Sunday, October 26, 2008


My husband and I haven't been to an adult movie since "Titanic". We just aren't big movie goers. We have taken the kids to see several over the years and while we do enjoy them, it just isn't something we have ever really done. Even dating, we would rent and watch at home rather than sitting in the theater.
After going out with some friends for supper the other night, we went to the movies. I had never even heard of this one. It hasn't been advertised on TV that I have seen, hadn't heard of it on the movie reviews. So, with no preconceived notions, I was up for a good movie. The movie is
What a wonderful message. It is about a firefighter and his wife going through marriage trouble. In the movie, the husband (Kirk Cameron) thinks that his wife is the problem and she doesn't respect him. What he finds, with the help and guidance of his father, is the true path to happiness is to find happiness in God. With God's love, he then learns how to love his wife unselfishly.

This is a great movie for all couples. If you have problems in your marriage or not, we can all make improvements in how we show our love to our spouses and at the same time, honor the covenant we made with each other. This in turn honors God.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wall hangings for the "Quilt Cave"

Have you seen a longarm machine in person. Those things are big. Since we had one on the way, we had to start making room. The basement was to be the new home for my Gammill. Just like when you have a new baby on the way, you have to prepare the nursery. So it is when you have a large piece of machinery on the way. We cleaned, painted (twice, I didn't like the first color), put up walls, stripped and painted the floor, and added a ceiling to the unfinished basement. (We thought we could do it in a month) LOL.

When the baby arrived, we still weren't done, but almost. Now the basement has changed names. It is no longer the "nursery" for the baby, it is the "Quilt Cave". Maxine's new home. To decorate, she helped me complete these wall hangings. The lighter orange and the orange cream background are the
colors of the walls. I have pulled the teal and green as accent colors. I think it turned out pretty good.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Iced Tea

There is nothing more refreshing to me than a glass of Iced Tea. Lipton is my brand of choice and being from the south, make mine sweet. But, not so sweet that it can stand up by itself. My mom taught me to brew tea, the same way her mom did I'm sure. I still brew mine the same way, but I have cut down on the sugar content.

Cutting back on the sugar had to be done slowly over time. The first cut back was from 2 cups of sugar per gallon to about 1 3/4 cups per gallon. My husband noticed straight away. "This isn't as sweet". I didn't go back and add more, I just made the excuse that I must have let it steep too long and got too strong. After a couple of weeks, our taste adjusted and it was time to cut back again. This time down to 1 1/2 cups of sugar. The cycle continued until we were down to 1 cup of sugar per gallon of tea.

If tried to cut back even more, but I think I've even reached my stopping point. (I still like my tea sweet.) What I have noticed though is the way restaurant tea is now too sweet for us. We have both learned to order our tea half and half.

No, I've not noticed a difference in my waist line, but that wasn't the point anyway. The side affects are positive, soft drinks are now too sweet as well. There are very few that are even appealing anymore.

So, make mine Iced Tea, but not too sweet.

Heritage Quilter, and Iced Tea drinker

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The New addition

Back before Christmas, I made my first attempt at machine quilting. It was a learning quilt for me. The blocks were my first BOM, my first machine piecing, my first queen size quilt, then the first time I tried to machine quilt. A QUEEN SIZE!!! What was I thinking? I did pretty good with the "in the ditch" quilting. Straigth lines really weren't that bad. Then the meandering around the setting triangles, still not too bad. But then the inside squares were a nightmare for me.

I had toyed with the idea of getting a longarm for a while. Test driving them at the quilt shows, then in the local shops really gave me the bug. That little nagging that just wouldn't go away. On Good Friday, I made a date with the only local Gammill rep for NC. The husband wanted to know, "Just how big is this thing, really?" Well, he saw impressed with what he saw and gave me the go ahead.

While in Paducah in April, I was able to test drive all of the different brands of machines in one location. I highly recommend this approch. It is jsut like test driving a new car. You need to feel the power of the machine in your hands. Feel the responsiveness in the curves. Feel the braking power.

In June, I received my Gammill Premier Plus, her name is Maxine. We have already become very close. I could hardly wait to load the first quilt. Of course the it was the 'learning' quilt that I had started before Christmas. (Still untouched) Yet another learning experience. I had no desire to just pantograph the thing. I wanted to drive Maxine on the open road. It felt good.

I'm sure I'll have more to say about Maxine as I continue to post, but that is enough for now. The quilt you see here is that learning quilt. It is named "Baskets of Knowledge".

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Bank that never fails

It's Sunday morning and the preacher had a great sermon on banks. I've never thought about putting my faith in God as a bank that never fails. In this insane time of economic uncertainty, it is comforting to know that we can put our faith in the bank of God and receive our investment with compounded intrest and that back will never fail.