Wow! I've been M.I.A for an entire month! The time sure flies when you are having fun, doesn't it? I have started going to a local quilt store and renting time on their longarm quilt machine. I finished one quilt top and am going back Sunday to do a baby quilt. I'll show pictures when I get them finished and bound. It is really gratifying to actually finish something for a change.
We've had a few birthdays in our family this week. On Tuesday our grandson Redmond turned 15! Yikes, when did he grow up! On Wednesday, our little rescue Scottie Mollie turned 2! What a joy she has brought to our home. Today is our daughter's birthday. What a lovely, talented and driven women she is.
Spring is definitely in the air so I have to attempt to split my time between quilting projects, house cleaning, yard work, reading, etc., etc., etc.. You know the drill. One thing I really look forward to is sewing while baseball is on. I don't care for football or basketball but there is something soothing about baseball, don't you agree?
One little quip about our Mollie that you might enjoy. Do you all remember the Seinfeld show and the character Elaine? If so, you probably remember Elaine's dancing. You can see it here. She was hilarious with absolutely no rhythm. Now, you know how when dogs scratch on the bed, turn circles and lay down? Well, Mollie somehow didn't the memo on how to do it and she looks just like Elaine dancing. In fact, the other night she was doing her "Elaine dance" on the bed and fell completely off. Hilarious!
Now to a more serious subject:
I wanted to remind my quilter friends out there that there is still plenty of time to send quilt blocks to Kevin the Quilter. I wrote about it in the previous post and shared a link with the information. When I checked his blog today I was blown away. As of April 7th, he had received 2,348 quilt blocks which is enough to make 78 quilts!!!!!! How awesome is that!!!?!!! Quilters are not only sending in blocks, but finished quilt tops, backing fabric, binding and even color catchers for when they wash the quilts. Also, Kevin is giving away a gift certificate to the Missouri Star Quilt Company in a drawing and others are contributing prizes as well. I've said it before and I'll say it again, quilters rock!!!
So if you have it in your heart, check his blog and get the information so you can contribute. As you all know, I'm a Navy mom and this really touches my heart.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love quilters! Most importantly for their generosity! I stumbled upon this today:
Kevin is a quilter from Missouri. He is doing a presentation about his quilting journey and has decided to make it into something really special. Because part of the presentation will be about his work for Quilts of Valor, he is requesting blocks be sent to him that will be made into Quilts of Valor quilts. You can read about it all here. The block pattern is easy peasy and the drive will result in quilts donated to this worthy cause.
That's not all! For every five blocks sent to Kevin, you are eligible to win a $100 gift certificate to the Missouri Star Quilt Company! How cool is that!!!!!
Ok, quilters! Let's get our red, white, gold and neutrals out and get sewing!!!
I just love quilters. I always tell people that if you are lonely, take up quilting. You have an entire world of friends out there that you just haven't met yet. On the whole, they are kind and generous - not to mention a lot of fun. Very giving and thoughtful! I wanted you to see what one of my quilter/sewer friends made me for my birthday. The cutest little pin cushion with an attached needle case.
Pin cushion strawberries are very traditional, something I love. I'll have to show you my collection of pin cushions one day. I have lots. As a whole, quilters are also collectors of all things sewing and I'm no different.
Darcy is very talented. I have never met someone who quilts and sews as much as she does. Always busy. Thanks Darcy!!!
I went out to dinner last night with one of my newer quilting friends. We wanted to visit before we met some other gals for sewing. Jan knows I am a tea drinker and look what she made for me! No special occasion, just to be nice.
The cutest little tea bag case to keep in my purse! Isn't it the darling!?! Jan loves her embroidery machine and did the letters herself.
I keep tea bags in my purse all the time just in case I may need one. You'd be surprised at the restaurants that don't have them. I was sewing one day and one of the gals asked if anyone had a tea bag. I had a poor pitiful crunched up one in my purse. No more! I'll just whip out this case and not be embarrassed to share. Thanks so much, Jan!!!
I wanted to show you what I got for myself for my birthday. I had seen this darling Scottie on Facebook and Etsy and I couldn't resist. Here he is sitting next to my Scottie heart pin cushion. I'm sorry he's difficult to see. Black Scotties, real or otherwise, are difficult to photograph.
The original one was sold, but I was able to special order one. He arrived last week all the way from England!
I think I'll name him Finn, which rhymes with pin. Not that I'll ever put pins in him. That would be just mean! He sits next to my sewing machine and keeps an eye on it when I'm not there. Good job, Finn!!!
So like I said, it's the little things in life that count. Little acts of kindness that mean so very much.
I was surfing blogs one day and happened upon Cheryl's blog, Gone Stitchin'. I'm so glad I did! Cheryl is one busy - and creative - lady who lives in Australia. Her "thing" is organizing swaps. All kinds of swaps. I hadn't done a swap in quite a while so I signed up for her Initial Heart Swap. She gave us the name of the person we were to make something for and it had to include their initial.
It took me a while to figure out what to make, but I found this adorable valentine panel and off I went. I made a wallhanging and added green accents to it to go with the green in the print. Do you see the little heart in the top left corner?
This is what I did for the initials. I sent the panel to her along with some other things to sweeten the pot. Including some "made in Colorado" Valentine candy. She received it this week and seemed to be really happy with it. Whew!!!! Are you like I am? Afraid someone won't like something? I try to make something that I would like to receive and that usually works.
Now, here is what I got! I was just so thrilled. The gal that got my name took the time to look at my Scottie filled blog and look what she came up with!!! I've been wanting a journal for quite a while and this one is just PERFECT!!!!!!
She also sent along beautiful home-made glass-head beads that now have a home in my Scottie pin cushion. That rather large "pin" is a stilleto - the prettiest one I have seen!
Just so you think she was a bit shy on how much candy she sent, I ate most of it before I thought to take a picture. Tee Hee!!!
I'm going to really enjoy writing in my journal and will cherish the care and craftsmanship she took to make it so special!!! So two very good reasons for doing this swap - the friend I made who sent me a gift and the friend I made who I sent a gift to.
The weather here has been crazy. Saturday it was actually in the 40's. Certainly a lot more balmy than we are used to lately. Then it got really cold again. When that happens, things start melting and then, BAM, they freeze. I have a really nice patch of ice on the walk leading up to the house - water one day, ice the next. I put a box with "ICE" written on it. I was afraid I would go out in the morning to get the paper and find the delivery man on the ground. We do have coach lights that stay on at night but I wanted to be careful.
I keep our flag flying all the time - yes there are lights on it at night. I looked out at it this morning and it looked really strange - and shaggy. At first I thought it was starting to ravel from the wind.
Upon closer inspection I discovered they are what I'm calling "frost threads"! I've never seen that before. Have you?
We're constantly learning new things here where it snows!
The grass here in the winter goes dormant - like dead looking - and Maggie just loves to roll around in it. Do you have any idea how often I vacuum? Good grief!!!!!! It's a good thing I have a bagless vacuum, or I would go broke buying bags for it!!! I always call Maggie and Mollie velcro dogs because everything sticks to them.
I love her to pieces but some days she tries my patience!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously, I couldn't imagine life without Maggie and Mollie. The Scottie of one of our friends just died and I just cannot imagine the pain they are going through. Hugs your pets!
We had snow again last night. Not too much, just enough. Since this area have 300+ days of sunshine a year, even though it is still cold out, the snow melts off the roads and patios fairly quickly. When I got up this morning the snow was sparkling on the lawns but already starting to melt off our patio. My walk and driveway were shoveled (thank you awesome neighbors!) and I could see one of our main roads was clear. There is still a lot in the yard, though, but I won't bore you with more pictures of that, you've seen them before. Our house faces north at the end of our court and even when the rest of the court is snow free, our house and the other two on the end still have snow. I always joke we'll have snow in August!
Good Gollie, Miss Mollie!
I have a friend who has a Scottie who doesn't like to go out in the snow. Not so with Maggie and Mollie. They come in and out, in and out, and I literally have had to sweep up the little snow balls off the kitchen floor and family room carpet. So fun - not!
I tried to get a picture of a snow covered Maggie but she wouldn't cooperate. So here's Mollie, our resident snow bunny!
What is it about snow that is so hypnotic? My house could be (and is) falling apart around me (messy!!!!) and I should get up and clean. But here I sit - looking out the window. Peaceful. Which I suppose, is good for the soul.
A great big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our dear Maggie! She is six years old today!!!
She has been a wonderful pet, faithful companion and patient big sister to our new Mollie. Not to say she hasn't been a challenge at times! Oh, the stories I could tell!! However, she has matured into a sweet young lady and we can't imagine our lives without her.