Monday, March 31, 2008
Hopefully, I can get a good start for April.
Now these two make me 19/121. The first one is called "Mail Delivery"
This one is called "Surrender Of Vicksburg"
Both were fairly simple blocks. My goal for March was to have 20 of these done, so I'm hoping to try to squeeze one more out tonight after everyone goes off to bed.
I talked with the lady from WV Quilts and she is bringing me some more FQ's this weekend to the quilt show. She will have a both set up there, she had mentioned before that if I needed anything special to call her before the show and she would bring it up there since I have to drive so far to get to her shop. Her shop is having a 30% off sale this week and she said just to bring the coupon with me and she would give me 30% off at the show. I thought that was very nice!!
Oh and more exciting news!! You all know that I don't have a quilt shop close to me, but I was in town the other day and I saw where they are putting some kind of fabric shop in. The sign says "Fabric Outlet" and another sign says "Quilting fabrics" but it is only open on Saturdays, so as soon as they open the doors, I will have to check it out!!!!! I will probably go broke having fabric this close to me!!!
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Hunter will be going back to school tomorrow. I dread it for him, he is still very uncomfortable in pants. I will be taking him to school in the morning and I am going to tell them that I don't want him having his gym class until after he goes back to the doctor. He still has his stitches in.
This morning we had a nice visit from my cousin and his wife. They are super nice people so I always enjoy them coming. And last night Chantal came out for a while, she brought her puppy to play with Donkey. She had Zoey, the puppy, wrapped up in a blanket so you know what that means....I will have to make a puppy quilt!!!!!
Other than that, I have done nothing! Hopefully, tomorrow I can jump in and get the house cleaned early and then I can get some sewing done. I would like to get at least 3 more blocks done on my Civil War Diary Quilt. I had a mental goal of 20 blocks for March and I have 17 of them done.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Next weekend is the quilt show in Paintsville. I wanted to have a quilt ready for the show, but I just didn't get around to it. This is the same show that I entered my "yo-yo quilt" in a couple of years ago and won 1st place. I always enjoy going to see all of the different quilts, I find it very inspiring. It is a small show, but a very nice one.
Also last night, Chantal and her best friend Crystal...aka...Minual, came out to visit for a while. (Hunter called her Minual when he was a baby, not sure how he got that out of Crystal, but it stuck! Her mom even calls her Minual now!) She brought her little poodle, Zoey out to play with Donkey for a while. They love to chase each other! We had a great little visit and actually, she just called again, to say she was coming back out in a few minutes to sit around.
I talked to Mom for a few minutes today before she lost cell signal! I miss her already! I think that may be why Chantal has been out at my house for the past two nights. She misses mom too, and she lives with her so it is probably harder on her than me.
This evening, I just finished up 3 more Civil War blocks! Yeah!!!! These were not really hard, just time consuming as usual.
This one is called "Southern Notes"
"Hiring Help With Some Bartering"
This now makes me 17 blocks! I had set me mental goal for 20 by the end of March! So with only 3 more to go, I just might make it. The bad part is, I will probably start slowing down on them since I have done most of the easy ones! :) But as I said before, I am in no hurry to get this quilt done, I just want to take my time and have it done neatly.
I also can't wait to get my kit in that I ordered last night from Connecting Threads. It is called "Madder Storm At Sea" Just a wall hanging, but I love the fabrics. I figured I would do better by ordering the wall hanging, since I could do it faster than I could a large quilt, so this way it just MIGHT get finished! Anyway, it should be here somewhere around mid-week!
I guess that is about all for tonight, I need to clean my mess up before Chantal gets here...
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Anyway on to some quilty things! I know I don't need any more projects but you know how we quilter's are, we just can't get enough! I just ordered a wallhanging kit from Connecting Threads! I love this new fabric line, "Root Of The Madder" The wallhanging is called "Madder Storm At Sea" I can't wait to get it! I LOVE the colors!
Oh and a week or so ago, while my computer was down, mom and I went up to the bookstore. This is the bookstore where I trade my historical romance novels in after I read them for more! They trade on the used books but they have a huge selection of new books. So we were looking around in the new section and I found the discounted section! They had several quilt books! I wish that I had bought more than what I did, but maybe I can start picking up one or two everytime that I go, not that I know they have them! I only bought three, but they were priced between $20-$25 each and one of them I paid $2.95 and the other two were $3.95! So I was very happy!
This is the first one "Two-Block Theme Quilts" It has close to 100 pages and 10 patterns!
This one was the cheapiest but it is still a nice one and it has 15 patterns.
This one is my favorite! "Scraps Of Time" It has 9 projects in it. The quilt on the cover is my favorite and it has several others that I like also.
This quilt is also in the book, I really like it too. But if I made it I would use different fabrics of course.
But I was sooooooo happy with my books and I can't wait to go back up there! Hopefully, I can make the trip again in a couple of weeks!
Here is a photo of Donkey snoozing in the chair a few minutes ago! He loves to sleep on his back! He is doing much better. The vet said that he has gained 3lbs since we got him from the shelter! That makes me so happy!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
I had nice visit with mom and Chantal! I am going to miss mom so much when she leaves again Friday. Those 28 days that she is gone feels like 28 months! Anyway, we had a great time and I think Hunter really needed to get out of the house, even if he was naked!
Now we are back home and I am watching American Idol with the boys! No more sewing tonight but hopefully, I can get another block or two done tomorrow!
I haven't had alot of time to work on my blocks today. I had a dentist appointment this morning, nothing major there so I was happy with that. Then I drove on the Hunter's school to pick up his work, he has a ton of homework! We spent a few hours working on that today. He is still very sore and still can't wear any clothes. I'm sure he will be fine by Monday, that is when he will go back to school.
I am heading out to mom's in a few minutes. She will be leaving Friday morning and she has alot of errands run tomorrow so I've got to get in a little extra "Mommy Time"
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
This one is called "United No Longer" Both were very simple blocks and went together fairly quick. These make 13/121 blocks finished.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Then he started vomiting constantly! Even with an ice chip he would vomit as soon as it hit his stomach. Then he wouldn't wake up because of the other pain medication and when he did he was complaining of his chest hurting. The nurse called for the recovery doctor that was on call and he didn' t have a clue! I think he was actually getting nervous about Hunter having so much pain. At one point he looked and me and Richard and said "I don't know, maybe if he gets worse you could bring him back tonight or call....well, I don't know, what do you all think?" I was sooooo mad. In the end Hunter was in recovery from 8:30am to 12:30pm! It is now 7pm and he is still vomiting and has not been able to hold anything down, not even his pain medication! I have a feeling this will be a long night for him. I'm afraid that he will get dyhdrated. He has not had anything in his system since 10pm last night!
Now for more bad news, I will back up several hours. We got up this morning at 3:45am to make the trip to the hospital and since we didn't know how long we would be gone, we decided to go ahead and feed the horses. Well, you may know where this story is going.....my chocolate horse did not make it! Richard went out at 4am and he was down and passed away a few minutes later! I was so upset and mad! It was such a sad thing to happen, he had once been such a beautiful horse! Richard called one of his friends that early to see if he could come and bury him while we were gone to the hospital. We really hated to put that on someone else but Hunter really couldn't miss this appointment! So when we arrived back home all was taken care of and he now rests down beside Eb's Private Treaty (another one of my horsey babies that we lost at the age of 24)
I am so ready for this day to end!
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Now....Our new babies are finally here! Richard left to pick them up earlier and he called on his way home to prepare me for how the Chocolate one looks. If you remember I said that the guy that we got him from had sold him and had just got him back. I know Terry had told us that he looked terrible but I never thought that he would look this bad. He has been pretty much starved down. That man that had him should be very ashamed of letting this poor horse get this bad. I think Terry was pretty mad about it too. Anyway it will be a long road ahead if he makes it. We will just have to do the best we can to get him on the road to recovery. One of our other horses looked ALMOST that bad when we got it. We worked hard to get the weight back on him and now the vet says he is too fat! Of course, I'm only putting the photo on here that shows his head, I just don't have the heart to show you the rest of him...yet. I had a few other names in mind to name him but after seeing him I'm thinking either "Chocolate Blessings" or "A Chocolate Miracle" Because it will be a miracle and a blessing if he makes it.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
His temp went up so high around 4am that I had to put him in the bathtub to get it down. It breaks my heart when my kids are sick and you feel like you can't do anything to make them feel better. I am wondering if they will do his surgery with him so sick. Of course, with it being Saturday the doctor is not in, I called the hospital to see what they thought. They said, it would be up to the doctor. If he was real congested and sick then they would probably reschedule it. So she said to bring him in at his regular surgery time on Monday morning. The doctor scheduled his surgery for 6:30am on Monday. Hunter will be his first patient of the day. He said he wanted to do him first because he is a kid and he can't have anything to eat or drink before the surgery and it is much harder on little kids to have to wait and they don't understand why they can't eat or drink. I think that was very thoughtful him to think that.
I really wanted to work on my Civil War Diary Quilt today but my butt is dragging after no sleep. Maybe I will get some energy later and work on it. I also have another small stitchery that I need to finish. Actually, if I just sat down to work on it, I could have it finished in 30 minutes or less. I am really liking doing these little stitcheries. I think I will put some in some primitive looking frames and maybe make a wallhaning or two. With them being so small they make wonderful take along projects.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
This is a quilt that I have been wanting to do for a long time. It has 121- 6 inch blocks. I know this is a quilt that I will be working on for a long time, but I'm in no hurry. I love this quilt!
Here are some of the fabrics that I bought at WV Quilts. This first photo is all fat quarters. Can you believe this was the first time that I have ever bought fat quarters!
I bought 2 sets of these charm squares. Of course, I just love the pink and brown. With the blocks only being 6 inches, I thought I could use alot of these in it.
On the way back, we stopped at "Sew Many Blessings" they only had a few Civil War Fabrics. I bought 2 fat quarters, but I'm not sure if I will use them in this quilt or not, they just don't seem to go real well with my others.
Like I said there are 121 blocks in this quilt and so far I only have 11 done! At least it is a start...11/121. All of them are paper pieced except for 2 of them.
I think this is a quilt that I will work on quiet often, but I'm sure that I will work on others at that the same time. I have just been skipping around on the blocks and not really doing them in any certain order. Actually, I have been doing most of the easier ones. :)
I guess that is all for now. I have been working a little bit on my Civil War Diary Quilt, so I will post about that later.
Wow! It has been 16 days since my computer died! I finally got it back 16 days and $135 later I am back in business! I have missed you all so much! I have been lost too death! So I will have lots to talk about in the next few days so expect several posts!
First off, Andrew's doctor's appointment got rescheduled until April 18th. As a mother, I will just worry until I find something out with him. Hunter will have his surgery on the 24th!
So I guess this post will be about my birthday! In my last post that I posted from my mom's I mentioned a few gifts. Here is a photo of a beautiful card from Amelia! And Maureen sent me a wonderful card, a bag of Dove chocolates (that didn't last very long!), and a charm pack of paisley fabrics! I love paisleys, they are my favorite fabric designs! I just love all of them!
Then a few days later I recieved a gift from Jen! Another beautiful card and fabric! And the best part about it is the charm squares that Maureen sent has the same fabrics in them! I can't wait to use them!
It means so much to have friends like you all! You have become very special to me! I so enjoy reading everyone's blogs!
I am constantly asking my sister, Chantal when she is going to quilt with me. I always get a "I don't know, maybe someday" So on my birthday I spent the whole day with family and had lots of fun, so that evening Chantal called and said she was bringing something out. I asked what it was because they had already gave me gifts. She said, "I made you a quilt" I was shocked! I couldn't wait to see it! So here she came, knocking on my door with this!
She had baked me a cake and tried to decorate it like a quilt! Now, how sweet is that?? It brought tears to my eyes that she would even think to do that! I loved it!
I had a wonderful birthday! Thank you all so much for the gifts and birthday wishes!
Oh by the way! I have Hunter trained! You can ask him how old his mommy is and he says... "26" Richard laughs at me, but we won't tell anyone that I really turned 36! :)
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Right now I am at my mom's house using her computer. Monday afternoon, my computer DIED! I heard a loud pop and then I started smelling something odd. It was my computer tower! So today I dropped it off to be fixed. He said it would be several days before he could get to it. So I may not be on the internet for a few days...
Today was Hunter's appointment. The doctor said it was too bad to do in the office so he has surgery scheduled for the 24th! He also said he had to completely knock him out for the surgery! I dread it sooooo bad! He also said he would be very sore for a few days and would not be able to wear his jeans, pj pants or sweat pants only! I could just cry of the thoughts of him being put to sleep! I know he will be fine, but being put to sleep in one of my biggest fears!
Today was also a great mail day!!! I recieved a beautiful birthday card from Amelia and a card, Dove chocolates, and a beautiful set of 5 inch charm squares with PAISLEYS on them!!! I love PAISLEYS!! I took photos of them but of course I left my camera at the house! As soon as I get my computer fixed I will post some photos. Thanks so much ladies, it feels truly nice to have such wonderful friends like you all!
Well, I need to get on home now, hopefully I will get to post more in a few days!
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Richard worked on the house a little bit today, it was so nice outside, almost 70 degrees!!! I didn't take a photo to show the progress because it is hard to see. He got all of the floor joists down on the second story. Since I am afraid of heights, there is no photo of it. I told him I will not get up there until there are walls on that second story!!! I am a big chicken!!! He makes me so nervous when he is up there walking around.
After he finished with that we made the trip in to town to visit with his grandmother. We had a nice time with her and she so enjoys seeing the boys. She spoils them rotten! We hadn't been in there for about 2 weeks so she scolded us over that. :)
After dinner, Richard went on to bed and the boys and I headed out to moms. Had a great time out there! I took my applique block with me to show her and she really liked it. Other than that we just sat around playing with their new puppy. They still haven't named her yet. Here is another photo of her, she looks like she is showing-off, with her little leg held up!
Mom has to watch my nephew in the morning and I have to take Donkey to the vet. I will also be taking the new puppy for a check-up! Mom will be busy with the baby and Chantal has to work, but that is okay, I don't mind spending time with the little cute thing. Donkey needs to got the the vet, I noticed today when I cleaned his litter box that he was passing blood. He was wormed when he had his neutering done at the vet and his food has not changed so I think I will take him to see what is wrong. He acts fine, still running around playing and all but he shouldn't be passing blood. I told Richard, it would be my luck here I just got brave enough to touch a cat and now he may be bad sick!!! Hopefully I will find something out tomorrow!
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Today when we took Breanna back we stopped at Walmart and I bought some fabric to make Donkey a little quilt. He loves quilts and I thought this would be perfect to lay on the back of my couch. He wants to lay on one end of my couch back and sleep. I don't have it quilted yet, but that won't take very long. I just have to dig out some scrap batting.
My mom and sister got a new baby today!!! They went and bought a teacup poodle! $600, I thought I would crap! Anyway, I used to have one just like it and mom was so attached to her and cried so much when she died. Mom has always wanted one of her own so they went and bought one from the same people that I had purchased mine from several years earlier.
She is so cute! Right now she only weighs about 1 1/2 lbs and was born in November. So she should only weigh around 3 to 3 1/2 lbs. They still haven't named her yet, but she is just so darn cute! Richard told me not to get any ideas on getting another one.
I cut out my pieces for my Baltimore Blues March block, but I haven't got it together yet. So many pieces to it and I just got too tired to mess with it. So maybe tomorrow I will get it together.
I'm sorry that I am so far behind on commenting on everyone's blogs. I guess I was getting lazy and now I am so far behind I will never get caught back up. So I will start in the morning with everyone's new posts. Sooooo sorry!