Thursday, February 28, 2008

I'm a great-auntie!!!!

Carson Maxwell was born today... 7 lbs 7 oz. My sister called..... I wasn't home of course.

Anyway, the quilt was mailed to Vermont today!! I'm so excited!!!

Another finish on the list

Another finish!!! Well... finished according to the list. I finished putting together my Buckey Beauty Quilt top. We swapped this blocks in my guild this year. This is my first venture into totally scrappy. I really like it. My husband came up with the idea for the piano key border... what a sweetie.
I used the Buckeye Beauty block pattern at Quilterscache. I love Marcia's website... she is so generous to share her patterns.

Of course now I have to add "quilt the buckeye beauty' to the 'to do' list. Oh well... a quilter's fun is never done.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Weekly Update February 24

Once again my goals far outshine my productivity.

What I accomplished:
  • finished the baby quilt
  • cut out some pieces for more Buckeye Beauty blocks
  • got stuff ready for the two classes I am teaching
  • helped my husband pin and cut out his vest pieces for his Civil War vest
  • hand quilted my Underground Railroad quilt

Goals for next week:

  • put the borders on Erin's quilt (I will finish this someday)
  • hand quilt on the URR quilt
  • make 12 Buckeye Beauty blocks

Wish me luck!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Another Finish

I just finished binding the baby quilt I posted on a few days ago. Now I need to call my sister and find out if we have a baby yet.

Thanks to the 'smart child' I crossed it off of my "to do" list.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Strike-through for Lists (HTML coding)

Hey bloggers,

I've received a few comments on the 'strike-through' help from the smart child. I'll be happy to share it. Please email me privately OR leave a comment but make sure I can reply to it.

Quilty Hugs!!

I've been tagged................

I was wondering how long it would take before I got tagged and then wondered who would tag me. Thanks to my Aussie friend I can now play. So, I'm tagging Beth, Sandy, Katie, Tracy, Suzan, Ila, and Karen. All of you have made me smile at some point through something on your blog... thank you.

So here are the rules:

1. Once you are tagged, link back to the person who tagged you.
2. Post THE RULES on your blog.
3. Post 7 weird or random facts about yourself on your blog.
4. Tag 7 people and link to them.
5. Comment on their blog to let them know they have been tagged.


Seven Random Facts About Me

1. Thanks to General Electric, I never lived more than 3 years in one place growing up.
2. I always wanted to be in the Marching Band in school and still get teary eyed when I hear one.
3. I love a "white christmas".
4. I'm slowly losing my taste for chocolate (weird)
5. I'm a teacher by training, though never actually hired (perhaps having a master's degree plus 48 credits is the problem).
6. Going along with #1, I've lived in this house for 10 years..... driving me nuts!
7. I want to visit Alaska someday.

Monday, February 18, 2008

"Smart" children..... ...

I know, I know...... your kids are supposed to benefit from new technology, theories, ideas, etc........... and yes it does come to your advantage to make sure your kids do pay attention and learn.

So, my daughter Abby, and her friend Megan, have now introduced me to HTML coding. They showed me how to 'strike through' the things on my "TO DO" list when I complete them. Thank you girls..... I'll make sure to email your Tech Ed teacher and let him know you've actually been paying attention.

And God Bless all of those that do this coding for a living. My brain would be mush.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Smokey - the Odd Cat

Well I guess not so odd because the cat we used to have did the same thing. Anyway, daughter Beth came running downstairs, grabbed the camera and said "Smokey is in the sink!!!". Here is the result.

I'm going to be a Great Aunty

My nephew and his significant other are expecting. We don't know what flavor the child is so I'm calling it my "niecephew".

Anyway, I just finished putting the final border on it and now I have to piece the flannel backing, lay it out, pin baste and quilt.

Hope he/she likes fishies!!!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Weekly Update February 17

Ok, I make goals and do everything but LOL.............

What I accomplished:
  • visited the friend and test-drove the HQ16.... still thinking
  • Got the final border on the Carolina Crossroads quilt
  • made 7 more Buckeye Beauty blocks to add to those from the guild swap
  • put together some 3.5 inch four patches by doing the leader/ender technique from Bonnie Hunter

My goals for next week:

  • put the final border on the baby quilt for my nephew's 'soon to be' son/daughter (not sure what we are getting)
  • quilt and bind the above mentioned baby quilt
  • put the borders on Erin's quilt (this keeps moving from week to week - you think it is telling me something)
  • Hand quilt on my Underground Railroad
  • make 12 more Buckeye Beauty blocks

Maybe setting goals isn't my thing LOL........... I can't seem to follow what I set... and get stuff done that I never thought to put on the list.

Valentine's Day Winners

Hey bloggers!

The hubby and I were away yesterday so I didn't get to do the drawing for the Valentine's Day give-away until this morning. Hubby drew the names and the winners are............

Sew Create-it Jane



Congratulations to all!!! I'll be emailing you to get your mailing information.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

My Sewing Room

My "BFF" Beth (you know, like the Verizon commercial...... yes we do talk for hours on the phone) said I needed to show her a picture of my sewing since I decided to re-arrange.......... AGAIN!

So here it is.

Carolina Crossroads Top is finished

I finally got the borders finished on my Carolina Crossroads top.... this is the mystery that Bonnie Hunter shared with us. It is hard to see, but the outer most border is black with white polka dots. This fabric shows up now and then in the body of the quilt.

From the beginning I had decided that the border had to contain nine-patches to carry the theme of the quilt out to the ends. Little did I know that after making 280 nine-patch blocks for the quilt, plus the Half Square Units for the set in triangles..... then adding 88 more nine-patch blocks on for the border, I would have nearly 3000 one-inch squares in the body of my quilt.

Now to get it quilted.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!! Sharing the Love

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you in blog land. For those of you who leave a comment on my blog dated February 14, 2008, you will be given the chance to win one of three Red Fat Quarters.

That's right......... I'm having a drawing and three people will win.

Please make sure I can respond to your email/comments so that I can get your full name and mailing address. If I can't reply to you, I'm afraid that I can't put your name in the hat.

Hugs and Love,

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Weekly Update February 10

I didn't get much done this week. The oldest was home from school for J-term break and she likes to be entertained. Honestly I don't mind, I can't believe she is 21 and ready to fly the nest. Where did the time go?


  • used my new(used) Viking D1 and put binding on a shop sample Turning 20 Again


  • put border's on Erin's quilt
  • put final border on my Carolina Crossroads mystery (finally got that one figured out)
  • convince hubby that the HQ16 my friend is selling is a really good deal (wish me luck on that one)

Hugs all!!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Happy Fasnacht Day

Well today is Fasnacht Day.......... time to eat the donuts LOL. For those of you wondering what a Fasnacht is, or why there is a day devoted to them.... you can learn about it here

Now I guess I have to think of something to give up for Lent.......... I've never been good at that.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Weekly Update February 2

Happy Groundhog Day!!! No idea if the other PA resident saw his shadow.... not like we aren't going to get six more weeks of winter anyway.

So much for my goals. I managed to leave my border fabric for the baby quilt at the shop when I used it as a sample so that didn't get done. And I didn't get the borders on Erin's quilt and she is coming home today for J-term break so that project is now in hiding.

So here is what I did:

  • put the rail fence blocks together for the baby quilt

  • finished Underground Railroad blocks for a good friend

  • managed to bury my table, again

My goals for this week:

  • find my table again

  • put the borders on the baby quilt, get it quilted and mailed to Vermont

  • finish the Underground Railroad top for my friend

  • spend time with Erin

Again, not very exciting, but manageable (didn't I say that last week?)