Saturday, January 22, 2011

press 1 for English

press 2 for German ... notdyrftig
press 3 for Dutch ... mager*
press 4 for Italian ... per meagre
press 5 for French ... maigre
press 6 for Spanish ... magro**


mea·ger (gər)


  1. thin; lean; emaciated
  2. of poor quality or small amount; not full or rich; inadequate***

Origin: ME megre <>megre (Fr maigre) <>macer, lean, thin <>makro- <>māk-, long and thin > Gr makros, long, OE mæger, meager

Brit., etc. sp. meagre mea′·gre

and that*** about sums up what i accomplished for last night's FNSI...
small amount ... inadequate
a little bit of embroidery on HPV (not the virus) and two corners of hand stitching down the back of the binding of LuLu's quilt...

sigh ... i'd blame it on Molly's comment on my last post (hi Molly!!! please don't stop coming here - i promise to be bad!!!) ... but in real life, i actually am a lazy sluggard who kicks back a bit too frequently ... bwah ha ha ha!!!

**Traveling Man

Thursday, January 20, 2011

eye of the wolf

last november i posted about a quilt that i started for Auntia's christmas present ... i had a few flying geese made and i didn't think there was any possibility of it becoming a full-grown quilt by december 25 ... there was too much to do - christmas baking and christmas decorating and christmas card writing and christmas shopping and christmas present wrapping and christmas program attending and all the christmas stuff that fills up the month of december...

i made pizzelles one cold morning - and that was the extent of my christmas baking ... i hung the christmas wreath on the front door and changed the flamingo into his santa outfit - and that was the extent of my christmas decorating ... i couldn't find the christmas cards that i bought the day after christmas last year - so Auntia gave me some of her leftover cards from the past few years and i managed to write my name and address a few very few times ... christmas shopping was almost nonexistent and Auntia wrapped the few presents that we did buy and might have paid for by next christmas ... i did manage to attend the two winter programs that three of my grandbabies were in although the last one was a close call since i didn't know about it till the evening before the day of ... and when i wasn't doing christmas stuff and daily stuff - i worked on Auntia's quilt...

and i actually finished it in time for christmas morning...
rollo and pack
the backing is a wolf-print flannel ... thousands of amber eyes staring at me while i was sewing down the binding...i've had enough of wolves, lemmetellya
but they did inspire the name...every breath you take and every move you make
i'll be watching you was my last finish for 2010 ... Auntia was my last finish for 1986

tomorrow is january's FNSI ... woo hoo!!!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

bombs away!!!

waaaay back in march 2009 yeah ... i know i blogged about the signature wedding quilt that i made for Mrs. Moth ... and i said that the rest of the story would have to wait ... i didn't really expect it to take another two years to actually have a finish to the story and to the 63 leftover blocks ... anywho ...... i sewed the blocks into a 7x9 rectangle, added a purple dragonfly-print border, cut and sewed together the backing pieces and the binding pieces, bought a batt and some purple thread ... and stowed it all away under the quilting frame ... and they sat there for the looooongest time ... but now they are all together - quilted with loops and bound with purple flannel ... i used the original test block which i found hiding out with a bunch of other orphaned blocks for the naming block ... folded it all up and wrapped tissue paper around it ... found a box that it would fit in yeah - quilts usually fit in baby butt wipes boxes - they're not just for baby butts, you know - and Auntia wrapped the box in pretty wrapping paper ... today is Mrs. Moth's birthday ... and i actually had a gift finished on time if you don't count the other two birthdays that she's celebrated since i first started working on this...
what do you call a group of dragonflies? a swarm? a fetch? a nuisance?dragonfly squadron - yeah, like the movieMrs. Moth and her birthday quilt ... and LuLu
Dragonfly Squadron is my first finish for 2011 ... Mrs. Moth was my first finish for 1978

All good things arrive unto them that wait - and don't die in the meantime.

Mark Twain

Thursday, January 13, 2011

sisters of the not-going-anywhere-dressed-like-that pants

it was quiet

very quiet

too quiet

and this is what Sister Mary LuLupants and Sister Mary Leahpants were doing...
whatcha got there, Sister Mary LuLupants?
nonna ... nonna ... Sister Mary LuLupants is throwing the squeaky ball in the house!
now it's my turn, Sister Mary LuLupants!
she's never gonna share that squeaky ball, is she?
well, it took her long enough to see the light...

I am your substitute teacher, Sister Mary Elephant.
Class, attention.
Attention, class!

Thank you.

cheech & chong

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


the last time i posted was soooo last year ... i was waiting for Auntia to post about her christmas present - but she said that she is waiting for me to post about my christmas present ... so here goes
it's a beautiful tree
is what Auntia gave me for christmas ... well, she gave me other stuff, too, but this is the one thing that i really, really wanted
here's the back...i LOVE this fabric - it is sunday-morning-sipping-coffee-whilst-sitting-in-the-oldmanleather-chair fabric
and the name...which i didn't get cuz i hadn't ever heard that song before - so she downloaded it for me
i have wrapped myself in this lovely, lovely sunday morning quilt every sunday morning since christmas and i love it more than words can say!
and these..."i'm an OGRE! you know, 'grab your torch and pitchforks'"
are what santa (if you don't believe, you won't receive) brought me ... i'm stylin'