Sunday, November 29, 2009

Funny Movie!

DH and I  rarely go to the movies.  Most of the time, the weather is so nice that we don't want to be inside a movie theater.  But today, we went to the movies.  Gee, it has been a long time since we've been to the movies.  When did they start running previews and advertisements a full 20 minutes after the movie is supposed to start???   Yes, some of the movie previews were very interesting, but after a while you start to wonder if they are ever going to start the movie that you PAID for!

Anyway, go see the move OLD DOGS.  It was hilarious.  It was one of those movies that you can see again and again and still laugh at all of the jokes.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Reflecting on Thanksgiving, I am reminded of how lucky I am to be blessed with a great life and good health for my family, and to be able to enjoy my quilting and other hobbies.  I thank all the men and women currently serving our country, especially those who are not as lucky as I am to be home sharing Thanksgiving with my family.  I'm grateful for the veterans who have served our country.  I'm grateful for my blogging friends. 

I was having fun looking for Thanksgiving quotes online, and thought I would share some with you.  Some of these quotes put a smile on my face!

(I love this picture!)

turkey-clipart-2 Coexistence:  what the farmer does with the turkey - until Thanksgiving.  ~Mike Connolly

There is a calmness to a life lived in Gratitude, a quiet joy.
-- Ralph H. Blum

There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.
-- Author Unknown

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.  ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

What we're really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets.  I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?  ~Erma Bombeck, "No One Diets on Thanksgiving," 26 November 1981

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare.  They are consumed in twelve minutes.  Half-times take twelve minutes.  This is not coincidence.  ~Erma Bombeck

Ah! on Thanksgiving day....
When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more,
And the worn matron smiles where the girl smiled before.
What moistens the lips and what brightens the eye?
What calls back the past, like the rich pumpkin pie?
~John Greenleaf Whittier

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.  ~Theodore Roosevelt

Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life... a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year - and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God.  ~Ray Stannard Baker (David Grayson)

Thanksgiving, man.  Not a good day to be my pants.  ~Kevin James

Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday.  People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year.  And then discover once a year is way too often.  ~Johnny Carson

Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel.  ~Author Unknown

The funny thing about Thanksgiving, or any huge meal, is that you spend 12 hours shopping for it and then chopping and cooking and braising and blanching.  Then it takes 20 minutes to eat it and everybody sort of sits around in a food coma, and then it takes four hours to clean it up.  ~Ted Allen

The thing I'm most thankful for right now is elastic waistbands.  ~Author Unknown

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
~Author Unknown

It’s funny.  I was going to blog about the rough day I had but I started looking at these quotes, and didn’t feel like blogging about it anymore.  With a long weekend ahead, I do believe I’ll be quilting.  You take care and hope your Thanksgiving is a great one!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Favorite Fabric Friday

This is a fun little fat quarter I picked up just because it was all cats.  Who doesn’t like cat fabric?  ‘Nuff said.

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Hope you have a Fabulous Friday!


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Kalamazoo Quilt Show #3

I found this post that I had done but never posted.  No matter, it’s never to late to show quilts from a quilt show.

This 3-D baby quilt was adorable.

Nice fall quilt.

I like the background and border.

Interesting use of hand dyed fabrics

Very pretty.


Love the ric-rac.

I like the use of ties in this Bowtie pattern, especially the border.

Bought the Convergence book, it’s on my list

I like the fish

Hope you enjoyed the show.  Unfortunately, I don’t see any more shows on the calendar until late winter, so I guess I’ll have to get back to those UFO’s.  Got a deadline to finish them by January 1st.


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Spring Ahead/Fall Back

So, I’ve been teasing you with Favorite Fabric Friday pictures from my quilt so I thought I would post pictures of the entire quilt.  I made this quilt in 2004 when I first started quilting.  This is a reversible quilt that was made using the quilt as you go method.  I loved this method because as you sew the strips down, you are creating both sides of the quilt as well as the quilting and sashing.  When you are finished with the quilt, all you have to do is sew down one side of the sashing, do the binding, and you’re done. 

I had signed up for a class at the LQS, and knew I wanted to make a blue and yellow quilt.  I spent hours looking for the right blue and yellow fabric that would go with the first fabric I fell in love with as shown here
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I spent all that time looking for the blue and yellow fabric that I kind of forgot about getting fabric for the other side.  I arrived for class 1/2 hour early and started picking out fabrics for the other side.

I found this focus floral fabric.
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I quickly found several fall color fabrics to go with it.  This was the days before I had any stash and had to buy fabric for each quilt I made (those were the days, eh?)  After I got the quilt made, then I had a dilemma in that I had such different fabrics for the front and back that it was difficult to find a binding that would match both sides.  I ended up with a green binding and even that was difficult to match the green color.

  Here is the back of the quilt.

Here is the front of the quilt.  It looks much better up close than it does in the picture.
This shows both sides
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Funny how I spent all of that time looking for blue and yellow fabrics, and now I find that the back side with the fall colors is my favorite side.  Which side do you like?

I named the quilt Spring Ahead/Fall Back for the daylight savings time change.  I’ve been thinking about this because the recent time change has been kicking my butt.  I am still waking up an hour earlier than I need to even though I go to bed at a reasonable hour.  Coming home in the dark doesn’t make it any easier, and work has been a bit busy.  So I’m seem to be exhausted during the week.  Thank goodness for the weekends when I can catch up with a few naps here and there.  OMG, I must be getting old…

Hope everyone had a good weekend.  Another (mostly) great weather weekend here in Michigan. I can’t believe it is still so warm in the middle of November.


Friday, November 13, 2009

Favorite Fabric Friday

When I first started quilting, I wanted to make a blue & yellow quilt. 
I fell in love with this fabric.
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It is such a lovely bouquet of flowers that it makes me think of spring every time I look at it.  Red decided that he wanted in on the act as I was taking the picture, so I let him play.
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Here he is with a piece of bias string fabric.  He loves to play with this so I had to give him his own “toy” so he wouldn’t mess with my sewing.
Fabric Friday 029 (2)I think he’s humiliated having been caught in such a stupid pose.

This weekend, I’ll have better light to get pictures of the entire quilt to show those of you who have asked to see it.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


Sunday, November 8, 2009

What a Wonderful Day!

I was feeling a little down this morning because DH had to work today.  Then I decided that sunny skies, a pleasant breeze and 65 degree weather meant it was too nice to stay indoors.  This weather won’t last too much longer before the dreaded snow and ice gets here.  So, I called my mother and asked if she was dressed and would she be ready to go somewhere in 15 minutes?  She asked where we were going, and I told her I wasn’t going to tell her.  I said, “just be ready for me to pick you up”.

We went here (check out that blue sky)
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For some of this (click to enlarge if you can’t read the sign)
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The cider was sweet and the doughnuts were warm
and full of cinnamon…yum
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The town was picturesque, the water flowing over the rapids with the white church steeple showing through the trees.  People were out enjoying cider by the stream.
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Apple pie, anyone?
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How about some sweet, crunchy apples?
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I am glad we went.  My mother enjoyed herself very much.  She hasn’t been getting out much lately because my dad is having a hard time walking.  She definitely needed a break…

And, I scored some brownie points with DH when I brought him some cider and doughnuts to share at work.  When he gets off work, I think we'll be taking a drive somewhere to enjoy the rest of the day.

Today was one of those days when you feel thankful for your health, family, freedom, and to be alive.  With  thoughts of veterans day later this week, a day to reflect and thank all of the service men and women, past and present, for serving their country.

How was your weekend?  Great, I hope.


Friday, November 6, 2009

Favorite Fabric Friday

What?? 6:00 pm and I’m the first to post Favorite Fabric Friday on ?  Well, ok, so here’s my picture for FFF.  This is from a quilt I did a few years ago, and YES, it is a completed quilt :)

I just love the fall colors of these flowers.
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For once, the picture actually looks pretty close to the actual colors in the quilt.

Hope everyone has a good weekend.  We are going to have some unseasonably warm weather in the 60’s this weekend, so I’ll definitely be out and about enjoying the warm weather before we have to deal with snow and cold.