Saturday, December 25, 2010
I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas, as well. Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
So, last Tuesday night, my fellow quilters and I went to Karly's for burger night. Karly's is a bar and restaurant. On burger night, they serve a burger or cheeseburger and fries for $3.50, in their parking lot. It's come to be a tradition with my fellow quilters and I.
When we got there, the sky was a threatening. The gal that drove happened to have some umbrellas in her van, so we put them up as we sat at the table. It started to drizzle a little when the burger girl came to take our order. The drink girl came for our drink order and the moisture was still managable. Shortly after our beers arrived, the sky let loose in a manner fitting Noah.
We were staying somewhat dry under the umbrellas at first. Other customers were getting up and heading into the bar. It's a small bar. There is a a banquet room, but they had something going on there. We decided to hang out outside.
We were still sipping our beer, waiting for our burgers, as employees were putting away the tables in the parking lot. By this time, we were getting wet. The rain was so hard that the rain was running off the umbrellas on to us. We did manage to keep our beer out of the rain. We decided to keep hanging out; after all we were already soaked. But still no burgers.
There were a few other die-hards still in the parking lot. Mostly people who had arrived after we did. These people were getting their burgers and leaving. Still no burgers for us. We hailed each employee who passed, all of whom promised to check on our order.
Well, we finally decided that we had waited too long. One of our group went into the bar to find out what was going on. She came back and said they had lost our order, but the burgers were on the way. We waited and waited, but still no burgers.
Another one of our group went in. This gal is one you don't mess with. She was at the bar a few minutes before she got the attention of the bartender. When the bartender finally came over, our friend explained our situation. They acknowledged they had lost the order. Our friend told them we needed a free round of drinks for our wait. She walked out to our table with the brews, followed closely behind by the waitress with the burgers. We ate, went home, and changed.
It took from Tuesday until Thursday for my clothes to dry!
I opted not to name my quilting cohorts. We are all part of the Not Smart Enough to Get Out of the Rain Witness Protection Program. We will go to for burger night next year!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Earlier this week, I worked for a friend. It keeps me out of trouble and helps her out. Yesterday, it was off to Noah's Ark with Trevor. We had fun together. Today, finally, was a day for my own agenda. I dyed a little and started ironing all I dyed last week. Still managing to do something quilt-related for at least 5 minutes everyday. Yay! Wait til you see the baby quilt I'm working on for some friends. Really cute! I'll post pics when it's done.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The last picture shows the start of my bucket dyeing, a technique learned from Chris D. I layer up three hunks of fabric, one-at-a-time, pouring dye and soda ash on each layer. I also used red and yellow on subsequent layers. I can't wait to see how it looks!
I got Trevor's Puget Sound quilt done, finally. He's going to be able to sleep under it tonight. He is overjoyed! I feel good having completed a UFO!
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
It was great to see some old friends I haven't seen in a long time. There were many new faces at the meeting, too, but like all quilters, they were all friendly and welcoming. I enjoyed catching up with my friends and hope to see them again soon. Gayle--I'm willing to come to your house for a visit!
I did crack up at the picture of me from my year as president. I was a baby then! Only 25 years old and about 25 lbs less.
I was impressed with their show and tell. They did a UFO challenge, signing a contract back in January to finish a UFO by the June meeting. I'm thinking our guild should do that! The range of colors, techniques, patterns, etc., was amazing. I love show and tell. Quilters love ALL quilts, from beginner's first efforts to award-winning pieces. I learned a new acronym--NBS--Never Been Started. I've got a few of those, with the pattern and fabric all set aside to start someday.
Thanks Crazy Quilters for inviting me and I'm looking forward to the 25th Anniversary celebration of their show!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Still doing at least 5 mins. a day. I'm proud of myself.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Last night, the 7th graders and I slept overnight in the school gym. They were really good. I got a good night sleep, even with them getting up for an 11:30 pm cold pizza in the fridge run.
One of my students took a picture of me in a funny, furry hat on Wednesday. Once I get a copy, I'll post it.
Last night, my five minutes of quilting was actually just looking at my latest copy of QNM.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I went to the Woolen Mill Gallery here in Reedsburg tonight. They have a crafting night every second Tuesday from 6 to 8 pm. You have to do a portable craft, so my GFG fits the bill. Hopefully there will be more people there next month. It's a good way to support an local business.
Not much else to report except that I'm still keeping up with my challenge! I'm proud of myself!
Sunday, May 2, 2010
I was trying to lay out a quilt, but apparently, Tacoma needed to be between me and what I'm doing! A 90 lb dog is pretty much an unmovable object!
The first month of my challenge is over and I have managed to quilt at least five minutes each day. It takes about five minutes to sew a hexagon onto my GFG quilt, so there have been a few days that's all I did. But for each one sewed on, that's one more closer to being done.
I think I have to add some organizing the sewing room time into my challenge. It's almost to the point that I can't walk around.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Today, my 5 minutes (and then some) were spent on a school bus full of middle schoolers on the way to a roller skating field trip. I managed to baste these 6 hexagons while riding on the bumpy bus. The kids were very well-behaved--mostly plugged into their i-pods. It made it easy to get some things done. I'm lucky that I can sew and read in a moving vehicle without getting sick.
Yesterday, I wasn't sure if I would get my 5 minutes in. I was on the go from the time the alarm went off until about 9:45, without a break. The evening was taken up with quilt guild. We had a wonderful lecture given by Carol Butzke. If you ever have a chance to listen to her speak or to take a workshop from her, do it. It will be well worth your time and money. Anyway, I was going to count the lecture as my 5 minutes, because I was dragging butt by the time I got home. But being true to my goal, I basted a few hexagons. So I did get 5 minutes of actual work in. My GFG quilt will get done in no time because when I truly only have 5 minutes I can at least work on that quilt.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
I feel like I got a lot accomplished today. I've been feeling guilty about not really putting my nose to the gridstone to get the wedding quilt done. But, then I have to get my crayon challenge done for the guild challenge in May. So today, I sewed one crayon challenge block, then sewed another block into the rows for the wedding quilt. I got all of my two-piece crayon blocks done and I got two more rows done on the wedding quilt. Yeh! It won't be longer and that quilt top will be done.
Speaking of the wedding quilt....yesterday, I stopped at a quilt shop on my way home from the quilt show. I bought some fabric for the border for the wedding quilt. Of course, I didn't have any scraps from the quilt with me, so I pulled a fabric to match my memory. Well, once I got it home, I'm not sure it will work. Oh well, I guess I can put it on the back.
Tomorrow night at quilt guild, we're going to have a great lecturer coming to speak to us. Her name is Carol Butzke. She's a quilt show judge, a quilt appraiser, a fantastic quilter, and all-around nice person. It should be an interesting evening!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Please remind me to never get into political discussions on Facebook. It gets my blood pressure up and I think all of my cousins on my dad's side hate me now. When will I learn to keep my mouth shut or my fingers off the keyboard?
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
I also cut out my crayon challenge for the quilt guild. It's due in May, so I figured I'd better get started. I'm using Karla Alexander's book, Stack a New Deck.
This picture shows some of the shuffled blocks. The pink and red are my own hand dyes.
I sewed up two blocks, just to see what they look like. I will have to square up the blocks. I'll wait until I sew them all up before I square them. I think they'll square to 5 1/2". The pattern is called Saturn and Karla says to cut the original squares 9 1/2". I didn't have 9 1/2" of the red, so I cut the original size 6 1/2". A couple of helpful hints for the curved pieceing: You need a needle-down position on your machine! A stilleto is helpful. You need to slow down as you piece and use a very scant 1/4" seam. I pinned just at the middle. I think they turned out pretty well. I have to work on Mal & Mike's wedding quilt before I get back to the crayon challenge, though. They are having a housewarming on May 15th....maybe I can have the quilt done by then.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I'm going to start on April 1, April Fools Day, which seems appropriate. Other than at least 5 mins. a day, I'm not setting any other goals. If I do, I'll just set myself up for failure. I know all my quilting friends are thinking, "What, only 5 mins. a day? Are you crazy?" Once I get into the swing of things, it will be more than 5 mins, but that 5 mins helps on days when I'm not feeling well, or overwhelmed with household stuff. Anyway, cross your fingers and hope I can do this. I'll post pics along the way. :-)
Thanks, Julie Powell, for the idea!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Yesterday, we went down to Illinois for my husband's uncle's 90th birthday. Tom is the only living sibling on Stephen's dad's side. I do admit that I was a little grumpy about having to go. I had to leave a wonderful quilting workshop. Once there, though, I realized that my being at the party was important to my husband and his family. So, it was worth it. All of Tom's children and their spouses were there, along with many of the grandkids. There were many other family members and plenty of friends. I could tell my husband was happy to see his cousins, many of whom he hasn't seen for years. Amanda and Trev went with us and they were so well-behaved! They got along famously with all of the assorted and asundry relatives.
So, all-in-all, it was a good day. I started out by pampering myself with some quilting, and ended up by enjoying time with family. What more could I want out of life?
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
On Friday, Steph, Trev, and I will travel to Ephraim in Door County to spend the weekend. We will snowshoe at Peninsula State Park and enjoy the happenings at the Fish Creek winter festival. We'll probably stop at the Peninsula Winery and sample a little, too. Can't wait for that. So, that's the Door County bookend on the end of the week.
In case you didn't figure it out, Door County is one of my most favorite places to visit. So no matter how the week goes, it is surrounded by Door County, so it will be good.
Monday, January 25, 2010
In this close-up, notice the tags hanging on the top of each row. I got these tags at our guild Christmas gift exchange from my good quilting friend, Debbie. I think she got the idea off another blog. The tags are bobbins for embroidery floss. They're tagged with the row number, then pinned to the row. It's really helping me keep organized, especially since this quilt is on-point. You can see some of those yummy Japanese taupes in this close-up.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
In our family, we love dogs. Pretty much any kind of dog. Both Steph and I grew up with dogs. Our first dog as a family was a lovely deaf dalmatian named Liebe. She was a sweetheart and lived to be almost 15 years old.
We couldn't live too long without a dog, so we searched rescue organizations on the internet and found our new puppy. According to Dawn at Tailwaggers 911 (the rescue group), her mom is a chocolate lab and she thought dad is a boxer. Whatever...all we know is she is a good dog. We named her Tacoma because we got her the day after we returned from a vacation to Tacoma.
The reason for calling her Monster Dog is that she is about 85 lbs--about twice the size of our dalmatian. I know there are a lot of other dogs that are a lot bigger than Tacoma, but she's the biggest dog we've ever owned. I grew up with a border collie and Steph grew up with beagles. Also, she likes to snag food off of the counter and table and anywhere else she can find it...
She is a good dog, though, and we're happy to have her in our house. Here's a link to the rescue we got her from. Tailwaggers 911 in Saukville, WI. Thanks, Dawn! http://www.tailwaggers911.com/index.asp