Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Question, A Quilt and My Stash Report in the Red

Question:  OK, all you smart quilters out there.

How do you get the gunk out of the Velcro on the take up bar of the long arm frame?  toothbrush is too soft.  Picking it out with my fingernails is near to impossible.

So.......How to do it?

I have now finished all 5 Colorado Boy quilts.  I need to put the binding on
the last one!  And they
MUST get mailed off tomorrow!  No choice!  Gotta go!

I quilted it using a larger version of a Jamie Wallen's (Quilter's Apothecary) swirl he showed on a YouTube video.  (Click Here for the Video)
I practiced it for an hour or so in a sketch book with a mechanical pencil.  I wanted something different from the regular loops or the square of the Skateboard Quilts  It was fun to do.

If I had it to do over I would make the lines closer together.   But it turned out well and I like the swirls juxtaposed on the squares of the quilt.

I want to do an orange binding!

Stash Report  (Don't do the mat I rounded up)

Used this week -0.33 Used this month 19.25 Used this year -52
Bought this week 0 Bought this month 0 Bought this year 28
Plus or minus -0.33 Plus or minus 19.25 Plus or minus -24

I am in the red!!!!!

For those who wonder about being in the red, in accounting when you have minus numbers they are always red.  That is to show a deficit condition.  That means you are putting out more money then  you are taking in.  And when you use more fabric than you buy, you are in a deficit condition! 

Fabric is money!

RED is good here though!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Blue Cupcakes and the Easter Bunny at the Dog Park

Well, i got there late and missed the egg hunt.  But we got our photos taken with the Easter Bunny.

This is funny.  I brought my cupcakes.  When we were ready to leave they had  gotten $1 for each one in record time.  Everyone was raving a out the cupcakes.  They are so good I have never tasted anything like that, so different!  Well, it was a betty crocker cake mix called Blue Velvet.  but if you read closely it says "Vanilla cake with blue food coloring"!  Just plain old cake!  LOL

Here are some shots from the dog park.  I don't generally let my dogs go to the dog park.  Too many diseases they can catch from other dogs, ticks, fleas etc. 

Bad Ass Bunny
And DiNozzo runs like a maniac and chases everything on 4 legs to the point of obnoxious-ness.  I kept him on lead.  Last time I took him it required 18 people and took 45 minutes to catch him.  And he had worn his pads down to bare bloody skin.

McGee did get let off lead and was very uncertain.  It was his first time in such an arena.  But after 10 minutes or so, he began to branch out and bebopped around by himself.  He was out in the field for maybe 15 minutes and he looks up and sees 3 people sitting at the picnic table.  He flew in so fast he was like a white streak across the yard!

He was totally disappointed to find they were not eating anything!  LOL

Friday, March 27, 2015

Cupcake Blues

 The Happy Kind!  All it needs is a quilt to be perfect!

 Cupcakes under glass.  Better than pheasant!

 I made a bunch of these for a DOGGY Easter Egg Hunt put on by CAAWS on  Saturday.

LOVE those zebra cups!

52 Photos week 47 - Liquid and Laughter

Oh boy, getting close to the end of the 52 weeks.  And Instagram....oh, boy.  I just don't see how this will be better on Instagram.  No stories, no blog readers.  Oh, well.  And how would I get a photo from my computer on to Instagram??????  More questions to research.


Mostly wet.  I think of cool when I think of liquid, but I know it could be hot.  Like lava, oh, and coffee or tea.  Hot Chai Latte is a love of mine.

Ohhhhhhh.........chocolate, molten chocolate cake.......yes.  Oh, I don't have any, I was just dreaming  out loud!

Here is my liquidy offering.  A cake.  Yes a cake.

It was for Frank's Surprise 60th Birthday Party and  had the cake made with a photo we took at a Lake in Yosemite Nat'l Park (I think that is where it was.)

I am still amazed that they put that photo on  the cake!  That lady ust have been a magician!

the writing is something I could have done, but at least she didn't put

Happy Birthday Under neat Frank!

10 Hilarious Cake Failscake-fails-3From "Cake Fails"

Thursday, March 26, 2015


I knew you would think it was me, but it is not!  I am here with a friend who is having surgery. Waiting, waiting, waiting.  It is a complicated thing, so we wait.

Her son was the groom at the New Orleans wedding two weeks ago, so we are talking about the fun of an old New Orleans.  And he was there watiting as well.  By 2PM she was moved to the ICU where she will stay form the night.  We got to see her briefly at 3 pm and I headed home. 

She is semi alert and doing well.  Medicine is truly amazing!  She is having electrodes implanted in her brain that will keep her hands from shaking.  And out of surgery, her left hand was steady.  amazing.

She will be home tomorrow.  Yea!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A New Day And Some Quilt Room Clean Up

Today is a new day and I feel like I am going to make it.  I was so sore yesterday, everything jarred when I hit the ground.  Thanks for all the concern and well wishes.  Last night when he changed my knee bandage,  I realized that he had put the band aid with the adhesive ON the scrape rather than around it!  Ouch.

My wrist is still bothering me a lot.  But I don't think it is doctor worthy.  Then only bruises are on my wrist and on the opposite hip where I hit the street.  It is better all over.  And it could have been worse, last time I tripped while jogging and tore my knee up and broke my arm.  This time I was going significantly slower!

I am going to work on the quilt room clean up and then see if I can load the last boy quilt on the frame for the final quilting.  Maybe i will do the opposite since I need to get the quilt done.

Did you hear that X-Files is coming back?  Frank will be so happy to hear that.  He bought all the back shows and he watches them over and over and over.

I need to do one of those pixel quilts of Mulder for him!

PS......that is David, not Frank!  

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tripping Through Life Hurts

So we hooked up the dogs last nghht after Castle was over, and headed out for our 3/4 mile walk.  Chloe decided she wanted to walk opposite our usual way, so the Boyz and I crossed the street.  Not everything in Louisiana is flat.   In front of Dale's house, the street is uneven.

Yes, you guessed it.  I tripped. 

Frank says he looked over at me and there I was...... laying flat out in the middle of the street.  The dogs were quite fascinated that I was all of a sudden there on the ground with them.  I was able to turn and not fall on my surgery knee.  So I have a brush burn on my left knee, my left hip is sore, my right lower back hurts. 

But the worst of it is my right wrist.   I don't think it is broken, but it hurts in various places.  I will make a decision later today or tomorrow if i need to get it x-rayed. 

I get angry with myself because I have so much to do with these Colorado boys Quilts.  I have one more to quilt and 1 1/2 sides on a skateboard quilt to finish binding. Everything else is done.  Thank goodness.

So today I am gong to work on clearing out another corner of the quilt room.  And maybe I will go out for lunch.  Making a sandwich might hurt.

Look what I found yesterday. This was a stack and whack I did one time with my mother.  she was into the throes of Alzheimers but she could still sew a straight line.  So I would cut and set out and she would sew.  After she went into the nursing home.  It got put away under some stuff, under some other stuff.  You know. 

 And I had tossed out these scraps.  But I dug them out and made a strip.  And added sides.  And now it is a baby quilt.  Just like that.  Modern is wonderful sometimes.