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Quilt Qua

Quilt Qua

This is a new site developed by Connie Colten and my blog can be found in the quilting blogs listing.  Qua is defined as…(in the character of or capacity of). It’s a compilation of all things quilty.  You can check it out here.  Come back and let me know what you think.  I think it’s going to be a great place for inspiration and information.

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Doodle Day - Butterfly

Doodle Day - Butterfly

I didn’t doodle any dragonflies but this is a rough rendition of the wall hanging completed for my son and his wife last Christmas. ..

butterfly wallhanging 12.08 resize

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My dad passed away more than 10 years ago. Admittedly, we weren’t very close.  We never shared those little talks that fathers and daughters share on television or in the movies.  To be perfectly honest, I was afraid of him.  I never wanted to make him mad at me so I just did what I was told and didn’t ask questions.  That has carried forward with me, making me somewhat of a rug in certain situations and relationships.

I don’t think I ever told him “thank you” for the time he spent in the Navy serving this country .  He crossed the equator and the international date line several times.  I have beautiful documents commemorating these occasions.  I don’t know much more about what he did then.  Once when going through some of his memorabilia, I came across the telegram he received advising him that his father had passed away.  I can only imagine how difficult it was for him to be out in the ocean somewhere, away from friends and family, receiving such news via telegram.

He is buried in the veteran’s cemetary in Denver, CO along with his brother, who died several years prior to him.

My photos are packed away as I prepare to make my move in the coming weeks.  Maybe when I’m settled I can find my favorite, him standing next to the lake with a big string of fish, and get it posted.

I know it’s late, but “Thank you, Dad, for the sacrifices you made in an effort to keep this country, our country, my country free.”  I miss you, I love you, I wish I had said it more often.

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Debord Falls, Frozen Head State Park, TN

Debord Falls, Frozen Head State Park, TN

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It’s always amazing how quickly time passes when I look back, seems like I was just having babies.  Beautiful Ella was born one year ago today, early in the morning.  She was about one month early but her mom was on bed rest for the previous month, so she could have been much earlier.  They live about 2 1/2 hours south of me so I don’t get to see her as often as I would like but mom and dad are very good about visiting regularly.

I love being a grandmother much more than I ever thought possible.  She is truly the apple of my eye and I enjoy watching her grow so much.  I know any grandmothers out there reading this understand exactly what I’m saying.  I’m looking forward to her next visit.

Ella contemplating her cake

Ella contemplating her cake

She was very subdued with the cake and didn’t make much of a mess.  I think she preferred the feel of it rather than the taste.  Plus I think she was getting tired, she had that “deer in the headlights” look.

Greg and Ella opening her quilt

Greg and Ella opening her quilt

She didn’t enjoy opening gifts very much but she did enjoy playing with the tissue paper.  Her dad was excited about the quilt and the fact that it was designed for her to carry around.  I hope that she drags it around with her to the point of destruction.

I will be making her mom a quilt sometime in the not too distant future, one with butterflies.  I’m still collecting fabrics, much easier to find than bee fabrics.  Ella will get another little quilt to go with her mom’s when the time comes.

Ella Bella, Belle of the Ball, happy First Birthday beautiful girl.  It’s only the beginning of a beautiful life!!  I love you.

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Ella Bella's Funky Monkeys

Ella Bella's Funky Monkeys

Just in the nick of time.  I completed Ella’s quilt around 1:00 in this afternoon.  Her birthday party is tomorrow so I was cutting it pretty close.  I have mentioned previously in this blog that her quilt was actually a companion quilt to the one I’m making for her dad.  He loves sock monkeys, which I just recently discovered, so I made him a quilt using sock monkey fabrics.  Her quilt was made using one of each of the monkey fabrics in her dad’s quilt, along with some black and whites that I had.  Unfortunately, her dad’s quilt is still at the LA quilters but since it was her birthday, I gave her the one made for her so I guess that will make her dad’s the companion quilt.  He doesn’t know that he is getting one so I couldn’t even till him the story.

The back of Ella's quilt

The back of Ella's quilt

Ella Bella's Funky Monkey label

Ella Bella's Funky Monkey label

quilting patterns completed on DSM

quilting patterns completed on DSM

I’m especially proud of this quilt as it was completely my design, inspired by Project Improv.  I traced the patterns onto some iron-on paper and did all of the quilting on my DSM.  The biggest problem is pulling out all of the paper once the quilting is completed; very time consuming! One of these days I will attempt the quilting completed freehand.  I just have to work up my courage and not worry about ruining anything.

This is the first quilt that has been my own creation but I made a small wallhanging years ago that was also my own design, made from some leftovers from one of my first wallhangings.

Leftovers Again

Leftovers Again

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Finally, after 7 months on the market, I have a contract on my condo.  The offer was less than I had hoped but I can’t expect too much since I’m selling at the bottom of the worst recession in decades.  I’m actually quite excited that there is any contact.  The home inspection has been completed and went well.  I am waiting for the Radon test results.  Since I don’t have a cellar/basement and the condo is constructed on a slab above ledge, I feel fairly confident that everything will be satisfactory.  As long as she secures financing, it should be smooth sailing until the closing on June 25.

That gives me more than a month to move but I have no idea where to begin.  I spin around in circles trying to decide what to pack first.  I have been waiting to be sure that everything was falling into place before packing much but I have to get started!  Part of the problem is knowing that there are things I have to get rid of; things for Goodwill, things to Freecycle or eBay and finally, things to move to Bill’s.  The other problem is knowing that we are trying to fit two houses of furniture and belongings into one house and there isn’t much extra room.  I keep telling myself that it will all work out and I’m sure it will.

With only 121 days left until I plan to retire I have accomplished a few more things at work for the last time.  I’m a little remiss in making note of these but here they are…

online training: scheduled to be finished the middle of March but it was completed by the end of April.  This is about 17 classes that we read through online and then take a test.  It is very boring and nearly puts one to sleep.  I would prefer to listen to a real, live instructor but I learn something new each time.

CPR recertification: done every two years but I may decide to keep this up to date.  After all, knowing CPR for those you love never goes out of style.

forestry training:  this was completed today by No. 1 pond.  We layed out several hundred feet of hoseline to check out a new hose bag and the proper way to deploy it.  We also started and ran some of the smaller portable pumps.  After lunch we did some hose testing on one of the forestry engines.

forestry/brush fire season:  this usually ends when things turn green.  There were several serious fires this spring but luckily I was not on duty.

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