Saturday, May 9, 2015

Mother’s Day

My ‘sissypoo’ Nancy Jo, who is 8 years younger than me, came up to see us last night. She has to work this weekend, and wanted to bring me a ‘Mother’s Day’ gift. No, I said she was my sister, but she says I am the best mother she has ever had, and although I keep arguing with her, I can’t change her mind. She always honors me on Mother’s day, but she outdid herself this year. There is also a bag of turtles candy, but I am going to pass that along, since I have worked hard all week to try to lose weight. I love the gesture though. The roses are beautiful, the little ‘Isabel Bloom’ angel is called ‘Forget Me Not’, and she has an apron full of flowers, and the card she picked out is beautiful. I love her.


I finished the cross quilt last weekend at quilting, and when I sewed this together, it was meant for Nancy. She loved the Park View quilts, so I made one in her favorite color, purple. I tried to deliver this to her last Sunday when were out on a motorcycle ride, but she wasn’t home, so I gave it to her last night. She loved it. She said she wants to hang it on the wall. We’ll see. She’ll have to find a wall big enough first!



It looks like it’s going to be a nice day today, but not supposed to be overly warm, so probably no motorcycle today. Guess we’ll just have to go junkin’!….or as my friend Kim calls it, ‘pickin’!

Have a great Mother’s Day weekend everyone!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

May Quilting~Gingham

Yesterday was the last quilting session until September. We didn’t work on a service project, so we started to prepare for a group project we are going to work on, starting in September, and possibly for the next ‘season’. The pattern is called ‘Crazies’ by Buggy Barn. This same pattern was the first project we worked on in our very first session, which was (I believe), in August of the year 2000. Christie thought it would be fun for us to all make the same pattern again to celebrate our 15 years together quilting.

Some of us were new ‘sewists’, and the first time we got together, one of the gals was throwing threads on the floor, and having trouble with the machine that she brought. The bobbin tension was loose, and with threads being thrown around, it was then that I named us, ‘Loose Tensions’. I also thought it was appropriate because when we all got together, we could reduce some of the stress we hang onto in our every day lives by laughing, sharing, and just having a good time. Although I was not blogging at that time, nor did I have a good system for saving photos, this is my very first quilt made from that pattern. I made several more, but this one will always be the most special. It hangs in my ‘north-south’ hallway.


Christie, who was the one responsible for getting us all together and getting us excited about quilting, had taken a class using the Buggy Barn pattern, and she wanted to share it with us. That quilting day was never intended as an ongoing event, but we all had such a good time, that we decided that day to keep going. We quilted year round, once a month for several years, but then we decided to take the summers off, since there always seemed to be conflicts where one or more could not come, and for me, staying home and quilting on a day when my husband was taking off on our motorcycle made me sad, so we decided to break from June through August. It gives us all a break and makes us all happy to see each other again in September.

So back to yesterday, although I did not take any photos, we all visited and worked on our own things. I finished hand stitching the binding down on my ‘Cross’ quilt. The entire quilt (except the batting and the purple) is made from recycled sheets I picked up from thrift stores. The purple was actually a round tablecloth, and is a heavier fabric, but it worked. The backing was also a lavender sheet, although next to the brighter purple, appears more gray to me.


Kate finished the quilt top she started last month for the Park View Quilting Ministry.


May also marks Leslie’s birthday, so there were gifts given, and she brought cupcakes. Sadly, by the time I took photos, this was the only one left.


Christie chose Gingham for her fabric choice. Yummmmmm!!!!


The girls tore down, cleaned up and were gone just before 2pm. Louie had been out golfing and was napping in his chair when they left, so we both decided to take naps. We woke up a few hours later and turned into couch potatoes, not going anywhere or doing anything. Today, we MUST do something. I thought it was going to be nice enough for a motorcycle ride, but it is raining and I don’t see it clearing. 

Oh well, we still have the car!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Bernina 1530 Inspiration~Spa Treatment

Remember when Louie and I found a Bernina 1530 at the thrift store in February? Well, on March 15, I decided to sew a quilt top I had previously cut and kitted up, and watch movies.


I set up a table in my living room in front of the big screen, and watched Netflix while I sewed a quilt top with my ‘new to me’ Bernina. Just when I was finishing it up, ‘reverse’ started acting up and the needle and feed dogs would stop dead in their tracks whenever I would push in the button, then the needle would start jumping to the right. I shut the machine off, and turned it back on, and the needle did quite a dance routine before it stilled again. I turned the machine off and back on, and it repeated the performance. I thought for sure it was a goner. This machine is from the 90’s and not all parts are available anymore, but I did read that circuit boards can be rebuilt by Bernina, so I contacted the Bernina Dealer to get an opinion. I didn’t know if I would fix it or not, but I needed to know what they thought. I also couldn’t stand the thought of this machine ‘not living’ anymore. Crying face

I passed the machine onto my brother, who asked my sisterinlove to take it to the dealer for me the next time she was going to town, and after a few weeks, I heard back. Little miss ‘Bernie’ decided that she wasn’t going to repeat that performance for the ones who repair. I talked to a couple different techs there and we decided to give it a good service and going over and they would see if they could get it to misbehave. ….but ‘Bernie’ behaved. She got a new spool pin and a spa treatment, and we picked her up today.




I’m glad she wasn’t as ‘critical’ as I thought she may be.

I’m also very pleased with the service I received at ‘Inspired to Sew At Pine Needles’ in Cedar Rapids.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Billiard Champs 2015

As many of you know, Louie loves to play pool. He has played pool for over 35 years, and has been in pool leagues for just as long. He is very good at it, but always striving to be better.

Louie has been very busy this year. The Wednesday night ‘South of Dubuque’ pool leagues ended for the season March 18th. The Coe’s Bar #2 team met this past Wednesday evening for supper and to receive their plaques. None of the team members were able to attend the awards meeting when the rest of the teams met a few weeks ago, so they had their own little celebration. In the photo below, from left to right, is Rory (Bozo), Jerry, then (Jody, & Ron, aka ‘Jaws’, owners, and Kristin, their sweet bar tender), then Mega, and Louie. The Coe’s 2 pool team finished first place this year with 23 wins and only 1 loss.


Maquoketa’s ‘Donna’s Boys’ (the Obie’s Bar and Grill team) were also 1st place in Timber City Tuesday Night pool leagues this year. They finished the season a week or so before the South of Dubuque leagues.  Left to right is Tim, Louie, Chad and Jeff.

Donna's Boys 1st Place

Trophies were awarded for highest totals on ‘8 on the break’. This year there was a three way tie, so three of the guys got trophies. Left to right, Louie, Jeff and Josh.

8 on the break award

Back in February Louie’s team, ‘Rolling the DIce’ went to Waterloo for ‘Valley’ Tournaments and their team finished 7th out of over 70 teams. Left to right, Louie, Tim, Sean, Chad and Mega.


Most recently, Louie and his team played in Des Moines at the Iowa State Pool Tournament. Louie played in the 9 ball singles, the 8 ball singles, and team tournament. Louie won a little money in 8 ball singles, and finished in the 49-64th bracket. In team tournaments, ‘Maquoketa Eagles 2’ played well and finished 7th out of 69 teams, also winning a little money. I am very proud. Left to right, Jeff, Visar (Vinny), Mega, Louie and Casey.


Now that pool is over for the season, it’s time to get out that motorcycle! Smile


Saturday, April 11, 2015

April Quilting~Donation Quilts~Fabric

The girls and I enjoyed visiting and laughing while we sewed donation quilts for the Park View Quilting Ministry today. Sewing the tops was our service project for today. We sewed tops for them last month too. We celebrated KT’s birthday too, but again, no photos of that…..Sigh!…..Embarrassed smile (bad, bad me!)

Patty, Ronelle and Leslie.


Margaret and Polly.


KT, Christie and Renea.


Renea, Patty, Kate and Ronelle.


Renea had to leave early, and I think she was the first one done with her quilt.








Yours truly.








Polly made one and a half quilt tops today. She graciously finished Ronelle’s quilt for her when she had to leave early. Thank you Polly. We appreciate it! Also, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, Loose Tensions Quilters for sewing these quilt tops for the Park View Lutheran Quilting Ministry. God bless you all!


I chose the fabrics, which was, ‘whatever you want’ and the service project. I received double fabrics! KT even threw in an extra fat quarter because I loved that fabric so much! (green on bottom left). Love it!


I thought I would sew more after everyone left, but I did not. I sat in my recliner with my remote and dozed off and on and didn’t do a thing.



Louie sent me a text then called me. Their pool team at the Iowa State Pool Tournament was doing well, and will play again at 9:30 (right about now) tonight. If they win, they will play again at 9:30 in the morning. They are having fun. He has been gone since Tuesday. I miss him.


Update: Louie’s team ended up in 7th place out of 69 teams. Not too bad. The team even won a little money.


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