Friday, February 21, 2014

All is well... except for the weather!

I Am keeping busy  hand stitching. I have a million embroidery projects in the works.Thiswas  a free pattern, in QuiltMaker Jan/Feb 1999. Yep...1999. It is available at the Crabapple Hill Website.   My plan is to finish stitching this weekend. Then make it into a pillow. To remind me SPRING  will COME  SOMEDAY. But for now.  Cold,Windy (50 mph)and more snow on the way. I'll just sit in front of the fireplace and dream of summer days I do believe, I am  " solar powered".
I feel so much better. on a sun shinny day. ENOUGH of this COLDweather! I can't wait for my California vacation.



I had a SEW DAY last Saturday. OOOO HAPPY DAY! I wish I could do it  more often but .....



Stay Stay safe and warm.  Stop back again.


Saturday, January 25, 2014

My "Journey" Quilt

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I’m calling this my “journey”quilt. Believe me, it was  a uphill walk . But I’made it to the finish line!
 Finished is better than Perfect, isn’t that what they say?
Let me start by saying that I could not have fmade this if it weren”t for my quilting group. They have proven  their name he Friendship Stars. Each one is a star in my Friendship bouquet.
This a wedding gift that I started before my strokeI found this pattern in the January-Feb issue of QUILTY.It is calledRAGOON designed by    Gudrun Eria
I rather like the name Pixie Sticks myself. I wanted a modern/attern. And the bride loves grey & yellow!


. I  completed the 15 blocks before my stroke.  But getting them together and the borders on was a struggle for me. e before my stroke, I could read instructions and “envision “it in my head but now, it all looks greek to me. Does that make sense?

And I quilted it myself. That took 4 months of short spurts on the longarm. I haven’t the energy like before.
Or could it be, I’m getting older? Yep, 65 next month. 65!
And to be honest, I’m still hand stitching he binding. It’s keeping me warm in this deep freeze
Mike and I have decided this will be our LAST winter in WI. We are heading home/West as soon as a transfer comes up. I’m praying for Las Vegas. My Dad is there and you don’t have to shovel heat/sunshine!


Here is what I'm finishing next
 Remember Birdie Stitches? A free BOM from Little Miss Shabby? Sew darn cute! I have all 12 blocks stitched, now just to get it together. Click on the link tthe patterns y are still available. My favorite, the word block for June. And see the perfect birdhouse fabric for borders and backing?






Monday, January 6, 2014

2014 My year of Finishes!




2014 is going to be my year for “FINISHING!!


I HAVE FOUR( YEP..COUNT EM1-2-3-4) EMBRODIERY  quilts (walking in a winter wonderland, roly poly circus, and birdie stitches and chocolate bunnies, to piece together. All the hard work(hand stitching) is finished Plus a ton of I just LOVE the fabric quilts started, all invarious stages of completion.

I have been stitching/finishing up my roly-poly circus blocks., during this COOOOLDd spell.. LIKE MINUS 17 THIS MORNING (-17) Holy Moly that’s COLD! Luckily, I don’t have to go out in it. But my poor , Mike, has to .Our fur baby, Bogey, looks at me lke I’m crazy when I open the door to let him out.
 I’M sureHe’s thinking…”YOU FIRST”

Well. I’m off to sit in front of yhe warm fireplace and stitch alittle.  How many UFO’s in your life????Or, like me, are you afraid to count?

I'm feeling pretty spunky these days. Had a great Christmas gathering in Green Bay
with family and extended family. Was a scary ride home with the snow but we made it with no problems.Loook how tall mygrand babies are getting!







I'll keep you posted on my progress. With lots of pictures, of course.
How's the temp in your neck of the woods?














Monday, December 16, 2013

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!


Stay safe and warm this Holiday season.I hope you are surrounded with theLOVE. 
of family and friends.








Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Greetings

Happy Thanksgiving  friends. May you have a warm home filled with love, and a full tummy among your blessings this season.












Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tie One On !!!



Participation is simple.
On the day before Thanksgiving, November 27th this year,
pause in the preparation of your own meal, wrap a loaf of bread or other baked good in an apron,or cloth.
 tuck a prayer or note of encouragement in the pocket,
and deliver the wrapped bundle to someone without your bounty… a neighbor, friend or family member in need of physical or spiritual sustenance, a bit of recognition or just a kind word.

 whether you live in a high rise apartment building or on a quiet block,
no matter which direction you walk out of your own front door,
 someone deserving of a gesture of kindness is close by. I hope you have a beautiful Fall and wonderfulThanksgiving.




Monday, October 28, 2013

Fall in WISCONSIN





It’s  officially Fall in WI the  smell of pumpkin bread baking in the oven, and the chilly weather. Did I say chilly?” They are predicting  SNOW flurries for Halloween!
We are heading up to Green Bay this weekend. Mike  is going to the GB Packer game Monday night. Not me,  I’m going to stay warm and cozy with the granbabies.

Today is the first time I’ve baked anything, since my stroke.  Figured we didn’t need any sweet treats around tempting us. But I love to bake!The house smells soooooooogood.
Tomorrow I’m sewing with the girls at the retreat house. Need to bring a little Pumpkin bread along. And then take  some to GB.   My recipe makes 3 loaves.
It's my favorite. 



Wednesday, October 9, 2013

I get by with a little help from my friends

I get by with a little help from my friends, okay truth be told….with A LOT  of help from my friends.

This is my first finished quilt on the long arm since my stroke. Yeah!!! Not perfect by any means, but FINISHED!! There was not a flat seam in the quilt. Talk about wavy, especially  those curved edges this quilt top needed to be rescued. Don’t you love the cheddar orange centers?

I’m doing better. Getting downstairs to my sewing room  more these days.  Friends coming over and helping to organize my stash and UFO‘s (unfinished projects). I’m afraid to admit the number, let’s just say, Love to start cutting new fabrics… my problem is finishing…LOL




Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Stable is good

"Stable is good"


That's what the neurologist said when I went back for a three month check up last Thursday.HE was very pleased with my progress. I've made some lifestyle changes 1)follow  a low fat/no sugar diet (.lost 15 pounds)2)tryto walk  everyday. 3)Takemy meds faithfully. I also finished 12 weeks of P.T on Monday. On On  my first weekwhen tested  I scored a 28 out of56. on my last day, I scored a 48 My balance is much betterand I have more  confidence walking. I still have some visionproblems that I hope will improve over time. I  thank the Good Lord every rnorning  for all that ICAN DOGratefulfor   being able to walk and talkand waking up!

This last weekend we camped with family at Jelly STONE in warrens  WI
The weather was perfect The grandkids had so much fun at the waterpark. no waterslides for Grandma ...yhanks anyway LOL


They are growing up so fast!!! No more babies(boo-whooo

I'll stop rambling now. Stay safe.More soon







Friday, July 19, 2013

Finding a newnormal

Finding a new “normal”

Has been my goalhe past few weeks

Believe me, it is not  easy!I go to PT 3 days a week. Fortunately, I am not paralyzed . I’m going to regain my balance,I feel tipsy“tipsy”when I walk. Thank God,. I have a strong handto hold . Mike has been there for me every inch of the way
While, I am sad andfrighteneddgoing thru this/ I am grateful formy ntblessings.My wonderful hubby,family and friends



my MyBFF, Joyce, Whodropped everything and came running tobe with  me. She was my taladvocate and second set of ears during mytstay inthe hospital .And was here for me when I came home.




 OHI can't forgetmy FRIENDSHIP STARSQUILT GUILDgals, who sent cards, called,came for a visit, (even when I was owly). They have supported meand are getting me back on the road to sewingagain.YEAH!
I hope uou are able to make sense oF this post.  Typing and spelling is difficul. But tomorrow is another day. I AM getting dtronger EVERY DAY!


rEMEMBER TOBE DRATEFUL FOR THE LITTLE THINGS.Stay well , my friends.



Monday, June 10, 2013

Opps .I did it again

I Fell.
 big time
Aren't 0I pret0yt.?
3 weeks ago today ........I fell off my computer office chair and hi.t... ihe cementfloor floor ......hard..0..BbANGED UP MY FACE PRETTY GOOD, DON'T ya yhink?
To make aL O N G a LONG story Short.
I did not go to the.Doctorright away
I was scheduled.for cataract surgery on Wed..D I.figured I'd wait til I went in Wed morning0.......I did have a terrific headache monday night .and all of Tuesday....
I checked out fine on Wed and theprocedure wentas scheduled .......
fRIDAY morning I woke up dizzy and "off balance.
,mIKE TOOK ME TOthe uRGENT cARE0who0then sent me to theERfor a CSCANT..c.T scan.nBELIEVE ME i WAS SGOCKED TO FIND OUT 'D HAD A STROKE yES, A STROKEI'm too young....not. Sorry about yhe cap lock0.I'm really not yelling.W. There is so much more yo my story but I'm gettin. tired to continue typing.and thinking. I justwanted to updateuou my griends.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

A much needed break


Had a wonderful weekend in Green Bay.
Our first trip to Door County.
Beautiful. Just Beautiful.
Hope to return in cherry season.


Here are a few "treasures" I found.
Doesn't this little black box
 remind you of the Singer Featherweight case?
Even came with the cute little key for the lock.


Filled with old sewing notions.
Really, how could I pass it up?


Of all the Door County souvenirs available in the shops
I came home with this hand embroidered flour sack dish towel. 
The clerk said the owner's mother hand stitches these for the shop.
Really now, that is soooo me.


We went to see John Pinette in concert.
He is THE  FUNNIEST!! 
Look for him on Comedy Central.  
You won't be sorry.

Last Tuesday, I spent the day quilting with friends.
A new retreat house opened in our area
"The Grove"
 and we rented the place for the day.
Nine hours of sewing.
And laughing.
And eating.
Here is the recipe for the coffee cake I brought.
I mixed it up before I left and baked it there.
Ohhh, the smell of cinnamon baking.
It was a hit.
Hope to get my sewing room put back together next week.
I feel the need .......to sew!

Hope all is well with you.
Thanks for stopping by.



Saturday, April 20, 2013

What a Mess!


We were in MLK for 3 days last week,
 babysitting the grands.
It rained the entire time.
We came home to a wet-wet-wet
 lower level. 
Completely ruined the carpet in my studio and computer room.


We had to move everything up and out.
Oh what a job!
Luckily, I have 2 extra bedrooms.
Dehumidifier and fans blowing 24/7.
Now if it would just warm up so I could
 open the windows 
but
we had snow flakes on Friday!
Sadly, we are expecting another week of rain......
can you quilt in hip waders?


I'm sew looking forward to Tuesday.
Sewing with friends.



Hope life is easier in your neck of the woods.



Monday, April 8, 2013

A Century of Progress


Did you know that in 1933 Sears,Roebuck & Company
 sponsored the largest quilt contest in history?

Over 24,000 women jumped at the chance
 to win over $1,000 in prize money.
Not surprising since this was at the
height of the great depression.

The guest speaker at our IIQSG meeting
on Saturday was Merikay Waldvogel.
She lectured on her book

Merikay was amazing!
She brought to life the stories 
of the quilts, and the quilters. 
Scandals and all, oh my. 
Out of the 24,000 quilts entered 
only 225 have been found.
Another reason to search  
flea markets and estate sales. 
Could you image finding such a treasure?

The IIQSG meetings are held the first week
of April and August at the

What a beautiful museum.
It's a "must see" if you are ever in the area.
Look at the cute quilt block trim on the front porch.



This is one of the vignettes in the quilt room.
The exhibit of spool cabinets is unbelievable.
Love how ornate this one is. 



This was my favorite quilt.
Doesn't the petal pattern and fabrics look modern? 
So many different designs going on.

You will be so proud of me.
Seven quilt shop stops and I purchased
only
3 1/2 yards of fabric.
I can't say that about the others...but
What happens on quilt trips 
stays in the car!

Rainy and cool here today.
Time to curl up in front of the fireplace with a good book.

I'm not one for time travel or Stephen King, but I'm loving this book.
Especially since I lived thru the 60's.
My "glory days" more or less LOL.

Don't forget to check out 



Stay Safe my friend and