Monday, June 21, 2010

Awesome Monday! and other ramblings...

Well, I realized today I haven't posted for two weeks (I really thought it was one week, Pam).... Yes, Pam mentioned to me today that it had been awhile since I posted. Where was I when talking with here today? That will be the awesome monday part of the title and I'll fill you in on that in a bit.

So here's what I received in the mail the other day..I am doing a BOM "Civil War Tribute"...haven't started the quilt yet, but bought these over Memorial Day weekend (my first on-line quilting purchase) because I want to sub out some of the fabrics...they are yummy!

In the next picture - these are the blocks I've been working on for a couple weeks for my husband's quilt. They are flannel and very soft. I have a couple stacks and have one more combination to do before assembly!
Another thing I have been working on...well, there's a story. My husband is a picker...that is, he loves other people's "treasures". When he was a boy, he found a casket carrier tossed out in the trash by the funeral home down the street where he lived. He then used it to pick up other things on trash day. That hasn't ended - garage sales, we stop; estate sales, he's there; someone leaves something out by the trash, he slows and checks it out. Now this is a good thing. He's very handy with engines and such and we have never bought a lawn mower; people put those to the road with problems as simple as a clogged filter or because they bought a better one. When my son was young, my husband and I were driving and saw one of those chalk board, painting easel thingies...they were expensive, I was a stay-at-home mom and trying to save money when I can, so we stopped and picked it up. I stayed in the car, very embarrassed. Well, last weekend I was doubling back to pick up my husband while out running errands and I came across a wire shelving unit. I told my husband when he got into the car that we were going back around the block and I needed his help. He laughed because I picked!! It was missing two husband fixed it with a board and now in my studio I have this:

And after a little over an hour, this:

These things retail for more than I wanted to spend! Boy does that free up some space and takes care of the piles I had laying around - and there's still empty places! The basket on the floor on the right, well it's full of stitched things that are not finished, FINISHED...but they will be, someday.
I have not made much progress on stitching things, which leads me to tell you about my awesome day today! I spent the day with some of the most talented women (a couple were absent due to travel, work, not feeling well, life) I know! My friends get together once a month or so, at rotating houses, the host makes a delicious lunch and we stitch, visit, laugh. Well with my hubby working an off shift, it's hard for me to host, not mention that sometimes I have no idea until the day or two before if I can miss work to attend! Today I took a vacation day, I brought the lunch to Paulette's so that my husband could sleep like normal and I could have my turn "hosting". We had a yummy lunch and banana cake with really good frosting, if I do say so myself ('cuz I took all the food). I stitched some on my Red Flower Sampler and made some progress but I will have to post a pic later. I had another strip bag made and gave to Robin for a very belated bday gift - three months late...better late than never.
A couple evenings ago, I did another letter on the Alpha-Bits but I don't have any pictures yet. Tune in later, I promise I will post stitching progress next time...

Well if you want to move on to the next blog, feel free...the rest is the "other ramblings" I mentioned in my title. What else have I been doing?
My niece, Olivia, played in the finals for the state of Michigan girl's varsity Lacrosse. They made it all the way to the finals and it was an amazing couple weeks to watch these girls in Brighton's first ever run for the title in girl's lacrosse. Brighton Bulldogs fell to Rockford in the state finals...but what a run, and the girls were thrilled to be there. It was the hottest day we've had here in Michigan and players and fans alike melted! That was what I did for a couple evenings/Saturday afternoon.

It was the last day of school a little over a week ago; Junior year behind my son. He's looking forward to the last year of school (AS IS HIS MOTHER). If you're a praying person, pray for an successful year as he struggles with some of his classes. He continues to struggle and once out of school, pursuing what he wants to do he will flourish...just have to make it through the next year!
Happy belated Father's Day to all those fathers out there. Boy do I miss my Dad and Father-in-Law, two great men in my life. I am so sorry they aren't here to see the man my son is becoming - they would be so proud. I did talk to my Grandpa yesterday - he's 93 this summer and still lives on his own, fishes every day, plays cards...gotta love it!
Thanks for reading and leaving comments. Whoo Hoo - up to 30 followers! I can't believe that many people want to regularly know what's happening and what I'm stitching, quilting, etc...but then again, I really enjoy reading and seeing what people are until next time - stitch often, stitch happy. Enjoy your days! Sherry :0)


  1. Oh my! I looooove those fabrics you picked up!! Ooooooh! And the blocks for your hubby's quilt -- nice! That shelving unit is wonderful! Great that your husband could fix it up for you. And that you have room for it! lol! No such luck for me!

  2. Just love those CW fabrics - can't have enough of those. BTW, did you know that Wendy's Country Stitches has a whole CW room? I'm just sayin'.....not trying to enable or anything. LOL Love the flannel quilt too - I've got that one in my stash along with flannels! What a small world, uh?

    Love your shelving unit too - you can't have enough storage space can you!

  3. I love love love the CW fabrics! yum! Of course, I can never have enough of them. Speaking of which I need to get back to the fabric store very soon! Maybe this weekend. The flannel quilt will be so comfy! I have too many quilt ideas in my head and not enough time what with stitching.

  4. I love those Civil War fabrics! I can't wait to see your blocks. Good for you with making other people's trash into your treasures! :) I'll be praying for your son.

  5. Love all the fabrics, and YAY you on the "picking"!! Isn't that the best feeling? When you find something you need for little or no $$?


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