Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

Well it is that time again!
The Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival held in Hampton/Newport News, VA.
It is year 22 for this show.
Always look forward to see the projects chosen to be best of show.
Quilt above was a fav of mine from 2010 show.
Local info here.

I adore walking the vender area looking at new books, patterns, machines , etc.
Top on the list is maybe finding some fabric and thread I NEED.. within my budget of course.!;-)
We spend the day, bringing our own snacks, mid day meal and tea or coffee.
Love seeing folks I only see at this show.

Alice, Diana and I will be there Thursday, Feb 24th!
First day opening!!
I may pop back over on Friday.
Depends on how my legs feel after Thursday!
I would love to see ya if you are going to be there!
Just email me .. primthreads@yahoo.com !!

Thanks so much for all the kind thoughts for Aunt Dot.
We have a couple more appts , one today.
Sure hope she can have the back injections and they will give her some relief.
Aunt Dot is so totally inspiring!
At 90 she still cooks, cleans up, laundry and takes care of Uncle Ollie, 2+ years her junior!
He is not in great health physically or mentally.
She gets around with her cane or walker.
Just amazing her strong will, be it the best for her own health or not.
Aunt Dot ROCKS!
Just sort of gives new meaning to 'suck it up and deal'!!!

Okay I am off to get more chores done before time to leave.
Will be busy up till the show.
I will try to do a post on Friday to share some of it with you!!

Oh yes weird weather yet again!
Was 73F yesterday... today we are only at 32F right now!!!!
Wind out of the NNE and blowing hard!
Course cold wind on Quilt Show Day is a tradition...;-)

Hope whatever your weather I wish you a grand day!

Please send out thoughts and prayers to our friends in New Zealand!!
Such a terrible tragedy there with the earth quake in Christchurch.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bright Spot

Yes we have a very pretty bright spot indeed!
This one golden orange crocus popped out!

He looks lonely!
Rest are still tucked in for the winter nap I reckon.
Soon they too will decide it is time to show themselves.
Yes that is a dead azalea to the right.
We have lost 3 due to the drought last year and then the harsh Winter.
DH will be working in those beds this weekend I am sure if nice weather holds.

Oh look a jonquil has a bud head on it!
Now these can stay this way a long time!
Jonquils can take their sweet time to bloom.

Both of the above flowers can handle cold too.
We are to be sunny again today and warmer yet!!
High 60's and tomorrow we may touch 80!!
Oh yes I did hang out bedding on the clothes line yesterday!!!
Be still my heart!

Been busy this week with Aunt Dot appts.
Today another one that is a follow up to her MRI she had Wed.
Cross fingers she will agree with what Dr. decides will help her.
At 90 yrs of age Aunt Dot is a tiny frail thing but as stubborn as they come!;-)

I did get to enjoy some blog hopping yesterday!
Everyone is so busy and creative!!
Yes we have St. Pat's coming in March and soon enough Easter!!
So time to put up a bit o green for a bit!!

Wishing ya'll a good one!!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day

Sure hope you have had an excellent day so far!
Mine has been wonderful.
Spent it with my sweet(for the moment..hehehe) DH!
We have went on an outing then to lunch.
All good!

I made this heart table quilt with an orphaned block for the sofa chest.
Those love birds look like they just fit there too!

Well DH was not to be out done!
Look what he sat on the table quilt!
He whipped up these homemade chocolate dipped caramels!
Lord Have Mercy!!!
I am telling ya I really think the man likes me best with some meat on these bones!!
Gonna be a while before I can fit in those summer capris from last year!!!!!!

Our son and wife came over Sunday for his BD meal.
Fried Chicken, gravy, fried potatoes with onions, snaps, cream cheese deviled eggs and cream biscuits.
DH made an apple cake and a chocolate roll up cake with whipped cream.
We all went into a food coma!
Was a good time though!!!

I sure hope you all have enjoyed a loving sweet treat today.
Be it from a sweetie pie or from you to you!
Happy Valentines Day Hugs!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Wool .oh my..

Yes I finally scored me some 100 % wool skirts in reds and black!
1.99 each at the local thrift!
Not big size ones but I am happy!

They are all washed and ready to be cut up!
Well maybe 'deconstructed' sounds less violent than 'cut up'!
I must be under the influence of too may CSI and Criminal Minds shows!

Anyway...have 3 shades of red.
One bright,next darker(fav one) last a burgundy like color.
Can over dye if I chose per project.
The blacks are BLACK even if they show up light here.

May even give the Old GO! a go at some of this wool!
Sorry about the GO! humor there!
Will be sure to give ya'll a report here when I do!
Off to slash my wool now!
Oops sorry...cut my wool!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

As old as ya feel...well sometimes NOT!

I received this in an email thought was too cute not to share!
Enjoy, over 40 or not!


Observations on Growing Older

~Your kids are becoming you...and you don't like them...but your grandchildren are perfect!

~Going out is good..
Coming home is better!

~When people say you look "Great"... they add "for your age!"

~When you needed the discount, you paid full price. Now you get discounts on everything...
movies, hotels, flights, but you're too tired to use them.

~You forget names .... but it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!

~The 5 pounds you wanted to lose is now 15 and you have a better chance of losing your keys than the 15 pounds.

~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything .... especially golf.

~Your spouse is counting on you to remember things you don't remember.

~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore.

~Your husband sleeps better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than he does in bed. It's called his "pre-sleep".

~Remember when your mother said, "Wear clean underwear in case you GET in an accident"? Now you bring clean underwear in case you HAVE an accident!
~You used to say, "I hope my kids GET married... Now, "I hope they STAY married!"

~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch..

~When GOOGLE, ipod, email, modem.... were unheard of, and a mouse was something that made you climb on a table.

~You used to use more 4 letter words... "what?"..."when?"... ???

~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.

~Your husband has a night out with the guys,
but he's home by 9:00 P.M. Next week it will be 8:30 P.M.

~You read 100 pages into a book before you realize you've read it.

~Notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!!

~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.

~Everybody whispers.

~Now that your husband has retired ... you'd give anything if he'd find a job!

~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet ...
2 of which you will never wear.

~~~~But old is good in some things:
old songs,
old movies,
And best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!

Love you, "OLD FRIEND!"
Send this on to other "Old Friends!" and
let them laugh in AGREEMENT!!!

It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Are you aware....

...there is a fun Blog Hop going on?
There are 20 Moda designers offering free pillow patterns for the tour!
They also post a bit about themselves along with it.
Makes for a fun read.
As for the patterns they could also be used to make wonderful quilt blocks.
There are also drawings for some pretty nice gifts as well.
Worth the time to check it out! Grab a cuppa and go!
Just click the logo above or here to go see the list on Sandy Gervais blog!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Not Idle ...

..here but nor are we Speedy Gonzales either.
Some days I am just lucky to get done the house hold chores that need to be done.
I do not do well doing the evening sewing thing.
My best times are ones I plan and get an early start.

Did finish up the New Beginnings Sewing Kit.
Now to make the drawstring bags.

I waited for this awesome fabric I had ordered from
Pumpkin Patch Primitives Quilt Shop to begin.
For some reason US Post Office decided to ship it from New Hampshire via Denver to Va!
Took almost 2 weeks for it to come Priority!
Not Brenda's fault by no means.
Just a fluke I hope!!

I used this pattern but enlarged it some what for the chair caddy.
I did not do binding, just sewed it up and turn, top stitched.
Works out fine and sews up faster as well.
Filled with DMC, pins, and stuff.

This is my own idea for a needle book and scissor keeper.
You can make any size you want really.
Just a simple circle fold over.

I made the pocket on the back for the scissors and made a heart fob for them as well.

Used wool inside for the needles.

Loop and button closure on it.
All done!
Do hope the stitcher who receives it will feel encouraged knowing others care.

I did finish trimming up the 2.5 inch leftover bits from my Fall Bonnie Hunter Pineapple Blossom Blocks.
Now to see if I can make them work in my border somehow.

When looking for a book...yes again! GURR!
I found these old wee blocks needing trimming as well!

I think I was going to make a Bear's Paw with them way back when.
So now trimming them up too !
Will use in some way, at some time!!
Waste Not Want Not as the saying goes!!

Wishing all who are cold and shut in with snow/ice much warmth!!
Keep the Faith... Spring will come!!!