Betty's Life 'N Quilts

I've been quilting for over 23+ yrs. I enjoy using bright colors and quick, fast patterns. :) I also take care of my Mom. She has severe Dementia.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Pattern Give-Away!!

I was surfing the internet and came across the quilting store: www.the-teachers-pet.com and found Kathy Brown's blog. She'd just interviewed Annie Smith and decided to do a give-away with 9 of Kathy's patterns. If you don't know who Kathy is, she's the designer of the "Take 5" series of quilt patterns. There are 9 patterns that will be given away to 9 winners. All you've got to do is to comment on Kathy's blog and post a link to your blog, like this or shorter. http://theteacherspet.typepad.com/theteacherspet/2009/02/what-an-exciting-day.html

Mom's home sick from daycare today. She's congested, running a low-grade temp and generally feeling yucky. The daycare won't let their clients attend if they have a fever, so I'm staying home from work to take care of Mom. This decision wasn't easy, since I'm only scheduled to work today and Friday. I just keep reminding myself that God *WILL* take care of all our needs, not all our wants. LOL!

This afternoon, I'm planning on sewing some more burp-cloths. I've got a large (to me) flannel collection just for that purpose. About 10% of the folks I work with are pregnant and this is an easy gift for me to make/share. I seldom make baby quilts to give to my co-workers, since they're just work acquaintances. I only give them to my extremely close friends, since they take alot of time/energy to make and usually my time/energies are spent on taking care of Mom.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Free Quilt Patterns



Here's a wonderful site with alot of e-patterns available, sorted in catagories! Get yourself a hot cuppa tea or cold can of Diet Coke. You'll end up spending *lots* and *lots* of time looking thru the superlist here!!!
http://with-heart-and-hands.blogspot.com/2007/10/free-quilting-patterns.html

Monday, January 5, 2009

Christmas Eve 'till Now

We spent early Christmas eve with my best friend and her family, with a light potluck and exchanging gifts. This has been about the 5th yr we've celebrated together, since Mom and I don't have any family in OK.

Later Christmas Eve, my computer caught a virus/bug. I tried for over 10+ hours trying to de-bug it, re-set, and systerms restore. Nothing worked. Thankfully a man a church fixes computers professionally, so he said he'd like to take a look at mine. I also have a spare box that so I can run my computer, after having updated the printer/fax, firewalls, virus scant, etc. I've been up and running ever since!

On Dec. 26 and 27, Mom spent 2 days in respite care at a lcoal nursinghome while I attended a quilting retreat sponsored by my small group, the Piecemakers in Mustang. I got there at Noon both days. We were working on the pattern, Slideshow by Atkinson Designs, www.atkinsondesigns.com, unless we had other things we needed to work on. I was busy cutting out teals and teal/brown combos for my pregnant neice's quilt. I also began getting my Old Tobacco Rd, http://quiltville.com/oldtobaccoroadintro.shtml
It's a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt, and finally had a quilter get the "REAL" printout about how it was to be laid out. I was trying to start with bricks on the top and left side, but that was't Bonnie's plan and I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong till I saw the setting pictures. The OTR is set on the diagonal as it's put together. Now I've got some frogging to do on the piece I goofed on.

At the retreat, I brought enough fabric to work on about 5 quilts. One of my friends even bought a tan, that I was intending to use as the background for my teals, since she didn't have one. I had other tans I could use at home. I jokingly called my self a "Turtle" since I brought so many things with me that the other quilters had forgotten, like seam rippers and extra fabric. LOL!

My New Year's resolution is to get a new job, beginning Feb. 2, 2009. I put in 4 applications to a nationwide bank that has many offices in the OKC area. I'll be putting in more applications later this week. I also need to review and change the answers to the interview questions. Somehow I've been blundering thru the interviews, but haven't been offered the jobs I've tried to get. My current work is having me be off work at 7pm or 7:30pm, but the adult daycare Mom attends closes at 6:30pm. I've been doing really great, picking Mom up during the week. On Saturdays, I've had to arrange Mom-sitters to pick her up, since the daycare closes earlier. Since Nov. 1, I've been having to recruit Mom-sitters to pick her up *EVERY* time that I work. This has been a tremendous stressor for me, because once all 4 Mom-sitters were unavailable. I became sick with the stress (another Sinus Infection) and stayed home that cay. I feel like my work's having me choose between Work and Mom. That's a great incentive to begin a career elsewhere. I've done 20 yrs and 6 months where I'm currently employed, having worked in 3 states and 5 different buildings. I'm off to work now and need to cut out brp cloths when I get home. http://homemadebyjill.blogspot.com/2008/01/burp-cloth-tutorial.htm

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

My Name According to Mom

Today I asked Mom if she knew my name. She said, "Wiggles." I was stunned and had no idea how she came up with that. A few minutes later, I told her, "My name is Betty and I take care of you because I love you." Sometimes I just don't understand Dementia-humor.

Monday, December 1, 2008

First Post

Today is my first post as a blogger. I've finally been compelled to enter into the world of blogging. LOL! A bit about my life, I'm the cat-Mom to 6 spoiled, rotten cats: Shadow, Buster, Peepers, Gabby, Precious, and Hope. I'm also a f/t caregiver to my Mom. She's got advanced Dementia and it takes alot of my time/energies to care for us.

I've been quilting since 1985, and it honestly doesn't feel like it's been over 20+ yrs, since quilting is my version of fun. I enjoy making quick, easy quilts and I've just entered a challenge using Blacks, Whites, and one other color. I'm using Red, since to me, it's the color of strength, energy, and courage. I've got several ideas floating around inside my head and I can't wait to get started once I get a pattern in my hand. This week will be devoted to finishing up UFOs, including Bonnie's "Old Tobacco Road," and my nephew's quilt and my new neice's quilt. They both wanted laprobes. His is in neutrals and blues, "Spice Market," 4/07 American Patchwork & Quilting. Hers is in a variety of Purples, using the Indian Hatchet/Stretched Stars version. Here's the link: http://quilting.about.com/od/blockofthemonth/ss/floating_stars_3.htm

I've also got to decide which pattern to use for my other Neice's quilt. She's pregnant and due in the spring. She's going to let me know later today whether she's having a baby girl/boy. Her theme is Winnie the Pooh, and I've definitely got some WoP fabric in my stash. I just have to find it. LOL!