Thursday, October 30, 2014


nesting - adjective
    def:  getting ready for when the crap hits the fan

    aka: marie moves the furniture again!   pictures to follow .... 2 rooms yet to complete.  lets hope I'm done.  $5 computer linky gizmo's are working.  need some wood grain duct tape to finish off the project.

    pictures to follow it is fairly dramatic for Third Street -- I like it.



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

oh George !

what more can I say -- New York, California or the Italy ....
(thanks Teresa)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

fall sights on the road

dad & kevin
"is the bin full yet?"
"now what?" 
always fun to meet on the road

and they get bigger .. and faster
and this bugger thought he should stand in front of me .... he'd dent Ruby

oh, thanks for the light, I'll have an acorn snack, since it's lit up

me, you want me to move .... think again

and it didn't move -- I yelled at it, I honked at it
it was bedded down and sleeping this morning on the inbound commute

Sunday, October 26, 2014

sew ... a

   little time at the Bernina and the long arm over the last 8 weeks has produced - a whole lot of crib/toddler quilts for charity ...

a kaffe fassett with a stripe
an orange/coral paisley with brown dots

a kaffe yellow paisley -- plain pink back

a yellow with blue dots and floral front ...

hard to see but this is green with slices of watermelons

a pink and green floral ..

and the pile ... there were 6 more that have already been donated and I bound 3 more after I took the pictures -- these crib/mini toddler quilts have taught me so much -- confidence/skill  on the long arm, patience in squaring them up and my blind binding skills have improved dramatically ... it's also helped with the fabric purge ...
I have a couple more planned but they will probably be larger throws .. I'm taping odd hunks of batting together to make larger batts .. dang that batting can get expensive.

oh shit...

I blogged about the fun run on the wrong blog.

Hello, Good Morning, Happy Sunday.

I'm going back to my sewing machine ... so far that has went well.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Patty's Quilt

so one day -- Facebook (who else) shared the news that Patty had an aneurysm -- at home and had been rushed to Minneapolis for surgery .. it was a long couple of days and nights -- but she survived.

we all waited -- holding our breath for each CaringBridge and Facebook post ... and well our girl Patty -- is WONDER WOMAN !!  A lot of therapy and a lot of hard work -- she's with us ...

so I finished up the WIP one weekend -- Patty (and her sister Karen) are Karen's Flowers -- every spring their blooms bring zillions of smiles to us gardeners.  The blooms and veggies they sell -- nourish our souls and provide the veggies to keep us healthy.

 A couple of jelly roll batiks stitched and chopped and flopped together .. sometimes I just let the fabric do the talking.  Quilted by me on my long arm (just an all over swirl) ..
Linking up and entering Amy's Quilt Bloggers Festival ...
see the rest of the quilts at the link below ...
grab your coffee and start the viewing !!!

Modern Quilts in the Show

I'm tech challenged today -- but here is the division in which I entered Patty's Quilt

flea market fancy day 2

and the progress continues -- I knew the one block at a time was going to drive me batty -- so I started laying them out and mini chain piecing .. so far I have enough cut for 20 blocks ... I think I'm going to quit with 20. 
should finish them up tonight.
then I think I need to make a new cover for my mini ironing board eh?
left the office early to check out the eclipse last night -- ended up on a atv ride around the farm.  the eclipse seemed to make the sun "sharper" ... hard to explain -- or -- I was tired and my eyes were wacky.
on to the Friday projects
and the weekend projects
life goes on and on

Thursday, October 23, 2014

project Thursday...

  got to the hardware store and bought some new tools
      (and vacuum cleaner bags)
  got to the library and swapped out the reading material
  got the plumber called ...
  got the computer parts ordered for the re-configured spaces
  got the home internet working
     (it fixed itself -- I just swore at it)
  got 3 quilts donated for a raffle/silent auction
  and I volunteered to work the fun run ... a "course marshall" ...

  and last night I actually sewed 7 blocks on my flea market fancy quilt as in a quilt for myself -- going block by block instead of chain piecing .. I want to make sure there are no duplicates or matchy matchy prints ... so far so good.

   I've had this picture saved for eons ... mine will be a 4 x 5 layout -- maybe 5 x 5 if I have enough fabric ... I keep finding more of it ... buy and stash ....



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014


  thankfully it's Monday (liked I'd ever admit to Monday)! 

  another gorgeous week ahead. 

  more projects:
     1.  mow the office grass
     2.  finish up the q's and fs's
     3.  bind the crib quilts (and get them donated).
     4.  get the treasures to the thrift store.
     5.  Monday night meeting
          Tuesday travels, wake & funeral
     6. maybe paint the kitchen.
     7. move some more furniture!

  I registered for the fun run/walk on Saturday but I think I'm going to volunteer instead -- one should maybe train or prep for said events .. walking from the car to the garage does not count.



Sunday, October 19, 2014

wow -- it was an everything kind of day ...

 the raccoons arrived -- in multiples -- and well, elder #1 didn't like seeing this picture on his "cat cam"
 some one is eating the sunflowers, birds, mice or squirrels  (probably those damn raccoons)

#1 digging holes for the head goose hunter ... goose blinds .. I keep telling him to just use my atv ... the geese like me ... (insert grin) ... neither of them see my point of view ...
the long arm has been relocated and the sewing space purged -- 5 bags for the thrift shop, 5 bags of trash ... 2 vacuum cleaner bags ...
and Nick asks me tonight "what the hell do you do with this thing -- sew parachutes" ... evidently he needs a new quilt for Christmas.

the tubs on the piano are empty!  The green tupperware bowls are a future shower gift ... the fabric cabinet is overflowing .. although the bottom shelf is scrapbooking stuff ... the box and pile under the bulb free light fixture is stuff listed on ebay (ya) and a couple (7) crib quilts to bind ... need to find a home for the batting boxes ... bulk batting is the only way to go ... and oh -- notice the box of trash bags !!!!
Another day of labor on the other end of the room and the project will be almost done.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

what was i thinking ....

since I bought the long arm (June 2013) she's been residing at the office (in the front room off to the side) ... not a bad place to be ... except when I was in the mood to sew and needed to come to town to sew ... and during the winter months I tore it down and it became a storage table.

she came home to roost today .. and damn, she's bigger than I imagined.
Nick helped me load and unload .. the table weighs a ton (literally)
I managed to set it back up and on the last rail pinched my finger and then proceeded to bleed all over everything  ... so this was the disaster before I started the PURGE.

see that tall cabinet with the goodies in it ... it got moved (twice)
a smaller (skinny) shelf now sits behind it ...
coming along ... had to remove some ceiling tiles to move the storage cabinet
and yes, that damn piano had to get moved too.  I'm getting way to good at moving it.  The cedar chest (in front of the long arm ) will fit under the long arm table and have more storage ...
dang it's a lotta stuff.  Sorted the pre-cuts into the must keep, might want to sew and sell piles.  The thrift shop is going to love me.

Friday, October 17, 2014


the cat cam -- has a possum on it .. an ugly possum
and 6 hours later a raccoon arrives ... I think he's probably saying something to the camera ...
Nick's maple tree -- planted when he was a baby ... 20 years ago.
matches the new ice fishing truck ... yep, a truck to drive on the ice

grandma's maple trees ... she would approve
and Nick's truck (the one he won't be driving on the ice)
my sad sad patch -- it always looks so forlorn at the end of the season ..
and east bound on the road to no where --
well the wind blew today -- blew most of the leaves off the trees -- the leaves were drifting across the street on the inbound commute ..
fall doesn't last forever
the long arm move is in the works .. she's broke down in pieces and ready to travel
now the fun begins.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

sunflower kind of night

a beautiful day in the Valley means -- finish picking ... so the final variety  of squash, a bit of patch "gleaning" and the sunflowers got picked. 30 minutes of fresh air and attitude adjustment 

this one is black seeded and the texture on it was amazing.  looked better in "real" time.  the birds and mice had already discovered them so they are a bit nibbled ....

I lined them up on the roof of the chicken shack "yard" ... they are for the birds anyway ... and didn't think we needed that much mess in the back yard or more mice in the garage ... they are so cool.

A little time on the atv and in the patch is good for the soul / mind ... then I went home to "oooo hhhh sss ooooo slow internet and added the 17 Microsoft upgrades -- took two hours ... and 50 pages of my library book!

Life is good.
Happy Thursday