Friday, March 27, 2015

Getting Closer Every Day

Our Paducah trip is getting closer every day!  Just a few more weeks now!

Mary and I were discussing how useful these little pouches were last year.  They have an area for a badge and have straps so you can put it around your neck or shoulder.  I put a few of my pins on mine. 

We bought them last year at one of the vendor booths that was set up in the Rotary Quilt Show area.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Jump Start

Last night I finally got my bad self upstairs and pressed those strip sets for the sixteen patch blocks.

Today, before work and after work I cut all the sets into strips of 4 patch units.  They are neatly stacked by my sewing machine patiently waiting to be sewn into blocks.  They won't take long to run through the machine.  Then I will just have three more sets of blocks to make!  Whee!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


I have got to find my mojo again.  Just don't seem to know where I put it.  I get home from work, make dinner, then plop down on the couch and pretty much fall asleep!

I guess if the pup were a little bit more behaved and I could do things in the sewing room without worrying about what she was up to, I might get some more sewing done.  Or not.  Well, either way, I'm just going to have to get moving on things.  No more excuses!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Where did Spring go?

Woke up this morning to temps in the low 30's and light freezing rain!  Gotta love this weather.

Well, I didn't end up doing any pressing, cutting, or sewing last night.  I made a pot of beef stew then watched Quilt Cam with Bonnie Hunter.  Bonnie was talking about a couple different machines and it got me thinking about getting one.  I think after Paducah I am going to start saving and get a Singer 301 if I can find one at a reasonable price.

Monday, March 23, 2015


So I know I post about some odd things sometimes, and this is probably one of them.  I should have put a ruler next to this egg before taking the picture, but trust me, it was a very big egg.  I get the nicest eggs from my friend who has chickens.  This egg was so pretty and so big I just had to take a picture of it.  Weird, I know...  haha

I was making that mandarin orange cake again when I got out the eggs.  It's almost all gone!  Ev and the kids love that cake.  That was on Saturday.  I also made a big dinner that night.  Made a roast in the crock pot using the recipe for the Mississippi Roast.  Love the way it turns out.  We also had mashed potatoes and green bean casserole.  Since I don't see much of Ev during the week, it's nice to have a good sit down meal on the weekends with him.

Stripping Along

Didn't get as much done as I would have liked, but got a good amount finished.  I have the strips sewn into sets of four for 6 more pair of Paducah blocks.  They are ready to be pressed, then cut into strips of four blocks.

When they are done, I will have 25 pairs of blocks made.  Need to make three more.  I have fabrics picked out for two.  One of the fabrics I'm going to use is the little hedgehog print I bought at Hancock's last year!  It's so cute.

Yesterday we went to Lowe's and I picked up some bbq grill accessories.  The little gas grill I have is ready for the junk heap, but until I get a new one, I though I would replace a few parts.  Well, when I went to Wal Mart and got an adjustable grill grate, it didn't work, so when we went to Lowe's I got these aluminum sheets with holes in them to place over the existing grates.  They are far from perfect but they worked out okay.  I made burgers last night for Ev and I, and veggie burgers for Nick.  He was over to watch a t.v. show last night.

I also picked up a grill rotisserie.  I have been wanting one for years, but they never would fit the grills we had because they were too small (the grills).  Well, this time when I replace the grill, I'm going to make sure it's capable of handling this rotisserie unit.  It's a little bit of putting the horse before the cart, but when I checked the grills at Wal Mart I also checked for the rotisseries and they didn't have them.  So I thought I had better get it while we were at Lowe's.  Seems like places get stuff like that in, then because it's seasonal, they don't reorder when it's sold out.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Happy National Quilting Day/Weekend

I think yesterday was the actual Day, but I am celebrating it as National Quilting Weekend!  I sewed several strip sets together for the sixteen patch blocks and intend to get them all done today.  Hubby is taking the dog for a ride and I'll have the house to myself for a bit.  Gonna sew, sew, sew!

Hope everyone is finding time to do what they enjoy this weekend.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Why are they called Crackers?

Why are they called Animal Crackers?  They are cookies.  At least in my world they are.

You really have to have an imagination to figure out what these shapes are.  I'm guessing top row has a buffalo and a bear.  Second row is an elephant (with a deformed trunk!) and a horse?  Or maybe a zebra?  Third row would be a cat and maybe a rhino?  And that last dude could be a dog?

And why am I even posting pictures of animal crackers?  Because I don't have anything sewing related to post and I'm bored...  haha.

So my son was considering moving two and a half hours away, but after really thinking about it, I don't think he is going to do it.  The town is another smallish size town and there isn't a whole lot to do for a young 20 something guy.  He hasn't made a final decision, but I'm not really stressing over it too much.

Last night I made bacon, eggs, and hash browns for dinner.  Tonight I have some chicken strips I'm going to bread and bake for chicken tenders.  Have a box mix of scalloped potatoes to go with it.  Also think I'll make that mandarin orange cake again if I feel ambitious!  Not that I need cake...

34 Days until Paducah!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Leaving the Nest

My son has just informed me that he has the opportunity to leave the area and work permanently (for the same company) in a town two and a half hours away.

I wouldn't want to be so far away from my son, but I understand he has to do what's right for him.  Now he lives in the same town as I work in, so I see him fairly often.

Just going to have to see what happens, I guess.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Hope everyone has a bit of the luck of the Irish today.  We have some overcast weather here and a bit cool, but all in all not a bad day.

When I was younger, it seemed like there was a lot more clover on the ground.  I remember we had a neighbor who could spot a four leaf clover from a mile away.

Do you have something green on today?  I have a pair of green earrings on.