Think about this.....

...the only thing scarier then reaching out to the unknown is settling for that with which we are comfortable.

Friday, June 29, 2012


Caleb is now officially an MSU student. We have his class schedule for the next year, his financial aid has been dealt with, he has attended orientation, and yesterday with his money from his open house, we purchased his new computer. Unfortunately, summer won't become "monotonous" for another few weeks or so. Fortunately, however, I'm just the cab in most of it because it's all Caleb's fair stuff we're dealing with.

Okay, so how could I forget the family reunion? We do have some things to do in that respect since we are in charge of purchasing, bringing, and preparing all the food for about 80 folks, but other then that...

...I WILL still get in some quilt time. I received two QM blocks during last weeks open house preparation frenzy and didn't get to work on them until yesterday after we dropped Andrew off to head back to CA. But it didn't matter anyway since my sewing machine was having a P.M. done to it. I was notified yesterday there were some gear issues with her but all is well now (except for a part that had to be ordered because now the "hook" isn't evenly stitching). I guess when that part comes in she'll be back to 100%. Meanwhile, I just have to deal with an occasional uneven stitch now and again.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

July Sunbonnet Sue

July Sunbonnet Sue
Here she is. This has to be one of my favorites. Unfortunately, it's my last "monthly" sunbonnet series wallhanging. I have certainly enjoyed working on these and they always bring a smile to my face when I look at them everyday. I think perhaps I'll have to find another monthly series to occupy my time during the week while Jim is in the road.

Just received word this week that I wasn't even considered for an interview at the local elementary school. We have talked to other teachers in the area and it's simply a small town political thing. I'll probably never get a teaching job in Olivet, so as long as we are here, I am retired from teaching. It's kind of sad. I enjoy it so much, but after having to wake up to the electric chicken this week to take Caleb into AOP at MSU I remember once again why I like staying at home and waking at my leisure.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

June Sunbonnet and Bookshelf

Sunbonnet Sue for June has been nearly done for about three weeks now. I finally finished her up this weekend and just snapped her pic yesterday. She's on a quilting cruise complete with rotary cutters.

I found this little bookshelf project somewhere out there on-line. I subscribe and peruse so many web sites it's hard for me to remember where I get some of what I pull off for later use. While I enjoyed making this little wallhanging, I would not use this particular method to make this into a full sized quilt. It took me two full days to get it together and it only measures 15x22 inches.

I'm now working on the July Sunbonnet Sue but will have to hold up for a bit since I have graduation open house stuff to deal with for a few days while Caleb is at his college orientation.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Visiting and Creativity

While Jim's mom and aunt were visiting this weekend (mom was down for two open houses), I found myself once again playing with some of my handcrafting projects. I am still making yo-yo's for next years fair entry (and will be probably for another six months). Saturday I made about 10 or so of them.

Sunday while they came over I started picking out fabrics for a little bookshelf quilt. Once I got them cut, I set them down to put together on Monday. The point is that even while visiting with company here at the house I can still work on being creative without impeding our conversation or communication process.

I like that I can be my own person in my home and nobody takes offense. Some people develop a real interest in what I'm working on (such as Jim's Aunt June), and others just nod and politely comment. Actually, most of them just nod and politely comment, but I can create even while being in my family's/friends presence.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

It's been a while

With Caleb's graduation, the trip to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City, and the preparations for Caleb's open house, I haven't had much quilting time. I have been able to create two Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Volume 6 blocks, but as I said before, I can't show them to you because they are a secret until the publication comes out next spring.

I have finished the blocks for my Quilt of Valor quilt. I'm still contemplating on how I'm going to do the borders but I have pieced the blocks together and it turned out pretty nice.

I have also started and completed the top of a quilt called Good Morning. I made it to replace the pinwheel quilt I personally use on our bed for added warmth and when I'm sick on the couch. Everybody needs a quilt to call just their own.

Pictures will come as I complete the quilts. I have decided to stick to my rule of, "No pics until completion" because I was getting confused on what I have/had posted and didn't want to duplicate myself. I will post individual blocks that will probably not go into a quilt like I did New York Beauty below. Bear with me on this decision because I have so many quilts that haven't been quilted yet and don't actually know when I'll get to them. Sticking a whole quilt under my machine is kind of daunting and with the weather finally becoming summer-like I don't want a warm quilt laying all over me. I'm sure you understand!