Showing posts from February, 2010


25 years ago I married my sweetie on a Sunday in February, in my hometown, at the Catholic cross in a public park, by a Jewish judge, my uncle playing guitar and singing, Grant's niece as our flower girl and the dear friend who introduced us as my attendant, one of Grant's oldest and dearest friends as his best man, and we had a Native American blessing in our vows.  Happy Anniversary, Grant!  Love you always.  

Quilting is Grand

I got a lot of quilty activity in while enjoying some gorgeous weather over the long weekend.  An email notification alerted me to the Grand Opening of the new location of one of my fave quilt stores.  I took my leftover Christmas money and made the drive through some lovely country backroads part of the way, towards Thousand Oaks, to the new location of Cotton and Chocolate .  The shop moved to a much larger storefront in the same shopping center and it was so nice to have lots of room to see everything (note: the pictures on the website are not of the new shop).  There was a chocolate fountain (I had a marshmallow), and a wheel of fortune to spin for discounts and prizes.  I won a coffee cup and three fat quarters.  It was so hard to choose! None of these fat quarters have anything to do with the others--I just liked them. The coffee cup has been put to work in my sewing room already. My eyes always find the clearance racks and bargain bins first...I snatched up these Th

Happy Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day always makes me think of my elementary school days and the smell of paste and construction paper...I also miss the days my kids used to bring home their little art projects from school.  Some I will never be able to part with!  Here are the two other Valentines I made this year: I unintentionally chose the exact size needed for the border squares/sashing--a no-math miracle for me!  I had intended to just sew squares together and then whack them off wherever, but they ended up fitting perfectly.  Who knew four 2" squares (plus cornerstones) would fit a 6 1/2" block?  Not me! A closeup.  Random placement of squares but I like all the fabrics jumbled up here. This single one I made for my office roommate but arranged the squares in the same sequence circling around the heart. Looks lik the Valentine Flag on the back! My office roommate is now asking for a St. Patrick's Day quilt giveaway.  I am a soft

Stationary Object?

Last Saturday night, we received a frantic call from DD Erica at about 9:40 pm, saying she had just been in an accident on the highway a few miles from home.  She was unhurt, as were her three passengers, but she was very upset about her car being wrecked.  She said she had hit a tree and that a bunch of other cars were also involved in the accident.  She was so upset that it was hard to get exactly what happened.  Grant and I jumped in my car and approached the site of the accident on Highway 126.  There were about a mile of flares set up and multiple Highway Patrol cars.  We were lucky to get through, as they closed the highway at the offramp behind us about five minutes after we passed it.  We slowly inched up to a long, wide curve in the highway.  Our headlights hit the tree--it was an enormous eucalyptus, probably 60-80 feet tall, that had fallen from the park on the side of the highway, across a drainage ditch, the shoulder, and both lanes of the highway.  You could not see it at


Thank you all for participating in my little blog's one year anniversary.  I hope there will be many more to celebrate, and some giveaways in between too!   The most popular binding choice was caramel/cheddar--which is what I selected for Grant's quilt too (the blue was the backing on Grant's quilt). Everyone's name was typed up and popped into a bowl: Grant fulfilled his task admirably and a winner was selected. Aaaannnndd ..... It is Banaghaisge!  You should have heard Grant trying to pronounce the name on the slip---very entertaining!  By coincidence the winner is also a member of the online quilter's Yahoo group I belong to, Quiltbuddies.  Congratulations, Jasmine , all the way DownUnder, in the searing heat at present.  Sorry I can't send you ice cream too.  The little quilt will be bound and sent off to you soon along with the patterns.    Happy Quilting, Everybody!

Hearts and Home

I got some better photos of my little heart wallhanging--this was made from some fat quarters I picked up at my LQS.  Somehow I completely missed the Valentine's Day fabric section and just looked at the bins of pinks and reds! The super-simple 6.5" blocks came from the free patterns on  What a great resource!  I became aware of these hearts due to a post by Jeanne of a swap she was in.  Such a cute, quick quilt project!  She graciously sent me the link at my request.  As soon as I checked it out, I realized it was the same block requested for a healing heart quilt being made by an online group I belong to for a fellow member whose husband is in hospice. Easy to cut and piece and fun to play with.  I made this wallhanging to raffle off at work for the girls--high roll of the dice won!  I made another wallhanging for myself with borders and sashing of randomly arranged 2" squares cut from the same fabrics.  No picture of that one yet, it got left at work


One year ago I started this blog after being inspired by so many other wonderful blogs I had read and enjoyed for several months--I wanted to be part of that world!  Some very kind bloggers left comments early on and I was on my way.  My little blog has trucked along and here I am a year later, having gathered some followers, whom I thank so very much for visiting and commenting.  To celebrate this blogaversary I am having a modest giveaway.  This little quilt is called "Diamond Orts", as I made it from scraps leftover from hubby's quilt "Grant's Gibson Diamonds ". I hand quilted this with a brickish red thread and really enjoyed doing it. Though not an exemplary hand quilter, ahem, I am mostly pleased with the result but probably will add more hand quilting before I send it off to the winner.  I'm thinking all the triangles around the squares need quilting too. Astute observers will notice that the quilt is not bound.  That is intentional--th

Moda goodness

I misspoke on my previous post where I calculated that I was behind 6 blocks for my Moda Greenpiece BOM.  There's that pesky math thing again--I forgot to count the wool applique blocks so I was actually behind 12 blocks  because there are two pieced and two appliqued blocks per month.  Oops! So over the weekend  I cut out six of the blocks and got four sewn.  So now I am behind 8 blocks AND a pieced border that came with the 3rd month.  But here are the first two months' pieced star blocks: The colors seem a little dulled out in this photo but are actually rich and warm.  I had a hard time between the very yellowy light from the sewing room lamps and my not so perfect camera.  The two blocks on the left are deep brown and warm tan prints.  The blocks on the right are burgandy dotted and brown with red print.   The instructions for the flying geeze blocks are very interesting and quick. Mine came out better with this method and all my points stayed pointy! I also felted all

Blogland curiosities

I'm wondering if it is just me, or has it been difficult to post comments for anyone else lately?  A couple of times late last week I would hit the "comments" button and nothing would open.  I could neither read the comments nor leave one.  Once, the comments window pop up was UNDER everything when I closed all the internet windows as I was logging off!  Mostly I notice it with word verification--it sometimes takes three tries for a comment to "take".  On some blogs, first I hit comments, scroll down to the bottom, make my comment and hit Post.  It takes me back to the top of the comments, so I scroll down to make sure my comment posted.  I get a message that my "request could not be processed".  So I hit post again.  Only then will it pop up with the word I must copy and finally when I hit "post comment", it actually happens.  I first noticed this phenomenon during the Fall Quilt Festival .  I wonder how many comments I made in the months pr