I can SEE you!!

Had my right eye cataract removed and have recovered from that.   It isn’t a knock you down and squash you type surgery.. You walk in, have it done and Walk out!!   A bit mushed up, but you can function.    I came home, ate something and went to sleep.   It’s the after effects of the Drugs.   Then, I always sleep when I don’t feel 100%.   462016 cataract sugeryThis pic is from the left eye surgery.   No photos for the Right.   I’m still under the influence of those wonderful drugs..   Love todays medicine!!

Called my friend Lisa (live2craft2) and she is doing much better.   Had some rough days lately and then had to put down her fur baby… But she wants to Long Arm quilt for me.   I donate quilts to the local Abuse Center and she has been God Sent to help me out.   And as she puts it…”I get to practice  my quilting skills”.    It’s a win-win situation for us both. She was thrilled to learn I had 5 or 6 ready for quilting.  We plan to meet up this Tues evening.DSCN8176I found some time to play with all the orphan blocks that were sent to me.. and believe me they are really gorgeous.. only I have to redo this one block.. it got all wonky.  I really need it to fill out a quilt.. otherwise I’d just have More Orphans!.     So apart it came..and it now sits at the machine waiting for me to get it all back together.   Thankfully I remembered to take a pic and won’t get lost in wondering how it has to go back together.

someone is behind meDid ya ever get that feeling someone was staring at you??

These two make me laugh!!    They are on my bed for a nap every afternoon.  Sometimes it gets a little crowded, but they seem to be getting along  in this photo and soon both were sound asleep.

Got to get a move on..  Memorial day and I’m still on the “recovery” list around here.   DD#2 & her hubby are letting me “rest”.    So I’m quite content to laze around and get waited on.   Getting all those drops in my eye is my only concern for now.

June 1’st is the local quilting guild meeting.   I gotta go since there is a “trunk show”.   Maybe I can get a few pics this time.

This was from last month’s meeting.  Those are pineapple squares  that are only 2 inches in size…Mickey Mowry from Wisconsin is going to break a lot of records and win lots of ribbons with this one!!   She does the tiniest blocks I’ve ever seen.IMG_20160504_192521531Til next time Live Well, Laugh Often and Love deeply.      GRANNY

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sickies and yard animals

2016 spring apples N squirrelBoth the kids have been home, under my feet and coughing A lot!!   I fixed their favorite comfort food and took a walk outside to let the germs escape from ME.    We have the Turtle (iron)  next to the fountain out front to encourage a few little critters to stop by for a visit.   The birds sure love the water!!    Sure enough the grey squirrels stop by daily for some apple peel and corn.     I pulled a few weeds and checked the planters  (I planted potatoes in them)    Sure enough the little potatoes are poking up green shoots already.

I’ve been staring at the Fabric for the Vintage quilt and getting antsy to put it together —Pink is the backing, Green is the border, and blue for the binding.    I’ve got a roll of batting, so perhaps this week end I can get it sandwiched .   Still got to clean off the treadle machine and fill the bobbins so I can use it to quilt with.

vintage fabs

But the Ghastley quilt is in the way… so I’m hand sewing on it everyday.  Not even half way yet, but getting there.   This week end I need to get more thread.. went thru 10 6 ply (broke down to 3) DMC embroidery floss skeins so far.     Will take a lot more before I’ve finished this one.

hand qlting

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Rain, Rain, Rain

big dog dutyAll we can do is sit and watch it come down.    This is the type of rain that makes things grow, so we can only hope everything we planted will soon be popping up out of the ground.

Mother’s day came and went.. got to spend a few hours with the Other Mom.. The Blind leading the Blind.

IMG_20160508_133623379Just learned today that the Other Mom.. is in the hospital.   Getting checked out since all her blood work and doctor’s visit showed she’s got some major problems happening with her kidney’s.    This getting old business isn’t for the faint of heart.   I do hope they find the problem and fix it!!

Went shopping and got the backing, border and binding for the Vintage quilt..  I missed getting the photo of it all stacked up together.. so will have to charge the battery and get to clicking.    But At least I can get to work on that quilt.. Hope to get it together for the August Quilt Show.

Speaking of Quilts, I did go to the May Meeting and joined the Quilt Guild here in Peoria.  Gems of the Prairie.     They have a very large show every year.   I’m hoping they have a Vintage section for show and tell…  Cause I’m gonna show off the Great’s  Quilt and sewing skills.   LOL.    Otherwise I don’t know what I’ll put in the show.   My quilting skills are not that great!!


Back to watching the rain… adding an extra blanket to the bed since it’s gonna get down in the lower 50s this week end… brrrr.


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put the peddle to the metal.

my peddle machine w log cabin blocksI practiced with the log cabin blocks before going for the vintage ones..  All went well with the first two rows, so I switched over to putting the vintage blocks together.. Using the Antique treadle sewing machine

flimsy vintage vintage blocks together... Hey!  DD#1.  here are some more pics to help you choose the backing for me.  Watcha think??     The August quilt show is sneaking up on me… so let me know soon if not tomorrow.

My Orphan Blocks are pouring in from some really wonderful ladies at Missouri Star Quilt Company dot com.   In todays box–  

  1.  Just one single block that measured 14×14  in pastels.  Very appropriate for a baby boy.   I’m making it bigger by just adding strips to the sides.. The box/gifter sent lots of pastel strips along with this block.
  2. I sorted the fabric by colors/season/holidays.    There is some beautiful fall & lots of browns to do some strip piecing.   I love “scrappy looking” quilts and these should make a great quilt for the fall.
  3.  Huge embroidery blocks with white background.    ??   still stumped as to putting them together.   Looking for a great color to sash each block.
  4. Miscellaneous blocks and fabrics…. they will join the other orphans that are sorted into   colors/season/holiday piles.

Whew,  I told ya these gals are generous!!     Got so many ideas running around in my head after playing with the Orphans!!

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Another beautiful day = sore muscles

sun batherMy little helper just couldn’t keep his eyes open.. laying out in direct sunlight on the back patio.. he is soaking up some rays.

Got the front patio all cleaned up and finished up the brick wall.   Cleaning out the front flower beds.. and after the rains (next 2 days)  the soil will be soft enough to do some planting in them.

Liz’s was playing  in the dirt this afternoon.. and has a little Gnome Land in the works.::

liz's gnome landSunshine brings out the “gardener” in me and I am getting the urge to PLANT something.

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Warmer days

Any temp above 60 F.  brings the gardener out in me.    The UPS delivered the 2 raised bed tables and DD#2 has been putting them together.

We went to Menard’s today and I snagged the seeds , plants and potting soil to start  some seeds.   We  also grabbed some really cute little Gnomes for our Fairy Garden..   Forgive me for not taking photos, but we were on the move all day and the camera needed to be charged.    My phone does take photos, but I don’t know how to get them to my computer just yet.   To many new things for me to keep up with.   So I’m staying old school for a while longer.  Will take photos tomorrow with the camera!garden

I’m truly enjoying my New vision.   I can see so much better, I can’t stop myself from testing and finding new sights.

OK, what’s my favorite color right now:   GREEN!!   There are so many different shades of it in nature.

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she’s a flimsey

vintage top they are all together!! and in the quilting world a finished top is called a flimsy.   Now to find a suitable backing and binding — an ongoing search on my part.   It’s approximately 32 x 56 inches.  (a nice size lap quilt).  Boomer likes it!!

boomer whos hereHe is on watch dog duty here in this picture.   Just making sure our guest dog (Jack) doesn’t get into the treat bag.

Jack the guestDon’t think He’s sleeping… He’s just had a romp outside and needs to catch his breath.   (Really he is a very sweet dog who loves lots of attention)  Jack went home Tuesday, the day before my cataract surgery.  Hope we get to dog sit him again.   He was a perfect little house guest.

Before my eye surgery, I finished getting the border put on this “orphan”..  Saturday (today)  I am hoping to find a matching fabric for the back when DD#2 & I hit the road for some therapy  shopping.bordering w dog toothBIG NEWS – DD#2  is cancer free!!   All tests came back negative and in normal range.    YaHOO  This past year has been full of UPs and DOWNs.     

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