Saturday, August 31, 2013

Catchin' Up....

The first week of school is done and I have survived.  I have a good feeling about this year's group.  There are a few squirrels but that is normal for 8th grade.

To top off the end of the week, Erin, Lester, and Eddie came to visit for the day.  I so needed some Nana love.  I miss him so much and would love to be able to be Nana all the time.

Now I'm trying to convince grandpa he and I need to go out for ice cream :)

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

This is me

Four days before school starts.....

Friday, August 16, 2013

How to spend a beautiful day with the hubby.....

Kevin took the day off today.  Our plan... to visit Needle and Thread near Gettysburg and get fabric to border my Easy Street mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter.  Kevin found a piece of fabric that he can use to make a vest for his re-enacting.

Then we went to look at antiques.  We spent some time in New Oxford at a couple of shops.  Lots of pretty quilts and very expensive price tags.  One quilt was a pieced Bear Paw and the tag said applique.  A couple of older quilts had been machine quilted over the applique... what a shame.  But overall they were pretty to look at.  I particularly liked the red and white quilt, especially the two 'mistake' blocks in it.

In another shop, there was a 1908 shuttle bobbin Singer Treadle.  It was in rough shape, some rust and would need work.  The price tag was way too high to bring home.  I hope someone adopts it and enjoys it.

Finally on the way home, we went by a yard sale and Kevin said "there is a black machine sitting in the yard."  We turned around around there was a 1956 Singer 201.  It needs cleaned up, and honestly I'm not sure what to do with it.  It still has the cabinet hinges attached to it.  I knew that at 3:45 in the afternoon they would most likely be open to an offer.... so $10 later, it came home.  I'm thinking of calling him Sputnik.

Erin, Lester, and Eddie will be here for a visit tomorrow.  My Nana arms are aching for some baby love.

Hope you had a great day!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Pre-cuts for sale

I have decided to part with my most of my pre-cuts.  So, if you are interested, please leave a comment or email me at and I will get the shipping figured out at the post office and then send you a request for payment through Paypal.  I must have your email address to request the payment.  If you do not use Paypal and need to send me a money order that is fine. Email me and I can send you my address information.  US Shipping only please.

Strawberry Fields Jelly Roll $18 each + shipping

Happy Camper Jelly Roll $16 + shipping   SOLD

Boutique by Chez Moi Jelly Roll $16 + shipping   SOLD

Bali Pop Mint Chip $16 + shipping

Crazy 8 Honey Bun $13 + shipping

Nostalgia Honey Bun $13 + shipping
Portabello Market Jelly Roll $12 + shipping  SOLD

Breath of Avignon Jelly Roll $18 + shipping

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Flea Marketing with my honey....

Kevin and I intended to go to an estate auction this morning, but when we got there there were box lots and box lots of a lot of nothing.  The only thing I found interesting was a British made Singer Spartan... but, since I wasn't finding the quilts that were advertised and he wasn't seeing anything worth wanting, we decided to leave.

Since the day had been blocked out for us to spend together, we traveled south to a couple of flea markets and did some exploring.

This quilt came home with me.  As Linus said, "I think it just needs a little love."  There is some wear in the fabric, and the binding is shot, but for the price I couldn't leave it there.

The treadle.... well if I dated it correctly by the serial number, it is an 1871 shuttle bobbin Singer.  I am waiting to hear back from the dealer if there is any wiggle room on the price.  It even had the wooden 'box top' or whatever it's called.  Kevin just gave me the 'we have two' look, but I've never seen one this old.  There was another treadle behind it, but I didn't take all the stuff off of it and open it.

Of course the most important part of the day is that our grandson, Eddie, is one month old today.  Don't you love this picture.  He just knows how cute he is.

Hope you had a wonderful day too!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

English Paper Piecing Group on Facebook

I started a group on Facebook today for people who are working on English Paper Piecing or are interested in it.  The name of the group is English Paper Piecers.  If you are on Facebook and would like to be a part, please look us up.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Epic save...

I've gone back to hand-quilting on the Sun Bonnet Sue lap quilt I'm making for Abby.  She wanted it hand quilted... and honestly I think a pattern like this is one that demands hand-quilting.

Last night I made that 'kick myself in the head' mistake... I went to snip the thread tail and snipped a hole in one of the dresses.  UGH!!!! (of course what I said should not be printed here).

I tried to satin stitch it with green thread... it looked like crap.  Of course Abby said she didn't care.. but I did.

So tonight I carefully took the mangled dress of the quilt and got ready to make another dress.

I got the box of 30's prints out and made a new dress and sleeve.  The sleeve was created first, stitched to the hand, then all of that was stitched to the dress.  The dress was basted to the freezer paper and pinned on.

Everything went well and Ta-Da!!!!!  The quilt is saved.  Tomorrow we begin to hand quilt again.

Have a great day!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

The most awesome Grandpa.....

That about sums it up

While driving in Lanacaster .....

We are on our way to visit Erin, Lester and Eddie and what pulls past and then in front of us but the giant Turkey Hill cow.  If only that were a giant tub of ice cream.

Have a great day!

Friday, August 2, 2013

20 days....

Our first two inservice days are in 20 days.... so I'm trying to think of what I want to accomplish in the next three weeks.

I made a list of projects that are in various stages of completion.  I have been, for some unknown reason, avoiding the completion of Bonnie Hunter's mystery Easy Street.  I have no explanation for avoiding it.  It just gets pushed aside.  So today I have it laid out on the floor and if I accomplish nothing else today it will be putting the blocks together... oh and to make a peach pie.

Since I cannot get into my classroom until Tuesday as they are scrubbing and waxing the hallways, I am not going to apply too much effort to school work.  I want to go in to school so I am immersed in 'the zone'.  I concentrate better in there.  I also have to go through my classroom library and pull out books that are either too young or never circulate and offer them to other teachers.

I know some of you, or your children, have started school.  A former student and her family just recently moved to Indiana and started school yesterday.  They have a really interesting calendar... 9 weeks on, two weeks off.  I think that would be awesome, but I don't see it happening here.

So to all of you I wish you a pleasant day.  Kevin and I are headed out tomorrow to see Erin, Lester, and Eddie (aka "The Baby of the World"). Nana needs some baby love before school starts.

Quilty Hugs!