About Lori

44 year old veterinary dermatologist, married, 4 cats, 3 dogs, 2 horses

Pets On Quilts Show – 2014

I stumbled across this today thanks to Valerie.  Thanks Valerie!

Sounds good to me!!!  So, here are my kids!  We are entering in the “Cat or Kitten on a Quilt” category.  With 4 cats in the house, there is always a cat available to help with the quilting process.  First up…the Moose!  Moose is the youngest quilt tester in the household, but he is the first to pop up and help me.

cropped-img_1862.jpgHe has been helping me quilt my latest quilt, Chasing My Tail, with my 830 and the jumbo hoop.  Thanks Moosie!

Moose helping with "Chasing My Tail"

Moose helping with “Chasing My Tail”

He’s always up for a good photo shoot…especially when I’m trying to get a picture WITHOUT a cat in it.

Moose presents Mini Swoon

Moose presents Mini Swoon

He sure does keep us laughing though!

Yoga Moose :)

Yoga Moose :)

Next up is sister Lucy.  She’s our little rescue girl that someone tried to drown at 8 weeks of age.  Saving her did some damage to her vocal cords so her meow and purr are very, very quiet.  That hasn’t slowed her down every though!  She’s a sweet soul, but she keeps da’ Moose in his place.

Lucy helping with layout of the Montana Quilt

Lucy helping with layout of the Montana Quilt

Lucy helping demonstrate "place cat butt here!"

Lucy helping demonstrate “place cat butt here!”

They have another very shy sister, Emmie.  Emmie is also a rescue and used to love to help with quilting until I got my 830.  The 830 is just a bit big and intimidating for her, but she still loves to snuggle and help with quilting when the machine isn’t running.

Emmie on Lisa's quilt

Emmie on Lisa’s quilt

Emmie on Happy Howlidays

Emmie on Happy Howlidays

And last but not least is Simon.  Simon is the senior cat in the household at 14.5 years old.  Simon is also a rescue that had an injury early in life.  Jim says he’s a “few Buds short of a 6 pack”, but he is truly just the sweetest boy ever.  He is a gentle soul and always the first to make friends with a new animal in the house.

Simon and Moose on Happy Howlidays.

Simon and Moose on Happy Howlidays.

So that’s my crew!  I hope you enjoyed this little introduction to my quilting helpers.  Make sure and check out all the other links at Lily Pad Quilting and enjoy the Pets on Quilts Show 2014!  I know I will :)

Simon, Lucy, & Emmie

Simon, Lucy, & Emmie

Baby Moose

Baby Moose

Chugging Along

We are all chugging along here trying to get back to some sense of normal. Things are very quiet without the golden one. Eddie really mourned him for a few weeks. It was heartbreaking. We miss him so much but know he’s at peace. I have a special urn for him that I had ordered awhile back.

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We also planted a tree for the big guy and are currently awaiting the arrival of his stone to put by it and plant some daylilies (he liked nothing better than lifting his leg on the ones I planted, lol).

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Basically, we’re working at making a new normal around here. It’s hard work some days but we keep on chugging :)

In sewing news, I finished the mini Swoon. Lucy has become quite attached to it :)

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I quilted it using my walking foot and the scallop stitch. I like the effect but I wish I had lengthened it a bit.

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Today I had some time for sewing and wanted to do something different, so I created some scarves for my two furballs and a friend who just recently adopted a new rescue. Edward’s is a cute little bow tie fabric that I’ve had in my stash for awhile. Miss Annie’s was made from some of my Vintage Modern stash. Little Remi’s is from some left over Kate Spain fabric.

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I had both girls going today stitching and piecing. Lots of fun!

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So that’s it for a quick update. Hope you’re having a great summer!

Flatter Review

Ok, on a more cheerful note :)  I recently purchased a bottle of Flatter from my favorite fabric store, The French Seam.  I had heard it mentioned on a podcast and then read the excellent review in May/June issue of Generation Q, so I thought I would try it out.

flatterFlatter is made by the same folks that make Soak Wash.  It is marketed as a “smoothing spray” and not intended to be “starchy”.  So if you’re looking for a product that will make your fabric really stiff, this isn’t it.

It comes in 3 scents (Celebration, Yuzu, and Fig) and also a scentless option for those with a more delicate nose.  I tried Celebration first and loved it so much I bought the Yuzu next.  I have yet to try the Fig, but it’s on my list for sure.  I really, really love this stuff!  It’s a little pricey at $12.99 for 8.4 oz, but it makes me smile…and right now, that’s worth a lot.  I just bought a bottle for my Mom as well, as she heads back to Florida.  A little spritz goes a long way.

Here’s the link to the GenQ issue that has the review.  It got really high marks and was the only spray that didn’t stain red fabric.  I have had very little flaking with this product (actually…none).  So, I still love Mary Ellen’s Best Press (Cherry Blossom or Lavender Fields), but this is my new fav :)  I’ve been using it exclusively on this quilt (Scout – pattern from Cluck, Cluck, Sew).  Looking forward to finishing this top later today and maybe some quilting towards the end of next week or during some insomnia hours, lol.

Scout in ProgressAnd with that, I am off to get some work done for the week and then help my parents move a few things in anticipation of their impending move to Florida (full-time…as in not living here for a few months anymore…as in one more thing to freak out about, lol).  Meet my new friend, Watermelon Moscato.

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Just Breathe….

I had every intention of posting a purely quilty post this morning along with a review of a new (to me?) product called Flatter.  I’ll still do that, but I find myself sitting here the last few days and especially this morning with my eyes constantly leaking and the inability to breathe.  Mainly because of this old man…

IMG_2906I wish I could put into words all the love I feel for him and how much my heart is breaking.  We are nearing our final days I fear.  His appetite (which has never been good particularly…he’s a picky little turd and what King Bubba wants, King Bubba gets…we all know who is to blame for that) has been waning for the past week and this morning he wouldn’t even eat his go to thing that he never turns down…white bread.

IMG_3732We started underwater treadmill therapy on Friday to try and build some core strength and muscle mass in those back legs.  I realize that at 14 I am buying time, but I have his kidney values well controlled…so it’s just those damn hips/legs without muscle mass to support him in the rear.  The hardest thing is to be a veterinarian and NOT be able to fix your own baby.  Harder still is knowing that the time is coming soon will you will have to make the ultimate decision, be strong and be there with him until the end because that is what you owe him for all the years of love and joy he has brought into your life.  I have never felt so ill equipped for that role in my life.  I am a hopeful person, I am a strong person…but knowing this is coming is killing me.  When do you make the call that it’s time to give up hope?  It’s ironic, I counsel clients all the time on this.  Clients who I consider friends.  I know the right things to say to encourage them when it’s time to let go and what to say to make sure they don’t feel guilt over their decision.  Funny how it doesn’t hold water when it’s me telling it to myself :)

IMG_3735But for now, he’s looking sexy in his socks and doing a lot of sleeping.  And getting lots of hugs and kisses and all the love I can give him.  He’s my boy, my Bubba Jr.  Any emotional strength you can send my way…much appreciated :)  And if you could find the switch to turn off my water works so I can get some work done for the coming week and meet some presentation and article deadlines that are looming…well, then even better :)   Thanks for listening and I promise more sewing/quilting updates coming soon.  Until then, may your days be “golden” <3

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To All the Quilting Podcasters – xoxo

WARNING – Not a lot of quilting pictures (or any…) in this one :)

So, I am behind as usual.  Once I went back to work after vacation it was nose to the grindstone again.  But that’s ok, I love what I do….I just wish I had more time for some quilty fun :)

This morning though, I thought it was important to put something out there.  There have been several times over the last few months where I’ve been listening to one of my quilting podcast friends (and I really do feel like they are friends) and one of them will mention that a listener commented on their podcast that they were sharing too much of their personal life and that they were in some way offended or put off by this sharing.  This happened most recently when I was listening to an episode of Laura‘s from Sewing Mom Podcast and someone felt she shared too many details about her foster children (yes, I’m a few episodes behind, but if you haven’t listened to her you should check it out!).  For some reason, this really got to me.  Here is a woman who already has 6 children of her own, is giving a part of her life, her home, and herself to help these little kids and IN ADDITION to all she has going on, she’s taking the time to share her life and sewing journey with us by podcasting.  And someone has the gall to tell her they don’t like what she’s sharing?

I love our podcasters, I love our community, I would LOVE to figure out a way to make the time to make a podcast and “talk back” to all of you.  My heart broke for Katie of Katie’s Quilting Corner when she was going through the start of her divorce, then I was happy for her when she decided to try to make it work, and I will continue to support her no matter what things come her way in the future, whether she’s single, married, or a martian.  Because I “heart” her and I love that she puts it out there for our community.

I love Pam of Hip to Be a Square (although I think in real life if she met me I would be one of those people who kind of annoy the sh*t out of her because I tend to be kind of smiley (word?) and chipper most days, lol).  I love that she shares her kid stories and her “feels”.  I love that she is open an honest about depression and what many of us as women struggle through.  I am so PROUD of her for her weight loss journey and the self discovery she’s been focusing on.  I appreciate that I know every Friday I have something to look forward to :)  And of course, if I’m being honest, I love that she loves her cats as much as I love mine.  When she lost Zoom and Zapper, I had just lost my Kasey (my once in a life time cat) and I felt my world would never be the same.  I felt she understood what I was going through.  And then I giggled (silently Pam) when she brought Fred home the same week as her new babies, because that’s what happened to us too and I truly thought I would loose my mind.  Looks like we both survived Pam…cheers!  (PS – I like your Friday night wine episodes, lol).

I love Sandy from Quilting for the Rest of Us.  I think if Sandy and I ever met in person, I invision us sitting on a deck with a glass of wine, surrounded by Bubba Jr and Sam (Princess doggie, Annie, and Eddie would be there too) and we would just talk and talk and talk.  I admire her dedication, her determination and her faith.  I love that she shares her faith in such a subtle manner that you know it’s there, but it’s never preachy or in your face.  I love that her mom was a quilter like mine.  I love tweeting travel schedules with her and invision waving to each other across the clouds when we’re both traveling.

I love Sandi from Quilt Cabana Corner.  She has such a busy life with her girls and I admire that she has time to write for magazines and publish patterns and just be the downright adorable, sweet person that she is.  I love that she and her Mom go to quilt shows together like I do with mine.

I love Frances from Off Kilter Quilt.  My heart dropped for her when her mom was ill.  I wasn’t able to participate in her quilt, but there were lots of prayers headed from my house to her in hopes of a speedy recovery for her mom and lots of virtual hugs.  I admire her as a writer, a mom, and an honest podcaster.  I love hearing her adventures with the new techniques she’s been trying with Jay.

I love Tanesha from Crafty Garden Mom.  She’s a busy working mom who juggles all the balls in the air and manages to not only tell us about life and keep us hanging for new books that are coming out, but gives us reviews on movies.  She talks about work and the loss of her coworker/friend last year.  And her most recent podcast about the Craftsy drama with the Sew Together Bag and her response of “Don’t be an A-hole”…OMG, dying just dying.  I was listening to her while doing a little piecing on Saturday and was literally giggling while I was pressing some seams and my husband walked in and asked me what I was giggling at by myself.  I told him and he rolled his eyes and said “women”.

I love Allison of Within a Quarter Inch.  I have been a long time listener and I love her goofy style.  I love hearing about her twins and my heart breaks for her with the struggles she’s going through with Max right now.  My little brother is mentally handicapped and struggles with autism and it is not an easy road.  In fact, that may be the understatement of the century!  I was so happy when she started podcasting again.  I don’t care if she podcasts alone or with a co-host…I love her regardless.

I miss Brye, I miss  Annie Smith, I miss Alex Anderson and some of the other podcasters that are now off the air.

I love AJ from the Quilting Pot.  I don’t care if she records in her car or in her house…I just love to listen to her and she always makes me laugh.  And PS – I’m jealous of her longarm too (are you sensing a theme here??)

I love Daisy from Lazy Daisy Quilts.  She makes me laugh and I talk back to her during her podcasts :)  I’m jealous that she’s learning to longarm!  I think her generosity and her heart-felt love that she put into organizing the quilt for Frances…I would hug her if I could for just being that special.  I love that she’s giving a quilt away ON HER BIRTHDAY!  What?????  Who does that???

I love that Pat Sloan brings me new people from the quilting world every week with American Patchwork and Quilting Radio show.  I love that she takes the time at Market to talk with these people when she’s there also as a pattern designer, fabric designer and working gal.  I love her blog and I love that she shares with us on Twitter and Instagram more things than just quilting.

I adore Stephanie of Modern Sewciety.  Wow, this girl has just exploded onto the scene.  I LOVE her style, I love her voice, and I am LOVING learning so much about different sewists, quilters, etc. out there.  I have started following several new blogs and been introduced to tons of interesting people (virtually) just from listening to Stephanie.

And last but not least, I love Amy Ellis and April Rosenthal of The QuiltCast.  They are fun, easy to listen to, and I love hearing the behind the scenes of what it’s like to be the person behind the fabric, behind the book, what it’s like getting ready for Market, what it’s like to be there.  I listen to them talk about their deadlines and I feel their pain because even though my deadlines are for veterinary related articles, talks, etc. it makes me feel better to know that there are other women out there that have a tendency to bite off more than they can chew in the face of trying to grow their business.

There are more of you out there, so please don’t be offended if I didn’t mention you, these are just my top folks that I listen to.  I truly appreciate everything all of you do to create your podcasts, edit them (or not), deal with the frustration of uploading them, finding a hosting service, dealing with iTunes, paying the fees that you do to support your site….but more than anything, I appreciate that you come into my world..whether it’s once a week, once a month, or only occasionally and you bring me a little piece of yourself.  For those few minutes, you take my mind off the stress of my job, which causes me insomnia and sleepless nights, you allow me to focus on something other than the crazy I deal with on a daily basis, and you invite me into  your world.  I can’t thank you enough for all  you do for the quilting community!

So, let me end on this note.  If you are one of those people who are acting judgmental, holier than thou, and leaving snarky comments on my friends podcast/website comments….in the words of Tanesha…DON’T BE AN A-HOLE!  There is a stop button on your media player.  Use it, delete the channel, cancel your subscription, delete it from your feed…do whatever you need to do good to feel good about yourself…but stop picking on my friends!  No one is holding you down and forcing you to listen.  The rest of us like being invited into their lives.  If you want straight quilting talk with no personal life messes, go buy a book.  Stop, just stop.

Sorry for the vent, I just felt like my friends needed some love.  I really do hope we do a twilter retreat at some point because the idea of spending a few days with all my podcasting and non-podcasting twilter friends…well, that just sounds like heaven wrapped up with a bow to me :)  And just for comic amusement if you’ve made it this far….here’s the Moose strutting his stuff :)

xoxo,

Lori

Yoga Moose :)

Yoga Moose :)

Vacation Accomplishments

Wow!  I have enjoyed having a week off so much that I told my staff I’ve decided I should take the summer off.  Needless to say, they’re not in favor of that and it might make paying the bills a bit difficult, but oh boy….this was a much-needed retreat from a CRAZY five months.  I really can’t believe we’re at the end of May.  I have NO idea where the last 5 months have gone (wait….yes I do, I was traveling like a crazy woman and working my butt off, lol).

So, without further delay, here is just a little peek at what I did this week.  First, I started every morning (after the chores were done of course) with a cup of coffee on the front porch with this smiling boy who turned 14 (!!!!!) back on the 10th!  How he got to be 14, don’t ask…seems he was just a goofy pup not too long ago.  Every day we have with him is a blessing.  Lots of limping these days and we’re in early renal failure, but he’s happy and I keep him pain-free.  He still likes to walk to the barn every morning and night (but then he prefers to ride back in the gator, lol).

IMG_3556Mom came out last weekend for a “photo shoot” with Aunt Joann’s quilt.  Special memories here that will last a lifetime!

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We finalized plans for the addition of a sunroom and deck on the back of the house!  I have been wanting to do this forever, but we didn’t want to finance it, so this has been a 5 years of savings and lot’s of speaking gigs kind of project.  Construction should start in the next 2 weeks.

Thompson over view 4 Thompson over view 2Lot’s of stuff happening on the sewing front and that was truly the most awesome part of vacation…just being able to sew and relax with the windows open, the birds chirping, and the horses munching.  Heaven!

First I got caught up on our Farmer’s Wife blocks.  I am sad to say that these were February’s blocks…we had to put everything on hold when my travel schedule got out of control and mom had to have thumb surgery.  We’re back on track and I have picked out our 5 June blocks.  With the addition of February’s blocks, we have 65 out of 111 complete.  That means we only have 46 more blocks to go!  Amazing.

IMG_3592I finally had a chance to put all of the ones I have made up on the wall together last night, so here they are.  I really have NO idea how these are all going to tie together in one quilt lol, but I said I was only going to use stash fabric and I have stayed true to that.  I love how when I look at the blocks I can see what was going on at the time in my life and remember special times associated with certain fabrics.

IMG_3593Now, you might have noticed that this is actually hanging ON the WALL.  The other big project of the week was to clear out my sewing room/office.  It has been SO cramped for so long that it just makes me edgy going in there.  First I got rid of Bubba’s big over stuffed chair that was taking up an entire wall.  With his legs, he hasn’t been able to get up on it for over 4 months and when he does, he can’t get down on his own without falling.  It was an accident waiting to happen…so out it went.  Then I got rid of an old kitty condo that was taking up space under the window.  The cats are always on my sewing table or desk, NEVER on their designated space, lol.  So, with that space opened up, I turned an old table that my mom made years ago into a much-needed cutting table.  I added some 5 inch risers and voila!

IMG_3566You can see my Grandma Foster’s old treadle machine there now :)  It was crammed into a corner and covered with books.  Moosie likes it too.

IMG_3573Now, as you can see above, the appearance of the self-cleaning litter box beneath the new cutting table AND the lovely brown risers do not add to the ambiance I was trying to create.  Home dec is totally outside of my comfort zone, but with Mom’s encouragement, I bit the bullet and decided to make a skirt for the table.  I fell in love with the Moda Mochi dot linen fabric.  Mom tried to teach me how to make ruffles by  pulling on two threads….after several frustrating tries, I went and purchased a ruffler foot, lol.  This is why god invented technology right??????  Seriously…this thing is a dream!  Here is the finished skirt.  Looks MUCH better than the litter box and risers :)

IMG_3585The ruffler foot and I got on famously!  Talk about super simple.  It had 3 settings:  ruffles every 12 stitches, every 6 stitches, or every stitch.  I did every 12 because I wanted looser ruffles.  Now, the new hemmer foot and I, well that is a different story.  We are still not on speaking terms.  I had enough of the mochi dot left over to make a fun little pillow to sit on the chair by Grandma’s machine…I mean Moosie’s chair.

IMG_3586IMG_3588Fun!  I still want to paint the room too, but there are some other things I need to clear out (aka “purge”) before I tackle that.  However, I had such fun with the ruffler that I might consider making curtains when the time comes, lol.

Up next on the cutting table?  Well, I am working on the Scout quilt by Allison Harris at Cluck Cluck Sew.  My awesome friend Courtney from The French Seam (she’s also my neighbor at work, lol) gave me the pattern AND the fabric.  Seriously, how lucky am I to work next door to this lady????  If you’re in Indy, you should totally check her shop out…AMAZING fabrics!  I “heart” her :)  All of the strip sets are cut and sewn together (thank you for your help Moosie), so today we cut and piece the blocks together and hopefully get the top stitched.

IMG_3547So, it’s been a fabulous vacation and I still have 3 days left!  Cheers!  Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!

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Hugs and Kisses

My Aunt was diagnosed with renal adenocarcinoma several months ago.  She had one kidney removed and did very well for several months.  Recently we discovered that the cancer was back…damn cancer.  So, she has started chemotherapy.  Mom and I had the idea to make her a quilt to snuggle with while undergoing her chemo treatments.

IMG_3533I found the pattern for X’s and O’s by Elizabeth Dackson of the blog Don’t Call Me Betsy.  Mom purchased the pretty batiks and pieced the top, then sent it to me.  I did the free motion quilting and binding.  Just finished it up today :)IMG_3531 IMG_3527I hope she loves it and it brings her comfort.

IMG_3529Here’s to it almost being the weekend and being on vacation next week!!!!!  Hope you’re all well :)

Life, Weather, and Very Little Sewing!

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This has been the view from my window each morning since early January.  While I will agree that it is beautiful, these are the temperatures we have been dealing with….

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I never worried about the cold, or winter for that matter.  I have a four wheel drive, and even though I live in the country, I can get where I need to go most days.  These bitter temperatures have been brutal, just brutal.  Tank heaters can’t keep up with the water when it gets that cold…I worry about the barn cats (who according to my husband have a pretty cushy life with their insulated shelters, hay, and food).  I worry…it’s what I do.  But, the outlook for this week is pleasant…in the 40’s by Thursday so I will hold onto that thought.  This weather makes me feel like this:

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It’s been a tough winter to be an almost 14 year old Golden boy with bad legs.  But he’s my man and he’s been trudging along with a few wipe outs here and there ;)  Unfortunately, I’ve had very little sewing time since Christmas.  The clinic has been incredibly busy (weird I know…derm in the winter, but we don’t seem to have much of a season anymore which is a good thing and means I can pay my staff lol).  I’ve been traveling all over the place speaking and we just made a decision to open a new satellite in northern Indiana.  I have a bunch of publication deadlines coming up and hanging over my head.  I was driving home the other day and thought, “self, you are an awesome dermatologist, a good speaker, and a good business person…but you kind of suck at taking care of yourself and your family”.  Ah well, there’s always room for improvement right?

Soooooo….here’s what I have managed to get done since the end of December.  Mostly it’s been little scattered 30-60 minutes here and there working on my Farmer’s Wife blocks.  Mom has been fighting hand/thumb issues and is finishing up a project for a quilt show in March, so my lack of sewing time hasn’t slowed us down too much.  These are my December blocks:

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I have 3 out of my 5 January blocks completed (yes, I know…it’s February).  AND…I have declared today a “no work” day for me, so planning on some mental health sewing :)

In other fun news, there’s a new layer cake quilt QAL taking place over at Material Girl Quilts.  Yes, I know I have just been lamenting about my lack of time but this looks super fun to me. You should go check it out.  Even if I can’t keep up with the deadlines, I’m still going to quilt along as I can.  I’ve chosen my layer cake (the new April Showers from Bonnie & Camille) and now I just need to decide on layout 1 or layout 2 :)  I’m looking forward to the QAL!  You should check out Amanda’s blog if you haven’t already…she has lots of fun stuff going on over there.

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That’s it for me crew!  I just haven’t posted in awhile and wanted you to know I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth :)  Have a great weekend!!!

Disappearing 9 Patch Table Runner

I finished up the last of the Christmas gifts yesterday!  Sandy H has been talking about disappearing 9 patches on her podcast and I’ve been wanting to try one, so I thought a table runner would be just the ticket!

Table runner frontI had a left over layer cake from Kate Spain‘s Christmas line, Joy,  that I cut up into 5 inch squares, then used those to create four 9-patch blocks.  This was super easy and fun to put together.  I can see an entire quilt made out of these fabrics :)

table runner - backThis is the backing fabric.  Please ignore the mess of  Christmas stuff in the background.  I love this fabric.  I’m sure that comes as a shock to many of you….NOT.  I wasn’t familiar with this designer (Jill Simmons Smith), but the fabric is called “Santa Paws” by Illustration Ink for Robert Kaufman.  It comes with a gray background as well…which I wish I had snapped up.  I “might” have purchased a “few” yards of this one :) 

photo 2I went with plain, straight line quilting for this one.  FMQing would have probably been faster for this project, but I liked the straight lines better. 

photo 4This was fresh out of the dryer so a bit wrinkly.  I’m having a hard time giving this one away.  I have enough left over charms to make myself one too…probably should get on that huh?  Today I’m planning on trying to get some of my December Farmer’s Wife blocks completed before December is gone (eek!) along with screening resumes for a receptionist position I have open…fun, fun, fun.  Then tomorrow, it’s back to work for me!  Have a great weekend!