Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Becky's Sue Bonnett Sue and Celia's generosity

Counting down the days, by the time you read this it will be less than 48 hours and all of my sisters should be here. (Now that I have just put that in writing.... I am sure someone will be delayed somewhere).

So this post is being scheduled in advance to post on Tuesday.

This week I want to show you our latest finished quilt.

This is Becky's Sue Bonnett Sue quilt.   You can read more about the quilt and Becky


If that link doesn't work it is the August 3rd, 2013 post.

Here the quilt is finished:

Isn't it pretty!  It is going to look great on one of the beds at the center.

I wanted to show you a close up of the Sue Bonnett Sue blocks.

Each block is hand appliqued on a white block using 2 polka  dot fabrics.  Sometimes the coordinating fabric was just a white with a coordinating colored polka dot.  Like the center picture.  The hat and ruffle on the dress are white with little green dots.

Celia completed the binding on this quilt for me.  I am so blessed that she is so generous with her time and talents.  Without her and my other binding fairies, there would be a pile of UFO's.

So once again THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH  Miss Celia!  You are truly appreciated.

I did not get two quilts quilted this past week, but I am going to bind the last two small quilts over the next couple of evenings.

Enjoy the cooler weather everyone!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

T- 8 days

My mind is running a hundred miles per minute.  I am now 8 days until my sisters start arriving.  That would be FIVE of them, and they are visiting for 1 to 2 weeks.  Three are staying with me, the other two in a hotel.

The last two weeks I have been busy with cleaning.  My dear husband is staying clear so as not to be assigned a task.

On the fourth of July I spent part of my day vacuuming my drapes.  When I told my sister Kellie, actually I told her in a text, her and her husband had a good laugh on me.  Yesterday she told me that when she read the text she got an immediate image of an old I Love Lucy episode.  An I Love Lucy marathon would be a pretty good description of my life the last couple of weeks.

My new mantra is that it will all be worth it once I get to spend time with them all...

The only room I really haven't cleaned is the quilt room.  That is on the agenda for this week.  Kellie is going to be staying in there....so I need to get everything put away.

This last week I did manage to get a couple of small quilts quilted for Iowa Comfort.  I hope to get a couple more of the small ones done this week.   So if I have any binding fairies out there, I would appreciate it.

Another one of my fairies brought me a big bag of chopped up fabric for doggie beds.  

I 'll show you that in a future post..... but she had someone give her pillowcases for the center. (they didn't want their names to be posted on the blog)

Here is the bag they came to me in.

  All of the pictures above are of matched sets of pillowcases.

The center really likes it when they can get matched sets for the family beds.

We have a Barney and Daffy pillowcase.

Then we have an NFL, basketball and hockey pillowcase.

Here are two bear themed cases.... although I am sure the intended recipients will be very different!

Four more single cases of various themes.

All in all this donation contained 26 pillowcases for the center.  I know they will appreciate them.  They go through 75 to 100 each year.  Each resident receives a new pillow upon entering the center... and with our donations they keep the pillow and pillowcase when they leave the center. 

We can still use pillowcases....so if your stash has some fabric in it that you now are wondering why you ever bought it. Come on I know you know what I am talking about.  Consider making a pillowcase for the center.  You can drop them off at Adel Quilting and Dry Goods if that is convenient for you.

Okay it is time for me to go put some stuff away in the quilt room.

Have a great week and stay cool!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Feeling Guilty

Yep this post is late.  Which I hate.  The problem is that I have been really lazy the last couple of weeks.  Well not really, but something had to be moved to the back burner and unfortunately Iowa Comfort is what got moved there.

If you follow the blog you know that I have 5 (yes count them 5) sisters flying in from California and Alaska.  They start arriving 2 weeks from tomorrow.  3 are staying for a week the other 2 for 2 weeks.

To say that I am in overdrive would be an understatement.  My mind will not shut off, I keep thinking of ways to entertain them.... I mean really they are coming to Iowa from the beautiful landscape of Alaska and California.  Iowa the landscape of corn and soybeans....and livestock.

The first week is planned with trips to the Amana colonies, wine tasting tours, a memorial service for my Dad at Iowa Veterans cemetery, some grave stomping, the Madison County Bridges and John Wayne's museum, the Des Moines farmers market and a family BBQ, and even  a day of fabric organization.

To lighten my load my awesome hubby contacted Merry Maids to do a deep clean for me, allowing me to focus on the fun stuff.  Let's just say that the last week has been spent with me cleaning.  I just about have it done, but I have a couple of major projects that still need to be done this week.

I am still working on me also.  And between two hours on the treadmill and the deep cleaning.  Quilting and genealogy hasn't gotten much time.  that reminds me I still need to clean the quilting room so sister Kellie can have that room doing her visit. 

I am going to try to get a couple of the Iowa comfort tops quilted this week.  Not sure if it will happen but it is on the schedule.

Hopefully life will be normal when August rolls around.  Right now I am going to enjoy my sisters and the ride, and try not to beat myself up to bad. Hope you all understand.

Enjoy the week, and the holiday.