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Jelly Roll Quilt Race Christmas 2011

I don't remember which group my Mom read about doing this quilt race in.  I think it's also called the 1600 quilt.  Anyways, at Thanksgiving, while Skyping with my sister and niece in Nebraska, we all decided it would be fun to quilt and Skype together at Christmas (and race, of course!)  What a success!  I'm including mine and Mom's tops - hoping Jeannine & Anna post their quilt pics soon too. 

OK, ok, I didn't win - Anna was the winner, but we all say she cheated since her Dad…


Added by Suzanne L/WA on December 25, 2011 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

Birthday wishes

Well, since my name begins with S, I dont' show up in the b-day list anymore.  But I wanted to let everyone know that a glorious day was spent looking at material.  First at Buggy Barn and then later at Quilt Patch Lane.  At Buggy barn, we were greeted by a new (to me) yellow lab named Riley, and her best friend, a chestnut gelding named Gus.  Both were friendly and wanted to be petted, and there were lots of new things to look at inside.  Found exactly what I was looking for.…


Added by Suzanne L/WA on July 26, 2011 at 10:35pm — 18 Comments

July Celebration

On Friday evening I played in a concert.  There is a small town with a Lions Club that sponsors the Friday Night Concert Series in their small city park.  And July 1st was the kickoff concert for the summer, so of course, it was all patriotic music.  I included a link for some of the pictures I took with my phone.  But I mostly just listened and worked sewing yo-yos.  No better way to get ready for the Fourth of July!…


Added by Suzanne L/WA on July 3, 2011 at 2:50pm — 6 Comments

Memorial Day traditions

I will be heading home.  Our high school has an all-school alumni banquet every year.  Although I'm not going to the banquet this year, I always head home for the Monday traditions.  The volunteer fire department hosts a free breakfast for the community with pancakes and traditional farmer's sausage.  (My brothers are both volunteer firemen following in Dad's footsteps.)  Then I will take Mom up to the cemetery to put flowers on the graves of relatives before the 11:00 veteran's ceremony at…


Added by Suzanne L/WA on May 28, 2011 at 9:06pm — 3 Comments

What have I been doing?

Quilting - Really, actually, quilting.  Those of you in Karen's UFO group will understand that comment…LOL!  Blocks have been cut, borders sewn on, and current-year students are writing their thoughts for the class quilt.  Then I will be using the quilt-as-you-go technique over Memorial Day weekend to put it together.  I've also been working on my clamshell quilt and have basted another section so it's ready to be sewn together, then added to the quilt-in-progress (QIP).…


Added by Suzanne L/WA on May 15, 2011 at 2:48pm — 9 Comments

update on animal count

I finally made the decision to have Scarface, the class rat euthanized - it was time - very old and losing his battle with cancer.  We did save ashes though, so his urn is in the classroom.  And for those of you with dark humor and remember the Doritos ad that ran during Super Bowl - no, we don't eat Doritos in the classroom.  

I have a new bird - she's pink - (well, I don't know if it's a she, but I call her Baby.)  She's a rosey bourke's parakeet and she was getting very depressed…


Added by Suzanne L/WA on February 14, 2011 at 9:09pm — 1 Comment

Update on the QIP spreadsheet

I couldn't figure out what I had done wrong, until I went back to my page to actually look at the link again.  IT had duplicated the http:// part of the link site - which everyone knows won't work…LOL.


SO, I"ve fixed the link and anyone should be able to click on my website link and it will show a Google document of a blank spreadsheet Quilts in Progress.


Sorry for the frustration to those of you who tried to open the mixed up link.  ;-)


Added by Suzanne L/WA on January 15, 2011 at 8:47pm — 5 Comments

Quilts in Progress spreadsheet

Several people sent me messages saying that the link won't open.  But Shari put a Comment with an altered link and everyone who is using that link says it works.  PLease try that altered link before sending me a message.  Thanks.

Added by Suzanne L/WA on January 15, 2011 at 8:15pm — No Comments

QIP spreadsheet

My sister requested this from me - I created this spreadsheet years ago to try to keep track of my UFO's.  I've had problems sending it to PC people since my Mac automatically converts it to Mac program.. So I saved it as a Google document and posted the link as My Website on My Page.  You are more than welcome to use it, download it, alter it, whatever to fit your needs.


Please let me know if this link is working or not…LOL.  (I"m not 100% sure this will work….LOL!)

Added by Suzanne L/WA on January 13, 2011 at 9:19pm — 10 Comments

Babies still keep coming….

I thought that when I separated the female and male gerbils that I would be done with babies.  


Then I looked in my fish tank tonight and there are at least ten baby guppies swimming around!  I thought that the males had killed the one female guppy, and bought five more females yesterday….LOL.  Apparently, I thought wrong!  She must have been hiding somewhere in the tank, just like those scarlet shrimp are always hiding.


Anyways, Happy New Year to everyone.…


Added by Suzanne L/WA on December 31, 2010 at 9:51pm — 3 Comments

Chick Flick Movie NIght a success

I would consider it a success, since they are planning a second one already.  They want to watch the Toy Story trilogy next.


Well, not everyone loved GWTW, but Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was a HUGE hit.  When I opened The Blind Side DVD case, no disc - it's in my TV at home - oops.  So I substituted Stand and Deliver, which they all loved.  At one point I had some girls get a bit out of hand and I told them that this was movie night and if they didn't want to watch the…


Added by Suzanne L/WA on December 18, 2010 at 11:28am — 3 Comments

another experience - shopping with 4 teenage girls...LOL

One of the fundraisers we had in October netted us Volunteer Organization of the Year and $100 American Express card to spend on ourselves. So, we decided to spend the money on food for Chick Flick Movie Night (see earlier post for what that is). You should have seen the looks of mothers as they watched us pile our cart with all sorts of food....they all had smiles and were laughing. Listening to four girls decide what and how much to buy, and comparing prices, was…


Added by Suzanne L/WA on December 12, 2010 at 5:31pm — 3 Comments

Sometimes it is nice teaching classes with mostly female students

Although it can be frustrating teaching teenage girls, there are some up sides too. Especially when they start experiencing oldie, but goodie, movies and then telling their friends about them. Then they all want to see them. But I can't figure out a way to fit them into the curriculum. SO, our solution? We're having a "Chick Flick Movie Night" next Friday after school until 11:00pm. (They wanted to do an all-nighter, but I can't do that and I doubt the parents would go for that, too.) The…


Added by Suzanne L/WA on December 10, 2010 at 6:51pm — 9 Comments

"Miss Lefevre, do you like chocolate?"

That was a question I heard Friday. (Obviously, she doesn't know quilters very well, LOL!) I looked at her and she started laughing, saying, "Or was that a rhetorical question?" Then she asked if I liked cherries. Hmm, this was sounding curious to me. Then, what about Russian tea cakes...very curious indeed. (Love those Russian tea cakes!)

So then she finally decided to give me a cookie that her Mom had made. It's hard to describe, but I'll try. Imagine a Hershey's Cherry…

Added by Suzanne L/WA on December 6, 2010 at 9:19pm — 5 Comments

Best Friends

Just trying to see how to add a photo in a blog. (Plus, they're so cute)
Dora always waits until LuLu is laying down somewhere, then gets as close as she can snuggle up.

Added by Suzanne L/WA on December 4, 2010 at 9:29pm — 7 Comments

One dilemma solved - stuffing

I was wondering where I had stored my stuffing for those pincushions I'm making for Christmas presents. Then I looked down at the dining room floor and it was covered with the stuffing from a dog toy. LuLu decided to let me repurpose her toy stuffing...LOL. OH geez, now she's stolen the other dog's toy and I see that it too has given up it's stuffing.

It's been a busy day today. Moved the guinea pig family back to school, since with the 3 new babies, they don't fit into the…

Added by Suzanne L/WA on December 4, 2010 at 8:59pm — 4 Comments

Black Friday and Cyber Monday

I didn't even realize there was a Cyber Monday, until I started getting all sorts of e-mails...LOL. the first ones - I thought were viruses. :-)

When my students asked this morning if I had participated in Black Friday, I told them "No, I don't do that. Actually, I make most of my gifts." It was nice that they didn't say I was cheap - they thought it was very thoughtful. And I didn't correct their idea, but the truth is that the money just isn't there to be spent this year.…

Added by Suzanne L/WA on November 29, 2010 at 9:11pm — 2 Comments

School cancelled today - Happy Early Thanksgiving!

After 2 days of 2-hr delayed starts, the district decided to cancel the 1/2 day of school today. It's cold here. When I went to bed last night, it was 1 degree. Yes, I know, not as cold as other places, but most of the kids walk to school and aren't prepared for this cold of weather. But it sure was beautiful this morning, with the hoarfrost over all the silver maples on my street. Poor bird was trying to find something to eat alongside my carport, so I grabbed by shoes and coat to go put some… Continue

Added by Suzanne L/WA on November 24, 2010 at 8:07am — 8 Comments

Fire at school

The big news this week is that Tuesday evening there was a small fire at school (started by a dishwasher) and school was cancelled for the rest of the week. An air quality test is being run again on Sunday to see if we can be allowed back in the school or not. But I was there last night and I can't imagine it will smell much better by Monday.

The birds are OK and home with me. I left the small furred critters there in my room, which seems to be not so bad since I don't have…

Added by Suzanne L/WA on October 30, 2010 at 10:35am — 5 Comments

Sewing machine question & DB update

I have an antique SInger machine in a cabinet, seems to run good. But last night when I was trying it out, sometimes it skips stitches - the top looks good, but the bobbin doesn't catch for about 3-5 stitches. Does anyone know what might be happening and how to fix it? Thanks.

Oh, stroke update on DB. Dr. seems to think DB will make a full recovery and they were able to get him into see the speech therapist. Turns out that I was correct in getting a notebook for him to…

Added by Suzanne L/WA on August 30, 2010 at 8:44pm — 14 Comments

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