Monday, May 21, 2012

Mailbox Monday

Happy Monday Everyone:  Mailbox Monday is hosted by Martha's Bookshelf in  May.  I am so excited to be able to post today.  A few weeks ago, I signed up for a giveaway at   Cozy Chicks blog and surprise, surprise, I won.  I thought I was signing up for a free copy of 1 book, but in the mail I received 2 book and 2 bookmarks. Both books are signed by the author Sophie Kelly. I am blessed. Now I have added them to my summer TBR stack. Which seems to be growing by leaps and bounds.  Last week I attended a quilt retreat with 18 friends at beautiful Ranch A Wyoming.  We also had a book exchange and I came home with all four books from the Twilight Series

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Beautiful Ranch A, Wyoming
2012 Quilt Chicks Annual Retreat

OK...I did not post while at the retreat. There was promised a WiFi connection.  It was so sporadic that I barely got an email off to DH to tell him I arrived safely. There is no cell service there either. That makes for good quilting time, and reading time.  No interruptions from outsiders.  However, my quilting buddies are great at keeping me busy, so I may have not posted even had there been a decent internet connections. I have some pictures. 

This is my "Jelly Jive"quilt, made from a Jelly roll I thought I liked.
I am not in love with it, but I received several suggestions for salvaging it to make it "awesome"
Marva is designing her "Tangled Threads" kit that she purchased last year at our Quilt show.
She had it all cut, but got it totally pieced at retreat!  Way to go Marva!

Marva working on collapsible trash bag
Linda H concentrating on her trash bag

Linda W and June at their stations

Deb and Zana working on their trash bags.

Sandy showing Jenn how to hand stitch the bottom to the top
Are you jealous yet, of our awesome weekend away?

The weather was fabulous and the food was superb.  We all cooked at different times, so we could sew, sew, sew. 

I got most of my SUMMER wall hanging complete, but was missing one white 2 X 3.5 inch rectangle.  Wonder if I just forgot to cut the 4th one or if it got lost?  No matter, will cut another this week and complete it. Will post a picture then.

Until then,
Stay Busy, Stay Happy

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Ranch A Eve

Tomorrow after water aerobics, I leave for 3.5 days of quilting with friends. The Quilt Chicks rock!!.  I hope to make a dent in my block of the month quilt. Also am taking a small applique and pieced SUMMER wall hanging. We will learn to make an Iron Cozy and do a project taught by Deb B.  Right, Left, Center is on the menu too.  I am so excited. I will add pictures tomorrow.

Page Turners May selection is "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot.
  It causes me a lot of anxious thoughts. I have really vivid dreams.  So I am also reading "Songs of the Humpback Whale"  by Jodi Picoult.
It is better to read before bed at least.

Till tomorrow....
Stay Busy Stay Happy


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Cinco De Mayo Snapshot Saturday

Today I am just posting a picture taken by my friend of a butterfly found in her backyard here in Wyoming last week. Her granddaughter (age 9) was completely enthralled by this beautiful creature. We have butterflies in Wyoming but it is unusual to be able to photograph them as they emerge.  Totally made me feel like spring is just around the corner. Then today it is dreary, rainy and cool.   Wonderful Wyoming.

Saturday Snapshot, is a wonderful weekly meme from at home with books

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Marvelous Monday Two

Seems Monday is my posting day. I was going to sit here on Saturday. It was drizzling and wet all day. In fact there was snow. But I didn't post. I find myself lurking around other Blogs. Reading my current book. Whatever else that I can piddle at. I am slowly getting better as far as the coughing and other symptoms go.  DD said it would be 14 days and she was right.

Yesterday we went to breakfast with D&J. No one else was there. We had a good visit and then just came home. It was kind of chilly, but sunny. Typical for April instead of the 80's we had earlier in the month. I finished sewing all the strips for the Jelly Jive quilt. I put it on my design wall and I do NOT like it. I put the money for the WSQG raffle quilt in an envelope to the treasurer and wrote a letter to Drew.

I am looking forward to Stitchin Club tomorrow night. I will try to remember my camera to take pictures of everyone's progress on their stitching projects. Today I also rearranged the Jelly Jive strips and then asked DH his opinion. He does not like it either. I think it is quite a jumble of colors and fabric. Way outside of my comfort zone. I numbered all the strips and took it down in order. I will take it to Ranch A for input from my quilting buddies. I will tell them to be brutal.

It is now 5pm and DH is playing XBOX again. I lay down to take a nap,and poof he is at the game console. I  hate it.  I am so tired of gun fire and yelling that I  could scream.   OK , so much for my rant.  I must just let it go, really let it go.