Friday, June 24, 2011


I am behind. I've not been quilting. I'm missing my sewing room. And, it looks like it will be a while before I can get back in there. :(

It's been one of those weeks. We've had people in our house everyday. And, believe me, I'm not complaining....except for those repair men. Don't really like them. But, otherwise, it's been dear friends here, and THAT I love.

But the down side is that it leaves less time for sewing and quilting.

I know I will get back to sewing and I'll get all caught up at some point in the near future. I just wanted to let you know what's happening.

And, here's a public service announcement:: Get your dryer vent checked.

About a year ago, shortly after we moved here, we bought a new washer and dryer. The high efficiency ones. Love them. But the dryer never seemed to work right. I was always having to run the load a second time. The dryer would cut off before the load was really good and dry.

I checked the trouble shooting part of the booklet that came with the dryer, adjusted this and that, nothing seemed to work. I thought I just needed to learn my new dryer. But the problem never got resolved.

So this week, we called the repair man out to look at our dryer. He discovered that the problem is that they dryer is not vented properly because the vent in the wall needs to be cleaned out. (Our dryer is located in the center of the house, not on an outside wall.)

Tomorrow, a man is coming to clean out the vent in the wall. Since we replaced the flexible vent hose, we thought we were fine. (And, we do clean check our flexible hose and clean around and under the dryer yearly.) But I never even thought of the wall vent. This house was built in the 80's and doubt anyone has thought to have the vent in the wall cleaned. I know I wouldn't think of it....I didn't think of it.

So, if your dryer is taking longer to dry, if it seems to really heat up when you use it, check your hoses and venting system. They may need to be cleaned or replaced.

Happy Quilting!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Thank you so much for praying!!!
We're jumping in PUDDLES here in Texas!!!!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Please pray......

for our friends, who live about 20 miles northwest of us (as the crow flies). They lost everything they own in a Texas wildfire. They have a large family of 9 children.... Two different churches are collecting items, gift cards and cash for the family. If you are interested, I can pass on the information.

And, today, we got word from two more families that they are evacuating as I write this.

Things here in Texas are so very dry and there are dozens of fires burning across the state.

Here is a map of the current wildfires in Texas.....

Pics of area fires.....

We are all praying for rain......just enough to put out the fires. We can't even remember the last time we had a good soaking rain.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Dina's Churn Dash

Here is a little quilt my sister in law made for me.

It's a Reproduction Mini. LOVE this one. Diane pieced it and I quilted and bound it.

Happy Quilting!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Time to spill the beans......

Guess who is going to be a big brother?????

Yes, my grandson. His daddy and mommy are going to have another baby in November. My daughter in law tells me we are going to have a Thanksgiving baby!!

We are beyond excited!!!!

Hand Dyed Baby Quilt

Here is the hand dyed fabric version of the Turning Twenty Around the Block. This is called the "lowfat" version of the quilt.

Made with my sister in law's hand dyed fabrics......neither pic does justice to the fabrics. The colors are somewhere between the two pics. Ugh. I can't stand my picture taking abilities.

Happy Quilting!!!!!!!!!

Paisley Rose Quilt

Another top......made a long time ago......

I can't remember the fabric line I used, but I'm sure someone will recognize it. I made this quilt using the pattern, Turning Twenty Around the Block. It's an easy pattern, and while I'm not totally in love with it, I think it's fine. I think I'm just a traditional quilter and would rather stick with more traditional quilts. I'd like to get this one quilted, but like ALL the others, it will have to wait in line. :)

This quilt is 79x95. It's between a full sized and a queen sized quilt.

The first pic shows the colors of the fabric more accurately.

Happy Quilting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!