Thursday, May 31, 2007

Scraps


I was supposed to cut the "Princesses" Project Linus quilt tonight. Actually it's been something I've been meaning to do all week and haven't gotten to. I was going to use the princess fabric on the borders and on the back. The repeat in the fabric is much too wide for a quilt this size so I nixed the idea. Then I figured I could fussy cut the princesses and put them every other square. Well, after 2 rows of cutting I realized that wasn't going to work because the previous rows were starting to cut into the row above. I got frustrated and gave up. I'll use the ones I do have cut sporatically thought the quilt and I'll just cut the rest of the strips and get to sewing. Since I didn't feel like cutting out the rest of the quilt I decided to look at my ever growing scraps pile. In no time at all I had 13 2-1/2" strips cut that I can use as coins for strip poker. I'll throw them in the pile, rolling them as we speak.


COMMENTS:
Friday, June 1, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter
Can't wait to see the quilt when you get it finished. I did the same thing once when I was fussy cutting a quilt for Hunter. I think I still have those pieces somewhere...
Kristie



Pictures of Kids


Don't get me wrong, I love seeing my friend's kids in person. I love seeing pictures in online photo albums. I love seeing a few newborn shots. But honestly, there is only 1 kid in this world that I can view an entire album of without getting a glazed over look and that's Ruth's son Aidan. Those pictures I look forward to, those pictures I can never see enough of. That's probably because Ruth and I are close. Ok, I could add my cousin Keri's daughter Kassidy to that list because the kid is so darn cute and so full of personality!

I just don't understand where the internet has given license to sending ALL your pictures in an email to 50 friends at a time. Not a zip file to be found or an internet album link to follow. I just received an email from a friend who always has about 30 pictures in each email. For the past nine months I've been sent pictures of her pregnant baring her belly in everything from a bikini at around 6 months to cutsie turtlenecks pulled over tight. I know she just wants everyone to be a part of everything but when is it ok to say, enough is enough? I don't need 4 of the same pictures of her and then shot from 2 different angles at 26.2 weeks. (You think I'm kidding!) This batch was to announce the birth of their son.

I can understand that they're happy and proud of their new little boy, don't get me wrong there. But, after seeing so many pictures, I can't tell you the kid's name, date of birth or weight even though there was a picture of him on the scale. I'm more shocked at the pictures sent. This wasn't your typical warm and fuzzy, "Mom and Dad welcome baby X to the world" type of email. There were 6 pictures of her in a bikini top and blue gingham checked underwear at 32.2 weeks. Three front views, three side views. I'm sure they were all taken in succession. 2 pictures of her balancing an ice cream carton on her belly…one front view, one side view. 4 pictures of her baby nude with nothing covered up. I suppose that's not as bad as another friend who sent 3 pictures of her new baby…all nude, nothing covered. 2 of which were taken before the baby was wiped up or cleaned off. Talk about a shock when I opened that email!

How about sending just a shot or two with the new mother, baby and dad? How about leaving the rest of those shots for your scrapbook that you just pull out when people come over if they care to look? In this day and age with all the internet predators, why oh why would you send nude shots of your baby through the internet?

I suppose maybe it's just because I'm not a natural kid person. Maybe these same people look at my quilting or dog pictures this way but I don't send those out in mass quantities…they're just out there if anyone decides to take a look.

Ok, I'm slinking away from my soapbox now.

COMMENTS:
Thursday, May 31, 2007 - <i>Untitled Comment</i>
Posted by
You make me laugh, slinking off your soapbox. I think what you are describing is another form of self-absorbsion. Then there was the time Ron's nephew brought pictures of his new-born daughter to the lumber yard to show Ron. They began with the baby crowning. Needless to say, Ron saw a w h o l e bunch more of his nephew's wife than her ever, ever wanted to see. What's with that? Rhoda

Edited by 51050 on Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 02:25 PM


Thursday, May 31, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by 51050
I love the Christmas light pictures! Rhoda


Thursday, May 31, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by Anonymous
ROTFLOL. I hate when people do that. Go on and on and on about their babies. I love babies too but enough is enough. No pregnant woman should be walking around in a bikini.


Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes


I have caught Bethany's HTML bug. I figured out how to change the colors on both mine and my mom's blogs. Ok, so her Masthead doesn't currently match, but it will once she makes her quilt top. Don't ask me how I did it though because I don't think I could explain it if I tried! I went into the "Edit Template" area of our blog. I then did a search on HTML Colors and found some colors that I liked. I then had to look through the HTML code to find number sequences that looked similar in style and started replacing them one by one hitting preview in between until I found the right places to change the colors. It was truely a hit or miss process...but it worked and that's all I care about!


COMMENTS:
Thursday, May 31, 2007 - <i>Untitled Comment</i>
Posted by
Jen,
Glad it's working for you. Together we can rule the world! Muwahahahahahahah.

Edited by bobbinhead on Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 02:44 PM


Thursday, May 31, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter
Well, if you ever figure it out in simple terms fill us all in on it. Your page looks very nice...
Kristie

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Next to Nothing quilty today. =(


Wow, really nothing quilty today.

I took a chair out of my bosses office yesterday afternoon. I think I've mentioned how my chair at work sits crooked. I had been sitting on a catalog to make things "right" for the last week and it was helping somewhat but the catalog was annoying. The first few hours that I was on the chair yesterday I had other odd pulling. Turns out that was my body trying to right itself again. I went to PT, got loosened up and today I spent the entire day on this chair. I left work for the first time in years without being in pain. For the first time in 3+ months, without excruciating pain. Made it all day without any pain killers.

I left work all hyped up about starting that Project Linus quilt. I picked Holly up at Doggie DayCare (My mom's house) and was going to go to dinner with my mom and grandma but had to go home to change first. I was waiting for them to call to say they were ready (Mom has to wait till 5:30 to give Murphy his insulin) and gave up and call them. Only to find out they changed their minds on where to go and were headed to Arby's instead of Hawg City. Hawg City is our neighborhood resturant. It's probably the only place that I don't go and eat the same thing all the time. All of their food is just excellent. So trading that to Arby's I was pretty bummed. Mike and I ended up at Noodles & Company. I know, the way other end of the spectrum but it was still better than Arby's.

The only "quilty" thing I did was cut two bottoms out of foam core for my mom's Chelsea and Gracie bags. I'm hoping she found them because I put them between her screen door and storm door. It's hours later and I've heard nothing from her. My luck a cult member wandered by or something. Have I mentioned yet today that I can't stand those people? I'm just waiting for one of them to say something to me because I've got a list a mile long that I'd like to rattle off to them.

I finished planting my "garden." Still too embarassed to post pictures, I'll have to post in a few more days when everything starts perking up a bit. Compared to your gardens, mine is pathetic...but that's ok because I've got crazy allergies. I ended up back at the greenhouse to pick up a few more flowers. I had one more hanging basket to plant and a short window box that I put half a gazillion pansys in. I figured I could shoot pictures of them for my mom. I framed a really cool pansy for her about 5 years ago that I shot. Hopefully I can get some more for her room re-do.

After that, my allergies kicked in and I've been sneezing ever since. Remember how great my back felt? Well now it's all jarred to heck from all the sneezing. "Jarred to heck." Where do I come up with these phrases?

I've been listening to this book called Sarah's Quilt for oh, about the past month now on and off. I tell you what, I'm almost through the book and there's been no quilting done by Sarah yet. If it turns out to be a metaphore for the patches of her life or something I'm going to be irked. I think this book is like 15 hours long. And when you consider that I drive 4 miles to work, 4 miles back from work and have a 30 minute lunch...I don't get very far!

By the way, it turns out my hubby does read my blog...even though he claims he doesn't do things online that require reading. He must have been rather bored. He didn't like that I was making fun of his bringing the grill to my mom's. I asked him if he wanted me to edit it. He told me just not to be surprised if he starts commenting on the blog. He says he started reading it so he'd know what was going on in my life. Sigh... Not much to know. I bitch about my back hurting so I can spare you from hearing it. I talk about quilting. I find out that other husband's are as goofy as you. No Mike, this isn't some secret place that I discuss ways to torture you or something. I think the grilling was the first funny incident that's landed you in my blog. So, Hi MIKE!!!

That's all the game I've got. I really need to go to bed...well, as soon as my nose stops running like a faucet. Honestly, why don't they make smaller tampon like objects that we can put in our noses to stop up runny noses so that one can go to bed?

Did you all just feel my husband shudder as he backed out of my blog?

COMMENTS:
Thursday, May 31, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by Vesuviusmama
When I read your blog, I laugh OUT LOUD! It's good to hear that the new chair makes such a difference. Oh, and hi, Mike!


Thursday, May 31, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by Anonymous
See you are just like your Mom. Grandma drove me nuts last night. Good thing you didn't go to dinner with us we had to sit outside to eat because it was toooooo cold in Arby's. Yeah, her apartment was like an over and she was cold in it too. Oh, HI MIKE.........


Thursday, May 31, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter
You are so funny. Glad the chair is helping your back. That is a shame that a simple chair can do that. You can tell Mike that it is okay, we all laugh at our husbands...



Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Quilt poem about pets


I normally don't post things like this but on my Janome 6500 message board our board mom has a new kitten. Everyone was ohhing and ahhing at her picture. The new kitten is already sleeping in her quilt room on whatever fabric piles she finds. One of the posters posted this poem (which I'm assuming she wrote). I really liked it...and it's so true of my Holly!!

Inevitability

The pampered pets of quilters
Sleep on expensive beds
Of quilts in greens and purples,
Yellows and blues and reds.
The quilts don't have to be finished --
Any stage of completion will do:
As long as it's fabric meant for a quilt
They'll find it and lie on it too!

-Jacquie in Vermont

COMMENTS:
Wednesday, May 30, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter
How cute! I don't have any inside pets, but I could actually imagine Ole Jim--the mule doing that if he would fit in house. Poor thing only weighs about 1200 lbs. :o)
But we do have two outside dogs, Fred the Basset and Agnus the weinerdog, they are like best friends...
Kristie


Wednesday, May 30, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by 51050
so cute! Accurate, too! Rhoda




Monday, May 28, 2007

Happy Memorial Day!!



This morning I was woke up at 8:45 by the cult. I know, I know most of you are probably up that early but I didn't go to bed until about 2:30am, if not closer to three and it's a holiday weekend for cripes sake!! I'm sorry, but if a door to door sales person came to my door on a holiday such as Memorial Day, I think I'd tell them where to go - if you know what I mean… Since my hubby hasn't been home yet to hear the chanting he wanted to "play." She pushed Holly and I out the door (It's a really good thing my mom lives so close) and blasted the loudest, most obnoxious, most foul language music he could find. Holly and I opened the door at my mom's and since she was still in bed I crawled in the other side and Holly crawled in the middle. After a few morning outbursts from the dogs fighting we managed to get another hour of sleep. Mike was out on our porch when their meeting broke up and I think he was shocked to see how many of them left the apartment and then he over heard a few of them saying how that music was really ridiculous. Go ahead…complain about it. I KNOW THESE PEOPLE DON'T HAVE A PERMIT FOR AN OFFICE, I've already checked with the city. If you want to play, be ready to play because my A game is already figured out.

When I came home Mike and I worked on planting our "garden." I was all decked out in latex gloves, sunglasses and flip flops. I'd show pictures but next to the rest of your gardens it's quite embarrassing. I'll wait till the window boxes are completely planted. It turns out I bought too few flowers for my hanging baskets…which is a shocker I typically over buy and stuff the pots. I'll have to pick up a few more. I also need a few more pepper plants because Mike didn't space those normally and there's a huge gap…it will bug me the rest of the summer whenever I look at it so I'm just going to get another plant or two. We also have one window box that's empty. Not sure if I want to get more tomato plants or if I want to fill it with flowers. Maybe I could pick up some strawberry plants somewhere. Now that might be fun. We also ran out of dirt so we need that before we can even finish.

Then it was time to sew. I really wasn't sure what I wanted to work on so I sewed a few more strip sets for the Project Linus quilts. Hopefully tomorrow I can run to Wal-mart at lunch time and pick up the fabric for the Princess quilt for Jack's twin sister. I should be able to get that done this week no problem.

I sewed my two block of the month blocks. So now I'm pretty far ahead of the game for once!! Both blocks were rather easy and it was so nice!

Moda-U Block of the Month

Wendy Rieves Block of the Month

We took a break for dinner. Tonight it was homemade hamburgers with bacon mixed in. My hubby likes to play with things on the grill in summer. I swear he makes the best burgers ever. We realized that my mom had more of the food for today's barbeque than we did so I only thought it made sense for Mike to bring the burgers to my mom's to grill them. Oh no, he doesn't like her grill. I told him to suck it up. He said he'd grill them at home and then bring them over. I was on the brink of getting pissed and then I thought, why, it's just not worth it. I ran home quick to pick up some dog food for Holly. I had figured Mike was crabby so I thought it was easier than calling him back and asking him to bring some. What do my eyes see when I pull in? Mike taking out entire grill out to his truck. Seriously. WTF?? I said, "What are you doing??" He says, "Well that's why we got this grill, because it's portable." I got the dog food, and jumped back in my car. All night my mom and I were laughing about Mike bringing his own grill. It makes NO SENSE to me whatsoever. At least it gave us something to laugh at.

I really didn't know what I wanted to work on after that. I really wasn't in the mood to work on my Purple and Lime wall hanging. Then I remembered that I wanted to make a fun bag for my Strip Poker "coins." The first two times we went to play Strip Poker we were given 12 2-1/2" strips of "game" fabric. Since I had a total of 24 strips I decided to make a Chelsea Bag without any of the pockets. All it has to do is hold my rolled up fabric strips. It looks like it will turn out pretty cute. I am all set to do the stippling on the outside of the bag tomorrow. I don't anticipate it taking too long because there isn't much I have to do with out the pockets. I'll take a picture once it's finished.

Here's a bad picture of my 35 block Turning Twenty Again quilt for our bed. It's 5 blocks wide by 7 blocks long and is one row too long. I'm going to take the 7th row off and somehow find enough fabric pieces to make a 36th block and then set it 5 rows by 6 rows and THEN add the borders. I don't know where I'll roost up all these pieces though. The idea behind a Turning Twenty quilt or in my case a Turning Twenty Again is that you use 20 fat quarters. For my quilt I used 35 fat quarters to make it the size that I wanted. They give you a cutting diagram so that you get the specific sized pieces out of your fat quarter. Then there is a variety of how these blocks can get pieced together. Twist them and turn them a few different ways and try not to put like fabrics together and you have an interesting scrappy quilt that doesn't look like it has a pattern to it. I'll tell you what; it took me forever to cut the pieces out because I was so afraid that one wrong move would alter the whole quilt! I got used to it towards the end though! I'm still not sure what colors I want to use for the borders. At this point it probably really depends on what is available. I'll probably do a 2-3 inch border and then a wider 5-6 inch border. I plan on stippling it myself. It will be our winter bed quilt. I have another quilt that is from the same line of fabric. I plan on hanging it in our bedroom and pulling it off the wall when I need a little extra warmth. I have a quilt rack; we've just never hung it. It will be nice to re-do our bedroom a little. I'll need some different curtains too but those should be pretty easy to come by or I'll just make some. Alas, I don't have a picture of the quilt that matches it. I realized today that I have quite a few quilt tops that I've taken no pictures of! I'll have to get on that!


COMMENTS:
Tuesday, May 29, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter
First off, the thing with the grill sounds like Richard. Sometimes I just have to smile and walk away. Love your block of the months, can't wait to see those finished. As far as the Turning Twenty...That is one of my favorites. I love browns and scrapy looking quilts. I have been looking at the photo trying to figure out the block without paying $10 for the pattern. Cheap aren't I???? :) You sound like me with all of the tops, I think I have 30 some...
Kristie






Tonight's top picks. What will you watch tonight?

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Sunday Sew-A-Palooza


This morning when I got up I threw the Superman Quilt and Pillow Case into the wash. Remember how I mentioned that the fabric felt crunchy? It had a lot of dye that just felt like it was sitting on the surface. After the first washing and drying I was scared. It felt AWFUL. Just awful. I washed it again…a little more soap this time. Still awful. I began to panic. My mom was headed to the grocery store and said she'd pick up some liquid fabric softener so we could give that a try. Thankfully after we added enough of that to the load it got better. It's not great but I'm sure it will get washed often enough that it will become un-crunchy over time.

I worked all day long on my Turning Twenty Again quilt. Mine is 35 blocks. The blocks have been together for a few months but they never got assembled until now. I realized the other day at the quilt store that there is not much Moda Chocolat fabric to be found anymore. I needed to get it assembled and quick so that I could decide on my borders and binding. For a bed quilt, I never quite know how big my borders need to be until I throw it on the bed. I'll check that out tomorrow and hopefully I'll get a picture of it tomorrow too. It's too big to just have one person holding it. I think I need 3 people. Two to hold and one to shoot the picture.

My husband made us some awesome steaks for dinner. They were bacon wrapped fillets. YUM!!

Mom and I left shortly after dinner to go back to her house to sew. She worked on her Chelsea bag and I sewed some strip sets together for Project Linus. I usually start out by sewing the strip sets together for all the packets that I have. Then I iron them all and cut them all at once. At least they're started now.

Finally at 9pm it was time to hit the road and go see the newest Pirate's of the Caribbean movie. It was awesome!! Mom and I also managed to watch the first two movies today while we were sewing in preparation.

Well, its 2am now…I really should head to bed. We're not sure if the Cult will be chanting tomorrow morning or if they will have the day off. If they do chant, Holly and I will leave the house and Mike is going to blast them out with a little Easy-E Rap. If that doesn't do it, I don't know what will. More and more neighbors are asking us what is going on with the chanting. I'm glad it's just not us with our wicked senses of humor and that other people think the same thing!! Time to get some sleep. Tomorrow is another big day of sewing!


COMMENTS:
Monday, May 28, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter
Can't wait to see your Turning Twenty Again quilt. Not sure what the pattern is but when you said something about using chocolate fabric, I knew it would have to be pretty. Browns are my favorite.
Kristie

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Superman!!! ...and Donkey too



This morning mom and I went to Bits & Pieces for our block of the month. I was really glad to hear that I wasn't the only one who had problems with the card trick block. Luckily this next block is SUPER EASY. I also picked up a few more Project Linus quilt kits. Shhhhh, we won't tell anyone that I haven't finished the last sets I picked up!! I'll get to them, I know I will.

I picked up a fat quarter set of the Pampered Pooch fabric collection by Moda & Chloe's Closet. What can I say, I'm addicted to fabric and dogs…together they're a great match!! I'll be making a quilt that Holly can doze on when she's on the couch. Sure, she'll have to share it with me but then again...every quilt I've made this far isn't a quilt until Holly has laid on it!

Afterwards I zipped over to Joann Fabrics to pick up some red, white and blue verigated thread which I found to be in short supply. I bought two small spools. Next time I see a big cone of it in Star Brand I'll have to pick one up to keep on hand. I don't know what our Joann's is doing with their quilting fabric because currently they have crap. No novelty fabric, a huge clearance section and then just their usual fabric wall. Nothing good. I was all set to but pinks and purples to start on a Project Linus quilt for Jack's twin sister to match with some Disney Princesses fabric but I just couldn't picture any of it matching. My friend Maureen gave me the idea to make her a quilt too, this has to be equally hard on her, especially since it's her twin. I walked out of there with only my two spools of thread.

I braved the grocery store…twice in one month. What's come over me? And on a crazy Holiday Weekend no less. I had my grocery list written up by store section. My mom always laughs when I do this, but it ensures spending the least amount of time in the store. OMG, I was ready to kill someone by the time I got out of there. Is there some Summer Holiday requirement that tells everyone to just abandon their cart in the middle of asiles so that they can walk away up to 50 feet? Stay with your freaking carts people!!! I finally made it to the check out and I saw a giant Talking Donkey pez dispenser that I decided I had to have as a treat for braving the grocery store and coming out alive.

I headed for home and whipped up a Taco Dip that my dad likes and a pasta salad to take to his house for a barbeque. After I was done I finished the stippling on my Superman Quilt. It looks awesome.

I felt like I was taking my life into my own hands by going to this barbeque. My dad and I didn't speak for about 7 years when my parents got divorced. There were a lot of things that happened that I didn't agree with and instead of just agreeing to disagree he kept insisting that I agree with him until I just walked away and stopped talking to him all together. We starting talking again about a year ago and it's ok. It's a good thing.

Anyway, 2 of my dad's brothers were there. My Uncle Dave is pretty cool. He was always around to give me a run for my money growing up. Partly because I'm gullible and partly because he like to see just how far he could go. One Christmas when I was little he told me he had just come from eating Kermit the Frog's legs. I thought I was never going to forgive him! Other times he'd call our house ON THE PHONE) and tell me that we were going to play hide and seek and I was to go hide. It got to the point that my mom would walk past the phone off the hook, pick it up and automatically say, "Hi Dave." My Dad's other brother Don I only remember from when I was a little kid. He had a falling out with our family and I didn't see him again until recently. He's hilarious too, I really enjoyed talking to him. My Dad's parents were also there. I'm just not a big fan of them. No, I take that back, I'm not a fan of theirs at all and someday Karma will take over and they'll get theirs. They've never been nice to me. God forbid I came into this world as a girl. His mother just kept staring at me as I tried dogging from room to avoid her, telling me it was just so good to see me. Ok, WHAT? You never wanted anything to do with me before. 30 years too late lady. It's ok, I got a dig in. Sarah, my dad's wife's daughter in law is about to embark on an around the world trip with the company she works for. One of her stops is Hong Kong. My Uncle Don said he just couldn't place exactly where Hong Kong was. Everyone nodded and agreed saying that they just weren't good at geography. My response, "I wouldn't know, I was given a Spanish Globe." Yep. A Spanish Globe from my dad's parents for my 7th birthday. Great gift for an English speaking kid. My mom called around EVERYWHERE trying to exchange this thing for the English Version. Eventually we gave it away and it became a White Elephant Gift. They probably won it at Bingo. Luckily I made it out of there alive with no conflicts with my dad's parents. I sighed a huge sigh of relief when they pulled out of the driveway.

I came home afterwards and put the binding on the Superman Quilt and made it's matching pillow case. Here it is:

COMMENTS:
Monday, May 28, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter
Love the superman quilt, and I can't wait to see what you make with your pooch fabric. You are so creative. Sounds like you had a long weekend. Glad things are okay with your dad now. I have not spoke to my dad in two years. It is always a big fight around his wife and he allows it. I told him " My kids don't see this at home and I won't have this going on around them here" He had two heartattacks a couple of years ago, me and mom were out shopping when I got the call, so naturally she went to the hospital with me to watch Hunter (then age 2) she stayed in the waiting area, Hunter fell asleep and his THING tried to fight my mom, while she was holding Hunter. They were not even married at the time and we are not like that, she is so crazy. I mean what kind of 50 year old people try to fight. That's stupid. So I just don't go around them at all...
Kristie






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Moda-U Block of the Month



Well here it is, Moda-U Block of the Month #4. I will say, the second time around this block went together much quicker and didn't make me as frustrated. The points don't meet that perfectly, but I think this is one of those blocks where done is better than perfect!


COMMENTS:
Saturday, May 26, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter
Glad you got it finished. I think it looks great. I don't see anything wrong with it. My mom always tells me that "imperfection gives them character" So I guess all of my quilts have lots of CHARACTER. Seeing this block really makes me want to start on one, but I need to finish these others first.
Kristie


Saturday, May 26, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by 51050
I think it looks really good, too! I like the color combination. Card trick has been a favorite of mine since I saw a medalion quilt card trick in Amish country - Indiana a few years ago. I haven't made one yet. i've seen directions with squared and rectangles, but I wonder if it would look as authentic. Rhoda




Catch up on

A reminder of why I make Project Linus Quilts

A few days ago I noticed my boss wearing one of the silicone bracelets that were made popular by Lance Armstrong and the "Live Strong" campaign. I was familiar with the bracelets because 2-1/2 years ago we used them for a fundraiser when my friend Elizabeth's daughter Kaycey was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma Cancer. Unbelievably enough, this "little" fundraiser idea brought in donations of $3500. Never did I think a little silicone bracelet could do so much! Kaycey picked a royal blue color and they had, "4 Kaycey Jane" imprinted on them. I guess this is why I questioned my boss's bracelet…his was the same color. Only his was described as "Superman Blue."

Kaycey had a tumor on her kidney that exploded. They had to remove the kidney and this is when they diagnosed her with Neuroblastoma. She underwent chemo, radiation and a stem cell transplant. I think that this September marks 2 years in remission. Around the time she left the hospital from her stem cell transplant, Elizabeth met a family whose son was just diagnosed with Neuroblastoma Cancer so they formed a bond and have kept in touch all this time.

Around the time Jack was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma cancer his father was also diagnosed with cancer. They went through treatments at the same time and they were dubbed the "Supermen" by family and friends. I didn't know about Jack until I noticed my boss wearing a blue bracelet and asked about it. Turns out, it really is a small world because he and his wife are friends with Jack's family. They're now using the bracelets as a fundraiser. I didn't know until today that this was the family that Elizabeth has kept in contact with.
Kaycey has a "CarePage." Basically it's a blog to keep your family and friends up to date on your care and progress. Today's message from Elizabeth was this:

Please pray for Jack. Five year old Jack is one of the kids I met who was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma shortly after Kaycey finished her transplant stay. While all his scans and tests have been great & no evidence of disease, they have recently learned Jack's cancer has returned. This disease is so awful; one day everything is fine, and seemingly out of nowhere it can return.
I am on the brink of tears; knowing this mom and reading her updates; having talked, and laughed, and shared what we called a "normal" life after going through what we did, and to learn his cancer is back. It's so unfair. They are in New York at MSK and he began chemotherapy & radiation therapy almost immediately. Please keep Jack's whole family and especially his twin sister in your prayers, too. She is the biggest sweetheart and wants nothing more than to have her superhero brother back at her side all the time. Jack's mom recently finished one of her updates with, "Cancer can change many things, but hope, faith, and love are not among them."

I read Elizabeth's message and a chill just ran down my spine. There were too many coincidences. Could this be the little boy that my boss had told me about only a few days earlier? I copied the message to him and unfortunately, it is the same little boy.
Upon hearing about Jack from my boss my first instinct was to ask if he had received a Project Linus quilt because if he hadn't I'd make sure he got one. I started looking for Superman fabric but then wasn't sure if I wanted to go through with making this quilt. The last thing I wanted was for him to think I was doing it just to suck up to the boss. So, I shelved the idea until I read Elizabeth's email today. I decided it was enough of a connection to go through the process of making a Project Linus quilt especially for him. Finding out that he has the same kind of cancer just makes me sick to my stomach because it's supposed to be one of the more rare types. This really reminded me of why I make quilts for Project Linus, why my husband and I have riden in the MACC Fund's Trek 100 Ride for the past two years and why we participate in the Wish Walk for the Make a Wish Foundation. Kaycey and her family received a "Wish" to go to Disney World as a family. A trip that was taken after Kaycey's Stem Cell Transplant was complete and it was safe enough for her to travel.

My mom and I ran around tonight picking up my fabrics. I got the red and blue at Joann's because they were on sale and the Superman fabric came from Wal-Mart. It's all a tad on the "crunchy" side so I'll definitely be washing this quilt before I give it. I managed to whip out the quilt top in about 2-1/2 hours. Tomorrow I'll baste it and start stippling it. I have some red, white and blue variegated thread that I had to own yet never used. The back will also be the Superman Fabric. I think the binding will be red. I bought enough of the Superman Fabric to make a pillow case to give the quilt in. Here's the top and the Superman Fabric:



COMMENTS:

Thursday, May 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by orchidlover
What a wonderful thing to do Jen. I'm sure your boss won't see it as sucking up, and if any one does think that they should be ashamed of themselves.
I think this quilt will be different from the normal Linus quilts because it will be made with a bit more love as you 'know' the child involved.
My thoughts and prayers will be with him and his family

love and hugs gina xxx



Thursday, May 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter
Wow, that really brings tears to your eyes. I can't imagine what they are going through. If your quilts can give just a touch of comfort to someone in need, then it's worth it all. It is great, what you do. I really never checked much into the Project Linus, stupid me always thought they had to be made with certain fabrics and I knew we wouldn't have those around here. Duh! I will have to look into that after all. Please keep us informed on how everything is going...
Kristie



Thursday, May 24, 2007 - You're Incredible
Posted by Anonymous
Jen:

I am so impressed and motivated by you...the Superman quilt is awesome. When you stipple the quilt you will be stippling your love for this little boy who you barely know into it. You are such a caring and giving person and I feel that you should know how incredible you are. You said Jack has a twin sister...would it be appropriate to make a quilt to send for her as well because I am sure this has hit her hard. If you would like me to make a quilt for his sister please let me know the size you made Jack's quilt.

Thanks again for putting such interesting and fun stuff on your blog. The quilt is wonderful.

Maureen



Thursday, May 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by scissorhandscps
You are such a Saint! He will just love that quilt! We will be keeping them in our prayers.



Friday, May 25, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by Vesuviusmama
Jen, you are a saint. These types of entries just make me ache inside, both for concern for those involved but also dread and fear. As a mother of two small boys, these postings remind me of how little control I have over their lives. As you said, one day, everything can be normal and the next, tragedy can strike. You should be commended for all that you do.




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Friday, May 25, 2007

Thread Shortages Suck!!



Tonight when I got home from work I looked at my toes and decided it was time to repaint them…the nails had grown quite a bit. I mentioned this to my mom and she said, "Wouldn't it just be easier if we went and had them done?" Well of course it would be!! I think she's getting into this manicure and pedicure thing. I mean, this is her second time in the past 3 months! I used to get a manicure every other week but in the end I just didn't like the girl I was going to so I quit. That was last year and it honestly was the best thing I could have done. She was just a toxic personality.

We had to wait for Murphy to eat (my mom's dog). He needs to eat and get his insulin at 5:30 AM and 5:30 PM every day. So I started in on our block of the month that's due tomorrow. I figured I'd make both of ours. I take back what I said previously about Moda U blocks being nice and simple. This one is a Card Trick and while I get how it goes together, there's no directions so you're cutting and sewing all these ½ and ¼ square triangles some are on the bias, some are not…it's really obnoxious. Needless to say, my mom's is finished and I left with mine in pieces because I had to cool down before I give it another try.

Afterwards we did a little bumming at Target. I had to stock up on Kleenex with the magic lotion potion because my allergies are so bad. I swear, if I could take my nose, flip it wrong side out and rinse it off, or pop my eyeballs off to swish them around in some water, flush my ears out, take a bottle brush to my throat, I think I'd feel a lot better! It's just this constant itch. I know in another week or so I won't be as annoyed because I'll be used to it but MAN, I'm tired of this!! We managed to run into my husband. I saw him in the sun block aisle staring blankly at the display. I helped him out and then the three of us finished off our shopping trip together.

So now I came home and basted the Superman Quilt. I figured I'd do some stippling before attacking that darn block of mine. I got all set up, extension table on, darning foot on, feed dogs down, filled a bobbin, changed my needle and put my gloves on, found the perfect tension and speed only to get very little done and run out of thread. Of course I was using the Red, White and Blue variegated thread so it's not like I can just pick up with something else in the mean time. I was on a roll too. And of course, this happened at 11:04PM and Wal-Mart closes at 11PM. =( Tomorrow we'll stop at Jo-Ann's and see if I can pick up a bigger cone of the Star brand variegated. I hope this doesn't turn into an all out run around just to find it.

Now I've got to put the machine back to normal so I can finish this freaking block. I swear, I feel like finding a different card trick pattern in the same size online and making a different version without the 1/2 and 1/4 square triangles.

COMMENTS:
Saturday, May 26, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter
Hope you can find your thread. Love your stippling---Great Job. Hate to hear you are having a hard time with your Card Trick. It is simple pattern looks like they would have simplified the pattern. I have noticed that sometimes there are easier ways to put something together, than what the directions say. I usually just get the idea of it and do it myself. I made a Card Trick several years a go, and I love it. I will probably make another soon, I like the pattern very much. If it ist he right pattern then it should go together easy. Good Luck
Kristie






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Fabulous Eye Candy



My obsession with the Underground Rail Road continues!

I've mentioned my friend Diane before and how she's begun to create with PolyClay. She forwarded me this website full of "eye candy." Jennifer Patterson makes and sells jewelry called "Quilted in Clay."

We found the site a little too late because she's sold out of the limited edition Underground Rail Road broach which is an utterly amazing piece. Look at all those tiny pieces, keep in mind the broach is only 1-1/2" x 1-1/2". That's right, a 9 block quilt condensed into 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece. Isn't that amazing? That takes miniatures to a whole new level. These are made through a process called Caning which is completely fascinating.

I'm bummed that I can't get one of these broaches. Many of the blocks in it are similar to my quilt. I've been toying with the idea of getting one of the necklaces but I really don't know how often I'd wear it. A broach I could pin onto a purse or bag and have it with me all the time. I know I'll end up picking up a few of her other pieces because they're just amazing.

Go visit her site, Quilted in Clay. Hopefully you'll fall in love with her pieces as I have!


COMMENTS:
Friday, May 25, 2007 - Quilted in Clay
Posted by Anonymous
Thank you for the nice comments! I thought I would let you know that although I am sold out on the Underground Railroad at the moment. I do plan on making another edition. Each edition is different, and I don't know yet what I am going to do. But keep an eye on my web site later this summer. As soon as it is done I will put it up there.

Thank you!
Jennifer


Friday, May 25, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter
WOW!!! I went to the site and those pieces are amazing. I agree with you, I think the Underground Railroad is my favorite. I think I may order one of the brooches when she comes back out with the other series. She is very talented.
Kristie



Thursday, May 24, 2007

Back Update


I just thought I should throw in an update on my back. Slowly but surely it is feeling better. Not great, but better. Still tight, but the pain is not what it was a few weeks ago. I can't believe I've been at this now for two months. I had a major breakthrough this week. I discovered the cause of my pain…my office chair at work. It wobbles slightly from side to side. My therapist mentioned last week that my pelvis was uneven and she told me to pay close attention to how I sit. Turns out, my left cheek sits lower than my right. This causes my right side to compress together which is how those muscles were getting caught up in the rib cage, they had no where else to go. I've been sitting with a ½" thick catalog under my right cheek to use as a shim and even me out. It's not great, but it's a solution. I mentioned this to my therapist on Tuesday because I was beginning to think I was insane. She thought it made sense and told me to keep sitting on the catalog so she could discern if there was a difference. By Thursday, there was. The muscles are loosening but now I'm tender in all of the pressure points on the left side of my pelvis. She thinks this all makes sense because now the pelvis has to be able to drop back to normal. My co-worker Diane is on vacation so she told me to use her chair for the next week. We'll see if that helps.

We are getting new chairs at work, but probably not for another two months or so. I doubt they would get me mine early so I'll just continue to sit on my catalog. I'm not even going to ask them about it. I had to jump through so many hoops to get my ergonomic keyboard back when we got new computers that it's not even worth it. All I managed to do was create a lot of waves with management which I never intended to. I have carpal tunnel in both wrists; I have had it for many years. I've been able to manage it as long as I have by wearing my braces to bed when I have a flare up and by using the ergo style keyboard. I had to go to the doctor just to have my wrists tested and I needed to come back with a note from my doctor saying that the ergo keyboard really would help me out. I don't even have a follow up appointment scheduled with my doctor yet, by the time I'd get one and get in with my luck I'd already have my new chair. It's pointless but at the same time highly frustrating.

COMMENTS:
Friday, May 25, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter
It is amazing that something like your chair can mess you up like that. I sure hope you get is straightened out. I know when I used to work at Austin Apparel. We made jeans for Levis and Arizona (JCP) I was starting to develop carpal tunnel. Luckily I got to change jobs before it got any worse.
Kristie


Friday, May 25, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by 51050
I'm so glad you found the cause of the backache! That's a huge part of it. I hope the new chair works - when you get it. Rhoda


Saturday, May 26, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by orchidlover
I'm glad you are getting your back sorted out, even if it is slowly.

love and hugs gina xxx




Tuesday, May 22, 2007

A swap of sorts?

It's amazing to me how tired I become after Physical Therapy. All they do is stretch me in different ways yet I'm purely exhausted beyond belief afterwards. I wanted to fall asleep in the car on my way home and I didn't feel quite right all night.

Anyway, I was wondering if any of my fellow bloggers would be interested in doing a swap of some sort. Whether it be fabric, pieced blocks, other blocks of some sort, post cards. I don't know, it's just an idea. There's not that many of us "regulars" so it could be quite contained and is not meant to be stressful in any way, shape or form.

Let me know what you think!

COMMENTS:
Wednesday, May 23, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter
I wouldn't mind to do some kind of swap. Just keep in mind, I live rural and it is hard for me to get some fabrics. I don't applique or paper piece but other than that I'm fine. Just let me know, I would be glad to participate if its something I could do or have...
Sure glad this blog is working again..
Kristie


Wednesday, May 23, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by Cre8tiveQuilter
I think we'd have to do a "anything goes" type swap. If one person wants to do applique, another wants to do paper piecing, regular piecing, on and on, just whatever is their favorite and whatever reflects them at that moment in time. Same with colors/fabrics.


Wednesday, May 23, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by Anonymous
I'd like to do a fabric swap say 12' squares .Mind you I do live in Canada .The way other fabric swaps work is I would put in extra square for the hostess to cover the postage .To busy to do blocks right now .


Wednesday, May 23, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by lori
Sorry that last post was from me I forgot to sign in .


Wednesday, May 23, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by 51050
That sounds like a fun thing to do, but I have several projects that I have lined up to get done, so I think I will not Participate this time, but maybe later. I'm not as speedy as Kristi and Jen. Is that ok?


Wednesday, May 23, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by bobbinhead
A swap would be fun. Simple things first though. And I understand the rural part too. It would be fun to do it by colors like blue/white fat quarters. Or by sizes. Or simple pieced blocks with a specific theme (but easy specific)


Wednesday, May 23, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by SewAndSnip
This sounds like fun. Maybe for the first one we should start out small and easy like 6 inch blocks of a similar color or fat quarters. That would give everyone time to think about what we could do next.
Cindy


Wednesday, May 23, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by scissorhandscps
That does sound like fun. I just did a swap with a differnet group and we all used the same focus fabric and 12" squares. I have so many deadlines right now that, unless it is quite a no brainer, I may have to pass :0( Count me in on the next one - I hope :0)


Thursday, May 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by orchidlover
I'm good for anything that's decided. I love doing swaps

love and hugs gina xxx



Monday, May 21, 2007

Where did my Project Linus Group Go???



Tonight I was supposed to go to my Project Linus group at Homespun Creations. Since my hubby had just taken my sewing machine out of my car and up to the apartment I couldn't exactly ask him to take it back out just because I wasn't thinking so I decided I'd go and just be a cutter or an ironer. I got there and there was no one to be found. Now, I missed last month because of my back and then saw the same group of ladies at Block of the Month, no one said a word about not meeting this month. I know they take a break for summer, but this is MAY. I'm sad. =(

I drove over to Jo-Ann's because I was bored. I picked up the new Fon's & Porter magazine. I should really just subscribe and be done with it.

On the way back I passed the greenhouse so I decided to check out plants for our salsa garden that I suck my husband into planting every year. If I did the planting, I'd be swollen for weeks. I was shocked to see that their veggie plants were very sparse and that they didn't have many geraniums left for my hanging baskets. I don't know if they're just low because it's pre-memorial day or if everyone has already done their shopping. Well, I panicked and purchased.

Now mind you, I live in an upstairs apartment with a porch. We have window boxes. I always try to grow something ridiculous, I almost bought an Eggplant plant but I could hear my Grandma saying, "What the heck do you think you're going to do with that?" So, I left it there. Last year I tried growing regular and roma tomatoes. Yeah I can hear you all now, what kind of lunatic grows bushy tomatoes in a window box. The answer is a not very successful lunatic. I think we got maybe 10 tomatoes? The year before it was strawberries, before that it was wax beans. There have been more foolish attempts but I can't remember them all. But I did threaten to try corn one year. I picked up 3 "apartment" tomato plants, 8-10 pepper plants in many varieties, some geraniums and vinca vines and snap dragons. Hopefully this weekend I can coerce my husband into planting it all in our 3 window boxes and 3 hanging planters. Don't give me the lecture of too many plants for this little area…I KNOW it is, it's just amusing for me. to watch from indoors. Then of course like the idiot I am, I put my two flats into the back seat of my car and proceeded to itch and swell for the next 5 miles to home. I'm still pulling eye boogers out of my eyes. Sigh, some days I'm just not so smart!

When my hubby got back from his training ride he took me to see . That is the most hilarious movie ever. I couldn't ask my mom if she wanted to go along because I knew she would be watching the dancing bachelor. Oh wait, that's two separate shows… When she reads that I saw the movie she's not going to be happy. That's ok; I'll go again to see it in a heart beat because it was truly hilarious. Definitely is not written for kids. Kids just wouldn't get any of the humor. On the other hand, my hubby and I laughed histerically from beginning to end. There was maybe 15 people total in this theater. Why is it we're the first ones in there, plenty of seats available and we still get a row of people directly behind us that kick our seats?

COMMENTS:
Monday, May 21, 2007 - <i>Untitled Comment</i>
Posted by
You sound so much like me. I buy almost every quilt magazine that I see but only subscribe to one. Duhhhhhhh. We all loved the Sherek movie too. I think Richard laughed more than anyone in there. We have a garden, you can't live on a farm and not have a garden. We have lettuce, onions, tomatoes, green peppers, hot peppers, corn, green beans, broccoli, cabbage and potatoes.
Kristie


Edited by CountryQuilter on Monday, May 21, 2007 at 11:53 PM


Tuesday, May 22, 2007 - So cool
Posted by Dawnmarie
How did you do the blog with your son? He is a cutie pie. My cutie pie is now 36. Those years went by in a blink of my eye.


Tuesday, May 22, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by orchidlover
We don't get Shrek over here until the Autumn. We're going to see it though as I loved the first two. I'm glad the new one is as good.

love and hugs gina xxx


Tuesday, May 22, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by Vesuviusmama
The kids and I loved Shrek, also. I like that they make movies now that are animated and with a plot that kids can follow, but with added humor that the adults in the audience can appreciate.






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