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Archive for August 2009

Kiki, that is. There has been drama and trauma at Lori’s house this week. The trauma: Hercules went to the vet on Monday and came home with 4 fewer teeth. And, I’m hoping that he just had some deep root abscesses and not soft tissue cancer. The drama: Kiki is not liking him right now. I don’t know if it’s because he smells medicine-y, or like other animals, or if it’s because she doesn’t like the canned food they’ve been auditioning, but for 2 days she lived under my bed. Her personal space issues have been somewhat resolved, but she still growls if Herc gets too close.

In the meantime, the only quiltiness I have to show is my row for my row robin. I had Harley’s row this round and her theme is a night-time forest. She wants dark colors – greens, browns, blacks, greys, blues…I had a little difficulty coming up with an idea. Mushrooms kept coming to mind, but I didn’t want to do a whole 54 inches of mushrooms. Then, I thought of bear paws! Of course, there are bear foot prints in the forest!! So, here is what I came up with. As usual, click on the photos for a closer view!


These are the 4 rows I sent off to Margaret. Mine is 2nd from the top.

Here are close-ups of the bear paws and mushrooms:

bearpaws for Harley
mushrooms for Harley
I think the mushrooms turned out cute! I mean, for fungi. They are my own design. Not that mushrooms are all that difficult to draw.

I’m still reading “Queste”, the 4th Septimus Heap book. I’ve also just started James Patterson’s new book “Alex Cross’ Trial”. I have kind of given up on James Patterson…but I have always liked his Alex Cross series. This book is actually a novel “written by” Alex Cross.

Yay, Friday is almost here!
Have a great weekend, y’all.

What’s more glorious than a Friday off from work? A Friday and a Monday off from work! Last night was my small group night (Sisterhood of the Travelling Block). Here is most of the beauteous work…somehow I didn’t get a picture of Cindy’s Christmas themed blocks.

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Celia’s patchy blocks

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Gay’s bright blocks

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Barbara’s star blocks

Gerry August09
Gerry’s western blocks

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Diane’s cat blocks – this is my next block to work on.

Donna and Sam August09
Donna’s black and white blocks…Sam’s Sunbonnet Sue in outer space blocks

Janet and De August09
Janet’s horse-riding themed blocks and De’s soft red and green blocks

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Diana’s autumn blocks and Lori’s (me) brown and teal blocks.

I had Diana’s block for August and mine is the one on the top row right before the brown and teal blocks start.

That’s about it for today. I still have to finish my row for the flickr group. I’m afraid I’m a week behind schedule, but I do plan to have it in the mail on Monday. I worked on it on Friday and Saturday, but just couldn’t get it finished. And, I’ll be at the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Tulsa, OK, tomorrow, so no sewing until Sunday.

Books right now…the 4th Septimus Heap book “Queste” is the only book I’m currently reading. Looking forward to the next Sookie Stackhouse (Charlaine Harris) coming out October 6.

Oh, and just so he doesn’t feel left out, here’s my big old boy kitty, Hercules. He’s going to the vet on Monday – I’m hoping he doesn’t have a bad tooth and just needs a tooth cleaning, but he’s got some stanky breath.

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Have a happy Friday and a fabulous weekend!

Yesterday and today was the Plano (Texas) guild’s quilt show. On Friday, I volunteered as a “quilt angel”, even though I’m not a member of this guild. As a quilt angel, you wear white gloves, so you can touch the quilts – turning them for someone to see the back, usually. There was a preview on Thursday night that I went to with 3 of my friends. We had 2 hours to browse the almost 300 quilts that had been entered in the show. Here are a few of my favorites. (You can click on the photos for a closer view.)

This birdhouse quilt was absolutely adorable! It is called “Home Tweet Home” and was made by the Cotton Patch Quilt Guild.


This cottage quilt is done in hand embroidery, including some silk ribbon embroidery. It is called “Kathleen’s Folly” and was made by Germaine Reconnu and Kathleen Casey.

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And, a couple close-ups:

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Kathleens Folly-closeup

This quilt has over 7000 crystals on it! I know I wouldn’t have the patience for that. It is called “Tequila Sunrise” and was made by Cynthia Vance. There’s also a close-up of some of the bling!

Tequila Sunrise
Tequila Sunrise - crystals

This pretty little wall hanging was made by Anne-Marie Jennings, the president of the guild I belong to. It is called “Four Seasons of a Woman”.

Four Seasons of a Woman

“Big Hat Dolls” was made by Janie Thurmond. There were quite a few quilts with machine embroidered blocks, but only a couple with hand embroidered blocks. The dolls on this quilt were all hand embroidered! The work was fabulous. Look at how tight the stitches are in the close-up!

Big Hat Dolls
Yellow feather hat

My friend, Gerry Augustyne, entered 3 quilts in the show. Here she is with 2 of them – her “Holly Jolly” quilt got 2 Honorable Mention ribbons!

Gerry's Holly Jolly

Finally, even though there are all kinds of other pictures I could show you, here is the quilt that won Best of Show. It is called “Brown Bird’s Lullaby” and was made by Sally Magee. In the close-up, look at how perfect those teeny-weeny, itsy-bitsy little appliqued circles are!

Brown Bird's Lullaby
Perfect circles

This was my first time attending the Plano show. It was really nice!

Now, here is my little girl, sitting in the window while I surf the web. Isn’t she lovely?


What have I been reading? I’m all caught up with Janet Evanovich and her Stephanie Plum series! I’m on the latest JD Robb “In Death” book. I’ve been reading these 2 series for about 2 years, and I’m sad to be all caught up.

This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

that’s what has been going on at Lori’s place. At least as far as completing projects goes. The black and white quilt has 2 of the 5 rows sewn together. It took at least 2 evenings to pick the paper from the back of the 25 paper-pieced blocks. The first border is sewn on to the bed topper…but still need to get at least 30 more inches added to the length. Sunday and Monday I worked on a new bag. The lining’s not done, yet, but here’s a picture.


The fabric is In The Beginning and is from the Lily Pond line. Cute, don’t you think?

I have been doing a lot of reading. Finished up through the 5th book of Kim Harrison’s “The Hollows” series and I’m working on the 6th one now. I’m actually only reading one book! I know. But, I’ve been having lunch at home the past week and a half, so haven’t needed a car book.

I’ve also joined in on another quilt swap at Four Seasons Quilt Swap . I’m in the Christmas Swap. I think it will be fun!

Thanks for visiting! Hope the rest of your week is “pieceful”.

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