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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! **







Friday, September 19, 2008

OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE....OLDER













Friday, I decided was the day to go through my closet and reorganize. Yuk! I hate it and I love it all at the same time. If you live in an old house ( mine is nearly 100 years old) you know that the closets are not very large. Ours, having been a Bed and Breakfast, is worse yet. We have four bedrooms on the 2nd floor, our closet has been made into a bathroom, and two of the others are not in any way shape or form walk-ins. You open the door and they are shallow, with several hooks on the wall and that's it. Cool looking and authentic, but not very useful. Only one has a rod in which to hang clothes and it isn't very big, but it is the one I have adopted as my own! In fact that whole room has become my "dressing room". Anyway, its getting cooler and time to put away the summer clothes and bring up the winter clothes.

As you can see, I had a LOT of assistance! From top, Possum,Ricky, and Lucy . They all ended up right in the middle of everything!

Still no little grandniece!

"Quilt tip of the Day!"
There are so many pretty wide fabrics now to use for your backings. We have a shop in Walnut, Olde Tyme Quilting...Julia is known for her choices in wide backing fabrics. The variety is always getting better. BUT, if you have time and are feeling creative (or if you want to use up some of your "stash") think not only of piecing the backing, but adding some pazazz! I like using several different fabrics on the back. Why not make a big nine patch, or stripes...or make a few extra blocks from the quilt block pattern, and then run it down the middle of the back? Maybe make this a place to use up some of your "orphan blocks". I like interesting backs...they can be fun...they can add a little surprise to your quilt! Happy quilting!

Heidi and Dan and ?????

This is my niece Heidi and her husband Dan.This picture was taken when met for supper a few weeks back while my sister was visiting. Heidi and Dan are expecting their first baby and last I heard, she was in early labor. My sister is here from Nevada to be present for the birth. Of course I'm praying all will go well with the delivery. Waiting on pins and needles for the whole ordeal to be over! They are having a little girl, but the name is a surprise! It's probably Kathleen Anne after her favorite aunt...maybe not.

Psalm 139:13-16
  • For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
  • I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
  • My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
  • your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Special note on Dan. He is a member of the band, Prairie Cats...see www.prairiecats.com
From their website:

"Prairie Cats hail from the very heart of the heartland: Omaha, Nebraska. Formed in late summer of 1998, the 8-piece band delivers an all-original "pop-swing" mix of jump-blues, big band, rockabilly, latin and bop, delivered in an all-out rock attack. But it all swings, Jack...make no mistake about it."

They are awesome! Hey Cats! Try out for America's Got Talent!

"Quilt Tip of the Day"
This is another tip that can be used in your world even if you arent a quilter. If you have a problem with odor in a fabric,( a quilt, garment etc), listen up. Take a bar of gold dial soap. Cut the bar in half or 3rds. Wrap in a paper towel and secure with rubber band. Put quilt or item (along with the soap) in a box or bag for a day or two. This should do the trick. This is a good thing to do if something will be stored for a time, to keep the musty smell out. Even drawers...I could go on and on...but you get the idea!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I LOVE HORSES!


I love horses! This pretty one was grazing in a field by a little road side shop we stopped at one day. She was so pretty and came right up to us. She and I made fast friends. She was very "verbal". I don't know for sure what she was saying, but I imagine it was something important like " why didnt you bring me an apple???". There are certain things that bring me a real sense of peace and a horse is one of them. Just seeing one in a field makes me take in a deep breath of relief!

  • Romans 15:13. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.


Quilt Tip of the Day!

Bring some peace into your life by allowing yourself the freedom to NOT finish everything you start. If you have started a quilt project (or any other project) and you don't like it, don't feel like you have to finish it. Go on to something else that will bring you pleasure. Maybe you didn't choose a fabric you really liked or maybe the pattern ended up a little above your ability. Don't sweat it, leave it and do something else. Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

It Was a Beautiful Day!

Im writing this on Tuesday night, as I will NOT be around tomorrow to write a post. I will be attending a tourism meeting in Corning and will be gone until late tomorrow evening.

Today was busy and productive. I finished quilting our 2009 raffle quilt. We made the whole thing in less than 3 days! Check out the Nishnabotna Valley Quilt Guild site to read about it. (see happy places to visit, on the sidebar) I also finished quilting a customer quilt, and made an outline for our guild meeting tonight. It was a beautiful day! The guild meeting went well. I love the ladies there. We are "bonding" and are having so much fun.

I took this pic the other day. It is one of my new rose bushes that were given to me by my BFF and her DIL as a memorial to my father. They are the most beautiful roses I have ever seen. They are called "Veteran's Honor" How fitting. I'm just glad they grew! Thanks Kathy and sweet Stephanie!

Quilting Tip of the Day!
Not feeling particularly creative? Let others inspire and motivate you! At our show and tell tonight a few of us were tempted to feel less confident, unable to measure up to what was being shown, but instead we should get inspired by the work of others. And don't pass up quilt magazines or quilt shows. You will discover new patterns, fabrics and ideas. Our guild accepts donations of old quilt magazines. We make them available to members for 50cents ea. This is a good little fundraiser for the guild makes good use of those magazines we are done with! I bought 3 tonight. Recycling is good!

JUST ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE!





Jeff writes and tells me how tired he is at the end of a long day at work. They are working 12-16 hours each day. He works at "home" and his rack is only up a few stairs from his shop. He gets a pretty good view now and then, but there is no TV reception, cell phone, texting or computers. The one computer he can use doesn't normally work too good. So communication isn't the greatest. These pics were taken in the last few weeks while they are out in the ocean somewhere doing training exercises while traveling to Asia. Quite the office, huh? I miss him.

Quilting Tip of the Day!

Last Saturday I had not one, but two birthday gifts to prepare for giving. NO PAPER! Depending on the recipient, think about using fabric! Raid your stash for the perfect piece to add to a friends stash. Or maybe even whip up a little pillow case out of juvinile prints and use that as a "gift bag". This is a great hint for all year round, and Christmas too!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Kathy's Humann Touch

I couldnt help myself..had to post this picture.

"BUT LOOK"

Saturday our quilt guild worked on the new 2009 raffle quilt. It is a log cabin block made of many different florals in darks and lights. It is amazing how different it looks close up, and far away. It looks totally different thru a camera lens than to the natural eye...We even found a block turned the wrong direction, by looking thru the camera! The following devotion came from a good friend of mine who lives in California. It is fitting to my blog today!


"There may be reason to fear, there may be reason to worry, there may be reason to give up...BUT LOOK!
There is reason to trust, there is reason to hope, there is reason to persevere...that's greater!"
Loren Thornburg

A small shift of focus can bring things into such greater clarity. A small shift in the angle of the computer screen can bring the picture from just light and dark or black and white to full color. Or, a small shift of the camera lens can bring the picture from blurry to clear. It takes only a small shift to completely change the picture we are seeing in front of us. The same is true for us today. The fears we see, the worries we focus on, the feelings that overwhelm us to give up can change to courage to trust, to reason to hope, to strength to persevere. If only we will shift our focus. Yet often we settle for black and white or blurry not knowing we can BUT LOOK or just not choosing to BUT LOOK. We can BUT LOOK to the hope...there is reason to. It only takes that small shift of focus.

GOD's View
"See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid."
Isaiah 12:2 NLT

The Assyrian army was quite the agent of destruction for anyone and everyone they came across; capturing lands, destroying kings, and stealing riches. So when the people saw them coming great fear, worry, and despair overcame them. And by the looks of things you can imagine why they would be overwhelmed with such feelings. Except that, the Lord had promised them that it would not last and that He would be the God that He is, Mighty to save. So they were faced with a decision to choose where they were going to put their focus; on the Assyrian army to be feared or the promise of the Lord to save. "Look, the mighty armies of Assyria are coming!...But Look! The Lord, the Lord Almighty, will chop down the mighty tree! He will destroy all that vast army of Assyria..." (Isaiah 10:28-33 NLT) We all have our own Assyrian armies in our lives. It may not be a physical army, but at times it feels like it. The Lord didn't promise we would never have a reason to fear, but He promised a promise that promises to be Mighty to Save. If only we will BUT LOOK to the Lord. It just takes that small shift of focus off of you onto Him that will bring reason to trust, reason to hope, reason to persevere. That will bring things into color, into clarity. Where are you going to Look?

Be Encouraged,
Loren Thornburg



"Quilt Tip of the Day"

When shopping for fabrics there are several easy ways to distinguish light from dark. Color value can be difficult for our natural eye.. Here are some techniques you can use. This tip can be useful to any artist that works with color!

  • As mentioned above, a camera lens helps to give you the "distance" you need to see the color value.
  • Quilt shops sell little red "viewers" ,but you can easily make your own! The red cellophane that comes wrapped on Valentine Candy is just the thing. Save a piece, put it in your wallet and you will be ready when you need it.
  • The hardware stores sell little "peephole"s that are meant to be installed on a door, so that you can see who is out there. These work wonderfully, much like the camera lens!
Happy Quilting!

Sunday, September 14, 2008


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I LOVE MY QUILTING FRIENDS!


One of hardest part of leaving the "City" and coming to my small town of Walnut, was leaving behind my group of ladies that love to quilt. You know, the ones that "get" me...and my disease. I try to go back and spend time with them, but as life gets busier and busier and gas keeps getting higher and higher, that happens less and less often.

It's taken five years, but I'm finally settling down in my little town with some new quilting friends...you KNOW who you are! What fun we had yesterday, putting together our 2009 raffle quilt. The top is finished except for the borders, which Nancy so kindly offered to put on for us. We found the perfect fabric to finish it off. There were seven of our ten members present to assist with the quilt top. I'm sure the other 3 would have been there if they could have been. Work and health issues tend to interfere. We were so happy to have Elenore join us, even if she can still only watch...gotta keep her quilting juices flowing! It is amazing how much can get compled with many hands! I'm looking forward to some winter days, a warm pot of soup and some happy quilting with these ladies!"May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us-- yes, establish the work of our hands." Psalm 90

Check out my little video on www.nvqg-walnut.blogspot.com

"Quilting Tip of the Day!"
This one comes from my new quilting friend Ione...when sewing together a row of blocks, an easy way to keep them in order and not forget their position (who me? forget?) pin them all together before even going to the machine! Now I don't mean put them right sides together and pin totally in place, I mean as they are laying correctly on the floor or your design wall (oh don't I wish!) just take ONE pin, to connect each block to each other...then when you get to the machine, you can turn them right sides together etc as you get to that block. Its amazing how much time that saves ( and also cuts down on "unsewing") ...just remember which end is "up"! Happy Quilting!

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