Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Counting Down

>Twent-eight days until this needs to be finished and in the mail....I am hand appliqueing this one...I have 7 more fish to go.










>How many more days (weeks, months, years) until I finish this one. Hand piecing this one. This one will have to wait a while.












>And....gulp.....TWO more days until The Girl gets her driver's license....I think I am in a state of shock and denial. Where did the years go?!?!?














Saturday, June 19, 2010

Yippee!!! My First Guild Meeting

I went to my first guild meeting today (I am now an official "card carrying quilter"). It was a blast!!  I was very nervous, as I am rather shy, but two ladies nabbed me as I walked in and made me feel very welcome.  I think I was the youngest one there (I'm guessing that most of them are retirement age). Lots of laughter and beautiful show and tell.

I am FINALLY going to attend the local quilt show and conference this September.  In past years, I have gone to check out the quilts, but this year I will take one of the classes offered. I can't wait!!!! Debating between hand quilting and miniature blocks....I have been muddling along with both, so it's a tough decision.

Next up today....putting trees in the ground. We bought an Autumn Blaze Maple and a Meteor Cherry.  Hope we can keep them growing.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Strange things happening.....

Strange things happening to my google account. I tried to log into my Gmail and got a message that said my account had been temporarily disabled. Then I tried to log in here and was told my account had been removed. Now I was mad and upset!! There was some suspicious activity happening in my Gmail account. I finally got into the account to see that all the names in my address book had been sent some sort of email that had not been delivered. YIKES!!! Hope that doesn't mean that other info on my computer has been hacked!!!

Once back on Blogger I noticed that I had 12 followers. Oooo, another follower....it's ME!!! How did that happen??? Why would I follow myself? Had anyone else had this happen?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ninteen Years and Counting.......

Nineteen years ago today I married the love of my life.....and it gets better and better. It's hard to believe it has been that long. Seems like just last year we were walking down the aisle, and then I look in the mirror and realize we are not so young anymore....our hair is turning grey and we now have laugh lines around our eyes, but it's all good. As the saying goes, "Grow old with me, the best is yet to be." Rings true for us. 

On Saturday, we went to my best friends daughter's wedding. The weather was dreary, but the bride and groom were like sunshine--they were both glowing! And on Sunday, The Girl and I were there when they opened gifts....they loved the quilt!!! YAY!!!

(If I were better at this blogging thing, you would see pictures here of what I am now working on, but since I'm not you'll have to keep reading and check out the pictures at the bottom of this post.) These are my 3 inch hand pieced nine patches.The Girl started laying them out for me (bottom picture). She's not a quilter, but love to help me choose fabrics and lay out blocks...she couldn't be bothered with the white hexagons that belong in the center (too boring, I guess). My goal is to finish this  one this summer.....I started piecing this one 6 or so years ago....so we'll see how long it will hold my interest this go around


Thursday, June 10, 2010

PICTURES!!!!

As promised, I have pictures of the quilts I have been working on. The first is the quilt I am giving as a wedding gift.
I am a little disappointed with the way it turned out. The photo I was trying to re-create had a more woven look to the top.  Lesson learned.....very important to focus on light vs dark and NOT the color. I used a little blue and white dot for the back. I think I like the back better than the front.
Photo number two and three are the baby quilt that I am going to attempt to sell on etsy.com. I am very pleased with this one.  Hoping you all have suggestions as to how much to charge.  I have $64 in materials. Any thoughts on how to set a price?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Big Decisions

Yesterday, we made our annual trip to the Shriner's Hospital in St. Paul.  Nothing new. The Girl's feet remain status quo. Surgery on her left toe is left up to us/her. She's not sure she wants the surgery as she is not experiencing any pain....yet. We will no longer be eligible for Shriner's care when she turns 18--not so far away. I see her point-why put her through the pain and recovery when the foot is fine now, but what about in 10 years-then the financial burden is on her.  Lot's to think about. (Background: she was born with bi-lateral club foot...basically her feet were both deformed and had we not gone through a series of casts and three surgerys she would not be walking. Amazing what they can do!! I'm often struck by the miracle of seeing her run and walk.)

Wedding quilt needs two more sides of the binding sewn on...I PROMISE to put up a picture after it's been washed!!!!

The wedding is this saturday. We were just invited to the rehearsal dinner. The Girl is her personal attendant. So we have a busy rest of the week. Softball tonight and tomorow then wedding. 

Better get that binding finished!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

I have not fallen off the face of the earth.....

I am still here. I've been busy finishing up the baby quilt I am going to try to sell on Etsy.com along with one that is to be a wedding gift (on June 12). I've got the wedding quilt 1/2 quilted, although I am not thrilled with how it's turning out, but it will have to do.

We've been car shopping. UGH!! The Girl will be taking her driving test on July 1 and we are hoping to have a third car by then. The new on will be mine, as she wants my car.....a Ford Focus Wagon....not what you would think a teenager would want to drive. She's learned to drive in it so she's comfortable driving that one.

I'll try to get pictures up of the quilts tomorow, but who knows when I will get the use of the computer.....today is the last day of school for both of my kids. My summer began at 8:30 when I dropped The Girl off at school and will end at 2:38 when The Boy arrives home.....September with your peace and quiet I am looking forward to you.......

In all honesty, I am truly blest to be able to spend the summer with my kids and hopefully we will make some great memories this summer......maybe one of them will catch the quilting bug :o)