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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, October 3, 2008

Have a Great Weekend!

Just wanted to post a picture of my beautiful daughter, Lauren. I talk so much about Jeff, that sometimes I think, she thinks I forget her...never happened!
She goes to court today for an "issue" with her to-be x-husband. I cant be with her (for the first time) and I'm praying all will go well.

My friend Pam, will be here this afternoon to help me get ready for the quilt show. She and two other friends, Kandi and Jessica will be here until Sunday sometime. I guess its time to get those clean sheets on, huh?

We are also welcoming a couple from Colorado to spend the next few months in our little basement apartment (of sorts). I have to clean and do some moving (including the computer) to get it ready for them to move in on Sunday.

So, its a big weekend for me. I will not be posting a blog until Monday most likely. But watch out for next week, I will have tons of news and lots of pictures!
"Quilting Tip of the Day!"

Piecing is easy IF.... the two biggest rules and ones that cannot be "fudged" on are:
  • must cut accurately or your pieces, not being the correct size will not fit.
Most quilting magazines will have a section to teach you the quilt basics. Please dont use your green cutting mat to measure. Always use the clear acrylic quilter's ruler to measure your strips. Its much easier to use the measurement that is laid "over" the fabric to get a good clean cut. It might feel kind of backwards at first, but you will get used to it and you will get more precise cutting.
  • seam allowance...we've talked about this before, but you must have a consistent seam allowance.
Just think, if you are 1/32 of an inch off on your seam allowance, it only takes 32 horizontal seams to be off a whole inch! This doesn't really matter if ALL your seams are off that much, that is where the consistency comes in...but if you are working with others on a group project, every one's blocks will be different sizes.

Our quilt guild ( has now made two raffle quilts, as a group. For each quilt we had 5-6 ladies working on the blocks...without a consistent seam allowance, we would have had much difficulty, but we did it! Check out our site to see the raffle quilt that will be given away tomorrow. The new one will be revealed at the show tomorrow and I will post a picture next week. Yes, we take checks, and will send the quilt anywhere!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Strange Day!

I was very tempted to let this night go by without adding to my blog. I even considered just telling you all I was taking a few days off. Ive had a strange day. I am extremely busy. I am feeling more than overwhelmed, yet there is a strange sadness and gloom that I'm feeling.

"Tears, idle tears, I know not what they
Tears from the depth of some divine
Rise in the heart, and gather to the
In looking on the happy autumn-fields
and think of the days that are no
Tennyson- "The Princess"

Tomorrow is the set up for the Quilt show. Saturday is the show. I have been trying to get my housework under control all week, and still don't have clean sheets on the beds. I feel like my wheels are spinning and I'm getting nowhere. It isn't true. I have gotten many details done for the show and Ive spent time with one of my best friends for her birthday. I have attended council meetings and worked on a "support our troops" project. I have set up our new blog for "Have Pity on the Kitties". So while I have accomplished much, it feels like I still have more than I can handle to get done. I don't like this feeling much. THEN...I realize it is because I am missing my son. I realize that for the 2nd year in a row, he wont be home for his birthday. (10/30) He will be spending the day on the ship.I packed a care/birthday box for him today and sent it off. I cried thru the whole thing. I am such a baby! I sent a mushy book that made me bawl and will probably make him feel sad too. What makes it worse is that I added pictures from the time he was a baby up to the last day I saw him before he left for Japan. Don't worry, I will get over this, but in the meantime, I have lots to do and have to muster up the motivation to do it. At this point I wish I could crawl in a hole and hide for a few days....
Matthew 11: 28-30
"Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Quilting Tip of the Day

If you are just starting to quilt, be sure to start with a simple project. There are many fun and easy quilts to make. Don't overwhelm yourself with a project that is over your head. You will be frustrated and you may NOT finish it. Look for Quick and Easy quilt magazines or books. Enjoy your project! Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Slow Down

This poem came to me thru email today. I dont know if the story is true, but supposedly it is written by a young girl dying of cancer. That part true or not, it's worth a short read.

It was sent by a medical doctor - Its a lovely poem and worth "slowing down" long enough to read it. It reminds me of this spring day with little Kaden when a bucket of water was all it took to make us both happy!


Have you ever
watched kids

On a merry-go-round?

Or listened to
the rain

Slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a
butterfly's erratic flight?

Or gazed at the sun into the fading

You better slow down.

Don't dance so

Time is short..

The music won't

Do you run through each day

On the

When you ask How are you?

Do you hear the

When the day is done

Do you lie in your

With the next hundred chores

Running through
your head?

You'd better slow down

Don't dance so

Time is short.

The music won't

Ever told your child,

We'll do it

And in your haste,

Not see

Ever lost touch,

Let a good
friendship die

Cause you never had time

To call
and say,'Hi'

You'd better slow down.

Don't dance
so fast.

Time is short.

The music won't

When you run so fast to get somewhere

miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry
through your day,

It is like an unopened

Thrown away.

Life is not a

Do take it slower

Hear the

Before the song is over.

"Quilting Tip of the Day"

Take a day off and enjoy the falling leaves....take a walk....hear the music!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Quilt Show Coming UP!

Im busy this week getting ready for our Nishnabotna Valley Quilters Guild Quilt Show! It will be Saturday, October 4th 10am-4pm at the High School here in Walnut. These Pics are from last year's show. I spent the morning measuring the gym and ordering pipe to hang our quilts. I am attempting to clean the house, but visions of the quilt show keep messing with my head and I cant focus! Hope you will come, you will know me, I will be the one with the crazed look!

"Quilt Tip of the Day!"
A previous tip for storing all project templates, patterns etc was to use an individual plastic bin. If storage room is a problem, try using a gallon "zip" lock bag. It works well too, and uses less space! Happy Quilting!

Monday, September 29, 2008

What in the world am I gonna do????

Ricky and Lucy are very interested in what the baby outdoor kitties are doing!
These are the kitties, that eat on the porch of the house where Kathy lives. They show up a couple times a day to eat but run off when any human is around.

Except for "Boo". He has decided the porch is a great place to live. He stays around most all the day. He lets me get within a couple feet of him. And now will walk up to me when I go out. He wants to be a permanant porch kitty. Oh...Boo is the one on the left, the other is an imposter!
Here is Boo washing his little face, as "pumpkin" watches. I cant bear the thought of this little guy being cold in this winter. So Im figuring out how to keep him warm.

"Quilt Tip of the Day"

Our quilt show is this weekend! Yea! Please dont be afraid to enter your quilts in a show. Other quilters and people who appreciate quilts love to see your work. It really doesnt matter that it isnt perfect. Please share your creativity! But, be sure to give credit to the pattern or designer that you used. We must be aware that there are copyrite laws, but mostly it is just out of respect. Happy Quilting!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Yea for IM!

The GW at Sunset!
Just finished talking to Jeff for awhile on was almost like talking to him on the phone! He should be able to call me within the next few days. Cell phones are strange there, so he has to be sure to get the right thing to avoid buyer remorse. There are free phones at the base rec center, but he said the lines are LONG with a 20 minute limit! Work is still keeping him busy(12 hour days one day and shorter but still long the other), just to keep them busy since they are pulling out again in just a few days. I guess they don't want to let them get to comfortable on land! He sounds good, but I have a list of things to talk to him about and I cant wait to hear his voice. I put myself on the Google alert for anything relating to the GW, so I have been getting some nice pics and articles. I'm sure next week at this "fleet" festival there will be some good ones! Indulge me as I share...

New grand-nephew has a name....BENJAMIN! Ben Schoening, welcome to the world. Watch for pics, I will go see him today!

"Quilting Tip of the Day!"

Yesterday I was sewing on the quilt top I'm making for my granddaughter. You wont be seeing pics of it though, because she might look at my blog and I don't want to spoil it. Let's just say she better not re paint her room in the next eight months!

Anyway, it just seemed like the machine was sort of chopping through my fabric and not sewing as smooth. Duh! I hadn't changed the needle in a LONG time! I don't even remember when the last time it my tip today is to change your needle frequently. They aren't expensive and you can stock up when there is a sale or a coupon. The recommended amount is after every eight hours, but I think that was recommendation was made by the sewing machine needle company! I would say if you sew every day, change it every two weeks or push it to a wont believe how nice it is! Happy Quilting!

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