Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Third Times a Charm Fabric Sale!

After many issues yesterday with commenting that I couldn't seem to resolve and now have, I truly hope this post finally works!!
Here are the particulars:
  1. Payment is via Paypal only within 7 days of this posting.  If you do not have a Paypal account you can sign up for free here:.
  2. Items will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.  Please leave a comment if you wish to purchase something and I'll get right back to you!
  3. All shipping costs will be based on first class mail unless you request otherwise.   As soon as I receive notification that you are interested in an item and I get your shipping particulars, I'll figure shipping and send a Paypal invoice to you for the total amount.
  4. Due to the fact that most items carry a bit of weight, I will only ship to US locations.

I originally bought this Bunny Run quilt kit and pattern (inside magazine) designed by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill for $86 back in 2008 and have decided I won't make it.  Included is the entire kit except for backing as well as the pattern from Australian Homespun magazine.  Finished quilt size is 36" x 45".  $40 plus shipping.

Jennifer Paganelli's Girl's World Book - complete with all patterns, unused - $12 plus shipping


Fabric from "Posies" line by Sandy Gervais.  Included are 15 Fat Quarters, 5 pieces 22 x 15 1/2", 8 pieces 22 x 13" and a bunch of usable scraps from the same line. $30 plus shippingSOLD

6 Fat Quarters from Joel Dewberry and 1 yard of Chocolate Lollipop by Anna Marie Horner $12. SOLD


24 different red/white fabrics - all have a length of 22" including selvedge on one end and range in size from 9" wide to 12" wide - all less than a fat quarter but larger than a fat eighth.  $20 plus shipping. SOLD


"Spring" kit without pattern.  I bought this quite a few years ago and it was made up if I recall with the bunny panel in the center, the stripe around that and bound in red.  I believe the green floral print is the backing. It did not come with a pattern.   The colors in this are much softer and less red than my photos.  The line is "Anticipation" by Sandy Gervais.  It includes the 25 x 44" bunny panel as well as 1 1/2 yd green floral, 1/2 yard red print, and 2/3 yard stripe print.  $15 plus shipppingSOLD

These cute prints are from Timeless Treasures 2003.  Includes 3, 1/2 yards (bottom 3 prints), 1 scant third of a yard (green dots) and one fat eighth (yellow dot). $10 SOLD

For those of you who might be collecting Irish prints - 3 fat quarters. $3 plus shipping.

Your comments come directly to my email, so please let me know if you would like something!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Blogger-Operator Issues!

I wanted to say how sorry I am that my last two posts haven't worked very well!  In my first post for the fabric sale I asked folks to email me from my profile page if they were interested in purchasing something.  Having gotten no response from that, I decided to enable the comments on the second post today, but found that somehow they weren't enabled!  Someone else pointed out that I wasn't showing up in their Google reader, so I decided to pull today's Fabric Sale post and try to figure out what went wrong!  I do think I have the commenting issue resolved, but need to know from you, dear reader, if I'm showing up in your Google Reader now and if you're able to comment.  If all goes well, I'll have the fabric sale back up and running tomorrow!

Don't you sometimes wish (just once in a while) that we were back in the days of less technology where Ernestine the telephone operator could be heard saying one ringy dingy, two ringy dingy......

Friday, March 23, 2012

Block 5 Done & March Snow!

After a small hitch in my giddyup, I've finished Block 5 of my current Block of the Month from the Quilted B. 
Getting these done soon after they come in each month is great!  Only five more to go!
Imagine our surprise when we woke up to this yesterday morning!  Overnight we got about 3-4 inches of spring snow!  Taken from inside, this is looking southeast.....
 ....and southwest!  I was worried the tree crew wouldn't be able to finish up today, but they arrived right on time!  Those two bug stumps sticking up over the arbor are now gone!
This is the view from the window in the front door.  Later on it all melted and the sun finally came back!  I hope to finish our winter cleanup next week and get the garden ready for planting!

Thursday, March 22, 2012


Ever since we purchased the Squash House, there has been an Ailanthus tree in the neighbor's yard which has been the bane of my existence here!  It makes thousands of seed pods, each pod holding another thousand seeds, which all fall or get blown into our yard - and most of them germinate!  I've spent hours and hours pulling little baby Ailanthus trees out of the beds and the lawn.  Mr. Squash has also pulled his share of them and raked and raked the mess from it for what seems like each month of the year!  Even the neighbor who owns the tree doesn't like it!  Well, from now on, neither the neighbor or us will have any more worries from the tree because yesterday it came down!  We reached an agreement with the neighbor to have it removed.  A certified arborist and his crew began the work yesterday and will finish today.  I thought you might like to see some of the dramatic moments from the removal process!

Here is the tree prior to the crew arriving.  You can see it was dark and rainy all day!
Andy is just getting set up in the cherry picker.  He said they normally climb the trees and cut them, but since this one is next to the alley and very spindly in sections, along with the weather,he felt it best to be safe.

 If you click on this photo you can see one large section being lowered to the ground.
 Click on the photo here and you can see Andy ducking just after he cut another large section!  He was fast!
Here's a short video I made of an exciting piece coming down!  The noise you hear is from the chipper they had running in the alley as well as the engine for the cherry picker.  I pretty much stayed in front of the window all day - I was somehow fascinated by this process!
 I was really afraid they were going to destroy our new fence here, but they were always in control!
 Not long now!
 This is what the alley looked like to the left....
 ...and to the right!
 Finally, the last limb comes down!  This was around 2:30pm - not bad for having started around 9:30am!
Today this will all be gone, and so will our days of the dreaded Ailanthus tree!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Snails Trails

Fortunately, these snails are not in my garden!  This is the fourth month of my Cottage Charm BOM from the Quilted B.  They were paper pieced and I had a lot of fun making them!  In fact, the more I do paper piecing, the more I like it.  I may just add this quilting method to my permanent repertoire!
Speaking of gardens, it may still be winter on the calender, but the primroses and winter pansies under our Dogwood trees look like this!  In fact, many of the primroses bloomed all winter long -- something unheard of when we lived West of the Cascade Mountains! 
I just received Block 5 for the Cottage Charm sampler, so with any luck I'll get it made over the weekend and show you the finished block on Monday!  Have a great weekend!

Monday, March 12, 2012

No More Storage Wars!

Friday my new bookcase/cupboard was delivered. I am so in love with it! The color perfectly matches another primitive cupboard in my studio and the size of this is perfect!  Here it is against the wall.  I placed a fat quarter pack on it just to get an idea of how it would look loaded with fat quarters.  The cupboard is pine with Candleberry paint that has been antiqued outside and the inside has been stained a walnut color. 
Here is a closeup.  You can click on any of the photos to enlarge them.  I spent all weekend going through the fabric I had stored in tubs, baskets and drawers.  I ironed all the loose fat quarters and re-folded them to my preferred method.  Call me weird, but I love ironing fabric!
Much to my astonishment, I don't have nearly as much stash as I thought I did!  Can you believe it?  Look below - there is still room for more fabric!   OK, I have to admit that I have two large tubs of leftover scraps and one tub of nothing but yardage, but all in all, this isn't bad! 
I still have to fill up the drawers below but haven't decided what to put in them just yet.
Now that I have all my fabric out in the open, I think it will be much easier to use it up!  I found my taste has changed a lot since I began quilting.  Plus, I found quite a bit of fabric and even some kits that I will never use.  Hence, I'll be having a stash sale soon and my friend Stephanie at Loft Creations will join in as well!  Stay tuned for the date!  Everything will be at bargain prices!  Given the price of fabric in quilt shops these days, this will be a sale not to miss!

***Note to Kathie from Odessa, WA:  You commented on my last post but unfortunately your comment did not include your email address.  I would really like to respond to you, so please email me directly at!***

Friday, March 9, 2012

Terry Towel Animal Parade

This will be my last cruise post.  I thought you would enjoy the Terry Towel animals that greeted us after dinner most nights!

Sometime this morning a wonderful, custom bookcase is being delivered to the Squash House for my studio.  It will help to contain my massive growing collection of fabric and fat quarters!  As soon as it is in place I'll post my progress on filling it up!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Swimming with Dolphins

Did you think we actually swam with Dolphins?  Well, no we didn't, but this is about as close we got to any Dolphin viewings on our cruise!  This is our "official" cruise photo - a long way from this one, but at least we have a sense of humor! 
I was going through our trip photos and realized they are pretty mundane.  We had a bottom fishing trip scheduled while in Cozumel, but Norwegian cancelled it the day before which left us a bit disappointed.  So, no fish photos, but a few with some pretty scenery. 
This is Costa Maya.  Just a tiny village with lots of flat, tree scape behind it. 
This is actually the duty-free shopping center in Costa Maya - fully equipped with a swimming pool so you can cool off and take a break from shopping!  I've never seen anything like this!  We only bought one t-shirt for Mr. Squash during the entire trip!  Each duty free shopping center had the same "crafts" which all looked to be mass produced probably in China and nothing that I thought was worthy of bringing home. 
Looking back at our ship on the right from Costa Maya. 
Looking back at our ship from Cozumel.  The duty free area was enormous but we found our way out to the city itself and wandered around for a while.  This port was much larger and more civilized than Roatan or Costa Maya.
 We found the local museum in Cozumel and I was surprised to see this vintage sewing machine!
 Also at the museum was this great vintage steam iron!  Talk about heavy - I suspect there were a lot of women with hefty ironing arms after spending a lot of time with this!
We were never happier than when we saw this Starbucks in Cozumel.  I went running up to the counter with my tongue nearly dragging for my Grande Nonfat Latte!  There were lattes on the ship but let's not go into how they tasted ;>)

I think this will be our first and last venture into the Western Caribbean.  We much prefer the southern parts of the Caribbean.  Now we're looking into where to go next winter for a warm getaway!  Any suggestions?

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Rescue at Sea!

There's no place like home!  How many times have you said that when you return from time away?  Sure, you have a great time and wish you could have stayed longer, but the truth of the matter for us is that we love the Squash House and love being home!  Having said that, we had a very interesting trip!  Sorry I didn't post after being in Roatan, but the ship's Wi-Fi was terribly expensive for the little time you got.  I couldn't find free wi-fi hot spots in any of the other ports, either.  So we decided to just pack away our computers and live in the dark ages for the remainder of the trip!  This took some getting used to but after a bit I started reading a great book and was quite happy!

It will take me some time to download all the pictures and sort through them, but in the meantime I thought I would tell you of our rescue at sea!  After our last port of Cozumel, we began the 2-day cruise back to Tampa.  The day after leaving, around mid-day, our captain came on the PA system to announce that they had been contacted by the US Coast Guard.  Apparently the Coast Guard received a distress call from a sailboat in the Gulf of Mexico.  Our ship was closest and was asked to perform the rescue of the people on board!
Mr. Squash was finishing up his shower after we had worked out so I told him I'd go topside with my camera and watch for the sailboat.
I spent quite a bit of time on the stern with lots and lots of other passengers.  We would see a Coast Guard plane circling over and over around one area, which we assumed was the location of the sailboat.  After quite a long time it began to come into view.  If you click on the photo above and look just off the point of the arrow, you can see the small boat.

I watched as we got closer and closer and finally decided to go look for Mr. Squash.  I couldn't find him and thought I would go back to watching, but this time out of the sun if I could!  I found a great spot on the port side which just happened to be the exact spot where the rescue took place! 

This is a video I made of the rescue - it's a bit over 5 minutes long and worth the watch!  I was standing next to a Japanese group - you'll hear their voices!   The best part is the applause after the couple were safely on the rescue boat!
We never did see the rescued couple after that.  I assume they were kept hidden away for whatever reason.  We surmised that the rudder on their boat may have broken or the sail torn, but so far we have no idea what the problem was.  We're just glad that they are safe and sound! 

**Note:  A no-reply commenter asked if we knew what they did with the boat.  Mr. Squash said the Coast Guard will probably send another ship to tow the sailboat back to land. 

I hope to have another cruise post up in the next day or two!