Saturday, April 28, 2012

Horses For The Ladies

My friend Julia sent me some wonderful patriotic panels. I had made a few of the Moda One star blocks and decided to see what I could do with both of them. I am finally feeling confident enough to branch out from patterns to do things on mine own. This will be donated to our local Veterans Home for the Ladies Section.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

How Did We Survive??????

Those of You Born 1930 - 1979

At the end of this Email is a quote of the month by Jay Leno.. If you don't read anything else, PleaseRead what he Said. Very well stated, Mr. Leno

. TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's! First, we survived being born to mothers Who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, Tuna from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, Locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode Our bikes, we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads. As infants & children, We would ride in cars with no car seats, No booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes. Riding in the back of a pick-up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

 We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, From one bottle and no one actually died from this. We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon.. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And, we weren't overweight. WHY? Because we were always outside playing...that's why! We would leave home in the morning and play all day, As long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And, we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps And then ride them down the hill, only to find out We forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem. We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, No video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, No cell phones, No personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms. WE HAD FRIENDS And we went outside and found them!

 We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth And there were no lawsuits from these accidents. We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, And the worms did not live in us forever. We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, Made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, Although we were told it would happen, We did not put out very many eyes. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and Knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just Walked in and talked to them. Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal With disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law Was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! These generations have produced some of the best Risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever. The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

 If YOU are one of them? CONGRATULATIONS! You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good . While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were. Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it ?

 The quote of the month is by Jay Leno: "With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of swine flu and terrorist attacks. Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Group Effort for Quilts Of valor

Here is another quilt made from blocks from friends. These blocks come from a very talented quilter in Oklahoma----thanks Vicki. These go together fairly quickly and are really fun to play with. I am STILL trying to get my big Janome repaired so I needed to put the binding on using a walking foot on my smaller machine.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Another Quilt Of Valor

Here is another quilt that was just waiting for the binding. I sewed these strips to a thin square of fabric. I did not like now thick some of the seams were when quilting it. I will use paper from now on. I do like the gold in the middle.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Next in the lineup

I saw this pattern on a website and figured out how to do it. It is strip piecing on paper. The intersections got thick tho and I think this will be a quilt I do not make again. I do love how it looks though. Afghanistan bound.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Backlog Of Quilts

My Janome 6600 has been out of order for quite sometime. I was waiting for it to be repaired so I could bind my quilts but decided to just do it on my smaller machine with a walking foot. I do my bindings totally by machine for strength and fast application.

Each day I will put up one new quilt. This quilt is made from blocks sent to me from online friends. I just put on sashing, borders and then quilt them. MUCH quicker than having to make the blocks.

This will be sent off to Afghanistan for one of our wounded military,