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Saturday, February 13, 2010

You can pick your friends……..

When someone says “I just want to pick your brain”, do you ever say to yourself, “Huh”? 

Seriously, if I had information in there, don’t you think I’d be using it myself?  What if I had a really good idea – I mean a REALLY GOOD IDEA?  Do you expect me to share that too?  Or can I keep that one and give you idea #2 on my top 10 list?  (usually my list never gets as far as 10.  Maybe 3)  Or is that just plain selfish?  The reason I ask is because a darn good friend asked yours truly and a few other great gals to come over for brunch and by the way, she said she’d like to pick our brains a little.  Here’s where the “huh”? comes in. 

Should I have warned her that I only had about 3 minutes left on my brain function meter?  Well, I didn’t tell her for 2 reasons.  First, because she was serving brunch (& she’s a great cook) and second, because all the others in this  impromptu “think tank” are so darn much fun to socialize with that I’d be crazy to say no.  So my plan was to distract them from catching on to the state of my brain function by A:  laughing a lot – altho everyone was doing that – or by B: talking intently with someone – which was hard to do because of the loudness of A,  or even by C: taking the dog out for a “business” meeting if you get my drift.  Of course it wasn’t my dog but she never did bite me so that turned out to be the best distraction but that caused me to miss out on  some of A and B.  Sigh.  My plan still needs a little work.

I can’t be sure but I think I got away with my plan and am hoping like heck that I’ll get invited back sometime.  Maybe I could start thinking about stuff right now in case I ever need to share a thought again……

Last Thursday we had a wonderful day at Jean’s house for our monthly gathering of the Loose Threads.  We actually tied some of those threads together to make a quilt for charity. 


The reason this picture is blurry is because the gals were working so fast & furious, I couldn’t get focused…


P2110213 (Medium)

Who said it’s all work and no play?  We do try to have a dash of fun….BTW, that is not a cigarette in Judy’s mouth!!!  (seam ripper!!)


Our assignment was to bring 14 to 20, 5” hourglass blocks.  There were 6 players to this game and 5 workers.  (One stayed home to babysit)  We mixed all the blocks together and then sewed them into a quilt top. 


I’ve just finished sewing one of the borders.  We had 2 sewers, and 3 people standing around doing nothing.  NOT!!!!!  Those 3 were kept very busy trimming, pinning, pressing and of course a little seam un-sewing……

There were a few left-over blocks which we cut down to the same size as the outer border of 3”.  Ta da.  This is a really simple scrap quilt that goes together so fast. 


Our plan is to give it to the new Cancer center in town.  We were so excited about this project that we are hoping to do more of it in the future.  It didn’t cost us ANYTHING because the fabric came out of our stashes.  (Stash fabric is free.  If you have to go to the quilt store, it costs money.  Right?)  We’ll all contribute to the cost of the back, batt & quilting.  Thanks Jean for coming up with this plan.  That girl is always so full of it.  Oops, meant to say that she’s always so full of GOOD IDEAS.  Ya, that’s it.

My wish for you for Valentine’s Day is to be able to spend time with your sweetie (or sweeties. however many you have!!)

Ms. Faye


Holly said...

What a gorgeous quilt and so wonderful to donate it so that someone may find comfort in every stitch. I keep saying that I want to do this, but alas, I have not.
My mom was fortunate to spend her last week in Hospice House in Spokane. Amazing place, amazing people. Every bed has a handmade quilt on it and they also have "death" quilts. These are for when your loved one passes and are transported to the funeral home. Makes it look like they are sleeping, and a lot less tramatic for those left behind.
You have inspired me. What a precious gift to do with your friends. Thank you for sharing!

Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

You always make me smile - and sometimes scratch my head and say HUH as well! LOL

What a great quilt and to have so much making it, well, that's just the icing on the cake!!

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

Lol...well I'd be laughing to because you are soooo funny, love your story and I think you pulled it off!!
Oh man, awesome quilt and free to...someone is going to be feeling so special when they receive that quilt!! Nice going!
Happy Valentines Day to you too!

Darlene said...

what a delightful post and the quilt is drop dead gorgeous. I love it.

This is the first time I've been able to open your blog in ages - hopefully you'll see more of me in the future. :-)

Karen said...

You ought to have a job writing because you always come up with doozy ideas. Very funny! Always a good read.

For coming from different stashes, the hour glass blocks came together to make a wonderful quilt.

Carol said...

OMG Ms. Faye you are a hoot! Your post had me laughing...I can relate...I always wonder what's left in my brain..LOL! Love the quilt! What a fun day you all had! Happy Valentine's Day to you!

Chatty Kathy~Palmetto Prims said...

Why don't my stashes come together and look that good? LOL! Girl, that quilt is gorgeous and you ladies will be blessed for your generosity. Love the way you got around the "pick your brain" issue. So funny!!!

yellowfarmhouse said...

HA HA HA HA - well for someone who wasn't sure she'd have much to share for "brain picken" time - you did do quite well I might say even coming up with "sharing the talent". Your invited anytime Missy and you know - even if there's nothing to share. Thanks for watching out for Ms. Cami - I'm sure I was busy doing something very important :). BTW sister I think you might be close to running a marathon - if you wanted to - which I can't imagaine anyone would want to, lol

What a wonderful quilt and cause - they will appreciate it very much. That Jean she just never rests does she :). Wonderful thing to do from the Threads :).

Hugs - Mrs. Farmhouse - the brain picker XOXO

Crafty Gardener said...

Beautiful quilt, fabulous idea to donate it. I'm sure it will be greatly appreciated.

Sharon said...

The quilt turned out great...someone is going to feel so special to recieve this beautiful quilt. I love reading your posts...always a giggle for me! Happy Valentines Day!

Sigrun said...

You girls always have so much fun, I wish I were closer. Beautiful quilt, and a great cause.

Jan said...

What a gorgeous quilt! You gals done good ... real good! Hugs to you all :)

Donna said...

As always, I totally loved this post. I enjoy your humor. It tickles my brain! First off let me say that the QOV project is awesome! Bless you all for your work.

Secondly, when a group of people get together and talk, it could also be called a Summit according to what I saw on TV today with the President and Congress. Then again, it depends on the type of talking you do. Did each of you take turns speaking to the group while the others stared intently? Did you repeat the same thing someone else just said over and over? Were you often not making any sense at all? If so, you might have had a summit.

Thirdly, I know your sick of your weather but it's so pretty.

Last but not least, don't feel bad about the non-reaction that you got from Joe Mauer. It's EXACTLY the same reaction I get from my husband whenever I ask him a question.

Have a good one Faye!