or dead. He “called animal control and they don’t do anything about them”. I suggested that if it’s dead just “bag it up for disposal”. He says “ oh no, they give me the creeps”. So I said I would be over in a minute. I grabbed my “can” and headed over to find a very docile possum in the planter near his side door. He was concerned about it’s location and his 2 yr old daughter. As he asked if I needed a shovel or something, I just went over and picked it up and put it in “the can”. Too bad I didn’t have my camera to get a pic of the look on his face. Too funny. I have a place near a creek in the hills where I relocate them to keep them from returning and I would do that after work. With the can in my yard and some fruit in with the critter, I was about to return to my routine when 2 police cars pulled up the street. I asked if they had come about the possum and they said yes. I told them I had taken care of it, let them know what my plans were and showed the contained critter to them. My neighbor came over and said “Yeah, you should have seen her. She just went over and grabbed it. There’s no way I could have done that, they give me the creeps.” The police left. I went about my day. When I got home I checked on the possum. Seems it was dying and by the time I got back home it has passed. So I wrapped it up to take out to Animal Services for disposal.
So there you have it. I’m not sure how I became the neighborhood person in charge of who to get when you don’t know what else to do. This wasn’t the first time and I’m sure it won’t be the last.
Hope you all have a Monday that is just routine.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Last Saturday was spent with Friends. And what a great time we had. I left home on Friday and took a leisurely drive north to Debbie's. As I got closer to Debbie's, I had to do a loop around the block to get a pic of this lovely gal. I say gal because of the hat (and maybe because "she" is pink).
I made a quick stop to see Pam. And I just have to say that RocketKittyMorning is a hoot and a half. He lets you know that you are obligated to pet him and scratch his butt. Too funny!
Anyway, getting back to the Triple FS.
Saturday was all about Friends, Fun, Food ... and Sewing. Susan, Holly, Debbie, Pam, Alex and myself had a wonderful day. We worked on a group project to honor our friend Marlene. It was our first sew day together since Marlene's passing - a day that she would have been at if she was still with us. But then she was with us. We shared memories of her, ate strawberries in her memory and had the best Chicken Curry Salad that I just know she would have loved. The day went by all too quickly.
So another day has been scheduled and will be here before we know it. I'm looking forward to it.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Just a short drive north and we arrived.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I am so hoping that things settle back into a more typical routine. Notice I didn't say normal ... after all, what is normal anyway.
It always makes me so happy when we change the clocks ahead one hour and it stays light later. Now if only the days were a little longer. I know they will be soon.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
We got the call earlier this week that her days were few. She passed away quietly on Friday.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Since the middle of this month I have been keeping to my "going to do quilting daily" plan. I don't have anything of my own to share just yet. I have a friend's project that I am getting completed and then it's on to my own projects.
So, for now I don't have photos of anything to share, but will in the very near future.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Below is a photo of her quilt and what I said for my dear friend.
As quilters, we make quilts to share the joy of new unions, new arrivals, to show we care when those we love are ill and to help us heal when we loose those we treasure.
I organized this quilt to let Marlene know just how much she meant to all of her friends. I have no doubts she knew.
On January 12, I was able to show Marlene a picture of the completed quilt top. Her words … “It’s beautiful”.
And so I gift this quilt to Andrew. I know Marlene would want him to have it and to know just how much she was loved.
To many of us, Marlene was a quilter. But she was much more than that.
On her blog she described herself as:
“A 50 something emptynest quilter stitcher blogger crafter petsitter sister mother daughter grandmother supervisor friend ..... where ever life takes me”
She was indeed all that, but most of all to me she was a best friend.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Saturday, February 7 @ 2:00 p.m. at
Ouimet Brothers Funeral Chapel
4125 Clayton Road
Concord, CA 94521
At this time, information for donations or contributions in Marlene’s memory is still pending.
Friday, January 23, 2009
I went to the Road to California Quilt Show last weekend. It was a weekend of very mixed emotions for me and Marlene was on my mind so very much. You see, she was supposed to be going as well. I missed her.
We had attended last year, along with our friend Debbie. The show was great and with the exception of a couple of things that happened to us away from the show we all had wonderful time. It was on our way home that we decided that we would be doing things very differently for the 2009 show. Plans were discussed during the drive and a fourth was added to our group. By late summer we had rooms reserved.
It was a weekend of mixed emotions. Debbie and I attended the show two group members down. Deanna’s work schedule had a significant change and so she was unable to make it. Marlene was in my thoughts so many times and I saw so many things that I knew she would absolutely love.
The show was great. I especially loved the display of antique/vintage quilts. We did a bit of shopping, but I really didn’t have very much on my list. I did pick up some civil war FQ bundles, some Hobbs batting and also picked up some thread for a couple of friends. I did avoid a couple of impulse purchases (whew). Marlene would have been pleased, especially since I ran amuk at the Long Beach Quilt Show.
Plans have already been made for 2010. We will have to see what this year has in store for us.