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Dec 31, 2014

The New Year

2014 is almost up and "15" is nearly here. A toast to the old and well wishes to the new, may your new year bring you joy, a peace of mind and contentment!
Happy New Year Everyone!!!!

Dec 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!!

Hey y'all!! We hope everyone who celebrates Christmas has a great time with family & loved ones!

Dec 19, 2014

Book Review

Oh my gosh! I am so excited about this book:
 "The GHOST of the Yellow Two-Story House"
 by Gail Allison Griffin.
The book has a stamp of approval from Mrs. Taylor's 5th grade reading class who help with proof reading. 
I know you are wondering why I'm so excited. It's because Mrs. Griffin (the author) and Mrs. Taylor (the 5th grade reading teacher) are friends of mine. I taught with these ladies for many years and I'm so happy for Gail's success. Gail's daughter, Stacie did the illustrations. I taught Stacie and her sisters way back when.....OMG! I just thought how long ago that was......;-]
Now about the book. I read it in one sitting because I could not put it down.
This book would make a great stocking-stuffer for your 10 years and older child. It's a wonderful children's fiction.

There's a ghost or two in the house of a new family in town and it's up to Mike (one of the family members) to figure out what's really going on. Everyone in town avoids the house and wants little to nothing to do with Mike.
I give this book two thumbs up.......Five stars.....a great read!!!

Find out for yourselves what weird things are happening in "The GHOST of the Yellow Two-Story House."

Gail is planning at least two more mysteries, so stay tuned.

Gail and me in a "selfie"

Dec 11, 2014

Another 2014 Finish

Sometime back in January I started this table runner. I've finally gotten it stitched down, quilted & bound. It measures 9 1/2 by 30"
Here's a close up of some of the machine quilting.

Dec 8, 2014

Another Finish

The teacher's aide in Ayden's class loves the red/black combo so I whipped out this 20" square number. I used my favorite "kite" shape as a template which makes the wonderful fractured diamond design. From start to finish, this quilt took around 8 to 10 hours. If I hadn't had to stop for nourishment it might have taken a short period of time.....LOL
Two Christmas presents are now crossed off my list!!

Dec 4, 2014

A Roaring Finish

Here's my finish. I decided to do an orange & white border.
If you enlarge the photo you can see some of the quilting directions. Of course I used Steam-a-Seam & then quilted crazily over everything.....laugh out loud! 

A Roaring Christmas Present

As you may know, Ayden is now in kindergarten and loving very moment of it. I get to visit the class about twice a month. Her teacher is very nice to allow me to sit in unobtrusive as possible.......;-]
I recently asked her what her favorite colors are and also her aid's as well.
After finding out what was what, I am inspired to make them a little something for Christmas.
The school's mascot is a lion, so that's going to be the back of the mini quilt.
I draw what I thought was a nonthreatening lion then pulled some fabrics.
I am loving what I see but then I needed to find a good mane fabric.
I like this one but realized the lion's face would get lost unless I figured out a solution.
Black fabric is the fix....oh dear, all I need to so is figure out a way to get that in place.....onward!!
Finally I got it all together. I think she will love this part. Now I need to do a front to the mini quilt. Her favorite colors are orange and white.....now you see why I did the lion first. Orange and white are colors I'll have to think about.
BTW......no fabric was purchased in the making of this project!

Nov 22, 2014

What I've Been Doing

First, I made pink cupcakes for Ayden's birthday. The class gobbled them up!!
Next, there was a grade level Thanksgiving program. The kids were adorable all dressed up. Afterwards, they sat down to a great feast provided by the parents & grandparents.
Baby Austin showed up to encourage big sister. And GoGo was all over those fat cheeks. I did manage to get most of the lipstick off......;-)

Nov 11, 2014

Veterans Day

At our retired teachers meeting, we honored & lunched with veterans from WWII, Korean War & Vietnam War. 
I salute all war vets!

Nov 4, 2014

Oh my gosh!

I went to the Houston Quilt Show the other day & had a blast.
Here's what I got.
Two great magazines.
Thread for embroidery projects.
A water soluble backing for embroidery projects.
More thread for embroidery projects.

And then.......OMG, I found one of my favorite artist's work......Ginny Greaves' piece "Worry" won 3rd place.
On another note, here's what I've been up to these days.
I know the floss color is subtle but I love the old-fashion look. It coming along fairly quickly. Each time I think I'll take a break, I find myself saying, 'just one more!' 

Oct 18, 2014


Hi everyone. I've been off the blog scene for awhile. Lots of family stuff going on but I have managed to find something new to get into.
I saw this amazing pattern from Michelle Ridgway's blog. The pattern can be found on her Sidebar and on one of her Pages as well.  I immediately contacted Michelle, who lives in Australia, BTW, and she was gracious enough to tell me to order here in the US to save on the old pocketbook.
I thanked her and popped over to Crazy Quilt Girl Fabric Shop to place my order. A few days later the pattern came and I started stitching a couple of days later.
I decided that I was going to enlarge some of the letters just to make things interesting when I'll have to stitch everything together down the road.  Remind me then if I start wondering "What was I thinking!"
I found a wonderful fabric at my LQS and am using #839 DMC Floss.


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