More words than pictures


Someone dropped these beauties off at work. All of the flowers make such a lovely arrangement. It was a perfect collection of flowers, real ones by the way. I was glad I had a chance to study them for a couple of days and most of all enjoy them.

I have been quilting and I will post about the projects in a different post after they are delivered because there are a couple of stories that go with the quilts as well as finishing them. I have been coloring in my book of repeating patterns, doing Zentangle and sewing. Lots of parts of projects but not completed anything yet. However, I have found that I do get tons done in my 10, 15 and 30  minute increments with a few longer moments occasionally. I had a fab time visiting with a friend this week and doing Zentangle.  Our group took July off from meeting….. so she is going to come in August. I hope to see more growth as we go.

I am making plans for the Fall . I hope to teach a beginners quilt class at my lqs, know of anyone who would like to learn? Let me know! I am starting to get my podcast recording started and I have some tech support if needed, lol. I am going to record a few episodes over the Month of Aug and post the first one in September.  I am going to do a trunk show at a shop in the area in Sept too. I think I better enjoy the rest of summer and not get too far ahead of myself…. a few more Highland games, the Grand Rapids Quilt show in Aug, and Renfest. Oh boy, it is gonna be a great month.

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Heat wave

It has been so hot here. I do complain about the weather and I held out on the heat because winters are so long…. but it’s uncomfortable. Even with air conditioning, our second floor is hot. So long arming and sleeping is a bit of a challenge at times! Rain has come and I am hoping August isn’t a 90 degree month.

Look at that hot orange baby quilt. It is going to a new granddaughter due in Oct. I won’t show the entire thing so there is a surprise. Mom pieced it and I quilted it. The next pic is Pat Sloan’s mystery quilt and I am up to date. The last pic is blocks I am returning to Mom for a BOM we bought a few years ago. I have the blocks done for my BOM . Mom doesn’t paper piece and together via the internet we will assemble them. It is a lovely star quilt. 6 more done 9 to go!

As you can see I am plodding along with my knitting. It is sock yarn and plans was for a scarf or cowl. We will see. And if you click on any pic it will get large and you can see my new iron!

My husband went for a ride with his mother while I was working Saturday. My  cordless iron started to leak. He asked what kind I wanted and while he was in the city he bought me one!!!! I love it. It is so steamy and hot. It makes sewing fun! I can press quilt backs in half the time I bet!

So I have not been exercising much, bronchitis and heat don’t mix with activity. I am working in several offices and we will see how many I get to over the next month. Most of them I bet! I am still thinking about a podcast and I want to make a few over the next month and learn to edit them. My goal is Sept 1 for a bi weekly cast. I am also thinking that my long arming is going to be restricted to my current customer base if life continues to be as busy as it is!


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My husband and I graduated from the same High School. We went to a multi year class reunion last night. I haven’t had  a chance to see people we went to school outside of our class in years. There were people from all generations, sooo cool from 1943 to 2010. My name tag said I graduated from 1965 not 1984. We made jokes all night, you know, I was well preserved and cougar before it was popular etc. Lots of reminiscing, had good food and a good time.


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I made 40 of these Modern Birds in the Air blocks in the spring and mailed them off for a block swap. I received my blocks yesterday. I  sewed them up today in to a quilt top. I have blocks from Australia, Scotland, Canada and many US states. Each is signed by the maker.  I hope to meet some of the Michigan quilters at the Grand Rapids AQS show. I am quilting a few for customers then I want to get mine quilted. I am thinking my day job is gonna get really busy since we are short staffed  and long arming for others , except for friends, and such will really slow down.



Saline Celtic Festival



This Highland games was at a festival that had all types of interactive events. It has all types of activities, for example, fencing, sword handling lessons, birds of prey, the SCA and historic reinactors and jousting. My husband had great fun at this game. It was a lovely shady 75 degrees. In years past it was nearly 100 here and high humidity. Great time spending time with my friends and family. I didn’t get pictures of all events. I did get some videos but I seem to have problems learning  how to download the files to my computer and then I don’t have the patience to edit. I have 2 games to edit and I want to do that this week.

Other goals : Long arm 2 quilts. Make a swap block , Keep up with my Quiltmaker’s test blocks. Make one pillow case dress. Go for little walks and get to the gym, get started on my Podcast by recording some tests

I also started playing Pokémon Go. I love it and think it is a very cool new mobile game. I think it will get people outside, learn about different sites as well as their history and walk. I haven’t been in our downtown area in a long time. I walked to the sights , I caught Pokémon and I talked to several people I didn’t know. I was so fun! So not what I would usually do. AND I haven’t seen that many people in our downtown area in years. I think it is a good thing. And to all who don’t understand it …. that’s ok but don’t get nasty about it.


Happy 4th Everyone!

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I have been working on these blocks for my Mom. We bought the BOM together but there were issues with fabric not cut correctly and they are paper pieced. She gave the blocks to me when all the issues were discovered and I am giving them back to her, it’s taking me a couple of years but the time is now.  We will finish our quilts about the same time, whoooo hooo. We used to live very close but now we live a couple of hours away to we still can quilt together virtually and occasionally together. I have a couple of blocks on mine where things aren’t correct and I am going to try to make a block to finish it. Creative opportunities, right? The store who did the BOM is out of business and the book is pictured. Not sure if it is still available for those who have asked. I found a link in a Canadian shop. I will have to find some fabric, I think. Even with the issues this will be finished and it is a spectacular quilt and the design is amazing.

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2016-07-04 08.03.53Shameless plug, I have 4 quilts on Handmade at Amazon. I have a store there and I can keep it open until the end of 2017 to see if I like it. Do you or anyone you know need a quilt? Link is on the sidebar near the top. I will keep adding more and more as I finish them. Spread the word!

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We went to our little Lake and watched the fireworks on Saturday. There was a big problem …… they ran the show backwards. Finally we had good year for weather to see the celebration!!! They did the Finale first and the show ended with one little puff of a fire work. So anticlimactic….  Oh well, we have had 4 opportunities to see Fireworks this weekend and the big show is tonight in our neighboring town. We sat next to the people doing the big show at the lake and we all went…. WHAT HAPPENED HERE? Nice people and funny jokes went around.

I did get a interesting pic of the lake, the sunset, boats on the lake and spectator.  And one lone  firework.



End of June already?

Here are a couple of things I have started this week. I am making a scarf made from sock yarn. Yay the stripes are lining up! I have two Zentangles going. I have to decide how to shade and finish them. Lastly is a customer quit, the back view, that I was working on this week. It needs to be finished and on to the next one to long arm.

I finished one of two mini quilts that will be use as should pads for my husband and a friend. See the little tartan piece on the border? They need pad when they throw caber. This is the first little project I made after I cleaned up the rails on the long arm frame. The lint build up was causing the long arm to not want to travel properly. Dusting wasn’t enough! And the leggings were sent off to the grand daughters and they fit. Yes, I may just be able to make garments!!! Two confidence boosters of the week. 🙂

I have had a time at work where one of my long time coworkers left after a string of people retired. The hole in the team is surely felt. I knew her for over 20 years. That’s a long time. I must say I cried at the party and have a feeling of loss and the question is what’s gonna happen now weighs heavy on everyone’s mind. It made me really think about my career goals and such. I am not changing anything but I had lots of long hours thinking about how everything is gonna change, where I will land in the mix and my quilting goals. Now we just wait and see how it is all gonna shake out.

And I was shocked to look at the calendar and realize this weekend is the 4th of July. Summer’s fly around here. I am gonna squeeze as much out of the warm days as possible.