Saturday, March 21, 2015

Overwhelmed... What else is new?

Well, DH is gone for a week of golfing with his buddies, 
what better time to sort and clean up my sewing/computer room... 
Only problem is, I stand in the doorway and think,
"where do I even start?", and then I have that overwhelmed feeling.
That of course is bad, cause then I turn around and hide from it.
But, it needs doing badly, because it is keeping me from doing 
anything productive in my quilt-making, and there is much to complete.
I can't even share a photo of my room cause it is so embarrassing.

Wish me luck!


Friday, March 13, 2015

A Trip to Kickass Quilt Shop

I wasn't going to buy anything much, but you know how that goes!! 
Bought some sale fabrics, went for lunch, back to shop cause one of our gals had yet to pay for her chosen items, and of course I started looking around, and found this book.
Do I need any more quilt books? NO! It had 3 patterns in it that really caught my eye, so of course I had to buy it!! Pictures aren't that great. Taken with my iPod, since I broke my camera about 8 months ago. Anyway, here are the 3 that caught my eye.
And if any of my gals are checking, no, I did not get a post up last week, for my once a week promise. We had an eventful, as well as a rough week last week, for we had a sad and upsetting tragedy happen in my extended family, and my thoughts were consumed with that. I just remembered today about needing to post on the blog. Am I forgiven Ladies of my quilting circle?

Here are the fabrics I bought. Some Christmas prints.
Plus a few others...
 Our twins were up from Wisconsin for a visit.
And Hubby bought a 2010 Honda Civic. Better on fuel than our gas guzzling trucks!
Time to get some sewing done, now that life has calmed down again and things are falling into place...

Happy Stitching!


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Quilt Group Shares...

From our most recent retreat this past weekend.

This is 2 of Ly's blocks for a pattern called "Options" from Maple Island Quilts.
Here is her quilt top put together. 
The blue painters tape bits on the left are her row orders.
This is Di's efforts on the same pattern.
The colors sure play differently.
These photos below are from my Wonky Bits Group.

All three are the efforts of Pa's hands.
She puts out quilts like no body's business!
Her hands are always extremely busy...
And sadly, I have nothing to show for myself in the way of quilting.
Been doing a lot of knitting and crochet.

Stay warm to those of you in cold climates right now,
stay cool to those in the hot ones, and I envy the 
people that are where it is just right.

Happy Stitching!


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Shrek Baby Look-a-Like

Grandson #4 - photo taken when he was about 3-4 months old.
Heading out to another retreat tomorrow.
Even though our retreats are longer than a "weekend retreat", 
I still wish that they lasted longer than they do! 
Time flies by so darn fast when having fun with the gals...

Happy stitching!


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Friday, February 6, 2015

My Crochet and Knitting

 Just waiting for the grandsons to come for me to babysit tonight, and thought what can I do while I wait now, cause everything is tidy and ready for them... AH! Do a blog posting...

This is a crocheted shawl I am making for myself. I have a few more rows to 
do to finish the decorative edge. Made of a Cotton yarn...
  This is a knitted shawl I am making for myself again. I always envy the beautiful woolen yarns my friends use, cause I like the look of it, but can't use it because I'm allergic to it. Found this acrylic yarn the kind of looks wooly, so thought to try it. Just another 10 rows and I'll be done!
Had a nice thick dusting of snow this morning. Everything looked so clean and fresh, but it is cold.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Just under the wire...

...with my once a week posting... whew!  ;)

A few more photos from our January Retreat...

This is YN's quilt-as-you-go baby quilt.
This is YN's Row Robin rows.
LS's Row Robin quilt top so far.
 LS's baby quilt top.
 AS's Row Robin quilt top.
 I've been keeping myself busy knitting and crocheting, 
which I will show you next time.

Tomorrow is the first of February!!


Sunday, January 18, 2015

A couple photos from retreat...

Table Topper by friend DL...
 JR's Row Robin quilt top...
AS's Circles quilt top...
Hope everyone is staying warm and healthy in your part of the world!


Monday, January 12, 2015

A Bonfire at the Quilt Retreat?

Sure! Why not!?! Complete with yummy S'mores!!

One of two fire-starters... Myself...
Four of the seven retreaters.
Five of us lasted 70 minutes in the cold. Two others? Not so much!
Pretty Ice Tea-Lights set outside the cottage, with the main lodge in the background,
full of teenagers and their musical instruments. Band Camp...
This was our 20th retreat at this cottage in 3 years.

Photos of some of our creations to come...


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Quilt Retreat Weekend!!

Photos to come on Monday!!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


A belated Merry Christmas to all my friends out in Blogland! I hope your time with 
family and friends during the Christmas season was enjoyable, and well blessed!
I also wanted to let ya all know, that, at our last "small group retreat" (photos to come), 
I challenged my fellow quilting buddy (also a blogger that has also been...shall 
we say?..."lazy with her blogging" for the past two years, like me), 
to post once a week, for the whole of 2015. 
Please.... We are counting on all our quilting friends around 
the world, to keep us on track with this. 
She has already posted 3 entries since agreeing to the challenge, 
and I, after the chaos that December brings, just remembered this challenge. 
Oh my!!! 

Also, I am committed to catching up on what is new on all your blogs, as well as 
making my PhD list a lot smaller than what it is right now. Check it out, 
and you are welcome to hold me to it! OMGosh!! I just checked and there are 
17 quilt tops!!! Well, I have my work cut out for me don't I?

This "new year resolution" is getting out of hand!! 
I also promised myself that I would join the local Yoga Club in January, and 
do the treadmill or go for a walk five times a week. I do have to start slowly, 
because I have been a major couch potato for a long time. My physical and 
mental health is in dire need of the improvement that these activities can bring!!

Self Motivation is NOT my middle name (such is life when living with depression),
 so wish me luck, cause I sure need it!!

I wish you all the best of health and happiness in 2015!

Happy New Year!!!

 PS: In this new year we will again be blessed with another grandchild..

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Just home from big retreat...

There were 32 wonderful quilters this time! Seems the 
November Retreat is growing a bit each year...

I finished up GS#4's Christmas Stocking here.
 I blocked out his name for the blog.

Next year I will have another stocking to make for GC#5 
that is due in April. Perhaps a granddaughter this time???

I also put together a Take Two quilt top!
As well as cut out more Hexagons for my Hexi project.
It has doubled in size since that photo was taken. 
I'm still trying to square it off...

Snow is here, I think to stay now... 
I was hoping that is wouldn't come till Dec 20th.
Wishful thinking I know!!

Happy stitching!


Monday, September 22, 2014

My Reading List...

...on Google is showing up now! 
That is really weird, but I am happy about it! Only thing is no time to do any blog hopping today. Will try tomorrow!

 I leave you with photos of all 4 of our sweet grandsons. 
Busy boys!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014


I seem to have lost my reading list? What happened to all the blogs "I was" following? I was going to check up on everyone's latest creations, and I have no list!?!?! What's up with that!!


Sept 2014 Homewood Retreat

 I FINALLY finished my 4th grandchild's quilt. 
He turned One in April!! My bad!  :(
 I got the "fornicating" PJ bottoms made for my DH. (Can you see why they are so named?) Started them in May, but had problems with my serger, then summer happened, and well, time went on.
 DL helped me with my "serger issues", and I got them done. Now DH can wear them at his week of golfing with the guys. Should be worth a laugh or two!  ;)  I also made a pair of Canadian PJ bottoms for myself. All the gals made a pair. At $2.00 a meter, and a good quality flannel, why not!?!
Thanks DL!!

Then I went on to FINALLY start making my B-I-L a quilt for his bed. (the fabric has only been sitting around for a year +) I thought that a simple pattern would see it done for Christmas.
Two borders, and a few circle/donut appliques to add yet.

As per usual, my small group retreat in a lovely little cottage was a welcome, 
productive, and enjoyable time!! There is 9 of us in the group.

Hope you are all keeping well and stitching up a storm!