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At age 12, I had to learn to coordinate the foot peddle on my Great Gma Hannah's Singer sewing treadle machine. Once I accomplished that, I was hooked & have been sewing ever since!! Although through the years I will say I enjoy making quilts and not sewing clothes!! I may not know how to use all the attachments on the treadle sewing machine, but I think Hannah would be pleased that my 40+ years of sewing gives so much comfort to others.

I have two passions - Quilting & Genealogy and they are equally addicting!!
Hobbies and Interests
quilting, machine quilting, gardening, other
My pets are awesome!
Black Lab

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Strong woman within

Posted on July 1, 2016 at 12:00pm 7 Comments

I miss my sewing machine and fabric!!!!  We've been apart over three months, but I am teaching myself something new...tatting...So my hands are still busy.

April 11th, I had signs of Cellulitis infection...My leg was hot, red and my fever was 103.  Off to the hospital via 9-1-1....and as the tests started coming back, I was sicker than I thought...anemic, very malnourished, A-fib was out of control, kidneys were shutting down, heart rate was in the high 100's, and the list…


It's my birth month....

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 3:13pm 13 Comments

Even as we age and get older, I think we tend to look forward to our birthdays - wether we admit it or not.  We hope that we will be fondly remembered by family and friends alike.

This year has been especially difficult because it also signified the first anniversary of Wayne's death.  He was the positive in my life and I miss all the goofy surprises he would bestow on me.

Last Friday the dining room staff pinned a corsage on me, a few residents wished me a…


Hats, hats, hats....

Posted on March 8, 2014 at 3:15pm 6 Comments

Both my parents died in November 2011, within 18 days of each other.  While I was going through that grief my quilting took a major hit.  Instead I started reading all the books on my shelves.  Then about six months later I sat down at my machine one day and within a week had another queen sized quilt top completed.

All of 2012, Wayne and I were looking for a new house with an open floor plan.  The incurable disease in my legs were making it very difficult to get around and…


Seventeen months.....

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 7:00pm 9 Comments

It has been seventeen months since I left my house and so much has happened.

There were the three months in transitional care, trying to 're-learning to stand and walk...which never really happened.

After Wayne died in April 2013, I didn't come up for air until about September.  Had I not been so lost in grief I could have moved long ago.

As I think back, I only needed assistance for the first twelve days that I resided in Assisted living.  If I…


Missing Quilts - Update

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 3:23pm 7 Comments

It's been over 2 months that Wayne slipped away in his sleep....the pain is so deep that sometimes I just want to curl up and die.  

Wayne's family agreed that each of us would get back what we had given him.  I didn't want duplicate household appliances, tools, or gardening items and gave a list to his sister of who might like some of these items.

All I wanted were the quilts I made him over the 37 years we were part of each others lives.  I thought all was…


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At 4:39pm on July 2, 2016, Janet/MO said…

My mom ended up with it after spending time in a rehab center.  My friend Jim ended up with it from spending time in a hospital.  I hope you are better soon.  You have sure had more than  your fair share of time in the hospital & rehab centers since Wayne passed away! 

At 2:46pm on July 2, 2016, Sandy Larkey said…

I know Richfield--or at least where it is, and a few places there.  My husband's niece used to live in Richfield and her husband was a cop there, as well as being one of the volunteer firemen.  I worked in Edina for ten years or so. so was down in that neck of the woods a bit--more into Bloomington than Richfield, though, because of the mall.  Not the Mall of America, though--never went there.  

I, too, learned to sew on a treadle machine, Mom's old Singer.  4-H in forth grade, and never quit sewing from then on.  Mostly clothes, until I retired, and then got back into quilting, although I had never done much about quilts before, mostly helping Mom and Grandma.  My "first" quilt still isn't finished--didn't want to try hand quilting it in a hoop on the houseboat.  And now that we are back ashore, the quilt no longer fits the bed, so I never finished it. 

I have done a needle tatted doily, using crochet thread.  For a while I seemed to specialize in tatted Cross bookmarks; quick and easy to do, and very impressive to the recipients.  Mostly the tatting I have done has been lace for the undergarments (chemises and corset covers) for my Victorian Wedding Party porcelain dolls.  Self-taught on this project, except for purchasing the book "Teach yourself ..." I found that once I learned the basic stitches, I could design my own patterns--that's fun, making something that either no one else has, or seeing a piece and figuring out how to duplicate it without instructions.

Our last dog was a black lab--or at least a black lab cross.  I told everyone he was "black lab and Sasquatch." He had SUCH big feet.  His name was Harley.  His "birth mother" abandoned him--well not really, more like she placed him for adoption--on the deck of our houseboat.  His first ever trip to the vet's was on the back of our motorcycle, when he was 7 1/2 weeks old.  He actually went to sleep on the bike, on our way back from the vet's office.  Next time we were going somewhere I got out the little tote bag we had carried him to the vet's in, and he came running and sat down in the bag.  The bike was a Honda and the only Honda name we could think of was "Goldie" after the Gold Wing.  But he wasn't a "goldie", so we switched bikes and named him Harley. 

Your quilt photos are awesome--have to admit, I'm a bit jealous.  I don't have that many that I have done; I inherited the "output" of my father's family, so have plenty.  And most of the ones I have made have been gifts for others.  I did five baby quilts, 2 for my husband's niece's kids, and three for a friend/former co-worker of mine.  I've also made a lot of Quilts of Valor--that's been the "big" ones, except for the "Watching Birds" id did for my husband's niece as a wedding gift. 

At 1:15pm on May 25, 2015, lea said…

Info on Xblock ruler, made a few quilts with ruler, it has many designs depending on the color combination.. No leftovers, fabric is all used. Baby quilt be done in 1/2 day most 1 day. From start to end.. They make great gifts. Rulers come in various sizes.. All points add tog easy.. I love working with that ruler. Yet to make quilt for myself. Good for beginner quilter or intermediate.

At 1:01pm on January 15, 2015, Joanna liguz said…

I am so sorry to hear that your still grieving...Ann.....Life comes at you fast, but seems to leave us in a terrible mess when it does. Your crocheting, so that is something to be proud of. Depression is aweful..really it is...I get like that too for no reason and it really hurts.!  I will pray for your year to be different....and better...Life will get better....So what town/City are you living in? We moved to North Carolina and it is so much better here than back in Connecticut...a lot warmer and less stress,,,people are nice and our life style will change with everyone else going slower..LOL! But we have never been happier..DH got a job and I am still looking for one...but at age 60* they turn their noses up at aus,,,being the age we are. It isn't funny getting to find out what life has for us in the future,,,I will continue to pray for you,,,have a great Day!  Joanna

At 3:24pm on January 11, 2015, Joanna liguz said…

I hope you are doing well,,,I have been reading your blogs and I am so sorry for what you have been going thru,,,You are in my prayers! Hugs~ Joanna

At 7:50am on March 15, 2013, Kitty H/Mich. said…
B52 you are an inspiration. If you keep that positive attitude, nothing will stand in your way. I'm curious, where did the "B52" in your handle come from? Is there some connection to the beautiful aircraft still in use by the Air Force?
At 11:09am on December 5, 2012, Catherine/TX said…

Your quilt work is beautiful!!!  You are quite talented!

At 10:18am on October 29, 2012, Carol Wadkins said…

Happy to hear from you. Sorry to hear you are having some issues. I understand where you are coming from it always seem to be a "hurry up and wait" game with that stuff! Hope you are doing much better very soon!

Take care!


At 8:28am on October 18, 2012, Carol Wadkins said…

Hi! It's been a long time since I have seen anything on the site from you. Just wondering if all is well? Hope you and the family are all doing well! It's been a very busy year for us all...... I haven't gotten as much quilting finished as I had hoped to, but it is what it is!

Have a great day!



At 8:14am on April 26, 2012, Sharon Reeves said…

Ann,  I know that I'm so lucky to be able to travel like we have in the MH. We just got back from AZ and really had a great time when gone. We did visit so many places and see so many new things. Top of the list, is seeing Wild Horses near Kingman, AZ. Another is the wild burros in Oatman, not far from Bullhead City, AZ. Since we are Seattle Mariner fans, we went to 12 Spring Training games, mostly at the Peoria Stadium and 3 other ones. The weather was so wonderful to be between the mid 70's and mid 90's while there. We did have one day of very hard rain, hail, and wind while at a game that was rained out. That day was cold!!!!  Anyway, we hopee to do this trip again next year. The quilt shops are always so much fun, talking to them and telling them where you are from. HOpe that you get your access lift so it will be possible to goin the MH. I've seen one lift that was attached to a MH, but didn't know what it was until I asked. Sure made it nice the the twin daughters who were in wheelchairs. Take care and Happy Quilting.  Sharon


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