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A casual blog highlighting my life with kids, grandkids and kitties...Also an avenue to show some items from my etsy shops.

**Please note..The other half of my life is dovoted to helping feral and free roaming cats in Walnut and the surrounding areas. You can learn more and follow our activites there at Walnut Iowa's Feral Cat Program! **

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Road Trip

Hey! Just a quick note today because Im on my way to San Antonio to see my son's best friend graduate from AirForce Boot Camp! Im so excited for him. I get to drive down with his parents, our good friends Patti and Dennis. My step mom lives there too so I will get to spend four days with her. I hope to be checking in and letting you know what Im up to. Pray for a safe trip for us! CONGRATULATIONS ANDREW!

I got to spend yesterday morning with my friend Nancy. We got all the strips cut for our guild's 2009 raffle quilt! Lots of strips laying around, so I had to be SURE to close the door to the quilting room. Nancy shared this tip with me...

**Quilt Tip of the Day"

When cutting strips of several (or many) different sizes, like for a log cabin quilt. Use old utensil trays or office storage trays that have little separaters in them. You can lay the different sizes in different garage sales, thrift shops or good sales and stock up on a few for your sewing room. You will find other good uses for them too. To store bobbins, threads, etc. Then when you are ready to sew they will be easy to find. If you need to, you can put a post it note on them noting the size... Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Visions of What's to Be!

I've been spending the morning working in my sewing room . I have managed to take over the entire finished attic for my own. Heaven! The hard part is keeping it orgainized. I have the deadly disease of being a fabriholic. Im seriously infected and so far have not found a cure. I get close whenever I attempt reorgainization. Just looking at all this fabric makes me feel sick. But then new ideas begin to flood my mind and and I quietly wipe the nervous sweat off my brow and smile at the image of new and exciting projects that can be made from these wonderful fabrics. Wheee! I am so fortunate to be able to spend my whole day in my favorite place.

Cleaning my sewing room today has given me many tips to share, but the one I will use is a great one if you cannot purchase under 3-4yds of a fabric. If you are like me and you get a really good deal on a really nice fabric you buy it all! This is a simple tip.
Most shops are happy to get rid of them. They are awesome to use to store your fabric. Its so fun to see your sewing room all of a sudden look like a quilt shop! (are you as sick as me?) The fabric on bolt is easier to see. You can even mark the yardage on the end and deduct as you use. I however am not that orgainized, so I make an uneducated guess or I measure. Happy Quilting!

Monday, September 1, 2008


Happy Labor Day! Looks like the worst of Gustav is over with. I'm still glued to the news to hear about what is happening. We know with the preparation this time, there will not be the devastation there was with Katrina, but the loss of homes, and material things may still be very high. Thank goodness for insurance, which I hope most have. Thank God for good people that will go and serve and help.

It's been a good day. Larry has "labored"with porch painting all day and I've been "playing" with my blog site, my friend's blog site and a new one I set up for our quilting guild. I have so many things to blog about, my head is spinning...hold on to your hat!

We spent time this morning in prayer. What a peaceful time on the balcony with the 3 kitties. God is so good to hear us and we know He will answer!


As you probably know by now, many of my tips will help you with more things than just quilting.

My tip today, is to think outside the box. Let your creative juices flow...if the pattern has a border you aren't crazy about, change it, or don't put one on at all. If the block is too small, calculate how to make it bigger (you'll get done quicker)! I rarely complete a quilt or anything else completely by the directions. I add my own flair. Its a safe way to break the rules and feel a bit rebellious. :) There is nothing like putting your "signature" on a project and you get to decide what that signature is! Happy Quilting!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Busy Sunday!

Busy Sunday! Great Day! Spent the morning at church with friends. Spent the morning in prayer with friends...Spent lunchtime with friends. Who could ask for more? Spent afternoon with kids and grandkids. Wonderful day! Im exhausted! So here is the tip of the day! Its a quickie cuz Im bushed!

**Quilting Tip of the Day**

When perusing your new magazine (doesn't have to be a quilting one) and you come upon a pattern, article, tip etc that you love, place a post-it note near the top of the page with about 1/2" sticking out the top....write on the exposed 1/2 inch what the pattern etc is... Now when you look thru your stacks of magazines, you will be able to find that special page! Happy Quilting!"

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