Monday, July 2, 2012

It's An Illness, I Tell Ya'!!!

Quote for the Day:
"Oops...I did it again..."
~ Britney Spears song

It's JULY, Folks!!!  The year is half over with already!  My oh my, where has the time gone???  :(

Anyway, last week a friend of mine went to Lancaster, PA, for a quick vacation.  While there she picked up a queen-sized whole-cloth quilt top to quilt.  She brought it to work to show me and ask about what to back it with (she didn't know you could buy wide quilt backings...she thought you had to buy regular fabric and piece it together!) 

I have a soft spot for whole-cloth quilts because of their simple beauty, and I REALLY liked the design on hers...even better than I liked the star on my whole-cloth quilt that I hand quilted last year.  (It took my 9 months, BTW, to hand quilt it!)

So what did I do???  I got the info where she had bought the top, price, etc., and called them up and had them send me one!!!  Yep...I did it again...went and bought another whole-cloth quilt top to hand quilt!  And it arrived today!  :)

It's an insanity of it's own sort.  There is no other way to describe my addiction to quilting!  :)

I have several other quilts to do before the whole-cloth gets done, but at least I have it in my possession!  A few years ago it was quite easy to find printed quilt tops to embroider or quilt, but it is getting more and more difficult to find them.  (That's my excuse, anyway! LOL)

I've been very busy this past week working more than I normally do due to illnesses/call-offs.   Luckily, I only work two days this week due to the July 4th holiday!  YAY for holidays!  :)

Last Friday West Virginia and several states that surround us were hit with a very bad storm with high winds of up to 80 mph.  Lots of tree limbs were blown down and that meant lots of electrical outages.  We were lucky at our house that our electric only flickered a couple of times but didn't stay off.  Unfortunately 250,000 residents were still without power over the weekend while we have been having 90+ degree weather!  :( 

We had a lot of things blown around at our place...trash cans in the yard, etc., but the major thing was that one of the heavy, wooden chairs on our porch was blown off into the driveway.  Luckily, I was still at work or else it would have probably hit my car had it been parked there.  

Speaking of porch furniture...(don't you love how I segue into the next topic, LOL?)...Sunday was spent cleaning house.  Sometimes I just can't take the untidiness and I get on a cleaning jag!  That's what happened Sunday!  LOL  Luckily, my back is feeling so much better than it has for the last 1 3/4 years, and I'm able to CLEAN HOUSE, yard work, etc!  

One of the things I did was to take the covers off of the outdoor furniture and wash them.  Not only had this not been done last year (and possibly not the year before that, too!), but they had also been left out all year long instead of being brought in in the fall, like we normally do.  It's things like this that just didn't get attended to when I was suffering from my back pain.

Needless to say, not only were the covers and chairs FILTHY, but the covers are also about ready to give out from the weather exposure.  Put that on my to-do list for next year...make new cushion covers!  (About 7-8 years ago I made these matching covers for my cushions since the cushions didn't match!)

Last evening, I washed the covers, wiped down the chairs, and replaced the covers onto the cushions... now we can actually sit on the front porch and relax!  :)

In the top picture, it was the chair farthest away that ended up in the driveway Friday night!  You can see how bulky and heavy it is so you can imagine how windy it was! 

Several years ago, Andy & I made the bench in the bottom photo from the headboard and footboard of a twin bed that my niece gave me!  :)

Our granddaughter, Sera, is coming to visit us this week!!!  I go on July 4th to pick her up!  Looking forward to spending time with her this week!  :)  If I'm not around much, you'll know why!  



  1. I wonder what color thread you'll use on that whole cloth quilt... A nice yellow/orange/green variegated would be nice since it's called "feathered pineapple".
    It must be fun picking out those things!

  2. I have always wanted to try a whole cloth quilt. I would probably start with something much smaller though. LOL Would you happen to have a link to where you purchased this? I haven't seen any of them in a while.

  3. Oh - please share where to purchase this whole cloth quilt! I love the design!

  4. This has been the whole cloth that I love and have been wanting to do. I like your excuse for ordering it, I have been holding off till I get some more projects finished. It would be aweful if I waited to long!