Autumn song

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas will soon be here...ready or not!

The past month has flown by! I can't believe it has been
that long since I last posted.
I, like eveyone, have been getting things ready for Christmas.

There have been Christmas cards to address,

"thank you" gifts for the Augsburg quilters,
(who made this beautiful quilt for me) to be sewn,

Christmas tree ornaments to be made,

TWO tree skirts to be made,
and many more things to get finished before December 25th dawns.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Ellie & Bama met each other this past weekend. They jumped, ran and played together for about 3 hours. Needless to say both sleep good Saturday night!
Oh, but let me show you what Ellie did on Thursday while DD was at work.
Look closely,
It was a window sill!

She has spend a large time in her box since than.
No free time for her!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

New Member of the family

I keep forgetting to introduce the newest member of the family!This is Ellie.
Our daughter adopted her two weeks ago. Ellie's' owners after about a year decided they did not want her anymore. They had moved into a upscale neighborhood and home here in the area. The Dad decided the dog needed to go! He didn't want the dog in the house, and didn't think the yard and neighborhood was the right place for her. So "A" (DD) took over her ownership and care. This should be a reminder to all of us who plan to get a pet, not to get one, unless you are really going to care and look after it as you should.
So we are now a family, who at one point had two Boxers and a Aussie,
to a family of one Aussie and TWO Golden Retrivers!
(Things will be great as long as Bama & Ellie don't come to live with the King of Fernleaf.)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Another UFO - complete!

The first of the two "Siggy Quilts" I am doing for the newly weds is complete. Glad to have it finished. Over the weekend I hope to get it to the lucky couple.
I received an e-mail this past week from a friend. He sent me this link to one of the most beautiful renditions of
Amazing Grace.

Monday, November 17, 2008

It's been a busy two weeks!

I can't believe it has been two weeks since I last posted! The past two weeks have been busy ones. Since posting last, I have worked three days, been to the Boone shop for a OESD Embroidery program, taught one serger class, attended the two Quilting Guild November meetings, gone to the gym, sewn on a few UFO's, and been to the Capitol City for the NC State and Wake Forest football this past Saturday.
(And other household duties and appointments!)
One of my husbands good friends, invited us to tailgate with him and his family on Saturday in Raleigh for the
Wake Forest & NC State football game.
So, we loaded the truck with the kids and headed to Wolfpack country.
The weather and final out come of the game (Wake lost) could have been better, but the fellowship was well worth the trip to the Capitol City.

The Kernersville Heart of the Triad Quilting Guild , for those who are interested, are doing a Mystery Quilt called "Durango". Having never done a mystery quilt before, I decided to participate.
I had to choose 4 fabrics.
Main (floral),background(gold) and two accents (pink & green).

I have completed the first two parts of the challenge. Here are the beginning pieces and parts. Can't wait to see what and how this is going to go together!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

The Progess is Complete

This weekend I presented my SIL with her final sole.Just in time for the new church year that will begin
the first Sunday in December.
The creating and designing of her stoles,
have given me more
pleasure than I can explain.
Today I attended her installation as Pastor at
Sardis Evangelical Lutheran Church
in Hickory, NC.
I was also with her when she got the initial call from the "Call committee" of Sardis. I and DH were visiting with her & my brother while
she was still in
her senior year at the Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, Pa.
She (as well as my brother) were welcomed with open arms. It gave me a good feeling to see her at her first church.
She will, with God's help, be a wonderful Pastor
who will
love, serve and pray for her sheep.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Road Atlanta

This past weekend was the final weekend of racing for the SVRA (Sportcar Vintage Racing of America) organization. In order to be a member of the SVRA, your car must be at least 20 years old to participate. DH has a 1970 BMW that he road races. (For those of you who are not in the know - his car goes both ways, not like round track (Nascar) that goes only left.)
This is where he spend a lot of his time on Friday. Up under the car laying in the rain. The oil pan had a leak and he tried to stop it with this black glue stuff made especially for this. Needless to say with the rain on Friday there was not much raceing by anybody.
But Saturday the sun came out and the patching he did the day before worked and he got to run the first qualifying race of the day.
His second qualifying race of the day was canceled after the first lap. During this lap one of the cars in his group, crankshaft broke and came up into the car and injured the driver. Luckily it did not kill the driver, but did cost him part of his leg.

Here we are by his pride and joy before I left for home Saturday morning. Oh he does enjoy his car, but at times I wish he would go back to playing golf. It's safer!

Monday, October 13, 2008

A Ta-Da Moment

Gee, before I get to the Ta-Da Moment..I need to comment on the Big Game last Thursday night at BB&T Stadium.
First of all congratulations to the
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
for beating the
Clemson Tigers.

It seems this lost for the Tigers was a gain for the Head Coach!

(Or so it seems.)

He was fired! But he was fired at the tune of about 3.5 Million Dollars. What is wrong with this picture?

Now for the Ta-Da moment.

I have completed the $5 Quilt from the LQS.

It needs to be quilted...,but the piecing is complete.

One more UFO has "Bit the Dust".

Onto the next one....

Which one is next?

Maybe one of the signature quilt for one of the newlyweds.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Almost finished!

I am on a mission to complete the LQS $5 Quilt before the next meeting.
Block # 12 will not be given out until the next (& 12th) meeting. At that time Holly wants samples of how a few of us that work in the shop are finishing our quilt.
I have chosen to place the same border around each block. Holly is doing applique around each of her traditional blocks.
It wasn't hard deciding to do the same border! but I am having trouble choosing the placement of each block!?!?!
Do I choose
# 1,

or # 2,
or # 3? I'm leaning toward number.....?
I guess you will have to wait and see!

Monday, October 6, 2008

What a great fall weekend

Look who came to visit Saturday night.
His cousin, Bentley, was not to happy having to share his stool and backyard with him.

As you can tell he didn't want to have anything to do with "Gram" and her camera.
Sunday afternoon found DD, a close friend and I at the Winston Salem Fair. The weather was perfect.
Sunny and warm.

The exhibits were great. A few of the gals who come into the local quilt shop, won ribbons. Congratulations to all the winners.

These pumpkins were unbelievable. The one on the back row and in the corner, weighed in at 612 pounds.

Of course we did our fair share of sampling the food. m-m-m-m-m

Roasted corn, apple dumplings, steak sandwiches, pork tenderloin, the list goes on and on.......

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The 4th in a Series of 5

This past Sunday afternoon my SIL became
"Pastor Anna".
After her Ordination, I presented her with the 4th of a series of 5 that I am making for her.

The next one will be her Advent stole.

It will be made in shades & tints of blue.

You know Christmas will be here before you know it!

Only 84 days, but who is counting?

Sunday, September 21, 2008

A Time to Rest......

Yes, it is time to sit back rest & relax. The wedding is behind us, and the newly weds are on their honeymoon.
Mr & Mrs Adam B. Riggs
Just a few pictures of the wedding activities.
The happy couple with friends at the Rehearsal party.
(The milk bottles used as the center pieces are from my Uncle Thomas and Aunt Mary Carmen dairy farm.)
Adam & Marideth attended college rivals.
Adam - WCU & Marideth - App state.
(They will play the Battle of the Old Mountain Jug each fall as their schools play the final football game of the the season.)

It is time to really begin to close and


Monday, September 15, 2008

Time is quickly running out....

This time next week, my sons wedding will be a thing of the past. I and the mother of the bride have spend the better part of last evening working on the sitting chart for the reception. It is a job not for the faint of heart. We did as of this morning realize two more tables are a must in order to get everyone in their right places. Keeping the bride & the groom happy are at this time,
is getting hard to do.
I have finally caught up with the block of the month for the past two months. And it's a good thing number 11 is given out tomorrow. Of course this is a picture of the shops #10 block.
Hope this time next week I'll be back on track
for "Me" time to sew.
I'm off to fine fabric for the 2 extra tables cloths we need.
Have a good week.

Monday, August 25, 2008

It's been a busy week & weekend.
First the fun parts!

We attended my husbands high school class reunion. He graduated from Mt. Airy Senior High School in 1966. Hard to believe it has been 42 years. The reunion covered those graduating in the 60's & 70's. He got to see many, many friends in the classes before and after his class.
Each time there is a reunion the numbers get smaller. His class has stayed closer than most over the years. When one or two come into town, those that live close by are called and they travel to MA for a short visit, only if it is for a quick dinner at a local restaurant.
After church on Sunday, I made this cute little bag. It is the
"Two Hour Tulip Bag".
The pattern comes in 2 sizes, this is the smaller size. The bag may have 2 pockets inside, one pocket on the outside and can be made to be reversible.
And it takes only two-hours to complete!

This is the front of the bag and the picture above is of the back with a pocket.

One of the Quilter's guilds I belong to in September is having a program on aprons. Each member who attends is to wear an apron. Not having an apron (that I would wear in public), I decided to make myself one. This is it, minus the little roses that will be added to the pecks on the over skirt. There was more to this apron then I realized before I started it. But it will be a cutie when it is finished!

Wedding list Update!

Picked up my dress - check

27 - 60" table cloth overlays for reception (used Serger and finished with a rolled-hem) - check

(the m-o-b was going to Roll, press, roll, press & pin then stitch! She would still be working on them if I had not volunteered to help. 5 hours and they wer finished!)

Invitations for Rehearsal Dinner - addressed & mailed - check

Pictures of Son growing up gathered for diplay at reception - check

Memorial pictures of Grandparents who are no longer with us - check

I'm getting there!

(I just need to stop volunteering - need to learn to say


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

As I promised......

As I promised here are some pictures from the wedding at Ocean Isle Beach, NC I attended weekend before last (8-9-08).
There were buttons to button,

flowers to be pinned in the hair,

petals to be spread,

peaking to see...

the bride and her dad.
It was a beautiful evening for a wedding. The bride was beautiful, as a bride should be. Much luck and happiness to the couple.
Now to the rest of my time.....
I have now completed a few more thing on my list for my son's wedding!
Bridesmaid's purses - check

The brides purse - check

Wedding quilt - quilted & bond - check

Flowers for Rehearsal Party ordered - check

Invitations for Rehearsal party ordered - check

Still to do:

1. Have my dress fitted (to be completed on Friday)

2. 20 - 25 table toppers for the reception (to be completed Thursday at the

M-O-B's house on Thursday)

3. Address and mail invitations

My list is getting shorter!!!!!!!

I'm sure before it's over there will be a few more things added to the list.

BUT it is getting shorter.