Thursday, July 31, 2008

A Visit to "Grandmaville"

The grand kids came for a visit last weekend and we had so much fun!
We played a million games of Uno.
Grandpa BBQ'd and we had a picnic on the deck.

The weather was hot and humid so we headed to the pool.
I must admit, just the thought of putting on a
bathing suit scared me to death.
So I sat on the edge of the pool in shorts and got
as wet as the rest of the gang.
The kids enjoyed watching Grandpa & Uncle J
jump off the high dive.

It was our sweet girl's 8th birthday.

We went to the Mall on a search for the perfect pair of shoes. No luck.

Ended up at "Claire's". Have you been there? A young girl's dream.

Plenty of sparkle caught her eye. She found the perfect birthday presents.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Life's A Stitch

Here are pictures from the retreat I attended on Friday.
Pat, owner of our local quilt shop, Life's A Stitch,
sponsors an all day...I mean allllll day.... 8 a.m. til 10:00 p.m. retreat.
It's pot luck for lunch then Pat provides dinner.
There's usually a waiting list to attend, so this month it's a 2 day affair.
I was only able to go on Friday but I'm sure they had fun Saturday without me!

A day sewing and laughing with quilting friends
is one of life's little pleasures.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

"RANDY" Fest

We went to see Randy Travis last night at our county fair.
Boy, that man can still sing!
He sang all his old favorites and a few from his new cd "Around the Bend".
We left after what we thought was his last song.
But the crowd cheered & yelled for him to sing a few more.
As we were driving out of the parking lot, with windows open,
we could hear him belting out more. A real crowd pleaser.

My favorite Randy song is "Amazing Grace".
Puts a lump in my throat every time.
His "He Walks on Water" was about my Grandpa Cottrell.
Even though Grandpa died when I was young, my grandmother
kept him alive with her wonderful stories.
She spoke of him with such love in her voice.
She believed he walked on water.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Friday Flea Market

Welcome to the Friday Flea Market!

7 issues of Victoria magazine $14.00 plus shipping

May & June 1996
July-October-December 1998-
August 1999 -February 2000

A must have for every Mom!

Perfect for your purse or leave one in the car.
Each clutch measures 7" x 10" and holds approximately 3 disposable diapers
and a container of travel size wipes. Velcro makes for easy open & close.
A large selection of patterns for the contemporary mom on the go!
Email me for a detailed photo of the one you love!

$10.00 plus shipping

Babies just love to feel them!

The "touchy-feely" blanket measures 14" square.
Each side of the blanket is made of a different fabric.
Some of the fabrics used are flannel, satin, fleece and bubbled minkee.
The ribbon loops vary in width and are a variety of textures.

$10.00 plus shipping

Mary Englebreit's Paint Book
112 pages of Inspiration! Excellent condition.

$9.00 plus shipping.


Click on the sign to continue shopping.

TGIF! Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Look what I found......

Look what I found in the "Back to School" supply area.
It's a plastic pencil case with a snap.
A perfect fit for my rotary cutters. Both sizes.
What a deal..... 50 cents each.
Hmmm...wonder what else I could use them for?

I worked on this customer quilt all last week. It's a huge 110 x 125!
Colorwash Trip Around the World

Straight lines and feathers.

Stay cool.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Be My Guest

Want to peek into my guest room?

Here is a close up of the pillow I made for the bed.
It all started when I needed curtains for the window.
I went digging thru my stash of fabrics and found this black & cream toile.


I used black rick rack to trim the edges. And a striped fabric on the top ruffle.

Then last Friday, I found these plates at Polly's Counting Your Blessings, Friday Flea Market.

Are they perfect or what?

Here's the quilt that's on the bed. A vintage "Trip Around the World".

The black squares just "pop".

Each square is 1" with no borders.

The unknown piecer had a wonderful sense of color. Can you imagine how long it took her to hand piece this top? Yes, hand piece. I wonder why she was unable to finish her masterpiece?

I'm thankful I found it. And was able to quilt it and have it grace my bed.

And to share it with my guests.


Friday, July 18, 2008


Okay Ladies, I'm going thru my collection of aprons.

It's so hard to choose which one to part with.

But here's two. I hope you find them as charming as I do.

Muslin with hand embroidery on the skirt.
And a smocked waistband. Edges have blue binding.Two small spots of wear in the binding.

Otherwise, it's in excellent condition.

$22.00 includes shipping. PayPal payment only.

E-mail me if your interested in making a purchase.
This beauty is reversible! A cheery blue with white rickrack.

The pockets are floral on this side.

And blue & white polka dots on the other. In perfect condition.

$20.00 includes shipping.

Have fun at the flea market. It's a beautiful day to shop.

Be sure to stop in again.

P.S. The flannel quilt from last Friday is still available. Marked down to $40.00 (includes shipping).

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Guild Challenge 2008

Tonight is the annual Rock Valley Quilters "challenge" meeting.
Our own little quilt show!
Each year members purchase, for $5.00, a bag with 3 pieces of fabric.
These pieces must be used in your quilt.
This year the fabric is Sanctuary from Moda
and the theme is "in the garden".
You also have to have a flag on your quilt (because it's an election year).
My flag is going to be a button that I can remove after I show my piece.
Of course, I haven't sewn it on yet.

Here's my entry "A trip around the garden".

While I like to piece, for me it's all about the quilting.
I started with a simple charm pack and a few fat quarters.
Of course, I had 7 months to "get 'er done'
but I put it off until, well, would you believe, last week?

The challenge part for me was the edges.

I decided after quilting it to "wave" the edges.

Not scallop, mind you, waaave. So much easier than scallop.

This one is for ME.

Can you believe with all the feathers I quilt on customer quilts my bed quilt doesn't have any?

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Circle of Friends

We call ourselves the "Sew Whats".

We first met at the Guild sponsored
"New Members" workshop a year and a half ago.
I left that workshop with a list of 5 names.
I was determined to find a place for us to meet and start a new "circle".
Our first meeting was at the local library with 6 ladies. Then ten.
We quickly outgrew the library and Tamara welcomed us to
Materials Girls on Main Street Quilt Shop.

Then a few months ago we moved locations again.
We found the perfect place.
The large reception hall of a local church.
We have plenty of room to spread out.
Our group has grown to 20 quilters now.
We also have a full kitchen. Perfect for monthly pot lucks.
Did I mention we like to snack?

The photos above are of a friendship quilt we presented to one of our members. We each made and signed a block. They were then turned into a beautiful quilt thanks to a group of hardworking ladies.

Think where man's glory most begins and ends,

And say my glory was I had such friends.

William Butler Yeats