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I can't believe I woke up to snow today. YUK!!! It is to early for that white stuff. But I guess I have to get use to it. Maybe today I will try to get to some sewing. I will be going on a quilt retreat up the North Shore of Lake Superior in Beaver Bay. I leave on the 21st and come home the 25th. I can't wait. I go twice a year for retreat up there. I have a lot of Christmas gifts to make. I hope everyone has a great day.

Added by lisa mcdonell on October 10, 2009 at 8:29am — 3 Comments

Happy fourth

Happy fourth of July to everyone. I don't have much planned we might go on a picnic other wise I don't have much planned. Well hopefully I will be getting my cast off monday 7 weeks have sure been along time. I did not get any sewing done since most of the time I had to keep it elevated, but I do have some projects line up.

One thing I learned how to do embroidery, my mom showed me how. I did finish a dresser scarf and now I am working a red work wall hanging(but it is in blue). Well I… Continue

Added by lisa mcdonell on July 4, 2009 at 6:41am — No Comments

Finally up and around

This is the first time I have been on the computer in 2 weeks. Went to the doctor to they put a cast on and I still can't put ant weight on it for 5 weeks and I am suppose to keep it elevated. I have been doing some hand work and looking at quilt magazines and books. What a way to spend summer. I am at my wits end.

The weather here has not even been that warm to sit outside much, spend a lot of time in my front porch. My son planted my flower gardens this year he did a awesome… Continue

Added by lisa mcdonell on June 2, 2009 at 1:47pm — 1 Comment

Wish me luck

Tomorrow I have to have surgery on my leg. In january I had broke my leg and dislocated my ankle. Well on Thursday I went to the doctor and was informed that one of the screws is backing out and the ankle is not going back into place, and so they are going to reput the the pin back in and put 2 screws in my ankle. I will be of the leg for 6 wks, I am really upset over this since I have complained about it for the past 2 months. I just hope this is going to work this time. So I guess no quilting… Continue

Added by lisa mcdonell on May 17, 2009 at 7:07pm — 7 Comments

Quilt Retreat

Well I got back from retreat Sunday afternoon. I had a terrific time. I got a lot done, I made some gifts for Christmas. I mainly work on table runners and pillows. There were 35 women there we all signed up for the fall retreat. Of course I had to do some shopping, especially when you have a quilt store near by. The weather was great, except on Sunday I had to drive in the snow but that is Minnesota in the 60's one day and snow the next. I did take pictures should get them posted soon. Have a… Continue

Added by lisa mcdonell on April 21, 2009 at 5:35am — No Comments

Quilt retreat

Well this afternoon I will be off to my quilt retreat, today until sunday afternoon. I can't wait. It is on the north shore of Lake Superior, in a little town called Beaver Bay. The woman that puts it on owns the quilt shop about a block from where we will be sewing. And there is another shop about 10 miles away(my favorite shop). My mother and I go we have been doing this for about 10 years now. She is the one who got me started with quilting. I will take some pictures and post them my son is… Continue

Added by lisa mcdonell on April 15, 2009 at 8:44am — 5 Comments

Snowy day in Minnesota

Well like the saying goes March is going out like a lion. We have about 41/2- 5inches of snow. And probably that much more coming. My yard was finally snow free not any more. Today I thought that I would sew, but instead I went through my quilting patterns and books and put patterns in binders and organized my book case what I job but at least it is done. Hopefully I can keep it that way at least for a while. So I think tomorrow will be a sewing day well my DH shovels snow.

Added by lisa mcdonell on March 31, 2009 at 7:35pm — 2 Comments

Need some ideas

I was asked by someone tonight if I would make a quilt for with Harley T-shirts that she has. Does anyone have any ideas or a name of a book where I could get ideas. I have know ideas where to start. Or how to go about it.

Added by lisa mcdonell on March 27, 2009 at 7:37pm — 4 Comments

Finally Friday

Well I finally got my sewing room back. I just got home from bringing my son back to college, don't get me wrong I love having him home and I can still sew when he is there but I hate to disturb him, because I think that is the only time he sleeps(or eats when he is awake) is when he comes home.
Plans for the week-end are to sew sew sew. Have a funeral in the morning Sat. family friend past away on wed.
Hope everyone has a productive week-end of sewing.

Added by lisa mcdonell on March 13, 2009 at 8:57pm — No Comments

Sunday Evening

Well I finally am able to get in the sewing room tonight, My oldest is home from college for the week being that it is spring break( when he went to college I made his room for my sewing room.) So he takes over the space when he comes home which is okay by me I love having him home and he said that he doesn't care if I sew in there. He went bowling tonight night with his brother and dh is watching tv. I finished the bear paw wall hanging and now I am going to finish a row quilt I started for my… Continue

Added by lisa mcdonell on March 8, 2009 at 5:28pm — 1 Comment


I have a questions. Has anyone tried the pre- wound bobbins from CT. I have bought some from my favorite quit shop, they work good until they get less then half then they seem to bounce in the bobbin case. I usually do wind my own bobbins, but sometimes I am in the middle of a project.

Added by lisa mcdonell on February 27, 2009 at 8:52pm — 7 Comments

snowy day in minnesota

Finally got snow today,we got 4-5 inches. So I got to sew finally. I made 96 1/2 square triangles. I am making a lap quilt that has bear paws on it. Hopefully I will get it done this week-end. I have a million other projects to start.

Added by lisa mcdonell on February 26, 2009 at 7:13pm — No Comments

happy valentines day to all

I finally got out after being cooped up with my broken leg. Guess where I went to a quilt shop,it has been a while since I have gone to my favorite shop. My husband gave me a gift certificate for there for valentines day. I bought 2 tables runners and a lap quilt. I can't wait to start them. Maybe tonight. I have to finish a couple of pillow cases, but they don't take long at all. You only need 1 and 7/8 yard of material for 2 cases. Then I am going to start on something else.

Added by lisa mcdonell on February 14, 2009 at 2:54pm — No Comments

A big thankyou

I just want to say thank you for the the kind words that I received during my job loss. Well 2 days after that I was letting the dogs out and fell and broke my leg and had to have surgery. I am doing well my husband as been a great help. Today is the first time I have been up, I have to keep my leg elevated. I have been doing stitchery to pass the the time and looking at some new quilting magazines that my mom bought. Wish I could do all the projects I see. I can't wait to get at the machine… Continue

Added by lisa mcdonell on February 1, 2009 at 3:10pm — 3 Comments

Lost job

Well, got bad news. After 19 years at a job they let me go. They say they are restructuring and my job got eliminated. I was devastated at first, but i am handling it better now. Well, I guess that is why us quilters have a stash. Now I have time to quilt at least for a while. I still am planning to go a a quilt retreat in April.

Added by lisa mcdonell on January 22, 2009 at 8:03pm — 11 Comments

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