told you I had more...

Busy place this time a year. Bill started four 10 hour days in Sept. (I think) and has an extra day to make three day weekends. He usually works in the yard, garden or new garage but, yesterday was rainy and he trimmed bushes until it started raining hard. He wanted to can some banana peppers but, didn't know where to start so, I pulled out the 'Blue Book' canning book and told him to go for it. The last time I canned peppers I had a hard time breathing so, he knew I wasn't about to help. I did just a little and here are the results:
Not bad for his first time! I managed to get a couple quilts finished for myself and I don't think this first one has been posted and know the second one hasn't been posted , yet.
It hangs at the end of our entry hall. I thought I'd include a picture of the entry hall table and mantel in the living room, too:
The next picture is of the same entry table this summer. I just love the funky birds I found at Hobby Lobby:
Then there's the quilt I made to hang in a new quilt shop here in town. Unfortunately, the shop couldn't make it due to the economy, and nasty gossip floating about town. Too bad people are so ignorant that they don't care to find out the truth and are willing to perpetuate lies. I got to bring my quilt home and will enter it in the next quilt show. I call it Victorian Baskets. The feathers are from my class with Karen McTavish a couple years ago. I decided to use them as a background fill. Hope you like them:
I'll go back and check to see what I've missed this past summer and I'll post again soon, I hope. Sandi


Guess it's been a little too long to be soon! Where does my time go? I do have a few pictures to share of projects and customer quilts to share.
Mimi's quilt
Joan's quilt
Judy's Hop to It
Sandra's quilts
Looks like I need to download pictures from my camera before I can continue. I promise I'll be back! Sandi


Hi there....

Finished this custom just in time for JoAnn to finish and pack for her move from Hawaii to Virginia. She has a very nice blogspot that has better pictures than I do; go here to see it: http://thepatrioticquilter.blogspot.com/2012/05/completed-patriotic-quilt.html I'll be back soon with some other things I've been working on. Sandi


Work, work, work tends to sabbotage best intensions...

Just finished up a couple of 'custom' quilts and a twin and some baby quilts and thought I better check in. I was working on one for myself (below) and had to take it off the frame in order to do the customs that had time constraints.
I love simple quilts they give me room for quilting. I'll be back to show you pictures of the latest and greatest! Yes, they just seem to get better with time. Sandi


Finally finished taxes so...

Yes, I finally finished my taxes. It's a shame one has to have a PHD in finances to just get them ready for the CPA.

So now I can get back to what I love doing. QUILTING!

Last blog I mentioned that I gave my grandson his quilt for Christmas and I really didn't know if he liked it...HE LOVES IT! Put it on his bed, when he got home and it's been there ever since. Still don't have a photo but, I'll get one, promise!

Finished a couple other quilts since last post and I'm hoping to be able to post a little more often. We'll see...

Linda's quilt.

Bill and I went Vegan last October to try to reverse Bill's heart disease. Yes, I said reverse. Good read for anyone, is Dr. Caldwell Esselstyns' book How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease.

Baby girl after visiting the groomer.

Peppers picked mid-December and the lettuce is still coming in hardy from last fall. What a wonderful winter!


Been a long time!

Hi Everyone!

Know it's been a long time but, lots happening. After hubby's heart attack in May there were numerous doctor appointments, stress tests, cardio rehab and a second heart cath, all of which I attended right along with Bill. He's doing very well, now and we have made a drastic lifestyle change to help him avoid any future events. We have gone VEGAN and not just plain ole vegan. We have added the taboo to all oils, good, bad or otherwise. No nuts, seeds and pretty much anything else we have enjoyed in the past. It's not all bad, Bill has lost down to 150lbs., seems to be enjoying the food I serve and as I said doing well. I on the other hand I have my issues with the changes; it no longer takes half an hour to prepare dinner (usually a piece of meat grilled, a salad and veggie.)Now, it takes any where from 1 - 2 hours to fix a meal and then clean up is a pain you know where. I wouldn't have it any other way (unless it could be faster). I think I'd like to keep him around for a while, after all I have more than 41 years invested in training him, right.

I have been doing some quilting. Not as much as I might have but, did manage to get one done for a customer who entered it into our quilt show. We got a blue ribbon (1st place) in category, Best Visible Hand Work, Best Machine Quilting and Viewer's Choice. We were not unhappy with our winnings at all. Pictures to follow... I got a 2nd and 3rd place on quilts I took off the walls to show. They were never meant to be shown in any quilt show and both have made it into quilts shows. My 'Tweet' won a ribbon for Best Longarm Quilting from the Carolina Longarm Association. That was really exciting!

Right after the quilt show and before Thanksgiving; I quilted a top done by Laura Falconer (spelling is probably wrong) anyways, she is from Apex, NC and she pieced a gorgeous quilt for the American Bouvier Rescue League, to auction off on e-bay as part of a benefit auction for the ABRL. That auction happened the week following Thanksgiving and I am so proud to say it brought in $5,000.00. I was so blessed to have been a part of the benefit and privileged to been able to quilt such a beautiful quilt. Our Miracle benefited in the past from ABRL's rescue work. They do an awesome job placing abused, abandoned and surrendered Bouvier's.

I managed to get thru the holidays and finished a quilt for our grandson! Yea! I guess he likes it. He's 15 and who knows what fifteen year olds think! He's a wonderful grandson and wouldn't trade him for the world! I did, in all the flurry, forget to take pictures of it so, I'll have to post those later.

Not a whole lot more to catch you up on. So, happy quilting and enjoy the eye candy!