Wednesday, June 11, 2014

BJ Designs at the Tulsa Quilt Show!!!

     I have been making this horse quilt pattern, "Race the Wind", for several years now.  I get a charge out of making it every time.  It's so much fun to put a new spin on the pattern.  This is one I made for my oh so awesome nephew, Kole.  He got married last weekend and he has always liked the quilt that is not really similar, but sort of, that is hung over my fireplace
     Like all patterns, I make them my own.  When I teach classes I tell my students that patterns are only guidelines to bend at your will.  Sometimes they take this instruction a little too far, but, you know, it's kind of good they embrace the idea...smile.

Thank you BJ for giving me years of pleasure with your wonderful pattern designs!!

Friday, March 28, 2014

It's taken me a lifetime of quilting to finally own a home where I can display on walls, some of my quilts!

Quilting is such a satisfying hobby.  When you are in the zone, you could be fly fishing out side and feel the rhythms of 10 o'clock, 2 o'clock, hello, it's for you...smile  If you fly fish, you'll understand.  I usually don't catch any fish, but, it's all about the process.  Just like quilting...smile

Quilt shows and quilt guilds are wonderful places for "inspiration and stimulation" as one of my experienced quilter friends once told me.  Yep, all good there.  But, when you are home, it's also nice to be surrounded with your work, and if you are lucky, around every corner, you can glimpse it.  So, here is my new house and how I've chosen to display my work.  

 This is my office.  I bought the lipstick colored chair to go with the cat quilt!  That quilt won first prize at the Kentucky State Fair and also was entered in one of the best shows in the country, Paducah.  It didn't win, but, it was an honor to be admitted.  Of course, you have to have a quilt to cozy up with in the morning while you read your favorite book and drink your hot tea and lemon water.  The small cathedral window pillow on my wooden chair is not my work.  But, it's a favorite of mine, my husband, not so much.  

My living room has a quilt over the coffee table.  Quilts are great for quick fixes.  The room seemed a little dark, so I threw this wall hanging over the table.  I think I'll keep it!

 The mantle has one of the horse quilts I've made.  I think it's the perfect size for a mantle.  I've had so many offers to buy my horse quilts, that I'm seriously considering selling them.   


This funky looking quilt is one I made after an intense time I had with crazy quilting.  One year I made 27 Christmas stockings for our family.  This quilt is a modern adaption of the traditional crazy quilt block.  The sewing in it has lots of "Y" seams.  Another one of my challenges in my quilting experience.  It's in my hallway.  
I've made so many quilts that they are stacking up all over my house.  This is a full quilt rack in my living room.  It's so nice to be able to rotate my quilts!  My mother painted the oil painting above it.  You can see why I snagged it!



 The breakfast area has one of my favorite quilts.  It's called Country At Heart.  You can see another common trait of quilters on display also.  I like puzzles.  I think a lot of quilters do.  Deep down we are all frustrated engineers, who missed our calling.  Because we like planning and putting things together.  


From the living areas on to the bedrooms, the traditional place to see quilts.   Of course, the sun is not our friend when it comes to quilts.  That's why this quilt is hung in the hallway out of the sun.  Each one of these stars is 64 pieces and the border is pieced in a crazy quilt style.  I was into really challenging my self in the day.  This pattern is from a book by Judy Mathieson.  She is one of the all time greats with stars as far as I'm concerned.


 This is Jennifer's room with a rag quilt and a Japanese fabric quilt.  
This pear quilt was a gift to me from the greatest quilt group in the world, Northeast Quilting Friends.  Every group has a personality.  I highly encourage you to find that tribal thing that women need!




Wednesday, February 26, 2014

My, my, my, my world is turned upside down....in a good way...smile

We are now moved into a house in Owasso, Oklahoma.  Jeni and I are here waiting for Bob to retire.  It's pretty hard.  I miss him a lot.  But, this is our situation and we are making the best of it.  We are near both sides of our family and Jennifer has a lot of support here in a variety of ways.  

I'm really excited about our new quilting/crafting opportunity that is about to begin in our family.  On the first Sunday of the month, we will be trying to have a craft day with the family members at my house.  There are seasoned quilters, my mom, my sister and myself and there are wanna be quilters, niece Kyleigh, sister in law Gayle, future niece Chelsea, Jeni and hopefully my niece Rian and cousin Laura.  These are the charter members, you might say and probably along the way, some will leave and new family members will come.  

I've led a quilt group in Louisville, Ky for the last 13 years.  I had to give it a up a year ago when members of my family needed me here in Oklahoma.  I am hopeful that our family craft group will share in the success of the quilt group.  We will have quilt/craft time, go on road trips, share prayer and great recipes.  These are all the things that made our group in Ky so successful.  Ha!  you say, this is a family where the dynamics are different.  But, in case you didn't know it, quilt groups can have a lot of similarities to families.  We laugh a lot and cry some and just in general do what women do.  It's nice to have something to look forward to once a month...I hope!  Yikes and begora this is like doing a triathlon when I think about it.  A lot can go wrong.  Maybe there will be fist fight like my sweet husband saw in NYC when he was waiting on me to finish the 56 mile NYC triathlon, which was my crowning event in 2012.  You can see it in this blog if you like.  

We are starting the first time Sunday, April 6th from 1:00 to 4:00.  Have lunch, catch up on family issues and then try to have some fun while we create.  I've always been a big advocate on art as therapy.  Women need that tribal thing where we feel like we can relax and belong.  My biggest thing is there is no judging this day.  You can be sloppy, and mess up and that's okay.  We learn from our mistakes or what is life about?  Only Jesus walks on water is one of my favorite quotes.  My favorite type of sewing is frog sewing, you know, rip it, rip it, rip it.  I've got some first class seam rippers that are works of art for just that occasion. 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Bucket List Items Grow...smile

We have been sidetracked from our fun for sometime now.  But, that's got to stop!  Now we want to start working on the bucket list again.

I want to go to Yellowstone and ride snow mobiles.  We went for 2 weeks when the girls were little during the summer.  It was spectacular.  The animals and the crowds were large.  So, I'm thinking maybe the winter it will be less?  http://www.togwoteelodge.com/play/winter/snowmobiling/yellowstone-tours.aspx?cct_info=1%7C15832%7C9798656323%7C50177394%7C1796093034%7Cb%7C17559783354%7Ctc%7C%7Cg%7C%7C%7C&cct_ver=3&cct_bk=yellowstone%20snowmobile%20tour&mkwid=svRPhhtGL&crid=17559783354&mp_kw=yellowstone%20snowmobile%20tour&mp_mt=b&gclid=CJzMsvSF5LgCFdFDMgodAQUAcw

I wan to go to Cancun and scuba dive to see the underwater museum.  http://www.aquaworld.com.mx/underwatermuseum.html

These are 2 I'm really interested at the moment.  Maybe we can get them done within the next 2 years?  

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Boy...life...go figure

Yes, I'm back.  It's been so long since I've wrote anything here.  I've been dealing with some family stuff and it's starting to be something good...I hope...I think...I'm afraid to say...

Like Cher and Nicholas Cage on the movie, Moonlight, it is now time to snap out of it.  Juggling so many balls is going to have to be a way of life and I've got to deal with it.  It doesn't do me any good to try to eat my feelings.  I've put on 33 pounds since my last family crisis.  That doesn't do anyone any good, least of all me.  So it's time to be true to myself and get back to the things I love.  I'm beginning to use the My Fitness Pal app to track my food and exercise.  I'll be getting back to volunteering for my 2 favorite causes, WFPK and the public radio partnership and my church.  Hmmmm you say?  Well, I'm of the thought that what's wrong with a little conversation?  Can't we agree to disagree?  I don't agree with everything my church is about and I don't agree with everything my favorite radio station is about.  When I don't like something, I can turn it off, or look ahead to the sermon series and decide if that's something I want to hear or not.     

Besides volunteering, my husband, Bob and I are SLOWLY trying to downsize.  We've done the upstairs of the house and now we are almost done with the first floor of our house.  We have painted every room and packed up all the house, except for our kitchen and master bedroom.  We just don't need this big of a house and this big of a yard, 1 1/4 acre.  I'm not a great house cleaner, but, we still have to mow and that kills half a day or more on the weekend.  

My training for triathlons is going to have to take a back seat.  As much as I love, love, love, swimming, biking and running, it's got to wait.  I still see women older than me out there, so I can hold.  

Well, there you have it.  I'll be uploading the progress of all these things.  The family business is still fluid and working itself out.  Children are the joy and loves our lives and so you do what you have to do.  


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My one man crew...smile

I was reading over some old posts on my FSQ blog and I ran across one in 2008 where I noticed the Iron Man was in town.  I'm wondering if this was some sort of seed that was planted for my triathlon dreams.  It sure has been a journey for me and my husband, Bob, over the past year.  Since September of 2011, he's gotten up early for me to race all over the country.  What a lucky woman I am.  I wish he was interested in participating with me, but, he's got arthritis in his feet and can't.  In all we've raced 6 triathlons, the last being in NYC which was an Olympic distance triathlon.  All because I watched Sanjay Gupta report about it on TV.  It's funny what motivates us.  This last race was in July 2012.  Since then, I've kidnapped my daughter from Oregon.  Helped her move in with my folks and get her scans which she has needed for over 2 years, but, I can understand the dread of knowing.  She is currently cancer free!!!  Maybe the triathlons were getting me in shape for the ordeal to come.  Because boy it was some kind of ordeal.  I've had to quit being the leader of the best quilt guild in the world, Northeast Quilting Friends.  This was hard to do, but, I was gone from Kentucky too much.  Now we have the best leader for a quilt guild, Linda.  

My one man crew has given so much to our family.  I am a lucky girl, I'll say again.  Now as we look to retirement in the near future, I think he's tired of me racing practically every other weekend.  Because besides the 6 triathlons, I ran 10 foot races, 5K's, 10K's a 15K at the Biltmore estate, and a half marathon, which I would say was the most difficult of all the races for me.  Life really is full of seasons.  I'd like to think I have another season of triathlons to do, but, he's not down with it, so, it's going to have to go on the back burner for a while.  We need to downsize our house and prepare for the future.   

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Jennifer has a clean PET Scan...smile

I've returned from Oklahoma where Jennifer is living with my Mom and Dad in the boundary of the Cherokee Nation.  Over her long battle with cancer, our insurance has racked up almost 800,000.00 paid out for her cancer treatment.  Worth every penny.  Thank God for insurance.  She was living in Kentucky at the time, about 5 years ago when she was diagnosed.  She was 23 and on our insurance.  Now she's 28 and can't find a job.  We paid the Cobra for the maximum allowable years.  She has moved in with my folks because she can get benefits from the Cherokee Indians.  Thank God for the Indians.  Cancer treatment at a young age can really take a lot out of a person.  There is a protocol that is followed.  When you are dealing with "freak cancer" as Jeni likes to call Ewing's Sarcoma, there are set procedures.  These procedures include radiation and chemotherapy enough to make you live 50 more years...so you know it was rough.  

The good news is the PET scan is clear.  Hallelujah!   Now, if she can just get herself back to some sort of normal in Oklahoma...smile...whatever that is...

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