Sunday, December 10, 2017

DC at Thanksgiving

I am just now getting to my photos from our Thanksgiving trip.... and I am having fun with them!

I don't travel that much anymore ( I used to in my former job), but I have found myself in DC three times this year! Who knew.... but each time I see something different, so am glad that I brought my camera with me again.

We hit the Buildings at night - and wow - there was no one there. How cool is that?

I think the lights give it such a cool quality to it
and then I thought I would get artsy and see if I could get the reflection

Turned out - it was easier to just get the reflection - the other is a long photo!

The next morning we headed to Arlington
That place has truly so much to see, but is just such an emotional hit when you walk in!

This is my Second Cousin
I call him my Uncle and I don't know why - but it's really my Moms Cousin
In my head - we were there in November  - it should have looked more fall like
so I photoshopped it.
(yep! I made it look the way I wanted it to)

But In reality
This is what it looked like

And it was just beautiful
I felt a little odd getting off the beaten path and wondering through the headstones to find him,
But I am so glad we did!

Oh PS - Remember it was me taking photos
I may have a 1,000 or so left
just warning you!

Friday, December 08, 2017

On Ringo Lake Clue 2

Is getting underway!!!

Here are my fabrics that I am using for this Clue:

I am using her Essential Ruler option

and I officially have 10 Completed
and all the geeses are cut

and have most of the wings cut

And I tell you this only because I hear a lot of folks saying they can't keep up
Don't worry about it....
Have fun
Stitch what you can and keep on moving

These are such amazingly beautiful quilts that it is all worth it!
( PS - I just finished last years top - and chose a back yesterday!!!)

 Here is why I keep running out of time..... and it's all good ( mine is in black)

Enjoy Clue 3!!!

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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Quilts of Valor Wednesday!!

Happy Wednesday!!

I am getting a late start around here, and it feels good..... Everyone else went and did chores, and I got to sleep in, and it was heavenly! 

Would you like to see some Quilts of Valor Inspirations for today??

The First 5 quilts are made by Meredith, and are Quilted by Ron O - such a fabrulous team!!

It's always such a blast to open their box and see what is inside!!  I am never dissappointed!!

This next beauty was pieced by Glenda 
and Quilted by Lois K
They also make a great team!
and Lois is so faithful in making sure these quilts are quilted so nicely for our Vets!

This one was pieced by Dawn and Quilted by Lucille

and then!!
I am working on a little secret project of my own
and it has been just so cool

I can't tell you all about it yet, but!!  We did a presentation of Quilts of Valor
and I had help from my *project* people!

Boy did they do a great job,
and the Veterans we just SO tickled

Every single one of those Vets up there at this particular presentation

They had no clue that they were there to be awarded their QOV
and it was hilarious
( because if you really know me, and talk to me in person I am pretty transparent)
and I KEPT SECRETS!!!  from them, in front of their faces!!
Yay me!!


Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Orange and Green

Whoot Whoot!!

I am quilting a quilt for our house.... yep!! We needed one!!

One of my kids decided to get a different size bed - so I am totally blaming him - he changed up my quilt size plans .....

hey.... If it works right??  ( ha ha)

I am quilting it with Pin curls
Its a cool Panto!!


I even dated the photo to inspire me to get it bound!
( Inspire is such a nice word - I should make it Bully me!)

And!! The back is polar fleece so it should be nice a toasty!

Linking to
Linky Tuesday at FreeMotion by the River

Friday, December 01, 2017

On Ringo Lake Clue 1

Man - it was so cool watching others' Clue Ones come to life  - I just couldn't wait to get to my machine..... and I did!!

Whoot Whoot

Clue 1 done just in time for Clue 2 to come out!!

I was going for the artsy look
It didn't work
Ha ha!!

And ta da

When I pulled my Original Fabrics I did not grab my scrap bins
Only because I never know what sizes she will use
( after all it IS a mystery)

But then - it was pointed out that I had no plaids -
and My stars!!!
How can I have a quilt with out plaids!!
So ( Weedy Mama)  I have some plaid

And I am off!!

Have a great Friday!!

Linking to:
Finished or Not Finished Friday

Sunday, November 26, 2017


Happy Thanksgiving a few days late.... but I have good reason....

I left again....   you probably don't know this - but I am really a homebody! Or a state Body? I really don't need to leave much, and this last month - that's all I seem to do! and!!  I survived ;-)

For Thanksgiving we headed out to see one of my kids - all of us had such a great time - and I took a gazillion batrillion photos ( surprise)

So I thought I would start with the Selfies and the Us-ies  ( Not sure if that's a word - but I like it!)

You'll probably never guess where we went?

 And just so you know
We are not the most practiced at Us-ies
We would not give the Kardashians a run for their money 

At night....
there is hardly anyone around
Except the guards
They are much nicer without people ;-)

We used public Transportation

At the top of Arlington

Thanksgiving Day
This is the one day we just hung out and did nothing
It was great - well - I guess we did do something
I cooked - They ate

And the city is being decorated for Christmas

This was my view from as we left...
I might have Cried

we walked just a little bit each day
I need new shoes now

Hope you all had a great one
I am off to read blogs and catch up
and decorate my house
and start the On Ringo Lake Mystery
and pick up the mail
and get groceries
and..... shew - you know!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Scrappy Hearts Quilt


My scrappy Hearts Leader and Ender Blocks are now a quilt top!!

Whoot Whoot!!

So here is it as it is growing - and then I ran out of strips - so instead of going to dig in my fabrics like any good stashbuster would do - I simply stopped - and started laying it out!

and then - with each bottom of the heart I ended up with half squares

So they became a border!!

Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving
I will see you after Turkey Day!

Friday, November 17, 2017

On Ringo Lake Fabric Pull

Whoot Whoot - I am making it though my to do list a little bit... and on it was to pull some fabrics for the

Mystery by Bonnie Hunter

Every year millions upon Millions of quilters join in - and some! Even abandon Black Friday.... and every year I promise that I am going to keep up, and every year I participate.... I do not.... so I am shedding the expectations - I am joining in for the fun - and Next year about this time - I hope to have a finished Quilt top....

(ps - that's the stage of my last mystery EnProvence - Quilt top..... oops)

Alright - here are my fabrics:

I didn't really find any Coral/Peachy Colors - but I thought Orange would look pretty cool - So we will see - as the mystery gets going I have been know to *Find* more fabrics to add.....

Linking to:
Busy Hands Finished or NOT

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

SkyBall Day 3 and some QOV photos

Day 3 at SkyBall was a formal Gala

But before the Gala anyone who wanted to could go see the World Premiere of a documentary called
"Journey Home to the USS Arizona"


And it will soon be playing on PBS and other places -
in the meantime you can see the other 18 documentaries Tim has produced 
Here - 
and you can watch them!

I had the privilege of speaking to a 102 year old Veteran.
and he was  pretty cool ,and all relaxed

And then I learned who he really was!
LT  Cole from  Doolittle's Raiders!!

Oh my gosh! Does that make history really come to life
You have to go watch his film - seriously - Really Seriously!!

Oh and! Go eat some Jelly Bellies
The Jelly Belly people were there and supported this whole thing - 
And I met the owners - Its a family owned company - such cool people!

Alright - Back to the Gala: 
I should have had someone take a photo of me - I actually dressed up...
with real dress up clothes

and Holee Cow - people were in formal gowns - and Shew! 
What a night

The Medal Of Honor Recipients were honored

The different foundations that the AirPower Foundation supports were represented
an amazing Veteran who was burned over 75% of his body and lost 2 arms spoke to us
and the Beach Boys played

All of this is awesome and was so amazing

But I still love Honoring our Vets with Quilts of Valor
so on Thursday before Veterans Day these Three received their QOV's

and then these 10 received theirs
I love this!
I love it!!

it was good to get back home
I sorta like my house,
but what an honor to attend the SkyBall Gala

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

SkyBall Day 2

Day 2 was just as exciting for me, but it was way Different

Where Day 1 was more intimate, and smaller numbers of people - day 2 was flooded with people!!

AND!! we were at an Airline Hanger!!  Too cool - and!!! there were planes - lots of planes - and I was in awe!!

Look !! An Osprey!!
I volunteered to fly it - and no one took me up on it 
so sad!!

We travel with our own VietNam Vet
and this pilot wanted to meet him - 
so after he was done with our Vet - I stole him!

He gave us a personal tour, and I almost convinced him to let me fly
Instead he volunteered to take a photo with me and R

and Look!
Another plane

and a C-130

and a plane that was a three War Veteran plane
It served in WWII, Korea and VietNam

25 Missions

It was so cool
After touring the planes we headed into the hangar and I was so in awe 
I put my phone in my pocket  - and that is all

Gary Sinise and the LT Dan Band played
and we were entertained by Terry Fator

we watched 3 Veterans receive lots of love and care
and we learned about the new IWheelchair and the ExoSkeleton

So much info!!!!