Friday, October 2


Yes, it's me. I have had the busiest, but the best summer in years. There was little time for blogging. My last post was about computer problems and those were solved the day after I posted. But then a flurry of activity just kept me from the computer. It was all good. I will catch up on all that goodness when I return from the quilt show in my hometown of Lehigh. If you are anywhere near my hometown this weekend, please stop in and say HELLO!

Here are two reasons for my busy, happy summer. Daughter Collette and son Devlin are pictured at her annual Little Stars daycare picnic in June. Her daycare was making a transition from a downtown location to a new, renovated space in the old Mankato Fire Station. Collette and Devlin worked together this summer just like they used to play together as kids.  We all got involved. Steve helped with computer and phone set-up, I made treats. :-) More pics will follow of the new space and all the other summer activities that we all enjoyed.

And now, my car is packed full of quilts, aprons, and other pretties and we are headed to Iowa. Devlin is driving and is going to be my "muscleman" for setting up the quilts, along with my brother, Doug. My energy level isn't what it used to be and let's face it......I will never get any taller and it really helps to be tall when hanging quilts and stuff. ;-) I will have lots of pictures to share when I return. Have a great weekend!

Sunday, June 7

Computer Problems!

This past Wednesday morning, just a few hours after I posted that I was going to share photos and fun stuff..........guess what? we got a rather lively thunderstorm and quite a bit of lightning and it appears that it zapped our router for the computer. My husband tried all sorts of technical things that day to resurrect said router but it was not to be. So, he called to order a replacement..........and it's "out of stock"! On Friday, he went shopping to see if he could find one locally but none in stock. But, he did find one that Office Max ordered up and it will be delivered by Monday or Tuesday. And they gave him free shipping. Nice touch! I am typing this from his computer which he somehow hooked up to an old router but it doesn't work to have more than one computer on it. This technical stuff is a real pain. I would have had to call the Geek Squad for sure. LOL! Hopefully, he will have the computer up and running soon. I am really missing the daily check-in for e-mails, blogs and Facebook!!
Hope to be back soon with the promised photos!
P.S. Thanks for the birthday wishes!

Tuesday, June 2

What a great day!

Today was my birthday. It was awesome! It was relaxing and refreshing, just the day to get me inspired to get back to my blog. There has been so little time to blog these last months, so many things going on and no time to share. However, that means there are fun things to share and now I have time. There are pictures and projects just waiting to see the light of day. If I had remembered to charge my camera battery, I could load pics and share them now. That will have to wait til tomorrow. Here's a little peak at some fun that took place this past Sunday. I took this photo with my tablet. I'll share the story in my next post on Wednesday evening!

Saturday, February 14

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hearts! Hearts! Hearts! I love, there, everywhere and in all colors! Several years ago, I designed this little penny rug that I call "Connecting Hearts" because if there is one thing that happens among friends and family, it is that our hearts are connected in love and friendship! I took a few photos last week so I could share these with you. This first one is made from woolfelt. Love working with woolfelt (from National Nonwovens) as it is soft and so easy to stitch and it comes in an abundance of colors. Plus you can dye it if you can't find the color you want! I took photos with my camera and with my tablet and neither one could get the colors right. This first one is close.......soft teal, with burgundy hearts............
But this next one.....oh, not right at all! Looks like it's bright blue and hot pink! Not!

It is deep blue with red hearts and a light blue floral motif in the center. The large hearts are the same as the outer hearts. 

This one is closer to it's true colors........Christmas red and Christmas green. I made two in these fabrics, one for me and one for my daughter. Each is just a wee bit different but still all the same fabrics/colors.
 I figured I needed a heart penny rug for each season of the year so this is my one for Autumn. Love the plaid and it, too, it almost true to it's colors. I entered this one in the Scott County Fair in 2004 and it earned a Blue Ribbon and a Reserve Grand Champion Ribbon. That's as good as winning a lottery ticket for me!

My favorite of the heart penny rugs that I've made is this one as I love the colors and enjoyed doing the embroidery on this one. This one just makes me smile........

Actually, anything that has hearts and has anything to do with Valentine's Day makes me smile. I remember how much I enjoyed making special Valentines, decorating those boxes and hoping for a Valentine from that special boy. My kids loved the whole Valentine thing, too. They're grown and long gone from the nest but I went on to do after-school kids classes making Valentines and then we started coloring them to donate. And so last Sunday, a group of us gathered at my church and colored and cut Valentines that were then delivered to nearby Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Homes. It was a good project all around as we all got creative..........
 mothers, daughters, sons, cousins, .........
younger members and young-at-heart members like Arline and Bert Karels who taped the candies to the cards.
 Pastor Deb and Dawn McConnell are so intent on their coloring!!
 And so is Hailey!
We enjoyed a hot dog lunch and treats and enjoyed a great day that led to a little bit of enjoyment for others. At the end of the day, we had about 120 Valentines that had been colored and another 118 that I printed by finding free Valentines on-line. In the background is my little white tree that now has red crystals on it and a giant heart for celebrating Valentine's Day. ;-)
This was just half the Valentines that were delivered. The total Valentines that were delivered was close to 250 (I colored a few extras after I got home).

The Valentines that we colored are designs that I drew back in the 1990's for miniature projects that I was making. I wanted to recreate those Valentine memories and just sat down and started drawing things that I recalled from when I was a kid. There's more to the story but for now..........just Have a Happy Valentine's Day! 

Tuesday, January 27

A little January Christmas surprise!

One of my longtime blog followers sent me a little package last week. Inside, were these pretty little ornaments. Sending a big THANK YOU to Nadine, the Owl Lady!!
Have been busy stitching, enjoying family time and cleaning some closets. The tree is still up but must come down this weekend!  I am ready to "kick into Valentine mode" so time to put away all the Christmas pretties til next year.  Happy End-of-January!

Wednesday, January 21

A little stitching project............

I have been enjoying this time of "stay-at-home" vacation. Have watched several favorite old movies and read some good books. Am enjoying lots of hand-stitching on wooly projects. This afternoon, I finished this one.

I have posted the pattern in my "Pincushion and Pretties" group on Facebook. If you are on Facebook, check it out!  To visit my group, just go here.........
Each month, I will be sharing a new pattern. Tutorials for the projects will be posted here on my blog. All of the pincushions will be made from Woolfelt from National Nonwovens. Back to my stitching.........

Monday, January 12

No resolutions for this year but I have set a goal!

I have read a number of resolutions that folks have made and I thought about it and then thought again. I have rarely succeeded at resolutions. However, I sometimes set goals and achieve them. That's what I am going to do this year and here's my goal. It involves quilts. Little quilts. Twelve of them. All the monthly quilts that I made in 2000, the Millennium which seemed a long way off back in the late 80's and early 90's. And now.......the Millennium is long gone! I just can hardly believe it is 2015! Back when I made this little quilt titled "Snowman Quartet", I had every good intention of making the same design using wool and flannels.

I never quite got to it. And it's sort of understandable as each month in the year 2000, I designed a small quilt, then taught it in a class in our community education program. Oh, and also provided all the fabric. It was great fun but it was a hectic schedule! I am looking forward to lots of wooly fun as I make each of these little quilts again! I am determined (this is my word for the year!) that they will be completed by the end of 2015. Determined!
Now if you wonder why I never got to the quilts in the years since then, we finished up the last quilt in this series, I had an idea for a five quilt mystery series that I designed and so I taught that as a class in 2001. Then came a block of the month in 2002 and another one in 2003. I designed a couple of large quilts for "Sew Close to Home" quilt retreat in 2005 and 2006. I was always sketching, always stitching. Some designs were realized, some are still "on the drawing board". All during these years there were family health issues going on. As I look back now, I can hardly believe all that has transpired, especially in the last six years. Life sometimes moves at a crazy busy pace! In addition to health issues for my mom, I have had more than my share of ups and downs with hospital visits, especially this last year. I decided I had to slow things down a bit. I/We haven't had a vacation since 2005. We make trips home to Iowa but haven't been any further than that since our last trip to California in 2005. So, I decided I would take a vacation at home this January and do just what I felt like, no commitments, no deadlines, just relaxing. So far, it's almost working. :-)  I have read two really good books, especially the one I finished today titled "The Frontier Lady" by Judith Pella. It was hard to put down so it made for good relaxing! This week, I'll take a break from my vacation and go to our quilt group meeting. Otherwise, I am just chillin'..... reading.....and stitching. Oh, and cooking. I couldn't get rid of that so I guess we still need to take a real vacation.
I'll be back in a few days.......Heat wave coming in on Friday.......going to be 34 above zero! Yay!
Have a great Monday!
"Peace can be found in the piecing of a quilt."
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