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

There are still openings for the October Retreat if anyone would like to join in on the fun.

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!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Another wedding

I haven’t been on line much in the last few days because I’ve been out of town for a very special wedding.  My son Jonathon finally married the lady he’s been in love with since college.  And by the way, we’ve loved too her since the day we met her, so we are very happy, extremely happy. 
The wedding was held in a very special place, the Philippi Presbyterian Church in Philippi, West Virginia.  This darling little church was built between 1875-76 and still has the original stain glass windows.  Steph’s Grandma Sarah (90) still attends this church. Steph’s Mother grew up here and Grandma Sarah still lives up the road in a darling little brick home. 

The reception was held at Adaland Mansion where Steph’s great grandparents Phoebe Patterson and Arla DeWitt Woodford were married in March 1900.  Here is a group picture of that wedding.  Right where this photo was taken now stands a pavilion which is where Jon and Steph’s reception was.  (We tried to recreate this photo, and I’ll share the results when we get the pictures from the photographer)
Jon, Steph, Kelly and Mike.  
Here’s my favorite picture of the day, my children.  My handsome sons have given me two beautiful daughters who I love as much as if I had raised them myself.  Both boys have picked soul mates and John and I couldn’t be happier!  

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Relay For Life

If you know me even the slightest you know that along with quilting another passion of mine is Relay For Life.  For the last 16 of years I’ve been involved with Relay For Life. When we started it was just to say thanks to the community for helping us (Cape Henlopen Music Boosters) raise money to send a whole bunch of kids to England. Little did I know that would change my life in so many different ways. 

Next month the web site John and I started as a way to get messages to East Sussex Relay participants will go off line. As I look over the pictures from that site I see so many people I have learned to love through their involvement with Relay and the community. I am thankful that some of those wonderful people are on facebook so I can stay in touch with them and others are still in the community so I run into them often. 

I also see pictures of people who lost their battle with cancer.

East Sussex Relay may no longer exist, but as I said a long time ago, as long as there is the need for a Relay I will Relay. I’ve moved to a different event and will move again if needed, or I’ll just Relay on line, but I will Relay as long as cancer needs fighting.  We have to find a cure! 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ten busy days

Yes it has been ten days again, I’m sorry.  But let me confess, I’m having some focusing problems and the computer isn’t my friend right now.  For the last few years they’ve been at me to get trifocals and I’ve put my foot down, no.  I have enough problems with the bifocals, I’m not adding to the confusion.  Well now I can’t focus on the midrange and will have to admit I need help.  Trifocals no, but a pair of glasses for that midrange, yes.  I can see distance fine with my glasses, and can read find with the bifocals, it’s just that middle range like this screen.  I see the eye Doc next week. 

In the meantime, I got a bug, upset tummy and low grade fever, so lots of resting.  I’m doing better now and will get back to sewing today.  The blocks are almost finished, and I’m ready to lay it out on the bed. 

And this weekend is a big one, Jonathon (DS#1) and his very special lady are finally getting married.  We’ve loved Steph since the day we met her, and knew this day would come eventually.. Saturday is the day! 

Saturday, August 02, 2014


So I sat down to sew and after a few minutes looked out the window at the garden gone wild and decided… since it was coolish and damp I would do some transplanting.  I dug up over two dozen Asiatic lilies with hopes the wet weather would help them survive in new home.  In the meantime I got quite wet, and muddy, not to mention exhausted.  Fingers screaming at me, back not real happy either, but I got most of it done before my body made me quit. 

I am still working on my quilt, did a little before I got the urge to play gardener.  I have about 30 of these done, only 250 some more to go.