Monday, December 27, 2010

Hanging on by a snow chrystal!

gonna make a very loud noise when it falls!
Keep On Stitch'n On!
(mauh) Liz

Sunday, December 26, 2010

I hate snow......

the old rez truck, the bed is full of snow......bed is 12 inches deep. 8 inches on the hood
my little car.....will take a long time to dig this out tomarrow am. I maybe calling out, I aint risking life and car to get to work. notice that its dry underneath the car and truck. early this am I went to bed at 2am, woke up at 830am to this.......
view out the front door. the mound you see at the window is accumulation of the door wreath.
we still have power for now. some areas have power failures. maybe a couple of days before it comes back on.

my back yard. it is very deep, right up to abbys butt. she doesnt have to cop a squat. she just had to stand there and let it rip. backyard faces north. it will be a LONG time before all the snow will melt.
we are near blizzard conditions. I havent seen it this bad since the blizzard of '80. state patrol is closing roads and is close to calling marshal law. good thing I have plenty of sewing to do!
Keep On Stitch'n On!
(mauh) Liz

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Merry and Quilty New Year!


I hope this has been a nice layed back Holiday Season for yall. Mine has had some up and downs, I am looking forward to the New Year. Job security is wavering right now but there is a glimmer of hope with a possible new opportunity for 2011. I didn't get alot of quilting done this year as I had hope but (in a Scarlett O'Hara voice) tomorrow will be another year.......
Beloved Monkey Boy got into a minor and I do mean MINOR accident earlier this week. He is ok, people in the other car are ok. Both cars are ok. He was following too close and did a little bump. The passenger in the other car said his back hurt, but moments later he was on his hands and knees checking to see if there was any damage to the bumper of the 2008 Mercedes. BMB took pictures with his Blackberry Phone of the man in that position and then asked him if he needed a ambulance *snicker* Upon seeing BMB and his phone camera, the man replied ' I don't think so now'. Ain't modern technology wonderful! Police came and took a report, no ticket was issued.
Speaking of BMB, I will be going to Manland to cook Xmas dinner. Not sure how many will be there, the menu will be very simple but very filling. Spiral cut, sugar cured Smithfield Ham, mac and cheese, green bean casserole and potato rolls and deviled eggs....YUM! Dessert will be chocolate chip cookies with ice cream. Sometimes simple is bestest!
Have a great day tomarrow, have fun, be safe and I will see yall after the new year! BMB's birthday is on the 29th of this month. He will be 29 years old. I am feeling very old right now. Before I go, I have a few words of wisdom about growing old:

Truths for us Old Farts

~I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

~Nothing is worse than the moment in an argument when you realize you're wrong.

~I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.
~There is great need for a sarcasm font.
~How the heck are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
~Was learning cursive really necessary?

~Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

~Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.
~I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

~Bad decisions make good stories.

~You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

~Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.
~I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to the ten-page technical report I swear I did not make any changes to.

~I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

~I think the freezer deserves a light, as well.

~I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.
~I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Construction" routing option.

~I have a hard time discerning the fine line between boredom and hunger.

~How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

~I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!
~Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.
~Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
~Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in less than 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!

~The first testicular guard, the "Cup," was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.
Author Unknown
Keep On Stitch'n On!
(mauh) Liz

Monday, December 13, 2010

My article for NPN


Just finished my article for this months issue of NinePatch News. Enjoy!

Recycle and Re Purpose
Can you feel it? You know it coming. Time for Christmas! Time to get those last mintue gifties made and delivered! But wait, you cash poor, what to do, what to do? Take a few mintues (or hours) to dive into your stash and decide what you want to make for whom. Today we have provided some links for some quick and easy gifties. One or two links have a slighty time comsuming projects but worth it.

Have some old linens sitting in the closet or drawer? This little project is prefect for them! Six pieces is all it takes to make this adorable roll holder.

Have a stash of heavy duty canvas or duck?
This is a great pattern for making grocery bag tote. Nice and roomy and will hold alot!

How cool is this?? Take the cuffs of an old shirt you have cut up for recycling and turn it into a wallet! Do not need a wallet? Sew the cuff up each side and it can be a cell phone , iPod or Loyality Card Pouch. Bling it up with beads and stuff and it will be conversational piece!

Great way to gather things up for a snowman and keeping it in one place. Grab an old shoe box, decorate it up and keep Frosty's gear in it. Kids will love it!

Do you have a seamstress in your circle? This tutorial will show you haow to make a 'Ham'. An item that lets you press seams on a garment with ease.

This is a stinkin' cute little purse decorated with rickrack! Great for a tween or an adult. Make the straps long enough to wear it across the body. This will make you hands free for shopping!

Quick and easy little chicky that will hold your cook book open while you are making all those goodys in the kitchen! These little Chooks (in Australia they call chickens Chooks) can also keep your arts and crafts books open too!

Who doesn't need a oven mitt? I highly recommend using the insul-brite to keep the heat off your fingers and hand.

Got some left over Tule from make bride head pieces or ballerinas outfits? Not sure what to do with it? Make scubbies! This is a great tutorial for make them! Scrubbies are not just for cleaning pot and pans and kitchen counters. You can use them for cleaning your cutting matts too!

Need a really quick and easy sewing notion for your bestest quilting buddy? Try this magnetic pin holder! (shameless plug here)

Have fun deciding what you want to make. Feel free to send us picture of your work! We would love to see what our readers are making!

Keep On Stitch'n On!
(mauh) Liz

Sunday, December 5, 2010

save your money honey, have I got a magnetic pin holder for YOU!

I love getting sewing supply catalogs at home. I get to browse thru them in my PJs and get great ideas on what is new in sewing notions. I saw this picture in a catalog and said ' hot damn! what a great way to hold straight pins and needles while you sewing!' It a simple metal circle painted in pretty colors with a strong magnet on the back. You place the circle on your shirt, slip the magnet inside the shirt to attach it to the circle. Magnet holds the circle in place but doesn't hurt your shirt!

The item does have a disclaimer; Caution: Do not place on electronic equipment, cell phone, computers (this means sewing machine with computer chips too), TV, credit cards, etc. Not for use by people with pacemakers. Keep away from children, yada yada yada.

Then I saw the price. $9.95???? what the hell??? For a piece of metal and a magnet??? I took a closer look at the Holder. Its a friggin' mason jar lid all painted up purty!

Off to the hardware store I go! Found some strong magnets. 6 for $1.97. More than I wanted to pay but I had a point to prove so I bought them. Couldn't find canning jar lids at the hardware store or at Walmart. I did find them at a local grocery store and on sale! 12 lids for $1.50! Once you do the math, it comes up to less than 50 cents apiece! Of course you can dress them up by spray painting them, decoupaging your favorite fabric on or just leave them plain (redneck style). They are cute and quick gifty item for quilting retreats or a stocking stuffer.
I'm thinkin' you could paint the names of the quilter in the label right under the BALL.

The holder I made will hold about 12 pins and needles. The magnet used is about one inch in diameter, 1/8 inch thick. If you get a larger magnet it will hold more pins and maybe a small pair of scissors. The possibilities are endless! A word of advice, be sure you remove all pin and needles off the holder before you remove the magnet. Otherwise the pins will fall on the floor and you may step on them....ask me how I know this *snarf*
Keep On Stitch'n On!
(mauh) Liz

Saturday, December 4, 2010

hexagon mugrug with mock binding tutorial

Seems I am doing alot of tutorials lately. Please indulge with me for this one. I was surfing thru blogs (yes I am addicted) and was looking at these fabulous mug rugs here: scroll 1/2 down the page
I shared this link with my chat room friends. One of them couldn't figure out how to make the hexagon so I did a tutorial for her. After she saw it, the light went on....duhhhh (her words not mine). This was easy peasy to do so I will share with you what I shared with her. enjoy! the mug rugs come out approx 9 inches across, room for a mug and a snack.

~you will need 2 strips from a fat quarter of 2 1/4 inch fabric.
~2 strips of one inch fabric for the mock binding.
~a 60 degree ruler. the one I use is a 60 degree diamond ruler by Darlene Zimmerman.
I got it a Joann's, it made by EZ quilting
~sew the 2 fat strips together and press to the dark side
~using the ruler, sub cut 6 triangles

~attach the narrow strip to the bottom of the triangles as this is your mock binding
~leave at least 1 1/2 between each one for re cutting
~using the diamond ruler again, re cut the narrow strip to make a complete triangle

~sew together 3 of the triangles to make 1/2 of the hexagon.
~repeat for the other 3

~sew the 2 halves together and you have the top of the mug rug
easy peasy! Finish the mug rug like I showed you in the last blog

Clear as mud? great!

Keep On Stitch'n On!
(mauh) Liz

Friday, December 3, 2010

mock binding tutorial

Today's post is about Mock Binding. When I mentioned this technique to my quilting buddies they wanted to know more. When I described it, they couldn't get a true visual of it. So I decided to do a tutorial with picture. I use this binding style in small projects and baby quilts.
If you have been reading other blogs you know that mug rugs are all the rage. I adore these tiny quilts. That is what they are, tiny little quilts. My samples are approx 5 x 9 inches. Perfect for a mug and a snack! Here goes the instructions:

Once your have designed and constructed your mini quilt top, you are going to add a 1 inch wide border all around the edges.

Pick a pretty backing that compliments your top. As you can see I chose a pretty little floral print that matches the top fairly well. Cut your backing approx 1/2 inch wider than the top.

Cut your batting one inch wider than the backing. Layer the 3 layers in this order:
Backing (right side up)
Top ( right side down)

Stitch a 3/8'' seam all around the block leaving a small opening. Trim and cut corners. Turn inside out, this is also known as pillow case or 'birthing' I prefer birthing cause its
a labor of loooooooove *grin* Carefully poke the corners out nice and sharp. You can use a chop stick or a long handle artist's brush. Slip stitch opening, iron flat.

Stitch in the ditch all around the edge of the mug rug. This will give the edge some depth and gives the illusion of binding, hence the term 'mock' binding! Clear as mud? good!

As I said earlier, I use mock binding for smaller projects and baby quilts. Using this technique holds up better on baby quilts, especially when they washed a lot. You don't have to worry about little fingers working their way under the tradish binding and getting their fingers tangled up.

Feel free to email me with any questions:

Keep On Stitch'n On!
(mauh) Liz

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

christmas is coming in less than 4 weeks!! ack ack!!


It just dawned on me it will be Christmas in less than 4 weeks! ack ack!!!! Where in the hell did the time go? It was just Halloween! As I have written before, I write articles for an online quilting newsletter called NinePatchNews. A group thru Yahoo. I do a series called recycle and re purpose.

I am home tonight cause they are cutting hours at the Q again (sigh). So I have been planning what my xmas gifts will be to some of the family. While surfing the net I came across a few sites that would work for the gifts AND Decembers article!

Since I am poor again this Xmas *snarf* I have to be 'creative' as to what I am giving. Between mug rugs and grocery bags I will be all set for gift giving! Thank goodness for my stash. I am one of those pack rats that will take unwanted material from friends that are ' too busy' to sew anymore or have taken up another hobby.

Enjoy these links, I sent them out via email to my quilting buddies and they loved them!

love this one, got any vintage linens? this would be a great hostess gift!

I love this pattern, quick to make and you can adjust the measurements to make a small sack
Take the collar, square it up. add a zipper and you have a long pouch to store knitting or crochet hooks in. perfect for that knitter in your life!

recycle a shoe box (decorate it) to store the kit in. kids will love this!

Keep On Stitch'n On!
(mauh) Liz

Thursday, November 25, 2010

have a great holiday! be safe, eat alot and please be kind to others by farting downwind!
Keep On Stitch'n On!
(mauh) Liz

P.S. I stole this picture from Pat Sloan, aint it a hoot?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Resistance Is futile.....

Its true, Resistance is futile! My birthday was last month and decided to treat myself to
some goodies from Connecting Threads They were having a sale on Charms from their own lines of fabric. Got some cute xmas and repro charms. I ordered just a little bit of yardage too. I have seen 2 colors popping up all over the blogs. Aqua and Gray. Sometimes in the same quilt. Gray is a hot hot hot new neutral. I like it!
When I do baby quilts I don't like using white. The Moms are afraid to use the quilt in fear of stains. Most of my quilts end up on the wall of the Nursery. I'm going to try Gray and see if the Quilts are used for the what they are intended for. Those 2 big spools of thread is from their own line of threads. I really like using that thread. My cheapie little work horse sewing machine loves the thread. Yes there is lint but nearly as bad as some threads. The 5000 yards spools of thread cost $9.99! good deal! I ordered black and natural. I will be set on thread for a LONG time.
All this quilty goodness for about $50 AND free shipping!
These are my rug mug samples. Not finished yet. instead of using binding I am using mocking binding. same effect. I used left over HSTs and strips from a BOM I made. I have a plastic shoe box full of scraps and HST. Im liking these little mug rugs. See my last post for how-to links.
Keep On Stitch'n On!
(mauh) Liz
P.S. new redneck quilters joke......If your measuring tape is a long piece of string with knots every inch or might be a redneck quilter.....

Saturday, November 13, 2010

my article for NinePatchNews~a Yahoo group

Recycle and Re purpose


Its that time of year again! Time to get going on those Christmas gifts! I traditionally get started on my gifts on Thanksgiving weekend but now I get started right after Halloween!

Head to the thrift shops. Dig thru your linen closets, your clothes closets. Get to your local Dollar Tree Store and check out the kitchen section. My local Dollar Store has remodeled and revamped their store and there is now a HUGE selection of inexpensive kitchen towels, potholder and oven mitts. Jump into your scrap pile and start sorting!

One of the hottest crafts to make on the Internet is a Mug Rug. This craft is HUGE! They are bigger than the usual mug coaster. They rectangle rather than square. The general size is 6in by 9 in. Big enough for your mug and a snack! There is a Flickr group loaded with lots of pictures. tutorial will get you started, let your imagination run wild with color schemes and materials. A great giftie would be a new mug with a mug rug rolled up inside with a packet of the receivers favorite tea/cocoa/coffee. This link will give idea with designs and colors. Pleasant Home: Sew Picture Perfect ~ Mug Rugs

Grab a cup of coffee/tea/soda and a snack and check out these links! Many of these links will show you how to recycle old clothes and linens into usable items good enough to gift! When you check out the websites take close at look at the sidebars for more links to other websites. Warning: These links will take up a huge chunk of computer time! Be sure you have the kids/hubby/pets fed, your in your comfty clothes and that you have alot of alone time. Have fun!

Keep On Stitch'n On!
(mauh) Liz

Thursday, November 11, 2010

To all those who have served, to all those who are serving. A heart felt thanks from myself and my family for protecting us and the homeland. Be strong, be safe. We will keep the light glowing in the window until your return. Thank you for all you do!
Keep On Stitch'n On!
(mauh) Liz

Sunday, November 7, 2010

more baby quilts

quick post today. went to the LQS where I teach and picked up some fabric for a shop sample. I was so please with the results of the baby quilt I made (see last post) that I decided this would be a great class to teach. Marybeth (the owner) is very flexible and lets me get creative with her materials . She has a bunch of the pamper pooch charms that weren't selling and I thought I could help that along.
I picked up a charm pack and some yardage and will be assembling soon. Haven't decided if I'm gonna do mock binding on this one yet. Some quilters do not like mock binding, I disagree. This type of binding is great for quick quilts. It still has the look of REAL binding and just as functional.
Baby Emma's momma received the quilt I made and is very pleased with it. Now Im told that Emma's auntie is pregnant too! Looks like I will be putting that Sock Monkey charm pack to good use!

Im not sure sure if I will be using the same yardage as the pampered pooch charm pack but they do look good together!
My next article for NinePatchNews will be on last minute xmas gifties. I will have lots of links and instructions. I will repost to my blog once I get it done. It will be a great way to recycle linens, scraps, clothes into useful items around the house.
Keep On Stitch'n On!
(mauh) Liz

Thursday, November 4, 2010

One of my babies is having a baby!


I just finished a baby quilt for a friend whom I met when she was a newborn. now the newborn is all grown up and having babies of her own.
This first quilt is a quilt she tells me I made for her when she was a itty bitty. I dont remember making it for her but I do recognize the fabric. In fact I still have some of that fabric in my stash!
simple patchwork, layered, birthed and tied at the corners. no binding! this was made over 22 years ago. I was in the early stages of my quilt making :

the 2nd quilt is the one I am giving to her for HER baby! dang I feel old!

this quilt was easy to make. The pattern is a version of Bonnie Hunters Sticks and Stones. I took a charm pack and some yardage. The charm pack I used is call Peas and Carrots. Lots of orange and green, hence the name of the charm pack. I split each charm in 1/2 and added a 2 1/2 block to each rectangle. I 'stacked' the columns and added a narrow border (one inch finished) in yellow for friendship and a 2nd border 2 1/2 inch finished). I used mocked binding (1/2 inch finished)that matched the colors of the charms. quick and easy. Quilt is approx 32 in square.
I found my sock moneky charm pack! I will be making another baby quilt using that. The way my friends are reproducing, it wont be long before I find a home for it *snarf*
Keep On Stitch'n On!
(mauh) Liz

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I told ya I would.....


as promised a picture of the blue ribbon winning loom beaded bracelet my son Daniel aka Beloved Monkey boy won!

Keep On Stitch'n On!

(mauh) Liz

Monday, November 1, 2010

I am back for a long time!


Finally, after months of no Internet, I have INTERNET! The Dingbat is BACK! Thank to Cox's cable and Beloved Monkey Boy! Since I missed Blogtoberfest I decided I will make it up by posting just about everyday in November. During my absent I did get some quilting done. I joined a swap last summer in one of the quilty groups in Yahoo. We swapped mini wall hanging with just a simple pumpkin design. The swap mom got permission from the designer
Amy of Citypark Girl fame had design. you can get the pattern here: Super simple and was fast to make. The one of the top is what I received and the one on the bottom is what I sent out. The only requirement was we had to use a border with pumpkins in it. I was temped to bling my up a little bit but didnt.
I really like this design because it can be used for October and November! I encourage everyone to join a quilty swap every now and again. The challenge will get your creative juices flowing and hone your skills. I just joined yet another online swap, this one is for a mini quilt no bigger than a sheet of notebook paper, think of all the possibilties!

Thanks to all my internet buddies and bloggers I have more than enough owl fabric for Grandma's Hooters project. Later this week there will be a vote for which block to use and a winner for the one who voted for the winning block. I cant decide on a block, I have 3 to chose from. See ya later this week!

Keep on Stitch'n On!
(mauh) Liz

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

damn...has it been THAT long???


Yes I still alive! sorry for the no blog in so long. July we had a bad storm and my phone lines went out AGAIN. Verizon has been a prick about coming out and fixing them. Beloved Monkey Boy told me about a special that Cox cable is having on internet service. Im making arrangement with them. I will dump Verizon after 20 plus years and stick with my cell phone and internet. It will be cheaper in the long run.

Meanwhile.....alot of sewing has been going on. I won a blue ribbon at the peanut fest for my recyled jean leg country apron! BMB got a blue ribbon too for his loom beading! He has parted ways with his girlfriend and started doing the loom beading again. He made this beautiful braclet with several shades of blues and white. Kinda look like Bargello. It impressed the judges into a blue ribbon. Makes a Dingbat Momma PROUD! As soon as I get a picture I will post it.
Keep On Stitch'n On!
(mauh) Liz

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Beloved Monkey Boy and his Boo Sugah

this has been a rough week. monday I locked the keys in my car. I never do that......with the exception waaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in 1990 but that is another story. Of course I was working 2nd shift at QVC in Va and I didnt get off shift til midnight! I called POPALOCK which should be called popajoke wouldnt come out to rescue me.....gggrrrrrrr........... I called my son Daniel AKA Beloved Monkey Boy. I told him what I had done and could he come get me. He said he would but he was bringing his girlfriend which he refers to his Boo Sugah. I will Refer to her as MsBOO.
She is a pretty girl and has been very good for BMB.
Daniel and Jenn. they make a cute couple!

They come out to the warehouse and bring with them a hammer and coat hanger. IM thinking...oh hell aint breaking the window to the Plum! He said no, he was gonna try to pry open the door frame,then push the coat hanger in the door and pull up the lock stem. I have the old fashion lock stems so it easier to unlock. The coat hanger was too thick so I went to security and got a thinner hanger. good news! it worked! bad news! there is surface damage in the roof and on the door frame. At MsBoo's suggestion I layered some topcoat finger nail polish on the effected parts to keep the rusting out. evenually I will get the Plum a new paint job. Of course the alarm went off and I couldnt get it to turn off. there were a few people in the parking lot and they were staring at us. I finally got the alarm off, gave MsBoo and BMB my heart felt thanks and hugs. BMB demanded a large pan of my infamous tuna fish casserole that I will gladly make.they saved me alot of money and aggravation. In middle of all this a thunderstorm was coming thru. lightening and thunder and rain and it was 1am before we were able to leave. This was one of my proudest MOM moments. I raised him on my own and I know I did a good job when I could call him after midnight to come to my place of work, in the rain and help his stranded momma! many thanks to Beloved Monkey Boy and his Boo Sugah!

Keep On Stitch'n On!
(mauh) Liz

Monday, July 5, 2010

just under the wire!

got this purty done just under the due date wire! I did this mini for an online swap. its approx 23 x27. I used batik and kona 6 1/2 in 9 patch blocks that I made for a another online swap. I used the infamous disappearing 9 patch block design. I call it....the amish go to bali. I hope the person who receives it, likes it.
Keep On Stitch'n On!
(mauh) Liz

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Have a safe 4th yall!

Have a safe and terrific 4th of July and remember to thank a service person for their service to our wonderful country!
Keep On Stitch'n On!
(mauh) Liz

Saturday, July 3, 2010

the owls have landed!


a couple of post back I had asked for owl fabric. boy howdy did yall come thru! owls flew in from all parts of the united states as well as europe! look at all the purty birds! love love love all of them. this will jump start my tribute to my grandmother!

I recieved a wonderful eclectic bunch of owls. I will cherish all of them!

for those who sent owl fabric, I in return send them this cute little snap pouch with a matchbook needle keeper tucked inside.

thank you ladies for your contribution to Grandma's Hooters project!

Keep On Stitch'n On!

(mauh) Liz

Sunday, June 20, 2010

my Dad

this hansome devil is my Dad. the picture was taken in the early 60s. gotta love that tweed jacket! he had that twinkle in his skye blue eyes right up til the day he passed. Dad is my hero, he raised me and my 2 sisters by himself for many years. He also help raised his then only granson for a short period of time. Dad always stepped up when he was needed. He taught me how to raise a child the good way. I think about my hero everyday and I still miss him. Happy Fathers day to all the Dads, Single Moms, Granparents and to those who stepped up when other would not.
Keep On Stitch'n On!
(mauh) Liz

Saturday, June 5, 2010

A request

ever been doing something not quilt related and a brilliant quilt plan pops into your head??? I had one of those moments recently. I want to design a quilt in honor of my grandmother. While in the shower, I had this quilt idea popped right into my head! I get a lot of great ideas while in the shower, most of my best Redneck Quilter Jokes came about in there. Feel free to stop snickering now...... anyhoooooo........Grandma was Cherokee and Chippewa. Her spirit totem was the Owl. Mine is the Bat, loooooong story behind it .She had Owls of all sorts all over the house. Real stuffed ones, metal, chystal, glass etc. I have seen some stinkin' cute Owl fabrics on the blogs and in the catalogs lately and I thought that would be the perfect material for a quilt! Problem is, none of my local quilt shops carry that kind of novelty fabric. I dont need much, 5 in charm square, fat eights, scraps.... I have a ton of tone on tone, poka dot that look like owl eyes, feathers, and gemometric designs to co ordinate with the Owl fabric. sooooo this is my request..... can yall spare a little bit of your owls fabric stash (if'n you happened to have some)? In return I will send you a cute little item hand crafted by moi! not gonna tell you what it is, it will a surprize. The working title of this quilt is GrandMa's Hooters! She would love the double meaning of that title . Please email privately for my snail mail addy if you are interested in this exchange. thanks in advance!
Keep On Stitch'n On!
(mauh) Liz

silent saturday

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(mauh) Liz

Sunday, May 30, 2010

thank you Dad

as you know, tomarrow is Memorial Day in the United States. My post today is about my Dad. RM1 James E McClure. He went into the Navy in 1948 and stayed til 1968. He was a man of Honor and raised 3 daughters. He was very proud of his daughters and gransons. He passed in 95 and is greatly missed by all of us. Thank you Dad for your years of service in the Navy and stepping up to raise your daughters when another wouldnt. This picture is of Dad when he went to Great Lakes Training Center. I got it out of his memory album from that year. A special thanks and prayers to our Service People where ever they are across the world. Come home safe, you are very much loved and missed!

Keep On Stitch'n On!
(mauh) Liz

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Dennis Sean, my hero!

yes! 2 post in one day! this picture you see is my nephew, Dennis Sean McClure, who graduated from Liberty University yesterday. In the picture is his daughter Summer, my grand niece. I am so friggin' proud of my nephew I can burst! He works a full time job, is a full time daddy and went to college!
It has been a long 2 years and he can finally relax! He got his B.S. in Management Information Systems. Big ass title for computer geek Dennis, I am proud of you! I cant say this enough!!
Not only can you breed stink'n cute kid, but you are hansome and smart to boot! To see a better view of him and summer, double click on the picture! A special thanks for Michelle who supported Dennis while he was in college and working and who is a great Mom to Summer!

Keep On Stitch'n On!

(mauh) Liz

editors note: clicking on the picture will not enlarge it. phooey! trust me, he is hansome and she is adorable. only suggestion I can make, save pic and enlarge thru your photo editor