Laurel's blog

Thanksgiving Bonus

The weather was beautiful, the food delicious and I love when my family gathers together. I delight in the interaction of the various generations. I am thankful that my children and grandchild get to know their aunts, uncles and cousins. I like meeting and spending time with the new people who join our growing family and enjoy seeing how the littlest family members have grown. We eat, talk, kid, tell stories, laugh, eat dessert and laugh some more.

Life and Quilting

One of my favorite things about quilting is that it is forgiving!!! When life throws those Monkey Wrenches at you, quilting forgives you for not spending so much time with it. I also love the fact that you can quilt a little bit or a whole heck of a lot!!! I have had a few of those Monkey Wrenches and did not realize myself how long its been since we last "spoke".

Trip Around the World ( or many)

Oh my goodness. I am soooooooo excited. Many people are willing to help with my project and fabric is on its way to me from 13 countries so far. As the pieces arrive I will share pictures with you and hopefully a story or two!! I am touched by the willingness of so many people to take time out of their busy schedules to shop for, wrap and mail (post) these fabrics to me. Thank you all.

I am not sure what pattern I will use but am leaning toward a Trip Around the World or a variation of Many Trips. I'm thinking this would be appropriate since the fabric will be traveling to get to me from around the world!

Hip, Hip, Hooray!!!

WOW!! I'm not a very computer savvy person but even I can tell the difference with our new internet connection. It has taken us a few YEARS but we were finally able to get a cable internet connection. We live in a still semi-rural area and the cable came from all four directions and stopped from each direction before reaching our property. This situation has been most painful for the rest of my family ( I didn't know what we were missing! ) since we did not have very good luck with our satellite connection ( It knocked us off if we breathed wrong or if the weatherman voiced a mere threat of unperfect weather ).

Summer Quilting

I never really thought of quilting as a seasonal activity. I quilt all year long and would quilt 24/7/365 if I could get away with it and not have to deal with such interruptions as cooking, cleaning, gardening, laundry, eating and sleeping!!! During the school year I bring quilting into my classroom as often as possible. Since I teach school, I do a lot of quilting in the summer and perhaps assumed everyone else did too!! Yesterday, while teaching a quilting class, a quilter told me she only quilts in the winter! She says it is too hot to quilt during the summer. This made me curious so I began asking others about their "quilting habits".

Resolutions (New Year?)

Like most of us, every December I make a lengthy list of resolutions for the New Year. January goes great, February is OK and then somehow I get busy and pretty soon, despite my good intentions, the list is forgotten or at least buried under other lists!!! Since I am a teacher, May and June are especially busy and I find that July is usually a good time for me to make a new list and new resolutions. I try to re-organize and get caught up on some of the things that I put aside during the school year, all while preparing for the next year!!! My number one "New Resolution" is to Blog regularly.

New Puppy

We have a new puppy!!! If you have ever had a puppy, those five words explain a lot about what I've been doing for the past few days! Our new puppy is an eight week old Doberman Pinscher named Roscoe. We all love him and I have to admit he is the best puppy we have ever had --- the first for my five-year-old grandson! Puppies and Spring go together somehow. New life, a little uncertainty and a fresh look at the "usual". We're all re-learning to pick-up after ourselves ( if we don't pick up Roscoe is more than happy to chew on things until we do ). I try to keep my shoes on. He loves to go after my toes ( Do you know how sharp puppy teeth are? ) He already "asks" to go outside --- which makes me the happiest ever.

Happy Feet

What a treat!! A friend of mine took me out for a girl's day today in honor of my birthday. We went out for lunch, shopping and a pedicure. WOW, they don't just paint your toenails :) It felt ohhhhh so nice, and they look good too. I have happy feet!!! If you're wondering what this has to do with quilting...I'm on my feet alot between teaching second grade, playing with my wonderful grandson and working with my long arm quilting machine. The pedicure revitalized my feet and legs and I felt like working for a longer time. Many of us are so busy these days we forget to stop and smell the roses ( I just had to say it ). We postpone doing that little extra for ourselves. Don't forget to pamper yourself once in a while.

End of the School Year Quilt

There are only a few weeks left of this school year. It's time to work on the Special quilt project! Besides quilting, I am a second grade teacher. Every year I make a special quilt with my class. Each of my students uses their talents to create a block using Crayola Fabric Crayons and plenty of imagination. I use the blocks, add sashings and borders, and make an extraordinary quilt. On the last day of school we hold a drawing and one of my students wins the masterpiece to keep forever!!! This is the eleventh year and this project has become quite popular. Other students, staff and even parents try to sneak tickets in our jar in hopes of winning the quilt! Only my students are eligible to win. They work all year to earn tickets.

A Quilt For Everyone!

A good friend of mine stopped by today to drop off another quilt to be quilted. This woman is a great quilter. She makes beautiful quilts and gives many of them away. I have seen her give quilts for wedding gifts, birthday gifts, anniversary gifts, shower gifts, to welcome a new baby, to support several different charities and more. During our conversation she commented that she hoped that no one felt like she was "pushing" her quilts on them!!!!! Oh my goodness. I tried to assure her that no one would ever feel that way about a quilt. Quilts make a great gift for any occasion, and it's not just us quilt addicts that think so! The more I think about our conversation, the more I think I'm right.

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