Thursday, April 9, 2009

Funky Chicken and Liberated twisted Stars

My friend Shannon at Fabrics N Quilts an I have been on line friends for a couple of years. She posted this quilt at And has a nice tutorial on it. It impressed me and inspired me to make one like it. Then a little over a week ago another blogger The Patchery Menagerie Couldn't sleep one night and started making one like this only her triangles were wonky. I REALLY liked it. So I got busy and started making this quilt top. I added my trademark Funky chicken in the middle. I think this would make a great kids quilt or wall hanging. It measures 42" X 46". I talked it over with Shannon about what she liked and didn't like about her quilt. She helped me with the idea to put triangles into the boarder so the stars are not just cut off.
I love the colors. It is bright and happy.
Some of you that have been following my blog know by now I am procrastinating on machine quilting anything. lol I just keep making quilt tops. Yes I am so afraid to quilt them, I might mess them up am indecisive on how I want to quilt them. I know I know I will quilt them.
Did anyone watch House on Monday? Oh my it was a good one. Made me cry. Meatloaf was in it too. Well right now I'm watching a DVR of Fringe. Back to the new ones. TV is frustrating me. All my shows have been reruns. I do plan on watching the new Southland that starts tonight in ER's place. Well I will DVR it.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

A little bragging today!

I finished sewing all the sashing and put a bright border of cherries on this quilt top. I love it. Next week I will have to piece together a backing get batting then take it to work to use the big tables to get it based. I bought some spray basting a while ago and haven't used it yet. Anyone else use it? I would also like to thank everyone for their comments and encouragement. Well what I really wanted to brag about is my lovely daughter. Today is her 23rd birthday and I have been doing some reminiscing. She was my first pregnancy. I had toxemia and my grandmother had died the day before she was born. I felt a little scratch scratch inside on my left side and my water broke just a little bit. I told my dh and he jumped out of bed and brought me a stack of towels thinking it would be like a hot water heater flooding. lol

No big contractions so I sent him back to bed and I sat up waiting for a few hours. Finally went to the hospital in the morning and was induced. The child just refused to be born. By evening they decided to do a c-section. It was a stormy April night and during the operation the lights went out in the operating room....and didn't come back on.... Doctor finally asked the nurse to get a flashlight because he was touching the baby but wanted to see. Flashlight, baby born, lights came on finally.

Dd and I both were sick with a strep infection. So I did not get to bring her home for a couple of weeks. Pumping breast milk from congested breast was a joke. ( I later in life had a 300 head goat dairy and really felt for those poor does that had congested udders lol) Finally got her home then had shingles so bad I thought I was being skinned alive. I had worked so hard at pumping breast milk there was NO WAY! I was going to stop breast feeding to take pain pills. I got rid of the painful part of shingles with my mind in two weeks time. grrr.

My dear daughter has had her ups and downs. The day before her 9th birthday she was diagnosed with type I diabetes. ( her little brother had been diabetic for 6 years already she knew what was involved)
She started losing patches of hair about a year later. Her doctor told her she was pulling it out. For quite a few years we were able to hide the bald spots.(turned out to be alopecia totalis. she has no body hair) By the middle of her sophomore year in high school she could not hide it anymore so we shaved what was left off and she wore funky hats and bandannas. We had gotten her a wig. She did not like it, it was fake and everyone knew she was bald so why hide it. In her middle school year book she was pictured as girl with the prettiest hair so for high school she got all her friends to nominate her for it again and the boy that won with her wore a fake bald head to be pictured with her. I brought her up laugh at yourself first before others do.

We had our normal mother daughter problems near the end of high school and after. She went to the local community college and messed up and dropped out. Moved in with a boyfriend they are still together 4 1/2 years later (he also came with two children so I was made an instant grandmother) She got her CNA and started working at the local hospital in the CCU. Plus working two or three other seasonal jobs. She is now in charge of the diabetes support groups and education at the hospital and volunteers at Camp Hodia every summer (a diabetes camp for kids) She just started back going to college last week. I am so VERY Proud of her!

Her brother goes to college at the University of Idaho about a 5 hour drive away. My daughter and I have driven up there for Mom's weekend every year. I love have all that one on one time together with her. We are going again this year in two weeks. Knowing my daughter as an adult is one of the most wonderful things in my life. She is a super wonderful person I am so proud to know.

She loves to take pictures of herself. lol So many things to overcome and she has so much confidence.