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Monday, July 29, 2013

Etsy v Amazon


After combing through my collection of quilt books, I have two stacks ready to sell.  Now my question is whether to put them on Etsy or Amazon.  Would I reach more quilters through Etsy and advertising on my blog?  Decisions, decisions.

Input is appreciated.  Thanks so much.

Have a great day!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Finding a balance (VERY DEEP)

I'm not good at that.  When I do something I want to do it 100% and be the best I can be.  I also know that being 100% spot on all the time is an unrealistic expectation, but I continue to try and then beat myself up over the fact that I'm not perfect.

Too deep for you?  I'm sorry.  I'm in a funk, and right now I need to talk/cry it out.

I love teaching.  I love working with kids.  But anymore, I am not happy.  I'm tired of working in a profession that is blamed for the ills of our nation.  I'm tired of working in a profession that is being used as a political pawn..... politicians making a test that students must pass and if they don't it's the teacher's fault.  I can't make a child do his/her homework, I can't make him/her study, I can't make him/her read, I can't insure that he/she will be in the right frame of mind to take an exam... let alone the high stakes tests.   But when the child fails... it's my fault.  So the state's answer is rush head-long into adopting the common core standards, only to now put them on hold... but still say we will be using a new test in two years... but we don't know what the standards are... but we have to be ready... but we don't know for what..... UGH!!!!!

Needless to say my attitude is bleeding over into other things.  I am not finding any joy in working with my fabric.  I can't focus on it  I can't figure out what project I want to work on... if anything.

I am also worried about my grandson.  Suddenly he is not doing well with his eating and sleeping.  Erin is taking him to a new pediatrician who has brought up the possibility of reflux.  I wish I were closer to them.  I would love to be a Nana 100% of the time.... see, beating myself up again.

I apologize to anyone who is offended by this post.  It's my blog and I feel I should be able to express my feelings/thoughts on it.  The delete button is on your keyboard... feel free to use it.  Right now I want to crawl into a dark space and close the door.

Have a good day!


Saturday, July 20, 2013

To be a Nana...



Abby, Beth, and Kevin came and visited a day
I am home after a week of being with Erin, her partner Lester, and my new grandson, Eddie.  He is a good baby... making all of those adjustments that new babies make.  I hated to leave but I have to have faith that the new mom and dad will learn to trust their instincts and realize that yes, they will make mistakes and think they are the worst parents in the world.

 The most important thing I told them was to realize that their lives, their routines, their needs, wants, and normality...well it is all on hold for a while.  Everything revolves around this new baby.

The funny part of the week was watching this squirrel try and stay cool with everyone else last week.

I miss my baby boy.  No one in my house is crying for Nana.  It feels so quiet here.

Friday, July 19, 2013

More baby love.....

He 's so cute! Or have I shared that with you already?

Have a great day!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

I'm in love........

I finally got to Paoli around 1:30 in the afternoon yesterday.  The traffic around Lancaster was totally NUTS!!!!

Anyway, I was fine, until I got to the sign-in desk on the maternity floor and then the tears started flowing.  I walked in, gave Erin a big hug and kiss, gave Lester a hug and then ....... Baby smells!  Baby cries!  Baby love!

Yes I know, I shouldn't have held him for three hours.  But he was soooooooooooooooo cuddly.  And, apparently, he prefers the bottle, and this is the most he has eaten and slept since he was born.  Needless to say, that helped Erin relax a great deal.

They come home from the hospital today.  I will be staying with them until the 18th, then I head home for Abby's tonsillectomy on the 19th.

Have a great day!


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I'm a Grandmother!!!!

Woohoo!! Our grandson arrived today.  Erin went in to be induced this morning and then about mid-day she got her epidural.  Around 5 pm her partner, Lester, called and said things were going fine and they were hoping he would arrive around 7 pm.

At 7:30, my 'spidey sense' kicked in and I looked at Kevin and said "she's gone in for a c-section".  Sure enough I was right.

So,  please say hello to Edward Paul Thompson; born at 8:54 pm tonight. He was 8.5 lbs and 21.5 inches.  He looks so much like Erin when she was born.

I am going to go down on Friday to stay with them a few days.  Time for bed.  This Nana is tired.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Today's Doins'

Today was the day to run errands and accomplish things.

Abby had to get pre-op blood work done as she will be getting her tonsils out on the 19th.  She isn't happy about it, but I told her better now than in the middle of a semester at college.

I took my laptop to Staples.  We found out there are two viruses on it and it needs a spa treatment. I lost some files last spring when it attacked my flash drive and all of you teachers out there will understand how much of a panic that caused.

I also bought two yards (yep, only two) of fabric that I am hoping will finish out a baby quilt for my husband's cousin who just announced they are expecting a girl in November.  It's amazing how many people around me are having babies... I didn't think the winter was that cold :-)

When we got home it was Napternoon time.  Smokey and I sacked out in the Lazy-boy until the phone rang and Erin told me she is going to be induced on Wednesday.  So in less than 48 hours I will be a Nana!!!!!!!

Last accomplishment before supper was going through quilting magazines and ripping out the patterns/instructions that I wanted to keep.  Needless to say I pulled all of Bonnie Hunter's patterns and mystery installments from Quiltmaker.  There were also quite a few from BHG and McCall's.  I don't save them all.... as it is I won't be alive long enough to make them all.

Tonight will be an evening to work on my Grandmother's Flower Garden hexies.

Hope you had a well accomplished day as well!

We have bowties!!!

Woohoo!! 729 bowties later... and I'm ready to make blocks.  I tried to make sure that no two bowties were made with the same fabric... so I guess that will be determined once I get the blocks made.

These are going to be put aside to be worked on after school starts.  I can work on the blocks after school or in the evening... they don't require a lot of though and my brain is usually fried after a day at school.

I am seriously thinking about making these with 30's prints and Kona natural....... somday.

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Blog address v New Blog Name

So I was under the impression that everyone that followed me as Patchwork Penguin would automatically 'roll over' and be followers if I changed the name and address of my blog.  I guess I was wrong.

I have put the address back as patchworkpenguin.blogspot.com.

Sorry for the confusion..... I am not the most technically wise person.

Going to go make the last 29 cheddar bowties I need for my goal of 729.

Quilty Hugs!

Blog change is good.... right???

I know, everyone is now totally confused and I do apologize for that.  Sometimes change is good... and honestly I needed a little 'refresher' in my life.

I've changed up the blog and title, as some of you know, reflect two things that I love... quilting and ice cream.  If I could quilt all of the time I would..... unfortunately, the bills have to be paid.

Ice cream??? Well, if I have to have a weakness that would be it.  I can come up with any excuse to have ice cream.  As far as I am concerned, it is a meal in itself.

So I hope you will be patient with the changes and continue to follow me when I post.  I've added a photo of my grandmother's Turkey Track quilt.  It is the first antique quilt I was privileged to adopt.

If anyone can help me create a banner across the top with the background/ice cream picture and my blog name I would appreciate it.  I looked all over the place and couldn't find out how to do it.

Have a good day and enjoy some ice cream!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

A day with the Kevin....

aka.... ANTIQUEING!!!!!

Kevin and I took the day to explore some new antique places. We started in Columbia, PA - a lovely town on the banks of the Susquehanna River.  Columbia is on the opposite side of the river from Wrightsville.  During the Civil War, the people burned the bridge to prevent the Confederate Army from crossing.  Some historians believe this had a direct impact on the Battle of Gettysburg.

We weren't looking for anything special, but of course I zeroed in on the quilts and machines.  The first place was a bust on both of those items.  Then we went to Burning Bridges Antiques and BINGO!!!!  We found four treadle machines. One was a White... we dated her to between 1915 and 1920.  We found a Singer similar to the one I have with the Pharaoh decals on it.... but she was in really rough shape, like she had lived part of her life outside in the rain.  The third machine we found was a Davis.

Finally there was this one.  I love her beautiful decals.  According to the serial number, she is a 1921 model. I left her there, though I really wanted her to come home with us.  Kevin's right, we have two and for now that is plenty.

There were a few quilts I would have loved to bring home, but I took pictures of them instead.  The one that intrigued me the most was, as Kevin named it, Nine-Patch 360.  I love the way the plate wedges circle the nine-patch and I am very interested in figuring out how to duplicate it.

One quilt did come home.  It is a simple Dresden Plate and has a few stains that I am hoping will come out with a soak in Orvis soap.  I couldn't leave it there for the price.  Someone put a lot of love and thought into this quilt, and well.....

I hope everyone had a wonderful day as well.


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Baby Quilts for my Grandson


I am going to be a Nana sometime in the next week or two.  The official due date is July 17... but Erin's doctor is talking about inducing around the 10th.

Erin and her partner, Lester, came to visit today and I was able to give her two of the three quilts I have done.  Erin said "of course, one has penguins Mom!".  She has loved penguins all her life.

Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Batting Scraps.....

  I have a bunch of batting pieces sitting in the corner of my room that would love to be adopted by someone who can use them.  They are all shapes and sizes.  White, natural, black..... poly, cotton, blend......

I have pieced together what I can for baby quilts.  If I try to piece anymore, there will be more seams in the batting than in the top itself.

I don't know who posted this picture on the web, but it works and I thank you.

Anyway, if there is someone out there in blog-land that could use them please let me know.   USA only please... these aren't worth shipping international.

Awaiting the rain in PA,