Monday, April 13, 2015

Oh my gosh! and Stash Report 11

I can't believe it has been so long.  So Sorry.  We have had a few adventures around here.  an ER visit, lots of Dr's appointments.  the death of a friend.  I think things are getting back to somewhat normal. Or rather normal for us.....  Thank goodness I have quilting. quilting is soothing to my soul and relaxing.  Do you find that for yourself?

I find that while I am piecing, my mind relaxes.  I can figure out things. I can put things in perspective.   I feel tension leaves me.  I am so thankful that I can have quilting in my life.  It has brought new friends into my life.  So many blessing while my hands stay busy!

ok, Stash Report time - there is lots!

bobbins used this week: 4
bobbins used year to  date: 35
Thread spools emptied this week: 1
Thread spools emptied year to date: 2
Fabric used this week: 0 yards
Fabric used year to date:  34 yards
Fabric added this week: 5 yards
Fabric added year to date: 18 yards
UFOs finished year to date: 6
New start year to date: 4

Toni and I both finished the tops of the Nancy Halverson Christmas top.  We are so happy.  It took a little over a month.  not too shabby at all......  I bought this for the back....

Now I just have to get the batting and I can finish this baby!

I started this bunny face table topper.  just needs some embroidery and borders.  I hopefully will have it done by next easter....

I also started a St Pat's table runner.  it was a quilt as you go project. super simple.  I finished the top, then realized I hadn't put the backing on the back.  Poop, now what?  I think I can layer the back and do some quilting and it will be good.  but that defeats the quilt as you go thing doesn't it?

Next I finished the top to Bonnie Hunter's mystery!  yippee!!!!

I think it's 92" square.  It is a little busy for me.  I am sure I will be able to find someone who absolutely loves it.

Next up Little Woolies from the Wooden Bear.


This is May, August and July - finished!  now I have June, September, October, November and December and i will have the series done.  I have June all prepped and ready to do the handwork.  They go really fast.  why have I waited so long?  hmmm........ 

This is a Vicki and I project.  I had a swap with an online group.  I fell in love with these cute baskets.  I love the pattern when I first saw it.  it had no border.  I loved the simplicity of it.  I have been thinking about adding borders.  a couple of friends said to do some applique vine work with flowers.  with baskets in the corners.  I love that idea.  it would be gorgeous.  but.......  I still love the simplicity of the way it is.  Soooo, do I do the applique.  I know it would take me forever to do it.  Or finish it the way it is.  I was thinking of quilting it with a baptist fan design.  I think I will go with the simple approach.  done is best!

Well that's it for now.  it feels good to see what I have accomplished.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Birthday to MOM!

Recently my Mother had a birthday family celebration!  she doesn't celebrate birthdays! 

we went to her favorite Mexican restaurant.  Nandos .  they make the BEST cheese crisps.  Yum, yum! 

She is such caring, loving mother and grandmother.  She is so proud of each of us kids and all of her grandkids she could burst her buttons!  Her favorite things is to be with all of us.  She loves family get togethers. 

I blabbed to our server it was her birthday, so you can guess what happened.  Yep, they came and sang to her and brought the biggest fried ice cream I have ever seen. 

Hope it was a good birthday family celebration, Mom....  We love you!


Thursday, March 19, 2015

A Day(s) with grands!

Hi everyone,  I am such a bad grandma.  Me, who loves taking lots of pictures of my grands, took hardly any!  Bad Grandma!!!! 

the grands had spring break recently,  I like to spend a day with each of them that live here. 

First off was Gunner and Andrew.  no pictures.....  the day was full of going to the movies, playing yatzee, going to McDonalds. 

then Zoe came the next day.  Off to see Into the woods, Taco Bell and getting manicures!  While Zoe was here, she did my St Patrick's Day Chalkboard!

Great job sweetie! 

When we got home I put some Jamberry Nails on her index fingers.  First time I tried them.  fun, later will be my turn. 

then the following day was Lexi.  We had planned to go to the movies too.  she wanted to see Paddington.  Well, I was doing some things around the house.  When I came into the family room, our girl was sawing logs.  She was sound asleep!  So I just let her sleep. 

Next time I came into the family room she was gone.  I heard voices coming from my MIL apartment and went in there.  They were putting a puzzle together.  They spent the whole day at it. 

that was the only picture I got.  I told you I was a bad grandma!  thanks to my Grands I had a wonderful week.  I hope they did....

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Birthday Swap Block

Hi everyone!  today I finally finished the March birthday block.  I will send it off tomorrow.  I belong to a group where we just have to make one block a month and send it off to the birthday girl.  Everyone picks out their own fabric and block.  For March was Broken Wheel .  It was very easy to make and I really enjoyed it.  I think a quilt made of these blocks would be wonderful. 

watch the mail Cathy!


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

OH! MY! GOSH!!!!

hi everyone!  ok, I will start at the beginning of my story.  I read 2 blogs (OK, I read a lot more than that, my two favorite are.....),  Bonnie Hunter and Jo and Kelli .  Iread them no matter what and always first when I get online. 

Jo and Kelli have written a new quilt book.  Country Girl Modern .  It looks awesome.  And I want it.  I want it really bad!!!

well, I kept putting off ordering it.  not sure why, I just did.  Then Jo and Kelli had a blog hop of a book review of their book.  starting HERE .  She had a lot of really great bloggers.  mostly new to me.  I tell you, there were some really good ones. 

One of them is Bonnie Hunter.  Best of both worlds for me.  Well during the hop,  each blogger was giving away Jo and Kelli's book.  Ok, I made a deal with my self.  If I didn't win, I would buy the book.  I had 8 chances to win.....

AND, I. WON!!!!  yahoooooooooo!  this is the email I received from Bonnie Hunter:

Hi Lorene!

I just drew your entry as our winner for a copy of Jo & Kelli's Country Girl Modern!

Please send me your snail mail address so I can pass it on to them.  They will be mailing your prize to you.


Bonnie Hunter
Oh boy, I will be watching my mail everyday.  I wonder how long it will take?  I know Jo and Kelli will autograph for me.  I love all the quilts in there.  which one will I make first?  Do you think I will get it by Friday?  or longer?  Oh my!  hurry, hurry, hurry

Monday, March 16, 2015

Stash Report 10

Hi everyone! 

bobbins used this week: 3
bobbins used year to  date: 31
Thread spools emptied this week: 0
Thread spools emptied year to date: 1
Fabric used this week: 0 yards
Fabric used year to date:  34 yards
Fabric added this week: 2 yards
Fabric added year to date: 13 yards
UFOs finished year to date: 6
New start year to date: 2

wow did this past week go fast, so many things happening.  but busy is good. 

I finished the top of Apple Pie by Riley Blake.  I think this UFO is about 3 years old. 

I finished 40 mini Bowties!  wow, way to go, me!  I now have 180

sorry,  this picture is only 20 of them.......

And the poinsettia and the merry stocking block for Christmas Favorites quilt. 


I now have the blocks finished for the first row and later today I will sew the row together.  Toni and I have both commented how fast this is going together.  It just might be it is so fun to do! 

I have this urgent feeling to start a St Pat's tablerunner or table topper.  I am trying so hard to fight it.  I do not need to start anything new.  but......  we will see....  I still have 24 hours, right? 


Friday, March 13, 2015

Sewing Day

I love getting together with friends to sew.  there is always much laughing, eating and sewing going on. 

Mardi is putting her borders on her Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt.  I have to really settle down and sew on mine.  I have all the rows done....... 

didn't get any other pictures.  too busy sewing, really!