Memorable Quotes

Though we can never leave life without experiencing some measure of loss, grief, and pain, misery is optional--as is happiness.

Beverly Campbell

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, "I used everything you gave me."

Erma Bombeck

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Hello! Our internet has not been working for the last two days. I am very grateful to a wonderful son-in-law who talked to somebody in India and got it working again! Thanks, Ron!

It has been an exciting two days. New Year's Eve we had an incredible downpour that lasted a long time and flooded just about everything around here. We had a river running through our yard and the back of the yard was totally flooded. My hubby's "dry" shed with used carpet on the ground is no longer dry. Our neighbor had eight inches of water in his basement. The main highway in town lost one complete lane of road to a mudslide. We seem to be recovering but wake up to more snow every morning. At least it melts during the day.

Since I couldn't play on the internet I sewed...another bag.

This one is for my granddaughter that will be turning twelve in February. I added another pocket on the inside so there are two. This is the Penny Sturges pattern from my last post but the larger size.

Friday I went to visit a friend with my youngest daughter. We had a good two hour drive there but it was worth it.

Maggie Jean is beautiful and very precious. It was wonderful to hold a newborn again.

Today I kept myself busy doing things I wanted to do. I worked on another Project Probation quilt. I quilted it this afternoon and just finished sewing on the binding. Now it just needs to be hand stitched to the back. I really love to longarm quilt. I find it very relaxing and a lot of fun. There are four of us that co-own the machine. I call her Hummer because she just keeps humming along.

Now I am ready to work on another Project Probation quilt....well three of them. I started them in 2004 or was it 2003 in a class. I'm just waiting for my daughter to come over and help with the setting for the blocks. I thought she might want to help since I plan on giving them to her daughters.

The design wall is waiting!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year! We had fun at Carrie's house but....I'm getting old! As soon as we rang in the new year we headed home to bed. Our son and his family left for Tillamook this morning...3-7 inches of rain in the next couple of days and they already had 35 mph sustained winds. They tend to get flooded into their house so wanted to get home before they couldn't make it. Grandson #2 turns 13 tomorrow. How did we get so many teenagers!

Wednesday Deb called and asked if I wanted to go to the warehouse. What a silly question! I asked my hubby if I could spend some money there and his reply..."Boy, can you!" That comment gave me the best reason for going. I need to keep up the reputation! I picked up some batting and a couple of patterns. We didn't even walk down the fabric aisles. It was a fun surprise outing. Yesterday afternoon I just had to try one of the patterns and look what happened:

It is quick and easy. There are three different sizes in the pattern. This is the middle size. It didn't call for fusible fleece on the lining. I think if I do it again I will try it with the fleece. The bag is not very stiff right now. My daughter-in-law wanted to buy it but I think she deserves to just have it. It is another Penny Sturges pattern...Taylor's Trio.

I'm hoping to go over to Deb's this afternoon and use the longarm. I have three quilts ready to go.

Happy Day!