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Saturday, 16 May 2009 13:25

I am getting started with the blocks for my "MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION" Quilt...aren't they neat?  The container is filled with lots of different Lime Green fabrics from my stash and lots of white strips for the background in the blocks.  I have a few blocks made here, and I just love the way the Lime Green fabrics "POP" off from the white background.  I need 63 of these beauties and will need a few days to whip them up, so be patient while this quilt comes together.  Once again, I have my workstation all set up so everything is readily available to me close to my sewing machine.  I save a lot of time by not getting "up" from my chair every time I need something.  You can't see it in this picture, but my iron is sitting to the right of the blocks...because irons are not just for your clothes any more!  Actually, come to think of it...besides my Mother...and ME...I don't know too many people who iron their clothes on a regular basis.  I know my Mother will tell you that the words "Permanent Press" on the tag of your clothes simply means you must "Permanently Press it BEFORE you wear it"!  Mother loves to iron, it somehow relaxes her...go figure...I sew to relax...she irons.  My mother will even iron ALL of your clothes when she comes to visit you at your home...she's good at it, so why not indulge her a bit?  When Mother comes to visit me she is always disappointed that I have all of my ironing done...it confuses her because none of her other 5 daughters have their ironing "done", so what happened with Kathleen?  My sister Mary Jo makes up for my lack of need for Mothers ironing skills...she will pull out baskets and baskets of ironing from every corner of her home so Mother "stays busy" during her visit with her.  Mother loves it, so my sister looks at it as a WIN, WIN situation...although, I think Mary Jo may be getting a bigger WIN on her part!

Can you believe it...another blog NOT about  Michelle...oh...the wheels are turning NOW!







Tuesday, 12 May 2009 16:30

Are you wondering to yourself...Kathleen hasn't gone crazy and containerized a new project in a little while.  Quite frankly, I am a little disappointed that my sisters haven't called me to check on my mental status, since they know better than anyone how obsessed I am with the invention of the container.   None the less, I have pulled the LIME GREEN fabrics from my shelves and decided that my next quilt will be made using all of these beauties.  When I planned this quilt being made with green fabrics, I figured I would "punch" it up a little and go all LIME GREEN!  This stack of fabrics simply make me smile!

The name of this upcoming quilt has already been selected...I am calling it "MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION".  I am sure you will love the outcome...I have already drafted it on my EQ5 and it is quite stunning if I do say so myself.  I don't remember when I aquired this little obsession I have with the color LIME GREEN, but it probably has something to do with the fact that my daughter is a PINK AND LIME GREEN freak and I am on a sick obsession to hunt down and purchase every lime green fabric I find! Last Fall, in September I was working at the Seneca Quilt Show in South Carolina when the sweet little lady next to our booth had a nice assortment of lime green fabrics.  Something came over me that early morning and before I knew it I was over in her booth purchasing EVERY piece of lime green fabric she had and the sad thing is the Quilt Show hadn't even opened!  Oh well, sometimes you have to simply take a deep breath, embrace your weirdo weaknesses and HOG it ALL!  I know...it's clear...I'm mentally ill.


Sunday, 10 May 2009 22:11

Today is Mother's Day...and since my Mom is funnier than most Mom's out there, I thought I would share 25 silly childhood memories about her.   Here goes...

1. Mother would always insist her 6 daughters dress exactly alike whenever Holidays came around.

2. Mother felt it was her motherly duty to put her 6 girls through years of having our "hair set" for all those important Holiday photos...like Michelle's bouffant hairdo!

3. Mother would drive herself nuts trying to keep all eight of us kids "EVEN" when gifts were given out...like at Christmas and Easter.

4. Every single birthday we celebrated, Mother insisted that the "Birthday Child" choose his or her dinner of choice and cake and ice cream of choice too.  It just wasn't a Birthday without this ritual.

5.  Mother always recited the same quote every single day of our childhood..."Can't NEVER did Anything".

6.  Mother would wake us every weekend with a cry from the bathroom for "Someone to get up and help her curl her hair".  Playing stupid about not knowing how to "operate" her curling iron was her way of getting us out of bed early on the weekends!

7.  Mother would tell us not to sleep with a fan running in our bedrooms, as it would result in getting a "crick in your neck"!

8.  Mother would control the amount of soda we drank in a weeks time by putting our names on a limited amount of glass bottled drinks.  Isn't she clever?

9.  As in #3, Mother's idea of disciplining us was keeping us even by giving us all a whippin" when one of us screwed up...this was to insure the guilty one was punished!  Actually this idea was a lot more effective than one would think...since it kept us "in line".

10.  Mother insisted each of her 6 daughters learn to iron their own clothes by the age of 10...she would even organize everyone's clothes on a huge rack in the basement and if you didn't have yours ironed and put away in the closet by Sunday evening you were on her "short list".  By the way...Mother felt like EVERYTHING you wore required ironing!

11.  Mother ran the house like an Army Barracks and NEVER apologized for her strictness...she was simply "controlling the Masses".

12.  Mother insisted that each of her 6 girls wore a dress or skirt 3 times a week to school and believe me she kept track of it!

13.  Mother is the ONLY one that Michelle allows to call her "SHELLY"...anyone else calls her by that name and you're on Michelle's "short list".

14.  Mother insists that Dr. Pepper is a medical essential and should be used when you are constipated!

15.  Mother would always tell you that if you have a tummy ache...you MUST be constipated!

16.  Mother made a weekly chore list that hung on the refrigerator for each and every child in the family...she didn't need to "check" to see if the chores were getting done by the assigned child because she taught us early in life to tattle on each other...and it worked perfectly!

17.  While other children spent their vacation off from school by playing outside, Mother would insist we clean each and every blind and window and those awful crystal chandeliers before we went outside.  Spring cleaning at it's finest.

18.  Mother believes that it is quite possible the Bag Balm product is nothing short of a modern day medical miracle.

19.  If Mother was waiting in the "Mud Room" when you got home from school, SOMEONE was in deep trouble and she was there to "greet" you with it when you came through the door...hence the saying..."You can hide from your friends, but you can NEVER hide from Mother"!

20. Mother is not happy unless she is making her homemade macaroni and cheese in a baking dish that is two sizes too small for the amount she is preparing...hence the reason you wait to clean your oven until AFTER Mother has been to your home to cook!

21. As a child in our home there was always one unwritten rule...NEVER and I mean NEVER run from Mother, because in her younger days she would chase you down and beat you to the top of the staircase waiting for you to arrive! When she got older and just a little slower she would whip her shoe at you to slow you down or grab your hair to stop you cold in your tracks.

22.  Mother coached a girls softball team at the Catholic Church, simply because she had enough players that were needed for a team living in her own home.

23.  Mother never called for us when it was dinner time...she could whistle so loud that you could hear her a mile away... and if you were smart, she didn't have to whistle twice...if you catch my drift!

24.  Mother used her "look" to control our behavior in church... like in #16, this worked perfectly!

25.  Mother says exactly what she thinks...too bad if you don't like it...she's the MOM and has no intention of being your friend!


PS...Don't worry, it's OK if you LOVE me BEST!




Thursday, 07 May 2009 12:24

Filling my home with Patriotic Quilts is something I look forward to every May, and I usually leave them all out through the 4th of July and Labor Day.  From there I put it all away and get my Fall and Halloween Quilts and decorations out.  The Patriotic Table Runner in the picture is one I made for a store display a few years ago from the Eleanor Burns Book.  I love her patterns, books, rulers and fabric...her patterns are VERY well written, complete with great graphics.  If you are ever looking for a new pattern or book check out Eleanor Burns from Quilt in a Day...you won't be disappointed!  And go SCRAPPY, simply because it's FUN!


Monday, 04 May 2009 19:40

Well everyone, we're officially in the month of May, so get out those Patriotic Decorations and show your American Pride!  I designed this quilted wall hanging for my sister Angela about 5 years ago...she loves everything Patriotic!  It has turned out to be one of my most popular classes over the last couple of years.  No matter what store it is hanging in it ALWAYS gets a rave review from the customers and students.  This beauty is a "play" on color, by using lots of different reds, creams, whites and even a few golds for a fun "POP".  I used the same creams, whites and golds for the star appliques too.   Don't bother to count...it is complete with 13 stripes and 50 stars...I did my homework.  I wanted it to be as close to the American Flag as I possibly could get.  If you enlarge the picture you can see that I applied a two color binding so that Navy would be around the star area and Red would be around the striped section...it made for a better final product.  I gave the quilt and pattern the name "AMERICAN DREAMS" as it just seemed appropriate. 

I am hoping that my sister Angela will let me keep this display a little longer, as my schedule is a little crazy right now and there isn't a lot of extra time in it to make another store display.  PLEASE SISTER...she loves me best so I am sure she will say YES!  Besides, isn't there a saying that goes kinda like..."possession is nine tenths of the law"?



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