Sunday, February 10, 2013

On There...Two words I wish I could hear again

It's been a while, I know.  Things happen and things change.    Several months ago I started a Saturday sampler that I wanted to make for my grandma.  I had just learned to machine applique, and my first  project was a flower dog.  It looks a lot like Sassy, my grandparents' dog way, way, way back when I was little (Okay, okay. I still am little. I meant way, way, way back when I was young).

Last month Grandma passed.  She never got to see the quilt I was making for her.  She didn't even know about it.  Now it is a quilt in honor and memory of her.  I changed my ideas for it, and have decided to make it the most intense quilt I have ever done.

Here is the main part of Sassafras...



Each of the eight blocks under it will have to do with dogs or with Sassy, in particular.

Here is Block 1 of 8...


I miss my grandparents very much.  I never got to meet my mom's dad.  I lost my Grandpa when I was 12.  Now I have lost both my grandmothers within 6 months of each other.  This quilt will channel my grief in a productive manner and hopefully be as beautiful as all my grandparents deserve.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Kindred Spirit

Nona, I am happy you are in a better place.

I love you so much.

You will always be in my heart.

I will miss seeing your smile and miss hearing your stories.

Most of all I wish you all the peace you can find.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

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Melissa is still on the Injured Reserve list for FNSI and i told her that i would type up a post for her ... so ... prepare yourself for minimal punctuation, missing capital letters, slang, and sentences ending with prepositions...

i started by asking her exactly what it was that she was doing last night whilst Sven Thorson and i were slaving away on the OTR trees ... ahem ... after coming down from her high horse, she showed me the stack of presents that she wrapped with absolutely no help from me...

wait for it...

think these will fit in Santa's sleigh?!?
aren't those just the cutest things?!? she wrapped each present that she and i are giving this year to resemble Santa's middle ... the pictures don't do them justice ... and you can't see the big blue tote that is filled with smaller presents ... lots of them ... i humbly bow to her present-wrapping prowess ... i am a present-wrapping slacker ... i used to love to wrap gifts in red foil paper with huge white satin bows and hand-made ornaments adorning them ... but then crankiness set in and now people are lucky if i remember to take off the price tag before i shove whatever the gift is back into the store's bag and throw it at them ... after all, it's the thought that counts, innit?!?

she also worked on some scrapbook pages, but i am not allowed to see them cuz they are surprises for my plentieth birthday ... sheesh

well ... i guess that's all i have to say about that
xoxo,
dianne
i dunno ... do you think she will ever ask me to post for her again?!?

Saturday, December 10, 2011

FNSI Injury Report...

Yet again FNSI has taken a turn for the bloody for me. This time it was in the form of a severe, vicious, malicious, heinous, cruel paper cut.

I decided to get to work on the ONE thing mom asked for for her birthday. A scrapbook. Scrapbooking sounded harmless enough and I was ready to get my butt in gear. Just after finishing the first page the curse of FNSI struck me yet again with a very deep blood-pouring paper cut on my left ring finger.


Tombstone's Doc Holiday played by LuLu!!!
I was actually watching the very bloody scene when Morgan dies when the injury occurred.


I bandaged myself up and got back to work. After all, it was just a flesh wound. All in all, I got 9 pages done and in her book. Just 2 more and I am good to go.

On a lighter note I would like to relate a nice little story that happened today. Mom and I were out shopping. We were paying for our stuff when an Eagles Christmas song came on the speakers.

Hey mom - it's the Eagles!

No, it's not.

Yes, it is. It's Don singing. Ya know - the drummer.

How do you know this stuff?!? You're just weird.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

It's All Fun And Games...

Until Someone Gets Poked.

For FNSI I decided to work on a couple of things (at least that was the plan).

I worked on my Northern Lights BOM blocks for this month.



Then tragedy struck. On the very last seam the now bloody U-Turn pin jabbed into my bird finger and dangled there as I writhed in severe pain.

After the blood stopped gooshing out, I came to the conclusion that what I wanted to work on was not a good idea.

I was going to put the naming square on A Chip Off the Old Bark. That's right!!! It's quilted and bound!!! I figured that my finger had enough of sharp pointy objects for the day.




I love the quilting. Thank you, Liz!!! You did a great job!!!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

From Fall to Winter in One Night!!!

For FNSI I wanted to work on something I already had started.


I really like how bright they are and am so happy they are put together. Thank you mom for figuring out the block!!!

Since I finished the Northern Lights blocks for the BOM I had to choose something else to work on.

I decided to keep working on my Wintergraphix quilt I started last weekend. It has a lot of paper piecing and it's taking a while.


It's still in pieces but they are starting to take shape.

Mom and I listened to the Eagles first. I had to pick their first greatest hits CD because mom like the songs she knows and can sing along. Then we listened to James Taylor's greatest hits. When that CD finished it was just in time for Monk to come on. We watched one episode together and then my poor little legs were tired from standing and trimming and pressing, so I stopped to watch more TV, Nikita and Supernatural, and work on a puzzle I started a while back.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Disorder and Confusion Everywhere!!!

A few months ago Mom and I purchased the Ghastlies. I got mine in white and orange. I didn't know what I was going to do, but I had a good feeling about it.

I have never designed my own quilt before, feeling that I didn't have the skills and, most importantly, the patience to get all the pieces to fit together. I put off drafting a pattern until I had all the fabric. So after I got them, I sat down and spent an entire night graphing out blocks for each of the characters I wanted to have in my quilt. I wasn't very confident about them, so I put them away for another day.

I got out the plans and the fabric a couple days ago and decided to try out my pattern. I got through the fifth block and realized I didn't have enough of the orange cats to finish the other blocks. So I had to order more and wait for the fabric. It arrived on Thursday to my delight.

For FNSI I did the last three blocks that I needed to finish to put my quilt together. As I pieced my blocks, I watched Monk (and I thought I had a lot of phobias).


Here they are all together.

Just to let everyone know, there will be sashing in between the blocks, so they won't be right next to each other. I think for not having any real plan to start with, they turned out pretty good. I am a little more confident in designing my own quilts.