Friday, October 30, 2009

After the Storm...........Sunset

Isn't this pretty???? After the rained and rained all day. Very gloomy day. We have had a wet October. I believe that it is unusual for October to be wet and should be dry with beautiful fall temperatures. The weather forcast is for it to be dry the next 7 days. I actually don't mind the rain. After living in southern California for many years, where the norm is 6 inches of rain a year, I really do enjoy watching it. The only thing that I don't like is the thunder and lightening that usually goes with it. In California it was rare to have thunder and lightening.
My brother, Bill lives just north of Denver. The last I heard he had 18 inches of snow.
Hope all is well on your end. Sharie

Monday, October 26, 2009

Bonnie Lou Krumm Wyatt-Meis

Bonni Lou Krumm b. 1 Feb 1931 Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA d.24 Oct 2009 Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA Daughter of Fredrick N. Krumm and Viola I. Blessing Krumm m. 1st. Robert Wayatt Aug 1949 m. 2nd. Herman "Ben" Meis 1 Jan. 1990 Cedar Rapids, IA d. 31 Mar 2006 Children: Scott, Robin, Kim, Peter, Tom, Barbara, Matt and Jeffery Siblings: Betsy, Beverly, Fred, and Don Viola was the daughter of Alice Dyson Blessing Roosa/Rose Alice was the sister of Delila Dyson Crago Hronik (listed in the genealogy at the end of the blog).

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sharie's News...................

It is FALL ................. the trees tell us so...............

We don't have many signs of fall, but some of our trees, their leaves are changing colors and dropping. Most of the time the leaves just change to an ugly brown and drop, but we actually have some color. We have been having very cool nights some down into the mid-forties. It is lovely at the moment 75 degrees. We had a cool front go through. On Thursday, last, we had almost 4 inches of rain in the morning. .................Click on the pictures, you will be able to see the color .................

My pictures should look better. I have a new camera. My old one bit the dust. It had been in the repair shop once when Jim caught it in the car door and sort of messed it up. It has never been the same since we got it back from the fix-it shop but we used it for a year plus. I bought a Canon Power Shot. It is smaller than I thought it would be but it is a much better camera than my old one and cheaper too. Technology is wonderful.

For those following genealogy with me or who may have known my cousin Bonnie Lou Krumm Wyatt-Meis, she passed away yesterday at the age of 78 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I will post her genealogy as I know it, possibly tomorrow. Our sympathies go out to her family and friends. I had visited Bonnie in CR a few years ago on one of my visits to CR. She was a sweet and lovely lady and I enjoyed talking with her.

On the quilting front............I am still trying to finish up quilts that I have to finish by a cerain date. I am making progress, slow, but I hope that this week I might have them done as far as I can go until they are quilted. I created a new quilt and I am anxious to start it. I must have it done by February. I am nuts to put myself under the gun again. I think tonight I might cut some of the fabric for the quilt, but I am not going to sew a stitch until I have these other two ready to be quilted.

Hope all is well on your end..........


Friday, October 16, 2009

Pillowcases and Antique Chenille

This is a quilt I made while I was living in California. I had it quilted in Westlake, LA. I decided to put it on my guest bed. I change the quilt in my guest room every few months. Yesterday and today, I made the pillowcases to match. I had to do some hunting to find any fabric that had been used in the quilt. I piece all the backs on my quilts, so thus, I don't usually have very much fabric left over.

The stuffed rabbit on the bed is made with antique chenille. The local quilt guild invited a lady to do a program and her "thing" was antique chenille. She had some lovely things and very interesting things to say about chenille. Since I am talking about this subject, I will show you the doll I made many moons ago. Her dress is also antique chenille from the same source.

I really need to break down and buy a new camera. All of pictures that I have taken of late are dark in the upper corners. Click on pictures to see them in a larger view.

Monday, October 12, 2009

What is on My Design Board...................

I am working on teapots this week. You can see Greek Key's hanging under them. The teapot quilt must be finished (pieced, quilted, and bound) by the middle of November. It is such a cute quilt I need to make one for me. I have plans for 4 borders, that is at the moment. It should end up as a lap size quilt. This is a gift for my sister. She is a collector of old teapots (Hall's and etc.). She has a bunch. All very lovely and wonderful treasures.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Sew What....................

I saw this in a shop yesterday (Sally's in Westlake, LA). I thought it was just too cute and had to buy it.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


I am decorating for Halloween. I made this quilt a few years ago. It is so cute. I love all the puppy-dogs dressed up in costume. It was a panel and I chopped it up and added the other fabric. All the spiderwebs and the smiles and eyes on the pumpkins glow in the dark.
The skeleton is rubber. He is so cute. I put him in this artificial plant. So fun.....................
When I lived in California, we would get maybe 10-20 kids. Here, they block off the streets. I live on a circle with a couple of streets connecting the two sides together. They block those off. Cars are only allowed on the circle and they can only go one way. We get up to 1000 kids. That is three zeros, not a typo. That is a lot of candy. We have a big witch that talks and her eyes flash and etc. The little kids are very curious, some afraid. It is fun to watch the teenagers. They come up and look at her. I will say shake hands with my witch. When they touch her she goes into her "thing." It is so fun to watch the reactions. My son comes and helps me with halloween. He dresses as a stick man (glow sticks). We take a table and our witch and go to the end of our drive. Vic will run through the yard and it looks like a stick man. People are amazed. We have a neighbor that puts in a grave yard. They have a blast with that. They put someone in a coffin. They have two-way radios. The other person, will tell him when someone is coming and he will jump out of the coffin. So fun. The whole neighborhood does Halloween. ................................. Click on the pictures, you can see them better.

Monday, October 5, 2009

What's on my Design Wall................

There is nothing new on my design board, just more of it. I still have 13 more blocks for the center and then the borders. I am still working on the pineapple (it is slow going) and I just finished embroidering the teapots. Now I must start putting the blocks together for the teapot quilt. It must be finished by the middle of November, including the quilting. And then there is the back that I am piecing for the opportunity quilt for my quilt guild. Busy, busy, busy!!!!
And would you believe that I am trying to clean house too??? You always have the boring things to do which interupts your fun stuff.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

A SALE................

I went to a sale today. Anyone not there missed a nice sale. I bought 10 half yards of batiks and the blue in the front (really doesn't look like that) is a print. I bought the last 1 3/4 yards of it. I have more of the same. I am putting it into my Greek Key quilt and I have another quilt that I want to put it in. The camera did not do a good job of photgraphing it. It is much deeper in color. I really need a new camera. Mine is on its last legs, but I am tight (except for buying fabric) and hate to spend the money to buy a new camera since mine is still working although not very well. AND SHARIE'S NEWS.................... There is not a lot new here. We are having company from Idaho this next week. They are good friends and we always enjoy their visit. It is 77 degrees at 4:16 p.m. That is better than 97 and not long ago it was exactly that. I know fall is coming. The calendar tells me that fall is coming. Wasn't Sept. 21st the first day of fall? If it weren't for the fact that I would be wishing my life away, I would wish for winter tomorrow. Yesterday, I went to Beaumont, TX to a demo for machine embroidery. It was actually a slide show about stabilizers. It was very informative. Three of us went. We stopped at Jason's Deli for lunch. Jason's has wonderful food (sandwiches, soup, and salad). I had a Pannini. It was really scrumptous. Then we headed off to Nederland, TX. There is a quilt shop there. We arrived at 4:45, they close at 5:00. They didn't mind us keeping them a little late. They have lovely fabric. It is a small store, but they pack a lot of fabric in there. We passed through Orange, TX on the way home. We stopped for a Dairy Queen. I think it is the closest Dairy Queen to us in the Lake Charles area. From me, that has to be about 50 miles or so. I had not had one in a long time, it sure was good. I was home by dark. It was a long, fun day. Hope all is well on your end. Sharie