Monday, May 28, 2012

Weekend in the Mountains

Well, it was a very interesting weekend in the mountains. We opened up our cabin this weekend and I have to say, the weather was not what I was expecting. We had hail on the road about an inch thick and slick as can be. Driving my father-in-law's van fully loaded was not the best choice on a mountain road. However, we made it just fine. We had several hail showers before we got the cabin open, but all of that was on Saturday. Sunday was a beautiful day and I got a bit done on my counted cross stitch.

Saturday, in between getting the cabin open and having dinner, I worked on the prep work for a hand full of small quilts. I now have to pick the fabrics and then do fusible applique. That will give me some handwork to do at lunchtime at work and when traveling with friends when it is NOT my turn to drive. Sunday I spent most of my day relaxing working on a counted cross stitch picture that is down to the last page and a half (out of twelve pages). I will someday finish this one. I've only been working on it, off and on, since 2008.

Monday, today, we drove home. Much nicer drive home than up to the cabin. We had to deal with the normal holiday traffic and I stopped a few times to allow drivers who wanted to go faster than me to go around. Still made it down the mountainside in good time.

Today is a celebration of remembrance for those who served our country in war times. Not just the ones who died, but also the ones who still serve. To them I say a very big THANK YOU!. Your service is appreciated. Happy Memorial Day to all.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Quilting Adventures

I have finished the seventh quilt from my UFO challenge for 2012. It's a little one, about 16 x 20 inches, and is made from the leftovers of a lap quilt that I made. I rather like the pattern and may just have to make another using different fabrics. I call it Ying Yang Leftovers. The original is Ying Yang Stars.

I have been working on other projects as well. Have finished the top for one my girlfriend and I are making for another friend. Next week it will get sandwiched and then my girlfriend will do the quilting. Once that is done, then I will put the binding on it. We are hoping to give it to our friend in July when we see her. Will post a picture when it is completed.

Thanks for checking in!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Wouldn't you know it? I forgot to wish all a Happy Mother's Day.

Everyday should be Mother's Day - they work harder than anyone else. There job is 24-7 with no breaks. They rarely get a vacation just by themselves. Did you thank your Mother today? You should.

If your mother is no longer living, make sure that you send wishes heaven bound. She will know that you sent them. I'm a firm believer in the here after and when my time on earth is done, I will be re-united with all my loved ones who have gone before me. I'll also get to meet the ones who went before I had a chance to meet and know them.

Magazine arrival

My magazine I won has arrived!  I have browsed through the pages and have found some marvelous blocks to do. I have even come up with an idea for a quilt! This is volume 5 and while I have the first 4, this is the only one I have won. The others I bought. Somehow I don't think it will any more cherished than the others, but it means a bit more since I didn't have to spend money to get it.

The way I won was by looking at the various blogs that Quiltmaker's blog, Quilty Pleasures, put up as a way to see what was coming prior to the magazine hitting the stands. I was thrilled to go to those blogs as they gave me an insight to what others are doing with their quilting habits. If you are not a quilter, you won't appreciate them as much as I do.

I'm working on several quilting projects right now and I really should be working on them instead of my blog. However, I wanted to update my blog, go that's what I'm doing.

Work is work - have to have that paycheck in order to spend money on my quilting habit. I would love to retire and just work on my quilts and maybe find my sewing room. Right now, I'm working in the dining room. I'm sure others of you are doing the same.

The weather has gone from spring to summer, contrary to what the calendar says. Yes, I know it's still technically spring, but when the temperatures get into the 90-95 degree range, that's summer to me. We've had a north breeze for days now and it just dries everything out. Me included. As a result, I drink a lot of fluids and stay hydrated as best I can.

I'm off to work on the misc. weekend stuff and then my quilts. See another time.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


I've finally done it!  I won something off of a post I made on someone's blog. It's not much, it's a magazine, but it's one I was going to have to buy. Now I can use the Barnes & Noble gift card for something else that strikes my fancy.

What's new in your life? Any new quilts, read any new books, gone fishing, bought a car? None of those mentioned? Well, I've been working on quilts, I've read several books and I'm waiting to go fishing the end of this month. We'll open up our cabin and go throw a line into the creek just to say we went fishing. Have to love having that lifetime fishing license!

Well, I'm off to work on a couple of projects and then I'm going to watch "The Voice" to see who gets to stay and who goes home.

Take care and drop me a line once in a while.