Sunday, August 23, 2015

Three down...

Three days down, approximately 177 to go.

Pennsylvania mandates at least 180 school days. I have no idea what is on our calendar.  I figure it doesn't matter.. why worry... I have to be there anyway.

We will just take it one day at at time.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The party's over.... almost

Somehow Charlie Brown always gets it right.  My summer is slowly coming to an end.  Our local school districts decided to start earlier this year, August 17, to allow for more teaching days before the testing season in April.

Personally I am not sure it will make much difference.  If a child, and/or his or her  parents, do not value education and do not feel the need to apply themselves to the task, the scores on the test are not going to reflect the desired change.  I would like to think that I am a good teacher, that I do my job well.  The time I put into what I deliver to my kids is necessary to help them toward the goal of success.  

But in the end, I have to realize that much of the success comes from the choices they make.  

So here I go, spending time in my room before school starts, getting it ready, unpacking, rearranging, thinking about how I want to start my year.

There will still be sewing time, just not as much.   I have a backing to piece for Mickey Mouse.  Yesterday I was able to pull a bolt out that I just had to buy, not knowing what it would be fore, and it is now the backing.  Nothing like going through eight yards of fabric in one fell swoop.  I also started cutting down some scraps with my Accuquilt Studio cutter.  By the way... the dies are sharp.

Take care of yourselves and make it a great day!

Monday, July 27, 2015

I've already messed up

So, my blog header says "daily" musings.... what was I thinking?

Let's play catch up.  I am busy working on a quilt for my grandson's daycare teacher.  I have two borders left to put on it and then I must piece the backing.  Have to schedule a time with Miss Donna to get it on the Long Arm.

It is also time for me to bit the bullet and head into school a couple of days a week to get ready for the year.  The districts in our area have decided to start on August 19, to allow for more days before testing in the spring.  Sorry, but for some kids (and their parents) who don't value education, adding more days isn't going to make a bit of difference.  Plus, mother nature will most like throw us a whammy.

My daughter, Abby, is home from her internship in Williamsburg.  She was a lead carpenter with the Virginia Shakespeare Festival.  She found, and brought home, a Singer 301 in a cabinet for me.  It needs a power cord, but I found one for a decent price.

Finally, our local fair was last week.  I honestly don't like to go into the fair.  The dust and crowd is not my thing.  The food has gotten so expensive and, let's face it, it isn't the best food for you.  But, Eddie had a blast seeing the animals and construction equipment displayed by local businesses.  Nana's and Grandpa's do what they need to do.

Time to get my butt moving.  Have a great day!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Holy Fabric Cutting, Batman!!!

A few months back I sold two machines... the Juki I never used and a Featherweight I picked up at an auction.  Having done so I purchased something I would use... an Accuquilt Studio Cutter.

This thing is heavy!!!!

They had a starter kit with the die sizes I wanted so I jumped on it.

Of course now, I have to find a place to set it up.

This room is not going to grow no matter how much I wish it would.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A year....

well, almost a year.

One whole year with out a post, and so much has happened in a year.  Where to begin.

We have temporary custody of our grandson, Eddie.  Our daughter is fine, just her life is a little nuts right now.  Grandpa and I have put our lives on hold to raise him and while yes, we wish we still had the freedom to come and go as we please we know that this situation is what is best for him.  We love him to death.

My school life has gotten better in some ways and not so in others.  A change in administration was good, much more support is felt.  However the environment of public education is what it is and I won't go ranting on that now.

My quilting life is spent in small bits and pieces.  During the school year not much gets done.  Having a two year old in the house doesn't allow me time to sit and hand piece nor do I get time in the sewing room unless he is napping (see statement about freedom in the first paragraph).  So I do what I can.  I have a few tops that need bordered and quilted.  One is currently with my long-arm friend, Donna, and I have two baby quilts that need quilted and is headed across the pond to Scotland.

So I am going to give this blog jump start the old college try and make a go of it again.  I hope that many of the people who were following me are still around and we can reconnect.  If not, then perhaps new friends will be found.

Have a great day!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The latest addition....

My husband and I have taken to vintage quilts.  We love to go antique looking and I am the one that usually hunts out the quilts.

This week we traveled to Williamsburg, VA to pick up our daughter Abby. She had an internship at the Virginia Shakespeare Festival at William and Mary and needed a little help bringing things back.  So during the course the world-wind visit, Kevin and I visited Dovetail Antiques and the Williamsburg Antique Mall.

This is what came home with us.  I love hexagons and find myself drawn to these quilts more than any other when we visit antique shops and malls.  So far we have found a couple of hexagon quilts/tops with the more 'traditional' green path, one with a purple path, and one with a black path.  This one, with its light yellow path, really called to me.  It is a summer quilt - no batting in there.  And some of the hexagons still hold their basting stitches.

Love it!!!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Skype and Sew.....

There is something tremendously motivating about sewing with someone else in the room.... even if that someone else is on the computer screen and lives 1000 miles away.

Thanks so much Amy!! I had a great time.