Thursday, December 29, 2011

Cleaning Out...

I'm cleaning up my sewing room and dug into the closet. Way, way back I found this tablecloth, which my parents bought me when I graduated high school in 1979. Yes, this is what I wanted as my graduation present!

I remember working on the napkins when I worked at a craft store in college, and working on the tablecloth here and there at night. I swore I would finish it before I got married and had my first house.

Well, it wasn't finished when I got married, but that was fine because the first house didn't have a dining room. Of course it became a joke, the Boss said he wouldn't buy me a house with a dining room until I finished the tablecloth. House #2 didn't have a dining room either. This house, #3, does have a dining room, but we only used it for a dining room briefly. Now that room is set up as a den, which is much more useful to us.

I wonder if this will ever be finished?

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!


Wishing you all the joys of the season!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

New use...

For the cup holder in the car...it makes a great yarn holder!

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Daisy's New Digs

Daisy has a new place to hang out...


Here she is in the Medford Lakes Penitentiary!  :-)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Looking Back...

 Not too far back, just to Thanksgiving!  It was just us this year.  My parents, sister and nephew's wife were 
supposed to join us for dinner, but I managed to put a crimp in their plans...2 days before Thanksgiving I was diagnosed with shingles.  Since Bistra, my niece-in-law has never had chicken pox, we decided that it was best not to expose her to me, just in case!  

Grace, Ellen, Dayna and Andrew
Thanksgiving 2011
This Thanksgiving was to be an experiment as well...a few months ago, Ellen was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and has adopted a gluten-free diet.  I made gluten-free stuffing and rolls (from this King Arthur Recipe) for dinner, along with regular stuffing and all the usual dishes.  I made an apple crumb pie and our new local bakery, The Patriot's Bakery has taken on the challenge of baking gluten-free for us and they made a gluten-free apple crumb pie for Ellen.  It was all delicious and we enjoyed a quiet dinner.

Apple Pie and Gluten-free rolls
The rest of the weekend involved some Christmas shopping, although not in the wee hours of Black Friday, and a great deal of time in my sewing room, as well as some knitting and crocheting time too!  I can't share the knitting or crochet as they are Christmas gifts, but will share the quilting soon...

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

The table is set, the turkey roasting, so I have a quiet moment to wish all of you a blessed Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Roses...

The last rose of the season can be just as beautiful as the first.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Working

I visited a job site on Friday. Wouldn't this be a great place to work?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Design Wall Monday and the Winner!

 Another week has gone by and I haven't gotten much time to sew.  I'm still cutting the little, bitty pieces for my Fireweed applique.  This was a kit that the Boss brought back for me from his trip to Alaska last November.  I decided that it had waited long enough, now that he's just returned from THIS year's trip to Alaska.  One of these years I'll get to go with him!


My big accomplishment was getting the center done and the last few petals, leaves and centers appliqued onto my Aunt Millie's Garden quilt block.  I used Karen Kay Buckley's Perfect Circles to make the centers and I highly recommend them!

Sadly, my Phillies lost on Friday night, which ended their playoff run.  I've never seen such a quiet crowd leaving the stadium as I did Friday...it was a long walk back to the parking lot!  


And now Daisy (who thinks she's a cat) and Ellen will pick the winner of the drawing for The Devil's Puzzle by Clare O'Donohue.  I finished reading the book this weekend and really enjoyed it.  I'll have a review some time this week...as soon as I get a chance to sit down and organize my thoughts!  I asked Ellen to pick a number and the number is...3.  So that means Jane from Imperfect Quilter is our winner!  Jane, I'll be emailing you shortly to get your address!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Back to normal...


My living room is back to normal...my machine is up!  


Of course I immediately quilted a donation quilt!


And since we gave Andrew our kitchen set when he moved into his apartment, it was time for a new one, which just arrived...



After eating at at a wobbly card table for the last few weeks, I'm so happy to have a real table again!




We even have matching bar stools!  Yeah, it's the little things that make me happy!

Monday, October 03, 2011

Design Wall Monday and a Giveaway!

Not much happened in the sewing room this week because I was too busy watching baseball!  So, I have a fusible applique quilt in the making, I need to cut out all of the little pieces...


And I've been working on my applique block...still need to make the pinwheel that goes in the middle...


So, I have a design table tonight (yes, I'm cheating and writing this on Sunday night) and I'm working on them while I watch the Phillies in game 2 of the NLDS...


And that giveaway?  Last week I was contacted by the publicist for Clare O'Donohue's new book, The Devil's Puzzle, which just came out.  She asked if I'd be interested in receiving a copy of the book to review and another to give away.  Of course I said yes!  I'm reading it and so far I'm enjoying it.  Clare will also do a guest post or a Q and A for us, so to enter...just leave a comment telling me what YOU would like to ask Clare O'Donohue!  I'll post the winner on our next Design Wall Monday!


Let's go Phillies!!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Design Wall Monday

Not too much change in my design wall this week.  I did finish all of the sashing strips for my quilt, although when I turned on the ceiling fan, they all flew off!  I've also gotten started on the pinwheel blocks for the cornerstones.  The first row of sashing and blocks are sewn together...I couldn't wait to see how it would look!

This is a closeup of one of the pinwheels...


Over to the left on the design wall is a project I've picked up again...Aunt Millie's Garden by Piece o Cake Designs.  The top block is one I've had done for ages.  The bottom block is what I've been working on in the evenings.  I had set it aside when I was hand quilting and I'm so happy I can work on it again...I just love how these blocks are turning out!


Now go check out what others are doing at Judy's Patchwork Times!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Design Wall Monday

I didn't make as much progress as I'd hoped, but I did get most of the sashing done for my block of the month quilt.  I'm loving it so far! Check out what everyone else has on their design walls over at Judy's blog!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Christmas present...


But not for this Christmas!  Remember last Christmas when I was hand quilting a quilt for Dayna, Andrew's girlfriend?  Well, it wasn't finished for Christmas and it wasn't finished for Easter...or the 4th of July, but, it WAS finished for Labor Day and Dayna finally got her Christmas present!  Since I gave it to her in the parking lot at a Phillies game, I don't have a picture of her with the quilt, but here are a few of the quilt...

Close Up of Hand Quilting
The finished quilt.

I love how the quilt turned out...I think she does too!


Monday, September 05, 2011

Design Wall Monday

For the first time in a very long time I can participate in Design Wall Monday!  I haven't had a design wall in over a year and I've just recently gotten my sewing room back and together.  My first project now that I'm back will be to finish up this quilt.  It's the Heartland Heritage Sampler mystery block of the month that I finished the blocks for over a year ago.

Now I have the finishing kit out and ready to go...this will be my first project in a long time!  We also cleared out the living room this weekend so my longarm can go back up...I can't wait!  I already have a Christmas quilt ready to go...it's one that I didn't have time to quilt before the machine came down.  Now that I'll only be quilting my own quilts, I expect to finish a few things!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Getting Paranoid!

I've noticed a disturbing trend over the past few years...seems like I go places and they flood.  I moved to Medford Lakes back in 1999 and a few years later we had a flood.


Two years ago, we went to Nashville and stayed at the Gaylord Opryland.  It was raining when we left and it flooded.



Last week, Grace and I took a few days to head north and enjoy one of my favorite places...southern Vermont.

Here's Grace last Wednesday in front of one of our favorite breakfast spots...Dot's.



And sure enough, it was raining when we left Vermont on Thursday and over the weekend, Wilmington, VT had catastrophic flooding.  (and I won't even mention that Ludlow, Londonderry, Bennington, Brattleboro and all my other favorite places in VT flooded too.)



At the end of July, Grace and I were in Wayne and Paterson, NJ so she could take a few classes at William Paterson University.  And guess what?  Wayne and Paterson also flooded this weekend.



Is it any wonder I'm becoming paranoid???  Just a heads up...I'll be heading to Houston for Quilt Festival in November.  If Houston floods, I'm staying home and never going anywhere again!

If you would like to help the relief effort in Vermont, you can donate to the Vermont & The New Hampshire Valley Red Cross and earmark your donation for flood relief. For New Jersey you can donate to the Penn-Jersey Red Cross.  There are many other organizations who are helping with flood relief up and down the east coast, check in your area if you are able to help.


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Canoe Carnival...

is over for another year, and it was a good one!

 The lake was windy and rough, almost every float had to be pushed off the sand at the beach, then towed down the lake.  This video came from an observer at the beach...shortly after we were pushed out, the wind took our pizza off the top of the float!  Our theme this year was "A Night in Venice" and our music was Dean Martin singing "That's Amore".  It was a wonderful evening...here are a few more pictures!

 
Ellen, Andrew and Grace




Almost ready to launch, just waiting for nightfall!









Off we go!

The boss...all ready to row this monstrosity around the lake!

 q

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Hello...

is anyone still out there?  It's kind of funny...when you have a quilting blog and you put your longarm into storage, and you do almost no quilting or knitting...there's not much to post about!

Things are changing around here once again.  My full house is just a little emptier now.  We're back down to just our children living at home and at the end of the month, Andrew will be moving out.  So, it will be just us and the girls at home.  Since our house never sold and I have a sewing room again, my longarm will be coming out of storage...I can't tell you how much I've been looking forward to this!  I really hope to be quilting again soon!


Lee and Andrew working
In the meantime, it's Canoe Carnival time again and we've done a little building.  Our float is very simple this year, but should be good! We've had some beautiful days to work, so here are a few pictures...
Beautiful day at the lake!

And we have a beautiful place to enjoy while we're working... 

The Lake House


Hosta Garden



So anyway, I'm back and will be posting again...I've missed all of you!



Monday, July 04, 2011

Happy 4th of July!



“Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.”   ~Kahlil Gibran

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Return to the Flood Zone

Last year we were fortunate enough to visit the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN. It poured while we were there and I talked about the flooding here.


The hotel reopened in November and we were invited back for a "Welcome Back" weekend this past weekend.  We had a fabulous time!  The staff welcomed us with open arms...they even applauded as we walked into the special reception that they held for the "survivors" on Friday night.


On Saturday morning we were invited to a hotel tour.  Our tour guides, Brad and Rob, were exceptional.  They showed us the hotel in all its restored beauty and pointed out the changes that were made during the restoration...new restaurants, new decor..they even renovated parts of the hotel that weren't damaged by the floodwaters.  We had a beautiful view of the Delta Atrium from our balcony, as well as the "Dancing Waters" show that was right outside our door!


While there we decided to take a ride to the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg. If you ever have the chance, GO!!!  It's a beautiful drive there from Nashville and the tour was so interesting...I just wish we could have taken pictures inside the buildings!  There was no taste testing either...it's located in a dry county.


Even without the taste testing, it was a great place to visit.  I found it interesting that Jack Daniels died after kicking a safe in anger when he couldn't get it open.  An infection set in, eventually killing him.


There's a life sized statue of him near the spring that the whiskey is made from.

So the boss and I had to pose!

Many thanks go out to the Gaylord Opryland for having us back to the hotel for 2 nights at no charge, as well as providing us with the tour, the reception and even Grand Ole Opry tickets.


 And did I mention the chocolates that they left in our rooms the first night? They were pretty amazing too!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Knit One...

Or maybe two!  In the last month I've finished one slouchy beret....


and made a second one....


 I've made a scarf to match the first beret...


and started a second scarf in my Easy Lace class, just for fun...


But I have not sewn a single stitch....I'll need to remedy that soon!