Friday, October 24, 2014

Look What I Won In the Banned Book Challenge!

I am already looking for 5 inch square and 2 1/2 inch square quilts!

My Clockwork Orange small quilt won in the Banned Book Challenge that Crafty Garden Mom did.  remember my piece?  You need to check out this post by Tanesha yesterday, this lady is definitely my new best friend!  I think she might just be yours as well.


 I won some pretty wonderful stuff!

Here is the whole package of stuff, a canvas bag, embroidery pattern, thread and a Noteworthy 5 inch charm pack from Moda!
 And a button!  I DO read banned books!  LOL

Here is the charm pack of Noteworthy from Moda.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Too Many Modern Quilts!

I am a member of an exclusive 10 person group made of Modern Quilters in Louisiana (or who have ties to Louisiana since two are from Virginia!)  called The Louisiana Traveling Quilt.  We submit a central block and it passes through each person's hands to have a block added to it.  Sometimes we have a theme, like mine is houses.  I sent several houses to be included along the way. 

We have one person from Haughton LA and two from Monroe, LA; one from West Monroe, LA and one from Evergreen LA; three of us are from Baton Rouge, LA.  Then there is one from Triangle VA and one from Fredricksburg VA.  Sort of an eclectic group I would say.  And we even have one guy! LOL. 

We are in month 6 and some of the quilts are already so large I can't imagine how they will end up.  I have made some of my blocks smaller just because of the "large" factor.

And I have 40% of all our quilts!  Here are the quilts I have in my possession as of today:  Can you separate them from my messy room????

This is a Louisiana themed quilt for Kelly. Her starter block was that state outline, I love it!
 This is a quilt for Mr. Pat.  His starter bock was the lines just to the right of those flying geese in the center.

This is an I Spy Quilt for Ms. Pat.  Not sure what the starter block was for this one.   But all the pieces are geared toward I Spy for Kids in her classes.

This is another Louisiana inspired quilt for Ramona.  Don't you just love that map of New Orleans! Kelly did that!

I am gong to work on each one and send them on to where they should be!

Flu Shot! Louisiana Traveling Quilts! Doggy Bones! Oh My!

I need to go to Sam's for some doggy bones, we cannot be without doggy bones in this house or there will be riots!

And I have 4 (count them FOUR) Louisiana Traveling Quilts that somehow arrived at my doorstep yesterday.  I will take photos of them and post them here this afternoon.  So come back.

Yesterday we got flu shots!  We get them every year and have not had flu like symptoms for 15 years!  The shot also allows our immune system to strengthen because we do not get sick as often.   I have friends who don't  get the shot because they believe that it GIVES you the flu.  I have noticed they are often sick with the flu each year!  So if you are going to get it anyway, why not take the shot and see if you can avoid it?

The myth is that you get the flu from the shot, but you cannot as it is not a live culture.  It is made from albumen which is from eggs.  If you are allergic to eggs you can have a reaction.

this is from Time Magazine's 10 Myths about the Flu Vaccine:

MYTH - You can catch the flu from the flu shot
No, you can’t. Really. This longstanding rumor just won’t die no matter how often experts debunk it. “The flu vaccine is made with dead viral particles, and since the virus is not living, it can’t infect you,” explains Holly Phillips, M.D., a New York City internist and WCBS News medical contributor. The nasal-spray version of the vaccine, called the FluMist, (which is FDA-approved for kids and adults between ages two and 49 who are healthy and not pregnant) does contain a crippled version of live flu virus. However, it still can’t make you sick, says Dr. Phillips. This misconception may stem from the fact that it takes 2 weeks for your body to form antibodies to the vaccine and fully protect you. So if you pick up a cold or the flu before or just after rolling up your sleeve, don’t blame your runny nose and sore throat on the shot.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Photo Shoot With the Pumpkin Quilt

When I saw Mary at the quilt meeting last night with her Zombie Quilt, I realized that in another week it will be Halloween.  And that on Friday Carrie and Andrew will be moving into their new house!

It made me want to go out an do a photo shoot with my Buggy Barn Pumpkin Quilt.  So I did.

This is what happens when you put anything on the ground at my house.

McGee has a full range of activities.  He itches.

He contemplates. 

He chews and gets yelled at.

And he plays innocent angel.

The sun makes it look like the pumpkins are glowing!

The pumpkins are made from assorted oranges.  Some are shirts from the Purple Cow an some are fat quarters from long ago.

The Candy Corn Border is scraps an was actually easy to paperpiece.

I love this quilt.


52 photos - Gallery 25 - Numbers

This was fun finding all the numbers.  I knew it would be pretty easy for everyone, so I kept trying to think outside the box.  I think I nailed it!

We have a lot of number around us every day.  Of course when I wanted to take photos of some, there was a scarcity of numeral inspired objects.  I managed to find some numbers in amongst the letters though.

We have telephone numbers, several in fact; house numbers; social security numbers; insurance card numbers; and time.  So much of life is based upon clocks and the numbers in that face!

I do a lot of quilting, and while I hate math, I have learned to use numbers to make precise pieces to get square quilts.  With a quilt, if you are off by 1/8th of an inch in an 8 block row, you are off an entire inch in that quilt!!

My food has numbers even.

This was an exciting number that we haven't seen in a long long time!!

The crowning touch to this numbers post is a photo without a single number in it!  And yet it is ALL about numbers.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

....and Then the Church Key Went Down the Garbage Disposal

Bet you didn't think I would ever have a church key in my possession!

It is like total opposite, right?  And you know that I always have interesting situations, right?  Well, I did have a church key and it did go down the garbage disposal this morning.

If you know me well, you know I have been leery of the garbage disposal for many years.   When we moved into this house almost 30 years ago, i kept telling  my father that the garbage disposal was shocking me.  He would say something like, there is no way it can do that, you must be imagining it.

I tell you, I wasn't imagining it.  That stupid garbage disposal was really shocking me.  This went on for, maybe two years.  I stopped turning it on and always asked someone else to do it.  Hmmm.  They never got shocked, hmmm.

One day when he was there I adamant about him looking at it.  He said, Alright, let me SHOW you that the garbage disposal doesn't shock anyone.

OK, I said, Bring it on!

He stood there in front of my sink, flipping my stupid garbage disposal on and off, on and off, on and off.  See?  He says, and then.......all of a sudden it hit him!

It knocked him across the room!  And I got a new switch!  But I never trusted that garbage disposal again!  So when I need to zun the disposal, I still get someone else to flip that switch!

Today, I decided to clear out the apple butter and the apple pie filling I canned two years ago.  I just cannot eat it all and Frank won't eat anything that is homemade canned.  I just might kill him, you know.  I realized no one was at home to zun the disposal and I was going to have to do  it.

So I sucked it up and did it. But I turned it on ONCE and let it RUN.  I was using a church key to open the jar tops and pouring it down the sink to disappear into the depths of the earth.

I popped one jar open and the church key flew out of my hand.  It acrobatically twirled up in the air and arched out over the sink......and the INTO garbage disposal!  My reactions were pitifully slow!

I just stood there and watched the church key disappear down the hole.

It made the most god awful noise rattling around down there.  I stumbled over two dogs and a host of dishes in my drainer to reach for the switch.  I hesitated, but only for a split second, when all of a sudden the church key comes flying out of the drain!

I grabbed it but quick!  And turned the disposal off.

Both the garbage disposal and the church key seem to be fine.   Thankfully, I would hate to have to tell Frank that story.  He would not have been amused.......

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Stash Report 10-20-14

I used about a yard and a half for the Lorax binding and finishing up of some of  the quilts I gave the Physical Therapy people.  And for the Fiber group project on Wednesday.  I have another two weeks before I give the Seuss quilts to the baby mommas.  Maybe I will have the Seuss 2, the second one complete by then.

Here is my Fiber Group piece. The theme this month was "Turn of a Phrase".  I did a nice layered landscape that I called Lay of the  Land.

I built a blog for the group,  we were using a Yahoo group format that was not really working for us.  So we went with a blog.

You can see it here if you would like to see what the others did this month.

As for my usage, I am still working it down.......but slowly!

But at least it is going DOWN and not UP!

Oh wait, I forgot I won the Birthday fabric.  I forgot how much, 4 yards maybe?  Still going down though, albeit not by much!

Used this week -1.5
Used this month -6.33 used this year -114.75
bought this week 5
bought this month 5 bought this year 185.75
plus or minus 3.5
plus or minus -1.33 plus or minus 71