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Archive for May 2009

and all those who have served in the Armed Forces. I’ve been thinking about all the people in my life, those who will always be a part of my life and those who have passed through, who are serving or have served in the military, and this post is to say thank you to them. Grandpa, Dad, Uncle Keith, Mark, Daniel, James, Miriam, Tom, Marco, Peter, Darren, Scott, Janet…

My friend, Diann, sent me this e-mail a few days ago.

It is the
not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.

It is
not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.

It is
not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.

It is
not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is
not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is
not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.

(I’m not sure who this should be attributed to…)

Because I don’t have anything else to do – insert your own level of sarcasm here – I’ve decided to join the ranks who are quilting along with Old Red Barn Co. I don’t have a Christmas quilt, so I am using Christmas fabrics. I didn’t want a traditional green and red in-your-face-Christmas Christmas quilt, so I chose fabric from a couple lines that Benartex has…”City Girl Holiday” and “I Believe in Santa”. Here are my little piles of a dozen 1/2 yard cuts:
Fabric Choices_0566_edited-1

The ooh-ing and aah-ing may commence!

That is the sound of a girl with no plans for the long weekend except for sewing!  Woo-hoo!!  Okay, I have to bowl on Sunday night, but otherwise, there is NOTHING I am obligated to do.  I’m hoping to get the baby quilt finished before bowling on Sunday and spend Monday working on my mini-quilt for the swap going on over at Quilting Gallery. Do you want a sneak peak? Here’s the background:

mini quilt_sneak peak

Third Thursday of the month means Sisterhood night!  I actually thought we met last week, so I’ve had my block ready for ages.  It was in my last post.  Here are results so far (Gerry’s blocks are missing this month):

What am I reading?  Finished the Diane Mott Davidson book, so “Tuck Everlasting” is my car book.  It’s a short book and I’m about 1/2 way through it, so I imagine I’ll get close to done tomorrow at lunch.

Plucking away still at “The Kingmaking” by Helen Hollick.  I’m actually getting through it pretty quickly – may even finish it over the weekend.

Last weekend, I got my block ready for this Thursday’s Sisterhood meeting.  I had Celia’s block.  She wants scrappy blocks.  And, she wanted cheerful.  So, after a long, hard search, I found this great block on Quilter’s Cache called Sunny Lanes.  It was really difficult for me to do scrappy, but I managed to use a different piece of fabric for each of the little blocks.

SunnyLanes for Celia

Then, my Row Robin Swap row was due to be sent out on Friday.  On my 3rd attempt, I came up with something that I really like and that I think fits the beachy theme Robin wanted.

Lori for Robin

This is about 15 or 20 inches in the center of the row.  Robin’s initial row had a lot of colors and movement in it, so I went with something a little more simple.

Also coming up this week:  I’m starting a new class at TQW…a monthly block for a sampler quilt.  I’m using the Soiree line from Moda.  I also need to get started on my mini quilt for the swap going on at Quilting Gallery.  For that I’m using the Sultry line by Basic Grey.  It’s fabulous!  I have a pattern picked out and can’t wait to get started on it!

What I’m reading:  The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick.  Book One of the Pendragon’s Banner Trilogy.  Young Arthur and Gwen – before the Knights of the Round Table existed.  I’m enjoying it.

My car book is Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davidson.  I’ve been enjoying this series for quite a while.  This is the latest in the Goldilocks Catering series.

Last week was Children’s Literature Week.  I picked up a couple books to read in celebration:  Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt…since it wasn’t published until 1975 (5th grade), I guess I am too old to have had it as required reading.  It’s my back-up car book right now.  I also picked up Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher, which was recommended by one of the women on one of my Trixie message boards.  Haven’t started this one, yet.

And, what are you doing this week?

Back around 1984, I was in the chorus of “Camelot” at Mesabi Community College. Since then, my sister, Kristie, and I have taken turns calling each other on May 1 to sing “It’s May, it’s May, the lusty month of May” to one another. Because Kristie worked midnights for 18 years or so…so was the clear winner in this pursuit. This year, however, she was able to switch to days. And, she forgot. Yay, me!

If you haven’t visited Amy’s virtual quilt celebration…over 550 people – 550 – signed up.  See my last post for the link-y.

So, we ended April with a little weekend trip to Florida. My cousin got married. Kristie and I took Mom. Kristie kind of got the raw end of the deal as I just met them there. She was in charge of getting Mom to and from Mpls. Since I live so far away, it was good to see some of the MN relatives. Here are a few pictures from our trip.


We accidentally ran into Pam, Uncle Larry, and Aunt Bonnie at Sharky’s.  They were just finishing dinner and we were waiting for a table.  This is Pam, Uncle Larry, and Mom.  Wasn’t the sunset gorgeous?


This is the entrance to the ER in Venice, FL.  Mom has epilepsy and had a seizure at 5:30 a.m. on Friday.  The ER staff was really nice.  Mom was fine by 8 a.m. and we met Pam, Uncle Larry, and Aunt Bonnie for breakfast.

Here is a mosaic of some of the other things we saw/did:  Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Venice beaches, Shane and Tracy’s wedding.


Hopefully, some quilty things for you later this week.

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In the Good Ol’ Summertime Mini Quilt Swap


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