Thursday, December 31, 2009
This past year has been a life changing experience for me. Mike had his second heart attack in 2 weeks 1 year ago today and since has been working out 5 days a week and has lost 60 lbs. He was smoking 2-3 packs of cigarettes a day and quit that day. I am so proud of him.
Raychel 1 year ago weighed 79 lbs and now weighs 130 lbs. She will never work but is able to live on her own and seems to be happy. She has a great team of doctors that make sure she stays as healthy as can be. It has been 1 year since Raychel has been in the hospital which is a huge step in getting healthy. She had been in the hospital 75% of the previous 2-1/2 years.
Justin our son is moving out again come March 1st. He moved back home after a fall out with his roommate and will be moving in with some friends that are buying a house. I love him dearly but Mike and I are looking forward to having our house back. Justin is thinking about having the gastric band done. With everything that Raychel has gone thru due to gastric bypass this will never be an option for him. He is a big kid and after having 2 heart surgeries when he was 11 and again at 18 being extremely over weight is so unhealthy for him or anyone.
Jessica and the 3 kids are such a wonderful thing in our lives. Amazing how grandkids can make you smile. We are hoping that this next year will be better to her and Aaron. He is a cement mason and he has had to go out of the state of Minnesota for work and that is really tough when you have 3 kids. Seeing Dad/husband once every 4 to 5 weeks is tough on all of them.
My goal for 2010 is to spend more time sewing. Mike is very supportive of this and with every ones health on the mends this should not be a challenge to make happen. I really would like to get back into sewing cloths and the grandkids would benefit from this.
Hope everyone out there has a safe New Years Eve and a WONDERFUL 2010.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Ok so much about that. I finally got Justin's pirate/skulls quilt done and gave it to him last night. It was funny how I handed it to him and he went right into his room with it and within 5 minutes you could hear him in there snoring. I guess he liked it.
I am working on a quilting this weekend for a friend who lives about 3 hours from me. We have come to the conclusion that we are sisters not friends because we are so much alike. Neither one of us has a sister so this works for us. She is really having a rough time after a motorcycle accident. Her body has healed as much as it is going to and now the mind is having to heal. The doctor's are saying she has a form of post traumatic stress disorder. I want to bring a quilt to her so that she can wrap herself in it when she is needing a hug.
My boss and my son each got me $50 gift certificate to Joann Fabrics. I am excited because they are now carrying the Warm and Natural packaged so I want to buy some of that and also rotary cutter blades. I'm sure I will find somethings to spend my certificates on.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I have a story to tell and it is amazing how this story came to be. I had hurt my leg and was sitting around on a Thursday night about 3 weeks ago. I was surfing the quilterblogs website. I love this website. As I was paging thru looking at others blogs and quilts I came across this blog which I passed by and then backed up and read it again. Yes Cathy was giving away this longarm . I commented on the blog right away and then thinking no I am going to email her directly. Well within 10 minutes the longarm was mine. I had Nolting ship her a shipping carton and then arranged for UPS to pick it up. I was so excited and could not believe that this had happened. I kept waiting to hear that she had changed her mind and thank God she didn't. Well 1-1/2 weeks later it was at my door. I never had a clue what a difference it would be from my 9-1/2" Janome to a 18" Nolting the control is unbelievable. I was for sure if I was going to have to get a stitch regulator and I found out I don't. I'm not saying that I don't have a huge learning curve in front of me but that's ok. I am frustrated with the tension issue that I am having/had but I think as I work thru it I will come to understand how the tension works. I have read that some people never have to adjust theirs and some that have to adjust it every time they load a quilt top. I have a lot of fabric that I would never use for practice and I'm so glad that I kept all those pieces of batting that I trimmed off. I'm not sure about using pantographs my frame is all set up for it I'm just not sure about being behind the machine. I guess it will be practice, practice, practice. I bought a book on Amazon on Sunday night it is called ABCs of Longarm Quilting I think this book is going to help me alot. I am suppose to go to Mary's a longarm quilter that I have been reading for a long time. She lives very close and is willing to share her knowledge with me and I can't wait.
Well who ever read my blog before is stuck with me again. It is good to be back.
Monday, June 15, 2009
I have running to do tonight after work but I have no excuses why I can't start cleaning up in the evening. Hopefully I will have something quilted to show soon.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Check out Twiddletails giveaway. I love the Moda charm packs.
Have not had much time to sew lately. I have been busy working, busy in the yard and we have been busy traveling back and forth to fix our motorhome. We will be bringing it home on Saturday. I can't wait to go camping.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Our friends from Iowa came in on Thursday afternoon and stayed in their motor home in our driveway. I was so wonderful to have them come for the weekend. On Saturday we had about 28 of my favorite friends over. Mike made pulled pork and grilled a turkey and then of course all the different sides. He did such a great job. I think the best presents of all is that Raychel was well enough to hangout on the deck with all of our friends. She made it from 3:00 until 8pm and then headed to bed. Justin our son also hung out for awhile but he had to get to the recording studio. I'm just thrilled that everyone I wanted to be there was.
Yesterday Mike and I took Kris's quilt to her. My brother and her were power washing the house when we showed up so I think she was thrilled they had to stop for awhile. Her she is with it.
Well back to normal life and back to the gym today.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Kris's birthday is Sunday and I only have a little bit of the binding to finish sewing down. Hopefully I can finish it while watching American Idol tonight. I will take a picture of her with it and post.
Oh by the way I turn 50 tomorrow so weird just the other day I was giving birth to Raychel and she turns 30 in July. I have friends that have journals about everything in their life and I wish I had. It would be so fun to go back and read my life's history, or maybe not there were some pretty rough patches.
These are the things nice about being this 50:
My children are grown but still need me sometimes.
The friends I have are true friends and here for the rest of our lives.
My mortgage is half paid off (we bought this house when I was 35).
I only have 12 years before I can retire and really start to party.
I really know what is important in life because I have learned from my mistakes.
I am friends with my kids not just Mom.
The only sad thing about being 50:
My Mom is 82, healthy, but my Dad is no longer here. I wish as I got older my parents had stopped growing old so we could grow old together. I love my Mom and Dad and am so happy for the life they have given me.
It is going to be a very busy weekend so I hope everyone has a great 3 day weekend. I will have a 4 day weekend since my boss seemed to think I would need a day to recover. The party is on Saturday but I won't argue and will take the day off.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Working on getting the binding sew down on Krissy's quilt and got Raychel's quilt loaded on the frame while watching American Idol on Tuesday. I will work on that tomorrow night after working outside and not before. Again wanting to start on my Mom's memory quilt and will not start on that until I am done with what I am working on now.
Hope everyone has a great weekend.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Mike will be working all day today and I am getting off work at noon to take Raychel to the doctor. I am thinking that I will be back to home by 3:00. That means that I can eat a bowl of cereal for dinner and spend the remainder of the day in my sewing room. I have two quilt tops that need to be quilted and I am hoping to get one of them done tonight. I have made a promise to myself that I will get these two tops done before I start on my Mom's memory quilt so I need to hurry. I am so excited to get that one done and give to my Mom. She is a true seamstress and really appreciates the work I put into my quilts so I always love showing her what I have done.
Hope all Moms have a great weekend and get to do what you enjoy and if not a Mom enjoy the Mom you have.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
At the quilt show there was probably 75 quilts there and they all ranged from quilters that had little experience to the Oh My God look at this one. There was a woman there doing a Q&A on machine quilting and she was unbelievable. She does all her quilting on her Bernina without a quilt frame. She had done the most amazing work. I seem to really appreciate this work so much more than quilting done on a frame. I'm not being disrespectful to the ones that use a frame and either a long arm or a mid arm, it just amazes me when one does it this way. I had to get a frame after trying it once with my machine on my kitchen table I just could not get it. I know that it takes practice but I did not give it much of a chance. Their Guild had done a BOM and it was fun to see how everyone took those blocks and came up with their own designs. I loved them all. Not much for vendors selling and that was a little disappointing but that's ok I saved some money.
I have decided I am going to do a memory quilt and am very excited to get it going. I will post pictures as I put this thing together. This is one of the pictures of my Mom and Dad that I am going to use.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I really need a quilt show to help me figure out what my next quilt is going to be. I have a lot of different fabrics bundled together for probably 5 more quilts but I have bought all this over the last few years. As I went through all of it last weekend trying to clean things up nothing really got me excited. Of course all the fabric I just had to have and could not live without is not what I want now. I realized I am one that should always buy for what I want to make now because I probably won't want to do it in 2 years. For example I saw this quilt in a magazine and just had to make it for my bosses little boy that she had just adopted. Well I called all over the country tracking down this fabric and finally found it out east somewhere and had it shipped to me. Well now 3 years later he now is 6 and it probably is not appropriate now. I know no one having a little boy. I guess I could make it and hang onto it for that next great nephew that is born. Now that does not sound fun to me.
Just realized I have to get ready to go to work.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
I am going to help Raychel, getting back on the tube feedings takes her body a while to get use to and she is already so weak. Hoping by Monday morning she will have a little color in her checks. She is so protein deficient that her hands and feet are very swollen so hoping that will start going down. This is going to take some time to turn around so will just have to be patient. Have to come up with a natural diuretic for her.
Back in Feb I joined a quilting bee and did February's block and have March and April sitting in my sewing room. I am going to drag my stuff up into the living room and find a place to sit down and work on my blocks. That way Raychel and I can sit and watch movies all day and I can get these 4 blocks done and in the mail on Monday. I can also bring one of my machines up so that I can not have to keep running up and down the stairs to sew. This will be a good day, I will post pictures of my progress.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
As soon as I get my camera I will be taking pictures of the quilt I am working on.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
For me I get to hang out with Pat. I'm going to bring my pinwheel blocks so I can lay them out on the floor and arrange them in order. I should have this all pieced by the end of this next week. I think I should have it done in time for Kris's birthday in May. I will need to find the backing and that won't be to hard. I really like
finding the backing that is already 108" wide. Will have to see what I find.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Thought I would post a Raychel update. This is a picture of her with my son's girlfriend, Raychel is the one on the right. Back in the beginning of February she had bottomed out at 79 pounds and yesterday at the doctor she weighed in at 95. This was so exciting. After 3 years of being sick I think this is where she has started on her road to a better life. She will never be healthy as we all know life but this is better than life at 79 pounds. I guess my niece had Gastric Bypass last week and we were told 3 days after she had the surgery. Her Dad was telling us that after what happened to Raychel they were so scared, as they should be. The only thing I wanted to say was "Raychel did great for the first 18 months", but I didn't. I will just keep her in my thoughts.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
I'm not complaining I am thankful that his heart attacks were not very damaging and this is something he/we can live with.
So if you can't sew the next best thing is quilt shops. I have printed out a map of Council Bluffs with all the quilt shops on it so I am hoping to take the big truck and go exploring while Mike is working. There is a few I am very interested in checking out. Will see.
Winter Storms coming again you would never know it is April 3rd hopefully we will get home on Sunday without to much slipping and sliding.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I got all done sizing up my 4-1/2" blocks. I try to do this all on all my quilts I make but sometimes I try to sneak by without doing it. It is right up there with hand sewing. I got the idea of the pinwheel layout from Moda Bake Shop. I love that website. I am just deciding now if I want the 4 pinwheels to be in the same like colors of if I want to mix it up. The quilt is going to be a lot bigger than this quilt shown and I do have enough fabrics to do either way. I will have to spend my day at work figuring out what I am going to do. They will never know I am thinking about this passion of mine or would it be considered a obsession?
Ok so I finished this post and checked it out and it posted in Green. I am so confused.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
I have decided that the quilt top that I have been trying to do for my sister-in-law is just not going to happen. It is put away for another time or another quilt. I have decided to make her a pinwheel quilt. I had these Moda Charm packs and these colors are going to look great in her house. Her birthday is May 24th so I have time. I am going to enjoy making this one. I have 124 of these square now put together and just need to put the pinwheels together.
I finished the top for Raychel's quilt. This one was fun and quick to do. My camera does not do this quilt top justice. I wish I had a better camera.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Has anyone purchased any fabric from www.keepsakequilting.com? They have scrap bags you can buy and wondering if anyone has bought from them what the quality has been.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
What is so sad I have quilts that need to be made.
Please don't get me wrong I am thankful for having a job we would not survive much longer financially.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
WHAT WAS I THINKING?
Friday, March 6, 2009
My blog friend, Christina, has promised me that next month she is going to host a "Orange Week". I am so excited. These orange fabrics are a lot brighter than the shown here. I went to the fabric store and while there picking out my oranges I came across all these beautiful bright greens and was struggling to not buy the greens. The greens would make the hour glass quilt that Christina makes.
So if you are interested in joining the orange week keep an eye out on Christina's blog.
So I thought I had a month to go before returning to work but got the call yesterday that I am returning next Wednesday. They wanted me to return on Monday but I already have plans. I don't want to go back to work, I love being home. I had a feeling that this was going to get to comfortable being unemployed. How Sad!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I am so hoping to find time to sew today. Since being home I have had to spend time with the girls and of course not at the same time. We have to go to Jessica's for dinner tonight so I have most of the day. I know just what I am going to work on. I will post pictures later.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Jean is selling her home in PA and will be living in AZ year around. She is big into crocheting. She taught me how to crochet oval rugs, they are beautiful. Well when we got to her house she gave me 6 plastic garbage bags full of yarn. Mike is not able to see out the back windows. When we got to the hotel and opened up the back hatch yarn started falling out. We laughed so hard. Mike said someone is going to see us and think we are homeless with all the plastic garbage bags. He just cracks me up. We also celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary on Wednesday seeing the country. Would have been more fun if we had been in the same car.
Can't wait to get home and spend a little quality time in my sewing room. I have projects to work on.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Hope everyone is doing well. I am getting some time to get caught up with all my favorite blogs.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Finished 2 quilts yesterday so I can bring them with to sew the binding on. I actually find I enjoy hand sewing it passes the time and what is nice to step away from the sewing machine and just sew. The other plus to hand sewing is I can still work on my quilts being so far from my sewing machine.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
The other night I met Pat, my sister in law, half way. We met at this wonderful quilt shop and then dinner. For the first time in my life I walked out of a store that had fabric in it with empty hands. I was so shocked. I guess for the first time I thought about all the fabric I already have and nothing really jumped out at me. The fat quarters were $2.99 each and I find this so not a good deal. I have bought fat quarters at quilt shows just because they are always such a great deal at those shows.
The reason I want to get the 2 quilts done is Mike and I have decided that we are doing a road trip. On Feb. 16th we are leaving Minneapolis and driving to a friends in Santa Fe New Mexico. We will stay with him for one night and then we will go onto Phoenix. My best friend moved there 1-1/2 years ago and even thou it has gotten easier to not have her right here I still miss her so much. We were going to drive our car which is a 2004 Honda Civic my boss thought it would be better for us to rent a car so he did that for us. I had gotten laid off on December 15th and he thought I should have gotten paid for Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Years day. I work for a family owned company and he is my boss and then above him is the hateful Mom. So he paid for our car rental. This will be so nice to not have to worry about the car breaking down, not like we thought it would but you never know. We will start heading back home on Feb. 23rd. So I am going to will be having plenty of time to hand sew the binding so I want to get these 2 quilts done.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
|This is a new Thimbleberries BOM quilt. I want to do this quilt. Each BOM pattern (alone) is $5 a little more than what I want to spend and then to purchase the fabric. I am going to have to check it out at one of the stores maybe it won't be as expensive. I really think this is going to be my next project.|
Today I am going to put all my blocks together for my sampler and then I am going to start back on my sister in laws quilt. Her birthday is in May and I don't want to rush at the end.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Jess and the kids came over yesterday for dinner and to watch American Idol. Mike hates American Idol so he watched tv in our bedroom. Taylor who is 10 yrs old made a comment about the wall hanging I made hanging in my living room. I guess people are not use to seeing something like that hanging up. I looked at it more like a piece of art. They say out of the mouths of a babe, wonder if that is what adults think also. Wonder what she is going to say when I hang my sampler wall hanging in my entry way. I have a very long thin wall that is over the stairs going downstairs and thought it would look great. I guess I am going to have to be careful that I don't hang to many. I don't think i will make anymore thou because there is nothing like a quilt to cover up with.
So today I start walking the treadmill. This is something I have to do to lose weight and to improve my health. I have learned that I am not going to lose weight with diet alone. People say how they lost a ton of weight going through a stressful situation, well it that was me I would be a stick. I keep thinking with everything Raychel has gone through to be thin I should not even care, but I do. I am not comfortable being heavy and have to do something about this. I am going to have to step away from my sewing table for 30 minutes every day and just walk. Need to figure out a way to bring my sewing to the treadmill.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I have to say I am thoroughly enjoying my unemployment but I have to remember this will end come April 1st. I can't be getting to use to this. At some point I have to work on my list of things I pledged to get done.
Raychel dropped down to 79 pounds and her spirit fell right with it. Please keep her in your thoughts.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Not much for sewing but I did squeeze in some here and there. I did start machine quilting the very first quilt had done over 4 years ago. I was so excited to get it pieced and then was so excited to move onto the next one. All the others (except the wall hanging) have been gifts so I needed to get them quilted right away. This one is for me so I now am excited to finish. I also got another block done and decided to post pictures of the ones finished. I know the pictures are small but the blocks right now are 12-1/2" so they will be nice size. It will be more fun to post the entire sampler quilt put together.