March 27, 2010

Tyler Quilt Show

Sew, here we are ~ in all of our splendor! L-R -- Rhonda, Molly, Annale, Jan (Kathleen's sister visiting from Michigan), Kathleen, and Me!
Our own Molly is going to teach us how to make a Feather Star so we were all interested in quilts using the feather star. Molly (aka Marsha) is a 'tester' for Marsha McCloskey so she really 'knows her stars'. However, after trying to get us to complete the project may result in her "tarring and feathering all of us"! Here are a few pics of Feathered Stars.I really liked this one (below) using western fabrics -- very unique.
Sew, as it goes when you are a quilt show, there comes a point that you just have to go visit the "facilities". Thank goodness there was not a line! As I came out of the stall, this lady with a camera hanging around her neck is the first thing I saw:

Well, I thought it was just she was ready to snap a few pictures. Of course, crazy me, began to laugh and asked if I could take her picture. She looked at me like "have you lost your mind?" I explained to her that I would like to put her on my blog. Still somewhat bewildered, she consented for me take her photo. It was all in fun (especially for me).....I still think she thought I was NUTS!

Here is a family tree quilt that I thought was quite interesting and different.

The picture of the following quilt does not do it justice. It is just a simple 4-patch with alternating with a plain block. The quilting was very nice and made the quilt.

This was the cutest little rabbit quilt:
I am NOT a lover of cats, but I thought this was a really cute quilt.

I've always wanted to make this quilt....maybe someday!

I still have more photos.......stay tuned!

March 26, 2010

Gettin' All Purdy!

Tomorrow morning it will be time to get all "purdied up" so I can go with friends to the Tyler Quilt Show. It is sponsored by the East Texas Quilt Guild and is a 2-day show that began today.

I've got my camera charging so I can take pics of all the beautiful quilts, clothes ready, and my excitement level is extremely high (a quote of my friend, Annie's, grandson)! Stay tuned for further reports of fun and beautiful quilts, and who knows what I may buy!!!!!

March 23, 2010

Nat'l Quilting Day Fruit

Just thought I would show you a little 'fruit' of my labor on National Quilting Day -- a little wallhanging for Spring. You wouldn't think it would take that long to make. The piecing was very quick, but I did all the embroidery by hand while watching TV.

March 20, 2010

National Quilting Day

It is National Quilting Day.....OH MY! What will you do to celebrate?

Will you attend a quilt show with friends?

Will you go fabric shopping at your favorite quilt shop?

Will you fondle all your scraps?

Will just *THINK* about doing some cooking and then *THINK NOT*???

Will you relax and enjoy a nice glass of wine?

Will you act silly with your quilting buddies?

Will you enjoy some good ole coffee and not worry about the kitchen?

Will you make a pretty quilt?

Will you bee of quilting spirit?

Whatevah you choose to do, I hope you have a very, very special National Quilting Day!

March 14, 2010

Today the quilting world lost a prolific and talented quilter. Our dear Wacky Pac Sista, Jerri, lost her battle with cancer. She was such a 'trooper' and defied the odds so many times. She passed peacefully in her sleep at approximately 5 a.m. this morning.

Jerri was the life of the party. She was a fine Christian woman who loved the Lord. She also loved life, loved her family and friends and loved quilting. She was always just a phone call away....she had "Peeps" always available to help in any situation.

Jerri leaves behind a wonderful husband, Rex, who was a true angel. He never left her side. A son and daughter-in-law and two beautiful little granddaughters. She also leaves a whole host of friends who will miss her dearly.

My friend, I'll be seeing you on the other side one day. Put in a 'good word' for me with the Big Guy and tell my Mama I said I miss and love her.

I can't wait to see all the beautiful quilts you will make in Heaven. May you walk the golden streets of Heaven with your family and friends who have gone before you. May you never suffer again and always continue that wonderful laugh and cheerful nature. I will miss you, but I will never forget you. I love you my friend. May you rest in peace.

March 10, 2010

Polka Dot Pretties

Shawnee is hosting another apron swap! POLKA DOT PRETTIES! Go over to her blog and check it out. It's gonna be fun. You know you want to play so go ahead and sign up now.

March 3, 2010

Have you done it????

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! If you are age 50 or over OR if you have a history of colorectal cancer in your family, PLEASE GET A COLONOSCOPY! Why am I such a champion of this? Well, let me tell you my story.......
Six years ago, my GYN told me that I was at the 'magic age' and needed to have a colonoscopy. In my mind, I was saying "yeah right - I'll get right on that". I had absolutely no intentions of having this test done! NO ONE was going to stick a tube up my butt!
My pap test came back abnormal, so I had to go have a repeat test. I knew my doctor was going to ask about the colonoscopy, and I didn't want to lie to her, so I scheduled an appointment with a gastronologist with every intention of canceling it! (See, I could truthfully say I had an appointment and then cancel it....yep, I'm sneaky like that). SO, I go back to the GYN and SHE NEVER EVEN ASKED ME ABOUT THE COLONOSCOPY. AND, I forgot to cancel the appt.
So, I went ahead and went to see the gastro dr. to "just to talk about it". I ended up scheduling the colonoscopy. The day before the test is the WORST.....just get you a good book and plan to spend the afternoon on the toilet! (Are you just loving this topic -- right????? LOL) You are asleep during the test so you don't feel a thing.
Well, long story short, I had the test performed and I found out I HAD CANCER!!!! I had absolutely no idea! I was told I would have to undergo chemo and radiation before surgery could be done. Talk about getting DOWN ON MY KNEES AND TALKING TO THE LORD! After another biopsy and a sonogram, where some of the tumor was flaked off, it became operable. Praise the Lord, it was in an early stage. I had surgery where they removed a portion of my colon. (that surgery was worse than having a baby -- PAIN!!!!) They were able to get it all so I didn't have to undergo chemo or radiation. I'm telling you it was by the Grace of God and all those people praying for me that I am now officially a "Cancer Survivor" 6 years!
The moral of this story --- MAKE SURE YOU GET YOUR PREVENTATIVE TESTING PERFORMED!!!!! JUST DO IT! It could save your life -- it did mine.

March 1, 2010

Another Tree!!!!

Molly's Place posted the second "Tree Time" pattern and I just couldn't wait! I've already made it tonight while watching TV. I think it is the cutest tree -- so prim and cute. I used wool for the star, tree skirt and the packages. It reminds me of a Charlie Brown Christmas tree! I am using the same background fabric for all my blocks -- a white with red, green, and gold splatters on it. Caauuuuuttttteeee! Even if I do say so.
Are you planting your trees in anticipation of Christmas 2010? You know, Christmas will be here before we can even give it much thought. I can't wait to display my "Tree Time" quilt this Christmas.