cathedral windows

Our Weekend…..

How do you spell fun when your at 40 or pushing it??  How about getting together with 19 friends for the weekend!?!  Ok, the who, what, when, where and why….
  The who.  Well, as I said 19 friends, several smaller circles within a larger… All female, of course, some of us have know eachother for almost 17 years…17? Yeah, that long…we’ve gotten engaged, married, birthed babies, sang songs, cried tears, buried parents, and the hardest…buried precious children.  Many joys and sorrows make for strong bonds. I’d love to show you a picture of these dear women, BUT it’s a weekend of no makeup, sloppy clothes and “not so fixed hair.”  They sadly declined to have their photo taken and POSTED! Bahahahaha…..

  The what.  An excuse to get together, men go fishing, hunting, play sports, compete…women create. ๐Ÿ˜‰  It started as a scrapbook weekend, you say, “j, you don’t scrapbook!” And, you, would be correct.  It’s evolved into a do whatever you want weekend.  I brought four projects….

BrownBag Quilt, Farmer’s Wife Sampler, Cathedral Window’s, and fabric for bedskirts for a bedroom redo.

The GOOD NEWS??? I finished the Brown Bag quilt!!!!!!!

Got it basted, quilted and bound!!  What am I gonna do with it now?  I really don’t know.  Thinking it may need to find a new home….

Felt great about getting BBQ finished, and did not feel like starting another big project, sooooo…. since I’m to a point that I “know” why people keep reading glasses EVERYWHERE, and I’m still getting used to needing them…I decided it was time to stock up.  the thing is, you gotta keep them somewhere…my solution..make my own cases..  Wanna see?

Maybe I can show some of the other projects later, got some pics, but I’m having serious issues with uploading pics right now… ๐Ÿ˜› such a pain in the rear! (one hour later) Got a few pics to upload…here ya go…
Gaye’s mixer, thank you, Mr. Cricut!  CUTE!!!

 Three wreaths.  I could not count the WREATHS that were made this weekend!  These three made of balloons, acorns and paper.

 These were very cute.  Felt circles folded and attached to wreath forms.  Hehehe…for all you quilters out there, here’s a “funny.”  ๐Ÿ˜‰  These girls were cutting these circles of felt with PAPER sissors…yeah, I’m laughing…sorry, friends. ๐Ÿ˜‰  (you should hear how they talk about how “mean” I am…just because I’m honest!  Can you imagine?!?!? hehehehe…I am ๐Ÿ˜‰    ).  They were amazed when they used my spring loaded Fiskars, and Ginghers!  Still giggling…

The when.  Twice a year, once usually later in spring, this time earlier, and once in the fall.  Something to look forward to!!

The where.  Ususally the gathering takes place at a retreat center The Oaks, but this time we met in the home of one of our own.  Many thanks, G!!  It was great!  We did throw a breaker, and G’s hubster had to come home to the rescue…hehehehe….his words when he saw us all…”wow, I’ve got my own sweatshop!”  Only, we all do speak English. ;))   AND, just to be clear, we “split” up the food, not “spit” up the food.  Wanna see?

The Carnage that is the kitchen…

And the MOST important…Coffee station…

Now the biggie…The why.   Seriously? Is that a question in any one’s mind? Collectively we have, and I’m just doing my best here, please do not hold me to this, are you sitting down…?  I’ll give you just a minute to brace yourself…47 children.  Now ask me “why” again. ;))  And we love each one!  BUT sometimes momma needs a break!  So, friends, food, time, coffee…lots of coffee(and for some diet coke), good music, p.j.’s(all day if you want), and, of course, WWF.  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Love to you all!!!

Lists…Do I have to?

Well, from the title, you can see that my enthusiasm is waning as my afternoon coffee wears off.  Lists, with the new year comes lists…. And, I guess it’s a good thing, because if you don’t have a goal, you’ve got nothing to shoot for.  Believe me, in this household, basketball and archery analogies run rampant; I’ll spare you. ๐Ÿ˜‰  For now I have three concerning sewing goals for the year: UFO’s (defined as anything started before January 1, 2011, and, of course, not finished), projects I’d like to start and finish ;)(it’s ok, you can giggle or laugh here, if you want…I am), and goals for my business.

UFO’s

  1. John’s quilt – my oldest UFO, please do not ask…
  2. Stashbuster quilt
  3. BrownBag quilt
  4. Green quilt
  5. Ugly Fabric quilt
  6. Mia’s quilt
  7. Patriotic quilt
  8. Crazy quilt
  9. Calendar quilt
  10. 1/2 Square Triangles quilt
  11. Cathedral Windows

Projects Wish List

  1. Lone Star quilt
  2. Kitchen quilt
  3. Mariner’s Compass
  4. Season’s Panels
  5. Farmers Wife Sampler

Business
Well, I’m not sure where to even start.  Will say that I’m in the middle of setting up an Etsy shop.  Trying to decide if I should change my name(the business name, Lol :-/).  Honestly, I’m at a crossroads, and at a loss…
Will be adding a whole new line of items, hopefully by the end of the week. ๐Ÿ™‚ Very excited about that!  I guess you’ll know the shop is open when you see it in the sidebar. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

I know this post kind of stinks, doesn’t it?  I’m going to leave it up tho, because it will make my other posts look sooooooooooo much better! Lol!

We need at least one picture, don’t we…how about my Avatar for Etsy?  Wanna see?

And for a funny one… How about the Avatar my sweet Sister in Love made for me…hehehe get ready to laugh…

At the beach, complete with books and drink! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Follow the Bouncing Ball

Fall is here, and, so with the arrival of the brisk morning air….comes Patriot Basketball!  Wooohooo!  I’m pretty sure we’re ready.  Well, I KNOW four of us are, the other two…yeah, we’re all ready.  Patriot Basketball is our local home school team, and they kicked off the boys season Monday night with the start of their yearly camp.  Four nights of four hour practices, which payoff, because last year(can I brag just a little ;)?) two of our teams won their divisions at Nationals, in Springfield, Missouri.  Here’s a picture of the 14u team just after their game:
So, we’re excited to see what this year holds.  With the beginning of the season comes new shoes…
And for me the Cathedral Windows quilt comes out of hiding. ๐Ÿ™‚  This is our third year to be involved in the Patriots’ basketball program, and the first year I felt like I had a lot of down time, just sitting at practices.  So, in the spring of 2009, our local quilt shop offered a Cathedral Windows class, I knew it was the class for me!  Up to that point I had always said, “If it can’t be done on machine, I don’t have the time to do it,” but after seeing the units, and realizing it was a highly portable project…let’s just say, “I was up for it.”
So now, when we have this going on out on the court…

This is what is happening in my lap…
And when little eyes see this on the table
They can’t help but want to join in! ๐Ÿ™‚
Little Guy called this his “Extreme Quilting.”  Yes, there is some testosterone flowing there. ๐Ÿ˜‰  Lol!  May just have to keep that one. 
The team motto for this season is “Laying it Down”  John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”  May we all practice what we preach, and follow the bouncing ball.
p.s.  Yes, the girls play, too. ๐Ÿ™‚  They start next week…more to follow ๐Ÿ˜‰
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