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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Truth or Consequences

Hello?  knock, knock, knock. 

Can you hear me? 

I’ve had laryngitis - can you hear me now?  Actually, that’s a big, fat lie.  I don’t have laryngitis.  So why haven’t I been talking to you?  Sadly, I broke all 10 of my fingers and have been unable to type.  Oops, another big, fat lie.  I am on a roll.  How about this one – Joe Mauer FINALLY called and I’ve had front row seats to all the baseball games.  You’re not believing that one either are  you?  Whatever.  I’m just trying to share with you and all I get is disbelief!

Life has been busy down on the farm.  Do  you remember how much whining I did last fall because it wouldn’t quit raining and we were digging machinery out of the fields on a daily basis?  OK, that’s another sorta lie because when I say “we”, I don’t mean that I, myself, actually had anything to do with the digging.  Ya see?  I did the watching and they did the digging in the mud.  That translates into “we”. 

OK, moving on, it’s now Spring in farm country and aren’t we happy about that?  Not only because we are happy to say goodbye to Mr. Winter, but because maybe all my previous whining has done some good.  It’s been an early spring and a dry one which makes all the Mr. & Mrs. Farmer’s around here happy little farmers. And believe me, farmers are almost never happy.  It’s either too wet, too dry, too hot or too cold.  And then there’s the price of wheat – which is what hubs will mention when I want to buy a new pair of shoes…………………But many of the crops are in the ground and some are peeking up making the black fields look kinda fuzzy green.  It’s a good thing.

So, on to the good stuff.  Pictures.  It’s been so long that I can barely remember what I’ve done or who I’ve done it with.  (get your mind out of the gutter, it sounded better in my head than it did after I wrote it.  Honestly, I have neither done anything nor done anything with anyone.  Huh?)  I’m talking about Loose Threads and Woolies.  See, that’s part of the problem – there are 2 groups of really wonderful, talented women that I hang with (I am so BLESSED) and there are a couple gals who are in both groups.  This causes me to get all confused about which group I did what with.  I can’t help it, I’m really old (please don’t tell Joe!  Ok, this “Joe business” is getting really old.  I’m going to quit it now ‘cuz it’s not funny any more.  You knew it was funny, right?)

Did I mention pictures?  We had Loose Threads at Marlene’s house.  We had arranged to have some Quilts of Valor quilts on hand that needed to have bindings sewn on.  Here are some of the finished ones:

Loose Threads QOVThis one above with the flags was designed by one of those talented friends I mentioned – Ms. Denise.   

Loose Threads QOV 2

Oh, silly me the one above is a Ms. Denise pattern too.  It was the striped fabric that made it really cute and my picture doesn’t do it justice.


Ms. D “might have” designed the above also but on the other hand, maybe not.  Sorry, senior moment.

Loose Threads QOV 5 

Loose Threads QOV 3 

Loose Threads QOV 4


Aren’t these great?  These are quilts that go to emotionally or physically wounded veterans.  It’s a wonderful story chock-full of wonderful people on both ends of the giving/receiving process.  Our local group leaves on Monday for Ft. Knox and I will give you their blog address then so you can read all about it.  I’m so proud of all the QOV women – 600 quilts are headed for Kentucky!  Just AMAZING!!

We had some great show & tell at Threads too so let me share some of that too:

Carole made a darling quilt from a children’s panel.  Have any of you noticed that when working with those panels that they are not square nor do they leave any extra space so that you have room for a seam allowance?  Ah, just a little pet peeve.  It was really cute Carole:

Carole Apr2010

Connie was gone part of the winter but just look at what she finished.  Well, kind of……these 2 little miniature tops are done & ready to quilt.  Don’t you love em?  Connie Apr2010Did you notice the binding-stitcher in the background just furiously working?  (Ms. Judy) 

Little quilts are very labor intensive, but take a gander at this “little labor intensive labor of love”……

Connies King Apr 2010

Yes, it’s the dreaded king-sized quilt!  Was it 9 yards of fabric for the back, Connie?  It was gorgeous and again, my picture does not do it justice.

Well, lookee-see.  More bindings being sewn down – Carole & Lori.

Binding Apr2010

 This is the last one.  Judy’s mother is doing the embroidery for a quilt hanging that Judy will put together.  Her mother is well into her 80’s and look what a wonderful job she does with a needle.  I want to be like her when I grow up! 

Loose Threads Judy

Loose Threads Judy

By the way, did you notice the new picture I put up on the blog header?  I told you it’s been an early spring – don’t my flowers look great? 


Oh, you caught me, that’s another big, fat lie.  Those flowers are from last summer. 

This is now:


Well, I’m off to look for my bottle of “truth serum”.  Not that I have a problem…………….

Ms. Faye


paulette said...

Gorgeous quilts...and love your you have a long nose? Take care!

Linda said...

So good to see your post. Your last one with just the header was just a tease, right?
Beautiful quilts you all have made.
Glad to hear the farmers are happy and that you will probably get a new pair of shoes this year!
Have a good week.

Carol said...

Thank you for the absolutely incredible show and tell! What a group you have!

Wendy K said...

Soooooo glad you're back....I've missed you! ;) I always love your loooooonnnnnng tales...don't!
Love Wendy Xx

Amy said...

Happy to hear from you again. I totally agree - this has been a happy spring around here (if there is such a thing - the guys just seem to be terminal grumps this time of year :-) Between the baby calves and already mowing my lawn TWICE - unheard of around here at this time of year - I've been a busy girl this spring. I love the pictures of the quilts and especially your flowers - think I just found a perfect idea for the planter under my kitchen window - I love your combination of colors. Have fun - and tell your DH that you can always auction off that new pair of shoes on ebay when commodity prices go south LOL!!

Willow Lake Stitches said...

Enjoyed reading your blog. . .very fun ! You do a great job !

Also, congrats on your 600 quilt trip ! I will be watching your trip, as we ( QOV of ND ) sent a few quilts with you too and it will be fun to see your progress.

Thanks for all you do for our soldiers. Have a FANTASTIC trip !

Beth Cole

ND Quilts of Valor

Jamestown, ND.

Donna said...

Hi Ms. Faye!

As usual, I enjoyed your post! From the gorgeous quilts to your spring mud memories, wheat for shoes tradeoff, and your new header. I even enjoyed all the lies! So where do I start?

How about the fabulous quilts first. Your QOV group is awesome! 600 quilts is impressive! It's a very special and wonderful thing that y'all do! I 'm sure they will be greatly appreciated too.

Yes, I did notice your new header. It's very cool and I really like it! That vintage bathtub looks quite beautiful. I can only imagine what you could do with a toilet!

Oh, and then there were your spring mud memories! When I was reading about how you selflessly toiled away watching machinery being dug out of mud, I began to get teary eyed, and then I heard music. Then lyrics! "Memories, like the corners of my mind, misty mud colored memories, of the way we were! Scattered pictures of farm equipment..."

Need I go on? I think you get the idea. I don't know where it came from but I heard it! I just thought I'd pass that on so you'd know what a profound affect it had on me.

Now I must say that I'm not a farm girl (although I did kill a snake last summer with a post hole digger, all by my scared and crazed self) so I was wondering something. If wheat prices are low, do you only get to buy one shoe? How many non-pairs of shoes do you own? Just wondering here.

Anyhoo, you might not want to go to either one of my blogs to reply unless you like to be bored but it's totally up to you. You take your alertness into your own hands by going there! I suspect the second your finger clicks on my blog link, you'll fall into a deep sleep. Or a coma. The reason is that I haven't blogged in a month or so. It's the longest I have ever gone! To be quite honest, it's because I fell right smack off the face of the earth. Actually, it wasn't really a fall, it was more like a roll and a plop! Hey, what can I say. It happens!

Faye, I do have one final request before I finish up here. If you find your truth serum, could you please save a drop of it for me just in case I might need it one day? I'm sayin', just in case.

Thanks Faye and take care!

Erin said...

I love your stories and the photos of the quilts are amazing. I'm not a quilter. I wonder if my kids need to be older before I attempt such a thing. With all the chaos in my home, I just can't keep my mind focused long enough to even attempt a quilt. I am in awe of you who do.