Saturday, September 6, 2014


I've been gone for a while. Twice.  My father-in-law was in the hospital in St. Louis a couple of weeks ago so Tim and I went to see what we could do to help.  We soon realized that the situation was not good.  We spent about four days there and came home a couple of weeks ago.  I think that's right,  I barely know what day it is. Two days later he passed away.  So the last week has been filled with funeral plans, funeral home visitation and a funeral.  Bud will be very much missed by all of us.  He was my husband's stepfather, but Tim has known him for nearly 50 years and I've known him for 40.  He was a wonderful "Paw Paw" to our kids and grand kids.  May he rest in peace.

Here we are in one of his boats back in the 90's.

And here are he and Carol at my son's high school graduation in 2003.

With my older daughter:

And with my younger daughter when she was about 13.

And here's the last picture I took of him when we were with him in July.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

.....and then I made some more clothes....this time for Nola.

I made this little outfit for Nola. 

It's a little big, but she'll grow into it.  She turns the "Big 1" tomorrow.  Which means Tim and I celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary today.  Where have the years gone?  He's a great guy and I'm a lucky girl to have him!

Cake and ice cream tomorrow evening!  WhooHOOO!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Machine clothing

I've been sick all week with a chest cold and other things.  Most nights I lay awake coughing so it's been a very unproductive week.

But right before I got sick I made some "clothes" for some of my machines.  

This machine got this cover:

My featherweight Ebony got these two pieces:

And my Featherweight "Jade" got this:

That's all for now.  Back to making quilts next week.  I hope.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Laura Wasilowski Workshop

Two weekends ago I attended a Laura Wasilowski Workshop sponsored by my local quilt guild.  She was the most fun, entertaining speaker we've ever had at our guild (in my humble opinion!). She sang lots of cute songs she's made up about everything from fusing to her Polish name.

Here are a few pics from the workshop.  You can read her blog at (also found on my sidebar)

Here are my two projects (underwater scene, above and large leaf, below)
My BFF with her project and Laura:

My friend Emma with her project:
Emma's sister Joyce:

There were around 40 of us at the weekend retreat so a lot of projects were worked on.  So much fun!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Bright quilts

We bought a new sectional sofa.  My intent is to brighten up this place so my new quilts help in that area.  We've never had a sectional before so it's taking a little time to get used to it but we've decided we like it.

I made a table runner and coasters to match one of the quilts.  I LOVE this line of fabric.  It's called Simple Marks. (By Moda, I think).  I quilted it with wavy lines.

Here's my completed log cabin.  It's the one I finished with my sister.  See hers in the last post.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Catching up again

Lots of stuff going on!

We returned from a 4th of July family reunion in Missouri last week.  My 91 year old uncle decided to climb over a gate and fell and broke his hip.  Didn't completely ruin the reunion.....we managed to get part of the family gathered for a picture before the ambulance took him away.  He was all smiles and is recuperating well.

The day we returned, my son suffered from heat exhaustion (he works outside) and I spent several hours with him in the ER and urgent care.  He spent 3 days recovering at our house (getting lots of mama care) and is doing well now.  Here he is BEFORE that happened after successfully assembling this grill for us.  Isn't he handsome?!

Older daughter and I have been gifted many cucumbers.  Our family LOVES pickles so we've had 3 sessions of making dill pickles, and today a batch of Bread and Butter pickles, too.

I made this quilt for our niece who is expecting her first baby next month.

And I made this dress for Nola.

We had two birthdays in June.  Oldest daughter (I love her Statue of Liberty halo!) and youngest grandson.

Oops!  Sideways picture!

Ok....I think I'm caught up now. Oldest grandson is spending the night tonight. I need rest!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sister's quilt

I had my sister Greta's top quilted for her (Ann Olson did a beautiful job!). And like the good sister that I am, I even put the binding on it for her.  We went to Missouri over the long weekend and I delivered it to her.  She was extremely pleased.  I hope to get mine back soon.  We made the tops together, starting in a class in Atlanta and finishing at my house over Memorial day weekend.