Saturday, September 27, 2014

Facebook whine.. again

Sometimes it really hurts not to be able to say what I really want to say on facebook.  Why can’t I?  Because I strongly feel that what I believe is my belief and I shouldn’t push it on someone else unless they ask.  Same thing with my political beliefs, yes I have political beliefs.  But if I say something that offends someone it costs me.  It sometimes costs me a friend which is the most valuable thing in the world to me.  My political or religious beliefs are not worth losing a friend over.  And there have been occasions that it’s cost me money, retreat money and even more importantly Relay donations.  

So how do I handle keeping my mouth shut when everyone else is posting things that REALLY upset me… I unfollow them.  And as the elections draw closer I know for a fact I will be unfollowing an awful lot of stupidly opinionated people. 

And that’s all I’m going to say about that.

Monday, September 22, 2014

What are YOU working on?

Beckey wanted to know what I was working on.  Sadly, still the wedding quilt.  I have all of one block finished, and most of the other blocks done.  I was short a few star points and am working on those.  However I’ve had a few interruptions and they still aren’t done.  
That’s my goal for this week, not just those points, finish the whole quilt!
 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Relay's done for this year.

I finished the Relay year as the top fundraiser for 2014 but that doesn’t mean a darn thing.  Cancer is still around and people are still fighting.  Special people like Joe Shoup, Ginny in Virginia and Georgeine in TN Carolyn and Colleen in NY, Darlene in Delaware, Kate in Alaska, and my own brother David.  You all keep fighting and I’ll keep raising money in hopes to find a cure.


But I could not have made it to the top fundraiser without a lot of help, so many people to thank.  Alyssa Anfuso , Anita Kendall , Ann (Celeste) Plischke , Anne Vaughan , Annette Aponte , Annie Burrell , Barbara Green , Barbara Waldrip , Barbara Wood , Barbara Klaver , Becky Gilliam , Bessie Horne , Bonnie Stapleton , Candy Beardsley , Carol Divis , Carol Liebel , Carol Mason , Carol Uhlman , Carole Baker , Caroline Rader , Carolyn Farugia , Carolyn Sage , Cathie Lypowy , Charlene Jacques , Christine Edwards , Christine Fritz , Christine Clar , Connie Gillen , Dawn O'Neal , Dawn Pflanz , Deb Wood , Deborah O'Neal , Debra Fordham , Denise Boysel , Denny Shaw , Diane Preston , Donna Russell , Doris Barbour , Ella Taylor , Gail Frenz , Gay Johnson , Georgiana Moses , Glenna Nichols , Gloria Mattison , Grace Thorn , Helaine Lobman , Irene Jansen , Irene Paulus , Jackie Herbert , Jamee Smith , Jan Davis , Jane Rudewick , Jane Smith , Janet Haragos , Janet Lentz , Jeanette Duncan , Jennifer Davis , Joan Baysinger , Joanne Harris , Joseph P Treacy , Judith A Warren , Judy Fisher , Judy Heath , Judy Valentino , Julie Jennett , Julie Matthews , Julie Treacy , June Sommer , Karen King , Karen Rhoads , Karen Robinson , Karen Sage , Kate Moreen , Kathleen Nyman , Kathryn Miller , Kathy Edwards , Kay Snyder , Kellie Mallette , Kimberly DeBona , Laura Hufford , Laurie Waddell , Lillian VanderKuur , Lisa Buckley , Lisa Marmon , Lisa Moore , Lois Casadevall. , Lorraine Schuller , Lydia Pochedly , Maia Liddle , Marge Hicks , Mariann Anfuso , Marianne Urban , Marie Crane , Marie Valachovic , Mary Glimka , Mary Jo Murray , Mary Scanlon , Mary Seitzman , Mary Skaggs , Mary Stoeckel , Maryann Ponte , Maryann Scanlon , Meloney Funk , Michael Baden , Michele Engebretson , Nancy Brodeur , Nancy Stearns , Nancy Wilson , Nancy Sue Phillips , Norma McCormack , Pam Barrett , Pam Clifton , Pam Steele , Pamela P Davis , Pat Bemont , Pat Elsner , Patty Stephens , Pauline Cabana , Peggy Benjamin , Rita Schiavone , Robyn Hershey , Rose Oswald , Rose Skojec , Rosemary Heideman , Sabine Wiesent , Sage's Snoods , Sandi Timmons , Serendipity Quilt Shop , Sharon Zack , Sherry Stroup , Stefanie Behrendt , Sue Cook , Sue Fahnestock , Sue Hoppe , Susan Atkins , Susan Rizzi , Susan Rooks , Tammy Krumwiede , Terry Wright , Verdena Polley , Wendy Bivins  and I am sure there are more.  If I missed you I am sorry, but your donation helped just as much.  Remember, each one of your dollars is helping someone fighting cancer, or perhaps helping some scientist find the cure.  Thank you ALL from the bottom of my heart.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Time to Finish The Fight!

My Relay is this week, and I am getting my act together for a final push.  I’m hoping I am well enough to walk some, I think I will be able to.  Last weekend I went for a short walk on the beach, short only because rain chased me off.  If I hadn’t been at a group function I would have kept walking, but there’s something about being the only one soaking wet at a party that didn’t appeal to me. 

Relay is important to me, and has been since 1999.  This will actually be my 21st Relay. 
Wow…

Why do I Relay?  I have many reasons, my friend Joan for one, a double survivor.  Also Marge, another double survivor.  And for Georgeine who has fought many battles, now fighting again.  Also Ginny, fighting for her third time. 

Sadly my list is long, and THAT is why I Relay.  It’s time to find the cure and Finish The Fight! 

Want to donate?  You can donate directly on my Relay page at  http://main.acsevents.org/goto/Marge-Gordon
Or by PayPal at http://delawarequilts.com/Relay/index.html  (All money donated will go to Relay, I will cover the PayPal fees!)
 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Second block

This is the 2nd block of that special quilt I'm working on.  These are all finished ironed and ready to go in the quilt.

Sent from my Windows Phone

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Postage Stamp Sew-Along

The other day I posted this photo of a pile of “scraps” on my personal Facebook page and stated that I had decided to make a postage stamp quilt.  A lot of comments and questions followed. 

I’ve decided to bring this pile of scraps and the conversation here to DelawareQuilts incase anyone else would like to join us. Best thing about this sew-along is that you can decide what size you want your stamps to be.   I’ve seen postage stamp quilts made from as large as 3 inch (3 1/2” cut) and as small as 1 inch squares (1 1/2” cut). You can get started now by gathering your scraps.

I think of a postage stamp quilt as a way to use up little scraps.  I save all my scraps and usually make string quilts with them.  This project will be just another way to use up those scraps, and will allow me to use some of the smaller pieces.  You simply chose a size square, cut a whole bunch of them and then keep on sewing until you’ve reached the size you want.

Here are two good tutorials on postage stamp quilts.  The Curious Quilter shows how she puts hers together one square at a time, which is good if you have thousands of squares cut ahead of time.  I will probably have lots of scraps I can put together this way, but probably not enough to make a big quilt.  http://thecuriousquilter.wordpress.com/2011/08/31/postage-stamp-quilt-block-my-demonstration/

I know I’ll be using this technique also, and in the end combining both into one quilt… or two medium size quilts… or maybe a lot of lap size or kids quilts….
I have a L O T of scraps!

You can sew along with us here on my blog, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DelawareQuilts

Monday, September 08, 2014

All the pieces done, now to put it together

Sent from my Windows Phone

Uh oh

I thought I had this posting to the blog from my cell phone figured out and I thought that I had posted my progress pictures on here, but I guess I didn’t think to check and make sure because now I see that nothing has been posted…. 
I have made progress, lots!
First I made the star points, then I made the 4-patches, and then just because I couldn’t wait, I made one star. 

This weekend I made all of the triangle squares and tomorrow I will press them and start putting together the second block, and more star blocks and then eventually the whole quilt... imagine that!  
 

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Parents of the Groom

A friend asked me why there weren’t many pictures of John and me at the wedding.  Well that’s a silly question to me, sorry Ginny, but it is.  It wasn’t OUR wedding, and we were just the parents of the groom after all.  But mostly it was because we were enjoying every minute we could and just didn’t happen to be in camera view. 

However, our nephew happened to catch this one of us as we were announced at the reception.  Did we plan our entrance, not really.  I think Michael asked if we were supposed to do anything fancy and someone said just be yourself. 

Well ourselves were quite happy with the joy of the wedding, the beautiful location and weather, and the wonderful celebration that was about to begin and if this picture doesn’t show that joy, then what could.  (Thanks Joey!)
 

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Summer’s not over

Summer isn’t finished yet, at least not round here it isn’t.  The last three days have been hot and humid and the traffic… yuck on the traffic.  However today traffic seems much better and even though the temperature is skyrocketing, I’ll bet you can find a place on the beach to put your blanket today.

While my neighborhood was infested crawling with tourons I stayed home and sewed.  I’m working on a new project, a special quilt.  So all weekend I did this, 
over and over and over again, and I’m still not finished.  
 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Update time

I managed to get one brand new to Delaware Quilts block up for September, a leaf pattern I’m calling a Sweetgum leaf, because that’s what it looks like.  That and an updated Autumn Leaves can be found at http://www.delawarequilts.com/BOMs/index.html

There are still openings for the October Retreat if anyone would like to join in on the fun.  http://delawarequilts.com/Retreat/2014/October.html

And that’s it for web page updates until next month, happy quilting everyone
 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Haven’t been sewing

I’ve been deciding, lots of decisions and I keep changing my mind too, which doesn’t help.  I’m making a quilt for the newlyweds, although the way I’m going they will be an old married couple before I even start it. 

It was going to have scrappy four patches, found fabric I liked so that part will not be scrappy.  Was going to have scrappy dark, didn’t like choices so decided on just two.  Was going to have a w-o-w background, had that but kind of wanted a pale blue and white floral, never found anything even remotely close. 

Then today I saw some new fabric that came in at the local quilt shop.  Took a drive to Serendipity and there it was.  BUT… it had green in it, and was too tan and the blue was wrong.  So it stayed at the shop.  HOWEVER… they had the blue I liked and didn’t have enough of so I bought two more yards of that, and now I’m set.  Hopefully tomorrow I can start cutting.  Hopefully nothing distracts me.  Hopefully…. 
 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

One more seam





It's been a long process but just one more seam to go and then quilting and then binding and then on my bed it goes!


(The color on my computer is off from the real thing, I hope I can get a better photo once it's finished!)
 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ice bucket challenge

Did you do it?  Have you watched others do it?  Are you tired of looking at people doing it -  on TV, on facebook, in your neighborhood, at work, everywhere you look? 

Do you know how many people are all of a sudden aware of ALS and what it means?  Do you know how many people have donated to ALS for the very first time because of this silly chanllenge?  Do you know how much MORE money has been raised because of people dumping ice in their heads? 

Washington, D.C. (August 22, 2014) — As of Friday, August 22, The ALS Association has received $53.3. million in donations compared to $2.2 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 21). These donations have come from existing donors and 1.1 million new donors to The Association.

1.1 million NEW donors.  This is Wonderful!   Now go dump a bucket of ice on your head, or even better, go donate to a truly good cause.  No one really has to dump the ice on their heads, but maybe, just maybe, doing so will make that person aware of the shocking life people with ALS have to live.  Their bodies stop working, but their brains don’t.  I think the next ALS challenge should be sitting still with no movement, no control, NO control over any muscle in the body, no bodily functions at all, but a fully functioning mind. 

Imagine thinking about all you could be doing.  Imagine thinking about what you just did in your pants.  Imagine seeing your children, grandchildren, lover, and not being able to talk to them, hug them or even tell them you love them.  Imagine ALS and then go donate.  Please. 

 
PS, I didn't do it, but I DID donate! 

Friday, August 22, 2014

So very special


This is the first picture the photographer has shared with the newly married couple.  And this picture is so them it’s amazing.  Jon and Steph are always out on a walk somewhere together, always.  They walk the paths in their neighborhood park.  They walk the golf course (not golfing either).  They just enjoy each other’s company and the company Mother Nature provides for them.  This is SO them and I can’t imagine any other picture ever capturing them so beautifully.  
Thanks Amanda!