What’s in the works now

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Posted by Marsha | Posted in Quilting | Posted on 28-04-2015

Here is a sneak peek at what currently on my design board.  I’ll post more after more progress has been made.

sneakpeek

My Second Queen-Sized Quilt

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Posted by Marsha | Posted in Quilting | Posted on 31-03-2015

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It has taken a long time to get this one posted but here is an overall view of the second large quilt I’ve made.  This one is also Queen sized.  Seems like every one I know has a queen size bed. Here’s the full view:

personalized-quilt

This quilt was made for relatives (Robert’s Mom, Ruth Anne and her husband Simon) and it was customized just for them.  I had a ton of fun making this quilt, even though I was rushed and finished it 12/23/2014.  I had plenty of time during the year of 2014 to get creative with the blocks.  In fact I spent so much time being artistic with each block that  it was putting them together, quilting and adding the border that I had to work so feverishly to finish in time to give this quilt to them for Christmas!

Here is a block with their anniversary date on it:

anniversary

I found this image on the web, I hope there is not copyright infringement here, but I gave it as a gift I didn’t sell it so maybe it will be okay.  A lot of the blocks I made I found online, most were coloring pages. But there is one that I made from scratch, the New York Jets.  I made this one for Simon who used to live in New Jersey and he is still a fan.

van&jets

Oh and that is the New Jersey skyline in the block above it.  Simon also loves to play basketball so I thought that these two blocks were ideal for him.  I’m sure if you have ever visited Pinterest that you have seen that little Hippy van floating around too.  Most are making scrapbook cards and things from it.  I decided to make it a quilt block.

This block is also from the web.  She has some of the most wonderful things she has made. This image she has up for free.  She made a throw pillow using this image, but I decided to use it as a quilt block.  I love how it turned out!

lovesign

This next block was for Simon.  He  is a math teacher so I made this block for him.  I quilted the wall behind the desk to mimic blocks.  The writing on the chalkboard was embroidered on so was the clock hands and numbers.   I was a bit rusty, haven’t embroidered for years so that could have been a little better but I was pleased with it overall.  I think the hardest part of this one was making the electrical outlet on the wall :)

mr-mak

This music block is really for both of them.  Simon plays violin and Ruth Anne plays the flute.  I didn’t have enough time to put the flute on there and they are really complicated looking instruments!  That would have been really tough.  This was the last block I completed so I had to cut it short and just use the verse and the violin. The lines for the notes I made on my sewing machine.  The notes and letters are all embroidered.

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Here is a shot of all the blocks up on my design wall.  I know I’ve gone over all the blocks that I made for Simon, (well, almost all) and I realized it sounded like Ruth Anne got the short end of the stick.  Well not so!  She loves frogs so that one was for her.  There are also two turtle blocks for her.  I also made a Reiki sybol block for her that some of you may recognize.  She is a bohemian, hippie so you will know her blocks when you see them :) Oh and they both play Hay Day on their phones, so I had to make that one to.  The Baby Birdie block may warrant a little more explanation since this is such a personalized quilt.  They have twin girls as well as Robert.  Simon calls the girls, birdies so I had to made this block with the twins in the nest and Robert on the lower branch (since he has already flown from the nest so to speak). I gave Robert crazy eyes because he’s so much fun to pick on :)  The other two birds are Simon and Ruth Anne.  As I said before, I just had a blast making this quilt!

designboard

 

Finally Finished

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Posted by Marsha | Posted in Quilting | Posted on 20-11-2014

I finally finished my first queen sized quilt a couple nights ago!  YAY!  I’ve been working on two quilts at the same time.  It has taken since Jan 2014 but the blocks were done and I have now completed one quilt.  After a much needed day or two of down time and clean up, I am now going to start on the second quilt.

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A little different angle

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Detail of the fabric I used.  The tan strips and the white binding both have a small floral design.

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This is not a perfect quilt but it is my first full-sized quilt and I was proud of it.  At the risk of sounding like a cliche, “what a long strange trip it has been.”  I learned a lot and my second quilt, (that is about to be quilted) should be even better than the first.  I’m giving the Sunbonnet Sue /Sunbonnet Sam quilt to my mom for Christmas.  So those of you that know me, ssssh!  Don’t blab!  Now as long as my sisters doesn’t show her these images my secret should be safe 😉

 

Totally Behind Part Deux

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Posted by Marsha | Posted in Blog, Quilting | Posted on 01-11-2014

I know you have heard this before and now here I am saying this again.  I need to post more often.  Uh huh, that’s me, Miss good intentions and no follow through!  Well life has kept me really busy.  However I have managed to find a couple hours a day to get some sewing finished.  So far I’ve made a lap quilt, a wall quilt and a table runner, and decorated a few tea towels.  The project I’m working on now is making a queen sized Sunbonnet Sue/Sunbonnet Sam quilt.  I’m trying to get this finished for a Christmas present for my mom (2014).  Yes, I can say that because she doesn’t use computers so my secret should be fairly safe. :)  Here is a pic of my quilt blocks up on my display wall, (most of them, I still had one row to pin up there) just trying to get a feel for their placement.

Sunbonnet Sue & Sam

Sunbonnet Sue & Sam

 

 

Totally behind

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Posted by Marsha | Posted in This Website | Posted on 10-09-2013

It has been a really long time since I have posted anything on this blog!  Man am I behind!  Sometime I just have to fix myself a nice cup of  coffee and think about my priorities.  I am going to make a renewed effort to make more posts and to keep this up to date. Life gets busy and we all have things to do, but we should make time for the things that are important to us.  Family first of course, but I have gotten bogged down in the drudgery of life.  I have a new rescoffeeolve to pep things up, so we will see how this goes :)

Missing You…

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Posted by Marsha | Posted in Blog | Posted on 24-02-2013

I lost my eldest sister to cancer.  It has been 4 1/2 years now and there is still not a single day that goes by that I don’t think of her.  Today was her birthday and my heart is heavy missing her.  She was the quintessential big sister and my go-to person when I had a problem.  She never judged people and I always admired her strength of character. Every one that knew her loved her.

People don’t forget to tell your family you love them every chance you get.  You never know what is going to happen and tomorrow holds no guarantee.

Teresa, you may be gone but you will never be forgotten.  I love you and miss you, Happy Birthday.

Seasonal Confusion

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Posted by Marsha | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 27-11-2011

From time to time I read on Facebook or see on a blog that people are getting upset because they think they are supposed to greet people with a different holiday greeting.  They even get irate and threaten to send imigrants home if they do not conform to the way we greet others here!  I have a question for all those people who are up in arms.  Are you doing anything different than you say they are doing?  Better yet, why on earth would you let anyone tell you what to do or say?  With that last question in mind, why would you try to tell anyone else what to do or say?  That kind of brings you down to that level doesn’t it?

Several years ago people were severely threatened by any one who were a different color.  We got past that.  Not so very long ago people were very threatened by someone with a different sexual preference.  We got past that too.  Now people are all in a huff if they think they should be more politically correct and say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah.   Let me remind everyone that it is not people of different religions that say ” You’re supposed to say Happy Holidays.”   It’s the yes men/women of the world that try to keep everything smoothed over.  That just isn’t possible.  The people that prefer you to say “Happy Holidays” are merely trying to please everyone and in doing so may be inadvertently making things worse. They mean well, but that simply cannot work.   No, the people that are committed to different religions will tell you Happy Hanukkah with a sincere smile and truly mean to wish you well.

My personal spiritual beliefs are not threatened if someone comes up to me and tells me Happy Quanzaa or Happy Hanukkah.  My response to them would be to say, “Aww, Thank you” because I would not suspect that this was done with malice nor an  intent to convert me but simply done to wish me peace and happiness.

Our culture has truly come so far!  We have gotten past racism, and prejudices of many kinds.  I do know that there are always exceptions, but as a whole we have learned to accept many differences.  When are we going to learn not to hate?  Love your fellow man and all his differences, isn’t that part of what religion teaches us?  I guess my question is, are you secure enough in your religious beliefs not to feel threatened if someone asks you to say, “Happy Holidays?”

No one has ever said that to me,  but if they do I will simply smile and say,

“Merry Christmas to you “.

 

Dental Visit

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Posted by Marsha | Posted in Blog | Posted on 16-11-2011

I went to the Dentist today and had a tooth pulled.  Ya know, I added it all up and that one little tooth cost me quite a small fortune!   The first visit to get a prescription for antibiotics and an x-ray to tell me that it is infected (even though I already knew this): cost $66.00.  The antibiotics were $24.00.  I scheduled another visit to get the actual extraction done which was another $100.00.  Yes, I know, there are lots of places where the prices are higher, I am not one of the lucky ones that has dental insurance, so that makes things a bit tougher.  Luckily I didn’t have to miss work or that would have just added to the cost.

I was sitting in his chair waiting for the meds to numb my face and adding up all the costs involved in this one small tooth and noticed a print out for me to “like” him on Facebook.  Right next to this printed page was a one page artical that was published in a local newspaper featuring my dentist that had been framed and hung on the wall.  The article was about his dentist office being empty because of people’s financial struggles.  So I guess the Doctor is having financial struggles too!  So I am off to Facebook now to give him a “Like” advertisement so he can build his business and hopefully still be there if I need further dental treatment.  Life goes in circles doesn’t it?

Only in the South!

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Posted by Marsha | Posted in Funny Stuff | Posted on 31-08-2011

I scanned this picture from a local grocery ad.  Only in the south could there be a generic soda named “Bubba Cola”.  This is funny and embarrassing at the same time!  It’s funny because it’s true.

Recent Tornados

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Posted by Marsha | Posted in Blog | Posted on 01-05-2011

I live in North Alabama and recently we were inundated with tornadoes.  There were over 200 deaths!  The news reports that it was the second deadliest outbreak in the United States.  It was such a sad chain of events.  We had line after line of storms roll through and some towns had more than one tornado.  One town know as Phil Campbell was just devastated!  Almost all the homes, businesses and schools in the whole town was just leveled.

There are lots of homeless people and animals as well.

Just follow the link below to see some of the photos and find out how you can help.

http://www.waff.com/