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At 9:58pm on January 31, 2017, Becky Carmichael/PA said…

Happy February 1st, Irene! I'm so sorry to hear about your house. It must be awful as you took care of it all those years and then other people "trash" it. People have no respect for other people's property, it seems. I do hope this other gal takes care of it, and know you probably are anxious to sell it and be done with it. Where is Bud now? I've finally reached the binding part of the Irish Chain Quilt. It came out beautifully. I will post a picture as soon as I'm done and get all the basting threads and markings off it. Also, doing some small projects - table topper for Spring and a little table runner, too. Take care of yourself and keep in touch! Hugs, Becky

At 11:24am on January 7, 2017, Becky Carmichael/PA said…

Hello Irene and Happy New Year! How much snow do you have? We have a couple inches but I think New England and the south have a lot more than we do. It's cold here - down to 7 last night and only 16 right now. Supposed to warm up on Monday and next week. I've been sick (hubby, too) w/upper resp. inf. since before New Years. He's feeling better but mine is hanging on. went to docs on Monday. I'm so tired of hacking, coughing, etc. This too, shall pass - can't come too soon for me. LOL Love you, Becky

At 4:06pm on July 30, 2016, Becky Carmichael/PA said…

Oh Irene, I am so very sorry to hear that you have lost your dear sister. She struggled a long time from what you previously told me about her. She is now at peace with no more pain. I will say a prayer for her. Take care of yourself. Love, Becky

At 2:35pm on July 17, 2016, Marianne said…

Irene, I wanted to give you my most sincere condolences as you sister slips nto another room.  When we see someone we love suffer it is so difficult to bare, but you now know she is at peace, out of pain and at rest after such a struggle.  I pray that the adjustment for you is a little easier knowing you are supported. Peace be your guide.

At 5:10pm on July 5, 2016, Joanna liguz said…

Yes I read your post and feel bad for you as you have to travel so much to see everyone. I am now going to ask if anyone would like to help me in an attempt to make the 9 purple quilts for the south Carolina  shootings that took place last year..but so far I have..3 ladies.

Please go on my face book page and see about my niece's daughter..she had a bad surgery on her head...she can't walk or feed herself, or anything else... she is 14 yrs old...how sad.

it is really hot out so my sewing time gets put off,,I really don't want to be in there except when I am finishing my UFO's - I got 6 out of 12 done,,it looks pretty good....now to give them away.!

I may end up giving a quilt to my neice that is in the hospitial. it really doesn't look good...

hope you had a great 4th of July,,we had a great one and I turned 62,,YAY..but I am still working...35 hrs a week...whew! I am tired...but so far it is still good... Dh still works and we are doing just fine,,going home back up north...to visit the grandchildren and our kids...

Be good and keep up the good work you are doing..miss seeing you on here.. 

At 8:26pm on June 21, 2016, Becky Carmichael/PA said…

So sorry, Irene, for all the heartaches you are going through. Your sister has fought a long and hard battle, but I know it still is not easy to see her in her last days. God will take care of her in his loving arms - take comfort in that she will see him soon and no more pain. Poor little baby - he is with God, too. Yes, we are looking forward to the train trip. We'll be gone a long time, so hope I don't get too homesick. Hugs to you, Becky

At 5:05pm on June 17, 2016, Becky Carmichael/PA said…

Oh Irene,I am so sorry about your sister and praying for her. How sad about her great-granddaughter. So sad. Had she been having any health issues since she was born? Do take care, my dear - I know you have your hands full. Love you, Becky

At 4:22pm on June 11, 2016, Janet/MO said…

Thanks Irene.  I'm going to send her a quilt to cover up with when she has her chemo even thought the temps in Vegas are already in the low 100's.  A woman in my quilt guild has been having chemo for ovarian cancer & she said she is just freezing while they are doing the procedure. 

At 4:21pm on June 10, 2016, Janet/MO said…

That is so sad Irene.  I know it has to be very hard for you to not get really upset with him.  Is there a way for the nursing home staff to take his phone away?  Or would that cause him just more anxiety?

We found out yesterday that our 44 yr old DIL Louise has breast cancer.  She is having a lumpectomy on Tues and then will have radiation & chemo, but I don't know how long after the surgery before that will start.  Our granddaughter is almost 17 and has her own car so I know she will be a great help to her mom.  Our grandson is 11 and is kind of immature as his mom babies him a lot so it will probably take a while before he realizes how serious this is.  He plays on a traveling baseball team and our son is the coach.  They had already made arrangements to play in a tournament in S. California next week so Damon & Louise decided to continue on with those plans.  Her sister is going to spend a few nights with her while Damon & Noah are gone.  They want life to continue to be as normal for the kids as possible for as long as possible, which I think is the right decision.  She found this just by having a routine mammogram so it is a good thing she had one because a lot of women her age don't do that.  We were not planning on making a trip to Las Vegas this year, but we might have to do that if things take a turn for the worse.  I sure hope not! 

At 2:17pm on June 8, 2016, Janet/MO said…

Hi Irene.  I tried dropping some broad hints to see if Lou Ann would pack up some of that fabric & ship it to me, but she didn't bite.  Oh well, she bought me an entire bolt of fabric years ago when I helped her pack up her sewing room to move to WA.  I was living in Las Vegas & she was living in Henderson, which is a suburb of Vegas, when we met in 1998.  It was very hard for me when she left as we spent a lot of time together.  As close or closer than sisters really.  Her mom is very ill so she has been spending a lot of time in CA taking care of her so she has started knitting a lot more than quilting as it is easier to take back & forth.  I hope she doesn't regret getting rid of most of this later on when her mom passes away!  Has Bud settled down or is he still calling you numerous times a day?  That is such a horrible disease. 

At 7:57am on June 7, 2016, Cheryl A said…
Gotta d morning Irene, enjoyed seeing your new sewing room. It looks like a very nice hideaway or a lovely refuge from the day to day grind. Your aprons look like they would be fun to make and wear. Too bad some people don't know how to follow directions for a class. Your were very patient to teach it any way and I hope the ladies appreciated that you did. Thank you for you encouraging comment on my post. I think it would be easier to finish more quilts if I just stopped starting new projects! There is probably a medical term for this but I don't think I want to know, it would just spoil the fun. I hope you have a real nice day.
At 9:59am on June 5, 2016, Becky Carmichael/PA said…

Hello Irene - I'm so glad that you have pictures of your new sewing room. I've been wondering when you were going to put some on - I know you are not a busy girl and have so much time on your hand - ha ha LOL - I know that would never happen. You ARE busy - love your Christmas table runner too. Did you make lots of money on the raffle? I am fine. Johnny and I are going to take an Amtrak train to San Diego next month. We will leave July 6th and return home on the 30th. we will visit our daughter/son/law out there and possibly spend a few days at the Grand Canyon, too. I'm getting excited. I have a wonderful neighbor who will take care of our house and kitties while we are gone.  Take care and have a wonderful summer - Becky

At 5:45am on May 30, 2016, Peggy Stuart said…

I would love a smaller place. This place is too bit to look after, but I'm not ready to give up my spectacular views of mountains and fir forests. Facing getting rid of stuff would be an issue, too. The day is coming, though.

At 9:31pm on May 15, 2016, Janet/MO said…

Thanks Irene for the compliments on my wreath.  The website is www.poorhousequiltdesigns.com.  I bought my pattern at one of the quilt stores in Columbia MO and also took a class there on how to make it.  The designer has now come out with another version that uses hexagons and is a bit smaller so I'm going to see if that same store carries that one now.  You can also add a sleeve on the back to hang it on the wall.  My friend Teresa wants one in purple so that will be the next one I make.  Then I plan on making each of my sisters one for Christmas.  They are kind of like Lays potato chips - you can't make just one. 

At 4:42pm on April 22, 2016, lea said…

I would believe a mouse, but bats in your parks? Where I live don't think ever seen a bat other than when 4 or 5yrs old on the farm. Not a popular thing here.

At 4:40pm on April 22, 2016, lea said…

Irene, that is your sewing room? You have a most beautiful place with lots of lighting and the wildlife is just heaven.. Love the purse/bag.. Hey! heaven on earth.. lol

At 12:59pm on April 9, 2016, Becky Carmichael/PA said…

Hi Irene,Boy, it's cold down here in PA! 31 degrees and we had 2 inches of snow overnight and today. sun is shining now but it's cold wind! I have been sewing the "mile a minute" block - we learned it in quilt group yesterday, but my first one didn't come out good. I'm getting the hang of it and made 3 - 10 1/2 inch blocks this afternoon. you make them from scraps. I'm learning you really do have to coordinate your colors or it doesn't look good. have a wonderful weekend - hugs, Becky

At 5:22pm on March 27, 2016, Barb/Oregon said…

Thank you for stopping by and for your encouraging note.  

I have not done very much quilting - Pendleton is a small town and our quilt ship closed last year.  I had wanted to take a class, but just did not have the money.  Now we have a "craft" store and there is a group of quilters that meet there occasionally.  Am thinking about finding out when  - and seeing what they do.  I think mostly the do the Quilts of Valor which is such a worthy cause.  

Love your pictures - looks like you have a great room for your sewing.

Hugs,

barb

At 9:34pm on February 27, 2016, Becky Carmichael/PA said…

Your pillow is so cute - I just love snowmen!  However, I've had enough of winter even if it hasn't been all that bad and not too much snow to make snowmen LOL, I'll be glad when Spring comes!  I can't sleep so thought I would come on to see who is chatting, but there isn't anyone :) How are you doing, Irene? What other projects are you working on? I've been marking my quilting lines on my mystery quilt, and making some blocks for our quilt group to use for a charity quilt. Also, making some star squares for a harvest quilt - I'm keeping busy. Take care and hope to hear from you again soon. Hugs,Becky

At 7:43am on February 3, 2016, Becky Carmichael/PA said…

Good morning, Irene - How are you? Did you get rid of the Bat problem? My daughter, when she lives in a historical house in Winchester 2 yrs. ago, had bat problems. They were coming down the chimney in the kitchen through the fireplace. The landlord had to put netting up and bring a bat expert in and they did something to the chimney, but she eventually moved out of there. Did you call the firemen back in to  get rid of it? Today it's supposed to go to 62 degrees here - we surely have had a mild winter. Tomorrow, I have quilt group and today it's go exercise and do some laundry. Have a great day, my friend - Becky

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