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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Almost 28 years...

Kevin and I will celebrate our 28th anniversary in March.  We've never been the type the 'has to have' the new things.. the new phone, the new car, the new TV.  But now that the kids are all but out of the nest, we decided to take the 'bigger' of the two bedrooms back downstairs and make it ours again.

We live in a 50's ranch that his grandparents built, and space is limited.  So measuring and measuring, and measuring again we figured we could fit a queen-size bed and other pieces into the room.

I love it.  And I have been waiting patiently for a bed big enough to put my red and white Pineapple Blossom (ala Bonnie Hunter)  on to.

Ok, back to the normal daily routine.  And I am waiting patiently for the first of two snow events (I love that technical meteorological term) to happen.

Have a great day!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

My mother is probably rolling over in her grave...

I never wanted anything to do with antiques growing up.  My mother would be shocked to know how much time I spend looking through antique malls and such now.  Of course, I am on a mission to find quilts, machines, and anything else that looks interesting.

Today I found and adopted a quilt and an antique machine.  The machine is marked Singer, but from I am  told on the Vintage machine list on Facebook, it could be a Wheeler and Wilson that was re-dressed after Singer bought them out.  I don't know if it will ever run, but for $5 I decided, like Charlie Brown, I needed bring it home and give it a little love.







The quilt I found at an antique mall in Dover, PA.  I am also in the process of making a Grandmother's Flower Garden like this with the green diamond path.  I wasn't sure how I was liking it, but seeing one made up it is making me want to work on it more.  I took a picture of my piece next to the antique.  Maybe some day someone will love mine enough to take it home from an antique mall.

The last two quilts I left behind, but I know where it is and I might try to talk Kevin in to going back to get it.  I love the golden fabric the maker used in the sashing.  And the border is incredible, especially at the corners.  The broken star was lovely, the border was really superb.

I also left behind a white Singer Featherweight.  Way out of the budget right now, but I know where it is too and who knows.... if I save my pennies......

Have a great day!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Let me take you down cause we're going to.... Strawberry Fields....

Channeling my inner Beatles....

One thing I accomplished over the holiday break was binding three quilts.  I didn't get a picture of Beth's before she took it back to Drexel, so that one will have to be show and tell (or bring and brag as a teacher friend called it) for another post.  But here are the other two.

First up... Strawberry Fields.  These soft, muted colors are not really me, but for some reason I fell in love with this line and bought a couple of jelly rolls and enough yardage to make the borders.  And, I found a Strawberry Panto that Donna (my longarmer) bought to quilt it with.  This one is going to my in-laws house today.

Next we have a Breast Cancer fundraiser quilt.  The fabrics are from Loralie... I love her ladies... they make me smile.  There is a local insurance agency that does a lot of Breast Cancer fund raising.  So I made the quilt and Donna graciously donated the quilting.

See?? I'm trying to keep up with posting... already made two today :)

Create Happy!!!

My word is TRYING.....

Happy Windsday!! It's very windy here in south-central Pennsylvania, and I'm picturing Pooh Bear and Piglet trying to make their way across the Hundred Are Wood, persevering in their attempt to reach their destination.

Bonnie asked for 'my word' in her latest blog post. There are so many words out there to choose from.  Mine, for this point in my life, is 'TRYING'.  Like Pooh Bear I am trying to get where I need to be and trying to be content with where I am.  I won't bore you with a rant on politics and education.. I think that statement sums it up.

I am trying to allow myself to take some time to sew every week and feel good that I am able to, at times, get in more than one day a week where I actually use a need and thread.

So where am I?

Kevin went to an estate sale on Tuesday night after work.  You know, the Polar Vortex Day.. when we had off school and there was no way I was going to leave the house.  I love this man.  He came home with two beautiful antique quilts to add to the collection.

Aren't they lovely?? Of course Smokey had to investigate.

Another thing I will be trying to accomplish this year is keeping up with my blog.  I've been very lax this past year for various reasons I won't delve into.  I enjoy reading what others are doing and I know there are probably faithful friends who wonder if I fell off the face of the earth.  No worries.. I'm still here.

So I am hoping that those of you who read this are trying and perhaps succeeding in your attempts to accomplish whatever it is you hope to accomplish.

Take care and we will talk again soon.

Nancy