Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas











I've been busy and even though I read all the blogs I follow just about every day, for some reason I don't seem to get a chance to post my own. The wall hangings are for my mom (tree) and the Peace Joy Love for my sister and I'm going to actually keep one. The quilt is for one of my husband's workmates who's wife had a little boy. I'm on break from work until the 4th but I actually have to make 3-4 quilts. Finish one for my DH (I'm giving him the blocks in a gift bag - just can't sew it when he's around), I have 2 to do for our interns at work that have graduated from college, and another little baby boy quilt for a workmate. I can't wait to sew. Presents are all wrapped and under the tree. Just a few more cookies to make. Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 9, 2009

My son is off to the Middle East (again)

Well, here he goes again. I'm trying not to be dramatic about this, but this is the 2nd deployment and it is over the holidays again. He'll be back next summer. Buster and I were pretty mopey on Saturday afternoon, I think my husband was getting tired of me following him around while he worked on some of those little projects that never seem to get done. So I've immersed myself in quilting and working on finishing up 3 quilts for grand-niece and nephews. I also pulled out 2 UFOs for Christmas Tree wall hangings - they just need batting and backing and quilting. On Sunday I went to a new LQS (new to me anyway) and bought a few Christmas panels and some complementary fabric, so I'll do up a couple more wall hangings. At least this starts some gifts. I have another quilt to do for our intern - she leaves in December and graduates this spring. So, I'll keep myself busy and of course there is always holiday baking to start and now I have a good reason to do twice as much because I'll have to ship cookies overseas.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Quilt for my sister



My sister had her housewarming last Saturday, but I didn't get her quilt done until yesterday. I did a bargello and although it was fairly straight forward pattern, it was way more sewing than I thought it would be. I seemed like I used a whole spool of thread. I couldn't get it squared up either, so had to ease in the borders a little bit. The housewarming was fine and we had plenty of food and fun!

Friday, October 23, 2009

So long ago




Boy - just realized that I haven't posted since August = yikes! A lot of things have gone by since then. As always working on more quilts (a couple of finishes) and some is various stages. My DH and I went on another vacation to Arizona - looking for retirement home, buy now and rent out until we retire. Prescott is our first choice. Getting ready to host a housewarming for my sister tomorrow and then anxiously awaiting the Patriots game from London! Should be good.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Just Because


I'm really enjoying not having to study for school this summer. I have been quilting like crazy. I also have gotten quite addicted to Twitter, Facebook and reading blogs (more than I care to admit) so the time gets eaten up and it's 10 pm before you know it and time for bed. So the story is, I picked out some fabric from my stash and announced on Facebook that I was going to do a black & white & red all over quilt. My niece in CA commented "Awesome" so I decided that I would send it to her, since I didn't really have anyone in mind. I finished it up and put it in the mail today.
Today is my Friday off, so I convinced my daughter to come out and we went to the pick-your-own farm and got blueberries, peaches, nectarines, and apples. Wow! She took about half of everything, and we even went out to lunch. It was a good morning. Now I'm taking a break from quilting - working on a "bumblebee" (black & white and yellow). Just about done - a few more rows of quilting. I think I'll take that one to work.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

My latest completion and the next one on the drawing board



Well, this one is from a kit that I purchased in Montana last year when we were visiting our oldest son. I finally got around to taking it out of the package and getting it complete in less than 3 weeks. Then I had so many red, white, and blue scraps and FQs that I decided to make a quilt in case another soldier comes in to NEADS for a support dog. I have also been reading like a fiend, going though about 6 or 7 books that I had lined up from my www.bookins.com site. (check that site out if you hate to pay full price for a book and then you can trade it back). I'm in the middle of a Brad Thor book, having read a couple in a row. Then I plan to move on to "Quicksilver" by Neal Stephenson and then "Falls the Shadow" by Sharon Kay Penman. (historical fiction - Henry III)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Older quilts


Just noticed that I had not posted about the first "big" quilt that I ever made. I got into quilting after 9/11 - needed something to occupy my mind since both my husband and I were in the National Guard as well as our middle son. I have this quilt still hanging on my living room wall. (although I really need to take it down to wash it, since it looks rather dusty. I had originally thought I would embrodier the words but decided it would take me a hundred years to finish, so I just used a fabric marker. "September" came out a little crooked, oh well.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New Projects



Well, now that I actually have time to sew, I have a bunch of fabric that I have bought for various projects. These are two of them. The first one is a kit that I picked up in a quilt shop in Glasgow Montana when we visited our oldest son last summer. Looks like a cute childen's quilt. It says it will be 40x40. The other project is a new quilt for my sun room. I don't have a design in mind yet, so ideas are welcome. I just finished up the Patriotic stars quilt (from several blogs ago) all it needed was a binding. And I worked on my Blue Star Mothers table runner until I ran out of bobbin thread and was too lazy to wind a new one (and it was 9:30 pm anyway).
I just received a copy of my college transcripts (I need them for work so they will add it to my personnel record) and found out that I missed summa cum laude by .01 - I had a 3.74 and you needed a 3.75. good grief - I shouldn't even care at this point.
Well it has been really dreary and raining forever - the weather forecasters tell us maybe we'll see sun tomorrow - cross your fingers.

Friday, June 19, 2009

I miss my boss


Sometimes having a good boss makes all the difference in the world. Well, she moved onto another position and the whole office is missing her. She definately had the "right stuff."

Ok - I'll stop whining. Anyway, this is what I made her.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Cruise to Bermuda







Boy what a lovely island. To celebrate my graduation (and our 33rd anniversary) we took a 7 day cruise to Bermuda. What a way to relax. We did a few touristy things and shopping (of course) and just had a nice time. Of course, when I went to weight watchers this morning, I had put 4 lbs back on. Well extra time on the Wii Fit, I guess.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Quilt for Mom




Well, between finishing up college, getting ready for a cruise, and my boss leaving, I decided to make a quilt for my Mom's 75th birthday. I was feeling a little guilty that I would be on the cruise, but my kids helped out. JT and Elaine took her out to lunch on her birthday, my oldest son, Chris, called her from Montana and sent flowers. I would have liked to put in a little more work on the "quilting" part of the quilt, but I just ran out of time. Maybe I can get it back from her and put in a few more touches. Maybe.

I made it - woohoo graduation!


Well after a 30 year journey, I have finally graduated from college (Assumption College in Massachusetts) magna cum laude, no less. My husband's not looking too happy, that's my middle son and daughter is taking the picture.
So now what to do with my spare time?
Well I joined the town Republican committe, I can finally devote time to my Air Force Association chapter (especially since I'm the President) and do more volunteering with my Blue Star Mothers group.
Oh yeah - and quilt, and read, and exercise, and .......

Saturday, April 4, 2009

My oldest son


I thought this picture might be appropriate for this time of year. In August 08 we took my parents out to Fort Peck Montana to see their grandson in the title role of "Jesus Christ, Superstar." He has been the director of the Fort Peck Summer Theatre for many years and he had always wanted to play this role. He finally got the theatre boards approval to perform this play/rock opera. It was absolutely incredible. I'm always surprised at how talented my children are in whatever they try.

Friday, March 20, 2009

I should be studying


Well, I'm procrastinating - I should be finishing up my take home mid-term in operations & supply management. But first I had to check all the blogs that I follow. It shouldn't take me too long, but just can't seem to get motivated to do it. You see, this is my last class to complete in order to graduate in May and I have "Senior-itis" bigtime. Especially after looking at the quilting blogs that I follow, and seeing my WIP sitting on my quilt table, and that's what I really want to do. The Blue Star Mothers group that I belong to will be cooking for a soldier coming to the NEADS program to pick up his service dog at the end of the month and I want to get this done for him. It's a nine-patch using patriotic scraps that I had (didn't have to buy any fabric - darn!). I still have the embrodiery to do around the stars and another border of alternating blocks to finish and apply. And then of course, the batting and backing and actual quilting. Maybe it will get done along with my homework.

Friday, February 27, 2009

All the Quilter's that blog


Wow - I am just blown away by all of the talented quilter's out there and their blogs. I still consider myself a beginner even though I have been quilting since 2001. I just don't have the time to keep up both a blog and quilting since working and going to school consume a ton of time. But that will all change in May when I will finally graduate 30 years after starting and stopping college. Then maybe I can quilt more. Even though - this is one of my latest quilts. I made this for hubby for Valentine's Day. His only complaint - not big enough - should have been 1 block wider. He calls it his camoflauge hunting quilt - and he doesn't hunt. It goes pretty well with our couch.
Well, I have another bunch of fabric on my quilting table that will hopefully get made up into a patriotic quilt that I can donate to my BSM group.