Wednesday, February 27, 2008


No - we're not having storms. We have a new addition to our family. Here's our little darling who we have named Thunder.

We've been looking for a while. We had a Sheltie named Winston. We got him as a puppy and had him for about 3 1/2 years and then he was hit by a car. That was about 1 1/2 years ago. We had decided to look for either a German Shepard or a Golden Retriever but we were really focusing more on a Golden. So we've been watching the paper but they were so expensive. But then last night I saw an ad in the newspaper for purebred AKC Golden Retrievers at a decent price. So Ryan and Tasha and I took a ride out to see them. We were just going to look but I think we all knew if we looked we would bring one home. So we left Rodger, Joe and Timmy to go out to the shed and dig out the dog crate and went to see the puppies.

There were six of them - five males and one female. We've always had male dogs but were open to having a female. So we decided what we would do was just look and see if one especially caught our eye and not worry about the sex.

When we pulled in the driveway and saw them Tasha started "can we have one, can we have one" before we even got out. And then Ryan said "we're going to have to remember we're getting only one".

They were all adorable but this little guy looked up at me and I knew he was the one. His momma was there and she is beautiful. Her coat is a bit on the dark side and the breeder said the father is basically the same color. Of the six puppies Thunder was the lightest - he was also the biggest.

We brought him home and dumped him right in the tub. He was born on a farm and he smelled like it. lol. He looked so cute wrapped up in his towel.

So we are in the process of getting used to a new little one again. He missed his family a bit last night but he only whimpered and howled (yes - tipped his head up and howled lol) for a short time. Rodger kept telling him not to worry - he'll like it here soon enough. He loves being carried around - he's just like a big baby. But the best of all is when he lays on my chest and tucks his nose up under my chin.

So I've put quilting aside for a bit (but you can bet it won't be for long lol) and am focused on the puppy. I suppose if I make a quilt for him I can be focused on him and quilting. That's a win-win situation.

Until next time, Jody

Sunday, February 3, 2008

It's Home!!

My round robin has come home and I am thrilled with it. Since this was my first round robin I decided I would just jump the whole way out on the limb and I did an applique center.

First I have to mention the wonderful group I did this with. Because I have lost things in online swaps before I always hesitate before sending away something I have really labored over. So normally I would have had a hard time sending it off. But these ladies are like my sisters. The lady at the post office would ask me every time "do you want delivery confirmation?" and I would say no - Joyce is not going to say it didn't get there if it did. I don't have that kind of confidence with everyone, unfortunately. And when Frances said she was sending me something I knew that within a few days a package would be in my mailbox.

So here is my completed round robin:

I obviously did the applique basket of flowers in the center. Next it went to Joyce for the framed border, then on to Julie who did the checkerboard. Julie, being our resident applique expert was disappointed that she didn't get to do applique on mine. So she took my label and put an applique border around it. It's beautiful.

After Julie it went to Susan who did an applique round. Then Barb got it. She had to put triangles on it so she put pinwheels in the corners. And she appliqued some butterflies. And then it went on to Frances who pulled it all together with her final round.

They all did such a wonderful job. I can't thank them enough for the beautiful quilt they made me.

In other quilting news I am doing a mystery quilt for this lovely group of ladies. So I have been working on the sample. These ladies are so enthusiastic that I love working with them.

Until next time, hugs and stitches. Jody