Stay Tuned

I told my hairdresser about air frying boiled eggs for breakfast when I get to work and now I will be teaching how to cook in the air fryer. Stay tuned for updates. I love him cause he’s so dramatic and this should be a hoot. Last night after numerous texts and calls, he did make himself an awesome steak for dinner in the air fryer. While it’s not a grill, it’s much easier after a long day especially if it’s just for one person.


The Great Fire of 2022

I say that in jest and thank the Lord is was something minor. I had Claudia and Marie over and was sewing while making dinner. We are sewing away when every smoke alarm in my house went off. I had put a potato in the microwave for Shannon, and I guess the microwave must have shorted out. It not only burnt the plate but the potato was on fire and the microwave full of flames.

You like to think you react quickly but all I could think of was call my son in law. Thankfully Marie put out the microwave while the amazing Claudia took the flaming potato outside. I am so thankful she didn’t burn herself. They even helped clean up the mess and even stayed for dinner after all that. Oh and no, we didn’t have that potato for dinner.

Here’s a comparison to a regular potato. Remember that old commercial, this is your brain and this is your brain on drugs.

Kevin’s Retirement

I have never figured out how my boss and her husband met as they are complete opposites. She is your typical straight laced CPA and her husband, who is an amazing math teach, is a complete hippy. He travels every summer to music festivals all over the country in his motorhome. I think he owns about 400 tie dyed shirts and a slew of birkenstock sandals.

He finally retired after 20 plus years as a school teacher so what better retirement gift than a hippy quilt. He was so excited when Terri took it home because it matches his Grateful Dead poster perfectly. He keeps it on the bed in his music room where he listens to albums in the evening. I’m glad he loves it. I had been wanting to make that one for quite a while.

Figured I’d Do A Couple Of Posts

Thought I’d go ahead while I’m here and do a few posts to keep updated. So what else is new. Hmm oh yeah we had a possible hurricane. Those are always fun.

It’s hard to pray about hurricanes because praying they turn and don’t come into your area is almost like praying it hits someone else. This was scheduled to come around in the Tampa area as a category 4 almost category 5 storm. That would have been devastating to say the least. It turned but it still came on land as a category 4 in Ft. Myers. Quite a few people died and many lost their homes, businesses, etc. That area will take years to recover. Many don’t evacuate when asked because the storms change so much and some have no where to go but you don’t have a great chance of surviving a 7 foot wall of water washing over your home. I had friends that had water up to their roof line. I will say living alone and having these storms rattle windows and slam things into your house in the pitch dark is a bit unnerving.

We were lucky in our area. We had some category one winds and tree damage and many were without power for days but we didn’t have floods, alligators and sharks swimming in the streets and people drowning in their homes so thank you Jesus.

I am thrilled the kids had that 100 ft. tree taken down. Without a doubt it would have been laying on their house. I keep picturing the house falling on the witch and all that sticks out are those crazy socks. I just had a lot of yard clean up and I hope my cloak plant survives. It took a terrible beating and broke way back. Here is my before and after.

I Try And Keep Up

I try to keep up with my blog better but honestly, I don’t do much that is all that exciting. I work, I clean my house and I have my boys. That pretty much takes up a large portion of my time.

I have to share more pics of the things my friends are working on because I am still so impressed how much they have learned and how much they have accomplished in such a short period of time. I have a beautiful Christmas quilt of Claudia’s I’ll be quilting this weekend and another for Pam. Here are the ones they just recently finished.

Marilyn finished her mystery quilt. It came out so soft and feminine looking. The pastels are so pretty. She is gifting it to a cousin starting breast cancer treatments. I think she’ll love it.

Claudia is making some beautiful fall wreaths. Her talent amazes me. She sees something then just knows how to make it. These are just as pretty as her stunning pin cushions.

Pam just made her first carpenter star quilt (my favorite pattern) and I absolutely love the halloween fabrics she used. It came out great.

Quilt Room 2.0

I am loving the space the new quilt room gives me. I use that space more than any other in my home so I’m glad to see it being used for what’s important to me. I have 3 machines set up on one wall so I can just move from machine to machine depending on what I’m working on. Robert set up my cutting/storage table in the middle of the room and let are area for pressing, relaxing and my longarm. I love that I can roll the design board where ever I want it. My favorite part of the entire room is the pegboard he added to the back of the cutting table.

My guest room went from the first picture to the new ones. I’ve changed a couple of lights and added a machine since these pics but I love the room. Next up I’ll be assembling my raffle quilt so Marilyn can baste it.

Original Room
My pegboard storage
longarm and design board
thread storage and pressing area
My machines

Loving This New Longarm Set Up

I would never have thought of this if my friend Pam hadn’t given me a huge quilt to quilt for her. I’m talking 124 x 100 or so. Moving the longarm to my new quilt room gave me room to add folding tables to each side and wow does it really help moving the weight of the larger quilt tops. I took a couple of days off last week to finish up the house changes and was able to get all but one of the basted tops completed.

These were mine, Marilyn’s, Claudia’s and 2 of Pam’s. I had to include a picture of Pam’s giant one on the machine. That thing was so big it took me 10 minutes to wrestle it onto the table and fold it.

Pam’s ready to deliver

My New Guest Room

The first 4 years in my house I used the master bedroom and the kids used the front 2 bedrooms. When they moved, I moved to the front bedroom and used my master for a guest room. After hosting “friends’ 3 different times over the years and having my mind and home abused, things ruined, etc., I decided no one else will be living with me that’s not family. Then I realized I have 400 square feet of my house that gets used a week or two a year and decided to make some changes.

Instead of using my spare front room for my sewing room, I have now made that my guest room. I put in a sofa bed, cubbies for storing things if I have guests and all it needs now is painting, baseboards replaced and a quilt for the wall. I love that the sofa lays flat and makes a twin size bed and upright it has room behind it to store pillows and sheets.

Had To Post It

I couldn’t stop myself and I had to post this. It absolutely defines my house. I don’t mind putting the boys in another room for repair people but if you visit my home you should know this.

Time For Another Quilt Raffle

My dear friends Marilyn & Claudia’s Sunday school class is collecting money for one of the missionaries they support to build a new metal building. I offered to make a quilt they could raffle and what better one than like my sister’s memory quilt since the pattern is called God’s Eye. It will be 16 blocks all in a different color combo. I hope it sells a lot of tickets because I love the colors so far. I’ve finished 5 of the 16 blocks so far.