September 27, 2009

Leaving on a Jet Plane .........

We're leaving on a jet plane ...... off to San Diego.

Visiting my mother, USS Midway, QUILT SHOPS and who knows what else, probably more QUILT SHOPS.

Take care of yourselves ........... see you soon.

Note: I know my blog has been lagging since May/June. I had fun all summer with my GC with their activities. Plus I've been sick since Labor Day, hope the California sun will do me good. When we get home I'll be posting up a storm.

September 25, 2009

Happy Birthday, G


We love you. And many more birthday celebrations (with us).

September 15, 2009

From the Dr. Oz Website: What’s Really in Your Handbag?

Does your purse have a secret? Is it harboring germs and more?

CLICK purse to play the video.

September 14, 2009

Looking & Feeling GREAT

WOW doesn't Diane Sawyer at 63 (yes 63) look terrific. I'm sure Diane workouts and eats properly.

Earlier this year I was a participant in our local YMCA's faux Biggest Loser campaign. It ran for 12 weeks and we all received 2 free personal training sessions. The sessions consisted of nutrition discussion , a personal training workout and access to a personal trainer at a greatly reduced price. I continued for 10 weeks with the personal trainer 3 times a week and also going to Weight Watchers. Although I didn't win the 'game' I did loose 8.4 lbs for a 6.2% loss .... I'm thrilled.

Now the real work begins .... keeping it off.

A few of my favorite diet type blogs:
Glamour Girl Weight Watcher Experience and Fitness
Cheryl Forberg
Heather's WW Blog
Weight Watchers message board

September 13, 2009

Wed. Sept. 2 Stitchers Group

I quilt with a small group on Wed, Stitchers Group. I started a blog just for them but am now folding it into my personal blog.

Here are 2 quilts made by Betty for her granddaughters. So pretty. Sorry the 1st photo is not so good.




Margie will be making this one for a Godson and his wife. Love the fabrics.


September 12, 2009

Tea Party

The Tea Party Express Bus will not be coming to my city so I've made my own .... I'll be with them in spirit ... don't doubt it.

NOTE: I don't talk on my blog about government, politics ... etc. BUT I so disagree with things that are happening in my Country, United States of America. I'll say right up front I'm a registered Democract (have always been) but I voted for John McCain/Sarah Palin and would do so again in a heartbeat.

NO comments will be accepted to my post.

September 11, 2009

We Will Never Forget

walter matuza

I made this block to honor Walter Matuza, Jr, New York resident. He was the father of 3 boys, killed in the Trade Center. Each section represents Walter's life: he served in the armed forces; family fishing trips, loved playing with his 3 boys and cherished his wife dearly.

Slideshows from the United In Memory (website is down) Quilt Project. The first showing of the completed panels was on August 30 - September 1, 2002 on the Queen Mary. The quilt panels (16,000 square feet ) (if aligned end to end would stretch across a quarter-mile) toured a number of cities across the USA and was finished in 11 months. It was a grass-roots effort. Over 3,600 volunteers from every State in the United States and 18 countries contributed to the assembly of the quilt panels.

9/11 United In Memory (1)

9/11 United In Memory (2)

We lost Mary Lou Hague. A financial analyst for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Inc., 89th flr of WTC, Tower 2.


Please remember all who lost their lives and those left behind.

September 10, 2009


My favorite is the Ocean scene with boats. Her son painted the fabric from a photo he took then she used all kinds of threads to thread paint. Its my most favorite but also loved many others. You'll see one wholecloth with a little card .... the wholecloth idea was taken from the card. The orange wholecloth ... she designed a pantograph with software (I forget the name of the software) ... the design was inspired by the fabric. Oh and the fishing lady. Gosh I could go on and on about each and everyone of the quilts. GREAT job all around.


A NEW Taxpayer

Yep we have a new wage earner (taxpayer) in the family. GD#1 found a part time job. She'll be busy with High School (senior), Band and her job.

She received her first PAYCHECK ............


NOTE: Just think in another 46yrs she can retire. LOL

September 9, 2009

Baby Burpies I Made

My 1st cousin's DD will be having a baby early in 2010. We are all so excited.

I plan to make the baby a quilt .... actually I have the pattern all picked out. I'm waiting for the word on boy or girl and colors.

I made these baby burpies yesterday ... my 1st sewing all summer. (I keep my GC during the summer so no sewing.) Anyway they turned out nice (I think).


3 layers of well washed/dried flannel. I used the FREE pattern from this website Search on the words baby burpies. Oh you will need to register in order to download the PDF file. It's a simple dog bone style pattern. Now they did some fancy work but I was too lazy to hunt up piping, ric rac and etc.


I made 5 so far .... probably make her an even dozen.

September 7, 2009

Happy Labor Day

We're off to our Church's, St. Francis Xavier, Labor Day Picnic. I donated this coin quilt for a prize.


September 1, 2009

Stashbusting Photos

I'm part of a Stashbusting group on the HGTV message forum. Thought I'd share our August work ....... enjoy.


If you'd like to see more of our stashbusting monthly photos click HERE.

Feel free to join us over at HGTV.