Friday, December 31, 2010

Fun mindless quilt for sewing

I am participating in a Fun Mindless Quilt Day. Thank you Stashbusters and Sandy Cook! I just finished cutting the Christmas fabric. Still need to cut the black squares. Some fabric have 1993 date on them and some don't even have a date.

My dd said "why did you collect all this Christmas fabric?" Good question. I said. "look at this Christmas mouse, How could you NOT buy it!" Guess that sums up MY buying mentality!

I am excited to do this. When Preparing for the first cut, I unfolded the 2+ yards, ironed,cut, refolded the fabric and started the "used" pile. When I made my first 3-4 cuts,I measured so carefully. At about the 4th piece and still seeing 13 more pieces to handle. I measured about 2" more than I needed, cut it off, refolded, and THEN ironed the piece. THEN, I got smarter. :) I just eyeballed what I needed, cut up the rest of the stack, then ironed and cut to size. VERY freeing. Plus I have a stack of christmas strips to use for another quilt :)
Maybe a lap quilt for dd.. hee hee hee.

ok, off to iron and cut the black :)

Yeah!, I have laid out the large squares in the final layout and have sewn one (only one, sob, sniff, sniff) square. Had to take time out to go make Rum Balls for NYE party we are going to tonight.

Ok, maybe I can sew a few more blocks before we have to leave.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Straight No Chaser: The 12 Days of Christmas (2008 Version)

Love this. I think I should get their Christmas Cd? I'll give it some thought.
Very interesting finding out about them, too!

Straight No Chaser - The Christmas Can-Can (With A Special Greeting)

Christmas Morning


I can't believe that I woke up this morning at 3:30am. Why??? Why?? There are no small children and no reason whatsoever to get up early. I even stayed up until about 10pm last night.
Oh well. I'll try to write more later. Maybe I can even go back to sleep? Doubt it.

The tree is all lit and the gifts are under and ready to be opened. :)

Chester came about 10:30. I forgot that he gets hungry earlier than we do. Good thing the Turkey was done a bit early and we ate around 12 noon. I meant to take a picture, but all that is left is food in the Fridge and a few dirty dishes waiting to go into the dishwasher!

Thursday, December 23, 2010


Our dog is 16 years old. She is the best, best dog!! Smart. Oh yes, I am bragging!! My daughter wanted to take her for dog training classes and enter her in the fair. We did the classes although I wondered if Freckles (the dog) was too young. Ok, maybe it was because she was young that I agreed to the class. It was 16 years ago, you try remembering specifics from that long ago. Freckles was such a good and quick learner that the teacher thought she was about 3-5 years older than her actual age :)

Freckles caught on quickly that she wasn't to growl and snap at the kittie cats when I put food out for all of them. She had to wait until they had eaten alot before she could have her part. Smartie pants figured out that if she did the "vulture" thing (hanging her head down above the cats heads and making them nervous, thus making them "finish" faster) or if she was really impatient, she would just gently move her nose in between the cats until they finally moved out of the way, then she could eat quicker!!

Another memories that stands out is how, to this day, she will snag wasps right out of the air. SNAP!! then spit the dead bug out, and keep looking for more. Odd?? oh yeah. My daughter, Jocelyn, and I realized that she is "protecting Jocelyn". As a child she hated bugs, didn't want them around, and would scream (when outside) and there was a wasp around. I'm sure Freckles doesn't remember why, but even when nobody is around, she will go after wasps.

Rabbits. Jocelyn had lots of rabbits. :) I think this happened either her first or second year of having these rabbits. Big white rabbits, New Zealands. We had gone to town and when we came back, there was Freckles out in the yard. Not running to great us, but intently watching something White in the yard. What was it?? Rabbit. How did that big rabbit get out of the cage? maybe the door wasn't secured enough? But Freckles was guarding her! We saw the rabbit try to hop away and Freckles just got up and blocked the rabbit from moving too much and kept an eye on her!! What a good dog!

Another time, one of the cats was trying to bring her kittens up under the back porch and apparently Freckles took a shine to this baby. Near as we can figure, either the baby wandered out, or Freckles when in the picked her up and was guarding her out in the back yard. Well, Mamma cat came back with another kitten and then saw Freckles with the first one!! Freckles just laid between Mamma and Baby! When the cat would go around and try to approach her baby from another angle, Freckles just got up and blocked the way to the baby. Oh my, we watched that poor Mamma try about 5 times to get her poor baby. I know, but it was rather funny and nobody was hurt!! We finally had to distract Freckles away with a bone so Momma and baby could be together!!

Both out children are grown and gone from the house, but Freckles is still here and until last year, going strong. Isn't it funny how demanding they get as they get older. A few years ago, she discovered how to "shiver" as a means to TRY to get into the house. Then awhile after that, she learned how to make her teeth chatter! So funny to see. She will actually do a shiver and teeth chatter routine to try to get into the house! The other day, she forgot she was inside and instead of begging for scrap of food, she did the teeth chattering.. this was way too funny, because it was about 72 in the house!!

We love our Freckles and spoil her. She comes in and "visits" us in the evening. When she gets too warm in the house, out she goes. I fixed her a nice warm house. Hay bales, Board roof, Straw and yes, even a "blankie". I used an older bedspread to help insulate and control the wind. And, of course, she has her kitties. They all snuggle down in there for the night! Oh yes, her house is not open to the weather. It is up under an overhang and well protected from the weather!

I'll have to get a couple of pictures. :) Here she is eating. Notice she is spoiled. Her Food bowl is raised up for her!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Judy's UFO 2011 Challenge

Finally Friday!!! I thought I was off for the weekend, but I have to work on Sunday. At first I was disappointed, but then I found out that I will have Thursday - Sunday off next week!! (Saturday being Christmas this year)

Judy's UFO 2011 Challenge is gearing up. So I am starting my list and will just add to it as I come across quilts that need completing. Go here for Judy's Home page:

1. Halloween Wall Hanging - Find/buy
black binding and bind.

2. Orange Cruse Sent to Becky - Bind

3. Carpenters Wheel sent to Becky - Bind.

4. Paper Pieced Table Top - find a border piece, backing, quilt & bind.

5. Red/White/Blue Sampler - count blocks, finish more if necessary, Figure out backing, quilt and bind.

6. Red/Yellow Table Top - finish hand
quilting and binding on

7. Christmas Braid - Quilt and Bind.

8. Chick Sampler - decide final size, make more blocks, find backing, quilt & bind.
9. Christmas Quick Quilt

10. Bright Quilt - Binding

11. Baby Boy Quilt

12. Fall Handbag

Wow, I am surprised that I could list 8 quilts without even searching for those that are "hidden" away!

ok, Heading for bed. Silly me woke up at 3am, when I could have slept in until 6am this morning. I hate when I do that. Night all!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Ok, almost a year later and I am writing on the blog again. But I know it will not be consistent since this is a busy, busy time at work. Thanks to Mary Hopkins directions on how to add a button, I have successfully added Judy L's UFO Challenge 2011 Button!! Alright, here are the directions, in case I need them again!!

OK-I figured it out! Copy the text underneath the button on Judy’s page. Go into your blog page. Go to design-it is at the top of your blog page. Go to Add a Gadget. Go to HTML/Java script. Paste in the text and write in a title. Hit Save. This is what worked for me anyway!

Thank you Mary!!

I need to pull my UFO's out and list the twelve that I Realistically think that I can finish. Oh, boy, my SIL has two of my quilts that she is going to quilt for me. I believe that I will list those, because once I get them back, I will still have to bind them!! :)

Alright, Off to do more cleaning, I need to get ready for Christmas!! Hugs!!