Thursday, June 21, 2018

No Paint Yet

why no paint yet you ask?

well, I got home from work yesterday around 7am
after starting at 3 pm
now I know nurses who work doubles all the time

not me
I'm a straight 8 hour type
except when emergency surgeries come up
late in your shift...

so I ended up staying over 6 1/2 hours
not a problem when you are helping a pateint
but when you leave the building
your body crashes
as least mine did

this 58 year old doesn't recover like she used to
so glad yesterday was my day off
even if I spent 95% of it sleeping

more than ever surgeons and surgery personnel
have my utmost respect
I could never do that day in and day out 

so the paint will have to wait
until next weekend
maybe by then my feet and ankles will have recovered!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Barn Quilt Art

ran across this on Pinterest
thinking I might need two or four
definitely going against my quest for less
so they will go on my wish list
for now


Monday, June 18, 2018

UFO Progress

found this adorable cat and quilt photo
on Pinterest
this would be my Olivia in the winter...

Yesterday I got busy making binding
for some of my nearly finished small quilts
now the binding is halfway done on one of them

why did it take me years to do this! 

the small hallway has been wiped down
tomorrow I'll do the taping
off Wednesday so hope to be painting then 

Happy Monday 

I can feel a depressive episode creeping up...
wishing as always it would pass me by
or there was a surgery to get it out
but I know it just is
I've lived through it many times before
and can ride it out again


Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Pumpkin Wall

if you've followed my blog for any time
you know this is one of my designs
a real favorite of mine 
 of course, it resides in NC with my sister

so I recently drew up one to hook for myself
which led to thinking about all my rugs
rolled up in baskets, drawers and on shelves
there are many on the walls
I am tired of looking at them

so I decided to get all my pumpkin rugs together
along with a few cat rugs
to create all wall of them

off the wall came the quilt
wall dusted

step back
it needs painting

there it stands
rugs all cleaned of cat fur
stacked in a big pile
waiting for someone to paint this hallway wall

what do you think the chances are
that I'll just hang another quilt up 
in a few days/weeks...


Wishing everyone a happy Father's Day
I sure miss my Dad's deep voice and wonderful smile
I miss him every day
mostly with a happy heart
for the love he shared with Mom and our family
remains the best memory ever

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Two of Many

one of the many pieces I've been working on lately
there will be patchwork flags
stitched along one side
will hang horizontally...

sewing room angel (invisible wings)
inspired by antique cookie cutters
have a bunch drawn up...
most with more than one angel


work has been very stressful lately
financial troubles 
leading to layoffs and cut hours for some
working short all the time for everyone else
learning a new normal 
for now
I still have a job and all my hours
trying not to worry
about how long it will last...
I work for a non profit hospital 
it's one of the last independently owned 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Simply Squares

 all images from Pinterest

I've been doing a lot of hand stitching lately
plenty of 9 patch blocks
along with other random stars, flags and log cabins
mostly just squares

with no real plan for the squares
I search antique quilts for the perfect setting
by the time I find it
there may be enough squares for a few
bed size quilts 


forever drawn to green
this one really has my attention

I have also been hooking some
sewing room angels
based on antique cookie cutters...

As my fabric collection is too large
to require any shopping
I am tea dyeing some of my pinks today 
just to change things up

I've also been keeping busy
being one of the administrators of an amazing
Facebook group
Quilts by Cheri ~ Friendship Group

as you may know, Cheri passed away 
April 15, 2018
it has been my pleasure and honor 
to help keep her memory and spirit alive
she started this group in 2016
to share her love of primitive quilts with kindred spirits

please be sure to request membership 
if you'd like to join in
our goal is to be positive at all times...

thanks for hanging around during my 
blogging lulls...

Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

to remember and honor those 
who gave their lives
so that we may live free

Thank you from the grateful daughter
of a Marine from the Greatest Genration
who served in WWII

Friday, May 18, 2018


my Dad carried this photo in his wallet forever

Monday, May 7, 2018

One Year

the look on Mom's face cracks me up
I can see her saying
"you aren't allowed up there but just this once..."

Melrose loved Mom as much as she loved him

today she has been gone one year
Dad four and a half years...
I am so blessed with all the memories of wonderful parents... 

her favorite song...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018


when Olivia say "pet the kitty"
she means business
see those claws!?

the quilt she is resting on
just came out of the dryer
the first one Mom made for me in 1979

figured it was time to start using all my quilts
 the ones with hideous bright fabrics