Friday, March 17, 2017

Back in the Saddle

We are back from our two week trip to Florida and on a cruise for our 36th anniversary!
 We had a great time, although I was getting over a little cold when we left and I ended up with laryngitis for the first 3-4 days of the cruise!!! This presented a problem when we were having dinner with our table mates! The first night, we all smile at each other and one gentleman says, "Hi, I'm Mike, this is Ann" the other couple chimes in with their names, and then from our side of the table, DEAD SILENCE! Finally Mike turns to us and says, "I'm sorry, I didn't get your names" - ack! Mr. Handsome said later that he was waiting for a break in the conversation to introduce us, that man is a "slow talker", there was plenty of time! It was very hard for me to let him carry the conversation for both of us, as I am very chatty! (Several men, when they learned I had laryngitis, said he was "lucky" - HA) We had a great time, swimming, tubing, and just relaxing. We also got to visit our wonderful "Florida kids" and grandchildren. 

 This star quilt is a project I will be working on, hopefully sometime soonish...(That sounds VERY uncommitted, doesn't it?) We had a block exchange in one of my bees and we did different sized stars in Civil War colors, It's going to be a challenge to put together for sure! I even took a class on it at Quilt Fest last September, to get ideas for putting together different sized blocks - we'll see...
 Here is another class I took, from the wonderful, entertaining and talented Melissa Corry! It's an Irish Chain and I used a jelly roll and some fun newsprint for the back ground. I am also hand quilting it in a "big stitch" with Perle cotton - another class I took, lots of fun! It has a minky back, so it is a bit of a challenge to get that needle through! Hoping to finish it this summer for a daughter's birthday.
 This little table topper is from another block exchange, we did 6" "Fall Blocks" and I needed a Thanksgiving topper, so this fits the bill perfectly!

Here is a scrappy around the world I finished, I actually made three of them with scraps, I'd been making blocks for a LONG TIME, I finally made 3 throw sized quilts and gave them all away.

This is the latest, on the design wall, super cute, it's called a "Charm Pack Mashup", made with lots of charm squares - and I certainly have a boatload of those! I am doing it with a dark background, which I will either love or hate, it has LOTS of bitty pieces and is turning out quite tricky to put together, since the stars kind of interlock. I may enter it in a quilt show, but we'll see if my ego can take it - I am NOT a very precise quilter (I prefer quantity over quality, unfortunately) so I cringe when I read the "critiques" of my quilts when I enter them in a show...
Here is another Farm Girl Vintage 6" block to end with - happy quilting!!!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Crazy, Beautiful Life

     I have had quilt tops piling up a bit and decided to give each of my sister in laws a quilt for their birthday this year.  How hard could it be? I asked myself. I started early and gave my November SIL hers and patted myself on the back for having such a good idea, etc. WELL, I should have realized by pretty much ALL of the rest of the birthdays are before July 3! And there are 7 of them, counting my wonderful Mother-in-Law! Yikes, it's a little hectic around here. Add in that I was finishing a quilt for  my son's birthday in March and doing one for my granddaughter's baptism in May, and two nieces expecting beautiful babies - well, you get the picture!  I travel quite a bit in the spring, visiting my children and their families who live from coast to coast and in between too!  Good thing I work well with deadlines!

    Am loving my new "Little Red" Bernina that I can easily use upstairs, while hanging out with Mr. Handsome, it is helping meet my fun deadlines. I got this wild quilt done this weekend, ready for delivery tonight before we head out of town for an exciting little trip.  
     I am also working on a "Farm Girl Vintage" (Lori Holt) quilt with some friends and we met this past week and I worked on a few blocks. We are doing the 6" size - they are adorable, too bad we need like 59,000 to make a quilt since they are so small and cute!

I got a fun, new cook book "The Pioneer Woman" "Dinnertime" and we made these Hawaiian burgers last week and they were to die for!!!!

 And, last, but not least, I got an "old lady" pillowcase!  I LOVE it. I have curly hair, which is losing some (okay a LOT) of it's thickness and loveliness, I was tired of waking up with frizzy/straight hair, so I ordered this baby up on Amazon (I LOVE Amazon, but that is a post for another day) for $8 and now when I wake up in the morning, I don't despair quite as much. It's supposedly good for wrinkles too, but since I'm on the chubby side, wrinkles aren't coming on too quickly, so I don't worry too much.
Hope you're having a great, quilty life!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Little Red, Eyebrows and More

So I've made a goal to do a post at least once a week. Very exciting news, I got a new little Bernina today! Her name is "Little Red"
I LOVE my trusty Bernina 1130 (1989) , but it is SOOO heavy to haul up the stairs for quilt retreats and sew days. I have a little Singer Featherweight (1938), which I can take, but it's just a little lacking in speed and options. So, Mr. Handsome and I went down and picked this little cutie up this afternoon. I've promised to sell the Featherweight to offset the cost...

I'm in charge of a quilt challenge at my local guild this year and we are doing a "Gradated Quilt". I whipped this baby quilt up so I could show it at the meeting last month, to illustrate the challenge:
But I am working on this bad boy for my big finish in November:
This gorgeous quilt is from Melissa Corry's Book "Irish Chain Quilts"

Onto other news:

2 of my kids and their families are done with school this summer! One family will be moving from Kansas to Wisconsin this summer with their 5 beautiful children. The other will be moving either to Minnesota OR Arizona - they are still deciding which offer to accept. They are currently in Florida with 2 more of our exceptional grandchildren!  I am sure I will continue to spend much of my time flying around the US to visit them. (I will still have one family in Florida, one in California and one in Utah)

Finally - Eyebrows:

Eyebrows - now that mine are pretty much non-existent, I am obsessed with eyebrows! I am especially envious of gals with full, thick ones. I myself had super thick eyebrows for most of my life, in Jr. High, my friend begged me to pluck them - practically a uni-brow, but alas, those days are gone - over- plucking, age, etc. has resulted in their demise.  I know there is that micro-dermabrasion procedure that can last awhile, but I'm a chicken and I've already spent my pennies on Little Red. I am using "Wunderbrow" currently and I like it okay, except when my eyebrows look totally unrelated when I put it on - some days are just fine, they match, but other days, I just don't know!!! Now that I notice everyone's eyebrows, I do notice that some gals paint them on, others have very pale ones, others are blessed and I guess it really doesn't matter, so I should just calm down. Maybe if I spent more than 5 minutes putting on make up, I'd be happier with the result, but I'm pretty tired of putting make up on the same face that I've been doing for the past 40 years - oh well, I'm off to sew!!!!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Life Goes On...

Life is just moving right along as I'm sure it is for everyone else! So sorry for skipping so many months, I feel like a slacker! In November these cuties got married:

 Big Family Pic, including parents, sisters, and everyone!

 All 10 of the gorgeous grand babies!

 Here are some quilts I've been working on:
This was a kit I purchased a few years back - done!

This is a "Contrast" quilt, from a class I took in St. George in January, we had to use all one color in various values, then stick it together with "press-n-seal" because we didn't have time to sew the blocks together in class. They are currently in a box awaiting their resurrection to become a real quilt!

 A delicious BBQ chicken pizza me and Mr. Handsome enjoyed (a lot)!
 Here's what is currently on my design wall, I was ready to sash it up with cornerstones, but then I went to a (FAB) dinner and lecture by Kathy Doughty from Australia and she likes to piece her sashings, so I am going to take it to the quilt shop next week to find some more fabrics and give that pieced sashing a try!
 Finished this "row" quilt that one of my bees (and me) were working on last year, it's for Sydnee's twin bed, now that she's getting bigger!

Lots of other stuff has been going on, but too much for one post, I will keep working at it until I'm caught up! I was reading my "blog" book that I had published a couple of years ago and I was just enjoying it SOOOO much, then I realized I think it's so great, because I think my life and family are so great and I think I'm pretty funny - I'm probably the only one, but it pointed me back to my blog to keep it up so I will have a record - maybe some of my posterity will enjoy it when I am dead and gone - we'll see!
Have a happy life, and if it's tough right now - it will get better!!!!!!

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Eagle Has Landed!

Whoop-dee-doo! (Is that how you spell that?) This baby came a little while ago and I am so excited!!
 It came a few days before I went to Florida for 10 days to see the adorable grand babies. Mr. Handsome and I set it up and I was able to get nearly 3 quilts quilted before I left.
 It is gorgeous and huge! I love it!
Now that I am back and the laundry is done, I'm off to quilting heaven! It is amazing and lots of fun to use. Still tinkering a bit with the tension, but it's coming together. 
It is so nice to be back home in the fall, since fall is my favorite season, the leaves are changing and it's nice and chilly - the best!
Life is good!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Need a Bigger House for my Hobbies!

     It's still pretty dang hot around here, but I am holding out hope for some coolness in the (hopefully) near future, as tomorrow is September!!!! (Yay, birthday month!)
     My friend gave me a hand quilting frame this week, I already have a regular old-fashioned one, but this is a fancy roll up, tilt-y one. I brought it home and it's bigger than I expected and I don't know if I can find anywhere to keep it! It looks really big in my little grandma house and I can't disassemble it a keep it under the guest room bed where my other hand quilting frame is.  I have it downstairs in the studio, but a couple of times a month I have friends and family over to quilt and it would be pretty squishy down there with that puppy in the way. If I hadn't taken up piano playing, it would fit where the piano now resides - shoot!
     I sometimes get after Mr. Handsome for leaving things lying around, but I have to remind myself that I pretty much have all of the closets/extra basement space, etc. all filled up with MY stuff.  I would hate to buy a bigger house just for stuff! One of my favorite shows is "Hoarders", but maybe because I am a closet hoarder myself (Bahahaha, I AM a "closet hoarder" - sometimes I just crack myself right up!).  I think it would be easier if I: a) didn't have any hobbies (but how boring) or b) didn't want to have people over so I could fill up my house with all of my hobbies and the equipment that comes with them. (again, how boring). I guess I will just have to work out some happy medium - there is that moderation thing again that I am soooooo not good at!

 This little guy is 3 months and his mother says his bib should say "I'm afraid of my big sister" (She just turned two)

These two little monkeys were playing quietly upstairs in their rooms, when their mom discovered that Izzy had cut Beckham's hair down to his scalp! He now has a nice buzz.

Here is my next project, for my cute niece having a little girl this fall. My colors will be different, I got this from Google Images and I actually think I can figure this out without a pattern! (I know, progress, right?)
 Their wedding is coming closer, it is also this fall and the nice thing is I think that all of my kids will come from all over America to witness it! (Family reunion!)

Hope your life is happy and quilt-y and not too hot (unless you like that sort of thing)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Balance, Will I Ever Find it?

     When I was younger and busily raising 5 children, running my Mr. Handsome's business, serving at my church and all of the other tasks associated with living, I would wonder if I would ever get my act together.
     Fast Forward about 25 years and I still struggle with this! Now it's not the laundry that is towering over me (thank goodness!), but it's all of the things I love and want to do! My children and grandchildren don't take the day to day caring (except in the summer when they all come over), but they have lots of birthdays and love care packages and phone calls and face time. These are some of the joyful tasks I get to do.
     I am again doing the paperwork/organization for Mr. Handsome's real estate business, since he sold his brokerage awhile back. Luckily, now I have some lovely cleaning ladies that help me out a couple of times a month - good trade for me, I'd rather organize than clean.
     Even though I don't have to clean, there is still shopping, cooking, straightening, laundry, etc.
     I am still trying to learn to play the piano, that's definitely a work in progress!
     I am quite active in my wonderful church and am currently working with the youth there as well as still serving in the Addiction Recovery Program (12 step), trying to be a good neighbor, taking some time to read my scriptures, ponder, etc.
     I look at my yard and want to play with my flowers (but it's awful hot!). There is always exercise, which I enjoy, but don't particularly like getting up early for, however it seems to be a must to get it done daily  regularly.
     Then there is QUILTING, which is what I want to do all most of the time! Each year I attend 3 four day/night retreats, plus a few 2-3 days daytime only retreats. I belong to two guilds, 2 bees, and have a "quilt night" at my house a couple of nights a month, and of course, I love to hang out in my basement studio and watch my "shows" - favorites include: "Hoarders", "Fons & Porter", "Bones" and random Netflix movies.

     So there you have it, my life in a nutshell - nothing to complain about - FULL of blessings to be grateful for, I will just keep seeking balance, just like everyone else, I imagine! Hope your life is balanced and full of quilting!