June 28, 2009


WOW check out Geta's easy trapunto. She has a NEW e-book too.

June 21, 2009

NQA Show 2009

DH and I headed to the NQA Show on Friday. Oh my ... the vendors, the quilts, the people and ugh the rain.


We did stop at my most favorite place, The Waffle House, I adore their pecan waffles.

It was the BEST show ever (I think). I bought a few things like thread, pantographs, fabric for Christmas Lights Mystery (Bonnie Hunter) and just one kit.

The quilts were wonderful, terrific and THE BEST. DH helped me take photos so they are not in order per the guide. I can't wait for NQA 2010 Show in Columbus again.

Slideshow, enjoy

2009June NQA

NOTE: Photos were allowed to be taken by ordinary folks, like us. No notice was displayed about not posting them anywhere. If you see your quilt and prefer that no photo display, please email me giving my photo number and I'll be happy to delete it.

June 15, 2009

Guess Who Is In the News

My GD#2 (blonde) ........... oh she's too adorable

Ballet students in the Mid-Ohio Valley had a chance Sunday to learn a little something from a world-renowned dancer.

Valery Lantratov, Artistic Director for the Russian National Ballet Foundation of Moscow, conducted a Master Ballet Class at the Schrader Youth Ballet Company.

Lantratov, who has had a distinguished career as a dancer in the companies of Vladimir Vasiliev, Maya Plitsetskaya and Ekaterina Maximova and international tours with Rudolf Nureyev, showed local students a number of moves, worked with them on their techniques and instructed them in other aspects of the dance. The 90-minute session occurred at the Schrader studio in downtown.

A graduate of the Moscow Academic Choreographic College, Lantratov was selected as a first soloist with the Moscow Stanislavski Ballet. He is known for his strong technique, personality and expressiveness.

In 1993, Lantratov began working for the Kremlin Ballet. This same year, he formed the Russian National Ballet Foundation. He has toured as a solo guest artist in such countries as Japan, Germany, Italy, Greece, France, Portugal, Spain and the United States. The Russian National Ballet Foundation has toured in Europe, Asia, The Middle East and the U.S.

With the help of Luba, a woman originally from Russia now living in the area acting as an interpreter, Lantratov said Russian dance shows more expression and emotion.
"It is technical, emotional and that is what it is famous for," he said. "It is art. It teaches culture. It teaches the beauty of the art."

While here Sunday, Lantratov went over coordination, physical endurance, strength and more with the local students. "The young girls tried some new jumps," he said.

The students were eager to learn from someone with Lantratov's experience.
"It was really cool to be able to work with some outside people,'" said Mallory, of Meigs County. "I had a really great time."

Esther, of Marietta, said she was amazed by Lantratov's ability and insights.
"He is very knowledgeable about ballet," she said. "He is very inspirational.
"He said to dance with your heart every time and we all needed to be reminded of that."
Lantratov commended the work the local instructors have done with the students.
"I really liked and enjoyed the level and the quality of the education of the Schrader's ballet studio and I would like to congratulate the teachers," he said. "They are attentive students. That is very good." Lantratov said he liked to teach ballet to young students.

"I like to give them my experience, show them my experience and give them all the best I have," he said. "I would like them to remember and to catch that idea of style and manner of movement. I want them to hear the music first then apply their physical body to the music so it would be a symbiosis of both and then they would get the best result."

June 14, 2009

Lucy, we will miss you

One of our beloved members, Lucy, is moving to the Northeast. We will miss Lucy .... she is one lovely, generous woman.





We are The Stitchers Group meeting in the Parish Hall of St. Margaret Mary. We are from all walks of life, faiths and varied interest .... some also knit, crochet, cross stitch and more. We definitely enjoy our time together. All are WELCOME.

Check out our blog at Stitchers Group.

June 7, 2009

School Is Out ... YIPPPPPEEEE

School is out mini celebration

Bike riding is FUN

Collecting things left by high schoolers is fun too

One man's trash is anothers treasure

Jumping action






June 6, 2009

Signs of Summer

We have lived here a little over 7 years .... the previous owners built a fish pond. It is lovely and we get tons of enjoyment out of the fishies.


I wished this jewel, Siberian Iris, bloomed all summer but I enjoy the flowers while they last.

Fish Frenzy Feeding


These 2 GrandDogs (Oreo on the left, Tippy on the right) like to eat fish food or catch fish

Three (3) shot span of the pond


June 4, 2009

WeekEnd Fun All Around

Over the Memorial Weekend lots happened. GD#2 had friends over for her 12th birthday part including a sleep over, GD#1's US Marine boyfriend was in town, GS and daddy slept in a tent and we had a marshmellow/snore roast. FUN FUN FUN

GD#2 and friends having fun. We gave each girl a quilt to take home.

Lady Bug Quilt


Kitties & Hearts


Lots of Color


Sunglasses for GD herself

Quilted with a seashell motif


GD#1 boyfriend visiting from the US Marines

Marshmellow/Smore Roast


Fire Writing in The Night


Waking Up In the Morning

June 3, 2009

My Sewing Machine(s)

Sew, Mama, Sew! said that June is Sewing Machine Month...

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She also wanted to know all our machine(s)...I love my machine(s) So here are my answers...

What brand and model do you have?
I actually own 5 machines but I'll be writing about my Janome 6500P which I LOVE.

How long have you had it?
Gosh since they hit the market which I can't remember when that was.

How much does that machine cost (approximately)?
I got a great deal from a place in Columbus Ohio ... $900.00

What types of things do you sew?
I do mostly piecing of tops but also do some craft sewing. I also have been teaching my 3 GC to sew for several years.

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?
I sew almost every day so it gets lots of wear and tear.

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?
I love love love my machine ... all of them actually. No name.

What features does your machine have that work well for you?
My favorite feature is the auto thread cutter, saves so much time. And I like the auto threader too.

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?

Do you have a great story to share about your machine?
A friend took a computer table and cut a hole in it so my sweet machine would fit down into it.

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?
Absolutely. It's a wonderful machine, a great workhorse and never lets me down.

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine? Is it a workhorse, rearely needing repair. Do others love it too.

Do you have a dream machine? I own it, Janome.

June 2, 2009

Our Drummer

GD#2 is in the 6th Grade and plays in the Band. This year she also played with the 7th and 8th grade Band. Yipppeeeeee