Thursday, August 21, 2014


                                                    MRS. JOE NAMATH

So- if someone had told me 40 years ago that I would be friends with Joe Namath I would have told them to go jump in the lake! (I would say something different now but I was not a potty mouth yet). Yes indeed, somehow I found Joe Namath’s Facebook page and I am now his friend! Broadway Joe and I go back a long, long way. Settle in kids- it is a long story.

Back in the day there was not much on tv, so football was on every Sunday- all day long. There was something about that tall, confident quarterback walking up and down the sidelines in a full length fur coat! Oh my- and he was handsome to boot! Big dimples, long hair, etc.  I was only in third grade-I must have been born a boy crazy fool! The episode in which he appears on the Brady Bunch I must have watched 8,000 times. My brother made total fun of me because Joe wore pantyhose in that infamous commercial- who cares??? He could wear my pantyhose all day long! I was obsessed!

 
I started to sign all of my school papers that I handed in “Joe Namath”. Finally my teacher had to send a note home to my parents stating that there was no Joe Namath in her class and I had to stop signing all of my papers Joe Namath. She probably thought I needed mental assistance at that point. However, several months later, this same teacher brought her brand new Joe Namath popcorn popper in and let me be the first one to use it! I will never forget that!
 

I was so sad when he retired- but I moved on. Next in the queue were baseball guys-Bucky Dent of the Yankees, Lee Mazilli of the Mets, and let’s not forget Jim Palmer of the Orioles in all of his fineness in his Jockey underwear ads!
 
God love my mother- she even ordered me the full size poster of him in his undies- they were yellow I believe. These days she would be arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor! Then, back to football boys I went- Vince Ferragamo of the Rams, Richard Todd of the Jets and most recently Brett Favre.  Seems like I go for the quarterbacks- must be the in charge thing I guess LOL. And honey- don’t even try to yell out calls to me at home and expect me to follow orders -  haha.
 
 
Oh- and let’s not forget the cuties on the USA Hockey team that won the Olympics! Ooh la la! Oh look a squirrel----
 
 

The next important part of this story is about a wonderful post man named Louie. We got a brand new post office in town- a brand new trailer! Single wide, no less. And it landed almost in our back yard. It was very convenient for the one who had to get the mail every day after school a/k/a me.  So- Louie (who I swear was Avery Schreiber’s twin) somehow found out about my athlete obsession. He told me to get him names of the guys I wanted pictures of and he would take care of the rest. And God love him- within the next few months I had great stuff coming to me- a big packet of loot from the Jets, a signed picture of Lee Mazilli and an autographed picture of Vince Ferragamo (which I still have). I never heard from the Yankees- have not been a fan since. Bastards.  I have no idea how he got this stuff- and how he got addresses for the teams. Of course this was way before the internet. He had no idea how happy that stuff made me- or maybe he did when he got to see my face when I opened the box and saw I had mail! And mail from hottie men, no less. I wonder what that poor man thought about me. Oh well. Once a perv, always a perv.
Well, my dreams of marrying Joe eventually went down the tubes. In addition to never meeting him and being able to dazzle him with my wit, I am happily married to a most wonderful guy- a tad shorter than Joe but much more handsome and he spoils me rotten. Can’t beat that!
So that is my Joe Namath story-we have a lot of history-even though he doesn’t know it!
Enjoy your day my friends!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


         Works in Progress Wednesday-

I have been trying to work on some older projects, while throwing a few new ones into the mix.
I did some more machine applique on my Not Really Jo Morton quilt. Boy do these take time when you do them right. I could probably hand applique them faster than this!
 

Here are the 2 blocks I have done so far from a Block of the Month High Prairie Quilts is doing. I promised myself I would keep up- so far so good. Of course it is only month 2! I am hoping to visit this weekend and get my 3rd block, then I will piece it this weekend.


 

I also made another Sew Together bag. I used my $200/yard Chip and Dale fabric I bought online. It is from overseas- the selvage was even written in Chinese. It really wasn’t $200 a yard- but it cost me $18 for a half yard. I must be insane. I was paranoid to cut it-and actually I figured I would cut it wrong because that is just the way stuff goes for me. But I actually did not mis-cut it, and even though the fabric is blue and orange I will use this bag. Yes- I am one of the few people that live in Colorado that is not a Bronco freak.

 


 
Now that the baby shower is over I can share the following quilt. Yes, it is funny that I had to work with orange and blue again- and Broncos fabric none the less! But it was for a dear friend that is a huge Bronco fan and is expecting a boy. 9 of us each made a block (some made more), then I sashed them, tilted them, pieced the top and quilted it. It was actually fun to do. I just told the gals I needed blue and orange blocks, pieced or appliqued. I got a wonderful assortment of both. The quilt came out larger than expected- 60 x 60. So mom can use the quilt even though it was made for baby “K”. We won’t tell baby “K”.

 
While waiting to get picked up to go the shower, I made this Boxy Pouch. It went together very quickly. From piecing to finishing it up it took less than 2 hours.

 

Now I have to move on to other projects. I have some quilt tops to quilt for a friend and of course I have my gazillion other works in progress to work on in between. I have a quilt retreat coming up at the end of next month with my quilting buds- I hope to work on some fun stuff then. I am already trying to decide what to take- though I don’t know why. I end up changing my mind a hundred times before I actually leave. Oh well!

Happy sewing all!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


       Evidently I need to drink coffee-
   So, this morning started off well - kind of. I should have known something was amiss when I could not find my cute Wonder Bread sandwich case. I always bring it home from work, it gets rinsed then waits patiently for me to fill it the next morning. Oh well- I grab a dog poop bag/ baggie out of the cabinet and throw my sandwich in there. No- I do not recycle that much- the bag had not been used before.


 
  I headed out the door to work. When I got to work, I put my sandwich in the fridge and lo and behold- there was my container! I forgot that I ate a late breakfast yesterday and never ate my sandwich. Oh well- I won’t have to pack one tomorrow.

   I needed to run a few errands and my lovely boss let me do that, so off I went.  I had to run and take pants back that I did not try on before I bought them. They did not look like skin tight crop pants while on the hanger. Once I got them on at home, however, I looked like a polish sausage that had been boiled in a gallon of water ready to burst. This over-weight 48 year old has no business wearing skinny jeans so back they went. I tried to think I looked cute in them, but mirrors don’t lie. Even if you beg-
 
 

   Now comes the dumbass move of the day. I had a few checks to cash so I headed to the bank. The parking lot looked quite full so I went to the drive through. I pulled up and noticed the canister was in its’ proper place.
 

As I gathered the checks and my ID, a sweet voice came on the speaker, told me her name and told me to let her know if I have any questions. As I went to put my checks and ID in the canister I noticed the canister was not in its’ spot anymore. I used the call button, and chatted with the gal. She told me just to back up and come over to the commercial window and she would help me there. So, I did as I was told. She extended the drawer out so I can put my items in the drawer and I looked down- the fricking canister was in my lap!! I have no absolute recollection of taking the canister out of the holder. NONE. ZERO. ZIP. Now here is the dilemma- do I admit to my mistake and give her the canister back, or just go home with a souvenir? Then I figure I am probably on camera putting the canister in my car so I better give it back, as embarrassing as that may be. I just don’t want to wear striped jumpsuits. Those are so 70’s.
   So, I admitted to her I had the canister. To her credit, she laughed with me (and probably at me) and said it happens all the time. I am sure it doesn’t, she was just being kind but I appreciated the effort. As we finished up our transaction, she told me maybe I should go get some coffee. This was not done in a malicious manner- we had been bantering back and forth about the whole episode.
   I made it back to the office in one piece and with all of my parts. I even managed to remember to pick up the blue prints for the office. WOW!
 

   I am sure none have you have done anything like this??? I hope tomorrow is a better day!

Friday, August 1, 2014


                                                                         Shop Hop Fever

        What is shop hop you ask? It is a little like Saturday Night Fever, but without a  hotty in a white pant suit. Well, now that I think about it a shop hop is not even close to that- unless you are listening to the Bee Gees on your car stereo in between stops, which is a grand idea if you ask me. 

 
    A quilt shop hop takes place when local- and some not so local- quilt shops get together and plan an event that usually has to do with shopping at their stores within a certain time frame.  Once you get done hopping, there are usually prizes to be given out to those that shopped at all of the shops in the time frame allowed. Some shops give out prizes if you get to so many shops- I know there are a few states that have state wide hops- that is on my bucket list- Bob are you reading this???
    Our local shop hop is this weekend. Being the insane person that I am, I have volunteered to help out one of my very favorite shops. So, in addition to my full time job I am working there Fri night and the weekend. I am a glutton for punishment, but I love running into previous students and friends I have made along my quilting journey. Plus my shop is so good to me it is the least I can do for them. Please say hello- I will be in the orange shirt. Well, we will all be decked out in orange shirts but I won’t be hard to find!
  This year’s theme is post cards. Every store has a Colorado- themed fabric postcard for sale. The shop I am working at has sunflowers on it. I have designed a quilt pattern for the shop- here it is-


 
      The quilt is only 12” x 18” and hangs on the little display metal frames you see all over. My talented friend Lexie re-drew the pattern for me. The drawing I first made looked like Stevie Wonder drew it. (If you are blind and reading this blog, please do not be offended. I am sure you can draw better than I can. Trust me.) Once Lexie got ahold of it she turned it into something a person could actually stitch! Thank you Lexie! My sketch looked like this:



      I love hand embroidery- it relaxes me when I can sit still long enough to do it. This one I stitched on our porch one lazy Sunday with a wiener dog in my lap the whole time. I am sure if you look closely at the finished quilt there will be dog hair on it!
     My goal is to have many more of these patterns available soon. I am in the process of converting 3 others to pdf’s and then I will put them for sale on the Craftsy web site. I will keep you all posted when that happens.  In the mean time, run by B Right On in Brighton and purchase a sunflower pattern-it will help support my crack addiction.  THANKS!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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STOLEN QUILTS

 
I am re-posting this article on a number of quilts that were stolen from the Nancy Rink collection from her studio in California. Please keep an eye out for them.
 
                                                            Courtenay

Reposted from www. quiltsville.blogspot.com.
 


Urgent!! Nancy Rink’s Stolen Quilts!!

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As someone who travels with quilts for a living, this just makes me sick and livid.

I received word yesterday that Nancy Rink’s studio was broken into for the second time in approximately 10 days ---and this time the perpetrators made off with 16 or more quilts.

WHAT is with this?

Are they selling them for drug money? Are they giving them to others as Christmas gifts?

Who knows..but my heart hurts for Nancy and what she is going through right now.  I want you to help me get the word out to be on the look out for these quilts.  Those in the Bakersfield, California area…PLEASE be watching for these quilts.  They may show up on Craigslist locally.

When I think about the number of hours, labor of love, time, sweat, tears, and the cost of the fabric involved….I just can’t fathom this.

She writes:
I am MAD as Hell! Thieves broke into my studio over the weekend and stole virtually every quilt (see the album What the Thieves Stole). This is an oh so wonderful follow-up to the break in a week and a half ago in which one quilt was stolen.
We had beefed up security but the thieves paid no attention. They just ripped the alarm from the door and busted the security lights. Am I paranoid or am I just being targeted?!
I have posted images of the main quilts stolen (there are probably more) just in case you see or hear of anything. Please call the BPD 661-327-7111 or 661-852-7850 if you see or hear anything suspicious. I have trunk shows booked at guilds and it makes it very difficult to give a trunk show without my quilts.
You will find Nancy’s missing quilts below.

Bring These Quilts Home!
My heart is deeply saddened, as we all are.

If you have any info please contact Nancy HERE.

Please help spread the word by sharing this post through all of your social media channels, flickr groups, email lists,  message boards, twitter, facebook, and instagram.  Let’s see if we can bring these quilts home.

 

 

Friday, July 25, 2014


                 A trip to Stitcher’s Garden –
    


   My sweet hubby took me on a small trip out of town a few weekends ago. As always, he asked if there were any quilt shops along the way that we needed to visit.  I missed one shop, but thank goodness that I didn’t miss the shop in Pueblo, Colorado.
   The last time I was in Pueblo was many moons ago when I got to go see John Denver ( I still cry when I hear some of his stuff) in concert at the State Fair. Let me just say it is a lot different now!
  There were beautiful hanging baskets lining the main drag, and all sorts of lovely different shops. I did spy a candy shop and am still kicking myself in the ass for not stopping there. I am sure it was filled with wonderful treats! And I must say everyone we met there was wonderful- from the sweet kid that had to tell me that the cinnamon pull aparts were only available at breakfast and tried to get me to buy ice cream to the young gentleman that was working in the Loaf and Jug . I left Pueblo smiling- which I thought was great. For such a short visit it really made a wonderful impression on me.

 
    There was also a lovely RiverWalk area. There were fountains, places to sit, restaurants, etc.   I wish we had more time as I would have loved to have had a closer look around.
     We found the quilt shop without any problems at all. Of course when we approached the front door  Bob said- Oh no- they are closed! Smartass- Good thing I didn’t believe him and we went on in.

 
  I was greeted as soon as I stepped foot in the door- I love it when that happens!  There were wonderful quilts on the walls- and the shop has wonderfully high ceilings that lend themselves to display nice, large quilts! Some of them had a modern feel-


    There were plenty of notions to peruse-thread, rulers, etc. Samples of quilts and accessories were everywhere. They had plenty of patterns to choose from- some for pot holders, wallets, etc.

 

   The fabric was displayed so nicely- they had 4 or 5 coordinating bolts of fabric placed on the ends of the shelves, then they draped part of the fabric over the end of the shelf. I spotted some dog fabric I loved-it is going to make a great pillowcase!

 

 
 

     I strongly encourage anyone who is in their neck of the woods to stop by and say hello. 
     Here is their website- they do offer classes and have several block of the months going!
     Thank you for the wonderful visit ladies!

                                                                      Stitcher's Garden
                                                                     308 South Union Avenue
                                                                     Pueblo, CO 81003
                                                                       719-545-3320

Store Hours


Tuesday-Friday
10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday
10:00am - 4:00pm
CLOSED
Sunday & Monday
 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


                                                Trip to the West
 
      A few weekends ago hubby and I were lucky enough to get away for a few days.  A friend of mine and her hubby have a farm in Southwestern Colorado.  So far south, as a matter of fact, that they are not far from the New Mexico border. We had never been to that end of our beautiful state so off we went.  We left important notes to our son who was keeping an eye on things for us- don’t kill the animals, don’t burn the place down and there is usually some porn on the Starz channel after 10. (He’s 23- it isn’t like he hasn’t seen that stuff before).
        After getting through the awful Denver traffic- at noon no less- we headed south.  We stopped for a quick lunch, then headed into Pueblo to the quilt shop. Shocker, I know.  The shop was lovely-I will blog more about the shop soon. However, when we were walking to the shop, I noticed this-

 It was In the middle of the sidewalk-right next to the shop! How weird is that! The grave is not very old by my standards. Remember I am from Pennsylvania- old houses and graves there are from the 1800’s.  My hubby said it was probably some poor guy who knew that the only way to ever get his wife to visit his grave was to be buried next to a quilt shop.




The city of Pueblo was lovely- beautiful hanging baskets of flowers everywhere, a new RiverWalk along the historic Arkansas River that looked like a lot of fun and there was even a candy shop! I tried to purchase those new cinnamon things from Carls Jr after we left downtown but they told me it was only a breakfast item. WTH?  I can eat cinnamon thingies all day long- surely I am not the only one? I knew I should have stopped at the candy shop!

 
      We got into Alamosa around dinner time, had a few margaritas with Fred and Laurie and then headed south to the farm. Boy was this city girl/animal lover in heaven! Peacocks, chickens, a rooster, a reindeer (No- this one did not have a red nose), turkeys, a llama and 4 dogs.  And it was quiet- yes even with the birds chirping, the occasional peacock making noise and the rooster crowing around 5 am- I loved it. No sirens, no traffic, no gunshots, etc.



 
       Saturday we headed to the Amish auction. I had no idea we had Amish in Colorado! They were having the auction as a fundraiser for their school. There was an outside auction where they were selling all sorts of tools, etc. I really wanted to bid on the bunnies but figured Chip and Dale would think they were at the dog track and chase them. They also had an inside auction where they were auctioning crafts and quilts!  The quilts were beautiful- some sold for over $900. I was so happy for the quilters. We did not stay too long, but it was sure fun! I wanted to get pictures of the Amish children- they are so adorable in their outfits and bare feet! But hubby warned me that their souls would go to hell if I did, so I refrained. ( I don’t think that is in the Amish bible but who am I to say that it isn’t? But I didn’t want to take any chances with their sweet faces looking and smiling at me.)  I am sure some of you know that the Amish do not want their picture taken- it is against their beliefs to have graven images of themselves. You can watch the movie Witness to get some more info on them-Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis- early 80’s- you will love it. I am sure there are many great publications on the subject but if you get to watch Harrison Ford for a few hours why not do that instead?  Hubby suggested also watching the movie Kingpin with Woody Harrelson.


 
Food wise, among the home made cinnamon rolls and cake and pies, they had a most tasty treat called fry pies- yummy fruit filled pies that were like a glazed doughnut with filling. Good lord- I could have eaten a dozen by myself!  I was not familiar with this tasty concoction as the Pennsylvania Amish did not sell these when I lived back there. Hubby said it would be OK to take a picture of the Amish fry pies because he was pretty sure fry pies didn't have souls.




        After our journey hanging out with the Amish, we went to the Jack Dempsey museum in Manassa.  It was very interesting with a statue outside that was dedicated to his mother. I think all sons should have a 10’ statue dedicated to their mother. HELLO SEAN?? Are you reading this?????



         After viewing the statue of the Manassa Mauler we proceeded home via the sights in Alamosa. We were going to rescue a deer that had its’ head stuck in a tree, but after further investigation he didn’t really have his head stuck, it just looked like it. Yes, this was before the beer party started! After we got back to the farm we nibbled on elk sausage with jalapeno in it that Fred made- goodness was that great! I tried not to think what I was actually eating- and after tasting it I really didn’t care LOL. I stuffed my face- yes it is a beautiful animal but it tasted awesome!!!  We also had cheese, chips and beer.  A perfect  afternoon snack if you ask me!
        Sunday we headed home- it was sure hard to leave. Fred and Laurie were such gracious hosts-I told her she was in trouble since we had so much fun we would certainly be back! And this is where I had my dumbass moment of the trip. On Saturday, I reached into my purse and noticed my makeup bag was all wet. WTH? I went through all of the items in the bag and none of the items seemed to be leaking. Laurie and I smelled the bag- this was after beers for lunch- and it didn’t smell like anything we could place. I just figured I dumped water in my purse and went on with my day. When we were getting ready to head out on Sunday, I reached into my purse for a tissue. Yes, I was a bit teary. I absolutely HATE saying goodbye after trips/long distance visits, etc.-whether I am leaving or others are leaving me. When I was a kid and we had relatives visit from out of state I would hide in my room until they left. And cry the whole time as they drove off. What a sap!!! Anyhoo,  as  I reached into my purse I grabbed something mushy. I pulled my hand out and I had brown stuff on my hand. I knew none of the chickens had access to my purse so I proceeded to dig. AND- lo and behold- there was my pear that I had thrown in my purse on Friday to eat for breakfast! I could have made wine- but I just threw it into the field and some happy critters got to snack on it! Good lord- I am glad I didn’t throw any meat in there or we would have dead carcass smell all the way home! No wonder my husband hangs around- I am a constant source of amusement- and not in a good way!

 
  I hope you all have a chance to get away for a day or 2 and explore your state-

Courtenay