Nov 23 2014

Hexagons!

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I just finished quilting this beautiful quilt for a friend. I love all the different shades of gray with just a touch of red. I used a ruler to echo the hexagon in each part of the log cabin block. I used the same ruler in the border to make lines both horizontally and vertically and then added small squares to make a retro design.
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Nov 20 2014

Creating with Family

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When my sister visits from Kentucky, we usually make a quilt of some kind. It might be a table runner or wall hanging. We don’t usually have time to make anything large. The year we made our fall table toppers, my sister from Texas was photo shopped into the picture. She rarely gets to be with us when we make projects. That changed last week! My other sister was able to join us and we made Christmas wreath table toppers. We used the small twister tool. That was fun. I have seen a lot of quilts made with the twister tool and admire them. Now, I can say I know how to use the twister tool. We each used different fabric so the toppers all look unique. They aren’t finished in these pictures but you can get the general idea. We had so much fun.

We used the Twister tool to make our block. Make pinwheel blocks by sewing together 5″ squares and then placing this 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ acrylic template on the seam intersections and cutting out squares, which will finish to 3″.
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The smaller twister tool is known as the Itty Bitty Pinwheel tool. Make pinwheel blocks by sewing together 2-1/2″ squares and then placing this 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ acrylic template on the seam intersections and cutting out squares, which will finish to 1″

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Nov 15 2014

Quilt Shop Hop with Cookies!

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Mom, my two sisters and I traveled to three different quilt shops today. There was a cookie event at two of the quilt shops. If you spent $25.00, you were to receive a beautiful cookie along with a cookie cutter. I was able to get two cookies. We had fun seeing new samples of quilts that inspired us. Christmas was in the air with all the new Christmas fabrics on display. We ate a couple of times and had some yummy dessert. It was a great day!

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Nov 08 2014

Jazz Festival

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Our local community has a lot to offer. Although we have our problems with unemployment, we combat the attitude with a positive outlook. We have so many community programs to help those who are struggling. We also have people who put together craft festivals, parades and music programs.

My husband and I attended an awesome jazz concert put on by local music enthusiasts. It was great to see so many talented people who get together to offer entertainment for our community. The free concert was so much fun. The auditorium was packed and we saw many people we knew.

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Nov 04 2014

Get Out and Vote

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It looked like a typical voting day! Why does it seem to rain on voting days? I hope people aren’t deterred from voting. It is so important. Even when there are not major offices being voted on, it does matter who we choose to make decisions that affect us.

Our poling places have been combined. It used to be a good way to see our neighbors and see who lived in our area but that has been changed. Our county had about 5 voting stations and anyone, no matter where you live, can vote at any one of them. Things change but I miss seeing my neighbors.

The position of sheriff was up during our local election. Several state offices were also being decided. A teacher friend gave me insight on who would do the best job with public education. She really studies those issues so I voted for the people she brought to my attention.

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Aug 11 2014

August Means Hot Weather

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This summer has been strange as far as weather is concerned. Our July was a cool one making it seem like summer never arrived. I am not complaining! I like a cool summer but I feel sorry for the kids who didn’t get a chance to go swimming and all the other activities that evolve around the pool. August has started out being warm and humid. That is the norm for our area. We need rain. Our garden looks parched and the plants have stopped growing. We cut two watermelons from their vines and discovered they weren’t quite ready. I hate to waste good melons. I wonder how one can tell when they are ready to pick. They looked large enough.

We are having some Hot Deals in our store and I have been busy making sure all our samples are marked. I hate to sell something only to find the sample is not marked, or worse yet, marked incorrectly.

I have been quilting on a lot of quilts for the mission. There are going to be many happy children when they each receive their new quilts. I have also quilted for some paying customers. Those payments were nice when our old television decided to die. We bought a Samsung smart television. Now, to figure out how to use it!

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Aug 04 2014

Indiana State Fair

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My husband and I took my mom to the Indiana State Fair yesterday. We went last year and had such a good time that we thought we would go again this year. I’m glad we did. We each spent $3 to get a bracelet that allowed us to ride the tram any where in the fairgrounds. Other riders paid $1 each time they got on the tram. We parked at the mall and rode the free shuttle to the fair. We had discount tickets purchased at CVS.

I enjoyed seeing the pioneer parts of the fair. The different tools and ways of doing things back then make me appreciate how easy I have it today. We listened to a musical group as they played guitar, accordion, bass fiddle and violin. There were two ladies playing auto harps. The music was lively but not loud. It was good to sit down and listen.

We ate pork sandwiches in the Pork booth. Mom’s sandwich was a pork sausage and mine was a pulled pork sandwich. Hubby’s sandwich was a combination of sausage and pulled pork. Each were served with chips and applesauce.

We watched a demonstration on making cheese curds and ricotta cheese. We were each served a small waffle cone filled with ricotta cheese and dried cranberries. It was surprisingly good.

The pork sandwich kept me so full that I didn’t want to buy the red velvet Oreo I had said I was going to try. I did buy a red velvet funnel cake. I brought that home and ate a small piece with my coffee. It was okay. Probably would have been better eaten right away while still hot.

The weather was perfect for visiting the fair. It was a little hot but there was a breeze so we were comfortable.

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Aug 04 2014

An Eventful Summer

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The last thing I posted about was our trip to Texas. We had a great time and made it home safely. My mom, sister and my sister’s grand-daughter were not so fortunate. While traveling home from Texas, the were involved in a horrible car accident. They were near Little Rock, Arkansas when they came upon a car sitting in the middle of the freeway. Everyone was going 70 mph, the posted speed limit, and my sister was unable to avoid hitting the car. The sitting car was also hit by another car. My sister and her grand-daughter were bruised and my mom has a broken sternum and fractured ribs. The driver of the sitting car and one of her passengers were killed. It seems that the sitting car had a flat tire and the driver did not pull off to the side but instead, put the car into park. Why she did that, no one will ever understand. We feel very blessed that our family is alive.

The Benton Courier gave details of the accident.
The Arkansas State Police have released the names of the victim killed and others that were injured in Friday night’s accident on Interstate 30.

According to the police report, Gayle Moore, 39, of Little Rock was killed when her 1997 Dodge Neon was rear ended twice in the eastbound lane of I-30 near the Alcoa Exit at around 7:30 p.m..

The report says that Moore’s vehicle was stopped in the center lane when it was hit by a 2014 Ford Edge before being hit a second time by a 2003 Toyota Corolla.

Two passengers traveling with Moore were MedFlighted to Baptist Health Medical Center, according to ASP, but the report is unclear as to whom was airlifted.

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Jun 11 2014

Texas Travels

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We just returned from a trip to Texas. Texas is a long way from Indiana! It took two days to get there and two days to return home. That is a long time to ride in a Mini Cooper! It was fun though.

My niece graduated from high school so we went to Texas to help her celebrate. Her graduating class had 1429 students. That was a long ceremony! The event was held at a basketball stadium. The school recently built an outdoor stadium that would rival any professional stadium but structural defects have been found and the stadium has been deemed unsafe. What a mess that fiasco has turned into. I hope they can get it settled before next years graduation because having the ceremony at the event center was a big hassle. Parking, traffic jams and seating was horrible.

Just saw a deer run across the back of our field! It pays to look up once in awhile while blogging.

I only work until noon today so I hope to get more clothes washed and unpack my suitcase. I brought too many shoes on the trip. Now, I get to lug them back up the stairs and put them away.

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May 27 2014

What A Weekend

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We were blessed with beautiful weather for Memorial Day weekend. I know that many people plan picnics and other family get togethers so I’m sure it was a relief to have sunshine and no rain. It wasn’t even humid until Monday.

I got a lot accomplished even though I feel pretty rotten. I had a root canal a few weeks ago and the tooth has flared up and is quite painful. My dentist won’t be in until Wednesday so I am taking ibuprofen and acetaminophen out the kazoo. I am also on an antibiotic. When the pain subsides, I run around getting things done.

The bunnies have been eating certain plants in our small garden so I put chicken wire around those plants. We didn’t have problems with the bunnies until our dog’s cataracts got bad enough that she doesn’t see the bunnies. She was a good bunny chaser.

I stained my new Adirondack chair and want to stain the other outdoor furniture to match. We can’t seem to get the power washer to work and I dread scrubbing the benches and swing by hand so that project is on hold.

I finished quilting a couple quilts and put the binding on my niece’s t-shirt quilt. I also put a sleeve on the quilt that our guild is donating to the church.

Have a great week everyone!

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