Monday, March 30, 2015

Don't Forget Your Cutting Mat

I always remember to clean the lint off my cutting mat, but I never much gave thought to giving it a nice warm bath once in awhile.

Many long time quilters probably know this, but I didn't so I wanted to share this link with all of you to see how to care for your cutting mats. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hands2Help Quilt Drive

We are proud to be one of the chosen charities this year at the 
Hands2Help Quilt drive that Sarah does over at her blog, 
Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

This is the fifth year that Sarah has taken this on and each year the number of quilts that has been sent off to each organization has gone up from the year before.

One of the neat things this year is that Sarah has listed a charity from Canada so for all my amazing Canadian quilters, you don't have to pay high postage costs to mail to the United States, you can mail within Canada.

Personally, me, however, I chose to reach out to my northern neighbors and will be sending two children's quilts to Canada to bless those who have blessed this ministry so many times when we had a need and some of you are so creative!

Postage is crazy high to send to Canada, many times those who live close to the border in Washington state have had friends who are from Washington mail them off or drop them off at our drop off points.

Last year, I mailed quilts off as well and while I haven't particularly felt well the last month or so, I know I can always reach out to one more person that will bring blessings to others!


Clipping Along

I have been super sick the past few weeks, hit by the respiratory bug that has been going around this winter and trust me, you want to move to safer quarters if anyone in your family comes home with it.

It hit my son first and he needed to go to the doctor once and the ER four days later and they thought he may have had the Whooping Cough.

Then two of the girls contracted it and one needed medication, the other was blessed to have an easy case of it and quickly recovered.

Then, about a month ago, it hit me and hit me fast and hard. My doctor gave me a decongestant that was prescription strength but four days later I was in the emergency room coughing so hard, my face would turn purple.

I got steroids, prescription cough pills and another decongestant and for three weeks in order to sleep, I had to sit straight up on the couch propped up by pillows.

We cleaned, we bleached, we used wipes on grocery carts, we wore masks to not spread it to others and just as I was beginning to feel better, my son and I are both being hit with round two.

As stated previously, R U N....if you are around anyone with this, as it is the most miserable illness I have had in a few years when I was hit with pneumonia twice in a year and I seriously believe that was a picnic compared to this mess!

In spite of it all, I have been able to bind two quilts, put together a third and work on cutting and putting together my sons denim quilts (pics to follow later).

I think the reason for my productiveness is that I feel 100% better when I am sitting up because the minute I start to lie down, the barking cough comes back.

I hope this post finds you all well and I pray for all of you to remain healthy and well!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Almost A Year Later...A Bit Jealous

I don't know if my days are any busier than any other quilters. I don't know who works out of the home and who works at home. I don't know if your home is picture perfect, neat as a pin or as I like to say, comfortably messy.

All I know is I see so many quilters making the most fabulous quilts and not one or two, but some of you get several done a month and then I feel badly because it takes me so long to get one completed.

Created by Tammy S.

 Tammy sent me this quilt almost a year ago to complete. The top was done, the binding was cut, all I had to do was add the back (she even sent that), batting, quilt it and bind it. How hard is that?

I finally completed it last evening and I feel badly that it took me so long to complete. Each time I walked past this adorable quilt, I got pangs of guilt.

I am just a tad bit jealous of those of you who can get these completed so quickly. I used to be able to knock a few quilts out a week, work full time, go to school full time and now I am lucky if I can make by bed during the day.

I would love to promise that I can get more done this year, but truth is, with the kids in band and traveling all over the state this year, one of the girls in Girl Scouts, one in Boy Scouts, trying to help my son find work and get his life back after prison and wanting to do some traveling this year...all I can do is try.

However, I am open to anyone's suggestion of how you get so much done and I would like to at least finish one a month, no, make that two and I would be happy!

Blessings to all of you for a great week ahead and please, take some time to quilt!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

My Son Joseph

So many of you ask me often what is going on with my son Joseph and I would like to tell you that he is improving everyday.

Joseph is still living on the streets but has gone through alcohol detox and has been sober for over 150 days! 

Joseph has a dog named Hunter who is this adorable, well behaved, well cared for pudgy happy little guy and because there are no shelters in the area that provide a place for both pet and people, Joseph will not leave to go anywhere.

Joseph's aunt and uncle have been able to locate a woman who wants to help Joseph and get him off the streets. I believe she is a social worker who works with the homeless and she is gathering up all his records to see what can be done.

In the meantime, Joseph has court tomorrow for misdemeanor warrants regarding people who complain about him being homeless and want him and have had him arrested for vagrancy.

For over a year now, Joseph has had a small area in front of a local store where the manager knows him and loves him. As long as he never bothers the customers, keeps his cart covered up, she has allowed him to remain off to the side of her store to sit and sleep at night.

Joseph has followed her rules, however, the drug addicts and others who steal, beat Joseph and rob from him what little he has, have caused so many issues, that the local police have told him he can no longer stay there.

We are praying that perhaps tomorrow, the judge will see that Joseph is sober and that he will be able to help them find a home for Joseph and Hunter.

I have always prayed that perhaps someone who owns an animal shelter or kennel would take him in and for room and board, allow him to help around the place, he loves dogs so much.

It is important to remember that Joseph will be 40 years old this year and that he is mentally ill and being such, he is allowed to make up his own mind about where he lives, if he takes medication, etc.

So many have beat me up over the years because he does not live with us. However, he does not want to live with us. He has many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends where he stays. He knows so many people and many people love him. One lady was leading him in a Bible Study a year ago, I saw a young man bring him fresh water and a hat, his aunt and extended family bring him fresh clothes, we provide things he needs when he needs them.

We cannot force someone to do what they do not want to do. Then again, I recently read of a woman who was held in a mental institution for over 3 years against her will. A woman who fought many years for the mentally ill. A woman whose family was well educated, whose father was once a prominent politician and who owned her own home.

This woman quit taking care of herself, she began what I know as a decompensation or...describe it as meaning that someone who has an illness that they have been compensating for (with medications, treatment, family support and all the other strategies they might be using) begins to show symptoms again, so they have “decompensated” – fallen backward from the level of compensation they had previously experienced.

She refused to take her medications, she was not bathing, she smelled of feces, her clothing was covered in food and she refused help. So, she was institutionalized.

Joseph does not need to be in a hospital, he needs a shelter at night for he and his dog that is safe from the weather, a place to keep his sparse belongings where he knows they will still be when he returns and a place that will allow him to wander.

His brother is close by and used to check on him until he lost his car, but he said he is doing well. His best day mom is when someone buys him his favorite sandwich at Subway, the dog is fed, the weather is good and people smile at him.

His brother told me the story of Christmas day he went to sit with Joseph for awhile, the young man I spoke of earlier had brought him a cooler with fresh, warm Tamales. Joseph hadn't eaten one because he still had his favorite Subway sandwich from the evening before. He shared one with his brother.

They were sitting and talking when a man in a very nice SUV pulled up and asked them if they knew where he could find some Tamales. Without hesitation, his brother reported, Joseph stood up, grabbed the cooler and handed it to the man and wished him Merry Christmas. The man drove off and what amazed his brother, was the man didn't say thank you, he had just taken food from a homeless person and he didn't say thank you.

When he told Joseph, I wanted at least one more, Joseph laughed. When he asked why he gave him the entire cooler full, Joseph told him, 'I can't eat all of them, why shouldn't his family have them.'

Thank you all for continued prayers for Joseph, we speak weekly and he is happy!

Six More Weeks...Happy Wednesday!

My cousin shared this with me yesterday, so I thought I would share it with all of you.

Have a Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Thank You For Entering the Giveaway

Thank you all who signed up for the giveaway, the winners were chosen, announced and all prizes are one their way or arrived by now.

I thank those who took the time to make comments and visit and hope to have another one soon!