Monday, October 26, 2009

Excuse Me Ma'am...Is That an Otter On Your Head?

Our girl has the best time...and yep, that's an otter on her head.Tooooooo cute!!!

Tis the season for BINDINGS !!! Three done on top and two waiting to get done on the bottom. That's my friend Carol's wonderful candy quilt on top. I'll see her tomorrow and get a full view picture. It's so sweet and yummy looking too. There is another stack waiting in my sewing room, so any thought of quilting will have to wait for a while.

Today I went and bought a bag of crushed walnut shells to have on hand for some pincushions I want to get done. Here is what I found when I opened up my trunk .......opppppps!! I knew that was a bad idea when I put it in there!

Last week was a fun one. An evening spent with a friendship group (way too much laughing and carrying on), and Saturday sewing with the Quilts of Valor group. Pat who has organized this group has done such an amazing job, and each and everyone of us has gotten way more out of being part of this group than she could ever imagine.

Chookyblue has made my blogging so much easier. Don't know how I missed the memo about having comments sent to email, but it is so much faster to email people this way! Now she has a trick about emailing your pictures to yourself to make it easier to post....hmmmmm!! I don't know, this one might be over my head but I'll give it a whirl. Thanks Donna!!!!! And our bloggy friend Miss Sharon has been a bit under the weather. Hope you are up and about soon Sharon. I know those kiddos are missing you like crazy!
Happy week everyone!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Just Like Riding A Bike!!!

I did remember how to do some piecing...thank goodness. It's not much, but at least it's forward movement. I was behind two months on my basket blocks so now I am at least caught up with them, and now on to two months of the Fat Quarter Shop BOM's. Both these programs are so wonderful with great patterns and extremely yipee for BOM's!!!
Tuesday night we were lucky enough to have tickets to the Angel/Yankee playoff game...not so lucky was the result of the game, a loss of 10 to 1......wooooooooooozers, that was a BIG downer. We went through 3 sets of thunder sticks slapping them so hard. Mr. Polka Dot, our girl, my sister in law and nephew are going tonight....GO ANGELS!!!!!!!!!!!! We only need 3 wins in a row and then we move on. No snickering please.....this is my optimistic fan talk going on!
GAME UPDATE...............WOOOOHOOOO!!!!!!
Little Polka Dot and his mommy and daddy are waiting for escrow to close on a house they are buying. Like so many others this process is proving to be frustrating. We are hopeful for a close tomorrow, since they have a renter moving in to the house they have now on Sunday. Nothing like a bit of pressure for them, but we are so happy to have time to be around to help them out and so exctied for them. Their new place is so perfect with some amazing views, and the bonus, more room for baby rick rack due in January!!!
My October quilt goals are slowly slipping away from me, but I guess there is always next month......have I told you I LOVE RETIREMENT!!!! Happy crafting everyone.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Quilt Police Are Coming!!

That's the word on the quilting happening, my quilting card is going to be revoked!! YIKES, this could be trouble. Let's start with the excuses.....not home much, playing tons with little Polka Dot, and that mojo thing. My posts lately have all had the same tone...but I really want to be productive, I just need more hours in the day!

I have managed to get bindings done for some peeps and got this quilt back from the quilting sisters and will get the binding on it way in time for an Xmas gift. Beautiful quilting!

Yesterday I met my friend Lani for one of our annual quilt shopping/lunching expeditions. Wow, the quilt shops were a big let down. Not even a pattern to entice us. Now that's kind of scary, but Lani brought three of her beauties to share, so we did another car quilt show! I always enjoy seeing what she is making because I know I am going to want to make them too, and she didn't disappoint!! I was very lucky to receive some wonderful Fall goodies from her. She definitely knows what I like! We had a good laugh, because I had given her a turkey wall hanging out of the same line as the wonderful bag she made me....Gobble, Gobble by Moda.....great minds we decided! The pumpkin sign is just so perfect as well as the Moda Home coasters! Such a fun day but way too short. We are planning a quilt weekend get together, or may be even a quilt retreat.....hmmmmm, some planning needs to begin.

"Mom could you make me this quilt?" Words a quilter/mother loves to here. I have been hunting down this fabric after my girl saw it in a magazine and now have all the pieces...oh yeah, there's that time thing. But once again I am determined. Ok, so I have some monthly challenges I still want to try to meet, but my girl comes first!!!

I haven't visited many blogs lately and that just has to change. This time of year it is so wonderful to see all the goodies being made, so a definite priority has to be some much needed blogging time. I leave you with a picture of a one of my new favorite finds...these stinkin cute battery operated scented luminaries from Febreze. LOVE THEM, and there's a cute snowman coming out for Xmas!!

By the way, if the quilting police are out and about asking about haven't seen or heard from me! PS....thanks for the nice birthday wishes!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Now Where Was I ?.....

A little bloggy break, possibly due to bloggy writer block, or possibly due to lots of other things going on.....hmmm, me thinks all of the above! Good to be back and now let's see what I can bore you with :-)!!

Arches National Park in Utah was the last leg of our vacation adventure. The drive in was spectacular..... and inside the park..wowie!
We hadn't planned on visiting Arches, but since we had those snow days in Colorado and left a day early, it was the perfect place to visit on the way home. Our last night we spent in St. George, Utah.....I LOVE THAT CITY. Mr. Polka Dot found the most beautiful golf course to play a round on, and I found a wonderful quilt shop right across the way from the hotel, Scrap is good!

Miss Sharon keeps track of me even when I'm not blogging, and coming home from vacation I had this wonderful box of Fall goodies waiting .....ahhhhhhhh, can't you just smell the wonderful smells! The pumpkin in front is wax with a flicker tea light on the him. I was whining about owning one of her Halloween purses---yipeee, whining does pay off. Thanks Sharon!!!
No quilty stuff happening sad to say, but I did get these two sweet things back from the quilters. My plan for this week is to get current on my BOM'S and get the bindings on these guys. Sadly I didn't finish the Schnibbles challenge, but I did get some of the blocks made on vacation. Confession time, I didn't meet any of the challenges that I gave myself for the month. Being gone for 14 days just did me in!!! I know, excuses, excuses!!! October is almost half over and setting a goal for this month probably isn't a good idea, but I am really going to try to finish the Schnibble quilt for September and the I Spy quilt for Baby Polka Dot.

Baby Polka Dot....that name is just not going to work any more. His baby brother will be here in January, and he's a big boy now, with all the walking that is going on. So now he is little Polka Dot!!! Peek a boo sweet that's what he calls grandpa!
We feel so lucky to be able to spend so much time with him and we hope he feels the same . Smoochy smooches to you little one, we love you

And I have to mention baseball playoffs. We are HUGE Angel fans and I am happy to report we have had representatives at both playoff games. Game one, Mr. Polka Dot and nephew two, Mr. Polka Dot with our girl. Going to Boston was out of the question, so there will be some big cheering from the couch going on tomorrow. GO RED!!!

Happy Fall everyone!!