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Enjoy your stay under the variable skies of Eastern Washington and watch the seasons change, from planting to harvest here on the farm...be sure to wrap up in a quilt during the winter, it's cold!!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Hand Quilt Along

Well, three weeks since my last report and I've sewn exactly 5 more geese!  Now my total is 39 down, so I am over 10% finished with this endless project!  As they take me about 10 minutes each, I couldn't even manage an hour in three weeks...and I am totally blaming it on my dad's doctor - we spent 5 minutes in the waiting room (one side done) and 5 minutes in the treatment room (finished that goose) and we were out of there.  I was counting on a good 30 minutes total.  That must be the first time in history that someone wanted to spend more time in a waiting room, right?
Minute progress, but I'll take it!

Check out what these ladies have been up to - I guarantee they are much more ambitious about getting their projects finished than I have been!

If you have any hand project and would like to join our group, contact Kathy at
Kathy

Other than Kathy, the rest of us participating are:
Lori
Margaret
Kerry
Emma
Tracy
Deb
Connie
Deborah
Susan
Jessica
Sherry
Nannette
Edi
Sharon
Bella
Sassy --> That's me!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Hand Quilt Along

Have you ever prepared a post ahead of time and scheduled it to post at a specific time, then never be able to find it again?  Well, that's what happened to me!  I have no clue where my post for today went, but it has disappeared!!

But I did make progress!!  Three weeks ago, I had 16 of these lovely geese hand sewn down and I now have 34.  I have decided to do them by color families, so green is getting sewn first...I think there are more of them then any other color!!


I'll admit, this hand sewing only happened because I got the flu and my computer went to the hospital for a few days.  I had no energy for anything.

If you have any hand project and would like to join our group, contact Kathy at
Kathy

Other than Kathy, the rest of us participating are:
Lori
Margaret
Kerry
Emma
Tracy
Deb
Connie
Deborah
Susan
Jessica
Sherry
Nannette
Edi
Sharon
Bella
Sassy --> That's me!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

A Bit of Fun From Christmas

Christmas was fun here at my dad's house...all three of my daughters and my three grandchildren were here!  My girls and I have not all been together for Christmas since 2004, so this was really special.  We celebrated Christmas on December 31, since my daughter and granddaughters from Texas could not get here until then...and my dad and I came down with the flu on January 1!  Talk about lousy timing!!  I didn't get to do the things I wanted to with my grands, but they managed to keep busy.  I found a kit for Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies and they did a great job decorating them.  Can you tell which were done by adults, a 10 year old and a 4 year old?
Surprisingly, they even tasted great!

This is my oldest granddaughter with my new grandson - she's 10 and he's 4 months.
I got a picture of my dad with my middle daughter (she lives in Hawaii, no kids but loves being an auntie).
She always seems to wear her hair up - she's in the Army so I guess she's used to it!

These are my three daughters modeling their new hats a friend of mine in Washington knitted them - there is a hole for their pony tails!  I have one as well and it is so great to have somewhere for all our hair to go!
Yeah, we all have long hair!  I didn't model my hat since I had to take the picture!  They also got matching PJs for Christmas too!

This is my pup, Tara, with her gift sent from my friend Susie, in England.  She loves her cow and can occasionally make the squeaker work!
Not a single thing about quilting...that will be next week!  Not much happening here as I am still working on getting rid of all the yuck from the flu and my visit to the oral surgeon yesterday.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Really Love the Quilted Twins

I really like the Quilted Twins online store.  I don't usually advertise for anyone here, but their prices, quality, shipping costs and customer service is all stellar!!  I just ordered 17 yards of quilting fabric for $55.83 and that included the $5.00 shipping charge!!  That comes out to be $3.28411765/yard!!  All the fabrics are solids and I have plans for every inch of this fabric!  I'll post a picture as soon as it arrives...I only ordered it yesterday and I expect it to be here by Wednesday (they are in Florida and shipping all the way to northern Nevada!).

They also have a page with 122 FREE patterns for quilts!!!  FREE I tell you!!  Awesomeness on that page, and yes, I did go back and count every single one!!!

So, if you are looking for some inexpensive, quality fabric or free quilt patterns, give them a look-see...even if you are out of the United States!  Hurry, because I just checked and lots of the colors are selling out!!

#quiltedtwinsrule

And no, they don't even know I am bragging about them here, so I didn't get a "special" price nor are they paying me to say anything about them!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Hand Quilt Along

I have been putting off finishing this quilt top because I really don't like hand sewing - my arthritis really hates it!  However, I really want to finish this top with its 300+ flying geese that need to be curved with small hand stitches.  To my shame, I only have 16 done, but I'll press on as soon as the flu that has a grip on my household goes away.

If you have a hand quilting or hand stitching project, and would like to join our group, contact Kathy at the link below.
Other than Kathy, those participating in the HQAL are:

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!


May you and your loved ones enjoy the blessings of Christmas, now and throughout the New Year!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

I'm Still Alive!

Wow, I didn't realize that it has been over a year since I have posted anything!  Well, I'm still alive and so is my dad - YAY!!!  I am still in Reno taking care of him. 

I kinda moved in with him the end of March, 2016 (after spending 6 weeks on Oahu at my daughter's house!).  He is now 96.5 years old, so doing all the physical things around the house is too much for him.  From March, 2016 through December, 2016, I would spend 3 weeks with my dad then drive 760 miles home to see my hubby for a week, then drive back to Reno.  That schedule ended in January when my dad caught a cold on a Saturday and I was supposed to drive home that Monday.  I stayed in Reno and I'm so very glad I did - my dad ended up in the hospital on Wednesday with double pneumonia.  While he was there, we found out that he has an aortic aneurysm that measures 5.3 (I don't really know what that means, except that at 5.5 they schedule you for surgery immediately!).  I guess that explains some of his back pain!  After 5 days in the hospital, he came home but he now has oxygen 24/7 (and he hates it), so driving himself anywhere is now a major ordeal - besides the fact that him driving scares the heck outta me!  Consequently, I have been home once this year, way back in March.  I am hoping to get home for a couple of days before Christmas - I miss my hubby, horse and longarm!!!

I have been piecing a bit, but for some reason the pull of fabrics feels like more of a push away.  Has this ever happened to you and how did you get through it and back to playing with fabric?   The actual quilting is my first love and I think I'm a bit depressed because I miss that creative outlet, but I'll push on!

Color me crazy, but for the past year and a half, I have returned to the job that paid for my B.S. and M.Ed.  Can you guess what that might be??  I am umpiring 5-6 nights a week (April-November) for the cities of Reno and Sparks for the adult softball leagues.  3-4 games a night and I get to interact with 60-80 people!  It keeps me sane by providing me with social interaction with people from 18 to 91 years old!  In addition to that, it has helped me to lose 10 pounds - sweet!!!

I will be posting more...maybe it will help me to sew more, especially now that there is no softball until January 10 when Freeze Ball starts (yeah, we play no matter what the weather, even snow).

I did finish a quilt that I donated to my church when I went home in March:
I don't remember if I posted about this before, but it is the only finished quilt this year, so far!

These are the quilt tops I made for my new grandbaby that was due in August...didn't know the gender at the time so I made two!  Turns out I have a grandson, so he will get the triangle quilt that I hope to get quilted in time for Christmas!

And I am slowly working on the hand sewing on the geese on this quilt:
I decided that every goose needs to be hand-sewn to be curved!  Thanks to the easy method Ricky Tims has on youtube, they are three dimensional and bias edged!!  There are over 300 of them!  Did I ever mention how much I dislike hand work?  Well, I really want to get this quilt finished, so I'm planning on picking it up every day and trying to do at least one goose!

I hope there is actually someone still out there following my blog...I won't be silent for so long any more!!

Piece peacefully!!