Saturday, March 28, 2009

Thrift Shop Finds

I went to the local thrift shop today. Take a look at my finds.

See the big black travel bag that fits onto a rolling suitcase. This handy little bag was my big expense at $1.49. Yup, great buy.

I found a wonderful mug for my morning coffee. That orange mug will certainly brighten my day. See those sweet white cups with crosshatch and tiny little blue flowers. There is also a small pink rose near the handle. They have the look of home-made, hand-thrown on a wheel.

There is also a small Royal Schwabap teacup with a dutch boy and girl sitting in a barrel. My plan for the teacup is to become a pin cushion. I saw the idea on the Ivory Spring blog.

Teacup pin cushion

And the apothecary jar will get a new life as storage for my scissors and seam-rippers to protect the little fingers of my curious granchildren from seeing the tools.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

WIP Wednesday: Mountains Log Cabin

I have been working on this one a few days. It is 97 x 109 and she pencilled in scallops. I still have 3 more rows to go but I am making progress. I got some great design ideas from the quilters at MQR.

Thank you for all the ideas. I love Machine Quilters Resource for that reason. It is mostly for professional quilters. There is so much talent willing to help a with design ideas..

Deb suggested:

-swag borders with beadboard....done

-a rose between the swags and the ditched borders.....done

Gayle suggested:

- diagonal lines through the dark mountain side of the block in red thread....done

- feather swags nestled next to the mountains in pinks....done

I'm still here

It has been a rough week. We all have them. I just wanted to go in a cave and hunker down until things got better. It started with a mix-up at work which can only be called "No good deed goes unpunished".

Then my dear friend Anna was very ill and needed surgery. I just kept thinking about her and could not focus on anything. She has 3 kids, well, not like toddlers. Carol is 20, a college graduate with a degree in Business Administration. Roxana, Roxy, is 18 and she will graduate from college in June with a degree in Computer Science. Jose-Luis is 17 and all boy, interested in sports but not school, no college plans for this kid. And Anna, their mother is all they have.

Anna's husband ran off with another woman when the kids were very young, Jose-Luis was just a baby. He has never been in their lives. Anna's mother passed away about 10 years ago, she was in her 50's. So Anna has raised these kids on her own. I would say that she has done a good job. She was recommended to me as a housekeeper 11 or 12 years ago. She has worked for me all that time. Though I have never met her children, we exchange stories and she has watched my two boys grow up and start families of their own. And she has helped me with my Spanish, too.

I am sure that I will get an email from Roxy tonight that her mother is doing fine after the surgery. A telephone is still something of a luxury item. Anna is on our family plan with Verizon and we turned on international calling last Sunday when I heard that she was in bad shape. But Anna is stubborn and will only use the phone in case of emergency. She reminds me that it is 25 cents a minute. I just chuckle, I think that somehow she thinks that she will have to pay that Verizon bill. Mexico and America are next door neighbors but our cultures are very different. I grew up in El Paso, so I absorbed a lot of the Mexican culture, they call it Tex-Mex, while growing up. I grew up speaking Spanish taught by Mexican housekeepers who worked for my parents. I spoke grammatically correct Spanish better than English when I was 6 years old. You wouldn't know that now, if you heard me try to conjugate the verb "to give".

It seems odd that I have only a few photos of her. I will find the one of her standing beside a quilt. My mother got the first quilt I made, Anna go the second.

All prayers for my friend are welcome. Her name is Anna Barraza.

Update: Surgery went well. The surgeon removed her uterus and one ovary. She is resting comfortably and is scheduled to go home on Thursday.

My life has changed in the last couple of years - some bumps, I retired from quilting, and then I moved to Texas. I'm anxious to see what new adventures await me in the next phase of my life.

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I started quilting when a quilt shop opened in our little town in January 2004. I have been hooked ever since.

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