Thursday, January 23, 2014

Goodies from the Bee

Since I haven’t made it back upstairs again to work on quilt blocks again, I thought that I would share some of the show-and-tell that was brought to our Charity Bee yesterday.

Most days we are madly working on quilts for various organizations, but yesterday several people brought in new things to show.

Phyllis started us out by showing a pin cushion that she was given for Christmas…..

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She then told us of the massive cup and saucer collection that her recently deceased Aunt had held.  She and her sister have decided to use these sets to make pin cushions for all of the cousins.   They are using trims and goodies from their own Mother’s collections to trim the cushions…..

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Such a fun gift to give and how much fun would it be to receive one!!!


Then Sue pulled out two quick quilt tops that she made this past week.  The first one was made with this block…

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….one 8 inch square, three 4 inch squares and one 4x8 inch rectangle.

They made up into a cheerful, “thoughts of summer” quilt……


The second quilt that she brought was another easy pattern



But it looked so cute with the pink blocks floating on the background!!2

Just what we all need…..more ideas of things to do!!!


Hope you are about and doing!!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Back in the studio…..


On Saturday, I felt good enough to spend some time upstairs in my studio.  There were two projects that were ready for me to work on, but instead I did what any good quilter would do…..I started something new!!

This new project stemmed from a conversation with my 90 year old Mother where she was bemoaning the fact that she didn’t have any handwork to be doing, so I decided to start another one of our collaborative projects.

I picked a pattern that I had on hand… by Piece O’Cake Designs…..

I first found this fabric and think that I will work my colors around it…..


But, I wanted to change things around a bit, so decided to use dark backgrounds and pastel flowers……


I will probably need to buy a few more dark blues and purples before I am thru, but have enough to get started.

I had a lot of fun plowing thru my fabrics and coming up with pastels that would work…..


A few years back I realized that much of my stash was made of darks and medium fabrics, especially bright ones, so I have been trying to make a conscious effort to add some lighter colors.   From the looks of this table full of fabric, I think that I have accomplished my goal!!!

I had a fun few hours of picking fabrics and getting them fused on and ready to send to Mom.   Here are the first two….


When I get the next two done, I will send them to Mom who will perform her magical Buttonhole Stitch around the shapes.  As always, my biggest task will be to keep up with her!!!


Oh yeah, I have had few more “mini pep talks” from my throat lozenges….

  -  Buckle down and push forth!

  -  You’ve survived tougher

  -  Don’t waist a precious minute

  -  Don’t wait to get started

  -  Fire up those engines

  -  Dust off and get up

  -  Conquer today

……….Such fun!!!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

An interesting week…..


This has been an interesting week……

On Tuesday, at my guild meeting, we were entertained by Lanette Edens of the Gypsy Quilter.  She presented a wonderful program where she showed new products and lots of ideas…..


I was most interested in this book…..

… I purchased it after the meeting.   I love that the blocks are all pieced without ANY Y-Seams!!   Cant wait to try some of the patterns using my scrap strips.

On Wednesday morning, I woke up with a bit of a sore throat and by 5:00pm, I was running a fever, suffering with severe chills  and thoroughly miserable!!!   Unfortunately, Michael was about 24 hours ahead of me and was already sick!!!  

The next two days we each spent as much time as possible resting and getting well, although we both had work tasks that needed to be accomplished.

One of the cute things that I found was that the Throat Lozenges I bought had a motto of “A pep talk in every drop”!!

As I looked further, I realized that each individual package had other mini “pep talks” on them……

  -      Be Unstoppable

  -      Put a Little Strut in it.

  -      Turn “can do” into “can did!”

  -      Bet on yourself

  -      Hi-five yourself

  -      Elicit a few “Wow’s” today

  -      Don’t give up on yourself

  -      Take charge and mean it

  -      The show must go on.

I actually started looking forward to opening a new one so that I could be “pepped up”!!!

Today (Saturday), we are both feeling MUCH better and I was actually able to spend the day in my studio…..more to come about that…..

Tonight, we both felt good enough to cook, so Michael made a wonderful Turkey Meatloaf with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Feta Cheese  and I added Roasted Squash and steamed Broccoli…..



Sunday, January 5, 2014

Tax Season Prep Time…..

For the last few years I have been contemplating moving to a paperless office but was not convinced that I could do it easily.   In December I attended a Webinar where they talked in detail about the process and equipment and I made the decision to make it happen.
I purchased a second monitor for my computer and have plugged it in using an HDMI port.  I was afraid that I would have to restart my computer every time I unplugged the monitor, but it seems that will not be the case.
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So far it is working great and I have already avoided printing about 100 pages so hopefully the monitor cost will soon be absorbed.
On a lighter note, this was my fortune from today’s lunch…..
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Since this week we are hosting TWO receptions for the Genetics Department (for my husband)  AND our Church Community Group, I think that the fortune will come true!!!
Hope you are finding time to create!!!!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

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