Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Field Trip #2

Russ and I took a break yesterday to mix a little business with pleasure. We have been talking for quite some time now about going to the Warm Company to purchase batting. So, we made a couple of phone calls, dropped off the kids with Grandma and climbed in the truck and took off. We drove to Hendersonville, about 3 hours from home, and pulled up to the dock and the nicest people in the world loaded the back of the truck and sent us on our way.
We took a little extra time to visit a couple of our favorite quilt shops along the way and had a nice lunch together.
Here are a few pictures of the warehouse, which by the way, just sits in the middle of a neighborhood.
I think next time we are going to ask for a tour of the plant.
:) Rhonda

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Babies, Blocks, and Boo Hoos

Ginger is certainly basking in her "child free" livin' again. Back to her old self, she has spring in her step and has taken her rightful place at the dinner table once again. I don't know if you can see it in the photo or not, but she is sporting a bib in keeping with proper table manners.

Check out this beauty. This quilt was on the frame today. We have made a regular practice of making quilts and giving them to Pumpkin and Tink's friends. This quilt is going to Pumpkin's friend, Vandana. Russ and I made a pact that we would no longer wait so long before completing our projects. It's kinda like having children, if you wait until you can afford it or have time, you will never have any. Thus, if we wait until we are caught up to quilt some of our own projects, then we will never quilt anything for ourselves. Busy, busy is a good problem to have and we are eternally grateful to all the people who send us their lovely quilts.

Okay, I promised you a "boo-hoo", so here goes. The above photo is the magazine,Quilter's Home. Russ did a quilt that was featured in this issue. Unfortunately, we did not get a mention as we were promised. Boo to them because they did not mention any of the long arm quilters in the magazine. I was reluctant to mention it, but we were very disappointed when the magazine came out and we were not given credit. Oh well, not the end of the world.

On to what is really important in life. These are the moments that are cherished. This is our new niece, Danielle Paige, aka, "Dannie". She is very beautiful and we are so proud of her and look forward to many fun times with her and her sister Gwyneth, who by the way, was insistent on naming her Sweet Butterfly. Maybe she was on to something, she is very sweet and is as pretty as a butterfly. Out of the mouths of babes!

This is our friend, Susan and her beautiful Candy Bar Road quilt. This is the pattern that our other long distance friend, Susan Guzman wrote the pattern for. A very popular pattern that is very easy to make. You can visit Susan's website to find out how to purchase the pattern. It's definitely a keeper.

Same quilt, just a different color. Getting an early start on some Christmas gifts.

Connie proudly displaying her hard work.

These ladies are part of the Eleanor Burn's Victory Quilts club. They come together once a month and make one of the blocks from the book. Russ teaches this class.

Look how proud she is!

Sue is just so proud that her points matched!

So there you have it. Everything I promised--babies, blocks, and a boo hoo! These are the things that make life all worth it!


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Afternoon Getaway

We made a quick trip to the mall yesterday to get some early school shopping done. Everything was on sale! Score! The girls were like,, only not in a candy store but in Aeropostale. Big sale going on right now. If you have one near you and that is your taste--hit the 70 percent off rack. We got some great deals and got away from home and work for a few hours.

Oh yeah, and did I mention that we went to the Little Debbie Thrift Store?

For those of you who have squash running out your ears, here is a great Squash Casserole recipe that we have been making for years in my family.

Steamed Squash with onions
8 oz. sour cream

2 cans cream of celery soup

grated raw carrots (maybe 1 or according to taste)

2 tbls. butter, melted

1or 2 sleeves of Ritz crackers

After you have steamed your squash and onions and drained it very well, add the sour cream, soup and grated carrot. Mix well and place in a casserole dish. Add crushed crackers to the melted butter and use as a topping for the casserole. Bake at 350 degrees until bubbling through.

This recipe makes a 9x13 casserole, if you need it smaller, just cut the recipe in half.

Bake and enjoy! Delicious. This is one of my favorite late night snacks lately!


Monday, July 6, 2009

Quilts and Then Some

We asked our new friend Sarah Pead to do some graphic design work for us to snazz up our website and look what a fabulous job she did! Some people are so talented. We are so happy to have her among our list of new friends. Thanks Sarah!

Check out this gorgeous quilt from Jilliene Isaacs. This was just one of the many quilts we are getting from the quilt along that has been going on for a few weeks now at the Old Red Barn Co. Jilliene was so gracious to mention us on her blog. There are so many good people with so much talent out there!

Look at this beauty! This came to us from Chase Wu. An original that features her daughter's foot prints and hand prints. How absolutely original and scumptious! It was a delight to quilt this one!

Finally, something edible! I think we will make some refrigerator pickles. They taste so much better when you know that you grew them yourself.

Check out Tink. She finally got her front hand spring and can land it on her feet.
Totally awesome!