Monday, November 25, 2013

Sunday bee.....

Brrrr……what the heck? It was a really chilly evening. Cathy and Lois braved the cold to come to bee. We had a nice chat and catch-up. And some beautiful show&tell.

Cathy had started cutting this when we were threatened by the would-be home invader in Lancaster. Here it is finished. I love the border around the outside. This was made with a beautiful Christmas jelly roll.

She finished her flannel snowman quilt too - we were trying to figure out how old these kits were....I think LA had two kids when we got them!!

She had finished this in Lancaster for her Mom - I didn't get a picture of it. I just love it - the pencils are awesome!

She made this one on Sunday night - watching a Hallmark movie with Consuelo.

This is just beautiful. Lois made this as a wedding gift for Sean and Lacey. Her first attempt at overall machine quilting - it looks great. She actually did it in two halves and sewed them together after quilting them. They're going to love it!

I made these little hoops for my students - I have 7 girls and made them each their initial.

Lois has some special company coming for Thanksgiving. Sean and Lacey are coming on Wednesday night. And Kara is flying in on Friday night for her high school reunion. She'll be here till Tuesday. So nice for Lois - and this is the first time Kara will meet Lacey. On the way back from Lancaster, LA and I talked about having an instruction/sewing day. Maybe teach one or two techniques - you can learn or just come and sew. I know some folks want to learn Dolores' methods for making her beautiful string quilts. LA has talked to the firehouse folks about us maybe using the upstairs room for the day. Will keep you posted on some possible dates.

Right after Cathy and Lois left, Pam called hoping to catch some bee girls. She's doing very well. On Saturday, I'd received a box in the mail - full of shells, sea glass and other gifts from the ocean as well as a beautiful thank you note from Pam for the mamas. You are welcome to take some treasures - I'll bring them the next time we get together. She is leaving for Disney the Monday after Thanksgiving. She extended a generous invitation to the mamas - whoever wants to is welcome to hop down to Lewes on Thanksgiving - or anytime until they leave for Mama Barb's on Sunday. Consider yourselves invited!

Wishing all the mamas and their families a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! When I count my blessings, the mamas are way up there on the list. Thank you, ladies. Peace....

Couldn't resist this gem.....Darth Tater!!!! Hahaha....

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Hundreds of laughs….and the longest post in history.....

Lordy, ladies...where to begin. We started at Cathy's - a caravan of three cars and didn't lose anybody! Peggy came - yay! Mare and Consuelo caught up with us at Sauder's. We stocked up - and then headed to Intercourse! Had another terrific lunch at the Kling House - multiple goat cheese balls were consumed and discussed - the decline in the level of conversation started here. Then more shopping and the Farmer's market - more food! There's an awesome coffee place across from Kitchen Kettle Village now - and a great furniture place too. The Best Western is all new - beautiful. We checked in and got to work. Consuelo claimed the basement...and we settled in. We got lots and lots done on Friday night. Peggy put together a special and heart-breaking memory quilt for a Mom who lost her 20 year old son, Sean. It was wonderful - and such a relief for Peggy to have the top completed. Up early on Saturday....back to work. Finally someone mentioned going to lunch around 10:30 - we had reservations at 1. Turns out a whole bunch of us wanted to skip the Iron Horse, grab something quick and keep working - so that's what we did. Hit the potpie place and Wawa. Cathy and Dolores taught Lori how to 'Wawa' - so it was a useful trip. More walking trips up to get supplies - that is so handy!! It was a beautiful day - as was Friday. Saturday evening all hell broke loose! Joe Byrnes texts Dolores that he had to pay a plumber that day. She writes back that maybe she shouldn't have bought that new machine - just to get his goat. Next thing you know, he texts that he's headed up to 'discuss it'. What?? Said he got the address from Gerry McCabe....Gerry?? Oy - Dolores is freaking out, I'm freaking out. LA volunteers to call Pacilio's. She 'calls' and they said he left for the evening. This goes on for a while - until they finally come clean and tell Dolores she's been punked! She was about to have heart failure. A little while later, the doorbell rings. No one will answer it...who the hell would be at the door besides a crazed Amish man looking to kill all of us. LA hides in the powder room, Cathy arms herself with a rotary cutter, someone calls out, 'Knock it off, Peggy'. She replies, 'I"m at my damned machine - it's not me'. Cathy yells to Marianne to close and lock the kitchen window - and she obeys. Is it the landscaping lady from this morning? Has she come back for blood payment??? Someone realizes that Lori is missing - LA is calling her name from the bathroom. Peggy said she saw eyes staring in the window. I think a few of us peed a little at this point. I was hiding in the kitchen so I didn't see who finally opened the door - and it was LORI!! She was laughing her ass off, hiding off to the side in the bushes. It was like a cardio workout, I swear. The rest of the evening was fairly uneventful. We had show&tell the next morning before Peggy left...

I'd put this top together last spring. Layered it this time

A t-shirt quilt for an organ donor recipient

Coasters...well, just one.

Pillow cases

A kindle cover for Kelly

Four burp cloths

A second Fletcher quilt

Maureen's picture quilt for her nephew and his new bride - lovely beachy colors

Cathy made this for Fiona out of her t-shirts and little kid clothes. So cute - and a relief

Cue the Lone Ranger theme...Dolores and LA did a jelly roll race - look how beautiful this turned out - Soho fabric

Four nieces and four string quilts in their favorite colors - Dolores is an awesome aunt. This is the yellow one.

The pink one...

The orange striking!

Lori made a Santa hanging...

and a turkey. So cute!

She worked on John's sailboat quilt blocks...

Lots of star blocks

LA - tons of things. We video chatted with her boys and Sean texted that Kevin wanted a turkey pillowcase - so she made two!

A market bag for a teacher

Eleven....yes, 11 pillow/book bags for her babysitting kids

Such a cute girl panel

LA's jelly roll race entry

A t-shirt quilt for Carmel from the 3-day team shirts

For a neighbor who was recently diagnosed

Another cute little girl quilt... was exhausting just typing all of that! Peggy left and then we basted four quilts for LA. She and I rolled next around 10:30. Dolores and Lori left later - and Mare, Cathy and Consuelo stayed an extra night at the Best Western. Have to hear details at the next bee. LA and I talked about a sewing/teaching day maybe in January. Stay much fun, girls. Another successful weekend filled with food, fun, estrogen and goat cheese balls. Can't wait till next time....peace.

Monday, November 18, 2013

My sides hurt...

Good Monday morning, ladies. My sides are still hurting from all the laughing! I had no access to the computer last night - someone was doing homework...what?! So no weekend wrap-up yet but wanted to say thanks for all the laughs and always. Take care! there fabric in that sack????

Thursday, November 14, 2013


Oy! Could this week get any slower?

…it's a glacier….

I made a couple of mug rugs for a friend who is moving…..just to pass the time.

This time tomorrow, I'll be packing the kids off with a big smile… more sleep! See you soon….

Monday, November 11, 2013

Happy Veteran's Day...

Hoping you're having a nice Monday...saw this on Pinterest...
And while I may feel like this today.....come Friday, it'll be a different story....
One day we'll have to go in a convertible!! Spent some time this weekend cutting fabric, prepping t-shirts and piling up projects to take. Whoever is leaving at about if we meet up at Cathy's at 8:25 or so. I'll have directions printed up for those who want them, ok? I'm going to head to Sauder's on the way. Dolores is following me - so she's going too! Then we'll head down to Zook's and lunch. Take care, ladies......the countdown is on......peace.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Mellow Monday

Really not much to report today, ladies. November has begun, we've moved our clocks back and just kind of in a holding mode until the getaway weekend!! Anyone working on anything fun? I got a couple of awesome books recently - will bring them along.  I'll leave you with some pirate humor....'s nerd humor too! Peace....