Tuesday, January 30, 2007

photo attempt #2

ok - trying again - I opened with Paint and resized it... maybe this will work - bare with me. ;)
edited to add:
Again, I got the message: "Cannot find file at specified URL: link is broken (failed request)"
broken link???? hummm... I copied and pasted just as it was...

Will have to worry about it later I guess.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

now what?

ok, I know that I have to post the photo first in a news entry then copy the link and paste it somewhere .............. but where do I go to change the photo in my profile! I do not remember......???????????????? I am so dumb.

and to think I have been considering making a blog for my fmaily to keep up with photos of the kids... I better learn all of this b/c I am sure that none of them will be able to help me! LOL

edited to add - well i figured I'd click on the old photo and what do you know, it took me right to where I needed to be and there was a blue box that said "Edit Your Profile" so I did....
changed the old link to the new one and hit save - but I do not see any change yet. Maybe I have to log out and then back in???

edited again to add - It is giving me this message: "Cannot find file at specified URL: link is broken (failed request)" What does this mean? what do I do now?

New Year = New Photo

It's a new year, so I guess it is time for a new photo too. After all, the one I started my blog with was taken at Christmas time 2005 when my hair was long and I wore it straight.

To the left - here I am at the park with Nora and David. I took the camera along to get some shots of Nora and her Daddy playing together and David ended up taking a few of me as well while I was sitting in the swing. There were many to choose from and hard to pick one, but I think this one captures the real me.

95% of the time, rather it is sunny or rainy; you can bet that I am going to have a pair of sunglasses on my head. (as a matter of fact they are on my head as I type and I have been indoors all day and it is 7pm!) Hey, what can I say - They make a great headband and they are usable if the sun is bright ;c) I never pay more than $9 for a pair and they have to be plastic - b/c the metal ones get caught in the hair -ouch! These came from the HEB grocery about a year ago - which is a record time for me to keep the same pair. LOL

Also you will see I have on a pair of sterling silver ear rings. These were given to me 3-4 Christmases ago from David's mom. They are sort of a drop ball - not sure what you call them, but I wear them everyday and love them!

Here are just a few other photos that we took the same day. I so wish I could have gotten a good one of Nora and I together but it was IMPOSSIBLE! She had places to go and things to do!

Hope everyone had a Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Nora's not taking a nap for the 2nd day in a row! I can't believe she is already at this young of an age trying to negoiate her way out of a nap! So I will post the best I can with her playing with her "Nora's" ark in the other room.

Yesterday I cut 8" lime green boraders to add to Bento Box 2 quilt and began pinning and sewing them on. After I sewed the top and bottom and took it to the ironing board I discovered that somehow my 1/4" seam didn't include both the top and boarder in several places! urgh! So today I have been frog stitching "rip-it" - "rip-it" - "rip-it" :P

After the 1st boarder was ripped out I decided to take a break and clean up the mess that Nora made in the floor with all the stings last week. I tried to get her to help by singing the "Clean up, Clean up, everybody everywhere..." those of you who have watched Barney know it ;) and now it is stuck in your head too! LOL ;c) Anyway, after the 1st diaper box was full I started on the 2nd diaper box with my back to Nora and in jsut a matter of seconds I turn around and looked and it was as if I had never started cleaning up! She had dumped the whole box upside down and was happily making antoher mess! TWO YEAR OLDS! ;P

Maybe tomorrow I will have a photo to show you of the 2nd Bento Box with the boarders on it. Amazing how different the two quilts look - boarders really do change the looks of them. The first one had a black fabric with colorful stripes and this one is lime green. Oh and just wait until you see the funky orange dotted fabric I bought for the 2nd one's backing!!! :) :) :) ~Bonnie

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Heartstrings Quilt Project

I know several of you have already joined Mary in her Heartstrings Quilt Project - but just in case there are any new people who read my blog that have not heard about it - they have created a new website.

Go to http://heartstringsquiltproject.com/ and you can learn more about it.

One thing I love about it is that anyone can participate on any level. You can make 1 block or 100+ and for those that choose to complete their own top they get to decide where the quilt gets donated - a charity of their choice.

I can't wait to watch this project develop during the year - there will be many quilts donated all across the country I am sure. :)

1. Not having to leave the house and getting to stay in my PJ's all day ;P
2. Finding out yesterday the pains I have been having the last few days are normal and that the tiwns are doing fine.
3. Finding out that we are having 1 boy and 1 girl!
4. Sending an email anouncement out to over 100 friends and family in GA and KY and getting lots of replies back from friends we haven't spoken to in a while.
5. Having over 100 friends and family :) We are so blessed!

Easy OREO Truffles

If you think this looks good - just wait until you try one!!! They are De-LISHIOUS! Tuesday at our MOPS meeting one of the moms brought these! They didn't last long - they'resoooooo GOOD!!! and I promise you will not be able to eat just 1 or even just 2!
I looked up the recipe on the Kraft website and thought I would share here with all of you. Very easy to make and a perfect way to tell your Valentine you love them - but why wait until February??? LOL Enjoy! ~Bonnie

Easy OREO Truffles

Recipe Rating: 5 Stars
Prep Time: 30 min
Total Time: 1 hr 30 min
Makes: 3-1/2 doz. or 42 servings

1 pkg. (1 lb., 2 oz.) OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, divided
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, melted

CRUSH 9 of the cookies to fine crumbs in food processor; reserve for later use. (Cookies can also be finely crushed in a resealable plastic bag using a rolling pin.)
Crush remaining 36 cookies to fine crumbs; place in medium bowl.
Add cream cheese; mix until well blended. Roll cookie mixture into 42 balls, about 1-inch in diameter.

DIP balls in chocolate; place on wax paper-covered baking sheet. (Any leftover chocolate can be stored at room temperature for another use.) Sprinkle with reserved cookie crumbs.

REFRIGERATE until firm, about 1 hour. Store leftover truffles, covered, in refrigerator.

How to Easily Dip Truffles Place truffle ball in melted chocolate to coat; roll if necessary. Lift truffle from chocolate using 2 forks (this will allow excess chocolate to run off) before placing on wax paper.

WIP and Cut up Thursday

Has it been a week already??? I know I am a day late but I did try to post yesterday - had it all typed up and even had previewed it once and then suddenly my computer shut down - or rather Nora hit the button!!! URGH!~ I didn't feel like retyping it so I put it off to do later that night but then didn't make it back. sorry.

My WIP progress report really doesn't have much to report. I haven't began on the RR yet. Still trying to decide if a scrappy boarder is what I want to do or not. But I did start cutting up a dress shirt I found at the Goodwill recently for $0.50. They have their tag sales every Sunday and Monday here and any items marked a certain color are only $0.50. It is so fun. I have been collecting plaid men's shirts in hopes to one day make a pattern by Bonnie Hunter called Smokey Mountain Stars I already have 3 large sacks full. Not sure when that will start (maybe this fall)but I am hoping I can get a two of my friends to do it with me - I'll provide all the fabric for the stars since I know I have more than enough shirts.

Anyway while looking at the shirts I came across one that was different - small palm tree print in a light blue. The thought of a baby quilt immediately came to mind.... and at the time I bought it I had no clue if either of the twins would be a boy but I bought it anyway - after all it was only $0.50.

Well I should have waited until I had something in mind to do before I started to cut but last weekend I couldn't wait. I figured 2.5 was a pretty universal size right... so I cut up the shirt into 2.5" strips and also stopped by Hancock’s and found some solid blue fabric to match. While at the cutting table waiting my turn, I saw some flat fold fabric that was like a sky print but soft that I thought would maybe work too as a boarder??? so I bought the 32" that was there... again - no clue as to pattern or design... Am I stupid or what? LOL

So at the HGTV quilting message board I posted these photos of my shirt fabric and the other and asked for ideas.

Usually the women there are so helpful and will even play around with their EQ5 programs and offer diagrams... or post links to photos of ideas... but I didn't get anything useful in the responses. Instead I got responses for stuff totally non related. I had to ask myself did they even read my message before posting??? Here is what some had to say:

“How about a Jewel Box? Then you could add some I Spy novelties...too cute!”

“Dinosaurs...always good for a boy. They call these giraffasaurus.”

“My personal favorite. This is five layers of the same panel, sewn together diagonally and then the top three
layers are cut to make a chenille top."

"They call this possible applique. Each animal is basically the same but they changed the way the heads and body parts are positioned."

"Here are the fastest, simplest baby quilt directions I have ever seen. Very little fabric required. I like to call it a no brainer. Choose 2 pretty fabrics, light and dark. Cut them into 6 1/2" stirps........."

Add I spy fabrics??? Appliqué??? 6.5” strips??? Dinosaurs????

Hello!!! I said I already had my 2.5” strips cut…! One lady did suggest a simple 9 patch and snowball and that is something simple enough I could do. That is more along the line of what I was thinking - KISS - Keep It Simple Sister! :) Something fast.

Other progress - my hand quilting 4 patch is going good. I don't work on it every night like I should but I do pick it up 2 or 3 nights a week when watching TV with David. No photos to show yet.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

I think I may have an idea for the RR

Today David, Nora & I went to IHOP for pancakes - Nora's favorite :) and just across the street is the Quilt Store so I took along my Round Robin to ask the store ladies for their professional opinions on what to add to my project. They helped me come up with my "game plan" once before.

I was fully prepared to buy some more of the batik fabric - if they had it - thinking I would use this in my round - or else something else that would go with the quilt top but after about 15-20 minutes of talking with two of the women who work in the store, I walked out without making a purchase! I can't believe I didn't buy anything. LOL And my shopper card only needed one more $5 punch mark to earn me a $25 store credit!

They didn't have the batik fabric but maybe I found it on line??? It is hard to tell but I am thinking this is it from Hancock's of Paducah? Looks dark in their photo - but if it was the exact same I would order it for sure and use it. What do you think? A match? or Not?

Ok - so here is the idea the ladies at the Quilt Shop suggested. Since these RR's travel around with a scrap bag and nothing in this RR's bag is a large enough piece to use exclusively - why not make a scrappy boarder running around the entire top? Like what the quilter did in the outside boarder of this 1930's quilt. ???Not sure but at least that would be super easy to do and I would be able to get it done quickly which is good b/c I didn't receive it until late and the last exchange date is quickly approaching....

I will think it over and see. What are your thoughts???

Oh and I must mention too that the 1930's quilt above was last years Quilt Club BOM that I participated in. I have all of the months Jan-June done and sewn together. However July - Dec have not been touched yet. :( I didn't sign up for this year's - I don't need to go starting anything new until I finish this one and if I get the 6 blocks pieced before the babies arrive I will have accomplished quite a task! I am hoping so - so that I can pay to have it machine quilted as my Birthday gift come July :c) We'll see... Happy Weekend everyone ~Bonnie

1) David taking Nora to wash her hands at IHOP without me having to ask him.
2) A fun time at the park with Nora and watching her play with her Daddy.
3) Going thru the carwash and listening to Nora get so excited at the water and soap ;)

Friday, January 12, 2007

Round Robin L-A-S-T Round!

Round Robin - only 1 final boarder left to do and I have no ideas at the moment as to what I should add to it to complete it. I am so impressed with the talents of everyone else that has been working on these Round Robins and have come to a conclusion that I am out of my leauge! Actually I have thought that for a while now.
Here it is spread out over the guest bed in the sewing room - those pink points on the outside are I guess what is called Prarie Points...? I guess - they are 3-D.

Aaah - this is a better photo -they always look better hung up over the back yard fence. Nora kept saying, "Ooooough - Prettttttty Momma" I hope she isn't thinking it will be for her! LOL

And I had to provide you with a close up of this cool batik fabric that was used.... Just wish there was more of it in the stash bag that came with the RR... hummmmm.... any ideas anyone????? ~Bonnie

PS - I have went back to a few previous posts and edited to add photos that were missing ;) I am so happy with how the Bento Box quilts are turning out.


1) I love when Nora comes up to me and asks for Chocolate kisses :c)
2) David came home for his lunch break
3) My friend's baby girl arrived safe and sound this afternoon - welcome to the world Mackinzie Elizabeth!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

WIP Wednesday Progress Report

OK, so I am a day late... but I hadn't even seen anyone else share a WIP Wednesday post until I was blog surfing today and noticed that Meredith at Quilt Threads and Kim at Pieces of Old both made WIP posts... so from now on I will try to give a progress report every Wednesday :c)

I am happy to report that my 2nd Bento Box top is put together - I finished this up yesterday - on Wednesday :c) Wish I had a better photo to share of it - but this will do for now. Come payday I will go looking for a boarder fabric and backing fabric for it. As with the 1st BB top I made I just used 2 of the 4 quarters in this top to provide a wider variety of colors.

Working with other's blocks had not been a problem until this time and there were a few that were the wrong size - didn't notice until I was sewing them together. Urgh! :P … so I had to pull some others from my stash to use instead. I already had most of it sewn together at the time, so I didn’t' get to put much thought into what color should go where - just find 4 more blocks that were not too small.

Every block has a match except 2 of them - the odd balls, I call them.... and most likely if I hadn't told you, you would have never known. I am not about to take it apart and redo. It is for charity after all. :c)

I have a funny Nora moment to share with you - today she took a notion to play with her baby doll while I was sewing. She got it last year for Christmas and hasn't even given it a second look until this week... I was cutting some fabric and heard her talking to her baby about drinking milk and the expected phrases of a 2 year old. I was coaching her saying, "oh, Nora - you are going to be such a good big sister, helping the baby drink her milk..." (We have a Big sister book and the girl in the book does this...)

But then I hear something unusual. I hear Nora say, "Choose baby, pick one" over and over and getting more and more frustrated b/c the baby won't answer her. So I turn and look at her and she is sitting on the baby doll's belly holding 3 spools of thread wanting her baby to choose one! LOL. How cute is that!

oh and by the way - the fabric mess you see in the floor - Nora decided to get an early start on our "Fun Friday" project! ;) She has a whole variety of strings all over the floor just waiting for me to begin tomorrow. LOL I "had" two large diaper boxes full of strings and today I heard her under there saying - "go swimming!!!" and indeed she was :c) LOL

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

ok Blogger is messing with my brain!

LOL - I had written up a post yesterday and saved as a draft... and this afternoon decided to add two of the photos needed and post it - well as you can read, I have been pulling my hair out today with blogger concerning my comments link being missing... got that fixed and then - I could not find my post! It was NOT at the top of the screen like it should have been and I was so mad... thinking I had lost all of my post - I hate having to retype a post - never as good the 2nd time...

But what do you know - it is there you just have to scroll down to yesterday's date. I guess when you save something as a draft it is saved under that date? I wonder if I had resaved before posting it that would have made it saved in today's date??? Does that make sense? oh well - I am just glad I didn't loose it.

however there is not a link for comment under that post. Maybe blogger hates me!? LOL

I am crossing my fingers that there will be a comment link under this post... here goes! ~Bonnie

well what do you know

well lookie there it is back - on the previous post it says "0 comments" but the one i posted yesterday still doesn't.. oh well I am not gonna complain - I am just happy it is back!!! And I hope it stays!!! Yeahhhh!!! I can start receiveing comments again!!! :c) Oh how I am a HAPPY GIRL again!!!!! Yeahhhh!!!

I was starting to worry that b/c it had been forever since posting before Christmas everyone had deleted my bookmark and i would not have any readers ever again b/c I am not included in the QuiltMavericks ring... LOL. Not sure how to become a member - I don't think I have been a blogger long enough yet though... will have to look and see.

Thanks for stopping by - I have been working on another post and have it saved as a draft until I can take some photos to go with it. :) So stay tuned.... ~Bonnie

so odd....

Thanks Leah, Nancy and Patti for emailing me - you all gave me the same step by step instructions which I had already tried earlier today... My comments have been on "show" the whole time.... and are still on "show" but for some odd reason - they are not showing! URGH!!!!

I even tried swithing to hide - logging out then coming back on and changing to show... and I can not tell that anything I have tried is working and it seems that now my archives - where each past month is suppose to be listed so you can go back and read my older posts... they ARE NOT showing up anywehre in my side bar either! - coudl this problem be in my template??? Good heavens I hope not b/c I have NO CLUE as to what all those codes mean!

Maybe I need to have it as hide for 24 hours? and not just 2 minuites and then come back to show...? I dont' know...


HELP PLEASE - I just noticed the comment link is not appearing on my most recent posts. Eek. how will anyone be alble to leave me feedback??? Where did the link go? It is on my old posts still. I have read the help page and it is like reading a foreign language as I do not comprehend any of it!!! Can someone email me with directions/help on what to do to fix my problem????? bminor@gt.rr.com

I will send you FQ's to help me. Thanks sew much. ~Bonnie

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Charity Project - Bento Box Quilts

Monday I pulled out and worked on another project loooooong over due! Last year in January I joined the Sunshine Quilters with the HGTV board. They make 2 blocks of a selected pattern each month and mail to the hostess - she in return, puts them all into a quilt(s) and donates to a charity of her choice. (Usually a childrens charity, although they have done nursing homes, and Quilts With Love for soldiers.) Each month is different and it is a lot of fun! I included the link in case anyone wants to check it out. :) Also here is the link to our group's finished quilts we have made and donated.

There is no membership and they are not strict on if you participate each and every month and it is not a requirement to ever host but I felt the need to at the beginning of last year so I signed up for March and selected the Bento Box pattern for everyone to mail to me. Only I did something a little different - I asked everyone not to join the 4 quarters of the blocks that I would do that b/c I planned to mix them all up. I got this idea after one that I had seen on line.

(This was a hard photo to get with the wind - as you can see I have not trimmed the extra backing and batting off yet. Will do that when I'm ready to bind.)

Everyone sent me the required two blocks and some members even sent 4 or 5 blocks! Last summer I put together the first top together and paid to have it machine quilted by a longarmer in the group. She gave me a very VERY affordable price since it is for our charity project and also included the batting in her price! I had never had a top quilted by a longarmer before and after gettting it back - all I can say is WOW she did a F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C job!!! I love the swirls she choose to do in the quilting design and she even used bright variegated thread which I think is so cool!

I was able to spread out on the bed and get a close-up of the quilting on Bento Box #1 for your to see.

Before Christmas I laid out on the floor more quarter blocks for top #2 and pinned them into rows so I will know what order they are to go in. Yesterday and today I have been busying sewing them together into blocks. I am close to having it all put together and will have to go looking for the perfect boarder fabric to go on it. I so wish I had bought all that was left on the bolt of the boarder fabric in top #1... but I was not thinking ahead at the time.

The backing for quilt #1 is the same fabric as the corners. (Will edit and show photo here) Again - didn't buy enough of that either. :P I used only 2 quarters of each blocks in this top and mixed the quarters up so that the child that receives this quilt can play find "this block's opposite". Funny how when I requested everyone use bright kid colors - everyone thought the same - orange and yellow :c) So I have had to make some green, blue, red and purple blocks to mix among all the orange and yellow or pink and yellow.... but the tops are going to look nice.

Top #1 is still waiting a label to be created and sewn as I attach the binding. I will probably wait and do all of this at the same time after tops #2 and #3 are done. I rather donate them all at once rather than one at a time anyway. I hope to get top #2 mailed to the longarmer in the next week and then begin working on top #3 and have it to her in February and finish all three quilts before March '07! I am not gonna feel guilty about taking a year to complete b/c others in the group have taken that long too...

On our next pay day I will be going to look for boarder/backing fabrics for top #2 so I can get it sent to be quilted- those are legal purchases thankfully!!! :-) Maybe this time I will look for a boarder that isn't so busy. Here is a photo of the quilt that I saw on line that gave the inspriation to take on this project! :c)

It was made by Patsy a friend from the HGTV boards and she was so nice to let me use her photo :c) I really love her lime green boarders! ~Bonnie

A New Year - A New Beginning...

Let’s see…. Where to start???? I can’t believe just how fast the New Year is off and running already! I am happy to report that so far I am off to a great start in my sewing & quilting. After all, my quilting days are numbered with twins on the way this summer. My goal for the first few months of 2007 is to get done what I need to get done!!! Or as Lary the Cable Guy would say.... "Git'er Done!" This past week/weekend I have been very productive and have even remembered to take a few photos to share with you!

Last week I had a fun time going shopping for noodle fabrics for the next few months. I host these swaps each month thru the HGTV.com quilter's board. I bought January’s Red/White, February’s Black/White and also March’s 1930’s. (You will have to wait until next month to see my B/W's) For some of the colors I only found 5 fabrics so I will be looking to buy a few more as I like to swap around 8 sets each month. The best part was they were all on sale too!!! Some $1/yard off and the 1930’s were 40% off!! (Good thing I am not in Stashbuster’s No Buy Group although I don't buy like I use to - everything I buy is for a specific swap I am doing or a legal "B" purchase, binding, boarder, backings, batting and such…)

I wish I had a photo to share with you - but forgot to take one... I ended 2006 in the sprit of “Out with the old to make room for the new!” I spent a week cleaning out and reorganizing my sewing room and its closet– nothing like having family on the way for a visit to get you up and going on something that should have been done a long time ago! LOL I bought clear flip-top boxes at Wal-Mart and put each of my projects in their own box (something I have been wanting to do for a long time) – I still need to pick up a couple more the next time I am at the store… I bought all they had at the time. The closet looks much better!!!

Over the weekend I made blocks for the HGTV January block lottery. Those were so easy to make and in less than 30 minutes later, I had 9 completed and laid out on the floor!! Then looking back at the bed at all the left over pieces already cut, I thought I should make up a few more to use up these or else they will get tossed so after supper I came back upstairs and completed another 9 blocks! I took a photo – better get out your sunglasses b/c they are super bright! And the best part was – the 2.5 strips were already precut!!! I just went to my noodle stash and pulled some brights that we swapped one month last year! I never win the block lottos but they are a lot of fun to make - I don't participate every month but often.

Also Saturday night after Nora went to bed, I worked on finishing the blocks for Ms. Kole. I got 21 of the 24 completed before running out of fabric. I will have to contact her about getting just a few more 3.5” square pieces of the background fabric so I can finish up the last 3 blocks.

They are not perfectly squaring up which makes me frustrated. :P All the fabric was already precut when she gave it to me – which she thought she was doing me a favor but I would have rather done it myself as I have had to do Quarter Square Triangle blocks the old fashioned way using actual triangles – that were not cut the right size….I don’t like doing shotty work to give to someone else… but my friend’s mom will just be happy they are done and that she didn’t have to do them. It is the least I can do for her b/c she is so nice to do alternations for my husbands clothes.

Here is a photo of the first 16 blocks – wish I had remembered to take another photo of the 21 before packing them all up… I had them laid out together on the bed and boy wouldn’t they make a great quilt used all together! - however each of the 6 members of the small group will get 4 of 4 different blocks. I think these would look fantastic all set together in the same quilt don't you?? I almost don't want to give them away! LOL I just keep thinking, these women getting these probably don’t even own sewing machines, so what makes me think they will ever get used in any quilt…? Oh so sad – so sad!

Oh, and Sunday I also got a crib size UFO top pin basted and ready to hand quilt!!! This top was made way back in 1995 shortly after Momma Newt died. It is a really simple 4 patch pattern but it was at the beginning of my quilting career before I even knew what a rotary cutter was and used scissors to cut out each square. Needless to say I also didn’t know the importance of pressing seams either! The seams are going every which way!!! Hey it will never win a show and the workmanship is poor but it was one of the first I made (I think the 2nd) so it will be special to me. I think that is why it took me forever to even think about finishing it b/c of how bad it is… but with twins on the way and having only hand quilted one crib quilt that I finished back in 2004… this one will be another so that each twin can have one their “momma made”.

Here is a photo of the 1st ever hand quilted quilt I made - ugly colors don't ya think? But I couldn't give away my 1st hand quilted quit so I kept it.

Nora got to use the crib quilt that my mom and I made together when I was about 8 or 9 years old - so don’t think she is getting shorted ;c) In my opinion hers is the best of all because I cherish the memories of my mom and I making it together. It all started out as 5 four-patches left over from a project and mom was gonna make a small square quilt for a Barbie…. Then I suggested we make it bigger for my Cabbage Patch doll….. then after adding on to it…. I insisted we make it a little larger to be big enough for a “real” baby for one day. My mom was reluctant but she gave in and boy am I ever so greatful that she did b/c she died before 5 years before I became a mother.

I have visited many of your blogs this past week and should have made more comments but I didn't have the time to do so. I will make it back around to you soon. :c) Happy New Year everyone!!! ~Bonnie