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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

NICU Quilts

Last night was the SWFQG meeting. 
I picked up 3 NICU flimsies from the charity table. 
I quilted them up on Lolita tonight. 

 The backs...
That green elephant with the bird on his head.....please?

Kelly services the NICUs at all the NYC hospitals. 
She's told me some stories that are so heartbreaking. 
The things these tiny babies & parents endure is hard to believe. 
And thier strength is overwhelming. 
If anyone needs a quilt, it's these young families. 

Earlier tonight I had a FaceTime with Nugget.
That baby is the apple of my eye!
She's fascinated by the iPhone, so her big, beautiful eyes were focused on the screen the whole time. 
And her hair is growing in.
And, she looks kinda like my Herman. 
Only petite
And girlier.
I haven't seen her in weeks, which makes me a little sad. 
Working on these NICU quilts tonight made me feel better. 
And so grateful for my healthy, perfect granddaughter. 

There's a stunning full moon tonight. 
Maybe that's why I'm so emo. 

Remember the kindness. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Blue & White

I like a lot of color, so 2 color quilts are hard for me. 
But, I'm trying. 
It has to be scrappy. 
I'd fall asleep working with only 2 fabrics. 
I've been collecting blues with a nautical/beach theme for a couple of years. 
I decided to cut them up yesterday when I arrived in my paradise. 
I originally thought I'd make Philadelphia Pavement blocks. 
I made 2....
These will join the orphans for sure. 
Since I've been crushing on Churn Dash lately, I decided to go that way. 
Here they are on my kick ass design wall. 
Much better. 
Plus, the ocean churns, which will make for a good name for the finished product. 
I'm not sure if I'll do positive/negative or add a different block. 
I'm going to sleep on it. 

In other news, I fixed the guest potty today. 
It was running so much that Gateway Water called us in NY. 
I replaced the flapper. 
By myself. 
Well, Leland showed me how but I went to Hone Depot, bought the right part & remembered what he told me. 
I guess I'm a plumber now. 

How awesome are the Olympics?
Michael Phelps and Simone Biles are machines!
I usually do not enjoy watching sports, but the Olympics are an exception. 
Must be my ADD tendencies are satisfied by the variety. 

Be kind whenever you can. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Texas Beach Bums

Here's a photo recap of a fun week with my Texas family. 
Bub, Baby Bub, Amber, Nico, Stella, Megan, Rob, Cezel, Amy K, Kelly, Jim, Phil, Mimi & Ms Pat
A whole week together of Laughing, Beach days, Boardwalk, ice cream, surfing, paddle boarding, golf and way too much eating & drinking. 
I love my family.
Remember to be kind. 

Quiltweek Syracuse 2016

Sadly, 2016 is the last Quiltweek Syracuse. 
AQS has decided not to return. 
I think they tried too get too big.
And greed played a part, too. 

Anyway, my friend Gail had a quilt in the show. 
So she came and went to the show with me. 
It was an ok show. 
My favorite quilt was Karen Marchettis Lucille Ball quilt. 
No pictures...I was too busy gabbing with Gaily. 

Prickly Passion

I love this quilt!
We took a longarming class with Linda Hrka. 
She was a very good teacher. 
I'd take another class with her. 
Gail was a better student. 
She quilts on her DSM, but she's a natural with a longarm. 
Too bad she has no room for one. 
Gail turned me onto machine quilting many moons ago. 
It was great to spend a Quilty retreat with her. 


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Dan's Graduation Quilt

Jimmys good buddy Dan graduated from Virginia Tech in May.
He's like family.
I love that kid. 
I pieced a churn dash quilt for him in Florida. 
I had every intention of quilting it sooner. 
But when I got home, I got busy. 
Being Mayzee
And Mom
And Mrs Murray
And the Orlando quilt happened so I had to meet that deadline 
And I was starting to get a social life
I'm nipping that in the bud 
Excuses Excuses
Anyway, I finished quilting it today. 
I used my longboard swirls cause I hope he'll use it a lot and it's a sturdy design. 
I used batiks, Blues & Oranges cause he loves Syracuse athletics. 
And we live in Syracuse & I want him to come visit us. 
And Virginia Tech colors really don't speak to me. 
Don't judge. 

Here's the front
The back is a brown paisley. 
Let's see how long it takes me to get a binding on this puppy.

When he finally gets it, I hope he likes it!


Friday, July 22, 2016

Laura & Zac

Feast or famine. 
Usually, my social calendar is pretty much empty. 
I like it that way. 
Imagine my surprise when I wound up having 2 things in 1 day. 

Laura, an awesome friend from my Ann Arbor life & mom to one of my favorite people, retired in April.
To kick off her new life, she decided to bike her way across the USA.
I snapped this picture while I was waiting for her in the lobby of her hotel.
Look how far she's ridden!
Just looking at this makes me tired.
From San Francisco to New Hampshire. 
On a bike
Like a 2 wheeler
With no motor at all
Just her legs
I can't imagine
Anyway, she stopped in Liverpool yesterday. 
I figured she'd be passing thru here, so I contacted Hannah and was going to surprise her. 
The surprise didn't happen cause she remembered we lived nearby and texted me.
We were thrilled to see her.
She looks fabulous. 
I think all this pedaling agrees with her. 
Murray & I took her to Santangelos for some delish Italian. 
And great conversation about her journey.
Twas fun.
We're trying to arrange a pilgrimage this fall for a UofM game. 
I hope it works out.
I'd love to see Rex, and hear more awesome stories of her journey. 
And drink more wine with her. 
Safe travels!

After we dropped Laura off, we caught the 2nd set of Zac Brown Band at the new amphitheater.
It was a nice venue. 
There was a spectacular sunset over the water. 
But it was dusty.
And hot. 
ZBB did play some awesome covers.
Baba OReilly, Jack & Diane & Lets Go Crazy. 
The Who, John Mellencamp, Prince. 
Great choices Zac. 
It's a good thing they do good covers cause Murray is obsessed with going to thier concerts. 
And how much 'Toes' can one girl take?

Remember the Kindness

Thursday, July 21, 2016


The Orlando MQG is collecting quilts for the victims, families & survivors of the Pulse tragedy. 
They suggested a block, and requested rainbow colors.
I decided to donate. 
It's finally finished!
The front...
And back...
I'm so glad I participated.
It was really a healing experience.  
All this violence has been taking a toll on me.
This quilt made me feel like I was helping in some small way. 

My friend Barb sent me 6 blocks, which allowed me to make a big snuggle quilt.
I had used the backing fabric in a previous quilt and really wanted it for this project.
I was so happy to find enough to construct the back. 
I quilted it with fans cause I thought it resembled a rainbow shape. 
And I used a solid black binding to show respect for those who lost their lives that horrible morning. 
I'm shipping it off to OMQG in the hope that an aching heart will get some comfort from my work.