30 Things: Number 7

Number 7:  What is your dream job, and why?

I would like to return to being a stay-at-home quilter/writer.  There are many quilts in my head waiting to be made, and books to be written (not all quilt related).  If only my boss would provide health insurance and vacation pay…

30 Things: Number 6

Day 6: What is the hardest thing you have ever experienced?

Most definitely, that would be losing my  mom in April of 2007.  Nothing can quite prepare you for the loss of a parent.  In some ways it was a relief, knowing that she was not longer suffering as she had done for much of her life, but mostly it was difficult because she was no longer around to talk to and be a part of my life.  

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Mom sewed most of my clothes  growing up, and she was very good at it.  When I made granddaughter Samantha’s baptismal gown out of my wedding dress, I found myself in tears many times calling out to mom with questions, sadly knowing that she wasn’t there to guide me in a very important project. 

Samantha in her gown, son Sean, daughter-in-law Kim and grandson Jacob

Alas, mom would have been so thrilled to know she had a Great Granddaughter… and almost four years later, another Great Grandson, Fischer.

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30 Things: Number 5

happyDay 5:  What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?

In no particular order…

1.  My husband.  We’ve been married 37 years now, and like many couples, sometimes it’s a bumpy road.  But I can honestly say that today, I feel closer to him than ever before.

2.  Quiet time hand quilting.  It keeps me centered, gives me peace/piece, and relaxes me.  Some people knit, some read, some take long walks, but I quilt for the serenity.

3.  My children and grandchildren. I love watching them grow and change, and cherish the time I can spend with them.

4.  I’m happy with the progress I have made since I had bariatric surgery over 2 years ago.  It’s been a difficult road, but I feel so much healthier now, and happy with myself that I have stuck to better, healthier habits.


5.  I am happy when I am at work and able to utilize my brain and the skills I have learned throughout my life… and receive affirmation that I am doing a good job.  That doesn’t always happen… but I won’t go into that here.

What makes YOU happy?

30 Things: Number 4

Day 4: List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.

1. Don’t settle for the first one that comes along.  You can do MUCH better!

2. There is no rush.  For anything.  Take your time, make up your mind, but explore your options (and have fun doing it).

3. Travel.  More.  By yourself.  With friends.  With family.  See what’s out there.

4. Cheerleaders look like they have it made.  They don’t. They are highly overrated.  And they will get fat eventually.

5. Ignore bullies.  They are nasty, mean, run at the mouth and lack class.  They probably know that already.  Just feel sorry for them and move on.

6. Spend more time with your friends.  Your good ones.  Be there for them and they will be there for you.

7. Following the crowd is weak.  Set your own high standards and let them follow you.

8. Be more observant and look around you.  Pay closer attention to details.  Soak it all in.

9. You is kind.  You is smart.  You is important.  See video link below.


10. Determine your own bucket list, but keep adding to it.  Experience life.


Do you ever leave comments on other people’s blogs?

I’m running out of ways to tell someone I love their quilt.  I find I’m using the words “beautiful, gorgeous and awesome” far too much.  Then I remembered that sometimes it’s good to visit the thesaurus.  If you’re like me, visit http://thesaurus.com/browse/beautiful?s=t  and look around.  Wow! 

Your quilt is magnificent… wonderful… impressive… majestic… dainty… heavenly… pretty… divine… and on and on.

So don’t limit yourself… Get thee to your thesaurus and expand your vocabulary!  Just don’t tell someone they have a peculiar or hairy quilt.  Some adjectives are better left alone.

30 Things: Number 3


Number 3:  Describe your relationship with your parents.

15I was adopted when I was four months old.  My adoptive parents were told they couldn’t have children after they had tried for several years.  So when they got me, they were delighted!  When Mom was 6 months old, her father died and she was placed in The Episcopal Children’s Home in Pittsburgh.  She lived there until she was 18 and out of high school.  Living there was difficult for her, and she missed out on a lot.  It wasn’t a normal upbringing, that’s for sure.  As a mother, her childhood experiences caused her to be very possessive and extremely strict.  I have always had somewhat of a rebellious personality, which often clashed with Mom’s need for control.  Mom was a great seamstress and made most of my clothes, including my prom dress.  I taught her how to quilt.

My Dad backed my Mom up on most things (it was easier), and he was also running a small business that kept him pretty busy.  Because he grew up in the Depression, he has always been very frugal (I can think of other ways to say that, but this is probably the most kind way to say it!).  Dad read to me almost every night for years.  We read the classics, fairy tales, short stories, and read many of my favorites (and his) dozens of times.  It was my favorite time of the day!

My Mom has been gone almost 6 years now, and my dad is 90 and lives near me for half of the year.  The other half finds him living in a warmer climate where my brother Bob, (who was a surprise, born when I was almost 9), keeps an eye on him. siblings

I mentioned that I was adopted… I have met my biological parents and their families…my paternal side is from Georgia, the maternal side from  Michigan.  I now know where my musical ability comes from, as well as my love for quilting (both from my paternal side!).  All totaled up, I have 4 brothers and 2 sisters… that I know of!  As my brother Michael and I joke, we never know when another sibling will pop out of the woodwork and surprise us!

It’s all good. 

30 Things: Number 2


2.  Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears.

One:  Big, hairy insects like spiders and centipedes!

I can tolerate small spiders and things like box elder bugs.  But when it comes to things that crawl fast and are furry looking, I scream like a little girl!  In the first house where Woodworker and I lived, it had an old basement that was moist at times.  So centipedes were common, and they would scoot across the floor so fast you’d think it was a mouse!   Ewwwwww!  Gave me the willies!

Two:  Drowning  

I like to swim, canoe and sail, but in the back of my mind is always the fear of drowning.  Probably I have that fear because when I was young and living at home, there were two little boys who fell through the ice on the river behind our home and drown.  That has to be the absolute worst way to go, because for a short bit, you’re aware of what is happening and know the possible outcome.  I’d rather go quickly, like being stomped by an elephant or something equally quick.

Three:  Jumping out of an airplane

I have been up in a hot air balloon, and I really enjoyed that.  I’d even do it again!   But the thought of jumping out of something with only a little pillow strapped to your back is something I can’t even comprehend.  Why would you DO that?!?!?


I hope that everyone who reads this has a very Merry Christmas!  I hope Santa was good to you, that you have surrounded yourself with family, friends and love, and that you take the time to remember WHY we have Christmas.

Thank you to all my readers, both near and far.  You are very dear to me, and greatly appreciated!

Here’s to more great quilting in 2013!

30 Things

I’ve been following Frieda’s blog for quite a while now, and today she posted a list of 30 things.  She will be responding to one item on the list every day, and challenged her friends to do the same.  Since lately, I’ve wandered from blogging very much, I thought this might be a fun way to get in some writing each day… for 30 days  Why don’t you do the same?

1. List 20 random facts about yourself.
2. Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears.
3. Describe your relationship with your parents.
4. List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.
5. What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?
6. What is the hardest thing you have ever experienced?
7. What is your dream job, and why?
8. What are 5 passions you have?
9. List 10 people who have influenced you and describe how.
10. Describe your most embarrassing moment.
11. Describe 10 pet peeves you have.
12. Describe a typical day in your current life.
13. Describe 5 weaknesses you have.
14. Describe 5 strengths you have.
15. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
16. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?
17. What is the thing you most wish you were great at?
18. What has been the most difficult thing you have had to forgive?
19. If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
20. Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.
21. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and what would you do with it first?
22. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
23. List your top 5 hobbies and why you love them.
24. Describe your family dynamic of your childhood vs. your family dynamic now.
25. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?
26. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?
27. What is your favorite part of your body and why?
28. What is your love language?
29. What do you think people misunderstand most about you?
30. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.

Here we go…

Day 1: List 20 random facts about yourself.

  1. I am a coffee drinker. 
  2. I wear socks to bed. (Hey, I’m in Michigan!)
  3. I have never been able to water ski.
  4. Hot air balloon rides are fun.  I want to do it again!
  5. I would like another dog.  I miss Gretzky, our golden retriever.
  6. If I could move anywhere, I’d like to live in Montana on the side of a mountain overlooking a stream.
  7. A month-long visit to England would be wonderful!
  8. I taught quilting at Paducah and Houston in the 1980’s.
  9. I have four chapters of a novel written.  Chapter five is just a dream.
  10. I don’t know why, but I have always loved owls.
  11. I have 6 siblings, but only one that I have lived with.
  12. I am a Geek.
  13. With an iPhone.
  14. If you locked me in a big library alone for a weekend, I would be extremely happy.
  15. I enjoy research
  16. and I love doing genealogy (my husband’s family, my adopted family, my biological family)
  17. I am a volunteer for the website www.findagrave.com
  18. I am now officially the President of the Evening Star Quilt Guild in Davison, Michigan
  19. My hubby and I just celebrated our 37th anniversary
  20. In the last 2 years, I have lost almost 150 pounds.

Would you like to participate?  Just copy the list and put it on your blog.  Then each day, do an item from the list.  I’m going down the list in order, but you are free to do it however you’d like.  For me, it’s a way to write more. If you’re going to participate, won’t you leave your blog address in the comment area below so we can follow along with you?


Quilting in December

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I have been very busy hand quilting on my Feathered Star quilt over the past few weeks! With quilting, Christmas preparations and my “quilting buddy” always taking up my lap, (see picture of Stormie the cat, left), the amount of stitching has been limited, even though I’ve been quilting about 5 evenings per week! I hope you are finding some time to stitch!


Here are a few pictures of what I’ve accomplished:


The first photo shows some little brass pins scattered around… several have been removed in this area as I was quilting.  I baste with these little pins (I’ve been doing this for over 35 years, and it works very well for me!)

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I use the blue wash out markers when the fabric is light enough.  They have never failed me!

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Here is a look at the back… it will show what I’ve done so far.

back2We had a gift exchange at work on Thursday. We drew names, and when I opened mine I was amazed! Ryan looked at my LinkedIn profile and saw that I was a quilter. He did SO well, didn’t he?!?! Thanks for the stack of fat quarters, Ryan!!!

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I’ve excited to have signed on to do a lecture and teach hand quilting for the CAMEO Quilt Guild in the Troy, Michigan area in October 2013. 

CAMEO stands for Come and Meet Each Other.

More details to come in January!

The snow has arrived in Michigan!   We haven’t had very much, but it is definitely winter now.  Here is a shot out my living room window.  Can you see three cardinals in the tree?


Wishing you and yours a

very Merry, Blessed Christmas…

wherever you are!