Monday, February 8, 2016

Uh-oh, Where Did January Go ?

The girls (Missy, Chelsea and Gypsy) had a groom visit in mid-January.  This area has been getting so much rain (and snow!), the yard stayed really muddy for days.  Kinda hard to keep this many poo-kids clean on my own.

Missy is getting over pneumonia.  We think it was aspiration pneumonia, she ingested a large rubber-band and then had a yuck fest to get it up.  Three days later she was very ill.  Photo below is after her vet visit.

No matter what, I try to keep a positive outlook. LOL Not every day (or week) is gonna be perfect. Looking forward to temps in the 70's this week, can you believe it ?

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Friday, December 11, 2015


Fresh from the dryer.  Lots of lint from the cotton batting and flannel back.  I used a roll of sticky tape the get all the bits off.

It didn't crinkle a lot after washing and drying, I was hoping it wouldn't.  The different color strips of batik binding turned out to be a good idea (so my hubby said).  Oh my, it was impossible for me to hand stitch the binding down.  It just didn't lay right and the stitching showed.  Ended up using a blanket stitch by machine.  I was happy with end result.

These were blocks from a swap so black background fabrics were different.  Some were black batik, others were kona cotton.  The batik border fabric I used was very mottled with a bluish tint.

This is a true charm quilt, no duplicate kitty blocks. I love how it turned out and it was hard to let go.

This quilt was for my doctor's (surprise to me)  retirement.  She out-processed last week and is moving back to her home town in one of the Great Lake states.  I'll miss my Doc, she took such good care of me, made the correct diagnosis when other docs seemed befuddled. I know she will like the quilt, I found out she is a cat lover. 
Best wishes Dr. T. 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

There Is A Story Behind This Quilt

But I'm too tired to tell it right now.  How 'bout some pics ?

Rows sewn together.

 Binding strips and border fabric.

Thread color choices for quilting (chose black).

I'm liking the thread box my sister gave me.

Marking a simple quilting pattern.
A white Clover Chaco  marker worked wonderfully !

Right side quilting done, yeah!

More on the story when quilt is complete.

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving .  I'm enjoying reading my blogger list, sorry right now the words just won't come for commenting.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

What a Mess

What a mess it was.   My big sewing table was buried, I cleaned it up (took a week) but  it quickly started to become piled up again.  Here it is after going thru some cut and partially sewn tote bag pieces and parts.  At least (yay) the sewing machine is plugged in and ready to use.

My next big project: I'm de-constructing shirts to sew into a memory quilt for a friend. Finally picked out the perfect pattern, it will have some applique along with patchwork. I'll share photos once the work is further along. 
Gypsy and Chelsea at groomers last week.  They are the best ones to send, I keep the others cleaned up myself (so far it's going well).

Over the weekend Chelsea came down with a nasty gastric upset.  Luckily she was able to be seen at  the pet clinic early Monday.  Dr. T quickly diagnosed the problem and we were sent home with medications and fluids to be given sub-q.
Chel is better this afternoon, her appetite is already back, no shivers from the fever and so far no gut upset.  She is being well babied, sleeping on the guest bed for now.

Poppet is growing so fast.  He's discovered the horses and enjoys watching them.
Looks like a matching pair there.

A windy day, more so as the shadows grow longer.
Poppet, Ruby & Monster looking for the rabbit that got away (again).

Weather is changing quickly here today, cold air is moving in on a gusty wind.  Our high desert could experience a freeze tonight.  It's definitely soup weather and time to put an extra blanket on the bed.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween

Hope it's all treats and no tricks !
Chel and her dad 2006

Rainey & me 2006

Be Safe !

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Puppy Alert

This is our new five month old male pup adopted from Arizona Poodle Rescue.  He's been here not quite two weeks.  Such a smart baby and oh my goodness unless he is dead tired those little feet never touch the ground. We named him Poppet, name meaning *HERE*.

Poppet is a Moyen/Klein poodle.  I copied a brief description from *this Website*.   We are often asked, "what is a moyen"?   Technically, it is a small standard poodle in the 17" to 20" height at the shoulders and 25 to 35 lb in weight.  Moyenne, French for "middle", is a designated size in the poodle breed in France and describes the middle poodle in weight and height.  In this country we shorten the word to Moyen and here, in the US, it is a slang term only denoting a very small standard poodle.  In Germany, the size is called the Klein Pudel.
I guess your eyes are glazing over by now so ....... on to other things.

All summer storms boiled up from the south.  It was mostly hot and humid, now it's just hot.  Our area ended up with 2.5 inches of rain over the norm.

This one hit fast and hard at sunset.
 Lights in distance are Huachuca City, Huachuca Mountains as backdrop.

There were lots of beautiful rainbows after summer rains.

Chel and Gypsy always enjoy the cool breeze before a storm.

Monster rocked his 'Hawk and the color was great on him. It faded so fast, not sure if we will do it again.

Aw, Missy does not like her new hair cut. She would not look at me.

On the sewing front..... I cut bunches of strips from my stash.  If I remember correctly there are 40 strips, almost a jelly roll for a fall color quilt.
Purse, bags, totes? I cut out several, just need to get started sewing.