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Monday, May 30, 2011

Getting caught up...and a funny confession!

Thank goodness for the long Memorial Day holiday weekend!!  (and being able to play hookie from my church musician job on Sunday!)...I finally got caught up!  I added purple to Marlene's fabric to finish hers...
...and dug around in my green tubs to come up with this for Melina.  I hope it is the sort of thing you had in mind.  The star points look black in my picture, but they are really a deep green Shadowplay (Maywood). 
Is anyone else having frustrations with Blogger??  I cannot post comments on many blogs...I get in this endless loop of it saying I'm not signed in after I type a comment.  I sign in, then it takes me back to my comment and asks me to type the letters correctly.  After I do that, I'm right back to the screen where I sign in and give my password.  AAAHHHH!  It is so frustrating!  I have sent a couple of "help me" messages, but nothing is any better. 

True confession time:  a while back, Kate made a post showing the two blocks that she made.  I was very sick at the time and had a high fever.  I dragged myself off the couch long enough to see the post and really study the pretty blocks (eye candy for the sick soul!!).  Then I dragged myself back to the couch and slept.  Well, later I sort of hallucinated that they came in the mail already instead of just being pictured on the blog post!  I sort of thought, somehow, that they arrived in the mail and my husband brought the package to my drowsy dreamy state on the couch and said, "open this...it feels like fabric...this will make you feel better."  I was really VERY sick, I guess.

Well, when I got better, I convinced myself that they really had already come, and I must have just misplaced the mailing envelope containing the blocks.  I searched and searched, then Lizzie's block for me arrived...how could I post about my joy in Lizzie's block arriving when I had not posted about Kate's yet?!

So I spent a few weeks turning the house, especially the quilt cave, upside-down looking for the missing blocks.  Then I wondered if I had accidentally thrown them out!  I was horrified!

Meanwhile, the blocks DID arrive in the mail, delayed a little, and I STILL did not make the connection that they were from Kate.  How could they be from Kate when I had already gotten them from Kate when I was sick and misplaced them.  I didn't originally read the note in Kate's parcel saying that they had been delayed.  The guilt of "losing" those two blocks made me not want to make Marlene and Melina's blocks until I found them.

Finally, Thursday night I realized I just had to make the two blocks and get them in the mail.  THAT is when I finally, thoroughly, read the note in Kate's parcel...THESE were the blocks I was looking for!  I AM SUCH AN AIRHEAD!!!

I tell you, since turning 50 in December...I have not been the same!!  I thought it would be a gradual decline into mushroominess...

So thank you Kate, and thank you for the 30's fabric you included in the envelope!  I am so embarrassed that I did not make the proper connections!  I will get Marlene and Melina's blocks in the mail tomorrow, along with another block I got done this weekend.  Thank you to everyone's patience with me and my crazy brain!!

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Melina's address?

I know I read Melina's new address somewhere but I cannot for the life of me find it.
Can someone help?
Thx. Kate

Saturday, May 28, 2011


What a wonderful thing this web is! Thanks to all your heartfelt comments, I am moving toward a sunnier place of existence. I have realized that I don't have to be Superwoman. My life has an ebb and flow that is affected by matters beyond my control, and I just need to move with it. It has helped tremendously that DD1 has been home for a few days, and that DD2 will be home for two weeks at the end of June. I think I needed daughter "fixes".

The colors used in the recent blocks are absolutely gorgeous! I actually bought a package of green fat quarters yesterday (on sale!) to increase my available stash for all you green people! It's never been a color I enjoy except in nature, so I have very few green things around. So, hopefully Kenny (my Kenmore sewing machine) will get a little workout this weekend while the temperatures soar outside; we're supposed to hit 100 on Monday-very bizarre for the Washington, DC area this early in the year....but I need to remember Maryland is the South:)...days like this I definitely miss CA and the ocean.

Love and hugs to you all for all the support, you cannot imagine how much it means to me!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Catching up! Marls' African Ladies and Melina's Green Star

Marls' African ladies.
The bright blue just seemed right.
 Melina's green star.
Hope you like my 1950's hunting dogs! Changed the arrangement just a bit to incorporate the game birds in the corners.
Both will be in the mail on Monday.

June is my month and I've a few ideas still percolating so I'll make my decision soon and post photos instructions etc in a week or so.
bye for now

Thursday, May 26, 2011

African Stars

Hey look what I finished!!!!

Next up, the green (grassy) blocks...off to jump in my fabric tub!


Monday, May 23, 2011

I am defeated

Dear all,

I have been defeated by emotional strain from eldercare issues. I was not able to get my fabric cut, packaged, or mailed while in Ohio. At this point, I am withdrawing the May block. Please feel like this is your recess month. I want to be a part of sewing for the rest of you, and so I hope to be included in the coming months' mailings.

I had really hoped that since Lou and I had leveled out with our health concerns that I would get to know my sewing activities again on a regular basis, but that does not seem to be happening. I have almost finished the blocks you all have not received from me yet, and with a concentrated effort they should be finished over the long weekend and out on the 31st.

I only hope my daughters honor my wishes should I (G-d forbid) descend into the Neverland of dementia or Altzheimer's and become just the body of the person I am.

So, happier thoughts and wishes to all, and hopefully Viv's cheery colors will give us something to look forward to!

Friday, May 20, 2011

I'm the white rabbit...

...as in...
"I'm late  
I'm late
For a very important date.
No time to say "Hello."
I'm late, I'm late, I'm late."

Huge apologies to Marlene and Melina. I am working on your stars now, so they'll be done this weekend and should be in the post on Monday.

I've been madly busy quilting a rather large quilt for our NSW Guilld exhibition...due date 15 June. I'm on to the 3rd border so the end is in sight and I'm a little ahead of my schedule so today  I'm feeling more comfortable about taking the weekend off to make your blocks!

So, Kate has NOT fallen off the face of the earth, just under a quilt. Photos promised soon.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ladies, we're playing with Kaffe Fassett!

Ok, I'm so very excited, September is an awful long way away but I just wanted to update you for two reasons:

1. so you can get excited; and
2. b/c I just can't keep it to myself.

Today my order was shipped from Hyggeligt Fabrics ( http://www.hyggeligt.ca ). Oh I can't wait to see it!!!

I ordered several half yards of pinks and reds (and one yellow!!) of Kaffe Fassett. The block I'm choosing for us to do is a log cabin variation...but you don't get to see which one till closer to September.

Thank you to the visitors who stopped in with links to different places to order this fabric, I really appreciate it!!!

Yukon, Canada

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I'm not lost

but I have definitely been feeling like it! I hope to have triangles mailed by this weekend. I have chosen a hexagon design that is really easy but looks a lot harder. Please take your time getting it back to me, I know I'm REALLY late getting fabric to you all, but I have a decent reason/excuse (see Carolyn Hax's column for the definitions of "reason and excuse"): I fell two weeks ago on the way to the post office and sprained my wrist. I am still having problems with it when I try to do fine movements as opposed to general ones like waving. What was worse was that it was at lunchtime on busy Bethesda Ave-they have brick sidewalks that look cute but are really uneven, and there was a whole crowd to see me go down. And one jerk told me it was because I was wearing heels not flats-sheesh!

I will post directions and pictures tomorrow. Thank you all for your patience throughout this ordeal!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Question - Kaffe Fassett

I have a question!!!! Me, me, me, over here!!!!

Do you have Kaffe Fassett fabric in your stash? I'm thinking ahead to my month and remembered that I picked up some fat quarters that our quilt shop brought in special at Christmas...it's not a designer they carry.

Do you visit the blog Material Obsession? http://www.materialobsession.typepad.com/

It seems a lot of their favourites fall in the Kaffe Fassett fabrics or something similar and I love it. It's wild and kooky.

Anyhoo...just asking in case I have to find a Canadian source and get some in before...what am I September?


Saturday, May 7, 2011

catching up...

my square for May (to myself ;-)

Marl's square (thinking you might get the picture before the actual block in the mail that left Friday from Toulouse)

Last but not least... my squares from last year, laid out on my bed, they are not put together at all yet, but I am thinking about starting to add strips of solids in between and starting to sew the finished product, at least the top part. Thanks for everyone's contribution again! And the pieces I am missing are welcome anytime... I have name tags on each square and was thinking about embroidering everyone's initials, first name or nick name so I could always know which one was who's ;-) It is so windy today that it is a perfect day for sewing. Happy May to all of you!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Stars it is!

The blocks have arrived Beebee and it didn't take much to make squares into the stars appear-they look great.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

I hope you like your Veggies Melina.

I had so much fun making "Green" blocks for you Melina.
One of the very few things I can say in French is "Mon petite chou".
I don't know if I've spelt it correctly though?
Hugs Sue

Tra-la, it's May

Guenevere may have sung that in Chamelot, but its come too soon for me! I lost a week dealing with elder-care issues in Cleveland. Info on my block will be coming later this week, and I hope to have all my late blocks mailed out at the end of the week. I'll try and post pictures of my progress if I haven't left my camera in Cleveland.