June 22, 2009
I originally saw this idea for a quilt at someone’s blog, either here or here, I can’t remember which and thought I have to do this. This is so easy and carefree and so stinking cute. Two out of three aren’t bad I guess. Actually it is very simple……randomly cut small squares of colored fabric and then box them in on three sides with white. The problem I have is I don’t work well on the fly apparently. I do better with specific sizes and precise instructions on how to put it all together. Too bad for me because I do really love the random look of it. Originally this was going to be lap size but decided to cut what I had put together in half and make two very generous doll quilts or two skimpy crib size quilts :-)
Another reason for choosing to make two smaller sizes is because this was my first attempt at machine quilting. I think it went ok for a first try. It’s definately something you have to practice, practice, practice to get it just right. To be honest, I really like the look of my hand stitched quilts better and I enjoy hand quilting but I will try my hand at machine quilting again and get better at it.
Another pieced back. I am slowly but surely working my way through my small stash of fabric so i will feel justified in buying more lol.
Oh and one more thing I learned. I wish I could remember where I got this tip from because it’s so smart and helpful. When putting the quilt “sandwich” together I would always lay the back down first, then the batting and finally the top. Thanks to some smart soul in cyberland I now know it’s much easier to lay your batting down then center up the top on that. Trim it to the correct size, then roll it up and put it aside. Lay your back down and unroll your top/batting combo onto that. It makes the process so much easier and faster! Now why didn’t I think of that?? I hope that tip helps someone as much as it helped me.
June 18, 2009
I don’t have any pictures to share yet but I am finally doing some machine quilting! I’m so excited to finally get around to trying my hand at this. I definitely need practice but I’m already seeing an improvement from when I first started the quilt. As a matter of fact, I am even going back and taking some of the original stitching out and doing it over. Next on my list to try is applique. I’ve seen some of the cutest quilts that have been appliqued so I want to try my hand at that also. Thank you to all the bloggers out there that have shared their tips on both of these topics because they have been very helpful to me.
June 16, 2009
I am 40 years old so you would think I know not to assume things, right? Wrong! The only defense I have is that thankfully we have been very blessed to be healthy and therefore I am not insurance savvy.
One of my daughter’s has been having some tummy issues for awhile so we took her in to see our family physician. He in turn refers her to another Dr. who orders a colonoscopy. The first thing they always do is check your insurance. Yes, we take it and this is what your copay is. We schedule the procedure and again we are told it’s accepted and here is what your copay is.
I need to stop and commend my daughter on what a little trooper she was for the whole thing. The procedure itself wasn’t bad at all, it’s the prep for it. First of all she could only have liquids the day before. That was terrible but she never once complained she was hungry. I would have complained so much I probably would have been sick of the sound of my own voice but she was awesome. Then she had to down all that nasty medicine. Again, not a word of complaint.
So the insurance bills have been trickeling in with no problems until yesterday. There was a pending status on a pretty steep one so hubby got on the phone to ask some questions. Turns out that yes, the Dr accepted our insurance but he wasn’t an in network provider, nor was the facility that the procedure was perfored in. We blindly assumed that he was because our Dr had referred us to him. Of course in hindsight it makes perfect sense to question that but at the time we never gave it a thought. The difference for us could mean a few thousand dollars instead of less than $200 as we were led to believe. Pretty expensive lesson, huh.
My daughter is doing better. The Dr believes she has irritable bowel syndrome with constipation so he put her on a medicine that seems to be helping so this is a good thing. You can’t put a price on your health, period. It doesn’t matter what it costs us, we will pay it and be thankful that is all that is wrong with her but it would have been nice to do this over and ask a simple question first and not just assume that a copay is all that is owed. I hope my mistake saves someone some pennies :-)
June 15, 2009
We’ve now been in the new house 6 months and it feels like we are all settled in. Sometimes it feels like we’ve been here forever, which is a good thing. However, there are a few things about the old house that I miss very much. One of them, probably the main one, is that every spring and summer for the last few years, I would have doves come and build their nests underneath our patio awning. I know I probably drove my family crazy climbing up on the kitchen sink and snapping pictures every day of the mama and her family. That mama (or I guess it could have been the daddy) would sit up there for weeks without leaving. Once the little babies had hatched, I knew I had about 3 weeks and they would fly away. One time I actually got to watch the babies fly away from the nest! This should tell you just how much time I spent watching to be able to catch that moment!
Because this is a newer subdivision we don’t have big trees and we don’t have a covered patio either so I have no birds to watch. Poor me! However this past week-end Danny noticed that there were birds flying in and out of one of our bushes so he went over to see what all the fuss was about.
Isn’t that cool? I am so thrilled to know that there is a new birdie family staying at my house, even if I can’t watch them!
June 12, 2009
I can’t believe I haven’t posted since the end of April! How can that be? Life has just been rolling on by. Oldest daughter has graduated high school. She is enrolled in a local college here in town and has already started taking one class online. We are thrilled that she has a plan and is pursuing it!
We are also very thrilled that Heather and Holly passed their last year of TAKS in school so NO MORE TAKS for us. If you aren’t from Texas you won’t understand the stress relief this is. You can be a straigh A student, not pass the TAKS test and not be able to graduate from high school so this is great news for us. Heather didn’t pass the math part last year so we were a little worried. Not only did she pass the math this year, she was commended lol. Yay!!!
Hubby has started a new job that will be better fit for him and closer to the amount of money he was making before so this is a good thing for all of us. The only drawback is that it’s over an hour away, which I know for most people that’s nothing but it will be an adjustment for him because he’s always worked within 15 minutes of his job. We are just very thankful that he was hired with this company, no matter where it is!
By the way, Heather is in the red shirt and Holly in the black and white.
My daycare is doing well. I have the same two little boys but my little baby girl is spending the summer with her Mom, who is a school nurse, but she will be back in the fall. I know this because she is paying to hold her spot so that is a blessing for me. I am watching another 3 year old boy a couple of days a week which is also a blessing because it gives my current 3 year old a playmate.
On a sad note I found out last week that my younger brother passed away from melanoma. I really don’t have any other details than that because we weren’t close and hadn’t spoken to each other in more than 15 years. No hard feelings or anything, we just didn’t have a typical brother/sister relationship. We hadn’t lived in the same house since I was about 9 and once I was 16 he moved away and we had next to no contact with each other through the years. However I was sad to hear of his passing, especially given the fact he was only 36 years old.
So that’s my life as of late. I’ve got a few quilting projects I am working on but nothing really to share yet. I’m hoping to find some time to get something, anything finished lol!
April 29, 2009
The Love Quilt is done!!! I used two Flirtations charm packs from Moda and then bought solid red, brown, pink and natural muslin to box around the squares. The backing is solid natural muslin and then a row of the other colors for that extra little pretty :-)
And because I love him so :-) It looks a little misshapen but it lays much flatter in real life.
Not too crazy about the binding as I think the print is too large and would have looked better with smaller dots but I’m leaving it. I actually hand stitched the binding down instead of doing the decorative stitch that I usually do and I was happy with how that turned out.
April 8, 2009
or is everyone having a hard time blogging these days? Is it the weather or what? I want to post something everyday but am hard pressed to find anything worthwhile to talk about.
Life is rolling along gently and that’s a good thing. Oldest daughter is winding down her senior year with prom, banquets and she had her final drill team show this past week-end. She’s bottom row, middle.
And not that you can tell who she is from this photo, I just think it looks cool!
I could post many more but I won’t bore you lol.
March 31, 2009
After being laid off for the last 4 months, hubby finally got the official word that his company is shutting down. He has already been working at another job for several weeks now but it’s still a bit of a let down. I can’t say that we were all that surprised by the news but of course disappointed because we had hoped that they would eventually start production again. Oh well, what can you do? At least by telling the employees they can now get their severance packages so that is a good thing. Hubby had only been there 8 years but the majority of the employees have been there 20 to 30 years so they will get a very nice package plus there were several out there that are ready to retire anyway so this is good news for them. They get their severance package and their pension. I’m glad this is good for some people :-)
Uugh, I’ve had a nasty cold the last few days. As a matter of fact, I took yesterday off and I haven’t done that since
March 25, 2009
I found this over at Kate’s blog and thought I would give it a try too.
Your simply Google the words “unfortunately” and your name and take the first sentence of the search results.
1. Unfortunately, Marla needs training not to jump on people.
2. Unfortunately, Marla’s kitty buddy Skeddie, passed away this week.
3. Unfortunately, Marla’s did not survive in Alhambra. It closed early in 2007.
4. Unfortunately for Marla, she may have gotten a little too much inspiration from Nicky’s dossier.
5. Unfortunately, Marla was killed in an accident about seven years ago.
6. Unfortunately, Marla’s life was tragically cut short when she died in a suicide bomb attack in April 2005 at the age of 28.
7. Unfortunately, Marla was voted off the very next week.
8. Unfortunately, Marla was plain in appearance and socially timid.
9. Unfortunately, Marla fell down an elevator shaft in the Seegram Building in October 1997 and was killed.
10. Unfortunately Marla was admited to hospital yesterday which has put a dampner on the end of sojourn events.
Kate listed 20 statements and I was going to, thinking this would be funny but UNFORTUNATELY, “Marla” seems to attract an awful lot of bad luck so we’ll just leave it at 10 and apparently be thankful that I’m still alive!
March 23, 2009
I don’t mean to wish time away but I will say that I am looking forward to not having to deal with school issues. Thankfully we have had very, very little things come up over the girls’ school career but when they do, I don’t like having to deal with it.
Heather has been taking a ceramics class this year. She liked it a lot at first but after a few weeks she was not that into it. She did tell me the teacher was very cool and she liked him. That basically translated into he didn’t really care what the kids did as long as they didn’t bother him. How do I know this is true? Heather stopped attending his class, opting to go hang out in her twin sister’s class instead on those days, and not once was she counted absent. She even told me that she wasn’t going and that he never checked roll anyway. I told her she had better be careful and whatever counsequences she received if she got caught was on her. She’s 17, what can I say? Of course I told her she needs to do the right thing and go but she’s going to do what she wants and be honest, if you could skip a class and still make a 100 in there, wouldn’t you? I am serious about the 100 grade. She’s made it every single grade period and also on a final exam that she wasn’t even there to take!
Like I said, Heather liked the teacher and thought he was cool. She said all he did was sit in his office and talked to other students that would come hang out in there with him and listen to Bob Marley. She also told me that he asked her if the ceramic turtle she made was high because he had red eyes. Go figure! LOL! I think that’s an innappropriate thing to say to a student but that’s his business. It didn’t offend me but it does make me think he’s not very smart but whatever.
Several weeks ago I got a call from the teacher of the class that Heather has been hanging out in instead of her own. She wanted me to k now that Heather is always in there and was I aware of that. I told her yes, that I did know and I would tell her to start going to her own class and for her to call me if she showed back up in there. She asked me where she was supposed to be and I told her. She found it very interesting that not once was she ever counted absent for not being in there. I told her it was interesting that she was making a 100 for her grade. Apparently the teacher went and told on the other teacher because now Heather is failing. She’s actually attending the class and failing!
Of course I want to tell this teacher that I know all about him not checking roll and passing her anyway but I don’t want to make too many waves since she has to be in there for the rest of the year. He and I have exchanged a few emails about her grade and what she needs to do so I think for now that’s about all I can do. There’s so much more that I want to do but for now I think treading lightly and dropping subtle hints to him that I know what the real deal is will be enough to at least let her pass the class. Only one year after this of having to worry about teachers anyway :-)