Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Amazing "Little Missy!"

Last Saturday I attended a work day with my local quilt guild.  We were assembling tote bags that are used at an abused women's shelter.  I had my little peanut granddaughter with me and she immediately took over my sewing machine.  I became the pinning and ironing person while she sewed.  The tide has turned.  Their are not very many people that I will allow to sew on my machine.  She is allowed. 
She wants to be a junior member in our guild and plans on bringing her own sewing machine to our next work day.  The other ladies enjoy her because she is pleasant and polite.  It is a good thing.

Thread Holder Made By My Personal Carpenter

I saw this thread holder at a fellow sewers home.  I came home and checked them out on the Internet and realized it was much too expensive for my budget.  I showed Tom the picture and he built one for me.  It holds almost three hundred spools of thread.  Now that I have them all organized I had better start sewing.

Monday, November 10, 2014

It's Cookie Decorating Time Again

Being back in Florida means that I can do cookie classes again with my daughter.  Today's class was all about fall cookie decorating.  Christy turns her living and dining room into a classroom for sixteen people.  She has all the cookies baked and the frosting tinted and ready to decorate.  A few instructions and off we go.  Today she had an airbrush station set up for special effects on the cookies.  While my photo doesn't really do them justice, the cookies are quite beautiful.
Each participant pays a small amount for the ingredients and a larger amount which is donated to charity.  This seasons recipient is the Honor Flight Foundation. I love my cookies and I love my daughter for thinking of others the way that she does.

Another Habitat For Humanity Home

Tom and I were able to attend the dedication of another Dade City Habitat For Humanity house dedication last Friday.  This is house number one hundred and thirty five for this chapter.  Our local quilt guild got involved about sixty quilts back and has made at least one quilt for every house that this HFH chapter dedicates.  This particular house dedication was even more impressive because it was one of the homes that was supported by the Warrick Dunn Foundation.  This gentleman, and he certainly is a gentleman, started this foundation when he played pro football with Tampa Bay.  He began the foundation in honor of his own mother who raised six children and was never able to own her own home.  To date he has completely furnished one hundred and forty homes for families who need help.  The house is move in ready from the cleaning products in the pantry to a television, computer, appliances and everything in between. 
Every day we hear stories of professional athletes who make the news for breaking the law, abusing themselves and others or being just plain stupid.  Warrick's mother must be smiling down at this son who has truly made a difference in the lives of so many.
Left to right: Our homeowner and her son, Glenda from East Pasco Quilt Guild, myself and Warrick Dunn.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Carving Pumpkins

Sunday morning was pumpkin carving day with our grandchildren.  We scooped out four large pumpkins and had a wonderful time doing it. 

The grands are growing so fast and we enjoy every minute we have with them.

Potato Sausage

Our family has an amazing potato sausage recipe that was made by my grandmothers family.  We all love it and so on this trip to Wisconsin we made about forty pounds of it.  Because raw potatoes are one of the ingredients the sausages must be precooked and then cooled down and wrapped for the freezer.  We left a goodly amount with family and the rest is going home to Florida for family there.

Mmmm  mmmm so very delicious!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall In Wisconsin

We are visiting family in Wisconsin and the colors around the southern part of the state are nothing short of spectacular.   It reminds me of this quilt.  Years ago I went to a yearly quilt retreat with a dozen wonderful ladies.  I picked out three focus fabrics and sent a piece of each out to all my friends.  Each was to create a square using mainly those three fabrics.  At retreat we would have a reverse drawing and every hour we would pull one name from the hat.  That person would be eliminated and the last name in the hat would be the winner of the squares.  I absolutely loved the colors of this quilt and started telling them all that I knew I would be the lucky winner.  Part way through the day I ran to town and when I got back they said sorry but my name had been pulled in the hourly draw and I was out of the running.  As the day went by and more names were pulled I teased each one and said things like "too bad so sad...get over it I did." After dinner that night they all started laughing before the last pull and informed me that in fact they had been playing with me and my name was one of the two left in the hat.  Well I won those squares and created the Flying Geese borders that tied them all together.  The quilt was machine pieced and quilted and every fall it went out on the bed.  My sister Margaret Mary came for a visit and asked if she could buy the quilt because she also loved it so.  Now the quilt belongs to her as a gift from me and when I come visit I see it in her guestroom.  I know how much she enjoys it which makes me enjoy it all the more.


I think that I may need to do another quilt in these colors someday.