"Im too pooped to smile."

Brian just got up from his chair, and Stewie just got settled in. Its like he is saying... "Im too pooped to smile." :)

Coffee Quilt

Sneak peak of a recent quilt finish - cant show the whole top till its received. :)


Santa's Lil Helper

This is how Stewie looked before we went to work this morning... HO HO HO! The residents and staff LOVED it!


Cabin in the Woods - WIP

Been spending some time with the Cabin these past couple of weeks. Coming along good. I have reached the top of the page. Going to finish up on the left and right of the tree, and move over to the left. LOVE how its coming together!


Friday Night Sew In - Dec 10

Well, with the expected snow fall totals of 10 - 18inch coming in the near future.. I thought I would take it easy tonight. And have something ready to take to work with me tomorrow, so "if" I need to stay over night at work (I work at a nursing home, so there is a sleep area there), I will have something to work on.

So I thought I would work on the hand stitching of an "Angel Project" I have been working on. Now Im doing the slow process of the hand stitching of the binding down on the almost finished quilt.

So, here is what I worked on tonight - sorry you really cant see the quilt top, as I believe the person who this is for, reads this blog.


Visit to the Cabin..

My last update on Cabin was here.

I was asked to take a picture. So here is a recent pic. Slllloooowwwwlllly coming together! Would get more done if it wasnt so much detailed stitching. THANK GOD for highlighters!! Its stitched on 22 count OVER 1 thread.


Stewie the Pug Shark

Dont worry - he isnt sad. I just happen to catch that face when I took the picture. :) Happy Halloween!



Dont worry - I have been stitching. On what...

A model.

More details to come.

Hard to believe alot has happen since the last post. Including our trip to Maryland for the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend. If we are friends on Facebook - then you know all about it.

I have made a couple Wisconsin Quilt Barn Blocks.. just need to find them and post the pictures. And I totally need to catch up!

And a shoot out to my Mom. I updated. Happy.. he he! LOVE YOU!

Oh yeah.. if you find my sewing mojo... please return!!


Pickled Beets anyone?

11 - wide mouth pint jars, 1 quart size jar, 1 jelly jar, and the big one is all ours!!!!!! YUMMY!!

Stewie's ready for some FOOTBALL!

Go Pack Go!!

Pattern credit - Holly Bandanas© for Large Dogs (I just made it smaller for Stew's collar. Takes no time to make!) Will be making more - for sure!



After doing some searching - I was able to find the url to the memorial page for our Dad on the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation website.. We leave next month for Emmitsburg, MD, for the National Fallen Firefighters, Memorial Weekend, where along with Dad, 104 others will be honored, for dying in the Line of Duty. God Bless all the Firefighters.

Dean W. Mathison

Here is also the bio that will be given out during the Memorial Weekend - Oct 1 - 3, 2010



Ive been asked to do some teaching... teach quilting :)

My 15 yr old niece (whom is homeschooled, and takes online courses), needs alittle more structure to her classes. So her Mom and I were talking about quilting, and I suggested I could teach her how to sew, and make a few projects.

So, today we are going to meet and discuss the goals. I know I will need to teach her how to sew on a machine and the parts (bobbins, threads, dials, foots, etc). And show her all the basic quilting tools of the trade, and a few techiniques :)

Some of the projects I plan to have her make are: pillowcase, tablerunner, wallhanging, and a lapquilt.

The plan is to meet weekly, and in the end -- should have 180 hours of stucture activity.


Constellation Star - Wisconsin Quilt Blocks on Barns, Block of the Week

I just had finished up the Flying Star block, when I thought.. what the heck -- I have everything out.. why not. So I got the constellation star block done for this week. I love how it turned out!!

Block #33 – Constellation Star – Green County
Pattern is here - Constellation Star

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Flying Star - Wisconsin Quilt Blocks on Barns, Block of the Week

This block was made during the FNS. I didnt really start on it till about 10:45 (sorry I was having some puppy time with the pooch), and I finshed up at 11:45. It was a fun block to put together.

Block #31 – Flying Star – Green County
Pattern is here - Flying Star

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I ♥ moments like this!

FNS - Aug 20th

All signed up -- I'm #10 on the list. Nothing to do Friday night, why don't you join the list, its very easy!!

This is what I plan on working on Friday night. Flying Star - WI Quilt Block, all set to go for Friday.


Lady Of the Lake - Wisconsin Quilt Blocks on Barns, Block of the Week

Well I decided to do the easier of the 2 blocks that I missed. The past two weeks have been EXTREMELY busy. With a trip to my hometown a weekend ago, and then a week with a 4 yr old niece visiting... life it getting back to "normal".

Block #32 – Lady Of the Lake – Racine County
Pattern is here - Lady Of the Lake

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Spam comments

Im getting sick of receiving the post comments as spam. The last post I made I had 10 comments and 9 were of spam. So I have changed the settings to have me monitor the comments before I have to see them come thru as spam.

Other than that.. life is good, if anyone cares (other than the spammers).


Wisconsin Star - Wisconsin Quilt Blocks on Barns, Block of the Week

Just a week late... but it's done!!! I had hoped to get this block done this past weekend. I did start on it Sunday night - worked on it Monday night, last night, and tonight.

Block #30 – Wisconsin Star – Green County
Pattern is here - Wisconsin Star

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Stewie - 13 weeks old

WOW, what a joy having a dog in our house, it has been. I ♥ having Stewie!! Its been a eye opener as far as getting up and taking care of someone (yes, I consider him a person too). And also, I love shopping for the little guy!

Tomorrow, Stewie will be 3 months old. He has lived with us now for 5 weeks. Tomorrow will be his 17th day to work with me! Yes, Stewie has become the "resident dog" at the nursing home I work at. I can not go out of the unit I work in, with out getting the question.. "Where's Stewie?" (Now if he would just earn his own paycheck.. Puppy Chow would be nice too.. he he.) But seriously, all the attention from both the residents and staff is all worth bringing him every day with me. Its not much work, as I have a few residents I can leave him with, and I dont have to worry.

He has been an absolute joy. He loves being outside, he loves sleeping at my feet. I have to be in bed, or he will start whining, if he is in his crate at night.

He loves his rawhide chew bone. My husband and Stewie have alittle game the like to play on the living room floor. Stewie loves the attention we give him.

Owen's John Deere Quilt

I was asked to make a quilt for our great nephew, Owen. And it had to be done in John Deere. Well I was able to find 10 different prints of JD fabric. The pattern I used is called Yellow Brick Road by Atkinson Designs. The quilt measured 50" square.

Owen & family were up this past week, and I gave Owen his quilt. He loved it, and he loved Stewie!

Stewie's 1st Bath

Mom said I needed something called a bath. Well, I had my 1st bath today. She used this big bucket thing (I heard it was Spunky's food storage container), and put some nice warm water in it. Then Mom put me in... and started pouring water all over me. I was like - what the heck. Mom then put soap all over me... and told Dad to grab the camera. So this is my 1st bath pic. No - Mom's not hurting me. ~Stewie


Snoring Stewie

If you have ever been around Pugs - you know they snore.

Well tonight I was stitching away, and Stewie wanted up on my recliner... so I allowed him up, and he started out on the top of the chair, and it was uncomfortable (for me).

So I put him on my lap. And Stewie got comfortable.

Do you think??


The joys of Stewie

Last night, I did something I havent done... in.... gosh, months.

I actually sat down to STITCH on Cabin in the Woods.

It was alittle after 11pm, both Brian and the dog had gone to bed for the night. Brian in bed, and Stewie in the crate.

I had been dreaming of stitching all day. I knew I exactly what I wanted to stitch on - the Cabin. I couldnt go to bed till I did.

I got out the stand, with the QSnap still attached to the clamp, pulled off the plastic bag, that was keeping off the dust.

Put the earbuds into my ears to listen to the current audiobook.

Found the symbol and the DMC thread I needed to stitch with. Stitched the stitches, and it felt so good!

But... I kept hearing something. I took my earbuds out to not hear it then. Put the earbuds back in my ears. There it was again.

Stewie is his crate.... whining for me to come to BED!

Yes, Stewie our little 11 weeks & 3 day old adorable Pug, whines if Im not in bed. I yell out, "Stewie, Im fine, go to sleep".

I put the earbuds back in my ears, and continue stitching. Stewie starts back at whining.

So... I thought, well, those 20 some stitches will have to do. Cause Brian just came out of the bedroom, looking alittle annoyed.

I get to the bedroom, walked past the crate - didnt say a word. But I thought, what the heck Im still not tired, so I brought the audiobook to bed with me.

And not one peep came out of the dog, the rest of the evening.

Seems like our dog isnt happy till his Momma is in the same room with him. :)

Ohio Star - Wisconsin Quilt Blocks on Barns, Block of the Week

So glad this block was posted a day late, as I was able to get last weeks block finished yesterday. This block just rocked putting it together, and I love the way it turned out. WOW, 29 already...

Block #29 – Ohio Star – Walworth County
Pattern is here - Ohio Star

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County Fair- Wisconsin Quilt Blocks on Barns, Block of the Week

I was finally able to sit down and work on this block Sunday night, and finished it up last night. Everything was going great putting the pieces together - till I realized that I had one of the pieces facing the wrong way. So I had to rip out the middle and redo the correct piece. But it turned out great! Now hoping to start on the this weeks block soon.

Block #28 – County Fair – Walworth County
Pattern is here - County Fair

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Stewie & the Flower

Brian took the camera outside, & asked me if I could help him with something with Stewie. This was the result - Stewie with my favorite flower :) ♥ my boys


Changing the saying.. "The one that got away" to " The six that I threw away."

Its no lie - I love to fish.

So, this afternoon, I had an offer to go fishing at a local walk in lake. Its about a 1.5 mile walk to the secluded lake. We got to the lake about 7pm, and I was busy casting and drowning worms.

Shortly there after, I caught a legal bass (meaning it has to be 14" or more). I thought I better get out the stringer I brought along to keep the fish on while I fish some more.

Caught another Bass, put it on the stringer.

Caught a 3rd Bass, put it on the stringer.

Caught the 4th Bass... you guessed it, put it on the stringer.

Then, I had a HUGE blue gill - the size of my hand (the biggest I have ever caught or seen for that matter.

I caught another nice blue gill, and put it on the stringer. Went to put the stringer back into the water .....

Misjudged the weight..... and the amount of stringer left... and I swear someone put Pam on the blue stringer...

YEP! I threw ALL my fish back into the lake!! And it sunk fast. No proof of my 2 hrs of fishing. I have witnesses, though. Next time.. Im bringing a BUCKET!!!

And taking picture, even though the camera was along.

Stewie update... 9weeks and a few days old

WOW, this puppy business is keeping both hubby and I busy. Mostly the potty training & the playful biting is coming from this cute little pup.

Stewie has been going to work with me. He has been to work 3 days so far, and the residents and staff love him. I have some really adorable pics of Stewie with others - but with that darn HIPPA law, I don't want to get in trouble.

Stewie is adjusting to his surroundings, just like we are to his. He is a really good puppy. Hubby has trained him to go into his bed. So when Stewie is outside his bed, just laying on the floor, all hubby has to do is say "Stewie, go lay in your bed". And he just walks over to his bed and collapses. Stewie does sleep in a crate at night, get this .. in our bedroom.

Stewie is ... well a snorer. I love it when he snores.

He is growing like a WEED!! I would love to see his brothers and sisters to compare his size, and I think that he would be the biggest. He has like double in size since we brought him home a week & half ago.

Indian Trails - Wisconsin Quilt Blocks on Barns, Block of the Week

Ive always loved this block since I have seen. And I loved how it turned out!!

Block #27 – Indian Trials - Racine County
Pattern is here - Indian Trials

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Tree Of Life - Wisconsin Quilt Blocks on Barns, Block of the Week

Wow, this block was a whoosh to put together. I love how it turned out!!

Block #26 – Tree of Life – Walworth County
Pattern is here - Tree of Life

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Twirling Mosaic - Wisconsin Quilt Blocks on Barns, Block of the Week

Yes - you should notice if you are following along, I missed last week's block. Well I finally had the time to get it done tonight. All I have to blame is work on the delay.

But it was such a fun, fast block to put together. I love the colors!

Block #25 – Twirling Mosaic – Racine County
Pattern is here - Twirling Mosaic

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