Sunday, August 18, 2013

We Moved!!

We moved a little over a two weeks ago, 12 miles from our previous house.  It really has been an ordeal.  After returning from a fun filled weekend at Sew South in March, the process of purchasing this house began.  We put our first offer in on April 1st and that should have been a clue as to what a joke this whole process would be.
Buying a bank owned home takes patience.  Our wonderful real estate agent, Jean, warned us it wasn’t going be easy.  We have admired this home since it was built in 2005 as it’s down the street from two different sets of friends and their families.  When it finally became available to look at after the second owner let it go back to the bank, we were disgusted with what shape it was in.   They took everything that could be taken out of the house and left what was broken.  Let’s just say they allowed having all of their animals use the house as a place to go to the bathroom.  That should give you all an idea what the house smelled and looked like.  We went back and forth with the bank on our offers so many times and they finally caved in on May 14th and took our offer. We really felt that they realized they'd never get another offer with what shape this house was in.   My husband and I knew what it looked like while the first owners lived in it and we knew we could eventually get back to that shape.  It would just take some time and money.  Well, I have to say it doesn’t smell or look like it did back on July 3rd when we took ownership.  It did take a month of labor, sweat and lots of different companies coming in to repair our new home so that it was livable.  We still have lots to do but we can live in it and work on projects one room at a time.

The first thing we did was have the pool opened up by our local swimming pool company.  My good friend Cathy (one of my new neighbors and also a friend for over 12 years) and I just sat and watched all day as they opened the pool, drained it, and filled it back up.  It wasn’t a pretty sight and it smelled like sewage as it had not been opened up in over 3 years. 

Wish I could go swimming but as I mentioned in my last post about my ankle fracture, I won't be swimming in this pool until next year.  Thank you for all the well wishes on the last post and on IG.

Have a great Sunday!


Monday, August 12, 2013

I'm back

I started writing a blog post on Saturday that I was going to post on Sunday but my plans took a major turn around noon.

The post was about our big move, the story behind our house and the opening of our pool.

Yesterday my husband and I were taking the last load of stuff out of our old house and loading it on a trailer.  While walking down the ramp on the trailer I slipped and fell on my ankle.  My ankle has a spiral fracture and now I'm in a splint cast.  Good news that I do not need surgery.  Bad news is that I'm in a cast for 8 weeks. I should be in a walking cast in about 7 to 10 days.

Isn't that the ugliest ankle you've ever seen!  That is my sweet hubby talking to the nurse.

My husband left today for a business trip to Hawaii for a quick 4 days so my mom is here helping me out.  I had big plans for this week like opening sewing boxes and somewhat organizing my new sewing room.  So for the ladies that I owe blocks to, I promise ill get them done.  

I hope I can still go to the Sewing Summit in September.

Fun times ahead!


Sunday, June 30, 2013

A Quilt for Oklahoma

After the horrific tornadoes in Oklahoma last month, my friend Di mentioned that she was making a quilt for the Oklahoma Modern Quilt Guild to for the quilt drive they put together. They are asking for quilts of any size, gently used or new.  I was in the middle of making two quilts for Hands 2 Help and realized I could easily make a third quilt.

This is the second time I've made this quilt using Denyse Schmidt fabric.  This time around I did not rotate the blocks.  If you need a super easy fast quilt, I really recommend this quilt pattern.

Size: 42" x 55"
Quilt Pattern: Happy Blocks by Adrianne
Fabric: A stash assortment by: Denyse Schmidt
Pieced and Quilted by: me

Wishing you a great week!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Hands 2 Help - Quilt #2

H2H 2013 logo

I made two quilts this year for Hands2Help that Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict organizes each year.   The first one is going to Happy Chemo and my second one is going to Quilts Beyond Borders.

I came across this super easy and very fast pattern "Happy Blocks" from Adrianne at Little Blue Bell.  

Size: 42" x 55"
Quilt Pattern: Happy Blocks by Adrianne
Fabric: A stash assortment by: Denyse Schmidt
Pieced and Quilted by: me

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Hands 2 Help

H2H 2013 logo

This is my 3rd year making a quilt for Hands 2 Help coordinated by Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

I'm donating two this year, one for each of the organizations that Sarah has picked for 2013.

As soon as I signed up in March, I knew I wanted to use charms that I have collected from all the charm swaps that I have participated in.   I searched all my patterns and books and found the perfect pattern in my new book that I bought on Amazon.

Rainbow Stash Buster by Megan Jimenez

I love this book and have planned 3 different quilts from this book.  If you don't have it, this is a must have book to own.  I love to buy books that have quilts that have been made from people that I know or have met. 

Here is my version of the above quilt that I am made.


I'll be sending this quilt to Emily who organizes Happy Chemo.   Happy Chemo is an organization that provides quilts and comfort for chemo patients. They also collect up and provide information about freebies and discounts that may be of use to chemo patients. Emily has been championing this cause for a while, and has set a goal of providing 1500 quilts to Happy Chemo. She’s already donated nearly 600 quilts.

I'll be posting in a few days the second quilt that I'm donating as soon as my mom finishes the binding.  Yes, my mom loves to do all my binding.

2011 Hands 2 Help

2012 Hands 2 Help 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Neutral or Not Bee

Last year I was part of the Neutral or Not Bee.   When all of the granny square quilts were popping up all over the web, I knew that would be the perfect block for my bee pals to make.  When it came time for my month, I shipped out assorted Denyse Schmidt fabric for all of them to make me the Granny Square block.

Thank you to my Neutral or Not Bee group and my mom who so kindly made the additional blocks to get me to 25 blocks.

I haven't kept a quilt that I've made in a few years, so this quilt is staying home!

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Our Youngest on Vacation

Our youngest flew to Ireland with her best friend for vacation.  Her dad and I sent her a care package a couple of weeks ago so that she'd have it before she left the country.

I made her this little coin purse using the "Coin Purse UR Priceless" pattern on  Her dad and I had some Euro from a previous trip and decided to fill this little coin purse with Euro coins and bills.  We couldn't have her arrive in a foreign country with out the current currency could we?

The next item in her package was this Dirty Drawers Travel Laundry Bag.

The above pouch turns into this bag once you unzip it and pull the inside out.

I tested the pattern for my new friend Trina whom I met at the Sew South Retreat.  The instructions are very well written and she has pictures for most of the steps.  You should know how to install a zipper.  Please go to to buy this pattern.  I'll be making more of these bags for my friends and family who travel.

Have a great day!