Sunday, March 26, 2017


Well folks, I guess all the Tracey Quilts Another Quilt action will be moving to another blog or website or Instagram.  Yes, I know we will all miss her gorgeous quilts!  But Tracey's dream has come true, she has her own Gammill Statler Stitch Long Arm now!  And we sure had fun going up to Robin's girlfriend, Diane, parents' home to disassemble this most amazing Jinga Puzzle.  And then toting all the labeled pieces down I-5 in the Amazing Potter Van and attempting a reassembly in Ed & Tracey's newly floored & painted Official Long Arm Room!  What a brilliant day!  And God was gracious to hold back the rain.

I'll post Tracey's link to her Long Arm adventures as soon as I know what it is.

Now that is the smile of a new long arm owner!!!

Tracey, Diane & Robin

We four praised ourselves for keeping our communication positive and using, as my Girl Scouts would say, "The Power of Team!" to get the job done.  It definitely took every single brain cell we had!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A "Spleenie" Song for Our Makayla

M, we hope you enjoy this and it brings many smiles as you go into your spleen surgery.  Sorry you have to go through this, but we are really with you in regards to getting out from under all this pain you've suffered!  You just take all your Spitfire & Grit along with you and you'll be just fine!
And we agree... your NINE (9) Spleenies are just Big Fat Weenies!  Buh bye-eye-eye-eeeeeeee!
We love you!
"Uncle" Kevin and "Auntie" Robin

M knows she’s ready, M’s very steady, determination ta-get-a’way-from, spleen aggravation!
She’s strong and willin, to-trust-her-sple-en spec...ia….list, spitfire & grit, that is our M!         
As she goes walkin’, she’ll be a talkin, about her vision of painfree livin!
Her dag-gone spleenies, are just big fat weeeeee…..nieeeeezzz, nah nah nah nah, we say Buh By-eye-eeeezzz!                                    
She’s read and googled, she’s spleen-articu-late, she doesen’t want ‘em,  she downright sick-of-it!
Best give it up, we say, stupid spleenies  go-oooo—a-waaaaa...aaay, we’re all-a-shout-shoutin, Hip Hip Hurray!
M knows she’s ready, M’s very steady, determination ta-get-a’way-from, spleen aggravation!
She’s strong and willin, to-trust-her-sple-en specialist, spitfire & grit, that is our M!
Spitfire & grit, that is our M!
Spitfire & grit, that is our M!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

214 - Quilt for My Dearest Judi's Mom & Stepdad's 50th Wedding Anniversary

    A loving heirloom quilt with fifty years of friends and family writing their best wishes for a wonderful wedding anniversary and celebration of matrimony.  Everyone knows I would do anything for my darling Judi, and helping her gift her Mom with this precious quilt was something that thrilled my heart.  Unfortunately, as plenty of you know, I'm somewhat guilty of overextending myself, and when I suggested this quilt to Judi - or maybe we came up with the idea together - I JUMPED AT THE CHANCE!  However, life got in the way of my time and intentions... two Grand babies plus Dad's bypass; suffice to say I wasn't making ANY progress!
     Gracious Judi suggested her girlfriend sew the quilt top to take the pressure off my shoulders and heart.  Her girlfriend got to it lickety-split and within a couple two three weeks the quilt was sewn and back to me for long-arming.  I was itching to get to it, and then got hit with a memorable head/chest cold that came from kissing my yummy Noah so much.  Noah had caught his cold from Daddy and then I'd caught it because I can't resist my Noah!  So I was delayed in getting the quilt onto the machine AGAIN!
     Determination and grit pushed me to get it started on Monday - despite feeling miserable and hacking up a couple two three lungs - I managed to get it loaded and started.  Tues & Wed are 6am-5pm babysitting up at Noah's home - so no progress there.  Thurs is a big big deal Grandparents day for Livi & Ethan - with Po & Gn applauding Olivia's Worship Leading in front of an audience of... wow, could it have been 300?  It was so special to see our Ethan demonstrating his listening skills, his independence and all the rest of his preK excellence!  Friday take Dear Sweet Auntie to downtown hospital so she can be alongside Uncle in his heart valve replacement recovery.  Fri night deliver cocoa & smores to my Girl Scout Troops' Daddy's & Daughters selling cookies on Night One of Site Sales!  Sat/Sun my troop sells cookies all over town - so lots of duties.  Monday will be Nora.  Tues/Wed will be Noah. Thurs will be Nora.  Maybe, maybe maybe I'll finish on Friday?  And maybe maybe maybe be able to Power Bind throughout the next week?!
     My Quilter Gal Pals had me sign a contract saying I would not over commit myself anymore. This quilting-thing is supposed to be my art, my fun, my escape.  Not my obligation, my stress, my "busy" - I am a slow learner - but I've got passels of girls who are going to hold me accountable.  So hopefully the next hundred quilts will be quilts of fun and relaxation, not quilts of stress and worry.
     All that to say...
     This Wedding Anniversary Quilt makes me very very happy and I really wouldn't change a thing!  Just thinking about future, here.  I love this QUILT OF LOVE & FAMILY DEVOTION!  And I love the satisfaction of giving a quilt that brings such happiness!