Monday, March 27, 2017

Final group of quilts laying around my house

Here is the last of the quilts laying around the house either waiting for a new home or to dear to me to leave.  There are more out there, but these are the ones I have at the moment.

There are some links in the post that if you click on them you will see some pretty neat stuff.

Saints!  Everyone loves their football teams.  And here in Louisiana we have a love/hate relationship with the Saints.  35 years of losing seasons and they win the Superbowl.  I guess we are working on the next 35 years of losing seasons again.......

Patty the Quilt Lady inspired this one.  I gifted my cousin's son with the original one, this one is a close second. 

This is one of the first quilts I made when I started back into quilting in earnest.  It was done on my mother's old White machine.....which was dying a fast death at the time.

It hung on the back of  a bench we called the Fish Watching Bench in the foyer.  We used to have a couple of fish tanks in there and we needed a bench for Cali the calico cat  to watch the fish.  She would sit on the tank and "fish" with her paw.  But once we got the bench, she pretty much stayed watching from there.  

You can't really see this one well, it is a nice combination of Southwest prints.  It was a kit that Ann gave me several years ago.  I can't remember what the pattern was called.

That is why one might want to put a label on a quilt...right?

Angle Play!  Remember that.  A thousand ruler templates, a million different ways to put them together.  These were the only six I made.  Too fussy for me.  The rulers are around somewhere still. 

I should sell them off, huh.

The border is a hand dyed fabric.  Some kid who appreciates art and color would love this.  I should find one and give it to them.....

Oh, fun fun!  This was the back of a bunch of t-shirts a friend gave me to make a t-shirt quilt for him.  It was going to be a fun quilt for a kid, but for some reason it is still living with me. 

It was then that I decided I now needed to save all the backs of the t-shirts I cut up.  Yes, more stuff to store.  So somewhere in all my stuff spread out in 3 homes is a set of purples and pinks for two more of these.

Like I need MORE stuff..........

Friday, March 24, 2017

Quilt Show - Holiday Edition

I will titillate you with a few more quilts from the returning beauties.  These are ones that celebrate holidays.


I made this one for a challenge in the Remember Me Guild.  I won second place -- So close!
 It is a Buggy Barn pattern.  I can't remember what the Challenge was to do.  And since I put no label on it, there was nothing to help me there.  I really hate to put labels on for some reason.  Seems like it had something to do with the  peachy color.  Maybe a paint chip challenge.

It was fun to make and I really love the way it looks.

I designed this Santa Quilt was a challenge from the CyberGuild.  Way back.  The six of us sent each other a fat quarter.  And you had to use them all in your quilt.  It won second place.  Seems like I do a lot of second places!  The one that won was a gorgeous clamshell quilt.  I quilted this one last year after worrying about how to quilt it for like 8 years!  I love the way it turned out. 

Halloween!  I think of Charlene when I see this one!  I took a class with Ami Simms in Lafayette with Charlene.  Ami was delightful; and so funny.  The pattern is made with her ruler. She demonstrated how to use it and how to put the blocks together.   I love classes where you actually learn a new technique.  Of course everyone in the class used their own colors and styles so the results were varied and wonderful.

Another one I love!

Hope you enjoyed this Quilt Show - Holiday Edition.

More later!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sofa Came!

The minute it was set up and Amanda left, Frank comes out of his office and announces he doesn't like it.  He thinks the room is too  cluttered. Huh?

And you know what?  That doesn't matter.  I do like it.

I told him he would get over it.  Especially since we have lived with NO furniture there for 7 months.  It was pretty uncluttered all that time!

Now I need to collected our pictures and see how  they fit on the new walls and new configuration.

You decide for yourself.  And matter what - the sofa stays!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Another Police Officer Down

I am tired.  And the news is talking about Sgt. Shawn Anderson, one of our 20 year veteran Sheriff's officers gunned down as he investigated a rape call.  It was not 2 miles from where I live.  Sgt Anderson delivered a baby on the side of Tiger Bend Road, which is where the CAAWS building is located, exactly a year ago today.  They interviewed the mom, who was sad that her son would never again meet the man who brought him into the world.

Keep all our officers in  your thoughts as we lay another good man to rest.

I went to the wedding yesterday, and spent all day at the festivities sharing the beautiful day with the family.

And today I was with a totally different family at the shower for Carrie.  She has so many amazing friends.  They made her day so beautiful.

I had cake at both events.

I had those little sandwiches at both events.

I had champagne at both events!

But I only saw turkeys at the wedding!

We were at White Oak Plantation owned by the legendary chef John Folse. Frank has known him since he opened his first restaurant, Lafitte's Landing in 1978 in Donaldsonville, LA.  The building has since burned down. 

John was swinging on a swing hung in a huge old white oak tree in the center of these incredible gardens and out buildings.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Painting the Cutting Table and Shelves

Wedding Day!

Today was the Wedding of Chris and Hai, the son of my friend Paula.  They dated way back in high school but her parents wanted her to marry a Viet Namese  boy.  So they sent her back to Viet Nam to marry.  She ultimately did not marry him and returned to the US.

14 years later, Chris sees her on Facebook and reconnects with her.  The wedding was a mix of cultures, held at the Buddhist Temple.  The ceremony started with a Lion Dance and was performed by the monks in front of a statue of The Enlightened One.

It brought back so many memories for me.  My mother brought us to study in the Buddhist Temple when I was in Junior High in New Orleans.  The monk invited me to meditate with them again.  It is so tempting, such a beautiful place.  Serene and gentle.   Maybe just what I need these days.

Frank and I painted the shelves a green grey and that wonderful orangey orange reddish red.

We put the second coat on the greeny grey tonight.  I am encouraged that I will be using it soon...........ohmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day

i have nothing in my closet anymore that is green........

But this guy rode on my SUV for a while today o make me feel better!  Don't you LOVE him!!!!

He is ALL green. But look at those googly eyes. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

History Lesson Day

I bought a new camera.  Canon Powershot SX 720.  It connects to the Internet to upload photos.  I have had the Sony equivalent before and loved it.  My old camera was good but I wanted a better one.  this one is smaller, has a 40 power zoom and has 24 megapixels.

I spent several frustrating hours last night attempting to connect the stupid thing to the Internet.  It never did.  Now I need to get Andrew to do it for me.

We put up shelves in the kitchen.  Simple task that took 3 hours.  The next night we worked on the ones in the guest bath for 2 hours.  We got slightly better.  So when Suzette comes she can look at something nice.  Charlene won't be able to reach any of them, she is too short, hee hee hee!

On Wednesday I met with my Fiber Group for the first time in 7 months.  When I walked in, they were all surprised to see me!  It felt good to be welcomed back into the arms of creative women.  The theme was blue  and this was Yvonne's piece.  Don't you LOVE it!  And she says, I don't know if this is right, since it is my first piece with this group.  I would say, yes, TOTALLY!

And my wood fiber blinds came in.  It took him all of 25 minutes to install 11 windows.  He should have installed my shelves.

My huge cutting mat came in.  4 x 3 feet.

I think I can cut a lot of stuff on it!

In one of the boxes, Frank came across this set of photos.  My dad was 14 here and my Aunt Edie was 16.  Her face has hints of my cousin Karen.  This photo is of her father who is 21 years old, 7 years older than my dad.  He both brothers were in the US Navy during the war.  Uncle Angelo joined the Navy early on as he was about 7 years older than my dad.  My father followed him,.  After Angelo left, my father joined the local SeaBees unit (Construction Battalions) with the idea he would finish high school and college and go into the Navy as an officer like his brother.  But that didn't happen.  He dropped out of Tulane University to join.

Dad and Aunt Edie
Uncle Angelo
The Naval Construction Battalion was formed in 1942 from the civilian corps prior to WWII as a response to a change in International Law saying that civilian who resisted enemy attacks were classified as guerrilla fighters and could be executed.   So the Department of the Navy created the Construction Battalions that were USMC trained to be capable of constructing whatever the troops needed in any theater.  I always think of the Bridge over the River Kwai.  The first recruits were the men who built the Hoover Dam and skyscrapers in New York.

Aunt Edith and Uncle Angelo
The training center was at Camp Endicott on the Gulf Shore area where my father's family had owned the shipyard.  I remember my father telling me how they  would do training exercises on Lake Pontchartrain  when he was in high school.  He was never seasick.

But when he enlisted in the Navy and was sent to wok n the aircraft Carrier The Saratoga he was seasick for 18 months of his 21 month tour.  they stuck him in the communications room with a bucket and he typed Morse Code messages to the fleet.

I sent them to Jason who is Edith's grandson.  And to Karen, who is Angelo's daughter.  And my brother, who followed my dad Herbie, as a Marine.

Interestingly, I have not heard from any of them today..........oh, just got a message from Karen.  She loved the photos of her dad.  Her son Matt, is big into ROTC and is applying for a commission to the Naval Academy after graduation in May.  Family tradition, I would say!