Sunday, January 31, 2010

Screeching in Under the Wire

Well here I am as usual...out of breath, just in the nick of January Schnibble is done...I used Sandy Gervais' Valentine fabric...this is really pretty far out of my box...but it was lots of fun. I'm looking forward to tomorrow to see what the February Schnibble is going to be.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Charming Girls and a Little More

Have I said lately how much I love The Charming Girls...since joining I've set realistic goals and have reached those is very exciting...keeping me very focused and on track. I've always been a goal setter and list maker, but I was always bad about not putting a "to be done" date unless it had it's own deadline, like a baby quilt or a special gift, I could very easily just push it to the back burner and move on...I have gotten so much more done since joining Charming makes me very happy! Thank you very much Kelly for this wonderful group. I've completed my January goals and just in the nick of time...I'm leaving Sunday for the retreat with some friends and I needed Moose Munch to all cut out, I'm hoping to get it all sewn while I'm there. I hope I have lots to show when I get back. I also got the baby quilt all cut, and since I got it cut I've gotten all the pinwheels sewn together and I hae it all laid out on my design floor. When I get back that will be my project.

I got 12 pillowcases done for Jackie's Hole in the Wall Gang project. I found a bunch of kid fabrics and just had so much fun doing these. This picture shows what I got done last Wednesday (my charity sewing day) and today I got them all finished up. My camera is acting up (I really need a new one) so I don't have a picture of the 12 finished ones. I'm really enjoying having a day a week to sew for someone else.

I got this month's Designer BOM block done...this one was very fun, very easy and went together very quickly.

I'll leave you with a picture of my boys today. The groomer was here today...they're pooped. My mom gave them this huge bed for Christmas and they LOVE it. They love to sleep together, and they used to squeeze together on one of their they have the "Duplex" as we call it.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

No Snow Here, But We Had Sleet

There were parts of Florida that got snow today but not here...we got lots of sleet though. When we went out at 6:30 this morning to walk the dogs it started...I had lots of little ice pellets in the creases of my jacket by the time we got home...the boys had lots on them too...they couldn't figure out what in the world was going on...they kept looking up at the sky trying to see what was hitting them. It lasted until around 11...I looked out the window of my sewing room this afternoon and I saw these ice pellets that had collected on my neighbors roof. Another neighbor said I missed it...she said the whole thing was full earlier. Stayed there all day, since it never really got above freezing all day. Tonight is supposed to be worse but there's no moisture in the air, and the clouds have all cleared. They're saying it will be 26 tonight which will break the 40 year old record of 27. They're also worried that it will stay that cold for an extended number of hours...that is very bad...the citrus and the strawberries are in big danger.

I completed one Charming Girls goal today...I got the 6 Tuffets done for the retreat gifts. These are just so fun to do. I filled them with crushed walnut shells and backed them with wool. I like to put the wool on the back because the pin cushion doesn't seem to slide off the arm of the couch or chair like when I put cotton on the back.

Tomorrow I plan on getting a baby quilt cut out. Hope everyone has a great Sunday!

Friday, January 08, 2010

They're Calling for Snow and Sleet

Yes you read that right...and yes I do live in Florida. Now it's certainly not going to be a significant amount of snow, we'll probably have to be standing out in the middle of the yard when the flurries come, but it's snow none the less. I've lived here for 43 years and can't think of too many times that the weatherman has "Snow and sleet in the forecast for tomorrow"...crazy, crazy!

We had the most wonderful visit in Birmingham with the kids...very relaxed, never had to be anywhere at any special time, just lots of good time with the children. Mom had the best time...Little Miss Camden liked mom the best...she wanted mom to play with her and feed her...she liked Grandy almost as much...they had lots of staring contests...she loved sitting with him...look at that static in her hair, what a hoot. She would sit with me if her Nana and Grandy weren't available...Hampton was another story...he and I spent lots of time playing games, doing jigsaw puzzles, reading books, and playing with Thomas and his friends...oh he loves those trains...he's developed quite a sense of humor and had us laughing all the time. Couldn't have been more fun and I can't wait to get back there.

When we got back, and I had a chance to get caught up on blogs I read about a wonderful group on Emily's blog ...Cancer Is Sew Done...a virtual quilting bee...they are asking for blocks, they provide the pattern on their site, sew whatever you want and they put the quilts together and the quilts are auctioned. I did 4 blocks to send them on Wednesday...I've decided that every Wednesday is going to be my day to sew for charity...there are so many people in need and my family and I are so blessed to have good health...I feel like I want to give back.

Before I went away I played Holly Jolly Blog Bingo on The Quilt Shoppe's blog...I won this wonderful little MODA box...squares of 3 Sister's Aster Manor and
Holly Taylor's Migration. What a wonderful prize...thank you so much.

I'm heading to bed so I can get up nice and early in the morning to watch for the snow...I have my camera ready...if it happens I'll be back with pictures tomorrow.