I sewed as a teenager taking home economics and did some garment sewing later in life. Working as a paralegal in a trial lawyer's office kept me from pursuing sewing to any extent. My DM was a seamstress and could alter and tailor -- I was in awe, and she did make me some gorgeous clothes for work. My "baby" sister is responsible for me getting back to the machine and learning to quilt. She has inspired me to get over "it must be perfect" and to enjoy the process. I have much to learn at this late stage of my life -- but I am having lots of fun.
I have a son and a son and daughter by marriage. I am also blessed with 5 grandchildren and one great gc thanks to my DH's children and my DS has blessed me with two beautiful nieces and I now have a two grand nieces.
I loved horses all my life (but never owned my own) and at age 65 I went to a working cattle ranch in Nogales, Sonora Mexico. I did this trip three years in a row for 7 days of riding, driving cattle, trail riding, taking care of my horse and enjoying the company of ladies who loved to ride and share their life experiences.
At QWU I am among such talented women and the exposure is such a learning and warm experience.
Hobbies and Interests
quilting, applique, paper piecing, machine quilting, embroidery, crazy quilting
My pets are awesome!
No pets. But, I dog sit Sparky when his owners travel.
Thanks for the comments, Judy. Yes, we're pretty excited about the house, and yesterday our daughter had her baby boy! Good weekend, especially since it FINALLY cooled off today! It's been just unbearable here for well over a month now, but we're supposed to have more days like this for a bit. I'm glad, we don't have AC!
I was confused---I thought Sparky was yours. I didn't read the caption under his picture until now. I wish we could find a puppy like him. He looks like the perfect size for us. I waited too long on the shiztu puppy---the lady decided to keep her.
All of your projects are beautiful. You do such good work. I always think mine are amateurish and look home made--which they are LOL
Did your husband have a knee or hip replaced? I've had both of my knees replaced (4 months apart) and have never regreted it. I have to clarify that by saying I wasn't happy about it for the first 6 weeks but after that I was so happy I did it. I suffered with my knees for about 2 years before I got the courage to have them replaced. I gained weight because I was inactive and am now in the process of losing it. What a job!
I still haven't decided about the puppy. I'm hoping I can get the girl to bring it out and see how Sophie reacts to it. She's never had puppies so she may want to mother it. I'll let you know how it goes.
Hi Judie--it was so good to hear from you but I'm sorry about little Patches. I went to Jan's page and took anothr look at her and she looks like a very sweet dog. Schitzu, right? I have a chance to get a Schitzu puppy but I can't make up my mind whether I want to or not. We have a big fat black Lab and she' 8 1/2 so I don't know how she'd take to a puppy since she's been queen bee for so long. My husband is against it but wouldn't absolutely prohibit me from getting the puppy. When I told him about the puppy, he said, "We don't want it!" and I told him this half of we wants it LOL
Sounds like you've had an exciting summer so far. We haven't been anywhere yet and don't know if we'll take a trip or not. My husband isn't well so it's hard on him. He's on oxygen because of a lung disease he has and has to take his tank wherever he goes. The problem is that the machine that refills the tanks is at home and is too big and cumbersome to take along.
Thanks for writing and bringing me up to date. I love hearing from you. I always think I'm going to write and then time gets away from me and I end up doing nothing. Shame on me!
Judie - no, a wedding is no small thing. However, if I had kept up on my housework and yard work, it wouldn't have been such a big deal. BUT, there are more FUN things to do than house and yard work. I'm really trying to cut back on the number of classes I take, so that I can work on things I want to do. However, I just got a notice from my Bernina dealer that they are having a software fair on Saturday ... I'm thinking about signing up for it! Sheesh ... I'm a glutton! LOL
Thank you for the compliment on the wedding announcement! It was fun to do and it turned out pretty good. The most expensive part was the framing - half price at Joann's was $250.00!!! I just about keeled over when I heard the price! Oh well, nice wedding present for the kids!
Today I'm going to try to get the borders for the "embroidered applique block of the month" interfaced and cut out. I'm also going to try to figure out what fabric to use for the sashings, corner blocks for the borders, and the rest of the background fabric. I may even try to interface everything. The next class is next Wednesday (we'll do two of the borders - not ALL of it can be done in class) and I've got to be semi-prepared. Either that or I go to class and watch! LOL
Judie - you have been a busy gal! I'm glad you're back from your trips! And, I'm sorry I haven't kept in touch. With my son's wedding and classes and trying to get my sewing room rearranged and reorganized, I have been remiss in answering a lot of things! I apologize. I finally managed to get my sewing room rearranged and ALMOST reorganized and am trying to work on an embroidery block of the month that I signed up for. To be honest, I'll be glad when this project is finished (September). The projects is by Sarah Vedeler (a local digitizer/quilter) and it's huge! It's supposed to be a 72"x72" quilt; but, I don't have a 72" wall anywhere I can hang it, so I MAY make it into two wall hangings. We'll see. You've done some amazing things yourself! Impressive!