Thursday, December 18, 2008

Too Busy to Blog

It's been a long time since my last post. It seems like we got home to Michigan from Wisconsin after Thanksgiving. Now we'll be heading back in just a few short days. Lately I've been baking. It's become somewhat of a tradition that I bake, bake and bake some more during the holidays. I've finished all of my sewing and shopping and now just have to wrap presents. This years sewing project were grocery bags. Doing my part to save our planet. I did get one quick picture of the boys by the Christmas tree. We're looking forward to seeing our family over the holidays and wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A quilt retreat weekend

Got back on Sunday from my first quilt retreat. My dear hubby, still can't believe I stayed up so late, or should I say early, both nights there. Wonders never cease, I'm usually an early to bed kind of gal but was working on a project and enjoying the girls. I did finish the last of my red and white swap blocks and they have been sent on to Kentucky. I'm really looking forward to receiving all of the many blocks from around the globe back.



I also finished the main part of a fun fall quilt while at my retreat. I still need to add borders then quilt it but received a lot of postive feedback and great ideas from the other ladies in attendance. Thanks to Shelley for sending some pictures of me working on this quilt.






I definitely would like to go on a retreat again. I was just amazed to see the beautiful work that the others worked on. It was a fun weekend to just sew, the weather was yucky anyway, so what better thing could I have done and my boys at home survived without me unscathed. They're usually pretty independent but I like to think that I'm needed anyway.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I Can't believe I haven't had a post in so long

Wow, does time fly. I know I've been busy but when I logged on tonight I found out just how long it's been since my last post. Life never seems to slow down, but I guess if it did I wouldn't know what to do with myself. My oldest just finished his middle school football team and now moves onto basketball.

Zach played quarterback some of the time which he just loved. Spencer is gearing up for his big Lego League competition. His team had a practice last Saturday and now knows what work need to be done by next week. He was setting the robot up to complete the mission in this picture.

I myself are looking very much forward to a quilt retreat this weekend. Having the whole weekend to sew will be just wonderful.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Indian Summer




I just love Indian Summer weekends. We just had a beautiful sunny and warm weekend. I spent some time getting my garden ready for winter on Saturday and then yesterday instead of enjoying the weather outside I spent much of the day inside helping Spencer get his cake ready for the Cub Scout Cake Auction which takes place tonight. I thought we picked an easy cake but let me just say those pre made gingerbread (or haunted house in our case) kits aren't so easy. Spencer wanted a halloween themed cake and I think we did a pretty good job with it. We'll see tonight how much it goes for.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

My how time flies


Yesterday was my sister's 47th birthday. I still think it's unreal to think that we're as old as we are. On Monday I'll turn 44. It sure seems that our parents were so old when we were kids and they were our age. I'm sure that's what my boys think now though I don't feel old at all.

The above picture is from last year when my family was home in Wisconsin to celebrate our birthdays. That doesn't happen too often.

This weeks Block of the Week


I was able to finish the block of the week today. I enjoyed working on this block since it is one of my Red and White swap blocks. Made some mistakes on the block but now know what I need to do differently for the swap blocks.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

2 Down, 2 To go


I have now completed block number two for my block exchange. 2 more times 11 blocks each and I'll be ready to send them on. I'm looking forward to receiving lots of different red and white blocks. I think they will make a stunning quilt.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Where have I been







Well as usual, a busy life gets in the way of other things such as blogging. I am the spirit wear chairperson for my older son's middle school and this week as my husband puts it our house has turned into a wharehouse of sweatshirts and t-shirts. I have been busy packing all of the orders into as many plastic grocery bags as I can scrounge up. My coworkers are now calling me the bag lady and have donated a fair amount to my collection. Thought I'd share a few pictures of my now wharehouse living room. Thankfully all this stuff will go to there own homes next
week.




Friday, September 12, 2008

First Red and White Swap blocks done



I was finally able to get to the sewing machine this week and since the block of the week was B-4 I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to work on that block for the red and white swap.

First I finished the block for this weeks BOW.


Then I completed all 10 plus one more for me in red and white. Now I have only 3 more blocks to make for the swap.


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy

Well one week of school is under our belt. Today went better then last week so it should only continue to be easier. I'm really enjoying my two classes this year and hope to have a lot of fun with them. Unfortunately I haven't had much time for anything else. We did fit in a weekend trip to Wisconsin for Labor day and this weekend my boys are looking forward to the annual city festival here in Michigan. I'm hoping to fit in a bit of time for quilting tomorrow on my day off.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Last Summer vacation











We spent the early part of the week on a last summer fling. We drove down to North Carolina through the great Smoky Mountains and into North Carolina. The boys of the family even slid down a waterfall. The weather in the mountains was a bit too cool for me but I really enjoyed hiking to several beautiful waterfalls. After entering North Carolina we drove over to the central part of the state know as the Sandhills and got some golf and more swimming in. All in all it was a great trip.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Back to school

Here it is August 13th and those of you are teachers are feeling just like me. How did summer pass us up so fast? Why didn't I get everything accomplished that I wanted to? But, alas August has arrived along with all of the back to school sales you'll see teachers in their classrooms preparing for another school year. Today my boys and I spent the morning and part of the afternoon in my classroom with my co-teachers. We totally revamped one of our two classrooms and I'm excited to see how everything flows. We seem to start every year with a full class of toddlers that grow into preschoolers throughout the year and this year is no exception. Job boredom is rarely the case. So we'll enjoy our last couple of weeks of summer laziness and begin the new school refreshed and ready.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A break from quilting





Yesterday, I took a break from quilting and took my boys to the PGA championship practice round. This tournament is being played at a beautiful course very near to our home. The boys wanted to spend most of the day on driving range collecting autographs but my older son took advantage of a junior clinic with one of the pros coaches. He even made the local paper here.

Zach's quilt top is finished




I finished my son Zach's quilt top last Friday but haven't had a chance to post anything. I really like how the colors look together.

As usual, the moment I put a quilt on the floor to photograph it my cat Pearl has to check it out.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Latest projects



With wedding quilts out of the way I thought I'd work on a few UFO's, namely my two sons quilts. They've been waiting for two years so it might be a good thing to get those finished. My older sons is teal, purple and black. I still need to add a small purple border, small black border and a large ribbon material border but hopefully I can finish the top this week.








My younger sons quilt is orange, yellow and black. His may take me longer to finish as the border is pieced but should look pretty good when it's done.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The latest Block of the Week


I finished this weeks BOW last night along with the inside of oldest son's quilt. The latter has been a two year process so both boys are chomping at the bit for mom to finish these up.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Trying something new

Well I'm trying to figure out how to get this Webring on my blog site but am totally confused as to where I need to paste the info on my site. So anyhow, I'm trying it here on the post spot but any experts out there please give me some pointers.


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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Quilting progress







Well after returning from vacation I did find a bit of time to work in some quilting. My DH says I lead the life of leisure in the summer and have spent a few days swimming this week with my boys, but a good week for me includes some time quilting. I finished this weeks SBS BOW and spent some time on my son Zach's quilt but couldn't resist cutting out part of my Very Hungry Caterpillar quilt. I think that quilt will go to school with me next spring when we study bugs with the kids.

A summer garden




I'm so excited about my hydrangeas, they have bloomed just beautifully this summer . I was a bit worried after the snowy winter we had.

Wedding




Back from vacation and I wanted to attach a couple of pictures of the wedding quilts I made for my niece and nephew.

My neice's wedding was in April and my nephews on the 27th of June.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A SBS Milestone


With the completion of this weeks SBS block I am officially half way done. I hope to make steady progress over the summer but will take a week off while we head to Wisconsin for a family vacation and nephew's wedding. I put the last stitches in the wedding batik binding last night so it is ready to be packed.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

3 New SBS blocks done







I've been able to finish 3 SBS blocks this week. I think my goal this summer will be to finish at least 3 a week. I'm almost half way down with all of the blocks and sure would like to finish them.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

It's been way too long

It's been such a busy time for me that there hasn't been enough time to post on my blog or quilt. I have been able to finish quilting my nephew's wedding quilt and the binding is partially sewn on. Now I just need to do the hand stitching. I might just finish that on the car ride to Wisconsin. I'm truly glad that I and my boys have finished another school year. My quilting area is a mess so that's on the agenda for today, once I get that cleaned up I need to catch up on some SBS BOW's and start on the red and white swap. Now that summer vacation is here I'll be more on top of the blog and will post pictures soon.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

New block and fun news

Well, between planting flowers and going to my boys baseball games I had the chance to finish this weeks SBS block.

Last night I had the special treat. I had dinner with Jennifer Chiaverini and fellow SBS member Shelley Stevens. Afterward, Shelley and I along with a large group of women listened to Jennifer at the Baldwin Library in Birmingham, Mi. It was truly a great evening.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A little time to quilt


Today I had a few minutes to finish the SBS BOW. As we wind down the school year I have less and less time to sew. I'm looking forward to summer vacation so that I can work some more on my SBS blocks and the block swap blocks.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Ben and Robin's wedding quilt top




















I finished my nephew's wedding quilt top. Now I just have to pin, quilt and bind it. Should be done before the wedding in June.

I also caught up with the 2 SBS BOWs that I was behind on. I now have 61 of 140 blocks done.






Wednesday, April 23, 2008

SBS Block of the Week


Had a chance to finish this weeks SBS block. It was much easier thanks to Micki in Ireland who sent me her paper piecing pattern.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Progress




I've made some nice progress on my nephew's wedding quilt. I have 3 more rows left then borders, quilting and binding. Hopefully I'll finish it by the big day in June. You can see the first two rows here. I'm really loving the batiks, this quilt is different then the norm for me since I tend to do most quilts in green. I've also attached a better picture of the inner part of my lollipop quilt. Thanks to some great SBS quilters who gave me applique pointers, I finished two stems last night. Will post the applique portion of this quilt as I progress more.