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Things that make me happy

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Thank you for keeping our blog going while I was on a blog  sabbatical.  Maybe I’ll get around to writing about the last few weeks…

Sewing makes me happy.  I’m not the only one:

Thinking about You, Mike, Baby D. makes me really happy right now!

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September 20, 2013 at 9:48 pm

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Some People Are Just Born Klutzy

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I have two disclaimers before you read this.

1) I usually leave the educational portion of our blog to you,  and

2) I am still boycotting the Today Show due to the treatment of Anne.

However, the TV was tuned to the Today show when turned on this morning.  I HAD to watch a segment Savannah Guthrie reported on discussing clumsiness.  It seems she is known to be less than co-ordinated at (most) times.

Guthrie reported on the science of clumsiness this morning, citing a 2007 Dutch report that essentially found that natural-born walking disasters really do exist – one out of every 29 people is 50 percent more likely to do something clumsy than regular, non-accident-prone people.

Today, Dr. Buz Swanik and his team of engineers at the University of Delaware are investigating what’s happening in the brains of clumsy people.

“They can’t create a plan for what’s going to happen next, and it could be within one-tenth or two-tenths of a second, and you’re exposed, to whatever is around you that could hurt you,” Swanik told TODAY.

And that fraction of a second is enough time to drop something, crash into something, fall into something – you get it.

On camera, Buskirk gave Guthrie a series of five tests, measuring things like vision, equilibrium and spatial awareness. And she failed every test – every single one.

“This is an equilibrium and balance system processing problem, where when you’re trying to do more than one thing at a time and things aren’t being processed 100 percent correctly, and it manifests itself with a physical anomaly causing you to just be clumsy,” Buskirk told Guthrie. “Certainly, now I have enough of a measure that I could design a rehabilitative program for you –“

Guthrie interrupted, “So I could be cured?”

“With you we don’t worry so much,” Buskirk says. “If your profession involved climbing up ladders and doing things on scaffolds, I’d be a lot more concerned and a lot more worried.”

In other words – Guthrie really is an accident-prone person. Back in the studio Thursday morning, she held aloft two single-spaced pages detailing what’s scientifically wrong with her and said Buskirk told her if she wanted to “cure” her clumsiness, it would take eight to 10 weeks of work. But like many of us suffering from this affliction, she has developed her own theory on what’s causing her clumsiness.

“What I think is that I’m thinking really deep and important thoughts, and therefore I’m really not watching where I’m going,” she said.

“You keep thinking that,” said Matt Lauer, giving her a sad little pat on the shoulder.

Maybe after Neil reads this he will start believing that I am not clumsy on purpose!

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July 25, 2013 at 9:05 pm

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A Beautiful Day

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Yes, actually it was a spectacular day.  A light breeze, sunshine, temperature in the high 70’s.  I love the color of this hibiscus.  It waits until December to bloom!


Gorgeous, isn’t it?


Thank you for the excellent Thanksgiving dinner at the Dierks new home.  We had a wonderful visit with you two.

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December 1, 2012 at 9:27 pm

David Taylor- Amazing Artist

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I really only have to post pictures and you will understand my appreciation and fascination with this quilt artist.  If his works of art were paintings or drawings, I would be impressed, but they are made of fabric!  They are DEVINE.  I spent as much time as I could with David last week, hoping that some of his creativity would rub off on me.

I saw my first David Taylor in May of 2008.

This is Tinker:

This is COMPLETELY made out of fabric.  No painting at all. The threadwork on this, and all of David’s quilts, is done by machine and is spectacular.  

Here is a closeup of Tinker’s flower:

He does all his applique by hand.  I think there are 400 individual pine needles on this piece, which is 4 ft by 6 ft.

This is his most recent piece, Maynard, it is 7 ft by 5 ft.

Yep, it’s a bulldog’s butt!

One of  my favorite David Taylor quilts is called Marmalade . . . I’d call it Willie Dilly.

I heard David lecture at the Brandon Piecemakers and Feather Princess guilds, and took a class  from him.  All of his works start with a photo.  He is such a talent!

(I haven’t shown my work in a while because I’m quilting a Jane, and they take a lot of time.)

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November 18, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Jacob’s Ladder for Jacob

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This quilt is going to be a  fundraiser for Jacob Meachum:

14 year old Jacob Meachum had his whole life ahead of him. On June 3, 2012, Jacob was a passenger on an ATV when it was hit by an SUV and he was thrown from the ATV. The driver of the SUV was drinking and driving, speeding 21 MPH over the limit, had no insurance and driving on a suspended license. The driver is currently in jail serving time for another DUI from March. He has yet to be charged for Jacob’s accident.  Jacob sustained a traumatic brain injury and was in a comatose state.  He has a severe neck fracture that has finally healed after 5 months. Jacob has regained consciousness but his future is still unclear at this time.

The quilt top was made by Diane B, the pattern is called Jacob’s Ladder.

The fabric is mostly batiks, which are my current favorite.  I like the combination of the fabrics on the borders.

I couldn’t resist quilting hearts to symbolize the big heart that Diane and others have to help this family in need.  The hearts are visible on the back of the quilt, very subtle on the front.

This is a link to a website for Jacob.

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November 10, 2012 at 10:48 pm

I’m thankful for

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People with a sense of humor AND who love Boston Terriers!

Last week Houston Texas hosted one of the world’s largest quilt shows.  This quilt won a judges choice award.

Choice of Charlotte Warr Andersen

I think a black pug might have snuck into the quilt.

(And yes I am also thankful that I can, and did vote.    After voting, I went to Judy’s to sew.  I was rather disappointed that when I showed my ” I voted” sticker to Judy’s husband Mike, he did not give me a free donut, unlike krispy kreme!)


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November 6, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Your Amazing Grandmother

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Yes, mom-mom recently turned 87, or as she likes to say three years from 90.  She and pop-pop asked me to help select a fabric for this quilt when Chester and I visited two weeks ago. 

(Unfortunately the colors did not come out true.)

Most people would be amazed that Mom and Dad cut out the fabric and pieced 45 blocks so quickly.  Not me, I’ve become used to the M&D sewing factory producing quilt tops quickly.   Mom wanted to send me  pictures to ask which of several options I liked for the border of the quilt.  She has never taken pictures on her iPad, but wanted to know how to do that.  So, she pulled out her beloved iPad, talked ( yes, talked) to Google to find out how to take a picture . . . took four pictures and e-mailed them to me.  She then called me on her cell phone to ask me to look at the pictures before I went out that evening  (because she knows I quilt Monday night.)  We then discussed the pictures on Skype.  Remember, Mom is not a teenage boy. . . the only other human that would be able to make a computer do what you want it to do.

By the way, she also is trying to finish one of  four books she is reading on her iPad.  That is in addition to watching some of the TV shows she missed when they were originally aired.

In case you are wondering, this is the photo of the border I selected. (Apple really should work on the color of pictures taken and e-mailed from an iPad. The gray appearing fabric is actually a very pretty green.)

Thanks again to Mike for setting up the iPad, maybe Mike and Mom should make an Ad for Apple!

PS. It cracks me up that you are becoming such a chef.  Kitty couldn’t believe how much food was in your fridge when she was there.

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October 9, 2012 at 8:52 pm

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