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Monday, August 31, 2015

Dancing in the Stars

My latest pattern for Moda Bake Shop was published on July 25th.

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Made with "Nocturne" by Janet Claire, quilted in "Avocado" by Anne Bright



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The quilt is made from 3 1/2" squares and half square triangles and finished at 82 1/2" square.

Dancing in the Stars

I used left over fat quarters to make the back more interesting.

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Dancing in the Stars

I'd love to see your version of the quilt if you make it.

(and yes, I am still avoiding that big quilt waiting in the wings....)

July 2015 in my rear view mirror

Better late than never....sometimes....I'm sticking with that today.

I am only a month late posting about all the going ons of July 2015.  

In between getting new floors in our kitchen and dinning area (and all of the furniture moving, cleaning, painting, and general mess that entails) 

Library make over.

and retreating (twice) to the best retreat center in the whole of Texas (Greenbriar Retreat Center)

GreenBriar

I quilted 15 quilts for customers.


July 2015 at Tops to Treasures

And enjoyed my boys being home.

August 2015 in my Rearview

It has been a busy summer....thus the infrequency of my posting....which wasn't that frequent to begin with...but has ceased all together this summer.

I thought I would take a moment (read stall to avoid that really big quilt I need to do today.) and try and catch up.  Starting with the most recent happenings...

August was a very busy month for me.

I quilted 21 quilts for customers (that does not include the previously mentioned object of my avoidance).

August 2015 at Tops to Treasures

Got my oldest son moved into his very first apartment.

My boy's home for the next year. #asu @g00s33gg

Went to a quilt show...more on that to follow.

Saw all three of my boys safely back to school.

And he's off. #gowithGod

I now have a Sr in high school (red shirt who is standing on his toes to be taller than his brothers), a sophomore in college (the boy in the middle) and a super senior (5th year) in college (sleepy boy on the right). I am honestly just a little bit frightened of what my days will be like next year when they are all away and it is just me in the house all day.

Sigh, I no longer have three little boys....they have become men.

Monday, June 1, 2015

May in My Rearview Mirror

I would love to go back to the time when days seemed to stretch on forever in front of me.  Time used to creep along at a snails pace.  Not so any more.

May 2015 saw 15 quilts cross my leaders at Tops to Treasures.

May 2015 at Tops to Treasures

That is roughly one every other day for the month. This is not the norm for this time of year, but then neither is the massive amount of rain we have had. If you haven't heard Texas has been deluged with a flood of biblical proportions...thankfully, not on my block. Perhaps my quilty friends have been using the time away from their gardens to sew.

My college boys are both home for the summer...last night we all went to a ball game!

Enjoyed an evening at the ball game with my guys.
A Night at the Ball Park
(John 19, Noah 22, Ben 17)

The oldest is in the middle - don't tell him, but his brothers have darn near caught up to him height-wise. I am beginning to come to grips with the fact that they are no longer little boys, but really grown men.  Sigh. I hope some girl appreciates them as much as I do.


Just in case you've never seen the trail a Basset Hound leaves in the morning dew....

That last picture was just to make you laugh.  As I was letting my Basset Hound in this morning I noticed the dew on the very green green grass, and the trail she left behind as she inspected the yard. Or puppy is 11 years old and had tumors removed from her hip and eye brow, thus the cone of shame. I don't think there is anything more pathetic looking than an old hound dog with a cone around its neck.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Texas Never Does Anything in Half Measures


The news is filled with images like the one above.  Texas is indeed over it's four year drought (it officially started in October of 2010)  The land is green again....well the land that isn't under water.


This spring we have had more cloudy, overcast, and rainy days than we have had sunny ones; and more bad storms than I can remember there ever being in one season.


The forecast for the next week or so promises more of the same.


I have to admit that I am getting a little weary of the weather. That drought is looking better and better, but there is no putting all of that water back in a bottle.


On the upside, I and my family are fine. Our yard is greener than it has been in years. Water restrictions have been lifted. And the sun is shining at the moment.  There is no need for worry; however, your prayers are coveted for our friends and neighbors in the rest of the state.