Photo from internet (ichbenhier, from Weather Underground) Pt. Huron, MI

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Kitty Quilt

I have been asked to post a photo of my "Look at all the kitties in Grandmother's Flower Garden" quilt. I am a terrible photographer, but I think if you click on the photo, it will enlarge it. The second photo is one of the blocks using Kitty Cucumber fabric that was sent to me by my friend Marianne in Idaho. I collect Kitty Cucumber figurines!! The machine quilting design is called "dogwood" and is by Gammill. The quilt is hand pieced, and machine quilted!

My daughter has returned safely from England. She arrived at  her home yesterday evening and I got to talk to her this afternoon. She had a wonderful trip, but seems glad to be home and a bit jet-lagged. Her dog is very glad to see her too, and so are her two cats!!    Have a Blessed Sunday~

Thursday, August 14, 2014

New header

I love the photo above. I found in on the internet, on Weather Underground. I have no way to contact the photographer, but the name listed is ichbenhier.  The photo reminds me of home. Across the river is Sarnia, Canada. When the steel mill was operating, there was always a dark "cloud" over Sarnia. The ship is a thousand footer, carrying freight. I used to feel very comforted in the night when I was a child and it was foggy and a ship would say "Beeeee" and there would be an answering "Beee-Ohhhh". We lived about four miles from the Blue Water Bridge. My Dad was a Customs Inspector on the Bridge.  Good memories. Living in NC, I don't get to visit Michigan anymore. Uncle George used to say "You gotta be tough to live in Michigan". But it will always be home to me.

Friday, July 25, 2014

T G & Y

Does anyone remember the old T G & Y stores? I sure do, and I am reminded of how much I do miss our old TG&Y store every time I go to Elkin! My first experience with a T G &Y was in Kissimmee, Florida in 1971. Believe it or not, I had no fabric stash in those days...my daughter was just a baby, and we lived on a very low budget. T G & Y met our needs perfectly. (NO walmarts in those days). When we moved to this area in l981, there was a store here, and we loved going there!! When I shop at the Goodwill store, sometimes I still find yarn from T G & Y in a big bag of yarn I love to purchase. These days, most of my dollars for household items and a lot of canned goods goes to Dollar General. Even though they carry a lot of products made in China, and you have to be very careful (enough said).      Thank God it is Friday...God Bless your weekend!

Photo from internet!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Another photo from England

 
Every few days my son and I get some more photos from England. I think my daughter is having a very interesting trip! In addition to her studies, she and the group she is studying with are sight-seeing. The above photo appears to be a "selfie" in the Salisbury Cathedral. She even sent a photo of Stonehenge. (No need to post that here....everyone has seen a photo to Stonehenge, eh?)  She will be there for a few more weeks yet. My goodness, it seems that the summer is half over, been noticing the Back-to-School sales starting.  Enjoy your day...God Bless!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

England

My daughter is in Oxford, England!! She is there for her studies for the next five weeks, and my son and I received a couple of pictures this morning. (The other photo is of food!) She says that this is the Pub that some of the well known writers of yesteryear used to visit. I've asked her to go by the grocers and bring me back a can of haggis. I know....I could order some of Amazon.com, but it just wouldn't be the same, eh.   Enjoy your Sunday.  God Bless.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Project Linus day


Yesterday, my daughter, son and I went up on the mountain to Galax, VA to the July Project Linus meeting. The meetings are the first Saturday of every month at the Galax Library. We usually eat at the Peking Palace Chinese restaurant and then deliver our afghans and small quilts that Kathleen and I have made. It is a fun trip. Yesterday we stopped at the new Goodwill Store in Galax also, and I found this quilt top. It was pieced from 1970's and 80's fabrics, many of which I had and used when I first started quilting in earnest in the 80's. It is hand pieced and the maker of the quilt top even left her "calling card" on the top. It is sewed on by machine, the rest of it is all hand pieced. I think that is weird, but I will leave it on when I machine quilt it. Anyway, I love this quilt top and fully intend to quilt it when the weather gets cooler. It is hard to quilt in summer when it is 90+ degrees, even with the longarm. (It is old and overheats if I'm not careful!) I am trying to decide whether to use muslin for the backing or some burgundy cotton I found in my stash. Either one would look nice, I think!

On a different note...we had to replace our 20 year old refrigerator this week. We got it from Lowes of Mt.Airy, and the sorry delivery men just left it in the middle of the kitchen floor, asked me to sign their paper, and LEFT! I wanted to cry, but my son and I managed to get it into place. Actually, to give credit where credit is due, Donald did 99.99% of the work!

 Have a blessed Sunday!

Friday, April 4, 2014

All Good Intentions

I had intended to make a quilted picture from the flour sack. Life just gets in the way. I'll get it done eventually. I always do, but it is a miserable time of year for a person with allergies. My son and I are in competition to see who can sneeze the most! I got a gentle reminder this morning that my project is due tomorrow. No way is that possible. I never used to be a procrastinator, but as I get older, I sure am now. So sorry to Emily. I love the flour sack & think it'll be a great picture.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A new book

Yesterday I received a new book that I had ordered from Amazon.com (the above picture is from them, too). A Birthday present to myself.  I also have the first of Carol Hopkins' books, Civil War Legacies I, which I enjoyed very much. This one looks wonderful, and I am hoping to make at least a couple of small quilts from it!

Tomorrow is my 65th Birthday. Just another day I suppose, but it seems special to me. Sixty-five years is a milestone. After my husband died, right after my 50th Birthday, I didn't figure I'd have that many more Birthdays, but here I am.  Shizuku-chan (our cat), and I celebrate our Birthdays on the same day. She will be 16 tomorrow, and  was born in Ei-cho, Japan, when my daughter was living there and teaching English in the local elementary schools.  Sixteen is old for a cat, but she gets around pretty good, and her eyes are clear and bright. She and I are just "two old girls". I hope that she and I have a few more years to make a difference. Hope Spring has arrived where you are. It is looking "hopeful" here!

God Bless!!