Sunday, April 29, 2012

My Flimsy Friday

My Flimsy Friday plans changed this week. I didn't get to the sewing machine at all to work on the chicken quilt. However, it was for a good cause. My church is having a women's luncheon in May and I was wrapping silverware in napkins and tying with flower ribbons. I had to glue the flowers down to the tubes that the ribbon went through. Took a lot of time to make 250 of these.  This is a pile of about eighty of them.  The theme is "Bloom where you are Planted", thus the colorful flowers. Should be a fun lunch.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

More Tweets

I finished up two more blocks in the My Tweets quilt and love the colors. Also found a couple more of the wild colors to use in the next block so that should be fun also.

I'm working on the baby quilt for my daughter's upcoming blessing this summer. Although with all the health issues she is having not sure she things blessing is the word in mind right now.  But this too shall pass!

I don't know why with the same camera the pictures look so different. The background is the same fabric.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Confused Retreat - Day 3

Today we got up late for a busy day here at Heritage Hills.  The club house allowed us to have an Upper Case Living [words for walls] party and it was hectic for the few hours we were there. Several people ordered so it kept Pat and I busy.  When we came home, Pat asked me to put up her expressions.

Sewing themes: and she has high, high walls and I had to get up on a really tall latter to  get them up.  She was a great assistant.
These were the two she wanted up. Then she wanted the heart chalk board by her sewing table. Unfortunately she cut the label off right out of the edge of the heart, so she had a patch job on that one.

After a nice lunch we went back to our sewing. There was a nice rain going on outside so we had no excuse to leave the machines.  Pat worked on her Dresden plates and I on the Patchwork blocks. Progress was made and then Pat fixed another nice dinner - pork chops and sauerkraut, baked potato and asparagus.

The design was was full as I packed up my machine after a great few days sewing. But alas I must return home - UFO's are awaiting me there.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Confused Quilters - Day 2

Last night Pat cooked a great dinner and we did some more sewing before retiring. I had a restless night but it must have been the flu. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

After a restless night [can't imagine why] we did some sewing this morning and had a quick lunch before heading out to shop.

After a brief stop to buy Pat shoes and me a new sweater [Pat's house is freezing] we went to Joann's.  Pat purchased some Kona cotton for another project and I got a box of pencils to do the shading on the flower blocks.

Pat drove us to Maitland [in the pouring rain] to pick up my sewing machine that I had dropped off for repairs.  She looked for some material for a smocking class she is taking to make her granddaughter a dress. I got some extra cuts to for a sand rose quilt I am making for one of my daughters and a few baby prints to include in the quilt for the new grand baby.

We got to looking a diaper patterns to make the new type of waterproof pants and so we went back to Joann's to see what they had.  I found a great sewing chair on clearance that was a must have. It is so comfortable [we both sat and rolled about] and the back just fits so right in the small of the back. I am hopeful that it will help my back in the sewing room.  It is so cute and I love the red.

Don't you like it????

We stopped for coffee and pastry and came to rest before having a wonderful chicken  salad Pat fixed. She is really a great cook.  Now a few more blocks before bed.

Thursday, April 19, 2012


Hi!  I'm Pat, guest blogger on Carol's blog today.  Carol is here with me, and we are having a several day sewing retreat at my house.  My DH is out of town, so it's just us.  Today we decided to post on each other's blogs.

Carol, as you know if you follow her blog, is very ambitious.  Her fingers are NEVER still.  She gets LOTS done.  Me?  Not so much.  Hey it's my house, I have dogs to care for, etc.  That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!

Carol set up shop in my DH's office.  He's not here, and the desk was almost clear, my studio is small, so....................
But it's just a quick step away to my studio, where we both cut and pressed.  Sharing, who knew?
Carol's progress, this morning.  She's working on Patchwork Party blocks from 2007 and Scrappy Dresden Plates.  Time for lunch!

We decided to go to downtown Winter Garden, to check out a quilt shop and have lunch.  Lunch was first, at the French Bakery, on the patio.  Yum!  Now across the street to the quilt shop.
Here's Carol at the fountain, as we cross the street.  Downtown Winter Garden is cool!
Nancy's Quilt Shop, here we come.  Nancy recently moved to these new digs.  She was formerly allocated space in her family's bowling alley.  While it was unique to go quilt shopping in a bowling alley, her new shop is much nicer!

After shopping we had planned to go back to the bakery for dessert.  However, it was pouring rain when we came out so we just headed to the car, and had coffee back here.

Much more was accomplished this afternoon (more on that, next post).  My design wall is quickly filling up with our progress!

BTW, we also walked 3 miles this morning, so we fit in exercise too!  Perhaps a dip in the hot tub is in order this evening.  We'll see.  Right now we are wine-ding down.  Super day!

Me?  I worked on my Twist n' Stitch quilt.  It's a lot like the Twister ruler, but you can make multiple sizes from one ruler.  I also started my Scrappy Dresden quilt too.  Carol is posting about that (or something) over at my blog:

Check it out!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Dear Jane Signature Swap

It is time for the annual signature swap in the Dear Jane group.  There are forty nine of us participating this year in the swap. Everyone puts their name and place where they live with the date. Some embroider emblems or pictures.  I put a stamp picture of two friends holding hands colored by permanent ink.  Using some sewing fabric for most of them and some floral fabric for others. 

They were mailed out to the swap hostess today.  It will be nice to see when I get the return package to look at all the places around the world that they come from.
 Always so much fun.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Easter 2012

Spent the morning at church with daughter Tracey and family. Made and loved our Easter ham dinner.  Then afterward I drove back to Knoxville to have a late dinner with daughter Grace.

Tracey is starting to feel somewhat better from the pinched nerve in her back and since it is spring break this week hopefully will be able to drive next week.

Hope everyone had a great Easter celebrating our Lord and Savior and being with family.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Sister Day 2012

Each year my sisters celebrate my Mother's birthday April 7th as our sister day. Mom would have been 99 this year and we still miss her, she was truly an "amazing Grace".

This Saturday a celebration of life service will be held for my brother-in-law Bob so it will be especially touching for all Of us. Sorry Linda that we couldn't be there with you aall.

With much love to sisters, Linda, Joan, Ruth and Faye, from your sister three.