Thursday, December 29, 2011

Paisley's for Hubbie

My husband, Fuzzy has loved paisleys since the 60's when he wore a paisley tie each day to Catholic High School. So for a surprise this year I created a piasley wall hanging for him with the blocks from the round robin I was in earlier this year. I could not find any black background paisley to surround the blocks, so I went with the peace sign motif.  A little busy for some people, but he loved it....

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Cracker Contents

From Deb S. in Oregon
From Meg in Moravia
From Wilma in the Netherlands

Christmas 2011

Merry Christmas from Michigan!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sheryl's Ornament

My best friend from College lost her cat this summer. I made an ornament for her in memory.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Fuzzy's Stocking

Here is the Christmas Stocking I made for my husband two years ago. I never posted it. I tried to include all his interests and likes on it: Baseball, paisley, photography, music and jazz, his dog, cooking, AA and me of course!

Friday, December 9, 2011

My Kid!

Thomas looking happy playing with guns in Afghanistan.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


What happens when a 60 pound dog tries to see if he can fit in his 13 pound "sister's" bed?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Last Cracker in the Mail

The last of my three Christmas Crackers have been mailed. I added an angelina butterfly and a beaded spider to this one. Hope she likes it.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Lace Pretties

Here is the result of a mini Hand Dyed lace frenzy I did over the weekend. I think they turned out nice, and gives an addition to my stash.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Ornament Swap 2011

Ornaments swapped this year have arrived. I plan to get the tree up over the weekend and display all that I have collected over the past several years. This year from Lisa Caryl, Kandee Coffee, Rhonda Bateman, Lena Hurley, and Natascha Rutherford.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Last Day of November

We were greeted with the first snow of the season. Fuzzy was delighted to have a chance to use our newly acquired snowblower.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Winter/Holiday Round Robin Finale

After literally traveling around the world my Holiday/Winter blocks are back. Somehow they ended up in Finland twice and then to South America before returning to the proper rotation. Needless to say, I am happy they are back, even though 5 months behind!
From Wendy in Arkansas

From Alice in Wisconsin

From Lorrie in Canada

From Meg in Uruguay

From Helina in Finland

The Swedish block is left for me to do.

Fairy Tale Blocks Home.

A week or so ago I received the 6 blocks I sent around with a Fairy Tale theme. I chose centerpiece motifs of pictures in vintage children's books. Here are the results:

First is from Misty in Pennsylvania who chose the Frog Prince. I love the big flower and how she embroidered over the pattern in the brown fabric to make it showier.

Next, Rita in Kansas chose Little Red Riding Hood. She commented that her maiden name was Wolf, so this block called to her. I enjoy using pieces of broken jewelry on blocks, her owl is an example of how this can really add glamour to a block.

 Beryl in New York chose Jack and the Beanstalk, she added a terrific vine effect to echo the theme.

Carol of Kansas chose Rumpelstilskin and took advantage of his love of gold.

Last, but not least Cathy in Iowa settled on the Princess and the Pea. She did not disappoint with her addition of the spectacular embroidered pea pod.

Puss n Boots, came back for me to finish.

 I liked these blocks so well, that I have found a few more silkies and plan to make a few more. Here is Beauty and the Beast. I also have a Cinderella I haven't pieced into a block yet.  I'll keep you posted.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Christmas Cracker Swap

Here are two of the three projects I am mailing to swap for Christmas with some of my Crazy Quilting friends.... Hope they like. I was surprised there was no line at the post office today....

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

Lisa's Bird Block

Here is Lisa's bird theme block. I did the three embroidered birds, spiderweb and handpainted yellow lace flower. Also the flower in the chicakdee's mouth and the seam on the lower right.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Lana's Debut

The daugher of an old friend of Fuzzy's had her musical debut tonight in Lansing. Here is Lana in the midst of a job well done.

Saturday, November 12, 2011


On our way back from the airport we stopped at the Ikea store. There is only one in the state of MI. If you have never been, it is worth the stop, lots of inspiration. We didn't take a lot of pics, but here are two. Fuzzy in one of the kitchen displays and a view from the cafeteria to the outside of the store. That cool lamp is sold in the store, less than $100.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veteran's Day 2011

How fitting that my son Thomas, was deployed to Afghanistan on this day. My husband and I drove him to the Detroit airport yesterday for his trip.  He serves in the Airforce and does intelligence briefings for pilots. Thankfully his team will only be there a couple months.  We are proud!

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Perfect Frame

While cleaning my sewing room, I came across this framed piece of quilting. I thought the age of the quilt and the muted colors was perfect for this picture. The frame was an odd shape. So I added the handmade crochet trim to cover the edges of the photo.  I think it looks great... what do you think?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Pictures from the Past

While moving my dad from his house to a nursing home, my sister and I came across some photos from the past. Here are a few that I love.

This is my grandmother and grandfather with my mother
 My dad around the age of 13. Third row from bottom, far right.
 My mother and father at a shower around their wedding.
 My maternal grandmother as a young adult. I will definitely do a crazy quilt block with this one.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween 2011

Well, I did not complete my daily "Blogtoberfest" posts. But I did post more this month than any so far. I think I had good excuses, starting a new part time job and going to Indiana 2x to care for my aging Father.... I'm leaving you with some spooky inspirations.... And before  you say anything. Chloe only wore her pumpkin suit for about 20 minutes total. She doesn't look too happy with it does she?