Friday, March 23, 2012

Kevin's Christmas Lap Quilt

This week has been a stressful week. It has rained almost continuously since Monday afternoon. We did have a few hours break yesterday and today so far. It rained most of the night, though. So of course it is way too wet to do anything outside.
 Last week a deer ran into the side of the car while Kevin was coming home from work. It is dented, but we will live with dents. Hopefully the crazy deer survived. I am thankful my sweetie was not hurt and no significant damage was done to the car.
This week, the driver's side front wheel bearing went out of our car. Our only other vehicle is an old, old pickup that is on its last legs and drinks gas like nobody's business. Kevin was able to take the old truck and get the car parts. When I went to bed Wednesday night, I prayed to God to just give us a couple hours of sunshine and no winds on Thursday morning, so we could get the work done on the car. It costs us at least $20  day when Kevin has to drive the pickup to work. We got up Thursday morning, to lovely sunshine and calm winds. We got the bearing thingy put on in less than 2 hours. As we were putting the tools up, we noticed that the wind was really picking up and the clouds were once again rolling in. Our God is so amazing! He gave me exactly what I asked for. (big grin)
Yesterday and today has been spent trying to figure out some of mom's paperwork. Evidently some of it got lost in the mail. (Either that or she misplaced it. Don't know which.) She was about to lose a bunch of her benefits. I am so thankful to my sister-in-law, Gina, for going and taking care of this for mom when I just couldn't right now. (Big sigh) Maybe life is going to calm down for me now. I sure hope so. I have been too stressed to even sew any. Not good.
Anyway, I figured I'd better share pictures of Kevin's Christmas Quilt that he didn't get till the end of Feb. LOL Here it is.
Please do not look too closely at the intersections. LOL I bought those 5" charms at Walmart. It was in a pack or 100 precuts. Hmm, I had Kevin help me lay them out in what he thought was a pleasing look. I never even thought to measure these squares. I just picked them up and sewed away. LOL Well, they are definitely not cut square. Once I figured that out, I almost just put the whole project away, but Kevin really liked these fabrics, so I continued on. He said he didn't care if the squares didn't all meet just right. I bought some extra fabric for borders and finished it . No way I was going to rip all those squares out, trim them, and sew them back together.  So be aware if you buy one of those $10 packs of 100 precut 5" charms from Walmart, they are not all cut true.
I had thought about trying to machine quilt it, but decided that would be more work than hand quilting it. LOL It would have helped if I had not gotten bored with it. That is why it took me so long to finish. All those similar fabrics and quilting 'X's just got boring after a while. Sorry no pictures of Kevin holding it. He would rather have a tooth pulled than get his picture taken. LOL But Callie sure gave her approval. This was within minutes of finishing it. LOL
Here is the back of it with Callie and Aeris both laying on it. I think Kevin had been laying on the bed, using it. When he got up he just threw it off himself. Didn't take our ladies long to find it. LOL
Well, that is it for today. Thank you for visiting. Please come again.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

I had a birthday!

Yes I did.  It was Mar. 2nd and I had a good time. Kevin took that day off to spend it with me. The first thing we did was go look at John Deere mowers. Yep! We bought a mower on my birthday. Does that mean it is mine? LOL I will definitely be using it. It was delivered last Wednesday. Kevin is seriously in love. LOL He has been mowing up a storm all weekend. I took pictures before we got it all dirty.
Please excuse the mess behind it. That will soon all be cleaned up. Am I the only one who slacks during the winter and lets trash pile up? Then I have to spend several days in the spring to get the mess cleaned up. Oh well. I guess I need the extra exercise. LOL
I am so glad that we decided to go with our local dealership. We had planned to go to Lowes, but decided to check out the local dealer. This is an upgrade from what we had planned to get, but Kevin loves it and we had the extra money, so we went with it. They even delivered it for free. Also, we helped a company in our own county and added tax money to our area. (grin) Kevin worked lots of overtime to save the money for this mower. I am so happy that he is so happy! (grin)

I received a couple of packages from some wonderful friends for my birthday. First I received this from Bren.
This is a fat eighth bundle of Stonehenge, a desk top needle threader (Bren knew I needed this.) and a gorgeous needle book that she made for me. Look what I found when I opened it up.
These are stork scissors. Aren't they the cutest scissors ever?
Here is the backside of the needle book. I happen to know that Bren struggled with making this. I am so proud of it. Thank you, so much, my dear friend. You know I love everything.
By the way, the background you see is Kevin's Christmas lap quilt that I finally finished for him. I'll share more of it next time.

I also received a wonderful package from my sweet friend Cyndi. Look what she made me.
Sorry for the bad picture. Cyndi did a great job on this pin cushion and thread catcher. I have already used it and it works great. Maybe this picture shows the color a little bit better. It is such cute fabric.
Inside the thread catcher, Cyndi tucked a charm pack each of Urban Cowgirl and Rouenneries Deux. These are both from Moda and just gorgeous. Thank you, so much Cyndi. Even after all you have gone through this year, you still remembered me. It means a lot.

Well, I guess that is enough for now. I have been so busy. I have lots to share, but better hadn't load any more pictures on here. Don't want Blogger to have a hissy. I am working on several BOMs. I am getting ready to sandwich Raggedy Annie and Friends. I am going to quilt it with Perle cotton using the big stitch method. Kind of excited to be trying something new. I have lots to do outside. Spring is here! Spring is here! It is so glorious to wake up in the morning and hear the birds singing.  We have ordered our chicks and Kevin decided he wanted some ducks. So I have my duckling order all ready to go. Oh my gosh! They are not cheap! Oh well, I got what he wanted. (grin) We have the garden started.  I have started a new way of eating. I read about pink slime added to our hamburger. Hmmm, can't seem to eat any since then. LOL So I'll show you my solution in a later post. LOL Isaiah and Madison visited. Of course I took pictures. (grin)  Now don't you just love how I am teasing you all. You will have to come back to my blog to see what I'm talking about. LOL Now it is bedtime. Thank you for visiting. Please come again. Everyone have a wonderful start to your week.

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