Sunday, January 15, 2017

Comfort Time

Today's seasonally pleasant weather allowed me to go to The Cat's Whisker's Studio in Laconia, New Hampshire for a brief quilting adventure.

Here is Ellen, helping me by loading up my quilt on the big machine.

This is a tiny scaled quilt for my usual work. It was done with 1½ inch squares to form the Friendship Stars in a diminutive variation known as "Twinklers."

You can see the Powder Blue 100% Cotton flannel backing on the back roller in the above photograph.

The quilting was free-handed by me in an edge-to-edge organic swirl worked in swaths of approximately one six inch block width across the surface of the quilt.

This wheel-chair sized lap quilt is constructed of mostly American Civil War historically accurate cotton prints, with the occasional "wanna-be" traditional fabrics tossed into the mix.

Thank you, Ellen, for snapping my picture just as I began all the fun!!

Happy quilting!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Mind Over Matter

With the given premise that each living person already has creative talents hidden within them, I value scribbling.

That may seem odd to many folks. Try standing, if you can, in a balanced pose, and reaching up with your own appendages and scribble in the open air. Make circles. Go wide. Narrow it down. Nice and easy.

That exercise of your own dear body has just cleared your own mind to be able to think new thoughts.

Good. Good. Good.

Bread making is a simple form of scribbling, then, isn't it?

Smoothing my fingers through the flour helped me to think clearly again as I made a small loaf.

If you are participating in a very fast-paced game, then you might not be making bread. Still, okay.

You can still clear your mind to begin again.

Happy creating.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Log Cabin Lunacy, Indeed!

Some of my regular visitors may recall that Husband Wonderful & I job share Animal Control Officer duties for our rural town.

Today my own dear Labrador Retriever, Miss Emma Lynne, and I were consumed with the whole day long project of entertaining an adolescent intact male whom I shall call "Buddy." She was good; he was boisterous. Here she is, all worn out, after he left here to go back to his home.

So, alas, my Log Cabin blocks all prepared from last month, never did get spread out for a photo.
The three stacks of 16 comprise a group of 48 blocks all pressed with starch.

Happy Quilting to all!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

"My God, How The Money Rolls In..."

Often in my family, while we were all riding together in our car, we would sing songs together as we went to visit my grandparent's homes.

In this way, I developed a tradition of humming an old tune to myself and then making up some silly new lyrics to go along with it.

Most recently, I was making a political parody to an old bawdy house song,  called; "My God, How The Money Rolls In." If you know it, please do hum along with me.


The Clinton's make millions of dollars

Whenever the Democrats win

And Acorn brings out extra (or, deceased) voters

My God, how the money rolls in!


Rolls in, rolls in,
My God how the money rolls in!


 Not much quilty to report, but I am very hopeful for Log Cabin Lunacy legacies to begin tomorrow upon the Full moon here on Thursday, January 12th, 2017. Link.

Carry on as approved.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Happy Epiphany At Last!

For my Extra Special Levels, today shall be a posting of pictures without text.

Viewer discretion is advised, this is very messy.

Time passes away.
Then, do a little more.
I used 4 fingers and one thumb on each of my two hands.
Special People are O k, too.

Good To Go.


Quilting classes shall resume as long as the weather permits us to regroup.

Thank you, all, for your continuing patience with We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Associations.

Smiles to everyone.


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Twinklings

A Psalm Of Life

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,

Life is but an empty dream!

For the soul is dead that slumbers,

And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!

And the grave is not the goal;

Dust thou art, to dust returnest,

Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,

Is our destined end or way

But to act, that each tomorrow

Find us farther than today.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting

And our hearts, though stout and brave,

Still, like muffled drums, are beating

Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world's broad field of battle,

In the bivouac of Life,

Be not like dumb driven cattle!

Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no future, howe'er pleasant!

Let the dead past bury its dead!

Act, -act in the living Present!

Heart within and God o'erhead!

Lives of great souls all remind us

We can make our lives sublime,

And, departing, leave behind us

Footprints on the sands of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,

Sailing o'er life's solemn main,

A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,

Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us, then, be up and doing,

With a heart for any fate;

Still achieving, still pursuing,

Learn to labor and to wait.

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Special Blessings to those who can enjoy their Power.

To those less fortunate, please stand by.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Keeping Christmas In Our Hearts

Anonymous Parody Poem
Twas the night Christmas, I'm glued to the tree,
I'm wondering what Santa brought just for me.
Could it be fat quarters or a pattern or lace?
Or a quilt kit, I said with a smile on my face.

And that's when I heard him, "Hi, Santa," I said.
"You know...good little girls should be in their beds!"
"I know I should, Santa, and now I've got caught.
But I was just so excited to see what you brought."

"Well, let's take a look in this room where you work."
He shook his head quickly and left with a jerk.
I heard him exclaim, as he put it in gear,
"You've got enough crap, I'll see you next year!"


Merry Christmas to all...and to all...a good Knight!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Party Hardy!

This past week was the Community Dining Holiday Dinner at the Alton, New Hampshire Senior Center.

Husband Wonderful and I really enjoyed it!

The weather was perfectly clear and sunny on Thursday as we drove over to the Center.

But as we sang carols and enjoyed a silly game for the Yankee Gift Swap, a sudden snow squall sprang up and filled the sight out the windows with blowing snow!!

By the time we'd finished our dessert of ice cream, the sun was back out and shining brightly for our gratefully safe trip home.

Then on Friday, I was determined to make it in to The Golden Gese Quilt Shop for their 30th Anniversary Sale!

The sale ended yesterday, on Saturday the 17th of December.

While the sale was going on, shop owner, Nancy Gesen, from whom the shop's name is taken, was a perfect hostess. Just look at all the goody's and prizes all spread out for us!! Thank you, Nancy!!

Here's Claire, of the shop's staff, presiding over all the festivities.

The Upstairs Gang and the Downstairs Gang all crowded together downstairs for one day. We exchanged small token gifts and beautiful Christmas cards. Yes, there was chocolate!

Lil' Claire, seen below, had a gorgeous top completed for our Show & Tell time. Good work, Lil' Claire!

Maureen, seen below, was working on a very special gift for her granddaughter, who is about 6 going on 7, if I recall correctly.

This is a hang up organizer for her costume jewelry and it's so cute! It has transparent pouches just like those shoe organizers.

Barbara, had two wool applique projects and here is the first one that is so Christmasy!

I wanted you to be able to see the second one also, but I do apologize for not giving Barbara proper warning that I was about to snap the picture. Please just look at that cute candy cane!!!

Beverly was working on lunch, ordered from the nearby Yellow Submarine Sandwich shop in Concord, New Hampshire. Look at that Bacon/Lettuce/Tomato on a pita, yummy! Link.

Today's prize for Show & Tell goes to Penny the quilter for her lavender diamonds quilt.

Didn't she do a beautiful job??

Good quilting, Penny!! She has her own longarm and quilts professionally.

Penny is on Facebook, which I will not use because of all the creepy people who stalk you and all their cookies for guerilla marketing tactics, but here is the link to Penny's Quilting. Link.

I'm so very glad that I went to the sale and Christmas party on Friday. This is what I bought.

 Saturday there was snow which was fluffy and great fun!

We got about 8 inches of snow as measured on top of the cars,

but my yardstick only recorded 5" due to the the blacktop of the driveway melting it as it landed.

Blessedly, it stopped snowing an hour before sunset, giving us the chance to plow and shovel.

As much as I love the fluffy snow, I really do hate winter rain. Today it rained all day, ugh!!

Rain on top of snow makes ice of all the snow. Moan and groan!!

Hope you are able to stay home and sew during bad weather. Put on the Christmas carols and make it an indoor party.

Happy Sewing!

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