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

Find out more about the "Wisconsin Quilt Blocks on Barns, Block of the Week" @ Cre8tive Quilter

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

Find out more about the "Wisconsin Quilt Blocks on Barns, Block of the Week" @ Cre8tive Quilter


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


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