April 19, 2014

Happy Spring

I know you've all been through the lack of motivation stage.  Mine has hit me pretty hard.  Work has been top of mind lately - mainly looking for a new job.  I'm still looking but things have settled somewhat and sewing and blogging relax me so here I am!

My amaryllis is in bloom -

all of them.  So excited!

My mom and dad stopped for a visit on their way to ClauseFest 2014 in Gatlinburg.  This is her birthday dinner at one of my favorite restaurants - Clarks Fish Camp.  

I'm working on some more projects and will have something to show you next week.  Until then, have a wonderful Easter and great weekend everyone!

December 28, 2013

Busy, Busy, Busy

Wow, it's been a whirlwind few months.  We've been doing a lot of this (I'm on the right with my Jaguars peeps):

Even though it was a busy time, I managed to get some sewing/embroidery done for gifts this year.

These little mug rugs from Five Star Fonts were easy and quick and people loved them.

I'm looking forward to another short week next week for my birthday and New Year's.   I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe New Year and Happy 2014!

Talk to you later,


September 22, 2013

Cover Colorado: News from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

Passing on this link from Bonnie Hunter's blog about the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum collecting quilts for the flood victims.  Winter is coming, if you can help, please do.


September 21, 2013


The commissioned baby quilt is finally finished.  I absolutely love how it turned out and I hope the new mom and dad love it as well.  I'm dropping it off tomorrow but had to get some pictures first.

Here's a full shot:
And, the back:
Thanks to my wonderful husband for holding it for me.

I'm not getting a lot done lately.  I've been battling bronchitis again, but thankfully, not as bad as last year!  The new job is going well.  I'm finally settling in and my probation is up the first of October so I'm pretty happy about that.

Had happy hour with my Jaguars peeps on Thursday.  Love these girls!

and got to celebrate my friend, Carolyn's, retirement (she's on the right, my friend, Ginny, is on the left).  So happy for her and just a little jealous.  We've been friends since we worked together back in the early '90s.  Goofy girls!
Ok, more later!


September 2, 2013

A Little Halloween

For some reason, Labor Day always triggers a Fall state of mind.  At this point, I really feel like decorating for Halloween!  This is a cute 10 minute table runner kit I bought last weekend at the retreat.  There are several sites online for making it, but it's incredibly easy (just google 10 minute table runner).

Happy Early Halloween - Oh, and Happy Labor Day!

August 18, 2013

Baby Signature Quilt

It's been a busy month.  Started a new job and I'm now learning all about board and committee meetings, not to mention a whole new world of the hospital system.  Seems so far from my football world - but everyone has been very nice and easy to work with.

Cinnamon's had a Fall quilt retreat this weekend and I was able to get this little baby (ha! get it?) finished.  It's a commission quilt for one of our former ROAR members, Laurie.  She's having a little boy.  I really love how it turned out.  Now to get the backing and have it quilted.

More later!


July 14, 2013

Quilting Videos

I don't know about you but I learn better from videos.  While I was searching the internet today for a binding tutorial, I found this great YouTube channel from The Crafty Gemini.  Vanessa has a lot of videos ranging from quilting to cooking to gardening.   She also has a blog.

I was very impressed with her presence on camera.  Some quilting videos leave a LOT to be desired both in quality and teaching.  However, she was very professional and I could see exactly what she was doing.  I ended up watching both the binding tutorial as well as how to make a mini ironing board.

Ok, I'm off to finish the binding on a quilt or maybe even make a mini ironing board.  ;-)

More later,


July 5, 2013

A Quilt Finish

I got this one done a little while ago but needed to take pictures.  I used a Dilly Dally Jelly Roll by Me and My Sister Designs.

And the back:
I love making this pattern.  It's known as the Jelly Roll Race quilt.  It's so easy and quick and makes a great quilt to give as a gift.

More later,


July 3, 2013

A Day For Good-Bye

My last day at the Jaguars:
My friends (Alisa, Teresa and Kitty) ordered a beautiful basket for me.  I love those girls!

The staff presented this helmet to me that they had all signed.  I will treasure it.

I only cried a little (like every time I said good-bye to someone).  :-)

Anyway, on to bigger and better things.

Quilt pics coming this weekend, I promise.

June 30, 2013

Beautiful Idyllwild

We just returned from Idyllwild, CA and helping our friends build a new deck on their mountain house.

The beginning:

The almost finished product.

The very tired but proud, builders:

We were just there to help with the framing.  The rest will be done after we leave.  Can't wait to see the finished product.  It should also be noted that this house sits at an elevation of 6,000 ft.  The air was pretty thin.

In between the construction, our friend, Rick and I took a little hike to the back of their property.  This is what they call a Technical Hill:

It's hard to tell from the pictures, but this is basically straight up.

It was worth it, though:

And one more picture.  The house with the deck:

Thank you Rick and Peggy for the hospitality and friendship!  Let's do it again next year - oh, except without the deck building.  :-)