Monday, February 23, 2015

Technology is great .....AND Quilts LOTS of Quilts!

Yes, my laptop is still in the hospital .... HRUMPH .... Apparently they are waiting on a part for the touchscreen (probably the case to the touchscreen).  As the battery had died (and was an internal one at that) it had to be sent into the service center for replacement AND since I paid for the full shebang extended everything warranty and one of my four legged children had pulled it off the table and cracked the case, I decided to go ahead and have that repaired while it was hospitalized.  WELL....apparently they are still waiting on the transplant team to acquire the necessary parts to preform the surgery so I am STILL stuck with this slow IBM model that was I believe built in the early 1700's and the operating system is run by snails.  Therefore, I have been remiss in posting. 

THAT BEING SAID.... It might take me a week to update what I've been up to lately..

A lot has happened in my world in the last 10 days so I won't go into details of everything, but when I left you all on the 9th, I was reflecting .....

One day in early December I joined Cheryl for her quilt class that is being offered at a little church in Hernando.  WELL, let me tell ya, I got inspired.  I came home and started pulling out tubs and totes and this is what I came out with.

WAY BACK in February, 2002 I took a quilting class that was offered at Hobby Lobby.  We had such fun once a week playing with fabric!  The very first quilt we made was called "Hearts & Stars" which is a funky little lap quilt with machine appliqued hearts.  I got the entire quilt top pieced, sandwiched with the batting and backing, machine quilting done and the bias binding sewn on. BUT never got it hand stitched down.

Another lap quilt which I don't know the name for was completed also to the point of hand stitching the binding down. 

And Jere has claimed that one as his own morning warmth!

I got both of these quilts finished this week !!!

The 3rd quilt that ended up being packed away with only the blocks constructed is a BEAUTIFUL "Stained Glass Window" quilt.  I did it in funky bright colors with lots of movement and the backing and border fabric is bright primary color large polka dots with a bright color "wavy" print that will be made into bias binding.

One more a "Maple Leaf" quilt has only the top pieced and the bias binding made.  It will be added into the quilt rotation soon!

The only quilt I did complete at that time is this one.

  I don't remember the name of the pattern, but it is a queen size quilt that I completed and gave to my mother for Christmas in 2003.  When she opened the package you would have thought I had given her a million dollars.  I don't think my mother has loved anything like she did that quilt.  She slept under it every night, took naps snuggled up with her great granddaughter in the afternoons and when she entered the hospital for the final time in in July, 2006 I had to drag her quilt up there.  She passed away wrapped in that quilt on October 28th.  I now have it hanging in my bedroom on a quilt stand and think of her often and how much she love that quilt.

I also found some really cute fabric with cows, chickens, pigs & sheep printed on it as well as 2 packs of plaid flannel fat quarters.  I had such fun putting together this "Log Cabin" quilt which will be gifted to a very special someone soon...I believe this quilt has been featured in a couple of previous posts, but I finally got it completed!

The last quilt I'll bore you with is going to be a baby quilt for my new grandson Wesley (due in May)  I have it pieced and will probably take my "Window" quilt off the hoop today and get it finished up.  

That cute little elephant print will be the backing and I will bind it in a solid blue.

Another thing of interest I found (actually yesterday) in my mother in law's sewing cabinet was a little plastic case with several packages of "between" needles for hand quilting.  

If you look closely you can see this is a pack of 20 needles that sold for 10¢.  That is 1/2¢ each!  Doing a Google search, I found the cheapest a package sells for today is $1.99.  CAN WE SAY INFLATION ??

On the cross stitching front, I have set aside my GP Sleepy Hollow in favor of quilting for a bit, but here is where I stopped.

That Pumpkin head is a bitch to stitch !! 

Tucked into the last 2 weeks was Valentine Day.  While Jere isn't one much for flowers and candy (my blood sugar couldn't handle that) we do usually go to dinner (the NIGHT BEFORE! to avoid the crowds) and this year as it was on Saturday, went to breakfast.  I had the MOST YUMMY big plate of eggs, bacon, sausage & hash browns with Lemon Curd filled Blackberry Crepes.  

As you can see, I didn't like them at all !!!

After breakfast we went to:

Jere was hoping to learn a new trick or two ... LOL ! 

Saturday I got the most pleasant surprise.  I was at the kitchen sink washing my hands after finishing up some appetizers for the watch party at Casa Jackson when there was a knock on the carport door.  There stood a delivery man holding a beautiful vase of spring flowers.  It wasn't my Birthday, or Mother's Day (which my sons usually remember with flowers) so I couldn't imagine! 

They were from Julie, Peter's real mom and look at the sweet note attached!!

Hockey !

Our boys are on a ROLL!!! They have won 8 straight games and 12 of their last 13 !!!  Saturday night 2/21  Peter got his FIRST professional SHUT OUT  with a 3 - 0 win against Huntsville!!! He was, as usual AWESOME !!!! 

Last week we had ice & snow.  Schools were closed, Jere was home from work for 2 days (and quite under foot) and it was COLD.  Again last night we had about an inch of sleet.  

I don't think we will be grilling out tonight ! 

I know around August I will be missing all this "cool" weather when temps are in the upper 90's, I am a puddle of sweat and am longing for my hockey boys return to the ice, but I really long for the boys of summer and ......

Till next time,


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