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Thursday, July 17, 2014

It's cherry picking time!  Unfortunately the severe winter has ruined the local crop, but I have been able to buy some really good shipped-in cherries.

I love cherries and couldn't wait to sew up this pattern.  It's a Fig Tree mini, and I downloaded the pattern.  I just used a few scraps and some nice background I had on hand.  The top sewed up in a few hours, and it took an afternoon to machine quilt it.  Easy, easy, easy!


Last weekend Dave and I were in Michigan for a wedding.  Can you tell by this picture where we are?  Cabelas!  Also known by our hunting friends as the mothership.  lol


Can see us very well?  Look below!



Monday, July 7, 2014

Saturday my friend Dave and I were at a family reunion at my Uncle Don's farm. It was fun to introduce him to my family and to visit with cousins I hadn't seen in a couple years.

Afterwards as we drove through the night, we could see fireworks celebrations in the small towns we drove through.  The hills of Pennsylvania provided a great opportunity to see lots of flashes of color in the night.

I'm finishing up this stitching project, and here's the link.  I'll post a finished picture soon.
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Sunday, February 23, 2014





I made bibs for my grandsons Eli and Masen; here's the link.  They were quick and easy.  Working with bright and funky fabrics is out of the norm for me, but I loved it and want to start buying more fun-looking prints to make things for my grandkids.
 
This one of two Swoon quilts I was asked to make for Christmas gifts.  Talk about funky fabrics out of the norm!  This one was a real stretch for me, but I was so excited about each block that I could hardly wait to start the next one.  The other Swoon quilt was simply black and red fabrics with a white background.  I'm sorry I didn't get a picture of that one because it was very striking. 
 
 
 
 
 
I haven't been sewing much - still knitting like a woman possessed.  The local quilt group I belong to donated several hats and mittens plus $500 for underwear and other essentials to the local school district to help children in need.  With all the dibs and dabs of yarn that I have left from Christmas projects, I'm knitting hats for next year's donation. 
 
My job is going really well.  I'm working now for a CPA firm in Erie.  There are lots of young people in this office, and the energy in this office is upbeat and fun.  We are picking up the pace since it is tax season, and I'm working on Saturdays now.  We work like mad during the day now; soon we will be working through lunches and into the evenings, but it's a temporary craziness. 
 
And my new grandson has arrived - Colt Benjamin!  He was born in January in Canada, and I have yet to hold him.  The pictures and video I've received are just so sweet; I am looking forward to spending time with him and his family.  The count for grandchildren is now up to seven - three girls and four boys.  My daughters and their families and I are trying to get together once a month for a dinner and to spend time together.  I really look forward to this.
 
And I've been spending time with someone very special.  Sometimes I just shake my head and wonder why God is so very generous and good to me.  I am so thankful for the turns in my life even though I don't understand the whys and how comes.
 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I've been dealing with some personal things this summer and took a break from blogging.  If you've read my blog for a while, you know that I lost my job in October 2012, picked up a really nice new job in May, and sat through a tornado that blew through my backyard.  What I didn't share was that my car was rear ended one day on my way to work - to the tune of $11,000 worth of damage.  Looking back, it's kind of funny that the insurance company wanted to pay to fix the car.  I bought it for $10,500 (dealer cost).  I'm still seeing a chiropractor for a neck issue; but I'm fine, the car fine is (now), and life goes on.

And my life is going on in a way I never imagined.  I'm flying solo now; I signed my divorce paperwork yesterday.  I always believed in the holiness of marriage and that a commitment made before God needed to be honored.  However, things don't always go the way we want.  We are both getting through this the best way we can.  I have a wonderful group of friends who have helped me in many ways, and my faith continues to be very strong.

I am knitting up a storm, and it's so fun and relaxing.  I haven't sewn much, but there is a quilt top waiting to be finished in my sewing room; and I want to get it sewn up before I meet with my quilt group next week.  I'm also cutting up scraps for other projects.  So please continue to stop by, and I'll get some pictures and a few posts here soon.

And one piece of good news!  My daughter Mandy and her husband Shane are expecting and due in January.  This little bundle will be Grandchild #7, otherwise known as Grandson #4.  Another reason to make a quilt and to knit!