Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Fog......Fog......go away

I took this picture yesterday morning on my way to work.......yes, I was driving at the time but its easy with a digital camera. This is what the fog looked like yesterday morning. For my readers who do not live in California....the sun does not shine every day. I live in a valley.....where in the winter we get lots of fog......if the weather is set up for it, and it has been perfect conditions for fog the last couple of weeks. The fog gets old real fast......plus its cold......well cold for California.Here is the view from my office.......that's Raley's Supermarket across the street. This fog really is not too bad......its bad when you can't see 50 feet in front of your car and then you see someone in a car without their lights on.

Now that I'm getting older I really don't like to drive at night in the fog......I've driven in fog so thick that I couldn't find my own driveway ( I live way out in the country where the fog is worse) and believe me that is scary.....when you don't know where you are and can't see any landmarks. Rain is in the forecast for this weekend.........and we need lots of rain and snow in the mountains because we are in a drought. Not too much sewing going on......I've been busy with Christmas stuff.....its two weeks from Thursday.....wow.....where does time go?

Saturday, December 06, 2008

For Dianah......

To participate just copy and paste in your own blog, and bold all of the things you have done. Let me know if you participated by leaving a comment!

Happy discoveries!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a preying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisioning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served in a Soup Kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets, or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Time Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in Person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Friday, December 05, 2008

Show and Tell from the Christmas Party

This beautiful quilt was made by Doris.......this is a very large quilt and made for her bed. A close up picture of the middle of the quilt and you can even see the quilting.
Joan made this wall hanging of a cat sleeping on a quilt for her great grand daughter.
A baby quilt made by Anita.
A anniversary quilt made by Doris......with her wedding date on it.
Another baby quilt made by Anita...out of flannel.....with bears embroidered on it.
Close up of the bears.......this is a very warm cuddly quilt.
Jan been working on this quilt for a long time......if you remember back to my first retreat I went on in August I took pictures of Jan working on these blocks.....the center blocks are paper pieced......well its done and quilted......... a king sized quilt. This quilt was designed by Jan and is for her daughters cabin.
Pegi loves felt.....so she made this and embroidered it.....good job.
Judy found this minkie fabric at PIQ...... that looks like mink and made her jacket pattern out of it.......cool....I hope the people against animal fur don't think its real!
I know I've taken a few pictures of Liz W's BOM blocks that she won as she's pieced and then quilted this quilt.....well it's finally all done and she showed it off at the party.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Manteca Quilters Christmas Party 2008

One of the fun things we did last night was that we held a table centerpiece contest and a few of us signed up to use our creative ideas and come up with a Christmas decoration for our party.

This Santa was made by Sue.....good job! Sue's good at making bears but she can make Santa's too.
This gourd Santa was made by Sandra and she had a raffle to raise money for toys for tots. I didn't get lucky but President Janet did and won this Santa.
Sandra also made this cool snowman.....I think its made out of quilting batting.
Pegi made this centerpiece.......very nice so much to see.
Judy brought this beautiful centerpiece she even made the coasters for the glasses.
This centerpiece is a basket full of ornaments......beautiful.
Here's Janet's centerpiece....love the pine trees with the snow people.
Bob made this snowman out of pots you use for plants......and then painted it........it's so cute.
I took pictures of most of the night's centerpieces and last here is my table runner with my decorations on it. We gave away each centerpiece and people at the party that held the lucky ticket h each won one.....I was not lucky.....but Dottie got to take my centerpiece home.
Here part of the room......the tables are full of people.
We had a pot luck last night and here are people lined up to get their food.....look at all those crock pots full of soup and other stuff.
Here is part of the desert table.....yum.
More pictures tomorrow.......there was show and tell.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Busy quilting with my walking foot

Tuesday December 2 is Manteca Quilters annual Christmas party. I am one of 12 people making a table decoration for a table that members will set at during dinner. Then at the end of the dinner they will draw tickets and lucky quilters will win the table decoration. I just took this picture of my sewing machine and I've been busy quilting this part of my decoration.I'm using my walking foot.....after using it to quilt a baby quilt a the free sew I really like the way it works and how nice the machine quiling turns out. I will take pictures of the finished project at the Christmas party so you can all see it.
I need to get back to quilting......I have to put binding on it when I have finished with the quilting.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving............

Today is Thanksgiving here in the US. A day for being with family and eating a turkey dinner with all the fixings. Giving thanks for all of God's blessings and praying and hoping that the economy here gets better and people who are out of work can find jobs.
I wish all my readers here at my blog a Happy Thanksgiving. I'll be at my Mom's tomorrow with my sister and part of her family and my daughter and son in law. We will miss you Bryan, Heather and Lauren but look forward to seeing you at Christmas.

Enjoy today and don't eat too much.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Crockpot blog

There is a blog that started on January 1, 2008 and every day the gal there is using her crock pot....so almost 350 days of recipes. You can go back through the months and read all the good recipes she's posted. She even cooked a whole (small) turkey in her crock pot. Amazing.....check it out http://crockpot365.blogspot.com.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Free Sew....more pictures

This picture was taken from the back of the large room we use.....I've been to quite a few free sews and we had the most people attending yesterday.I spent most of my time yesterday quilting this baby quilt......I used my walking foot and the attachment that comes with it......this is the posh tot quilt that I made months ago.....I'm quilting straight lines from one side to the other.....about 2 1/2 inches apart......it worked good using he walking foot.
Pat was working on a nine patch quilt.....beautiful fabric.
Here is the room early in the day.....people come and go.....work for awhile and then leave. We enjoyed a tasty lunch and snacked all day.
Dianah pined up her outfit for Laney after she sewed on the ruffle on the pants.
Rosemarie was working on a quilt for her 5 year old grand daughter......a very nicely done quilt.
A close up of the central panel.
Liz W worked on several projects......she sewed together this cup cake pin cushion. Looks good enough to eat.
Cathy came in later in the afternoon and layered this quilt so it would be ready to quilt. Its a kit from Lady Bug quilt store. Makes a nice fall throw.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Saturday Free Sew

Setting up to start the free sew today....we started early and sewed all day. Barbara made a pot of coffee and we set up the irons and gathered all our UFO's and began sewing.Barbara worked on her quilt from the class she took from Dianah at Lady Bug quilt store. I really like the fabric she used and the way she used a few bright colored in with the black and white.
Sandy used today to machine two quilts......this is the first one....it's so much easier to machine quilt down at the library because you can put two tables together and have lots of room that's hard to come by at home.
Shirley worked on this black and white quilt.......I have this pattern and can't wait to make it.....I have collected lots and lots of black and white fabric.
Teresa laid out her newly found chicken fabric......looks nice.
Dotti is working on this flannel quilt for her college aged son......very manly fabric.
Dianah is working on this Christmas outfit for Delaney......love the fabric and the way she's used it in this cute outfit.
Cheryl is working on finishing this batik leaf quilt. Love all the beautiful colors.
Close up of one of the leaves.
More pictures tomorrow.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Free Sew Saturday!

Tomorrow is a free sew down at the library for Manteca Quilters.....yea!! We all bring our projects to the room at the library and sew all day. You got so much more done there then when you are at home...... away from all the distractions of home. And if you are having problems with a quilt there will be plenty of fellow quilter to help you out. We will all be bringing food to eat so we don't even have to leave.

Now which unfinished projects to bring??? There are so many to pick from. I will gather them all tonight and I know I won't be able to finish them all. But I'm going to try!

Now this is for all the Manteca Quilters that read my blog......The free sew on NOVEMBER 29th is canceled!! At the last minute the library decided to shut down all the library's in the county for Thanksgiving week and since the library won't be open we can't use the room. So please don't come down to the library on November 29.....because no one will be there.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tuesday night at the library

We all love batik's......and how about a batik made out of flannel......soft and beautiful. Sandy made this quilt and layered it on the floor......when she was done I took this picture.Dianah made this quilt as a sample for a class she's going to teach at Lady Bug Quilts in Manteca. The pattern is from the Threaded Pear Studio...web site here. She said it sews up fast and makes a quick and easy baby quilt.
Liz is finishing up her fall table topper.....she's working on the quilting.
Lue-Anne is working on a fall table runner......here you see her laying it out on one of the large tables at the library.
She's using raw edge applique.....and fusing the leaves on the block.
I have never seen this baby fabric......it's so cute. What a cute baby quilt!
Close up of one of the blocks on the quilt.....love the look on the baby's face.....I need to find some of this fabric!