My Sweet 16 Quilt

30 09 2007

When i turned 16, my maternal grandmother, GiGi, presented a gorgeous quilt to me. She had it made by a woman in Stanwood in 1979 especially for me! I was thrilled then, even though at the time I wasn’t into quilting. Over the years I came to appreciate it *so* much, and it has always provided me comfort. As you can see from the pictures below, it has been a bit “over-loved”.


It is showing a lot of wear and tear!! I’ve wanted to have it repaired, or do it myself, for years now. The back is is even worse shape. It’s really, really worn and falling to pieces!! Today, I decided to dig it out of the box it’s been sitting in since we moved to San Antonio. The quilt has no binding, so I simply began to remove the seams around the outside. Something different about this quilt is that there is a layer of cheesecloth between the top and the batting. I’ve never seen that construction method before, but I have heard that it is done sometimes to prevent the batting from “bearding” through to the front.


The second step in the deconstruction for repair was to remove the lovely kermit green yarn that was used to tie the quilt. Now the top and the back are in the laundry room with a fresh bottle of Dreft, ready for a good soak and rinse. I’ve got some calico and tiny print fabrics in the same tones picked out of my stash. I haven’t decided if I’ll remove the blocks or not, or maybe fuse some fabric to what is there. I’m also going to add an outside border to help with the blocks wearing along the edges, and also to increase the size. And I’ll add a nice double binding, also to preserve it from too much wear and tear. Hopefully once I get it fixed, I can get another 28-30 years out of it!


(L to R: Jake’s bum, Seamus, Zoe Dante and Abbey)

Ed went up to College Station to see Big Todd yesterday. Big Todd is a firefighter at the oil refinery in Anacortes and came to College Station for a week of training. On Ed’s way home today, he picked up a new mattress at Costco. Mmmmmm. Memory Foam! I can hardly wait to go to bed tonight and try it out! Of course the cats were intrigued with the mattress that we had taken out. I was amazed to get all of them in one shot together! That’s never happened before!

Have a great week!

Betsy 🙂


Meet {Puddin’ Pop}!

26 09 2007

A computer desktop sized layout I I put together tonight for my new laptop. Please let me introduce little Seamus! Our little rescue kitty, a.k.a, Puddin’ Pop, Orange Kitty, Red Kitty, Little Buddy!
Title font is Baveuse, all items are from Mindy Terasawa’s Crazy Beautiful kit at Designer Digitals.
This is my second digi layout – so I haven’t done any mixing and matching from different kits yet. I’m still figuring out how to crop, select irregular shapes and get the layers right! lol


The Variety Post

8 09 2007

Well, there’s been a lot going on, as usual. The most significant news is that my Dad had a heart attack about 10 days ago. The pain woke him up in the middle of the night. He thought it was indigestion, took some Tums and that did not help. He drank some water and that did not help. Then the pain was radiating down his left arm, so he woke up my step-mom to take him to the hospital. They went to Port Charlotte Regional Medical Center and were well taken care of. Once they verified that he was having a heart attack, they tried angioplasty (the balloon thing into the artery to try to open things up) but that did not work. So they ended up placing at least one stent. I’m still not positive exactly what they did for him. But he said he finally started feeling some relief after they finished one of the procedures. He did not have to have bypass surgery, thank goodness. He’s got like 6 new pills per day, and his endocrinologist did not have hosp priviledges there, so another endocrinologist changed his whole insulin routine. His blood sugars are still running on the high side, but hopefully that will be resolved at one of his follow-up appts here very soon.

I love you so much, Dad. I hope you feel better and better every single day until you’re better than ever!! (Dad’s the cute one on the left!)

Bill, Nick, Garrett, Sandy, Kevin, Peter, Susan
The Dobbins place up-country NH, summer of 07.


Since I posted last, I was in Phoenix last week, was on vacation the week before, and in Indianapolis the week before that. I’ll be taking off for Houston tomorrow, so that I can be in that office bright and early Monday morning!

Here’s a shot of the place I stayed in Phoenix:


And a bitty picture of the resort itself. It was meticulously manicured and such a beautiful setting. Lots of quail running around and making little quail noises.


The whole Walgreen’s acquisition is complete, and now it’s “hurry up and wait” time, so that we’ll know more of the details. Everything is in committees now and being researched, compared, contrasted, evaluated, etc. How fun! 😉

I’ve got a couple of wool bowls knitted up and ready to be felted. I did them in Cascade 220 yarn in a really nice burgundy color. I think they will go nicely in the family room on one of the shelves. While I was in Phoenix I also started knitting with size 5 pearl cotton to knit a bracelet. It’s coming out really cute so far. Hopefully I can get the lace pattern down and not confuse myself!

My back is still bothering me a LOT. See the MD on the 17th and maybe he’ll have some ideas for me. I had a steroid injection into the epidural space while Garrett was here from NH, and I got some relief for a couple of days. I think I just aggravate that poor disc so much though that it can’t really heal up well. Owie.

Well – catch ya soon! Have a great week (or two??)