Friday, December 30, 2011

"Isn't he just the cutest thing!!!" - Sally Brown


Kevin is taking this 'rest your arm' thing seriously and bless his heart, he is helping me press and organize my strip drawers.

As you can see, we are quite the assembly line; he presses, I sort. The drawer was full!!! All of the strips are organized into beautiful color piles and the one "I have no idea where to put these" pile right in the middle.

The 'after' is fantabulous - and while this is time consuming, it feels so good in the end to know exactly what I have to work with. Thanks for the inspiration Bonnie!!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Taking a page from Miss Bonnie's book......

I'm trying to use my left arm, I really am. And in teasing, I asked my husband "How do you work with your left arm all the time??? It's frustrating! (He's left-handed).

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, Bonnie Hunter posted that she was going through her strip drawers, pressing and organizing them by color. So I figured since I really can't cut anything I'd try to start on that project. My drawers have exploded so this is going to take some time.

As you can see I haven't even made a dent in the 2-inch drawer. Someone make sure I've come up for air later will you please???


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Superior bummer.......

This tendonitis thing totally sucks. I got four shots in my arm last Friday and was told 'no repetitive movement, no lifting over five pounds'. Do you know how much 'repetitive movement' you do without even thinking about it?

All my sewing plans went down the tubes for my week of vacation. I will admit I was bad on Christmas Eve and bound a quilt for my mother-in-law... it was her giftie and needed to be done. And yes, I keep doing things even though I am not supposed to. I caught myself coming close to tears today because of this. I wanted to get two quilts bound this week and some other pieces cut for another quilt.

I really don't want to go back and get shot again... they hurt like the dickens!!!

Thanks for listening and letting me whine. I appreciate it. Now back to watching Abby, Beth, and Kevin decorate more cookies.


Monday, December 26, 2011

For Sale - left handed Gingher shears

I bought Kevin a pair of left-handed shears for Christmas, only to discover he cuts right-handed.

So, if any of you cut left handed and would like to purchases the brand new, Gingher shears let me know. I'm asking what I paid... $25.. plus shipping.

Let me know!


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas everyone!

The presents are opened, breakfast is eaten, phone calls made to family members, and the turkey is in the oven.

I hope all of you are having a wonderful day with your loved ones.

Happy Christmas!


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Quilting can prove harmful to your health......

Kevin is always saying "Practice safe quilting."... well, who knew he was right?

Over Thanksgiving I cut out ALL of the pieces for a Bonnie Hunter Pineapple Blossom. Our challenge this year is Red and White and I thought, why not?

Well my arm said "No Way!". I have tendonitis. Four shots in my right arm later.... I have to baby it for the next two weeks, no lifting anything heavier than 5 pounds and no repeptitive motion over a long period of time UGH!!!!. Those shots HURT!!!! but hopefully I won't have to undergo weeks of PT.

So my kids and Kevin will be helping with Christmas dinner tomorrow.... I'm not even going to attempt to lift an 18 pound bird.

So Happy Christmas to all.... enjoy your family, friends, food, and fun!


Sunday, November 27, 2011

My latest accomplishments......

Over the last couple of months I have managed to get a couple of things done in between adapting things for my students.

The first is a Cars quilt for my great-nephew Carson. He LOVES Lightning McQueen. The farm animal quilt is for his new baby brother Aidan.

The yellow quilt is from fabric that I bought 10 years ago at G-Street Fabrics in Rockville, MD. Erin's penpal, Emma, was here from Scotland and we popped in during our visit to Washington, DC. She picked out the fabric; it only took me 10 years to figure it out. I think she will be surprised when it arrives.

Ok, back to my latest project. We still have vacation tomorrow and Tuesday, but this is my last 'play' day... I have school work to do.

Have a great day!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Reading Red

What determines Red???

Our challenge at guild - as stated by your's truly - is red and white. My goal in doing this was to use my red pieces in a red scrappy Bonnie Hunter pineapple quilt (I think I just answered my own question).

So, are the maroon reds 'red'? Are the pink reds 'red'?

If I take a page out of Bonnie's book, it doesn't matter. I took a look at the reds she pulled for her Orca Bay mystery and they run from pink-red to maroon-red. So why am I worried about this?

Probably because someone in my guild will say "You said red and white. Why do you have prints in there? Why do you have maroons in there?"

So now that I have asked the blog world and probably answered my own question at the same time, I venture forth into the sewing room and start cutting. Who knows, I might even have enough for the Orca Bay mystery when I get around to it.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Giving Thanks........

- for my family
- for the roof over my head
- for the job I have
- for the children I teach (and for what they teach me)
- for all of my friends near and far who have enriched my life in ways too many to list here

And for so many other things that my brain can't fathom right now. Please take care and thank you for being my friend.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

What do you do with a Fat Quarter Bundle... and thank you :o)

I ordered a Dogwood Fat Quarter bundle the other day. I have a couple of other bundles in the sewing room as well. Now I'm wondering what to do with them?

So I'd like your input. Do you have a specific pattern or book you like? Or is it more of a 'just go with it' attitude? Knowing me I'm over thinking this.

A couple of people have emailed me to check in and make sure I'm still here. As you can see I am. The snow came and went yesterday and while we were without power for seven hours we survived. Hubby hooked up the generator to the fridge and a space heater. I think the girls are even more happy that mom makes quilts now.

Back to all of the school stuff I was going to do on the computer yesterday.

Have a good one!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Check in time........

Tomommor begins the fourth week of school..... that is so hard to believe. Mid-terms are the week of October 3rd... I can't believe we are almost through the first half of the first marking period. We have a really good group of kids this year and I'm looking forward to working with them.

Well to make that official, the upper respiratory crud is making its way through school.... and I'm fighting it. So far so good.

I try to work on my hexies each evening... or almost each evening. I did get two blocks sewn last night for the Christmas block exchange at guild. Felt good to get my hands on the machine.

So today I spent napping, grocery shopping, and reading the latest Bennie Harper quilt mystery "Spider Web"... I want to get this read, I really enjoy Earlene Fowler's books.

Ok, I'm off to read.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Takin' a break

Changes on the horizon (nothing major, no worries)... got lots to do.

So I need to take a break from blogging and reading blogs.

Be back soon!


Monday, September 5, 2011

Giveaway Winner

Surprise!! It's 4:30 EST and past time to reveal the winner of my I made it through the first week giveaway.

So, after going through all of the emails/comments received, discounting the anonymous ones (sorry, I did say that in the post) I came up with 18 valid comments.

Putting the numbers into Random Number Generator, the winner is #14 on my emails list... and that is Amy!!!

Send me your address Amy and they will be in the mail ASAP.

Thank you all for participating! Now back to work on my Cultural Diversity unit.


Sunday, September 4, 2011

I made it through the first week.... giveaway

The first week is done, and I made it. I was seriously exhausted by Friday night and just crashed in the lazy boy for two hours. I've got a good group of kids this year. Hopefully things will continue this well for the rest of the year. I have a student who recently moved from Oxfordshire, England. I'm not sure if he's bored or homesick.... but I'm sure he will be ok.

So in honor of the first week.. I've gone through the stash/scraps and packed up another box. If you want/need some new stuff, please leave a comment telling me your favorite school memory. Make sure I can contact you (email please and no anonymous comments.) Also, I'm sorry but I have to restrict this to domestic US only... shipping this overseas would be a bit dicey.

Let's make this a quickie.... deadline is Monday, September 5 at 4 pm EST.  What a great Labor Day giftie this will be for someone.

Oh.. isn't Abby just the cutest??!!!


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

UFO Challenge... end of the year

The UFO challenge is down to the last two months... so why not just eeny-meeny the numbers and make a decision.

September #6

October #10

Many of mine are waiting their turn at Donna's but I'm sure they will be beautiful when she quilts them.

School is a little nuts this week... no major quilting getting done.

Take care!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Songs for today......

"I felt the Earth.... move... under my feet..."

" A whole lotta shakin' goin' on..."

"Shake, Rattle, and Roll"

What a way to spend our first inservice day of the new year. Sitting in my room and the floor vibrates. Of course being the sarcastic person I am I looked at the other two team teachers and said "Did the earth move for you?"

and to the think the day started with the migraine from.....

Hope you had a good day!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

p.s. I quilt... GIVEAWAY!!!!

You like????? Check out the giveaway that Rachel is having thanks to Green Fairy Quilts.

Good Luck!!!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Quilting Software.....

I guess I'm a software junkie.... or I have an unrealistic view of the time I have to actually devote to using it.

My latest acquisition? The Farmer's Wife book and CD. I ordered it all prior to knowing that A: the patterns are available as PDFs on line (can't remember where but I downloaded it on the PC) B: You can use Marti Michel's acrylic templates (haven't bought them yet).

So where do I begin????? I think that this will be 'after school starts' project.

Any suggestions?

Quilty Hugs,

Monday, August 15, 2011

HUGE charity giveaway...

Green Fairy Quilts is having a huge giveaway to help with their trip to Romania. Go on over and check it out.


Friday, August 12, 2011

Note to Self...............

Make sure that you cut all of the LONGGGGGGGGGGGG sashing strips the same width prior to putting them in the quilt... not after the top is done.  At least it's too big and not too small.

Back to my ripping now..........

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Go Baby Giveaway

Christine at Once Upon a Quilt is hosting a Go Baby Giveaway. I might actually win this one :o)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Two and a half weeks.....

I can tell the end is near. I'm spending time in my classroom hanging posters and such (how they think you can get a classroom ready in one afternoon is beyond me). Today I concluded a two-part, 7.5 hour meeting regarding and incoming student.

On the quilting front I got my next hand-quilting project thread-basted over the weekend. I want to get the the quilt top made for that special someone (who is practically standing behind me) done before school starts. I'm about half finished and plan to stay home tomorrow and complete the task.

On the weather side of things... RAIN!!!!! We have had more rain in the last few days then we've had in over a month. It is lovely to see puddles along the road and the green grass again.

Hope all is well with you in your corner of the world.