Saturday, November 30, 2013

The blood clot thing

My broken heart reports that my man is in the hospital with small blood clots in both lungs.  Apparently this is a separate deal apart from any other ailment he has.  Mr. O'Quilts is struggling breathing ...a very scary thing.  He sent me home tonight, as he is just sleeping. I listened.
Wanda says that we quilters are strong women who can take anything that life throws at us...I think I want to be like Wanda!!
 Silly me continues with this project.  That, in spite of the fact that I am sloppy and cannot even paint right.  I have switched from fabric to paper which makes it a bit easier to do the Mod Podge..heavy on the bit part.
My quilting friends do everything for me...So, slop, slop I messily go....turning grief into presents...flawed for sure, but made with love.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

F and F...Friends and Fabric

So, what puts a smile on a face??  Totally, friends and fabric!!
This fabric is the bee's knees!!!
We went to Foust today.  Eight of us in torrential rains.  Annie Carol drove and I sat in the front seat so I would not get car sick.  My friends somehow cater to that.   I helped her drive with my eyes shut.
Foust is a wholesale fabric store in King's Mountain, NC.  TBTG to Sherry of Sherry Lynn's Designs.  With Sherry leading the way, bargains were ours.
At Foust, you have to buy the entire bolt.  With eight friends, dividing it all up was a piece of cake.  The rain pounding on the tin roof, the friends going nuts on fabric bargains.  Really, how can it be better.
Now, Sherry Lynn has all the fabric at her house.  She is figuring out how much we owe her and who bought what.  I can hardly stand it.  We will not see our fabric again for two whole weeks.  I am breathing deeply.

Even though I am generally a nice person,  I refused to share my cool bee fabric.  And, I took it home with me.   Here it is, already all washed and wrapped back on the bolt.  There were 6 yards on the bolt at $3.50 a yard.
How can a person love fabric so much???  How can a person feel so happy??

Monday, November 25, 2013

Work in Progress

Therapy is $100 for 45 minutes now-a -days.  I know, because I just retired. 
 I am a work in progress just like my trees and zig below...a little crooked without a pattern...flying by the seat of my pants and hopefully working out ok at the end of the day.

I think that a bit of small money on or another site, is well worth it, if it helps a mind to get straight!!!.

So, my dear Mr. O....I just know you agree....:)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Quilting...a family affair

Dylan is almost four.  He is helping grandma transfer her pins from one pincushion to another.  A perfect task for Dylan
 Great concentration to complete the task.
 Alas, working in the sewing room is exhausting, as we all know...much better to just sit and chill while we work!

Bought the pomegranate.  Did not know what to do with it...Ah, is the hilarious tute..
The pomegranate thing, by Food Beast!!
And having arrived across the pond, is Martin's,.... feel better, we love you quilt!!!  

And we have it...the Saturday night post.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The night....

Tonight I finished three more travel salad bowl covers...That part is good...
 Worked a bit on this....That part is good....
And, then.....I started making gifts...trying out a new tute...Below is a failed Modge Podge project.....of course, being me....instead of trying the new tute on one item before getting more...
...NO NO NO..
I bought 20 of them, only to find out that the tute is a failure for me...Soooo frustrated...
In trying to fix it all....I cut my finger with the rotary cutter....and so...I hate to report...that it has all come down to this:

Monday, November 18, 2013

Getting ready

The root vegetables are getting ready for a mash!!
 The Eco Travel Bowl covers are getting ready to be presents...BTW...I use these all the time...they are just tossed in the drawer with the potholders, used in the fridge instead of plastic wrap, then tossed into the wash.
 I fussed around last night using a left over doily for Nancy's holiday potluck bowl cover...It turned out a bit on the funky side, but I gave it to her anyway.
 I got some nice buttons for the centers of some of these covers.  Once I had them home, I saw that they were marked "dry clean only"...They are wood....disappointing.
That was the day.  I have started my search for the perfect funky artificial tree for our new tradition...I will find my fun where I can...that is for sure:)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Keeping on keeping on...etc

I have a decision to make.  Should I make this zigzag quilt modern or mix it with these trees...Help is needed because I cannot see it today...Maybe I should just put it all away until next year.?
 Then I am making some log cabin blocks...Why??  Who knows?  But, it is fun and relaxing...Fun wins out every time.
 Before my girl went home, we went in to JoAnn's big sale of all sales.  I saw this doggie flannel and knew right away who would love it.
 This pillowcase was delivered to the friend and her hotdog last night:)  Yup, it was a success, she loved it.
Mr. O'Quilts is sick.  He told me last night that he is too weak to put up the Christmas tree this year.  He cannot put up the big 7 foot fresh tree that we always have had for 33 years...He cannot put on the lights and he cannot put on the decorations.  The end of tradition. 
 I cried. 
 And, then...I moved on. 
 Looking now for a funky white artificial tree that works like an umbrella...push a button and it comes alive...lights and all...A woman just has to do what she has to do...Friends, please point me in the right direction...

Monday, November 11, 2013

The making of a quilt...

I decided to use up some of the HSTs from my Red and white Silly String.  Maybe this could be called "Broke"  ...ha..!!
Evidently there is no such thing as a "quick use up" of scraps!!  Oh, got more complicated when I found these tree UFO's in a box with the Christmas fabric ...stay tuned....
 I think I have something that could work here...I am giving away these ugly trees...they are so blah!!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

She is gone....

Empty is her bedroom, but full is our heart.  My girl left on the jet plane tonight bound for London and then Ireland....Gone home to her own man and her own job and her own life.  Even with the sadness, it was a wonderful two weeks...Thank you are the best!!
 She made kale and fruit smoothies for the trip to the airport...LOL...They left me at home with my diet Coke!!
 And for breakfast she made this awesome puffy pancake in Great Grandma's newly restored cast iron pan.
Safe home my girl!!!   I love you so....xxoo

Liberty Love ....all done!

Hi Cousin Ann....check this out!!!  Liberty Love is finally finished and soo soft and nice.

 Just turned around for a minute and I find Mr. O'Quilts all cozy under it...I thought you would be pleased.
I certainly hope that there is some quilting going on in London at your house...Hugs

Friday, November 8, 2013

Here and there..the bits of love..

 The Dammit doll!!  Thank you Andy...How in the world did you know that I needed one!
 The oranges I can do...the pomegranates, not so much...    
 The sneak peak...My girl is sewing on the binding of my birthday excited.
My girl found Great-Grandma's cast iron pans in the garage, all disgusting and all....She googled the fix and they are like perfect...albeit some 90 years old!
I was at the JoAnn's Fabric Sale yesterday with my daughter.  I saw a woman in a hat with a blue cane like my husband uses.  I asked her about it and she told me that she was a few years in to being a brain cancer survivor. 
 She took off her hat to show the open incisions that she said would be open for the rest of her life.  She was 45.  We chatted and laughed about fabric and quilting like women in pain all throughout the ages...Just love that is all...It is around everywhere.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Very Special Visit

My girl came in from Europe to visit for a few heart beats!!  Can u believe that she took apart my pantry....She said..."Motherrr!!!" and she painted it and put the shelving back..
I feel so loved.
Emily has only been home a few just takes that for me to feel spoiled...Tonight, tortellini soup and my favorite of all favorites....pretzel bread.

I did not want to retire two weeks ago.  Life made me do it.
  Tonight I decided to make the best of it.
 Just opened up those doors from my sewing room into my office and added quilting things.
Now my girl and I are sewing.  I want her to stay forever and ever.
Guess who has to be part of it too??  Zoe!

The Smashed Tomato

Life made me do it!  Life made me start a blue log cabin. 

My mother wrote this poem a few years back, she was only 89 at the time.....My dear Mother knows stuff.......

I found this poem when I was going thru my recipes!!  Ha!!  My state of mind....