Saturday, March 22, 2014

Pat Sloan's Globetrotting Mystery BOM

I am always a little late to the party and I've just started participating in a few BOM for the first time. I've just this past week started working on Pat Sloan's Globetrotting Mystery BOM ( 

Here is the Washington, DC, block on my design wall. 

I'm really out of my comfort zone on this one. I like a ready-to-buy, all-the-fabric-coordinating-is-done-for-me kind of project because I HATE choosing fabrics. I mean, I ADORE fabric. BUT I'll have this vision in my head of what I want; then when I go to the fabric store, it all falls apart. I get overwhelmed by the choices, can't find what my vision dictates, and leave empty-handed and frustrated - or buy a charm pack or jelly roll and hope it works for something. 

Anyway, for this project, I'm using what I have on hand in the quantity needed, so it will be scrappy-ish. I think it lacks in contrast, but I DON'T CARE! I will work on it because it relaxes me and will love it because the colors are so pretty. 

I like the results I get with hand piecing so much more over machine piecing, not to mention the portability of the project that comes with handwork. Here's one section of the very large DC block all pieced:

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

WIN a Christmas Tree Quilt & Support Wounded Warrior Lance Corporal Brian Felber

I work with this young man's father-in-law. He was injured during active duty in Afghanistan, losing both of his legs. His story has brought a lot of perspective to my life. When I want to complain or grumble, I just think about Brian. His life will never be the same in a way that few of us can even comprehend. You can read Brian's story at the links below:,183996,184472,184502

His Facebook page is here and has more information on supporting Brian directly.

I recently started stitching a Christmas Tree wall hanging quilt for myself. I don't like to put up an actual tree, so I thought this was a nice alternative. But once I started stitching it, I knew I needed to donate it to be raffled to raise funds for Brian and his young wife, Ariel.

(this is the quilt top on my design wall before quilting)

About the Quilt: This is machine pieced and hand quilted by me (so it is not perfect :-), made with 100% cotton fabrics and 100% cotton thread. The batting is Warm and Natural. The finished dimensions are approximately 36" x 44". There is a convenient rod pocket sewn to the back, so it's all ready to hang on your wall this holiday season and for years to come.

This would make a lovely addition to your home holiday decorations or would make a very unique gift for that special someone in your life. But most importantly, you will be helping to support a wounded warrior in a very tangible way.

There is a link to the right of this page for you to purchase tickets. They are $5 each or $20 for 5 tickets. Please include your telephone number so you can be contacted if you win. The drawing will be held December 16, 2011, and the quilt will be shipped out that day. Please note that I am not responsible for a damaged or lost item. I will ship it Fed Ex, which has the highest rating for delivering quilts successfully. Oh, and shipping is on me. :-)

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Another Free BOM
It's called scrap happy.

Free BOM

Check out this free BOM for 2010. I think it is just the cutest thing. I love snowmen. And how appropriate on today, when it's snowing here (something it rarely does).

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Dining Room Table Shopping

We sold Kimberly and Dewayne our dining room table for their new place. Kimberly liked the style of it. I no longer did and it was way bigger than what our needs are now. Michael and I shopped today and we found one we are considering. We knew we wanted the leather cushioned chairs and were leaning toward a counter height style. The only thing I'm not sure about is the top of this one. It is made of marble and while I really was drawn to it in the store, I'm not sure if it is something that I can be free with in terms of wall paint colors.
Here's a pic of the top.

Would I be safe painting a wine color with this? That's the current color of our dining room here. I may change that when we move. But I want OPTIONS. I mean, I know I could do a pretty green or other earth tones, but what if I want to go another direction?

Here's a shot of the table itself. We'll be pairing it with the leather chair to the right in the pic.

I'm also a little hesitant because of the care. My Martha Stewart Homekeeping Book is packed up so I can't go to my "source" for information. I searched and read a little online.

Also, will I still like this YEARS from now? I guess it's no different than picking a counter top and I could definitely see myself picking this for a kitchen counter top.

The only other option we saw today that we really liked was a round table that we could squeeze 6 around. But this table with 8 chairs will be a mere $100 more than the round with 6 chairs.

Decisions, decisions!

Sunday, May 24, 2009


After months and months of periodically looking for a new bed covering to replace the too small one that was about 10+ years old, I finally found THE ONE today at TJ Maxx. I truly don't know why I don't visit that store more often because I love all the housewares.

Even the back is pretty. I took this pic with my cell phone just to send to my daughters and thought I would do a post here with it. I absolutely love this quilt. I realized after I put it on the bed that I have several other items in our room with this same color scheme--robin's egg blue, pink, and lavender. I had to take down the burgundy curtains, of course, so I'll have to replace those. I'm thinking something lacy and white. This quilt goes good in our current room, which has lavender walls but it will also enable us to use different colors in our next house.

Yes, we are still in the process of trying to sell our home and buy a smaller one in town. After 6 months with one Realtor, when our contract was up, we switched to a different one. That was about 2 1/2 weeks ago and we haven't even had a showing yet. We went again today to look at the house we want to buy. The owners called to let us know that they had opened the pool and so we went to look at it. It's nice and the house is still the one we want. I can so see us living there, entertaining there, Nathan playing there. When I dream, it's usually either of Nathan and/or that house. Silly, I know.

Friday, April 03, 2009

House Search Update

We're STILL trying to sell our house and move back into town. I'm having a hard time being patient. We did the work that needed to be done in our crawl space so hopefully we'll get a bite soon.

Last week, we viewed a For-Sale-By-Owner house and it's "the one!" We just hope it stays on the market until we have a buyer and hope they'll except our offer, which will be lower than what they are asking. The house is in a perfect location -- right in the middle of our jobs, 2 minutes from a supermarket, the bank, and (most importantly) the quilt shop :-), 5 minutes from the YMCA. It is the perfect size for us -- around 1,900 to 2,000 square feet -- not too large; not too small. The kitchen was redone about 3 years ago and it has the double wall oven I've always wanted to have. The cabinet color is a little light for me and I would prefer a gas cooktop instead of electric but at least it's a smooth cooktop, which is what we have now and prefered over the coil type. The kitchen has TONS of drawers, which is also a desire of mine. There's a good size laundry room off the kitchen with space to add shelves for a pantry. (It will be SO nice to have everything on ONE level instead of a laundry room upstairs and a kitchen downstairs). There are built-in bookcases in the living room as well as an entertainment center with doors that hide the television and a gas fireplace. There is a huge dining room plus room in the kitchen for a small table. The bedrooms are good sizes. There are 2 full baths and the hall bath has TONS of cabinets and drawers for storage. The master bedroom has two closets -- a regular type with sliding doors and a small walk-in closet. There isn't any carpet anywhere in the house. There's a two-car attached carport with attic access. The house has really nice curb appeal and is in a very quiet neighborhood with lots of elderly neighbors.

The BEST part of it all, though, for me is the outdoor living space. There is a huge covered patio on the back of the house that overlooks the inground pool. We have really missed our pool at the rent house we lived in before moving here. There is a beautiful dogwood tree in the backyard. There is an attached storage room off the patio and then another workshop building with a workbench for Michael. It's a little small so we might want to convert it to a pool house one day and build him a larger workshop on the other end of the yard. The yard is a good size, too -- not too large, not too small. (I'm starting to sound like Goldilocks!) There's room for a swing set for Nate when he's older or a club house.

The utilities would be cheaper, the insurance would be cheaper, the property taxes a tad more. Not to mention gas saved in the car running so far out here from work every day.

The current homeowners are building a new home and their house won't be ready until later in the year. They have a place to move before then if they get an offer, though. I called the wife yesterday and told her that we *want* to make an offer but we're just not going to do it now when we don't have a buyer for ours. I told her to keep our number and please call us if they sell so we will know to cross it off our list. She said they would also call if they had someone else who showed a real interest in it. (So we can pray HARD, I guess!)

There really aren't many things we would change about the house and NOTHING that would immediately NEED to be done (besides maybe painting rooms but even that can wait). It's not in the neighborhood I wanted to be in, but neither Laikyn or Michael are sold on Lakeside anyway, so I decided to let that desire go....

Keeping our fingers crossed and praying that God works it all out (SOON).

Tatted Bookmarks

I started making tatted bookmarks during the Christmas holidays to give to family and friends while we were visiting in Louisiana. I ordered some hand-dyed thread and have been using it to make bookmarks for co-workers' birthdays. Here are two I made recently for my SIL Mary who gave hers away to a friend. I made an extra one for her other friend, too. The pattern is from a needle tatting book I bought at Hobby Lobby.
I can do some shuttle tatting, too (at least I *think* I still know how), but I MUCH prefer needle tatting. I haven't tried any big projects yet. I'm loving these bookmarks that go together super fast. (You can click the photo for a more close-up detail look at the thread).

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Table runner for spring

After looking at my Valentine's theme table runner for a while, I decided yesterday I needed to make a table runner for springtime. I used stuff I already had in my stash and a pattern at Clothilde. If you want the pattern, click on the link ASAP. They are only up for a limited time, so print it while you can. I left the tassels off and I switched up the colors a little as well as some of the instructions.

Anyway, this is the finished project:

I like the color combination a lot. Laikyn helped me choose which green to use for the blocks and which to use for the binding. I was torn between the two. I'm glad she liked the lighter green because I think it's lovely with the pink and the floral fabric.