Friday, April 18, 2014

Came Home To This Beautiful Sight!

We just got home last evening from a nine day, 3270 mile round trip vacation that took us to northern California to see my elderly step-father, down through the San Joaquin valley to see my son who is homeless,  our first great granddaughter, previous in-laws, through the desert of California onto Phoenix to see our three sons, 2 grandchildren, then to Knotts Berry Farm for sun and fun, onto Magic Mountain for sun and sitting for most of the day for me, back up the state.

I am exhausted and rejuvenated and wanted to share that our house sitter very nicely stacked quilts that came in via FedEx and we go to pick up our mail!

Monday, April 7, 2014


oday these boxes came in and I am so happy they arrived!  Thank you to everyone Marilyn from California, Deb from Angola, Dean from WA

I want to open them all and show the amazing quilts inside, however, I have been hit pretty hard with what I am assuming to be the flu (fever, chills, headache, oozing eyes) and can barely hold my head up or my eyes open.

Right now, I need to get over this before it settles into pneumonia!

Thank you all!

**Please know while I so much appreciate all the donations, I am not in a position where I can take clothing at this time.  If you have clothing to donate, please head over to this link and see where those items can be sent.**

Thank you so much for your understanding! 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Help With My Singer Heritage Macine

Today my Singer Heritage has decided to give me fits and I need to know if anyone has any ideas. Besides the fact she is tired and needs to see the Singer doctor, however, when looking on line, there are no service centers near me.

So, here is the issue. I am using my embroidery foot to quilt and 1 of two things happens:
1- It takes a few stitches and the thread breaks
2-It takes a few stitches and the bobbin breaks

I keep getting a C6 error. Anyone has any inkling I am open!

A few days ago I took it apart, cleaned it really well, oiled it and put her back together and she was running great.

Today, I have changed the thread, bobbin and needle. I have adjusted the tension, I took it apart and see nothing that can cause these issues.

Does anyone have any clue?  I took her down and put back up my classic heavy duty and guess I will take the Singer to our local quilt shop and have their person look at it.

I would use my treadle machine however I have not been able to master how to wind the bobbin on that and I have so many quilts that need quilting.

I am using a quality cotton fabric for top and back, nothing odd, I just can't figure this out and I am not feeling well so it is really irritating me.

Perhaps I need to take it to the shop tomorrow so when we come back from vacation it will be ready to go.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Quilts Arriving

The quilts are beginning to arrive and I feel so blessed to be facilitating this to reach out to those who lost so much.

First, my treadle machine is holding as many as she can and true to her name, she is saying Mercy what a blessing!

 This adorable baby quilt came in today from Marsha M. of Washington and grandson happily volunteered to hold it up.
Two more came while I was out running errands from Debbie C. also from Washington.  I think I am definitely making some day trips for hugs this summer!

 Then this morning bright and early before 0800, a knock on my door brought two of these beautiful quilts from Phylis B. and Kathy S. also of Washington!

Theirs are the very beautiful purple ones in the top picture and they are amazing.

Last night very quietly, Fed Ex dropped this one off from Allie A. of Washington along with candy for me!

I cannot wait until delivery day to see how many we have!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I Am Not Going To Defend My Numbers Again

The minute I heard about the Oso landslide I got busy reaching out to the quilting community and initially asked for 300-500 quilts and right away I cannot believe it, but people asked, 'why do you need that many there aren't that many that survived.' Seriously? If you are that callous, don't donate, it is as simple as that!

So to all who keep questioning me for whatever reason let me say this. Oso had a population of around 180 people and 5 of those have rescued as of today.  

A baby was found this morning added to the number I believe of 17, I am not keeping up with the news for numbers. Now that would mean that those that perished could have a wife, husband, mom, dad, sibling, grandparents that were not there and are affected by this. So lets just say all 180 had 2 surviving family members.

There is 360 quilts needed just for those family members.

Now Snohomish County Sheriff's office has 265 sworn members and I am pretty sure many of those helped or are helping and seeing things they will never see and were not prepared we have a need for 565 quilts.

I have heard there are locals from Arlington and Darrington that are helping, so they are seeing things they will never forget and lets say there are at least 100. Now we are at over 600 so I underestimated the need for quilts.

If you are worried then all I can say, is don't be. We will gets these quilts to those who need them if it takes me 2 trips or 200 trips, I am going to deliver all I get until I am told they are all covered or they don't need anymore and then the rest will be used for 911 dispatchers in need and other tragedies.

If you do not want to donate, then please, don't. I am not going to twist your arm but I would like to ask you one question and I don't need an answer here.

When you give to the Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Way do you know if the money you really gives stays where you want it to, do you know if 100% of the money you donate goes 100% to the rescue efforts?  Hmmm, I am thinking you might be surprised at those answers.

I am not saying don't trust those agencies, all I am saying or asking really, is why are you so worried?  I post pictures and I will post pictures.  

I am not a mind reader, I don't know how many we will really need but then again when the Red Cross or United Way says they need $1,000,000,000 for the area, do they really know they need that much? Could it be more? Yes it could and probably will be.  Could it be less? Yes, it could and if it is, are you going to ask for your money back?  No, you are happy they will use it later when they have a need.

I so love and appreciate all of you, but I cannot answer this question anymore it is just to much to answer everyday a question of my honesty and integrity.  While I encourage people to be safe, I don't expect people to daily try to tear this organization down either!

Monday, March 31, 2014

For the last two months, my diva girl has been practicing her heart out for our church children's play. She worried herself sick yesterday because at breakfast she couldn't remember her lines. However on stage last night, she blew it out of the park!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Banana Pudding Crazy

For years I have made the same Banana pudding recipe and everyone in my home loved it and it never lasted because when they weren't given any, they would sneak into it bit by bit.

A few months ago I tried a new one with Pepperidge Farm Chessman cookies and we thought that was the best pudding ever and I should never make any other recipe.  I concurred!

Then Friday I found this wonderful Bananas & Cream Pound cake recipe over at Taste of Home magazine on-line and you guessed it, they decided this one was the best.

Here, I guess you can say is proof in the pudding because this is all that is left from a 9 x 13 pan full.

It is very yummy and I think it could be used for pot lucks, baby showers and yes, my grands think even a birthday party.

You can find the recipe at Taste of Home