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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! **







Saturday, October 11, 2008

Wind Turbines!

Wind Turbines are popping up all over the south end of our little town. They are awesome! It seems every day a few more are sighted.

I have two workers staying at my house for the next 3 months or so. The town is full of men and women who are working on this project. Good for our economy!

David and Stephanie are in the basement, which is almost like a little apartment. Its where Larry an I stayed when we had guests at the B&B. Its perfect for them. Paul is in the little cottage in the back. Its a delight having them all them all here. The greatest thing is that we all have something in common: Jesus!

David and Stephanie, Larry and I are planning an outreach of somekind to encourage and support all these men and women who are far from home. At this point, it is all prayer, so I will keep you posted on the details.

"Quilting Tip of the Day"

A beam of light behind the eye of the sewing machine needle can make it easier to thread! Try a small penlight! Happy Quilting!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Take Five Totally Different and Unique Women...

You take five totally different and unique women, put them in a car, send them to a quilt show and what do you get???? A LOT OF FUN!

And at the end of the day...they are bushed!

What a great time I had with my quilting buddies, (from left) Ione, Nancy, Stephanie and Elenore. We decided to go to the AQS National Quilt show on Wednesday. Elenore drove, Nancy navigated and the rest of us yakked in the back seat.

What a wonderful show! Over 800 quilts from all over the country! I will show you a few of my favs over the next couple days.

But the most fun was being with the ladies that love quilts like I do. The "chemistry" in the group was amazing and we had a blast! We ate a very expensive lunch at the show...$11 for a hot dog chips and a drink....a little over the top for me. I know these places over price their stuff, but this was worse than a major league baseball game! So we left before supper and ate at Perkins on the way home. That was nice!

Everything went well all day, except that Stephanie locked David out of the house and he had to sit in his pickup and wait for us to get there....poor David.!

"Quilt Tip of the Day!"

At the show, we saw many, many beautiful appliqued quilts and all of us want to be able to do that technique. We talked about the "best" way to applique. There is no best way. Try all the techniques to find out which one works best for you! Our guild is going to focus on applique this year and present all the techniques so our members can try them all and decide for themselves which works well for them.

So my tip today is learn several ways to achieve the same result, then choose the method that works best for you. There are several ways to make half square triangles...another example.... Happy Quilting!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

GOOD MORNING! I have had absolutely NO time to sit at my computer and write, but will try this morning (before I am on the go again) to at least let you all know I havent been scooped up into the heavenlys yet.

Our quilt show was wonderful and I hope to report on that at www.nvqg-blogspot.com either tonight or tomorrow. I have to download the pictures yet.

Yesterday I went to the American Quilters Society's fantastic quilt show in DesMoines. I want to report on that as well, but want the pictures to go along with it.

We have new room mates! Stephanie and David are with us for 3 months or so. I will be reporting on them as well....

Tuesday I had a visit from my aunt and Uncle from Montana. I havent seen my aunt for about five years so it was nice. We had a yummy dinner and just sort of visited and relaxed.

Larry has been out of town on business, but he is back in Vally now, so all is well.

Hope to have time to really blab soon!

Quilting Tip of the Day!
Inspire yourself and attend all the fall quilt shows that you see advertised. They are a wonderful source of inspiration! Do NOT be intimidated....learn and become motivated.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Just a Note

Just a quick note to let you know Im ok. We moved our computer on Friday and had to wait til the phone co came to "hook us up". I was busy all weekend with the quilt show and then had company all day today........yikes....I am going out of town tomorrow all day. Look for something new on Wednesday! Love everyone that looks here!

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