Saturday, December 26, 2009


I finished Bonnie Hunter's Christmas Lights mystery quilt before Christmas! It was published in 3 different issues of Quiltmaker and I had never done a mystery quilt before. I was able to use mostly fabric from my stash, including a lot of scraps.

When I finished the top I didn't know if I had any fabric to use for the backing and then I remembered some fabric I had bought at a garage sale in Oregon - it was perfect!
Since Christmas is over, I'm now able to show some things I made for Christmas too - some I made way back in January, like these pillowcases.
This quilt was a gift for the judge I worked with before I retired.
I made a bunch of these ornaments last January (I did most of the stitching while DH was in the hospital). It was great to have them finished early - I've never been that early before! Hee Hee!
The pattern was from Abyquilt

I received this darling dish towel before Christmas from Carolyn (no blog) of Lee Prairie Designs in Des Moines, IA. She had several of her patterns published in the premier issue of "Make-Ability" which is available now. Isn't it sweet?
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your families! We are still visiting with ours!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Last week was my quilters guild Christmas pot luck at our president's lovely home. In her entry way, she has a treadle sewing machine decorated for Christmas.
She also has a doll collection.
This penny rug came from a silent auction in Midlothian, TX. I love it!
I love her doll trunk with the clothes. There's even a tiny hanky in the trunk. When I was a girl I really wanted one of these trunks.
Another doll can play the piano!
This is the center medallion of our guild's raffle quilt for next year. Isn't it gorgeous!!
Our vice president made this quilt for her granddaughter.
I received the yo-yo Christmas tree in the ornament exchange.
A merry time was had by all! Merry Christmas to all of you!

Monday, December 21, 2009


I still can't believe it! Friday was my last day at work! I'm officially retired!!!!!!! On my last day I had a picture taken of the judge and me in the courtroom where we spent so much time. We worked together for over 11 years and I couldn't have had a better boss. It was a wonderful career for me and I am very appreciative of the opportunity that I had to work in the Federal Court.
The judge has a career law clerk who I have enjoyed worked with also and she is holding up the quilt I gave her as a going away gift.

Among the gifts I received from some of my friends are this beautiful shawl,
...and this gorgeous necklace. I also received two travel books to provide information as we hopefully do some traveling around this great country of ours!
The Court's holiday luncheon was held with prizes given for food that people provided. I won 2nd prize in the salad contest and received the mug, which will be a special momento from my time in the Court.
I will miss everyone, but now I am FREE!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, December 12, 2009


Today, DH & I went on a home tour in a nearby town. I love seeing old homes. This first one was built in 1902.
They had singers singing Christmas carols.
This next house was built in 1900 and has been furnished with period antiques. Beautiful lamps with glass shades and stained glass windows are features along with 3 beautiful mantles.

Everything was decked out for Christmas.

I just can't get enough of visiting old homes. I love to see them decorated like they were when they were built.

Sunday, December 6, 2009


I was given a retirement party at work on Thursday - 2 weeks before the actual retirement day - because of Christmas and work related conflicts. The party was wonderful!!! I really was amazed and very happy with all the people who came to the party. When I went into the room, the biggest surprise was that my GS Jonah was there with my DIL!! My son wasn't able to make it and the other 2 sons live very far away. Jonah was the hit of the party!!
I received the gorgeous roses, a shirt (below) and, of course, a retirement plaque.

Also, this sweet figurine from the U. S. Probation Office (I worked there for a couple years also). It made me feel so grateful to have so many people come to the party, including some federal judges!!

Here's my finished candy cane basket.
Jonah seemed to like the barn toy that we dug out of the closet. Since I didn't know they were coming, I hadn't gotten the house prepared for company at all. DH knew that if he cleaned the house I would have suspected something.
Jonah cuddling with grandpa. He is such a sweetie!