Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Rachel Griffith of p.s. i quilt is hosting a giveaway on her blog. A $50 gift certificate ... who wouldn't love that!?!!

So go to and enter to win! (However, I hope I win!) Good luck to all!!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Little Boy Blue

Our little cutie pie is growing and changing so fast. Just a few more days home with mommy until she goes back to work and then all sorts of new adventures lie ahead! Mommy and daddy finally found a suitable hat to shield his brand new little head from the hot summer sun. Have you ever seen such a precious little face? (Indulge me a little bit here ... !!) Looks like he's practicing his Grampa Ronnie couch potato impersonation ... I'm sure he'll have it perfected by Thanksgiving when he comes to visit. Love you, Ben!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

My two favorite things all in one!

I received a surprise package in the mail today from a dear lady that I had the honor of getting to know as she was my dad's caregiver and became very special to me. While I would visit dad during his last months alive, he couldn't get out, so I would bring my quilting along, and my sudoku puzzle books.

Kim came across a book that combines the two ... and she said she just had to send it to me. And Kim, if you read this, I love it, love it, love it!

I'm thinking about throwing out the idea to see if anyway would be interested in joining into a sudoku block swap. I'd have to really stretch my brain's limitations to come up with just what it would look like, but I think it would be fun. Any takers?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Kids quiltie swap

One of the off-springs of another swap I did was to make little "quilties" for a child in our life, not a child sized quilt, but a little "carry along" kind of thing. The match ups were random and secret, so my partner doesn't know who's making for her (in this case it's a little boy) and vice-versa. They're to be mailed out by the end of July which is just around the corner.

I've had this done for some while and just wasn't sure I was happy with it. The print has all sorts of animals on it, kind of psychedelic like. I don't think I have time to do anything differently now, so I guess this is it. I just need to think of a couple of little extras to add before I pack it up to mail.

Brownies in the oven need to come out. Rachel and friends supposedly made some yesterday that just "didn't come out right" and they pitched the whole effort, so I thought I'd surprise her and have some ready when she wakes up (which could be noon or later!) Even at 16, I didn't sleep late like that girl does!

Have a great day everyone!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Rah, Rah, Rachel

Can't blog one child and not the other, now can I? Rachel just finished cheer camp. She's the one in the back row, front and center. She's cheered since third grade. I can't imagine her not cheering, it's just what she does. Her fourth grade teacher told me "if I could teach Rachel all her lessons in the form of a cheer, she'd be an A+ student!"

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Ahh, to be young again.

This is a picture of two of my favorite teens in the whole world. Of course, I'm a bit partial, because that handsome young man is none other than my youngest son, and (hopefully) holding on for dear life is his girlfriend of several years. Aren't they just the cutest couple ?!!

Taken two weeks ago while vacationing at Myrtle Beach. No, I wasn't vacationing, HE was vacationing. It pays to know the right people apparently.

Friday, July 17, 2009

dqs7 button.

dqs7 button.
Originally uploaded by rachelgriffith
Doll Quilt Swap 7 is getting ready to start. We'll know who our partners are by early next week. I enjoyed the last round and am eager to see who my partner will be and how their tastes run. That's the hardest part, hoping that the person you are making for likes what you've made!

I-Spy swap

I just can't say "NO", can I? I read about an I-Spy quilt block swap and decided it sounded like fun. Now I have to go through some fabric mountains and see what I have that's cutesy that I can cut into four inch blocks. I need 200 blocks, in sets of 10. A stash buster, I hoped. We'll see. Can't use any "trade-marked" characters or sports teams kind of prints, other than that, pretty much anything goes. Rotary cutter, here I come!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Placemat swap received

This is the awesome placemat I received as part of a swap I participated in. Confession: this is a staged picture. I don't even LIKE orange juice! (But I did eat the toast!!) Thanks again, Lynne, I love, love, love it!!

Sunday, July 12, 2009


My dad just loved babies in nightgowns. He thought they looked like "sweetpea" from the Popeye cartoons.

Your great-grampa Jim would have loved you to pieces, Benjamin. Grandma Jennie, too. It makes me sad that they did not live to see this day. You are too, too precious!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Growing like a (gorgeous) weed!!

Can you believe how this little chubster has grown!! Oh, I so want to smooch on those cheeks! That's Grammie's boy!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Show and Tell/A Quilt For All

The Show and Tell Block group started out as a project where each participant made just one block and sent it to Susi in Germany where they would be combined into one quilt to be displayed, um, some where or another ... I really don't remember! Then one of the members suggested that those interested could sign up to do a "Quilt ForAll", meaning each person who chose to be involved would ultimately end up with enough blocks to make their own quilt. Of course I jumped on that bandwagon! So there were three people to sew for in June, then each other month is just two. That doesn't seem like much sewing but when you're sandwiching it in with all that other stuff called life, it can sometimes be a challenge. So my June blocks are done ... and if the day continues to go well, July will be done as well before I go to bed tonight!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Placemat Swap Quilt/Front

I am so behind in my swaps, and I'm going to blame it on being out of town for two weeks. Actually, I've always had a harder time keeping myself at my sewing machine during the summer months. It's always seemed like more of a winter past-time. But I've made a commitment and darn it, I'm going to stick with it! So, Donna, step away from the computer, and no one gets hurt ... !!!