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A butterfly, good food, and more FABRIC??!!

I had hoped to blog this stuff yesterday, but spent most of the day battling round 2 of a headache.  My shoulder is really flaring up, and I believe it causes part of my migraines.  I don’t get to go the chiro again til Wednesday.  Not soon enough! 

Now for the fun stuff!  Did I say I wasn’t going to buy more fabric, til I had used up some of my stash?  I know some of you have seen that stash in my other blog.  I had a moment of weakness.  I’m blaming it on my Mom, for getting the ball rolling with those batiks she bought for me, the email I got tempting me with words like “blowout sale” and “FREE shipping”.  What’s an addict to do?  Buy SIX more BOLTS of fabric, that’s what!  It was $2.50 a yard! And it’s the good stuff…last year’s line or whatever, but hey, I have clothes in my closet way older than that, so why would I care if my fabric is a little “aged”?  $2.50 a yard and FREE shipping…there really was no other option but to buy, buy, buy….right?  I was a little embarassed by my weakness, so I thought I had changed the usual shipping address from my husbands shop to the home address, where I might have a chance to slip it onto my fabric shelves unnoticed.  Mind you, he never complains about my fabric purchases.  He is worth his weight in gold, and my DH is a BIG guy.  He comes in after work Friday evening, toting it in the door.  “You got packages.”  I did?  Ohhhhh yea.  Hmmm….Two new western fabs to go with the two I already have.  Here in Texas, cowboy fabrics will never go out of style.  Paid for the other two bolts with only one baby quilt.  The three pastels are Robyn Randolph’s.  I needed more fabrics that I can use as background’s or coordinating fabrics to go with busier prints.  And lastly, a pretty Tuscan textured fabric.  I also ordered it in a pretty green, but alas, it was all sold out.000_4813.jpg Next, I thought I’d share our brunch with you.  Another thing about living in Texas, if you like Mexican food, you can find it here.  Whether you prefer authentic, TexMex, mild or smoking hot, we’ve got it.  This would fall under the category of authentic, and once the green sauce is liberally applied on top, smoking hot.  It comes from a local restaurant, La Casita.  Started by a woman in one of those little snow cone type stands, serving some of the yummiest breakfast burritos.  She quickly outgrew that little stand, and now has a walk-in restaurant.  We ordered the huevos rancheros, for take out, yesterday.  Here it is in the takeout box, two eggs on crispy corn tortillas, spicy shredded beef, refried beans, a homemade flour tortilla, hot green sauce, and a cheese quesadilla in a crispy corn tortilla, that you will see on my plate, once I moved it all over for easier eatin’.  By the time I was finished, my tounge was burning and my nose was running.  Yummy!000_4819.jpg000_4820.jpg

I know that Carla R., Jan & Michelle will especially love this next part.  I got pics of a beautiful Swallowtail butterfly, laying more eggs, I think, on my dill yesterday.  This is what the caterpillars will eventually turn into.  I’m getting concerned that my dill supply is not staying up to the rate of demand.  I planted more but it isn’t coming up too good.  I was thrilled to finally get some butterfly pics. 000_4871.jpg000_4874.jpgHere is a shot with the butterfly and the caterpillars in it. 000_4900.jpg If you find these guys on your dill, parsley or whatever, please don’t see them as pests.  Try to spare a bit of your garden for them, and let them have a chance to find their wings.

I did manage to get the backing sewn together for Mom’s quilt.  I am going to get it loaded today.  Not sure if I will get anywhere on the quilting.  NASCAR is at the Brickyard today.  I will be watching the race this afternoon.  Go Bobby!

daily life · gardening · photos · quilting · trees

Just Yard Stuff Pics

Well, I don’t have anything new to report on the quilting front, so how about the rest of those piddling around the yard photos I promised.

This is my little plum tree.000_4550.jpg

000_4610.jpg000_4609.jpg I just thought these leaves at the tip top of it looked pretty.  Reminded me of pretty fabric, or a pretty art quilt. This pic is just to give you a perspective of where they are on the tree.000_46141.jpg  Day lillies that came from one little sprig, in a stryrofoam cup, brought home by a 1st grader, for Mother’s Day.  These are also one of the things that make me happy when I see them.000_4587.jpg000_4598.jpgAnd lastly, a hosta blooming.000_4616.jpg

daily life · longarm quilting · machine quilting · quilt top · quilting · quilts · sewing

Storm at Sea Top Finished!

000_4808.jpgI finished my Storm at Sea top last night.  Not the best piecing job, but hey, it’s done.  I did discover that those points really do match up much better if you take the time to put a pin in them!  LOL!  Who knew?  This one will be challenging to me when it comes quilting time.  I am running way late this morning, and have to drive to our Borger office for work today.  Firearms inspection and requalifying is today. So no sewing on my lunch break today.  😦  Guess I better run!

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Not Much Progress to Report

I managed to get one more row sewed together on my lunch hour yesterday.  I did one more while cooking dinner last night.  That’s as far as I got on any quilting projects.  I did peruse some books & magazines, looking for a good project for my batiks.  Right now, I’m leaning toward a jewel box quilt.  Today, on my lunch hour, I sewed the remaining 2 rows, and got all the backing fabric for my Mom’s quilt pressed.  I don’t know if I will get to do anymore later or not, depends on how I feel after work, fixin’ dinner, cleanin’ up dinner, and doing a little cleaning in my bedroom/bathroom. 

Another online friend asked in a recent blog about what things make you happy on a daily basis.  That query, thank you Ronda, along with reading a couple of blogs by cancer patients, reading about a mother losing a son in another friend’s blog, and a couple of friends close to me going through some difficult situations recently,  have really made me count my blessings the last couple of days.  Just to start, this is not my official blog yet of things that make me happy, that will come when I have more time to put into it, I have to say how happy my family makes me.  Also, knowing that He who is in me, is greater than he who is in the world.  During your visit with me today, notice the new box in the sidebar, Soul Food.  I’m not sure how often it will change, but I wanted a space to share verses, etc., that really touch me, or speak to me,  from time to time.  I absolutely love this first verse.  When I came across it during a personal devotional time, it was an AHA! moment for me.   If you have one you would like to share with me, always feel free to add it to the comments of the current post, whether it’s relevant to the post or not.  I’d love to read them.  Thanks for stopping by!

daily life · family · longarm quilting · machine quilting · quilt top · quilting · quilts · sewing

5 Day Report

Not much to add…I only got one more row put together on my Storm at Sea wallhanging.  I did look at my new issue of McCall’s Quilting that came yesterday.  I fought a sinus headache all day at work, and was feeling slightly better, but worn out by the time I got home.  I sewed that row while home on my lunch break.  I did force myself to do some Flylady cleaning in my bedroom.  I had to do a little unexpected babysitting for a friend, from about 7:oo to almost 8:00 last night.  Then I went straight to bed.  I wish I could stay home and sew today.

 OH!  Before I went to work yesterday, I took aforementioned 16 year old to get his driver’s license.  He’s official now!  He picked me up for lunch, and went to get me a cold slush from Sonic yesterday afternoon.  So strange, watching them drive off by themselves the first few times.

quilt top · quilting · quilts · sewing

Kay’s Challenge

In response to a challenge posted by an online friend, I will try to remember to post what I accomplished quilt related for the 5 days.  Yesterday, amid laundry and a few other household chores, I put four rows of my Storm at Sea wallhanging together.  It took me about 45 minutes just to find the layout I liked best.  I should have been working on putting together the backing for Mom’s quilt, but I ran across the Storm at Sea project, I had tucked it away and forgotten about it, and got sidetracked by it.  It was just what I felt like working on.  I’m sure I will be looking for quilting suggestions when the time comes.  🙂 Today, I probably won’t have much to report, as it’s back to the daily grind of the day job.

family · pretty fabric · quilting

From “0 to 16” in the Blink of an Eye

Where did my little boy go so fast?  All of sudden it seems, he is gone, but there is this wonderful young man where he used to be.  I miss that little boy sometimes.  That’s something you don’t know about before you have them.  How do you miss someone, who technically, is still here?  But you do.  Hard to put into words, but I know that every mother reading this will know exactly what I’m trying to say. 

He had a much better day in the 2nd golf tournament.  However, he still didn’t place in the medals.  I believe he ended up in 5th, the second day.  He shot a 75, which was four over par.  The winner posted a 69, and there was a 71, and three 72’s.  As badly as he scored the first day, he still ended up 8th.  The low score that day was a 78. 

Yesterday, we went out for birthday lunch with my parents.  DH traveled down to join us, and we all got back home around 3:oo yesterday.  I really enjoyed the time with my parents.  Mom & I got to play some Skip-Bo. 

These are my new batiks.  I need some ideas for a project to use them in.  They are so pretty, and I’d like a pattern that will really show them off.  Actually, I think they’d make a cool pineapple quilt, but I hate to cut some of them up so small the pattern doesn’t show.  Especially the one on top.  I’d love to hear your suggestions.


Happy birthday, D!  I love you!

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daily life · quilting

Golf Tournament Day One

Well, we have today’s golf tournament behind us.  Bless his heart, DS did NOT do well today.  But he kept his chin up and finished, and ended with a birdie.  He did finally start playing well, but he started off so poorly, there was no recovering from it.  Strangely, most of the other boys we know didn’t do well today, either, compared to how they usually play.  We are staying here at my parents.  DS’s good friend, who is also playing in these two tournies, is staying here, as well.  His day was even worse.  They posted 86 & 88, respectively.  They are now happily playing video games and relaxing.  Mom & I are just about to hit the local fabric store!  No, I don’t need any new fabric, said I wasn’t  going to buy anymore, but we’ll see.  I might need a small dose, you know, for medicinal purposes.  🙂  I’ll let you know later if I was good, or bad.

butterflies · caterpillars · photos

More Caterpillar News

I’ve been keeping an eye on the caterpillars outside, and they seem to be doing just fine this time.  In fact, I felt like they were growing faster than the ones indoors.  I did get to see one of the ones I had inside shed it’s skin, right in front of me!  How neat!  Anyway, one by one, I moved the little guys back outside.  Took a couple of days, as I didn’t want to handle them, as that can be damaging to them.  I had to hold the stems they were on next to the dill outside, til they crawled onto it themselves.  They all seem to be thriving. 

These are ones that were indoors for awhile.  One of these is the one that molted in front of me.  See the little one, too?  It was just a tiny little black worm a couple of days ago.  They grow so fast.


These are ones that I left outside.

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I had planned on posting a bit more of my photos I took in the yard the other night, but I am so exhausted, and I have to pack after we eat dinner.  So the caterpillar update will be it as far as pics for a few days.  We are grilling burgers tonight.  Derek & I will be leaving after work tomorrow, to spend some time with my parents, and for Derek to play in a couple golf tournaments while we are there.  He plays Thursday and Friday.  DH will come join us at Mom & Dad’s on Saturday, where will be having a birthday party!  This Sunday, the 22nd, some sweet boy I know will be turning Sweet 16!  How can that be already? 

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Woohoo! I finished my Mom’s Quilt top!

000_4687.jpgThis is a king size cornerstones quilt from Eleanor Burns “Still Stripping” book.  I added the inner and outer borders today, to complete the top.  It was quite a monster to wrestle around.  It’s approximately 115″ square. Next, I will have to iron the backing fabric, and sew up an even more monstrous back.  That will have to wait for another day!  Lots of great space for quilting…I’m still finalizing my plans for that.  Please Dear Lord, let me do a good job on it.  I also got a couple of very special rail fence blocks done today, and will get those out in the mail tomorrow for a dear online friend who is battling cancer.  I feel like I have done some work today.  Whew!