Monday, February 23, 2009

Klint & Krystal

On Feb 12th my Dear Husband drove up to Star Valley AZ to pick up Klint. Klint needed to come to Phoenix to take a bus trip to Salt Lake City. He will be in training for a truck driving job for the next 3 weeks. While up in Star Valley Richard took some pictures of Klint & Krystal's spread. Klint built the goat house all by himself. He likes to build, fix things and has a natural ability. They both love the animals. Krystal love to ride and write fantasy stories. Richard said she just jumped right up on that horse's back. They have been married for three years and hate to be apart, but this job is a good opportunity for Klint. Krystal has a lot to keep her busy with 2 goats, 1 horse, 2 cats and a rodent of some kind. Mean while we are praying for Klint to do well on his new job and for safety while he is driving across the country. Right now he is in Georgia.
Richard just sent the pictures to me yesterday.
Enjoy the pictures.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sunday Quilting Upate

By the time I finished sewing last Sunday night I was too tired to do an update. So this one has two weeks worth of sewing news. I have been busy with my on line class from Quilt University .com, Math for Quilter. I have learned a lot and have lots of reading, drawing & math home work do to. I have gotten behind with the cataract surgery, plus I took part of my lesson to work to punch holes in the electric hole punch on Friday & forgot to bring it home.

Yesterday I taught part 1 of the One Block Wonder class, one student didn't show. The two I had left loved the class, who won't with such personal help. Part 2 is in 4weeks. I wanted them to have enough time to finish sewing all those hexagon halves. They are a couple of nice ladies.

I sewed one another blocks with my Square N a Square ruler. I had to enlarge this one to match the sizes of my other blocks. I used a trick I learned in my Math for Quilters class. That's this lone block here.

The other fun thing I have been doing is this extra project I'm doing. I'm calling it Caribbean Sea. Some of my local quilt friends have been doing this block of the month using earth tones, they are calling it Mother Earth. I like their blocks so much I decided to join in, but I don't like earth tones, so I'm doing blues, greens, cool colors, that's why the name Caribbean Sea. I have all my cool tone Batiks on my cutting table, trying to find stuff with enough contrast can be a challenge with Batiks. I'm liking my results. In the slide show you will notice I draft the blocks in EQ6. I almost like my EQ6 colors better than my real colors, but you have to make do with what you have. No this was not one of my goal quilts, but I really felt like doing some piecing, so I did.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A very small speed bump in the road of life.

Well here I'm in all my glory after my cataract surgery. It was hard to smile with all that tape on my face. That shield and patch were very annoying. It was also annoying that I could not read. I survived a whole 24 hours with out reading! A small miracle in itself. I couldn't get my glasses over my shield. I ended up making a run to the doctors office yesterday afternoon because it felt like I had an eye lash in my eye. Sure enough my eye bottom lashes had turned up and were in my eye. Do you know how hard it is to keep an eye closed when the other one is open, even with it patched down. I reclined in my lazy boy watching TV and sleeping. Which of course meant I didn't sleep well last night.

Today when to the doctors and I had my patch removed and my eye examined. I can now see 20 - 40 in that eye for distance. And that is less than 24 hours after surgery. I had a mono vision lens implanted.
I have to admit I was very nervous going into surgery, after all I understand all the risk and complications that can occur. The idea of anything near my eye drives me nuts let alone anything in it. I can't even stand others putting in eye drops. My logical brain said this is very minor, the most common surgery performed, high success rate and all. But it's that old emotional brain that get scared and worries. I also come from a long line of worriers, so I can do it well.

I'm grateful for many things, just to live in an age of implantable lens is wonderful. The care is so much easier than it was 40 years ago when I was an LPN and did private duty for cataract patients who had to stay in bed and couldn't turn to the operative side and a whole bunch of other things. I had a good skilled doctor and nurses and best of all I have a good husband you held my hand and took care of me. Plus he and Kinsen have to do the kitty litter boxes for the next 2 weeks!! The surgery wasn't as bad as what my imagination can conjure up. All I saw was a bright light and at the end I could see the drop the doctor put in, it looked like a circle spreading across my vision. The anesthesiologist said I fought the anesthesia all the way. I wasn't trying to, but I needed double of the IV stuff as well as the local anesthesia around my eye. Like I said I was really nervous. Nurses just don't make good patients. We don't like being on the other side of the needle.

I'm glad it is over and I very glad for my gift of vision!! How precious a gift it is. Go enjoy looking at beautiful things today. I know I will.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Here are some fun thing to do!

Go to this web site ; put in your first and last name and see how many people in the USA have your name as well.
If I use my maiden name there are 123 people with the same name. If I use my married name there are 403 people with the same name and if I use my hyphenated name, which is my legal name there are less than 4 people with the same name.

Now here is something fun to look at! What these quilters from South Carolina have done with bras!! There are some amazing bras here and a real display of hilarious creativity.

Have fun!

Friday, February 13, 2009


I had to chuckle when I posted my new post last night, the quote for the day changed to the following.
"It is not how old you are, but how you are old."
Jules Renard
It reminds me of another quote I have in a little book of quotes I have keep for years.
Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years.
People grow old only by deserting their ideas.
Years may wrinkle your skin but to give up interest wrinkles the soul.
Gen Douglas MacArthur

Have a great day! And enjoy life.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!

Well I want to thank all my friends and especially my husband for making my Birthday a special day. One of my friends sent me a surprise gift to work, the delivery person was another friend from work. The surprise gift was Ghiradelli's dark chocolate squares with raspberries in the center. Very Very Very GOOD!!, some Linder raspberry truffles, and a Cold Stone Cookies & Cream ice cream cakes. Some of the other gifts I received were potpourri, a picture frame holder, a guardian angel pin, a pink rose, a CD of women’s' songs from church. I received a ton of email greetings with fun wishes included, many phone messages and calls.
A dear friend took me out to dinner on Wednesday evening and we had a delightful time visiting and sharing our thoughts and feelings.

Of course I made some of my own fun also, I wore my Birthday pins.

The funniest part was my sweet husband brought me flowers and a balloon. The balloon plays music, the song is How Sweet it is. My honey out did himself. We also went to Outback Steak House for dinner. I'm very full and content.

Snow on our Mountains

Tuesday night while driving to have dinner with Kierra & Will for dinner. I noticed there was snow on the mountains to the East of us. I did whip out my camera and took two pictures but they were very poor quality. So on Wednesday I took my camera to work and took pictures out of the 5th story window. It is a real treat for me to see the snow on the mountains. There wasn't a lot but I enjoyed it. See for your self!

I know for you folks who live in the land of lots of snow, don't think much of this but remember I'm in Mesa AZ.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Boy Have I Been Busy

Busy doing what I'm not sure. No I know. Besides sewing I prepared a talk for church over the last two weeks and gave it on Sunday. It went very well and my husband did a great job also, even if I didn't leave him enough time. I was tired after church and after dinner I just sat and watched a movie, PS I Love You and I cried through most of it. So I didn't do my usual Sunday Night update. I was too drained.

I did some sewing last week not my usual wild flurry of activity. I made six Square in a Square blocks. After seeing the demo the weekend before I just had to try it. I'm using some my stash. I think I'm just going to make a sampler of these blocks. I also sewed one more strip of wedges for my One Block Wonder but didn't add it to the other part.

I did some more quilting on my Mystery Quilt and marked the last row of blocks, so I'm ready to start making more feathers. They are improving but they still have a long way to go. See the bottom borders are starting to show.
Friday Night I started a new class from QuiltUniversity.Com, called Math for Quilters. I have already learned a few good pointers and I'm sure I will learn more. It has a good review of fractions, decimals, ration & proportion.

I went out to lunch with my friend Christina and started celebrating my Birthday which is on the 12th. Christina and I had a great visit, we went to Olive Garden, soup, bread sticks and salad, very good company & food.
Last night I took my two great nieces out for dinner, Amy & Heather. We have been going out to eat for our birthdays for about 7 years now. Amy's is in January, Heather's is the 5th of Feb & mine is the 12th. We had a grand time and they both talked about the previous times we went out to eat. I enjoy these two girls. I use to teach them how to quilt and they told me last night they both still have their quilts. I was so bummed when I got home I realized I forgot to get a picture of us all together. And I carried my camera around with me all day to do that. You can see pictures of this adorable girls on my webshots link on the right, look for sewing with Amy & Heather. Also my Thanksgiving slideshow has recent pictures of them.
I'm also reading These Is My Words by Nancy Turner, it is about an AZ women pioneer. Very interesting and the trials she had are hard. Talk about hard work every day, Indians and all kinds of stuff. I am enjoying the story.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Another Hit!

Friday night my work team from all over the valley had a get together in Phoenix. The crew from the East valley rode the new light rail down to the Spaghetti Factory, I'm in the East valley. We had dinner and a gift exchange. We did the exchange like a White Elephant. Two of the gifts I picked were stolen from me. The gift I brought was pasted over and past over. So it was the last gift to be taken. I had secret hopes of it being picked early and stolen lots of times. When Kris picked up the package she said, "There is nothing in here." Well here are a couple of pictures of Kris and the little wall hanging, she was so excited.

She told me she has it hanging on her cubical at work to add some color to the area. It makes me happen when people like my quilts. Kris was really thrilled to have the last gift, "it was the best", she said.

Here is a picture of the rest of my co-workers who went to the dinner. There are five who didn't attend. We work across the Phoenix area.

Sunday Quilting Upate, Part 2

After I was in bed last night I realized I had forgotten to report on my other quilting actives of the week. I did spend some time quilting on my Mystery Quilt that I started over New Years. Big mistake to not work on it for so long. I'm not sure what has gotten into my machine, but she would suddenly feel like she was running away from me. I still can't make great feathers, actually I think my feathers are ugly and I'm very glad they don't show any more than they do. It is a learning experience, so why do I expect a great looking results. I have also learned some more about my machine and working with it, so that is a good thing. I finished the bottom half of the top row of blocks and more of each side border. Of course since I had not watched my video since the New Years I did some of my side feathers in the wrong direction, but that's OK at least mine will be original.
I took a break from the Mystery quilt because I wanted to focus on the One Block Wonder. I'm teaching it as a class in Feb and I wanted to have it fresh in my mind. Plus the three parts are going to be curtains for my new bedroom window and french doors, so I want to get them done.
Saturday morning and part of the afternoon I went to the Phoenix Quilt, Sew & Craft Festival with one of my friends. We walked for hours and saw every quilting related booth. I quilted on every mid arm quilting set up there was. I hope to upgrade some day from my short arm. I even attended on lecture by Jody Barrows of Square in a Square. It sure is an interesting technique and she does amazing things with her ruler technique. She is also writing novels about her family history with quilt to go with the stories. The quilts are based on what her grandmothers & great grandmothers did make. She uses fictional people to tell the family stories. It was very interesting. I like to learn and see new things and the keeping of family histories is a great thing. I had purchased the ruler a couple of years ago but ran into issue so never really used it a lot. So I had her show me how to do it again and one of these days I might give it a try.
Well now it is time to get ready to go work.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Sunday Quilting Upate

Well only 2 people saw the misplaced half hexagons out of 7 votes. First I thought there was only two, then I saw a third one when I downloaded the pictures last Wednesday. Tonight as I started ripping I found two more for a total of five. So here is a picture with four of them out lined, so you can see them. Double click on the picture to enlarge it.

Here is a picture with them pined in their right place. Look for colored flower head pins.

So this evening I spent time riping them out and sewing them back together. I only have one seam left to do!! Then it will be time for borders. Here it is waiting for that last seam to be sewn. Maybe tomorrow or Tuesday.

My Lost Quilt

While checking the blogs I follow for new posting, I saw a very helpful one on Caron Mosey's Blog, her site is also on my side bar. She was writing about copyrighting quilts, than she added a link to the Lost Quilts website. I remembered I have a picture of my lost quilt on that site.
I do miss my quilt, especially when I see the one I still have that is similar. That's a funny thing, I don't miss quilts I give as gifts, I guess because I gave them a home, but this one I miss.
So since one great idea encourage another great idea. I decided to post a picture and a link to my lost quilt, see my side bar. Maybe it will find it's way home again. If not I hope it is happy where she is now living. Thanks Caron for giving me the idea.
I made the quilt as a class sample for Stain Glass paper piecing. The last time I remember having it was one of two times. That's bad isn't it. I can't remember the last time I really had it. Anyway I had it down at the shop where I teach and never got it back or I took it to a trunk show I did at Cactus Patchers meeting and lost it at the Tempe Adult center.