Book Reviews & I’ve Been Tagged

First, I want to report that I really like both of my new books, having now had a chance to look at them.  I haven’t read the border book too indepth, yet, but it has some great border ideas, with what seem to be good explanations as to how to carry them out.  I’m looking forward to trying my hand at making a basket. Now to find the time…

Yesterday, a customer called to have a baby quilt basted, so I loaded that first thing this morning, got that finished, then I got started on my cousin’s quilt.  I am halfway throught the stabilizing.  I can’t wait to get to the fun quilting!

OK, I’ve been tagged by Deb, so I’m going to play along. Here goes:

4 jobs I’ve had:
 1 Santa’s elf Sales clerk at Hasting’s

3 Loan secretary at a bank

4 Adult probation officer

4 films I could watch over and over:
 1 Bram Stoker’s Dracula  (it’s a great love story -) )2 Lord of the Rings movies

3 Michael

4 hmmmm….there really aren’t too many I like to watch over and over

4 TV shows I watch

1 Grey’s Anatomy

2 Desperate Housewives

3 Survivor

4 Meerkat Manor (wasn’t last night’s episode heartbreaking)

4 places I’ve lived

1 Pampa, TX

2 Canyon, TX

3 Skellytown, TX

4 Perryton, TX

4 favorite foods
1 Chips & Salsa

2 Barbecue ribs

3 Ribeye steak

4 fried chicken

4 favorite colors
Midnight Blue


Sapphire Blue

Hot Pink

4 places I’d love to be right now
1.  A cabin by a lake with my hubby

2.  At my Mom & Dad’s, playing card games with Mom

3.  In Nebraska, spending time with our daughter & her family

4. I really love being home, so I’m ok with being here right now

4 names I love but would/could not use on my children
1) Mason

2) Austin

3) Alex (girl)
4) Shay (girl)

4 people I’d love to tag

2) Sharon

3) Jan T.
4) Susan


longarm quilting · quilting

New Books to Read


I ordered a couple of books while looking for that bunny, on the online www.fabshophop.com .  I ran across a BOGO sale at www.quiltersobsession.com . I’ve thought before that I would like to know how to make these fabric bowls & baskets, and I liked the look of this border book, and what could be better than getting one free!? Yummy, something fun to look at while I’m watching TV in bed tonight.  My Teeter Hang Ups inversion table came today, too!  DH is reading that instruction book 🙂 That’s really all I have to report today! It was my all day Friday at work today, so I’ve only been home a couple of hours.  I need to clean/oil my machine and table, and staighten my work area to get ready for the next project. TGIF!!

longarm quilting · machine quilting · quilting · quilts

A cute quilt and a great panto!

I finished quilting this little gem of a quilt last night after work.  It is a customer top, made by my good friend, Betty.  She did a great job on this one, and chose the Star Swirl panto, from Terri Watson & Michelle Wyman. I love this panto, it quilts up quick & easy, & looks great.  This top and backing were made from unwashed batiks, so I was a little apprehensive, but Corky handled it great.  I had one spot I had to pick out and restitch, because it skipped some stitches.  I’m not sure what caused it, but I thought about all the tips I have read and decided to loosen the quilt sandwich a bit more, and I didn’t have any more problems.  It was one little spot, about 1/2 inch long where there was one long stitch.  The backing is a gorgeous red batik, and I had trouble getting a good photo of it, but the pattern and variegated thread look fabulous on it. I think Betty will really like it.


The next quilt to go on the machine is my cousin’s log cabin, with the cattle brand in the center.  I’m anxious to get started on it.  I hope this weekend will be good for quilting! Hopefully my body will be on the same page as my mind, and be cooperative!

daily life · dogs · longarm quilting · Lulu · NASCAR · quilt top · quilting · quilts

Thank You, Gina!

Yesterday, my mailman brought a sweet surprise.  My prize from Gina, for winning her birthday drawing on her blog.  She had all kinds of goodies packed into this adorable coffee cup, including fabric & chocolate.  There is also some yummy Apple Cinnamon Chardonnay jelly. I need a little smilie face licking it’s lips to insert here.  (WordPress really needs to improve the smilies and ease of use.  How hard could that be?) Anyway, I digress…Thank you Gina!


Thank you for the “feel better” wishes. After taking muscle relaxers for a couple of days, I’m still sore, but better.  I’ve taken Jan’s advice, and ordered an inversion table.  My chiro had mentioned a couple visits ago, that he might start me on traction, so hopefully the inversion table will do the trick. I have had xrays done, which show I have significant straightening of my cervical spine, and I have a bulging disc.  My chiro has helped, it just doesn’t last very long.  I had an MRI on my shoulder, but not my cervical spine.  That might not be a bad idea. I’ve taken it pretty easy all weekend, but I did manage to complete my cousing’s quilt top, and prepare the backing.  I also loaded a throw size customer on the machine, and have a couple panto rows done.  Of course, I’m watching NASCAR today.  🙂

Lulu still seems to be doing better, but I think I will call the vet to see if it’s too soon for her to have another allergy shot this week, and maybe just have him look in her ears again to make sure the antibiotics did all the good in there.

We watched The Illusionist last night.  I give it two thumbs up!  One of the better movies I’ve seen lately.

Hope you are having a great weekend!

daily life · quilting

Stupid neck & shoulder pain

First, I want to thank everyone who took the time to post such nice comments about my starry log cabin and left good wishes for Lulu.  I really appreciate it and enjoy your visits to my blog.  🙂  Lulu isn’t completely well, but she does seem to be getting better.  

This week is my early off work Friday.  I only had to go in til 11:00 this morning to have all my time in.  I had great quilting plans for my afternoon.  I was going to get the borders added to my cousin’s quilt, and start on the backing, and get a headstart on my weekend housecleaning.  Not to be…my neck & shoulder pain has shot my plans all to hell.  I woke up this morning with so much pain & stiffness in my neck, that I can’t bend my head all the way down.  I have spent most of the time since I got off laying in bed, hoping my muscles would relax.  I have taken two muscle relaxers and some anti-inflammatory.  Now I am going to console myself with what’s left of the Blue Bell Pecan Pralines ‘n Cream ice cream, and vegetate in front of the TV.  Whine, whine, whine… 😦

dogs · Lulu · quilt top · quilting · quilts

Starry Log Cabin and Stuff

I’ve already reported how I spent most of Saturday.  Sunday, I had planned to get the outer border added to my cousin’s quilt, along with getting some more work done in the entryway.  Well, I forgot that I still needed to cut the yardage needed and prewash & iron it.  So, I managed to get it washed Sunday, but that’s as far as I got with that.  I also threw in the fabrics I pulled for the fall wallhanging, that needed washing.  Saturday night, I completed that last of the Starry Log Cabin blocks.  I pressed them, and began assembling it.  This is what I have so far.starrylog1.JPG

It’s really going together much better than I anticipated.  This is NOT my finest piecing effort, and I was afraid the stars were going to be way wonky.  Not too bad, though…


I think I will really love this quilt when it’s done.  It is going to have that old fashioned quilt feeling to it, very comforting.  I am pressing the seams open to eliminate some of the bulkiness in the stars.  Hopefully that will help with the quilting, which will probably be an allover of some sort.

Tonight, after work, I got the border fabric pressed and ready to start cutting borders for my cousin’s quilt, and I hope to have them sewn on and that quilt top completed no later than the end of this coming weekend.  I know I won’t get anymore work done on it tonight.  I am tired.  I am waiting on the pizza to get here 🙂 I really need to get this quilt finished, though.  My cousin and her husband are sooooo excited about it.  I hope that it lives up to their expectations.  I can’t wait to get the finished product to them.  She is about 13 years younger than I am, and I helped my aunt with her some when she was a baby.  I am very fond of her. I just wish I got to see them more often. 

Here is my poor little Lulu, who I think, I hope, may be starting to feel a little better.

poorlulu.JPG Mmmm…she got to take her antibiotic in a bite of pizza tonight.

dogs · Lulu · pets


Well, even though I had an extremely busy day at work, my vet was able to work Lulu in for me.  I took her and dropped her off, and was able to leave work for a few minutes to pick her up and run her back home when he was done with her.  She still isn’t back to her normal self, but we have some new medicines.  She does have some ear infection, and some bacterial infection in her skin, but it is all coming from her allergies.  I don’t like it when my little dog Lulu isn’t happy 😦

daily life · dogs · home improvement · longarm quilting · Lulu · NASCAR · quilting · remodeling

Busy Saturday

Today started off like normal, with coffee 🙂 , only not as early as most days.  Then I had to do emergency grooming on Lulu.  She is having a horrible time with allergies this year.  I have already taken her for shots, but she keeps itching.  Yesterday, while we were at work, she apparently scratched under her chin til she made a large hot spot.  I didn’t notice it til yesterday evening.  DH made a quick trip to the grocery store to see what we could get, came home with medicated shampoo, and a couple bottles of stuff that is supposed to help.  We cleaned up the area last night, as best as we could, and put medicine on it, and little socks on her back feet to try to minimize her scratching.  This morning, I got the clippers out, and cut all her hair as short as I could, bathed her with the medicated shampoo, doctored her up, and have spoiled & pampered her as much as possible today.  I will call the vet Monday and get her back in for more shots.  Poor baby.

Also, I worked on our entryway hallway some more.  I am almost done with the texturing…one more coat on one side and it will be ready for paint as soon as it’s all dried out.  I finished Kilz-ing the paneling on the bottom half of the walls, and got one side painted.  The new color looks really nice, I think. 

Also, I went to the shop with DH, and we pulled out a retail gondola shelf that he had disassembled and stored in the back.  We cleaned it up and put it together, and filled it up with my packages of Quilter’s Dream batting.  Now to get the word out to the local quilters that we have it available in the shop.

I am excited to report that I have found a group of longarmers that meets once a month, and I have been invited to go to their meetings.  It’s a two hour drive for me, but I am really looking forward to going and meeting them.  This month’s meeting was today, and I was hoping to get to go, but with Lulu like she was, I wasn’t about to leave her.  Hopefully, I will get to go next month.  I found them through one of our local deputies.  Since I work in the adult probation office, we visit often, and he knows about my quilting.  His mom is a longarmer, and the meetings are in her shop.  He talked to his mom and got me invited. 

Oh! I had a wonderful surprise this morning while drinking my coffee and surfing the blogs I like to keep up with.  Gina had a contest on her blog, on her birthday.  I won the drawing!  How fun!  I need to think of a contest for my blog.  Maybe a celebration contest when I hit 10,000 views.  This is the 2nd blog contest I have won.  Earlier this year I won some of Gayle’s gorgeous hand dyed fabrics.  Hmmm…maybe I need to be buying more lottery tickets 🙂 !

The NASCAR race is on, so I must get back to watching!  My favorite driver is Bobby Labonte.  He is driving with lots of pink on his car tonight for breast cancer awareness.  I am calling it the Boobie Cure Car! Go Bobby in the Boobie Cure Car!

applique · quilting

What am I thinking???

Someone, slap me upside the head with a fat quarter!  WHY am I dragging fabrics out of the stash to start another project?  Seriously, why?? Do I not have enough other projects going on that I need to be working on? So what is this pile of fabric doing in my quilting room floor, hoping to become part of this wallhanging? I think I have a problem…QADD (Quilter’s Attention Deficit Disorder) 🙂