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Sunday, October 5, 2014

September in my Rearview


What a month it has been.  September was so full that it spilled over into October, at least the need for rest did.

Tops to Treasures quilted a record 21 quilts.

Tops to Treasures September 2014

9 of those included hand finishing, and only one of them was my own.  (That was a birthday pressent for my oldest brother...for his 50th birthday, which he celebrated 6 years ago. Thanks to my Mom for finishing the piecing.)

Sigh...love having my boy home.

I also enjoyed a visit from my Johnny!  The wonderful stinker told everyone he was coming home for the weekend, except me.  He told them and followed it by "But don't tell Mom!"  I have to say it was one of a handful of times in my life when I was actually, and joyously surprised by someone.  I couldn't resist hugging my boy every few minutes just to make sure that it was really him.


The many faces of my Noah. Happy Birthday bud!!

I celebrated my Noah's 22nd birthday this month as well.  I have no idea how he got so old, but I am delighted by his friendship.  I can't wait to see what the years have in store for him.

And I got to see my quilts, 5 that I can see in the photo, displayed in the Moda Bake Shop booth at the AQS show.

5 of my quilts playing at the AQS show with Moda Bake Shop

I finished off the month with a well deserved three days off, at a quilting retreat with my Mum, and other quilty friends.  Thanks to the fine folks at Sunset Retreats for having us.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

August in my rearview


I'm not sure that this cartoon is completely accurate....there have been moments when I was more like the toddler than like the Mom.  Yes, I do enjoy my boys that much!

August started out with a bang - I finished John's quilt!! Each red petal took about 40 minutes to create from start to finish.  There were 180 petals in the quilt.  It took two days to custom quilt.  And several hours to sew down the binding.  That doesn't include piecing the rest of the quilt.  I told John that the quilt has 147 + hours of love stitched into it.  He  needs to make it last.

Ta-done & claimed.

He helped me with the photo shoot and it took him exactly that long to get it off of the grass and over himself.   He (and it) were the first ones to leave the nest this semester.

Home Sweet dorm room.

He is now firmly rooted in the glory that is playing football for a smallish college.  Go Tigers!!

Pre season football
John is the guy on the right.
A few weeks later Noah left for his Jr. year at Angelo State University.  I didn't get to go with him to help set up his room. He sent pictures.  His room is sweet, definitely a step up from his brothers. And we took our parting shots...then went inside and cried cleaned.  (both are true).

It doesn't get any easier. Noah is off to San Angelo

Just a few days later my baby (he's 16) started preseason work for his Jr. year of high school.  Like his oldest brother, Ben enjoys being an athletic trainer.

It is hard coming to grips with the fact that my boys are going up.  It is the right thing to happen.  It is normal and good.  However, it leaves me feeling a little .... vacant.  I'm not sure how to progress with out them about.

Keeping up with my wonderful quilting friends has helped.  This month I quilted 14 quilts (John's is included in the list.)

Aug 2014 in Review

I'm slowly getting the hang of September, being a Mom taxi service again, and having a very quiet house during the day.  I might even be starting to enjoy it.

I hope you are enjoying all of the changes that September brings to your corner of the world.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

July in my rearview

After the fireworks fade there is still a lot of summer to be packed into the 31 days that are July.


Most summers we are roasting by this point and have begun our annual summer hibernation.  Not so this year.  As I write, it is overcast and raining.  The temperature is a mere 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Compared to a norm of  highs in the 90s, and our recent past summers of day after day of unrelenting 100s with little to no rain. This feels like the end of the world. In which case, I totally vote for the end of the world as I know it. Bring it on!  I've got places to be.  (Thank you God for the rain and the cool temps.  They are awesome.)

This month I got to go on a retreat with my Mom.  We joined the gang at Happiness is Quilting in McKinney, TX for a four day quilting vacation at Greenbriar Retreats.  All I can say is if you ever get a chance to go visit Judy, do it.  Don't think twice.  You will have a wonderful time.


While I was gone my boys painted my studio for me.  They erased all traces of their old game room and replaced it with a cheery place for me to sit and work.

Studio Collage

I had another pattern published on Moda Bake Shop this month!  Meet Summer Sun & Stars - pieced by my awesome Mom.


I don't know what is up next for me and the Bake Shop, but I'll be sure to keep you posted.

Tops to Treasures quilted 13 quilts this month....one of them my own.

Tops to Treasures July 2014

And I've managed, I hope, to get my two oldest sons ready to head back to college.  I am going to miss my boys, but am excited for them and their new adventures.  It will be odd to only have one boy at the dinner table...but maybe he will be able to get a word in edgewise without the competition.

Noah, Took, & John

John has declared his graduation quilt a success....he helped me take pictures of it in the yard (note how green the yard is.  This is not normal for this time of year.)  Then walked away with it....

Ta-done & claimed.

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I hope all of your quilting endeavors this past month have been received with equal enthusiasm.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Summer Sun & Stars

Summer holds a lot of happy memories for me.  I always loved school, but I also loved adventuring and hanging out with my family.  That is what summer is for.  It is for staying up late, playing outside under the stars, and relaxing on sandy beaches.

Catalina Batiks by Moda brings all of those happy memories tumbling back to me.  The only thing that would make them do it more would be if they smelled like coconut oil and salt air.

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Add to the beautiful fabric my mother's beautiful piecing - check out those wonderfully pointy points - 

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and Anne Bright's "Paisley Sun" and you get one wonderful quilt!!  AND the pattern for the quilt is now available for free on Moda Bake Shop.

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It is a great way to celebrate summer...piece it while you are hiding from the heat...finish it to make a wonderful beach throw...or a place to rekindle that summer time warmth during the cold months of winter.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

June 2014 in my rear-view...

What a wild ride this month has been.

We had a graduation - my second son, John, graduated from high school.  He is on the left in the photo.  The boy on the right is my nephew...who also graduated this month.

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We had camp - my youngest went to camp for a week in Colorado while the rest of us stayed home and entertained my inlaws...and helped my oldest get over Mono.

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My two oldest then helped out at our church's vacation bible school.

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This was the first time that John helped...after years of his oldest brother telling him that it was fun...John placed in a crew of all girls.  LOL   As you can see they warmed up to each other by the end of the week.

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The next week Noah went to camp with the pre-teen ministry.  He had a crew of 5th and 6th grade boys to coral.  Don't tell them, but his threat of making a 5th & 6th grade head shish-ka-bob on that stake was just a trick to get them to behave.  He would never have done it.

In and out, and in and out, we could have installed a revolving door.  All the while I was busy quilting.

Tops to Treasures quilted 15 quilts this month.

June 2014

One of those is my own...and it will be featured on Moda Bake Shop sometime in the next two months. I'll let you know when.

I also received a sweet thank you from our friend Chad.  
"Dovahkiin" for Chad!

Remember this quilt?  My husband and I made it for him.  He was so thrilled that he turned around and painted me a priceless heirloom.  A Benjamin Satchell original!!  (Chad is his middle name)

Thank you Chad!! #minionkitty

I laughed until there were tears in my eyes.  My Minion-kitty now hangs proudly with the mini collection in my studio.

I hope July is just as sweet....but a little more restful.