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This week has been super busy for me as a list owner and fledgling designer!  Our first full quilt mystery, All in the Color Family Mystery is now under way 🙂  Pictures are starting to come in as list members progress through the clues, of which only 3 have been released thus far.  All I can say is WOW ladies and gentlemen!!  You all are doing such a super job!  The hard part for all of them is waiting the week for the next clue LOL, but then they all voted to get them weekly not daily!  Just goes to show, be careful what you vote for, cause once you do, and the results are tallied, you live with the majority rule.   Now any of you who are reading my blog and don’t belong to One Stitch at a Time, you still have time to jump in on the mystery, just send me and email at:  with a little about yourself and your desire to join such a great list with so many activities.  We are a closed list so membership is by invitation only. 

October 1, 2008 was the beginning of our Octoberfest Sew-in, our second in the year we have been a group!  Present activities include the AITCF Mystery that I mentioned above, Pop Block Christmas project, free pattern releases(Me <g>), R-a-M (Round a month–Val Johnson) start up, Fall-a-bration Wallhanging Mystery (Gracie Lambie), Bingo (Marge Campbell), Teasers (Regina Allen), recipe sharing group wide, and lots of fun and chatter!  Now you see why I have been so busy?  *giggle*  We are a moderated group that believes that no matter what your skill level in quilting, you will find a home group with us!

All that aside for the moment, I have been busy working on the MIL quilt.  I cannot believe that Rick told his mother I was making it for her!  Drat the Man!!!  And they say women can’t keep a secret!  Sheesh!  But all in all, it is coming along and quite nicely, hope to have a picture for you all later this week!  Oh, and you gotta luv what Rick bought me a few weeks ago–a new pentax digital camera that shoots video with sound and takes the most awesome pictures.  The following picture will you give you an idea of how good this little baby is!!

30 am AKT 10/07/08

View at 5:30 am AKT 10/07/08

30 am AKT view

Another 5:30 am AKT view

I was amazed that this camera captured the falling flakes this distinctly with just my camera flash–no external lights whatsoever!  Yes, I am impressed!  By the way, my coffee tasted pretty good at this early hour with this view 🙂  Below are pictures of why I was up that early.

Lydia helping out in the sewing room

Lydia helping out in the sewing room

And of course she is already a willing and adorable model!

Gramma's Natural little model


 So, this has been my life of late except for one minor fact I have left out.  I have had a godawful cold now for going on 3 days!  I do so hope I feel better tomorrow!  I need to catch up with some Pop Blocks and Val’s R-a-Month so you all can see pictures of them next blog post!!


Please be patient with me as I am still learning the ropes on this blogging thing *sigh*  Why can’t they can instant knowledge like a can of soda?  But oh, no, gotta string it out with things like time, mistakes, experience, ecrued over hours, weeks, months!  It just ain’t fair!!  Like, who the heck has the time to play with ‘puters when we should be doing things like cutting out fabric for the All in the Color Family Mystery, or finish sewing Gracie’s Fallabration Mystery Block test or Val’s RAM center block, or finish quilting DH’s Aurora’s Star Quilt or making Lydia’s nightie/sock monkey set?  Hmmm….????  Really, like who has the time?   Well, I guess I better find the time!!!!  At almost 1 am here in Soldotna I am finding the time to write this post up, heh heh heh, so who needs sleep?

The days events were not as expected.  Went garage saling with Danielle and Lydia and enjoyed our time out together.  We ended up stopping at the grocery store for sundries, lunch, and something to throw in the oven for dinner (news flash–the oven has to work before that can happen!), then drop them off and home to sew–or so I thought–NOT  I did finish cutting out the border for my “Forever Star” pattern (72 HST), cut out the center block for Val’s Round-a-Month BOM, and re-cut Gracie’s Fallabration test pattern.  Rick went in to teach his class and my energy meter went into the red zone and kept saying sleep, Carmen, sleep……and I guess I did for 5 hours.  I woke up 10 minutes before Rick got home.  This was not a good thing.  Threw the pizza in the oven–oven did not work–damn!  Grilled cheese does not replace pizza…huh uh, no way, no how, not going to happen, won’t do, and it didn’t!  So the crockpot is out for tomorrow dinner!

My day did have a bright side, Bobbie is okay, her power is on, water working, septic working, and she was off to sleep peacefully with Ginger to stand guard and watch over her–or slobber all over LOL  Bet she missed you Bobbie!  I can only imagine what working on ambulance would be like on a 24 hour straight shift after Hurricane Ike decimated the Houston area, wiped out Galveston and put millions out of power, food, gas, light, etc.  What a nightmare.  So I was glad to know she was home safe and sound and in the caring hands of her DH Walt and Ginger!  And the really good news for her was that she didn’t have to do the ambulance thing again–she can go back to her ‘normal’ job position!

So with all this free time I have not found yet, I still have to finish my Anniversary Gala Quilt for Adam for Christmas this year, the Fall Maple Harvest Quilt, and Bobbies Maples Leafs of Friendship.  And……hand quilt the MIL quilt before October 26th–That is when Rick, Adam, Danielle, and Lydia are going to Wisconsin!  Well, folks, I am going to be burning the midnight oil for weeks on end until then!

Oh, my last little goodie for this morning!  I am almost finished with Rick’s Aurora’s Star!  It is a wall hanging for his office that is made with green/yellow batik (shimmers like an aurora) on a black background.  It is in my estimation (of course I designed it) a fabulous work!  I am hand quilting in stints during my free tv time or when the neck and back are aching too bad to use the machine.  I should have it completed this week and ready to bind!  It’s twin “Aurora’s Dawn” is waiting to be layered and finished so it can hang in the lobby where he works.  The twins each measure 52″ inches square when completed.  I will be posting photos of them, especially “Aurora’s Star” real soon!

Till, tomorrow folks!  Time for Carmen to go nite, nite!!