Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The court...

Well we finally got home around 7:00/ We started at court at 9 this morning and got out of there around 4:40 and then home after dropping this one off and picking up that one. BUT it was worth it...Gene has transition custody of Phalynn which means for 5 weeks she will be with him for 5 days and then the other 2 still with her other grandmother as this will make it easier for her and her 5 yr old brother to slowly ajust to them living away from each other, which I think is very good for both of them. But what a day. I cannot tell you how this experience with Phalynn and Dayton recently have been eye openers. I expect everything to have cracks but this was just unbelievable. And this is totally my opinion. Tomorrow I will pick some of her stuff up and her for this stretch of the healing process to begin for all.

Ok enough already let the healing all the way around begin. Thanks again for all the well wishes they were really appreciated.

A little poem to start your day

I borrowed this from Sandie at the Chatty Crone,,,Thanks Sandie

Good morning to all:

"Now I wake me up to live;
I'll give life all I have to give.
If today I face a test,
I'll cope and pray to do my best.

With each breath and step I take,
be with me, Lord, forheaven's sake."

Today hopefully will be the last court day for my son with his daughter. Again thank you all for all your prayers, karma and never ending support you have given me thru my grandsons' kidnapping. He is now returned home to his Dad and for that I am thankful.....Hopefully it will take time but we can all get back into something as close to normal as that would be nice.

Monday, March 28, 2011

My quilt donation to Hearts and Hands for Sendai

Well this is my quilt that I am donating to the Hearts and Hands for Sendai. I hope they like it.

Update info on Dayton

We will know this afternoon what the emmergency court hearing is all about with Dayton but for right now he is safe and in school but I will update you all as it unfolds....thanks again for all your prayers they are so much appreciated...

I know there are a few things I am still catching up on but I will try my best to have it all done this week and be able to start out fresh and resume my weekly visits and stitch meetings with my guilds and friends they have been very supportive and positive for me..thank you

Triptych Challenge

I am in a triptych challenge on a Fiber arts group that I am in and I finally completed them on Saturday...
We keep one and pass on the other two..The challenge was "celebrate me" We had to add as much as we could to tell a little about ourselves I started with my heritage with the teepee at the top, then I live in the south with mountains and trees and a white picket fence for my flowers then on the other side I added things from my sewing room...a zipper, buttons, beads, charms, wool, different fibers. Then I wanted to do something different so I used the left top side of the panel as a pin keeper and added a pincushion that could be removed for use. Border the sides with a piece of knitting thread backed it with a lovely piece of cardstock and it was complete and it was also allot of fun.....enjoy Oh by the way my words I choose to use were Live, Love and Laugh.

Here is the mug rug swap I had with ?

I cannot give out her name it is a suprise:

And then there is another I had with another person that I cannot tell the name either due to it being a secret but here is a photo:

I hope they both like their mug rugs.....I should know soon

A one on one post card swap

Annie and I had a one on one post card swap and here is the post card I received from Annie....I don't know how she got the pinwheels so little..

and here is the one I made for Annie:

Trying to catch up.....

In this past few weeks with all the stuff happening with my grandson and trying to finish my daughters "winterfest quilt" for her auction I sort of got behind on a few commitments but I am trying to catch up and I do have a few photos to post so I will start with the wall hanging quilt I made for the Winterfest for my daughters second grade class..enjoy

Saturday, March 26, 2011


For those of you that know about my situation. Dayton is sitting here with me right now....There is an immergency court on Mon and or Tues coming up...I am not sure for what but he is here......Amen

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Hearts and Hands for Sendai

Hearts and Hands for Sendai
At CQI, we are sponsoring a project to generate funds for the recovery effort in Japan. Our dear friend Hideko Ishida is fortuneately safe along with Emiko. We continue to keep her in our thoughts as she waits to hear about her family. This project is open to everyone interested in participating in the quilting community, both traditional and crazy quilting. I am posting the guidelines here. Please contact me privately at if you are interested in creating a block for a quilt so I can add you to the masterlist! Please feel free to utilize this post on your own blog to help in spreading the word!!!

I will send you my snail mail address at that time along with a pdf of the guidelines. Thank you to everyone for your generous support!

Hearts and Hands For Sendai

This project will be dedicated to helping those affected by the earthquake tsunami disaster in Japan. Per Hideko Ishida's request, all quilts will become a part of an exhibit in Japan where money will be raised by viewing the quilts. Ultimately, these quilts may be auctioned and the proceeds given to a charity designated by Hideko Ishida, our Japanese CQ Sister! We will keep everyone informed as time progresses. This project is open to the quilting community at large! You may track details on the Crazy Quilting International blog, or the ICQA Facebook page .

Guidelines are as follows:

Theme: Friendship and re-building of a country

Finished block size: 8 inches

Colors: Jewel Tones

Style: traditional or crazy quilt blocks will be accepted

For traditional quilt blocks, there are no pattern restrictions. The only requirements are the size and the colors. Finished size is to be 8 inches (20.32 cm). Please allow a half inch seam allowance. Colors are jewel tones. No restrictions to the type of fabric used.

For crazy quilt blocks:

_ Cut foundation at 9 inches (22.86 cm), piece the entire foundation.

_ Baste a line at 8 inches (20.32 cm) to stop embroidering

_ Do not add beads or charms past 7 ½ inches (19.05 cm)

_ Zig zag edges to prevent edges from fraying.

_ Add your name and address on the back of the block.

_ Mark the block with “UP” to show which side is the top

_ Prefer all fabrics used be “fancies” (ie: silk, satin, taffeta, velvet) but if you have

some kimono fabrics or other oriental themed fabrics in your stash you are

welcome to use them.

_ All beading MUST be double stitched and knotted with BEADING THREAD!!!

NO exceptions!!! These items will be handled a great deal and beads, buttons,

charms are among the first to begin to loosen. Embellishments – may be done

by machine or by hand.

_ Lace and other motifs are acceptable and must be securely attached

_ Trims are acceptable and must be securely attached

_ SRE is acceptable

_ Tatting and crocheted butterflies and dragonflys, etc are acceptable and must

be securely attached

_ Please sign the back of your block

Please refrain from using any reference to the rising sun. This has political connotations we do not want to be involved with.

If you have any questions, at any time, please just email me or call me; Leslie . All completed projects will be mailed to me no later than June 30, 2011. Please contact me for mailing address information.

We are asking for an entry fee of $10.00 dollars for each block. This fee is voluntary and will be accrued and forwarded to either Hideko or a charity of her choosing. This is to generate funds to help Japan as much as possible. The fee may also apply to several individuals or to an entire group.
Funds can be sent vis a vis check, money order (payable to ICQA) or Paypal, Please check gift for the donation. I appreciate everyone’s participation and look forward to seeing all the fabulous creations!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Just be aware

This was on the Quilting Board this morning!  Just thought maybe it would help us be more aware:

"I thought I'd give you all a heads up about Frixion Erasable pens. A student showed me hers at Road to California in January. She drew a line, thin but quite black, and then ironed it and the line totally disappeared. It looked like the coolest thing ever!

So I went in search of these pens, which you can get a Staples. I bought the pack that has three colors in it - black, red and blue. Being quite the skeptic about things that are too good to be true, I read the back of the package. In small print it says: "Do not expose to extreme temperatures (<14degrees F;> 140 degrees F). If pen is exposed to temperature that reaches 140 degrees F the ink will be colorless when writing. To restore color, cool to at least 14 degrees F and the ink will again write in color."

Aha! I said to myself. If you iron the ink it's going to be way over 140 degrees so it's going to disappear. So I took some fabric and scribbled on it with all three colors. Then I ironed it and, sure enough, all the scribbles disappeared. But then I put it in the freezer for about 10 minutes and all the lines reappeared. I left it for about a week and a half while I went travelling and today I tried to wash the ink out. It didn't come out with soap and hard scrubbing and not even after I put rubbing alchohol on it. So then I ironed the piece dry and all the lines disappeared and then it went back to the freezer and all the lines reappeared (perhaps just a bit fainter).

This experiment was enough to persuade me that these pens are too good to be true and even sort of creepy - the ink is always there even if you can't see it. I wouldn't use them on any fabric or quilt you really cared about"

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Mug Rugs for a road trip

Well I want to show you my first 6 mug rugs.   I went to a quilt show in Pigeon Forge with 5 other ladies from my quilt guild.  Now I  really did not know 4 of  them that well, and Linda well we get together once a week to stitch, other than to chat every now and again at guild.
Here we are!
 They just mentioned a few weeks ago that they had room for 2 more people to go to the show if anyone was interested so Linda and I said great we would go.  Well if you never go somewhere without knowing the people first or do not go to retreats because you do not know all the peoples then in my experience you are really missing out on a fun time.  We left at 6:30 in the AM and did not return until around 10:30 PM and we had a really good time.  Well I am sure that is too much info but to make a longer  story shorter I made each one of us a mug rug and at the end of the night we all signed each others.  It was just fun and a little RAK to say "thank you" and here they are!
Our mug rugs!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Thoughts and Prayers

My heart and prayers go out to everyone involved in the disaster that has struck Japan, we are waiting to hear from  Hideko who lives in Japan and is a beautiful crazyquilt designer.  Let us all pray for all those involved in this disaster.

May all those who lost their lives rest in peace.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

First gander of spring coming soon

I wanted to share our first glimpse of spring returning to us will be nice to see everything in bloom again......enjoy

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A wonderful give-a-way...but hurry

Oh you must go and look at the beautiful fabric and lovely give-a-way that 'vignette in stitches" is giving away...truly awesome.  But hurry it is ending soon

Sunday, March 6, 2011

My daughters Winterfest

My daughter, Leigh-Anne, is a teacher and her school has a winterfest every year and for the last 2 we have made a quilt.  Well we are in the process of doing one now and I wanted to post the first few rows so she can get an idea of where we are going to go with it.  So Leigh-Anne this photo is for you....I hope you like it.  My friend Linda is going to come over this week and help me finish up the blocks and then it should be finished the week after that.  Thanks to my friend for her help..