Monday, September 8, 2014

Design Wall Monday

I have been away from the sewing/quilting scene for a couple years and I am starting to really miss it. I have a lot of flimsies completed and in the 'waiting to be quilted' pile, which will still have to wait since money, space and especially time is a bit tight.

Lately I have been wanting to do something and remembered that I have these wonderful paper pieced blocks made and I still have some of the material to work on putting it together.

I am try to design a beautiful quilt and would love ideas and comments. This is what I have designed so far, pardon the pattern, I did this on excel and cannot color a portion of the cell.


Should I do a different border? Please let me know what you think.

Link up with Judy at to see other designs.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

2012 was not a good year for me, blog wise; I didn't do much blogging, in fact I didn't hardly go in a read any of the blogs that I follow - I know bad me.

Looking back at 2012 we really had a great year.
  • The first couple months were very busy for my, work wise. I helped opened an outpatient surgery center in South Jordan, and have been managing the inventory in the OR.
  • My EC (eternal companion) was able to get a great steady job that he loves, which is the best part. He now works at the University of Utah Healthcare as a loading dock manager at the new South Jordan facility.
  • We had a wonderful family reunion at Bryce Canyon, lots of hiking, food, games and catching up with family members.

  • I turned 50, of course I don't know if that is a good thing, but in celebration of the big 5-0, my EC took me to Disney World. We had a great time, it was just us two and we enjoyed every minute relaxing, taking in shows, riding only the rides we wanted, watching people, and of course shopping.
  •  We had a wonderful holiday and everyone was spoiled to the core. Sorry no pictures, forgot to take out the camera.
As the New Year had arrived, I am confident that it will be even better than last year. We have lots of plans, physically, spiritually and economically. I pray that they all will be achieved and that all of your goals will be met.


Friday, August 31, 2012

Undocumented Summer

We have had a busy, yet fun summer. Unfortunately I was not able to document it with a lot of quality pictures.

Our summer started with a hike to Donut Falls. It took us a little while to find the trail, but after some helpful bikers we started our wonderful scenic tough exhausting (I am so out of shape) hike.

This is where we found that our quality documentation will wither.

  Pictures where looking a bit off, until...
We documented that we where actually there...
It was not a real hot day, we did sweat a little, but we where not melting.
That is when I found that our camera was going on the fritz. Since then we have had a couple weddings in the family, without a camera... we have gone on other hikes and wonderful car rides, without a camera... and I was worried that I would have no documentation of our family reunion at Bryce Canyon.
Of course that is when I remembered that I do have a camera, on my phone, and not a bad one either.
Bryce Canyon was very pretty, I had never been there, and yes I am a native Utahn, just never found the time to get there. Just like when I lived in Seattle for 10 years and I never made it to Mount Rainier, something that I regret and will need to go when I visit there next time.

A couple days ago was my DH and myself's anniversary, he is surprised that I have put up with him for four years, but it has been wonderful to have found my eternal companion (took me long enough, but we are now together). Back to the point...for my anniversary/birthday (my birthday is in October), DH is taking me to Disney World and he wanted me to have a nice camera for our trip.

Now I can start taking pictures and documenting our lives again, especially since this weekend we are going to Cedar City to see the blessing of my new niece.

With just the little time I have played with the camera, I am very pleased with how it works.
It even has a PET setting, instead of red devil eyes, with that setting we can now show everyone my babies pretty blue eyes.
I am so spoiled.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Catching Up

It is funny how life can automatically change you priorities. Last year it was all about quilts, baking and blogging; this year I have probably walked into my sewing room a couple times, baking comes and goes when needed, and I'm sad to say that I have read a very small amount of blogs. But I am trying to learn about 'moderation in all things' which is quite difficult, especially if you see my diet coke consumption.
Continuing from my last post 'Something had to get Cut" work still had a tight grip, and I started to feel the 'burn out' stage coming on, but luckily today is the beginning of a two week vacation/staycation which I am getting excited for.
Part of my vacation is a Perkins Family Reunion (my mother's side), we will be heading to Ruby's Inn down by Bryce Canyon. It will be fun to see relatives that I haven't seen for at least four years. As part of our reunion we all chip in crafts, toys, or goodies for an auction, which will help fund the next reunion's food budget. This past year I decided to compile a 'Family Cookbook' to take to the auction. I am excited to say - I AM DONE! and here is the results.
The finished product

Title Page for each section

On back of Title Page a small history of the family starting with my grandparents.

Was able to scan a copy of my Great Grandma's recipe in her handwriting.

Was able to insert all types of family pictures throughout the book.
Sure hope that it will be a success. I am very excited about it and happy with the end result.

Plus I am excited for my reprieve from work, hope that will rejuvenate me and get all my creative juices flowing again.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Something had to get cut

It has been almost three months since my last post; and it has been a VERY busy three months.
The busy part does not mean that I got a lot accomplished with any quilting, cooking, anything fun and/or anything to do with my personal life; I am talking about work. . .  yes that four letter word that at times makes anyone cringe.
I have been averaging 12-14 hour days at work trying to get everything together and in order to open a new satellite hospital across town. This being my first 'opening' project, it has been very stressful. Every morning I would leave at 5:30 am and not come home until about 7:00 or 8:00 pm. I would get home and crash, but that was never restful since I was dreaming of what needed to be done the entire night. One evening I climbed into bed at about 9:30 pm and laid there while thoughts kept swirling around in my head, keeping me from falling asleep. At 1:00 am I decided that enough was enough, got up, got dressed and went to work; I worked until about 8:30 pm that night.
With the busy schedule I have been pulling somethings had to be cut out of my life for the time, such as baking, quilting, attending any church activities, and yes even blogging. I was so busy that I didn't have time to really think about how much I missed my 'life'.
Now that things are finally calming down; I am now averaging a normal eight hour work day, I can start back into enjoying my 'life' again. This means that my brother and sister-in-law will finally be able to receive their Christmas gift that is still sitting unfinished in my sewing room. Thanks for being patient with me, Byron & Jill!
Also a special Thanks to my DH, for taking care of the home, dinners, and me during these long hard months. I Love You!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

It's Hard - Too Hard!

It is so hard to blog these days. I love to let everyone know what is going on, but lately I have forced myself to not blog - Why, you ask? Well because I would be so tempted to tell you what I have been working on and spoil Christmas for some. I have been taking pictures and will share them when all the presents are open.
I can tell you that this last Saturday, I made some wonderful Gingerbread Cookies, along with a few loaves of Zucchini Bread, yesterday (Tuesday) the cookies are gone; and I can bet that I ate about 80 percent of them. Gingerbread cookies are so addicting, problem is I will have to make more before the end of the Christmas season. In fact they were gone before I remembered to take pictures of them so I could include them in this post.

This evening I spent time in the sewing/craft room, but again cannot tell you what I am doing. I can say that I will have to change things around with this project, I am not that pleased with how it is turning out right now. I will tell you all about it later, after Christmas.

I am so tempted right now to spill the beans, looks like I will have to make more Gingerbread cookies so I can take pictures and blog more about them.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Yes I'm still here!

You are probably wonder, where in the world I am, what in the world I am up to, and how in the world I am doing; this is a brief post that will try to answer these questions.

Where am I?
Yes I am still around, just not that active in the blogging world (duh! everyone knew that).

What am I doing?
Lately I have been focusing on work; see I have agreed to add more responsibility to my workload (without the added pay increase, so sad). For those who don't know or have forgotten, I work at our University Hospital (which also includes the adjacent Cancer Hospital) as a material manager, making sure that the stock rooms of specific departments that I am in charge of are fully stocked. The organization is in the process of building another 'satelite' hospital across town, and I am working on getting the materials side for four departments are quoted, ordered, set up, and eventually stocked; all this is to be done by January 2012. The best part is that this is a new challenge for me, because one of the major departments (the OR) is very new to me and I am learning and will be learning about a whole lot of new products and equipment.
Unfortunately when I come home from work, I am tired and tend to not want to work on quilts, gardening, and too much of other things, especially exercise. However a few months ago I did take on a wonderful challenge of compiling a family cookbook that will be auctioned off at our next family reunion in July 2012. I have received many wonderful recipes from the extended family members, along with pictures of ancestors, family members when they were young, and stories that will be included in this hopefully treasured item. I am having fun designing the book cover and organizing the recipes inside.

How am I doing?
Old and Tired! But very optimistic that my energy will start picking up as I start to see my work project coming together, the cookbook taking shape, as well as the holidays fast approaching and me wanting to make sure that we don't loose track of time and miss out.

Since I have mentioned the holidays, my projects will not be made know at this time, especially since most of them will be come holiday gifts and I don't want to spoil it for anyone. Sorry, nothing, not even hints, well unless it is something that I know for sure that will not be given at Christmas time (we all know that I have a huge list of wedding quilts that need to be made or finished, those I will show as I am working on them). I will try to start back up with Judy's Design Wall Monday to let you know what I am working on, if I can.

Yes you caught me I did say 'old'; a couple weeks ago I had another birthday, they tend to come around every year somehow. This one was a very quite, but sweet day for me. Not sure how I feel that a milestone is quickly approaching (next year, maybe I should ask MMM how his same milestone went, yes I just 'name dropped' let see if he notices, smirk).
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