Monday, March 29, 2010

Buy your calendar for the cure now.

Remember this? This is one of the quilts picked to be featured in the "Calendar For The Cure "to raise money against breast cancer. How cool is that? To say I am over the moon would be a understatement. Go to to order yours now. The cost is $20.00.
The caption below the quilt reads:

#8 Created by the old Red barn Quilt Along. Quilters in six states, as well as New Zealand, Canada and England joined to create this quilt. It was quilted by Dena Wayne, whose mother-in-law and friends have gone through and beaten Breast cancer. In honor of these "sister-friends," she asked to be part of this project. She says, "It can happen to any one of us."

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Quilt Show and Intercourse PA

Dee and I met up at 6am and got on the road. We made super good time and got there in 2hrs 10 minutes. All the while talking and having a great time.
We met up with Heidi and Tracy and had to take a picture for Dana as a thank you for the Flickr group that brought us together. The quilts were amazing. Not just the tops and how they were put together, but the QUILTING. Wow. I would show you pics, but Heidi, who actually reads everything, mentioned that they didn't want us to do that. Thank goodness someone reads the stuff I should know. There were quilts that you couldn't even take pictures of. I loved being with Heidi, Dee and Tracy. It must be quilters in general. Such warm and easy people to be around and sharing a love of fabric doesn't hurt either.

From the quilt show we went to Intercourse PA. I want to bring the family back here. It was so charming. The Amish horse and buggies and quilts everywhere.

Look at all these quilts. You could barely move in this store for all the quilty goodness.

I pooped out long before the other girls and sat on a bench and people watched. It was so cool.
We headed home shortly after this and Dee and I made it back safely. Hugs goodbye.

When I got home this one pulls out the mini Dee had made for me ( she gave each of us a mini). Dee is her birthday twin. I may have to fight her for it. Actually, it would be really cute in her room.

This one lost her tooth at lunch while I was away. I guess there was blood and everything. Poor Dad.

Normally I don't like my picture taken when I'm sleeping, but those girls wore me out. The pups missed me. I'm never gone from them the whole day and Jack jumped on me and didn't get off. I think Avery was getting back at me for all the pictures I've taken of her.

And our girls wore the man out, Charlie too!

This was my booty for the day. I got this at Zook's. The Christmas fabric was 2.29 a yard. I found West Hill for 4.50 a yard and the other was 1.75 for 1/2 a yard. Kaufmann Kona was only 3.59 a yard. I held back from that, but I will be making a trip back there.
This is a better shot of the mini Dee made for me. The center is crossstitched. A tree for me- because I love trees. Isn't it beautiful? Thank you Dee. And thank you ladies for a wonderful day!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Quilting A.D.D.

I've finally sandwiched this one and am still thinking on how to quilt it. ideas floating around all over the place.
Pinwheel Top done with no thoughts floating about. I haven't a clue where to go from here

Started a boys quilts with that cute gnome fabric and some Hope Valley thrown in.

Finished Aprils "The Block Swap" Confetti blocks for Paloma. Paloma- I love these blocks!!!! What a great way to show off your scraps and favorite fabric. I think I have to have one of these for myself.

Birds and blooming. Spring is here.

My fabric fix. I couldn't help myself.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Orange kitty love

Pumpkin and wild kitty we call Fluffin. They hang out on our driveway every night. We have gotten as close as 5 ft to the little one. Pumpkin belongs to our neighbor but is over everyday and would gladly walk in the house if we let him. he loves to tease our dog Jack. We have been feeding the wild one since the snows. He was just a peanut then. Forgive the blurry pic. My oldest with my old camara. It is awfully sweet though.
This guy has even won over the man of the house and that is saying something. He is full of personality.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Climbing Trees

Yesterday you met Fenway. Today I thought I would show you Stella. She is a love. See her backpack? She likes to work. Pretty girl huh? Speaking of pretty girls.........
Look what I found in the trees! You can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl. Glad the HOA president didn't come driving by- actually I could care less. I love that they like climbing trees.

She would go all the way to the top if I let her.

And this one is getting to cool for me (now posing for pics) Hair just right and hand symbol- ok mom.

Our Queens!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

A Spring Walk

Some of you may know that I walk dogs in the hood. This is Fenway. He is my second pup to spend some time with. He's a really sweet guy.
This is the pathway around our neighborhood. The red blossoms are pretty.

The cherry blossoms have started on some of the trees

And the daffodils were showing their faces.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Park

One of the family's favorite things to do is go down to the park in our community. They play some ball or skate on rollerblades or take pictures (that would be me) We had some pretty major rain over this past weekend and didn't really think anything of it until we came down here and saw what that meant. The creek that feeds into the river had come up at least 20 ft and covered the dock, picnic area, and swings. That is pretty impressive.
This is a view of the Potomac and you can see it is at it's banks. I've never seen it this high and the waters were cooking (moving fast).

That meant for lots of mud.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pinwheel Progress

It is slowly, but surely getting there. If I can get in a few hours of sewing it would be done. I'm going back to bed. Tired of sewing with tissue shoved up my nose- not kidding.

Love for Layla Blocks

I know I've said this before, but the Quilters I have met through Flickr have been some of the sweetest, most generous I've know. Candace from Cottoncandyfabrics is putting together quilts for the family of Layla. These are the blocks I'm sending to her. To read about Layla and her amazing family go to . A quilt to me means comfort and love.

Monday, March 15, 2010

What I sent

This was for the 6 to 12 inch swap I did for March. My partner was Paula over in the United Kingdom. See the birthday card on the left? That was the inspiration for the quilt and the theme was "Spring Fling" so I thought that went perfect. I liked the outcome so much I went back and made one for myself.

Went to the Dr. today because I have one nasty sinus infection. There is nothing worse than not being able to breathe. Hopefully in a day or two I can breathe again. That would be nice.

Hubby was awesome today and stayed home so he could get the girls to school and make me a Dr. apt. I felt so taken care of. Yeah for Hubby!!!! He's the man!

Working on 7.5 inch blocks for "Love for Layla" a story that tugs the heartstrings. More on that to come.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Doll Quilt Swap - I got mine today

My quilt made with Moda Wonderland material- my favorite! In Snowball pattern- so cool!
Then this SWEET owl fabric basket. Miss Jacque, it's like you've known me the last five years. Perfect- I tell you. Thank you so much for being so generous with me and I will love each handmade thing from you a ton.


It began simply enough- me lusting over a quilt that Dana from Old Red barn Quilt Along had made out of Moda 1974 fabric. Then came the request- followed by many others feeling the same way- that we must have one of our own and could this be the next quilt in the quilt along. So the prep began....cutting 5 inch squares to get a 8.5 inch pinwheel.
This is what I have so far with about another 1/2 to go. I am using a mix of prints from Timeless Treasure to Sweet Pea to some Moda. So far all prints with no solid, but as always with this group, I have found many others that I like (brights with whites) that I want to do next.

My March blocks are complete. These are for Modern Quilting Bee. One is 12.5 inches and the other 11.5 inches.

And Finally- my last Hoop Up project was recieved and I can post it. It took almost a month to get to the U.K. I was sweating it.
What are you up to?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Breast cancer cure quilt done!

I love this quilt!! Pam Sizemore, Molly Bailey, Lara Evans, Ruth Costa, W.Kemp,Corey Yoder, Karen Cooper, Zeynep Austill, Julie Strauss Ming, Dana Bolyard, and me all put a little of ourselves into this. I was honored enough to put it together. It gets sent off tomorrow to Simply Pink. Auction will be in October on Etsy or Ebay so be sure to look out for it and say a prayer that it brings lots of money.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

March Blocks so far

I think I've told you I signed up for 3 quilting bees, right? So these are for The Block Swap. We were given a square of a pattern and a bunch of solids and basically told to have at it, just make sure that there is grey and green in each so this is what I came up with.
These blocks are for the Circiut Block Swap and they were paper piecing. One of them is OK and the other not so much. I am going to have to do lots more of this type of block to get it down. I sent along extra fabric to make up for the "bad" block.

I am hoping to get the quilt I'm putting together done within the next day or so. I'm at the making the binding part. This is the quilt for Breast Cancer and the blocks were from women in the Old Red Barn Quilt Along group with Flickr. We have just started a Pinwheel Quilt Along so come join us. I was cutting my fabric for that last night.
My Doll Quilt Partner got her doll quilt from me and was very happy. Big sigh of relief!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Ok- where did February go?

Seriously- where did it go? Above is a picture of my birthday present. Isn't it awesome?! I've wanted a camara that would be able to do more things and take better pictures and I have a lot to learn with this one. I will enjoy playing with it though and apoligize in advance for all the crazy pictures you will see from now on. I had a great birthday. Thank you to my family and friends for all your well wishes and for thinking of me. 40 wasn't painful at all. Does make you think though. Thinking is good.

This is a Housewarming gift from Soulmates parents. It arrived Saturday. We had forgotten what it looked like. We ordered it and then waited three months before it was delivered. it was worth the wait. So pretty! Thank you Sam and Sherrie!!!
I have done all my embroidery for the Hoop Up Swap and enjoyed my nightly stitching so much I took this on. I saw the picture from someone on Flickr and then changed it up to make it my own. I drew it free hand and then stitched away. I went through two layers of cloth. (trick from Jen I learned) I really like it.
This week: get the two quilts done that are on my floor in my cave. The merlot and butter one and the Old red barn breast cancer quilt. Wish me luck:)