December 31, 2007
December 30, 2007
I wanted my block to tell a story. Mary did request that the center string be a medium blue. The lower half of the block is all about Mary and the top half is all about me.
Center blue: Mississippi River that separates our States (MN and WV).
Butterflies: Minnesota State Insect - Monarch Butterfly
White: Minnesota State Beverage - Milk
Ducks: Minnesota State Animal - Common Loon
Yellow: Mary's cute dog, Chesty
Leaves: West Virginia has some of the most fabulous fall leaves
Blue: West Virginia State Slogan - Almost Heaven, West Virginia
Yellow - West Virginia State Insect - Honey Bee
Black - My own 2 cats, Sweetie and Mister
Mine (ready for next year) ..................... hers
They love the sound of paper ripping. What can I say......
A couple of happy faces on Christmas morning.
The girls each got their own laptops. GS got a 'faux' 4 wheeler.
Oh and this photo reflects their "favorite" gift they each received from mom and dad.
Yep, it's UNDERWEAR (what everyone wants to get for Christmas).
Yes, water is important to our health and well being. BUT have you considered how important it is when your water is turned OFF due to a broken water line causing a leak into your house.
We are in day 4 without water. On Christmas Eve we discovered wet carpet in our family room. Checked the drain thingies outside ... they're fine ... no rain ... we thought it was a fluke. Christmas morning the carpet is wet about 6 feet into the room. So we move all the gifts upstair to open. In the afternoon DH gets out the shop vac and starts ... that will take care of it he says also pulled the carpet back . WRONG!!!!!!! He continues sucking the next day. I insisted he call someone ... anyone. DH has a light blub moment and says we must have a broken water line. He goes outside to check the meter and YEP that sucker is going around like crazy. Plummer shows up in the late afternoon on Thursday. As you know this is a holiday week with a holiday weekend coming up. That's right ..... they might be able to come on Monday ... if not maybe on Wednesday.
So those little jugs are very important. Luckily for us our DD#1 lives behind us so we can shower and full up all our jugs with that precious clear stuff WATER.
December 25, 2007
December 24, 2007
December 23, 2007
Jen asked me about the threads so thought I'd write here what I told her that works for "me". I almost always use SoFine (top) and BottomLine (bobbin). Now on some of my fleece quilts I used Aurifil thread. I never use cotton threads due to lint. Of course, fleece puts out the fuzzy stuff which I try to keep it cleaned off. My Nolting doesn't like cotton thread.
Pink one with hearts/loops aurifil top and bottom.
Maroon/off white aurifil and bottomline.
Ballerina/pink SoFine with super bobs.
Blue/brown SoFine with BottomLine.
Butterfly/pink SoFine (top and bottom).
Blue/White SoFine with BottomLine.
Frogs/Green Aurifil with super bobs.
I really think using poly on fleece is the best ..... fleece is poly too. I think with heavy use the cotton thread would breakdown on fleece. I never used bottomline on top and bottom ....... I've read where others have. I just don't have the experience of fooling with the tension to try bottomline top/bottom.
I also forgot that I love Isacord thread ....... almost as much as SoFine. I also love the price of Isacord . Jamie Wallen recommends Isacord. He was an instructor at the long arm retreat I attended in October 2007 in Mansfield, Ohio.
Gift Bags: I have about .... 200 Gift Bags now .... (great stashbuster) .... made on my Singer serger (very old) and my Janome 6500P (love Janome).
So tell me ..... what do you think?????
December 20, 2007
Also made gift bags for each quilt .... I stopped using wrapping paper years ago (great stashbuster).
I'm very tired. Any ideas for next year gifts?
December 16, 2007
December 13, 2007
December 11, 2007
Kitty Cat/Hot Pink
Timeless Hearts pantograph
Aurifil top and bottom (4 bobbins)
Flowing Feathers pantograph
Aurifil thread top and bottom (4 bobbins)
SoFine top, Super Bob (prewound bobbins 1+1/3)
Well I gotta get back to Prince Charming ...... 6 more to go.