Friday, March 29, 2013

Dog surgery

My week hasn't gone as planned.  This is my oldest son's Spring Break.  This is the last Spring Break for him, since he is scheduled to graduate in May from college.  Instead of shopping, stitching and watching movies, we, instead spent most of the week at different vets with our oldest dog.  Seems our oldest dog, Padfoot (named for a character in Harry Potter, which we were reading at the time) has a polyp just inside her colon, that is causing some problems.  We spent Tuesday afternoon at our regular vets office, then, spent Wednesday afternoon at the specialist vet hospital, trying to figure out what needed to be done. 

Padfoot, waiting for surgery this morning
old picture of Padfoot

Padfoot and Katie playing

This morning, we took her in for surgery to remove the polyp.  When I started this post, we didn't know when she would get her surgery, and how things would go.  As I was typing, the phone rang.  The vet called to say that they got all of the polyp, and, that Padfoot is just starting to wake up.  We won't get to pick her up until late this afternoon, but, at least we know she is recovering. 

Padfoot is not a young dog, she is 12.5 years old.  We were worried about her age, and how much we should do.  She never showed any distress to us, we discovered this ourselves in the past week. 

Sorry this post isn't sewing/quilting related.  I have gotten some sewing done this week, but, my concentration levels haven't been good, so, my blocks have taken me longer than they should.  I'm planning on spending a lot of today up in my sewing room, since oldest son has stuff he needs to get done, too.  I'll have progress to show you at the end of the month (can you believe that this month is almost over already?). 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Another quilt show, and a quilted Tahoe

My friend, Marilyn and I went to another quilt show on Friday, in Minooka, Illinois.  It was put on by the Morris, IL quilt guild, Pieces from the Heart.  This is another rural show, and not as many quilts, but, boy did they do a great job decorating, both inside and out of the show.  As we drove up, we were greeted by a 'quilted Tahoe' in the parking lot.

Each 'piece' of the quilt was buttoned to the next piece.  What a fun project!  As I was walking to the Tahoe, to take pictures, another car drove by to take a look.  How creative! 

This quilt show was PACKED!  Lots of great quilts, and, they had great decorations to set off the quilts.  They even had a few 'quilters words' mixed in. 

just loved these monsters

this was from the 'Bunny Challenge' the guild had

this was from a mystery quilt the guild did

tiny strips

Bunny Challenge quilt

this was a 'cheater' applique, great job they did with it

this was very small

more bunny's

They had 2 quilted birdhouses in glass birdhouses, as you entered the show. I only took pictures of one of them.

quilted birdhouse in a birdhouse

up close of the quilted birdhouse
Even the bathrooms were decorated.  They had this by the sink.

Thank You from the guild
I didn't get pictures of any of the items that I purchased.  Picassa decided to go haywire on me, and it took me 2 days to get my pictures uploaded.  Even then, I had to edit each picture twice.  What a pain.  Whatever changes Picassa did, I don't like them. 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

2 Quilt shows and fun quilty finds/wins!

Hubby and I went to 2 different quilt shows today.  What a fun way to celebrate Int'l Quilting Day!  On the way to the first quilt show, we stopped at a thrift store (like that's a surprise)!  I've passed up a baby quilt 2 times at this store since January, because I didn't like the sashing around the blocks, and, I don't need a baby quilt.   Well, I was thinking of the preemie quilts that my little guild makes each year for a local hospital.  I could take this quilt apart, and just use the blocks to make cute preemie quilts.  While there, I also found over 7 yards of new flannel, that can be used as backings.  First score of the day!

baby quilt and over 7 yards of flannel
 We stopped at a quilt store in Princeton, IL, before we hit the first quilt show.  Old Times, Quilters Heaven.  This is one of two quilt stores in the town (we didn't stop at the second store).  I've never been to this store before.  The fabric on bolts was on sale for $5 a  yard.  I only purchased 5 yards, to make pincushion/thread catchers.  They also have some vintage items at the store.  I found an original hand crank in a box.   The handle is slightly bent, but, I think I can still use it. 

original vintage hand crank and fabrics
Next stop was "Sea of Dreams" quilt show, presented by Covered Bridge Quilters Guild of Princeton, Illinois.  Here are some pictures of a few of the quilts that they showed.

one of the Bonnie Hunter designs

We missed the bed turning, but, here is their set up for it.

bed turning area
Here are more pictures from the quilt show.

look how tiny these Dresden's were

This was the 'Flood Quilt'  see the description below

look at these cute outfits

Clowns!  (sorry about her head, she kept moving every time I tried to take a picture)

paper pieced
Next came the vendors market.  I was pretty good!

3 quilt books

small notions chest and 3 fat quarters

After a yummy lunch, provided by the FFA group, we headed towards Ottawa, Illinois, to the Tuckabatchee Quilters "Little Cabin in the Woods" quilt show.

First off, we got there just in time for the 'Treadle Races'.  I got to 'race' on a New Home treadle. 

me, 'racing' to finish my 9 patch block, first

I beat the other lady (on her own treadle) by half a block.  Woohoo!  I won a cute teacup pincushion. 

my block and pincushion prize
The treadle I used, belonged to another vintage machine collector, who is also in some of my machine groups.  Here is her display at the show.

some of Cathy's machines

more of Cathy's machines

Cathy's hand crank
Now some pictures of the quilts at the show.  This show was in a much smaller area, so, pictures were much harder to take. 

vintage quilt from 1870

up close of quilt above.  1/4" pieces

loved this Friendship quilt
This show had a 'quilters consignment table'.  Well, of course I had to shop. 

some of the goodies I came home with (no, this isn't everything)  Check out the zebra fabric!

hand stitched medallion center, included some extra pieces, templates and a hand drawn/designed pattern.  All this for $2

box of accessories and machine feet.  I don't have a clue what machine they should fit, but, I'll try them on some of my machines.  It included a 'rolling' foot.
I also found a bag full of precut scraps and a book.  I didn't know what all was in the bag, but, for $5, I wasn't going to turn it down.  Oh my!  Look what the bag contained.

precut squares, each bag is labeled with the size and where they go

a few pieces, already sewn, with cutting instructions

book "Scraps' by Judy Martin, along with some of the bags of fabric

this is the quilt that is marked in the book
I don't know if all the pieces are in the bag, and which size it will make (pattern includes 3 sizes).  I'll have to really check all of this out. 

What a fun day!  Hubby is a sweetie to go with me.  He even points out some of the quilts he likes best.  Now, I'd better go, and feed him.  Have a great weekend!  I have so far!