Tuesday, July 22, 2008

quilt give away

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Pretty Quilt.



Well, here it is with the border on it. I love the colors all together. I have it sandwiched and hope to get it quilted this weekend. I tried the fusible batting on this and another small project this weekend...I am thinking I really like the batting. I attempted to quilt this on Sunday, totally messed it up and had to take it all out. So this will hopefully be done before the weekend is out.

Have a good rest of the week


Monday, July 21, 2008

Another Love

As many of my friends know, I totally love quilting, but I have another love....pincushions. I rescued this one from a seller on e-bay. It was very ugly when I received it, but I saw potential. I spray painted the chair, recovered the cushion and made a stick pin for it. I now love it and so glad I rescued it from someone that totally did not appreciate it. I have many, many pincushions and I love to make them also. In one of my earlier posts, I talked about getting a whole bunch of wool. I have since made wool "balls" and have made several pincushions from them. My first pincushion came from a much loved neighbor of mine that I befriended when I was about 8 years old. She was the grandmother of a girl that lived on our block growing up and this girl at the time totally did not appreciate her grandmother....as I was so close to mine, I started doing little things for Mrs. Nortnick and we fast became friends. I used to sit and watch her crochet ( I really should have been asking for her to teach me) . We continued our talks and my running errands for her until I was 16..that year she became ill, but before she moved and later passed away, she gave me the most darling little turtle that she used to keep by her chair. I still have it and it sits amongst the many pincushions I have now, but it started a love of the little things that has lasted my whole live. Every time I look at that little gold turtle with the red velvet cushion, i can fondly remember a woman I spent much of my youth with.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Solid or Floral

I am now debating on the border for this table topper....floral or solid? hmmmmmmmmm. I guess it will come to me when it's ready to finish. I made these a long time ago and I decided I needed a break from pinning Beth's quilt today, so I put these together. I really like the lay out.

I decided to test drive this one.


Sunday Play Time

I decided to play a little bit this afternoon and made this pincushion. I used some old buttons in the bottom that belonged to a friend of mine that died from cancer a few years ago. Mrs. T. was a very special lady who taught me many things over the years that I knew her. I have a quilt top of her mother's that I want to finish sometime soon. I am going to sandwich Beth's angel quilt in a few minutes and get busy quilting it. I chose to put a flannel butterfly fabric on the back. It is lavender with lots of colorful butterflies on it. Will post a picture when I am finished with it.

Have a good Sunday.


Tuesday, July 8, 2008

A Day of Remembering...

Today is just a day for me to remember all that I have that is valuable to me. I forget sometimes that I have a vast cast of characters that I call friends and all the support and comfort that they bring me. Without them...I am not sure how I would get through some days. I also look forward everyday to hearing from them. At least one of more of them checks in everyday and it makes the day that much more special when I hear from them. Many of these wonderful people are friends that I have met online, but wouldn't trade them for some of the people that I actually see in person everyday. We have all shared so much together. I have a friend in Canada, that is driving me insane right now and she knows it! She is working on a secret project and absolutely refuses to share with me what she is doing. Very inconsiderate if you ask me! LOL. I have a friend in Florida who is working on the most spectacular quilt....one I would never attempt, but she is very good at putting points and angles and all kinds of really hard stuff together to make a wonderful quilt. My friend in Nevada sent me a wonderful package yesterday....I totally was not expecting it, but it made my day.

My friend in Georgia/Alabama is working on a Cherry quilt, that will be wonderful when she gets it done. I can't wait to see it completed...if she sends me a picture I will be sure to post it here.

My friends in Australia and Texas are master crafters. They can make anything crafty. One makes the most wonderful bears and the other can make pincushions and other crafts that are amazing,

I will be quilting Beth's quilt this weekend. I want to use a soft pink flannel for the backing and I am waiting for it to arrive anyday now. I will post a picture when it is completed.

Anyway, to the cast of characters I call my friends...I love ya all...I cherish ya all and I look forward to hearing from you when you can.

Have a wonderful day!


Sunday, July 6, 2008

Relaxation at its best

This is my wonderful Star Baby and DH relaxing and watching one of those Die Hard Movies.
He is the funniest baby you can imagine. Star has slept like this since he was a baby....he still sucks my shirt whenever I hold him. He was not taken from his mother too early either. That's my boys!


Friday, July 4, 2008

Irony and Veteran's

William H. Danos died on June the 10th of 1955...just two days short of his 25th birthday. He served our country in two branches of the service. When he was very young, too young to be in the service, only 15 at the time. He joined the Marines...Just short of his 17th birthday, they found out how old he really was and honorably discharged him. He waited a year until his 18th birthday and joined the Navy, where he served his country until he was 22. Home on leave, he met my mother.

This handsome man was my father. I never knew him as I was 9 months old when he died.

We have a traveling Veterans Memorial here in Sandy, Oregon for the next few days. I stopped to take pictures this afternoon. I have the flag from my fathers casket...my mother did not take very good care of it, so it is somewhat tattered. I asked one of the gentlemen at the memorial if he knew where to get it folded, as I want to put it in a glass case for protection. He told me to come back at 7:00pm and they will do a ceremonial folding for me. Of course I cried and thanked him profusely.

My father was hit by a drunk driver and shortly thereafter died at the hospital. The irony is, he was hit by a drunk WAC who was never punished for the crime of taking my father's life. Irony at it's best....he served his county, but one of his own took his life.

I often wonder how my life would have been different, had he not been killed. But I believe in fate and it was not meant to be for him to be with me. My mother mourned my father's death until the day she died....44 years later.

The other ironical thing is....my husband of nearly 36 years and I were married on Veteran's day...November 11, 1972.

So, irony and Veteran's have been part of my life for all of my life.


Wednesday, July 2, 2008


Well, I finally decided on the final border for Beth's quilt. I am going to use the same dark floral that I used in the quilt. I think it's the best choice. I test drove several different options and not a one of them worked. I am hoping to sandwich this on Friday and quilt it in the afternoon. She has watched me make many quilts and always commented....when am I going to get one...I originally had one started for her a while ago and ran out of one of the fabrics and never could find it. So I guess in a way it was meant to be that I do this quilt for her. Sometimes God quilts in mysterious way:p.
Happy quilting to all,

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


I am making progress on Beth's quilt. It is hanging kind of wonky, but I need to get it finished before she sees the doctor next week. I have yet to decide on the final border. Can't make up my mind if I want to use the dark floral I used in the quilt, or if I want to pick up one of the colors out of that fabric as the final border. Still need to decide how to quilt it, but that will come to me as I sit at the machine. I showed the partially finished quilt to my friend Jean (Beth's mother) on Saturday and she cried and then I cried and it was all good.
I am having a hard time wrapping my head around Beth's illness...she is a young woman at the very beginning of her life. Her husband just graduated from college and is staring a wonderful job on July 7th. Beth worked sometimes 3 jobs to put her husband through school and they were finally going to be able to have a place to live of their own and this illness happened. I know god has a plan, but I just can't see what that is at this moment. But, I have faith that all will work out and this is just a bump in the road that they will pass over very soon.