"Evil will triumph if good men...and women do nothing."

my adaptation of a quote by Edmund Burke.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Easy Street...

Quilt Mystery...Easy Street!! by Bonnie Hunter

One thing comes to mind when I hear "Easy Street"...NEW ORLEANS...aka as "the Big Easy". However, Mardi Gras colors just didn't appeal to me right now. I wanted to do something in more subdued colors. Upon further thought of the name...the following came to mind. 

My son loves the 'Band of Brothers' about the Easy Company of World War II. He can tell you which battle was fought, and where and loves Captain Winters and the men of Easy Company. These men are real life heroes. 

So, 'Easy Street' has been renamed... 'Easy Company'. 

The colors that I picked are Americana. I labeled each fabric as to Bonnie's colors. 

I love my reds and navy blues. They just scream Americana to me! I am not necessarily fond of the particular camouflage fabric I have...but since I already own enough yardage...I am going to use it. I have several background fabrics in neutrals that have stars, baseballs and other things that  can be considered 'American' in nature. There is even a piece with hot dogs at a picnic with tiny flags. How could I resist using it! The gold should tie everything as it will be a constant throughout the quilt. 

Even though I am not able to start right away on the mystery...I plan to save the steps and start over the Christmas break. 

Thank you Bonnie for yet another wonderful 'gift' this year! Your mysteries are the bomb!!

I will show my progress as I make some. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Hitting the Road!

Trade sweetness for Strength

Trade doubt for Belief

Trade fear for Courage

Trade SOCCER...for NOTHING!!!


After a grueling double overtime game at Divisions...a game that lasted nearly 110 minutes (versus the usual 80)...our girls came out on top. Seated #3 in the North...we are headed to the State Championship this Friday night.  

Friday, November 2, 2012

Yard Sale Saturday!

I have been a follower of Bonnie Hunter's blog...Quiltville Quips & Snips... for a long time. She is unable to host the Yard Sale Saturday...but Suzanne at Colorado Lady has graciously offered to host it. Yay Suzanne!

I have a few items that I would like to list for the sale.

My girls are going to Divisions and hopefully State for Varsity Soccer...and I could really use the money to go and support them. 

UPDATE: The Girls won at Divisions...and are now headed to STATE!!  


Wonderful 1 Fabric Quilts by Kay Nickols - New condition (does have a sticker on the cover from the shop I purchased it at) - $18 includes shipping to US

Debbie Mumm's Nature's Christmas - New condition - $6 includes shipping to US

Li'l Davis Designs presents Timeless Techniques by Jenni Bowlin - scrapbooking idea book - New condition - $6.00 includes shipping to US. (I have 4 copies of this book for sale. Don't ask why I have so many.) 

Carol Doak's Easy Reversible Vests - good condition, has a name written on inside cover with 1995 date. $10 includes shipping to US

Accuquilt Studio Die - PALM BEACH - $75 plus $10 shipping to US. Listed on my etsy site. I used this die once. 

Halloween fabrics Quilt Top  
25" x 60"- $20 includes shipping to US

Elephants on Parade 15"/5" Pantographs - $12 includes shipping to US SOLD
Marcusbrothers Textiles 20 fat quarters - hand dyed cotton - FQ5-009 Color Works - $50 includes shipping to US

Please email me if interested in any of these items. Also, if you wish to make an offer...that is great too. These items MUST find a new home! 
Thanks for looking. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

November is T1D Month

What is T1D you ask??

It is Type 1 Diabetes. My oldest son, Sven has T1D. He was diagnosed on March 29, 2010 at the age of 10. He is now 13. 

To show my support, I am asking my friends and family to check out this website allowing us to be a part of a mobile based challenge. To be T1D For a Day!

Check it out here...be T1D For a Day.

I have already signed up...will you? 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October already???

Oh my! Where has the time gone? 

The older two girls play high school varsity soccer, older two boys are playing middle school football, and the younger three are busy being kids!

I am proud of my kids. They are good students, fun to be around, athletic and very competitive. 

Taylor is feeling stronger and is running a few miles each week with Madeline at soccer practice. Lemierre's syndrome may have kicked her butt for a few long months, but she is fighting back! 

Madeline entered high school and has strong grades and is taking a woodshop class. She loves it! Wonder if she will make something for me!

Sven is managing his T1Diabetes very well. He stays active and has been busy with some research papers for school. He just completed a project on Leukemia. 

Eric is now in middle school and can't wait for baseball season in the spring. He is a bit sore right now from football! Doesn't like it as much as his brother does. That's ok by me! 

Devin is wishing she was as old as her two older sisters! She loves school and fashion. There isn't a day that goes by that she isn't trying something new with her clothes or hair. 

Cheryl is learning to read! It has been a real struggle, but she is getting the help she needs, and is starting to gain some confidence. She studies her flashcards daily and is comprehending stories she hears/reads. Math is easy for her. She is learning money now. 

Kirt is finally in Kindergarten. He likes his teacher, and is a joy in class. He listens well, and even brought a praying mantis to share with the class. And, his teacher thought it was neat! 

I have been quilting and adding items to my etsy shop. I have lots of started projects that I wish to finish, including my Orca Bay Mystery quilt. 

Bryson is doing great and is hard at work on our place. 

The pond was a success. The fish are growing. We now have 50 koi, 100 goldfish AND lots of baby goldfish/koi/hybrids too! The grass around the pond has stabilized the banks and looks great. I even had some sunflowers bloom this year. 

Well, that should catch us up a bit. 

I leave you with a picture of a gorgeous sunflower that just bloomed yesterday! Don't you just love the color?  

Monday, August 6, 2012

Been Crazy Busy around here!

I am still here. Been busy getting ready for the County Fair, family, music lessons and now soccer camp for the High School girls. Hopefully, soon,  I can post some pics of the quilts the kids have been working so hard on. 

The kids got their sports physicals completed so they play sports in middle school and high school this upcoming year. 

I have several quilts that need binding. Maybe...just maybe...I can get around to finishing them this week so that I can add some to my etsy shop and donate others to the childrens hospital. 

I have been working daily on our pond too. Planting fern/trees/seed, stabilizing the banks with hay, pulling weeds, etc. The good thing...we have gotten some quick, torrential downpours the past couple of days, that added 3 inches to our half acre pond! Sure makes weed pulling easy!

Why does there never seem to be enough time in the day to do everything?!?!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New Duffle Bags

Side Zippered  Expandable Pocket

Inside of bag 

I made these from a StudioCherie, pattern...the Travel Duffle.

The pattern was clear to understand and went together without any problems. 

I love the fact that I can easily fit 2-3 queen size quilts in each duffle. These will be get lots of use. This was the first bit of quilting I have done for some time. It sure felt good to get back to the longarm after so much time away from it. 

Baseball has been consuming quite a bit of time the past 3 months. The season is now over, and even though the boys made All Stars, there are not enough boys to field a team, so we are done for the summer. It is a bummer, but now I can get back to quilting/sewing! 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Catching up from the last couple of months.

Let me start off by saying it has been a very busy 2+ months! 

We might as well have driven across the US with as many miles as we did back and forth to Utah.

Since my last post...

Taylor ended up in the hospital for 10 days with aseptic (sterile) meningitis caused by an infected mastoid, Group A Strep and Lemierre's disease. She was one very sick girl. Her mastoid was removed and a PICC line was inserted into her arm to allow the administering of iv antibiotics.
She is also on anticoagulant shots to stop the clotted veins from increasing. She will remain on these shots for 6 months.

Ambulance ride to hospital...after the Med flight to Salt Lake.  
Two days after surgery. Her color is starting to come back...and swelling is going down in her face. She is even trying to smile a bit. 
Here she is starting to perk up a bit in the hospital. 
Happy 15th Birthday Taylor!
Here are the flowers she received for her birthday and well wishes! Thanks Aunt San, Michael and DJ.
Nurse Quincy drawing blood. She likes not having to get poked to give blood. 

Her blood clot is stabilizing. Her veins are scarring and the risk of the clot moving into her lungs is much less than it was 2 months ago. There are no signs of infection or inflammation left in her body either. She is on the mend. 

Taylor...feeling great, looking fabulous...and ready to have her PICC removed. No more antibiotics needed. We are sure glad to have our girl back! 

We have learned a lot about taking care of catheters, changing dressings, administering antibiotics through IV and giving shots. I hate to say it...but I am ready to just be Mom again! She is also home bound from school this semester. So, we have added the job of teacher to our daily schedule too. She is enrolled in online courses through the district and is doing great in school and can work at her own pace until she is able to be 100%.  We expect her to return to school in the Fall semester. 

Thanks to everyone for the prayers for our daughter and family. God is certainly good!