Quilt with a View in the works

A Quilt with a View: three fabulous paper pieced trees from 300 paper pieced quilt block patterns by Carol Doak block # 044 four inches square finished July 27th 2012

Back of one of the trees for the QWAV art quilt before I removed the paper July 27th 2012

A Quilt with a View: the House with a heart block from Carol Doak’s book 300 Paper Pieced Block Patterns. Block # 117 enlarged on copier to 10 inches square.  Finished July 28th 2012

A Quilt with a View: Here comes the Sun block from Carol Doak’s book 300 Paper Pieced Block Patterns. ‘Sun’ = block # 169 (I know it really doesn’t look like a sun, but I think it does the hint of rays quite nicely) 7.5 inches square. I think it will give the impression of the sun in the finished quilt. July 29th 2012

A Quilt with a View block layout thus far…wow…my carpet is UGLY…think this looks pretty neato so far! All paper pieced blocks from Carol Doak’s book 300 Paper Pieced Block Patterns. July 29th 2012


a lil cheese with that whine

When-Z-dae eve and have many plans for payday…as it were…32.5 hours give er take. Minus medical insurance, let’s see 98 bucks…minus 401K –unattractive sound-…joke… 10 bucks, 61 cents…take away FICA 32 bucks, yank out federal tax um, 34.42…pry out state tax oooh, 15.55…then there car insurance this week…heavens I do hope I get my taxes soon… Nonetheless after getting the money order for car insurance Gotta mail out the box of batiks I traded for the fabulous dancing under the moon plate when I pick up the money order and the 1 stamp. Gas up the Jeep, and I’m off the Heavenly Patchwork to pick up my Dear Jane quilt book… -hands in air which looks odd for me and a hoot hoot-get another yard of light cream batik for background and browse the plethora of novelty fat quarters…and if $ allows get 1 yard of a bright solid-ish teal/turquoise and 1 yard of something rainbowie-eye-burning with lack so I can FINALLY finish the Extreme-Retinal-Damage-Rainbowie-but-keep-Jim-Warm-Quilt, whew it would be ever so nice to get our quilt done before winter ends! I’ll have to stop at Douber’s and get hmmm, 5-6 skeins of bright embroidery floss for the tying since I’m only machine quilting the outer borders to keep the blanket inside from shifting too much.

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When I ever get the tax check…I’ve got to order a roll off trash bin so we can totally clean out the shed and entry way to make room for all of dad’s saws and carpentry equipment he’s giving Jim. Pay up the gas/electric bill (UGH), pay off all of Jazmin’s medical bills, Maude I haven’t even added them all up because I’m afraid of the total! Get furniture for the living room so we can put away the camping chairs, which are too totally uncomfortable. I really want NEW furniture but it looks like we’ll be going to Saver’s or some other previously viewed store. Sigh! Just a love seat, perhaps a rocking type chair for me, a coffee table…something for Jaz to sit on…You know I look at the grand total of my tax rebate and although it is dandy, I see just how fast it will leave my hands and where it all will go…won’t be going into fixing up the house, won’t go to a bit of clothing or new shoes, I just really hope there’s a chunk left so I can go through a few fabric catalogues and get fixin’s for the next years worth of quilts to donate. Oh and pay up my car insurance for an entire year so I have one less bill every month. Money really sucks when you have it, when you don’t, when you need it…UGH!

wee-sewing-corner-2(Sewing Corner again!)

Oh to be the working poor! Jim is totally stressed; one of the welders where he works was laid off yesterday. There are only 5 employees where he is so you can imagine how slow it must be to have 20% of your workforce not working. He hopes he’s not next, Maude me too! Just for his sanities sake if nothing else. There’s a part timer there still. I’m hoping if nothing else that guy will be next for the chopping block before Jim. I mean we will survive with him on unemployment till he can find something else. Just tighten the belt in a few places; we’ll be fine.

wee-sewing-corner-3(dandy shelves by Jim!)

I brought home a list of phone numbers yesterday for Jazmin to call to search for employment. I can see her MySpace activities from work and her being ‘bored’ is getting mighty tiring! Course then there’s her hand out every time she senses money in my wallet and that she has basically quit doing any chores at home (thus no allowance). Way tiring. If she can’t do anything at home AT ALL except whine and complain she can get a job so she has a reason to be tired.

wee-hyacinth(Hyachinth in the kitchen window)

Speaking of whining…I think I’ve done enough!

O MY F-in-Hymer Maude!

O MY F-in-hymer Maude!

Welcome to Monday and the insanity ensues! I got to work 5 minutes late so I have to stay till 3:35 in hopes of getting 8 very needed hours of work in.  UGH! SO…after our group weekend of horrid stress with a dollop of hell we were hoping Oliver’s new preschool/daycare/speech therapy would be a tad bit easy on us and on Oliver…Well NO what were we thinking?  I hurried this morning to grab Olie’s snow pants at our house so he’d have them for day care um yeah it will be a high of fricking 8 today and this little guy will be thrown out in the cold…great!  Jump in my not even close to warmed up vehicle drive like a freak to Tab’s apartment so a shell-shocked and weeping Oliver can be crammed into his carseat crying for his baby that he can’t bring with. We get there and the lone chick there has no idea what paperwork Tab has to continue to fill out after filling out a trees worth of crap already.  I’m trying to get Oliver calmly interested in the toys while yanking all his winter crap off of him.  Woman 1 say it’s fine that we don’t have Olie’s shoes with that she sees the preschoolers in their socks quite often…then comes woman # 2…unhappy about Oliver’s not total potty training…after Tab had spoken to chick number Z about it and it being found to be acceptable.  Broad # 2 asks where Oliver’s lunch is…Yeah NO ONE told Tab that Oliver would be needing a lunch packed…WTF?!?  Our tax dollars at work?!?  What a joke, the paperwork Tab had said Breakfast, Lunch and snacks were included in the amount we are now paying for this!  Color me too tired and too much pain to even be as flippant as I’d like to be!  So with the clock ticking Tab and I leap back into the Jeep, Pass Travis on his way to work, to my house to throw together a semblance of a lunch for Olie with one of his croissants, pudding and a juice…Tab runs it into the school and I think chick # 2 says OH, Oliver’s 4….he can get hot lunch…just fill out more paper work….welcome to 6:45…I have 15 minutes to get to Delano, drop Tab at Mickey D’s and get me back to MMI…F-ing Joke…Then chick # 2 tells Tab she’ll have to go home to get Oliver’s shoes, he can’t be in socks…He will be spending the day in his boots…I really hope his day goes better than ours has started. As I pulled up to Mickey D’s Tab’s phone is ringing…they’re calling her to tell her she’s late…ONE MINUTE F-ING LATE!  Ass wipes! You’ll have to pardon my language…ugh! Yet another reason my daughter’s were NEVER in daycare!  UGH!  I’d rather be poor than driven over the edge by the people who are supposed to care for my child in my absence!


On the move: The kids were basically totally moved into their apartment Saturday night.  Course it hadn’t been cleaned so Tab got to scrub all the previously viewed people scatterings all day yesterday.  Yum!  We got our bed room mostly moved yesterday, the wall in the living room removed, the fence in the bedroom Jim and Jaz removed late Saturday night while I hung the new curtains.  Tonight once my dashing about is completed, I’ll be throwing Lasagna into the oven and working on the living room. Just could get into it yesterday.  I was eventually just hobbling about on painful feet since I wore the Vans yesterday with no squishing insoles for all the work and grocery shopping…Got all the clothes moved from the computer room into our closet…how nice now I can like dress looking adequate rather than always in t-shirts!  The dressers and bed are all in there and filled.  The giant Jimi Hendrix is in Jim’s corner.  The purple batik is over the bed with our handfasting cord, all is well…tired, achy, but well.  Tab Travis and Oliver are in Stephi’s old apartment so I can find them in my sleep!  Plus we can see their windows from our front window.  So, they’re just across the way.  Kinda nice!  They can just wave if they want!


Yesterday Jazmin’s older rat Lucy passed away.  Jaz was holding her at the time.  L So Jazmin has Gertie the Snake beater rat and Gideon the insane red squirrel who was running around like a total freak last night.  Once the living room is all put together and vacuumed (what a mess!) He can run all over without any worries.


Wow my legs hurt!  We moved so much yesterday!  I hope Tab’s day at work goes well.  I really hope Oliver’s day goes OK.  I don’t want him to ever feel bad that the adults in charge aren’t on the same page.  These little guys depend on them knowing what’s up and sharing information…They better step to! That’s the Nana talking of course…they don’t listen to me! That them…ugh!

T to the G to the I to the Fribbity Gibbet F

Thus another workweek is coming to a close…


 Jazmin’s suffering from Migraines but for some reason the Dr. is not returning her calls…Probably cuz’ they wanna squeeze just a lil more money outa me by having her have an appointment and have to pay the co-pay and be sent to a specialist, pay another co-pay, try a few drugs that will either do nothing or perhaps blow her head up…co-pay, co-pay, co-pay…eventually find some wee medication that works half the time but kills her liver, kidneys or something else essential (co-pay)…then something else can break on her…ugh even! Tonight since we don’t want to relax or anything we (Jim, Me, Jaz) will be going to the local tattoo parlor so Jaz can get her lip pierced…can’t wait…wonder if I can bow out?!?  Probably not, I gotta be the driver as usual, then go home so I can cook…Hmmm, getting a bit tired of my forever busy life!


Tab, Travis & Oliver were accepted at the Clinic View Apartments…just gotta wait for the money to come in the mail so the can move in, then the fun will begin at my house, I get my room back! Complete with closet, the living room will again be a LIVING room and the kitchen can be tidied and usable too! Sigh, Tab wants a microwave for a apartment warming gift…so that’s on my patter of things I won’t get but get to buy nonetheless. At least when they move and she works on the weekends Travis can watch Oliver…Perhaps she can even get her license, car and start driving herself all over…I can save gas and oh I don’t know, work 40 hours a week and chill occasionally?!?


I’m hoping to sew a bit this weekend unless of course Tab moves out…then I’ll be watching Oliver then disassembling the assorted rooms.  I’ve decided on a ‘professional tote’  I think having an actual pattern to work from will help immensely!  I’ve made a plethora of bags, totes and purses in the past but none ever truly worked for what I wanted / needed in a bag.  Something that matches ‘ME’ not the outfit I’m currently wearing but the rainbow flower earth mother on the inside just screaming to get out.  And have enough room for the assortment of everything I may carry on any particular day yet have room for those OMG we gotta hurry up and wait projects to keep me from hurting anyone. So here’s the pattern:


And the assortment of goodies I’ve purchases to complete it. 


Yeah all three zippers are different colors and the black fabric with daisies is made up since I couldn’t locate the correct fabric on the web.

So there ya go…and here I go! J

not long enough holiday weekend

Sew Sew Sew rather than ho ho ho!


I sewed, cut, painted…contemplated like a freak this long holiday weekend!  Even with all the insane driving!  Wednesday we (me, Jim, Tab) went to Best Buy, Target, a shoe store and Byrley’s wine & spirits. I got Jim a set of Dirty Harry and Fear & Loathing in Los Vegas.  Got Jaz 2 CDs she didn’t have…at the shoe store I got myself a pair of Mudd shoes and a set of ‘gay’ rainbowie socks.  At the wine and spirits as we walked pass some captured shoplifters in the back of the squad car guffaw and giggle, Jim bought me a bottle of Godiva chocolate liquor. Oh my Maude in Himmel!  This booze was like silk! Liquid chocolate!  Too yummy!  Then home to open gifts ho ho ho…yadda yadda yadda!

Jim go me a tiny hot pink not an iPod shuffle that I just filled with music off my computer here. He also got me a set of Lady sings the Blues CDs and the latest Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.  Too fun!


 He made the yummiest turkey boob hold the nipple for Xmas dinner complete with real mashed potatoes, dressing and lots of gravy!


Friday Tab worked, Travis had Oliver and I took Jim & Jaz into Heights Welding to PU his paycheck, cashed it…got irritatingly lost in Maple Grove searching for a Michaels and ended up going to the Michaels by Ridgedale, then trying to go to down in the Valley in Wayzata…it is GONE!!!  No really…it isn’t there any more!  TOTALLY UNHAPPY!


Saturday we had Oliver as Tab had to work again.  Jim and I took him out to Hutchinson to see if we could get there.  I wanted to go to the quilt shop out there but couldn’t locate it.  So we went to the head shop where we both found some tunes, and Oliver loved up the shop kitties.  Then off to Joann Fabrics in hopes of locating 5 yes five xmas-ie fabrics and the next size up of yo-yo maker…got the fabric…but no yo-yo maker!  UGH!  Oliver turned into a limp noodle and had to be carried through the last store we attempted before going through the drive through at Arbey’s. Oliver drinks really well from a bottle of water! Home to get Tab at work and then just HOME! Cut out all the fabric for next year’s ornaments and started the painting of the spools for the trunks and the tiny cubes that will be the wee presents under the yo-yo trees.


 I dove nowhere yesterday!  Unless you count Sally the Singer!  We drove many a mile together!

Completed 5 bassinet quilts for preemie boys and a doodlebug girl baby quilt all of which will go to West Virginia God’s Tiny Angels.  I’ve 2 more bassinet and 2 more baby girls’ quilts to complete before shipping this pile.


I finished the top of the rainbowie 9-patch twin-sized that will go to Project Linus Greater Twin cities.  Just gotta get the back and what not for that to get it completed.

Worked on the Severe Retinal Damage keep Jim Warm Rainbow king-sized quilt.  Just gotta get the 1 ½ yards of hot pink, black and 2 yards of fabulous rainbow for the border then that one will be ready to sandwich too!

Finally completed the painful pointy table topper too.


Tab just called…she was supposed to get out of work today @ 2pm now she’s staying till 7pm…12 hour shift at Mickey D’s…ugh!  Poor Tab!  Oh well, I’ll PU Oliver and home to throw him at Jim who is still laid off.  Everyone’s in kinda a funk… the employed, the laid off and the wanna be employed.  I think Olie’s the only one who’s just normal!

Merry Happy Jovial!

Happy Yule! Merry Xmas! Happy Hanukkah! Jovial Kwanzaa! happy any other December holidays I’ve inadvertently missed!


We already had our Xmas moment at my mom’s this last Sunday.  Jim was in charge of the camera so I guess we know who he likes best!


All were spoiled as is normal for my parents.  A plethora of clothing, toys and white elephant gifts abound!  Jim got a lovely lil jug of slime with rubbery internal organs in it.  Jazmin got some lovely blue lingerie…Tab got a set of makeup she already gave to Jaz since Tab doesn’t wear that much makeup.  I got 2 cool cabby hats and a wool tam…makes me itch a bit…I think I’ll add some cotton around the edge that touches my forehead.


Travis and his brother came by last night to pick up Oliver for his Xmas trip to Iowa to see Travis’ family.  Trav and Olie opened their gifts under our tree.  Olie really like Travis’ brother who’s name totally escapes me at the moment.  Ugh! I think it starts with a D or B…yeah that helps.  Olie tried to bring the farm I got him with…too big…but AW he liked the gift from Nana!  Too Cute!


Santa came to daycare yesterday…I forgot the camera…so this bit of fuzzy loveliness is from my cell phone.  Santa was realistically round complete with large purplish nose… Only 2 kids really were terrified of him.  Olie walked right up!  Brave little guy!

I leave here (work…shhh) today around 1, PU Tab at work, get gas, dash home quietly PU Jim without Jaz and off to Best Buy, drop Jim @ Target, me to Joann Fabrics for a bit of Xmas fabric for next years ornaments, spools for them, look for and price pre-quilted xmas fabric for the 12 baby stockings I’m making for tiny angels next year…get 1 or 2 low loft battings…check out the next size up of yo-yo maker…wait till Jim calls so we can pick him up from Target.  if there’s time dash to Ridgedale for Tab, no idea what she wants there.  Back to town before 7 for the Muney to get Beer before it closes…then home to surreptitiously wrap gifts…and collapse in a heap.  Looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow!  I’m already exausted just contemplating what awaits today!

TGI F-ing F…even!

I am painfully ever so glad it is FRIDAY!  UGH!  Between stupidity in the economic – insurance pile of dung and throwing out the middle (yeah middle) of my back…I’m in rare form today…not!  Welcome to my pissy whiny wa wa wa blog moment…

Work is INSANE…I’m totally inundated with great steaming piles of paper work… WTF people?!?  I’ve had days where I’m searching for work…filing extra slow just to keep occupied…now I have 2 new molds, 4 to change to work in progress…ECR’s flowing like a severed artery…insanity!  We’ve our Xmas meal here on Monday… I’ll be bringing in all the sewing kits for: Sue, Judi, Bonnie, Melissa, Roxanne (yes I’m singing her name) & Katherine, Paul’s wee Rover quilt + the 37 non-holiday ornaments I made for everyone on 1st shift. Gotta get the Newsletter done and out by none Tuesday…so far not many have donated any fodder to it so I guess I’ll be filling it up with holiday nonsense.  We may have made our 4th quarter goal which would be monetarily nice for a switch.



Jim with the Wal-Mart Santa…2 funny!

Santa at Day care next Tuesday and I have to leave early, PU Oliver @ 1pm on Wednesday…grab what ever my piddly chech brings and run to Down in the Valley to find Jim’s Xmas CD, Somewhere to get Tab’s cordless drill with bits and a cool card to put Jazmin’s $ in…And have Olie back in tome for Travis to take him to Iowa for Xmas…See…Insanity!

This Sunday we’re doing Xmas at my mom’s: Me, Jim, Tabitha, Jazmin, Oliver mom & dad…Chicken Kiev with all the fixin’s…I do hope my back feels better by then…I’ll be wearing my sad Xmas elfish outfit…I’m sure my mom will be underwhelmed…Oh well…

Maude it’s only 9:41…I hope I survive the day!

ThurZdae THurZdae ra ra ra


(not my new machine…)


Woo Hoo! It is ever so Friday eve! Had our lovely health insurance meeting this morning…we all get to go to a high deductible frickin’ insurance now… $2,000 per person per year… UGH!  We will have the option of having a HS account to put $ towards our medical spending… great… more deductions from ever check… Love being one of the many working poor!


K so I had to QUICK make Jaz’s remaining dr. appointment for the year to try to get all her medications filled since she will no longer be on my insurance as of the 1st since she is not in school and she’s 18 now.  Sigh… only appointment available is 3:10 today so she’ll have to walk since I left early yesterday to take her to the OB/GYN…have no $…have no vacation left…have no incentive to even be a mother on most days now.  She applied for work where I work on Monday…I’m thinkin’ she may have to bite the bullet and apply at a few zillion other places too…just to afford her Rx since I have my own 10 per month to buy.  Bad enough I feel like I am definitely getting what Jim had and what most of my co-workers have been spewing on me.  Sniff, hork, wheeze…The OB/GYN was a massive bit of let down…the stitches are self absorbed…Jaz’ has to go to Kristen to get back on the regular birth control…so for missing 3.5 hours of work we accomplished absolutely NOTHING… I go in on the 27 for my fasting cholesterol test so I think I’ll get ALL my Rx filled at the same time since this whole insurance thing is so F’ed up I have no idea how I’ll be able to afford the drugs that do not come in a generic. Thought the holiday season was to be one of love peace giving a hoot for your fellow poverty stricken employee…guess I had it confused with something else.


This week Jim was nice enough to forgo the usual $55 needed for budget so we all can afford a bit of holiday cheer.  So, I picked up 11 rubber thimbles for the sewing kits, the next size up of yo-yo makers for me, mom’s gift: yummy assed candle set, dad’s gift: a photo carousel deal, Oliver’s gifts: little people farm and a walking flapping dragon, Heidi’s journal: covered in different buttons, a pair of slippers as part of Jazmin’s gift that she got now since the floors are cold, and one of Jim’s gifts: the fabulous black & Decker level deal.  Since our Xmas at mom’s is Sunday and the holiday meal here at work is this coming Monday I picked up some bright red bell bottoms and a green t-shirt that has an elf look to it.  I got some lime green marabou package trim to make bows for the ponytails I plan for my hair. Jim’s like…you’re dressing in costume for Xmas now?!?  Not really …well OK a bit…Just dressing the part! I get tired of trying to blend in with the huddled masses…I gotta be me…a freak… J

Holy Testical Tuesday!


The smudgy clouds stained the early morning sky as if drawn by a drunken left-hander with soft charcoal.

The wind hissing through the not quite closed widows brought in occasional wafting wet smells of decomposition laid bare be the melting snows.

The painfully censored Wal-mart heavy metal did little to quiet my thoughts as I crossed the half way bridge and the morning pill pain hit.

Ugh…driving a bit too fast on the gravel road, one arm clutched across my chest, gritting my teeth, by the time I get to the pavement in 2 miles the pain should subside…wonder if it will ever just not subside?

Poems, sweet or sickly always hit me on the way to work…the nine miles so often driven I could do it in a coma…radio blasting, looking at the sky brightening, knowing I won’t see it again for 8 ½ hours…hoping I don’t run over anyone…that would really wreck my day!

Curve by the grave yard, look at the perfect tree, turn on the turn signal, listen to the wee dink-dink-dink, sigh, turn in, park, turn off the beast unless of course it stalls once again…here I am, ready to fill my head with too much information that in the long run means little to me or the world at large…

Another 2Zdae has begun.