Saturday, March 29, 2014


I’m done taking apart those blocks I mentioned in my last post, five whole days ago.  No it didn’t take me five days to do it, honest.  I had them all apart and in the proper pieces in just two days. 

So what have I been doing otherwise?  Packing.  Organizing and packing.  And reorganizing and repacking.  No matter what I take out I still have way too much stuff.  Waaaaaay too much.  Fortunately it’s not all for me, there is some stuff in there that won’t come back. 

There is a huge box of t-shirts, retreat apparel ordered by the ladies.  One or two extras only, actually mistakes from the printer.  (Thanks Darlene!)  None of those will come back, except maybe the extra t-shirts which just happen to be my size. 

There is also a box of stuff for Bob’s Blankie Brigade.  One finished quilt, one top, and a whole lot of fabric. 

I’m also taking up a few quilts for sale, with hopes of raising some more money for Relay For Life.  I would be extremely happy not to bring any of those back and raise money for this year’s fund drive. 
It’s that and all the extra stuff I’m taking that fills up the car.  The electrical box with extension cords, surge protectors, irons and who knows what else.  It’s the three (or is it four) cutting mats, the tool box with the “someone might need something”  in it.  I just said to John that I wonder what it would be like to take just MY stuff… I’m not sure I would know how to pack for that. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

What to do?

Last year at the spring retreat I started a scrappy trips around the world quilt with Aunt Grace fabrics.  When I got home I laid the blocks out on my design bed and… well I didn’t like them, not at all, not one tiny bit.  So I stuck them in a bag and there they’ve sat. 

While packing for the retreat last week I found them again but decided not to take them two years in a row.  But what to do with them?  This morning I laid them out on the design bed again and looked at them closer.  I still don’t like them but I can’t waste them. 

I just decided what I’m going to do…  I’m going to take a few rows off each block, and make them a bit smaller, down to 16 patch squares (4 rows of 4 squares). 

And since my main machine is at the shop getting worked on this is the perfect time for some undoing work with Jack the Ripper. 

Once I have them all apart, I’ll sew the pieces I took off into 16 patch blocks also.  And I have a whole bunch of ideas of things to do with those blocks!   

Sunday, March 23, 2014


I said the other day that I refused to acknowledge spring until there was no more snow in the forecast!  The last two days have been lovely and quite spring like.  My daffodils are up and blooming beautifully.  I even have some tulip buds showing color.  I was outside with just a sweater and I almost didn’t need that. 

However…. Well I’m not even going to say it.  No, there can’t possibly be a nor’easter coming and even if there is, it certainly isn’t going to bring any of that white stuff with it.  And if it does, it will warm up the next day and bring spring back for good.  I hope.

In the meantime I am getting ready for the spring retreats.  I’m checking things off my to do list, and making piles of things to go in the car.  The car’s been washed inside and out and it has a full tank of gas.

I will be ready for spring and the spring retreats, despite what the weather is!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

First day of spring?

That is a BIG question mark up there, because I really do question the arrival of spring.  Mother Nature has been cruel to us this winter and now that spring has arrived, or will a little after noon, she is teasing us with a warm spring-like day.  However in the weather forecast is still a four letter word….  On Tuesday is the possibility of more of that sh snow.

My crocuses were blooming before the heavy snow this week smashed them all.  Many of my daffodils are blooming, just the shady ones are staying in bud form waiting for a warm up.  Even the forsythias are ready to pop open, there very well could be some yellow out there by the end of the day today. 

And yet the weather man is still saying the S word.  Personally I will not be declaring spring until there is no more S in the weather forecast and it’s warm enough to not wear a jacket outside for a week straight….. or until the Spring Retreats start!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Did you think I got lost?

No I have not been sick, thank you for asking.  Yes I’ve had a horrible cold which is lingering, but so is winter, but that isn’t why I haven’t posted.  For the last few weeks I’ve been working with a sick lap top.  I’ve done what was absolutely necessary but not much else, hoping it wouldn’t die on me before the new one arrived. 

Which brings a big question, how often do you back up?  I do, but not enough, and the first time my screen blacked out on me I checked my back up… and as soon as we got up and running again I did another back up.  Then I backed up everything I did anytime I made any changes as soon as they were done. 

My new lap top arrived late Friday and I’ve spent almost every waking moment since then getting it up and running.  What was the first thing I “tried” to load?  Electric Quilt of course!  However I ran into a slight problem, so will be calling them this morning.  (They have the BEST support of any software provider I know!)  Second to EQ was Office, and that gave me problems too, but a phone called got me squared away. 

I downloaded programs that are important to me, IrFranView, PictureResize and of course SolSuite.  Well I downloaded SolSuite and bought a new registration key, but did you know you have to give them your correct email when you do that… I didn’t.  I mean I knew you did, but I didn't.  I blame it on getting used to the new keyboard, I keep leaving the “I” out of Hotmail…hotmal doesn’t work.  However, once again I was saved by a great support team, they noticed my error and fix it, and I got the new registration key despite my typing booboo. 

So now I’m up and running again and will try to stay in touch.  Except… I’m packing for the spring retreats and you know how that goes.  But I will try, I promise.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Remember that cold?

I don’t mean the weather, although that is cold… I mean the one that John gave me on Valentine’s Day?  I’m still fighting it.  Today is day 10 of the antibiotics and I’ve used up all the other medicines, I’m dreading a return visit to the Dr’s office.  But if I must go I will, I just don’t want to… 

In the meantime, my trusty old (6+) years lap top is dying, giving me fits and problems on even the simplest of tasks.  I wasn’t planning on getting a new lap top and it certainly isn’t in the budget…  but if you must you must and I did… order a new one.  I think the old one knew, because today it is giving me even more fits than it did yesterday.  Fortunately I did a backup over the weekend, so I’m ready for whatever it does to me.  But I sure hope the new one gets here quick!

Saturday, March 01, 2014

March updates!

I just got the web site updated for March.

I still have openings for both spring retreats, and can still get anyone in who is interested in some fun and lots of quilting time.

The project for March is World’s Fair. Looking at the quilts I’ve made using this pattern, and knowing how simple it is, I am thinking I might just make another one someday!

I posted some of my quilt history for 2012 today, which was “My Year to Give”

We will be celebrating National Quilting Day, March 15th, with a new mystery on the Mysteries For Relay group. This one can be done scrappy and use up a whole bunch of scraps, or you can use coordinated fabrics too. For just $5 you can get in on the mystery, or get the full pattern when it is posted when the mystery is solved.

I will be updating early next month, since the Spring Retreats start April 1st…. unless I forget then it will be late!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Still recovering

Yes I am still fighting that Valentine’s Day cold John shared with me.   Woke up with a cold in my eyes Sunday morning.  I wanted to wait until Monday morning and go see the nurse practitioner at the Dr’s office, since I know her so well, and she knows me.  But John insisted that we go to the Walk-In Clinic, so we did… and the “Dr” on duty was my favorite nurse practitioner herself! 

I can thank this prolonged “cold” to prednisone.  I’ve been on it so long that my body has trouble fighting things. 
So I haven’t done much sewing, don’t want my drippy nose and eyes to contaminate my project.  But I have gotten a lot of reading done, and napping too… funny how a good book and a cat on your lap will put you right to sleep!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Guess what....

Remember how a few days ago I was bragging about getting something for Valentine’s Day from John.  I will never brag again.  He gave me something else too, his cold.  It started Tuesday with some sniffles, aches and pains started Wednesday and by Thursday I was a total mess. 

I can’t do much, except sit here and think of how I’m going to get back at him for his gift.  Maybe I’ll just give it right back to him…  no cause then he’d give it back to me, and that would get boring. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Free Fabric For LIFE giveaway…

Sign up here.

Now my guess is that they only sent this to very old quilters… so some of you youngsters need to sign up too and fool them! 

Good luck!   (Honestly I hope I don’t win, I have enough for two lifetimes now but I guess I can always donate it to charity!)

 But I do really love Keepsake Quilting... who doesn't!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Getting ready

Dear Mysteries For Relay members…

 And that’s all I am going to say about it. 

Sunday, February 16, 2014


I’ve noticed several bloggers bragging talking about their Valentine’s Day goodies.  That’s nice, I’m glad you enjoyed the day.  Personally I think Valentine’s Day is a card holiday, something else to make you spend money.  (And don’t get me started on “president’s day”)  If your sweetheart is a nice guy every day is Valentine’s Day. 

John and I normally don’t do anything special for Valentine’s Day.  We go out to eat at least once a week, we don’t have to wait for a holiday to do it.  And we tell each other we how much we love each other constantly, many many times each day. 
However this year he fooled me…   He came home from work early to spend some time with me.  He offered to take me out to dinner, but I opted for take-out Chinese instead and it was yummy.  And he brought me presents, two pints of my favorite Ben and Jerry’s and a package of Cheetos.  Isn’t love grand! 

Excuse me for bragging, but I just had to. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Here's a picture

Still no snow, but I went out and took this photo anyway.  I put it in the washer right away, since the fence was a little wet and the ground soggy. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

I have a finish!

While watching the Olympics the other night I finished my Aunt Grace Zig Zag quilt.  I had glorious plans to take a picture of it in the snow this morning.  I was going to drape it over the railing, take a few photos and then throw it in the washer. 

But we didn’t get any snow, all we got was rain and wind.  And wet just wasn’t how I wanted to photograph this quilt… so you will have to wait to see it.

So I finished one… but started another one, possibly two….I've made a stack of blocks.  I may not be lowering my UFO numbers but I am certainly making a dent in my scrappy stash!

Monday, February 10, 2014

50 years

Last night we wore out the TV remote, going back and forth between the Beatles and the Olympics.  I was actually recording both, but had to watch.  50 years ago the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan Show… everyone knows that.  I was 15. 

A few months before that night I had named my newest brother Paul… I wanted to call him Ringo but the so called adults in my life didn’t agree with that. 

Right before Christmas vacation I had bought my very first record ever, in the middle of English class from a classmate, with every single bit of money I had to my name ($1.00) and it was a Beatles 45…  “I Want to Hold Your Hand”

I can tell you where I was, and what was happening in my life, but it’s a very very long story.  I was just 15 years old and had just become the “lady of the house” 

And I loved the Beatles.  I don’t think I realized what was going on around me… all I cared about were the Beatles…. 

50 years, some nights it seems like yesterday.