Tuesday, December 31, 2013

BOB's Tuesday Toast - 12/31/13

Here's to Blogger's user-friendly Search Box -

May readers be adventurous and enjoy exploring blogs in the New Year - ;))


I received an email from a new reader a while ago -

Asking/complaining about my acronyms -

And references -

And I replied -
Letters to name things - Thanks for telling me!! I forget sometimes that people may just drop in and not know what I'm talking about - and I have mixed feelings about that. On the one hand - I have the same complaint about some of the blogs that I visit - and I don't want to alienate new readers by referring to stuff they haven't read about. But on the other hand - a little bit of blog exploring is fun - and I hate to have to repeat myself ad nauseam for those who read me regularly. I do try to explain the abbreviations in the posts themselves but some of the titles of posts have abbreviations to save space because Blogger cuts them off at a certain point. AND - I think that some abbreviations are obvious - or at least they should be - ;)) LHQ is Left-Handed Quilter - and my LHQSQ has a page/tab at the top called LHQSQ - LHQ Sampler Quilt. The only other one what might be weird is LTRTCWSA - and for that one - you should follow the link - and read the post - haha - ;))
Now I know what I have already written -

But what I don’t know -

Is how much of it -

You have already read - ;))

I have no way of knowing if you are a new reader -
Who wants/needs a bunch of links and explanations -

Or a regular reader -
Who already knows what I'm talking about -

And since I can't please everybody -

I have decided to please myself - ;))
GARDEN PARTY - anyone?? - ;))

So - in the spirit of the New Year -

And in the spirit of New Adventures in Blogland -

I am going to try to save myself a considerable amount of some time -

Time that I would rather spend SEWING -

And not bother much with labeling my posts -

Or linking back to some of my older posts -

Or explaining my references ad nauseam - ;))

I will continue to try to give credit where credit is due -

And will link to OTHER stuff and OTHER blogs, of course -


If you are interested in finding out more -
About anything on MY blog -
Such as the RACE -
Or Squirrels -

I’m going to ask YOU to do a bit of exploring -

RACE or race -
Or LTRTCWSA or ltrtcwsa -
Or SQUIRRELS or squirrels -

In the Search Box up top - ;))

And in case you don't already know -

EVERY Blogger blog has a Search Box up top -

It's that empty little WHITE box in the top LEFT corner -

Next to the ORANGE box with the WHITE "B" in it - ;))

You can search ANY Blogger blog -

For ANY thing -

ANY time -

And find out ALL KINDS OF STUFF - ;))

So try it -

RACE or race -
In my Search Box -

And read the posts -

Then go over to Linda's blog - HERE -

And do the same thing - ;))

We'll RACE YOU!! - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas - 2013!!

For the past couple of years -

I have shared a beautiful Christmas Card -

That I received one year from a dear friend - ;))

It is one of the most beautiful Christmas Cards -

That I have ever seen -

So I wanted to share it with you -

Again this year - ;))

Please click - HERE -

And -

Have a Very Merry Christmas!! - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve - 12/24/13

Jingle Bell -

Jingle Bell -

Jingle Bell -

Rock - ;))

Merry Christmas!! - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - Santa’s coming -

Monday, December 16, 2013

Design Wall Monday - 12/16/13

Check out all of us who link up with Judy L. at Patchwork Times on Mondays.
We have some awesome stuff on our walls!
Well, THEY do - ME - not so much sometimes - ;))

My LHQSQ - Left-Handed Quilter Sampler Quilt -


IS -

DONE!! - ;))

Together at last!! - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Friday, December 13, 2013

Happy Friday the 13th - 12/13/13

I like Friday the 13th -

Some people think that it’s unlucky -

But I don’t think that it’s unlucky at all -

I think that it’s like an extra Halloween day - ;))

We always have a Halloween -

BEFORE Thanksgiving -

And now we have another one -

BEFORE Christmas -

How cool is that? - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

BOB's Tuesday Toast - 12/10/13

Here’s to quilt bloggers/teachers who include rotary cutting instructions for Lefties when they post a tutorial -

May others be inspired to do the same - ;))


Rotary cutting according to pattern instructions -

Can be a challenge for Lefties -

Because the photos are usually Right-Handed -

And backwards -

Since we Lefties normally cut -

From the OTHER end of the strip - ;))

So kudos to those who include instructions for ME -

And other Lefties like me - ;))

I have posted some tutorials -

For other Left-Handed Quilters -

Written in Leftish - ;))

They can be found under the page/tab labeled -

Left-Handed Quilting -

At the top of this blog - ;))

Scroll down until you find -

The section titled Rotary Cutting -

And you will find tutorials -

And reviews of some rulers -

Which include how I use each one - ;))

I have tons of other rulers that I have never used -

Because I haven’t taken the time to figure out -

How to use them Left-Handed -

So I could/should try to figure them out -

In this next coming year -

And post some more tutorials - ;))

((YAY - another TUIT - Ruler Tutorials - ;))

And may others be inspired to do the same -

Because -

I really don’t think that we can have -

TOO MANY Left-Handed tutorials -

But then again - it’s probably just me - ;))

Monday, December 9, 2013

Design Wall Monday - 12/9/13

Check out all of us who link up with Judy L. at Patchwork Times on Mondays.
We have some awesome stuff on our walls!
Well, THEY do - ME - not so much sometimes - ;))

It’s the end of the year -

And I’m doing some year-end planning -

Sorting -

And organizing - ;))

I had My Other Half help me move around some drawer units -

And set up a folding table - ;))

I want to try an experiment -

To see if I can get some of my stuff QUILTED -

And off my UFO list - ;))

I have a plan -

But I need to tidy up a few loose ends first - ;))

I had a stack of fabric -
Pulled for the October and November Sudoku quilts -
That I never made - HERE - ;))

Some of it wasn't washed yet -

So I washed/pressed/folded that -

And "cut and kitted" both quilts for later - ;))

Easy Street - HERE -

Is on the other design wall in the hallway -

Just waiting it's turn to be out -

Front and center - ;))

I have an idea for the borders -

Similar to LHQSQ -
Left-Handed Quilter Sampler Quilt -

See the page/tab above -

Another round of blocks of some sort - ;))

You know I don't like LONG borders -

But I need to finish the center blocks first - ;))

After I folded and put away the Halloween stuff -

And "cut and kitted" the Thanksgiving Sudoku -

And put that away -

It was time for my nap - haha - ;))

Today I want to set myself up -

For my quilting marathon -

Then maybe I'll work on Easy Street -

Maybe -

But by then it might be time -

For another nap - haha - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

NOTE - Check out the page/tab above for links
to my other Sudoku Quilts - ;))

Friday, December 6, 2013

Celtic Soltice - 12/6/13

As it turns out -

I have a die for the 3” finished Triangle-in-a-square units -

Needed for Part 1 - Celtic Solstice - HERE -

SO -

I used it - ;))

I think that I have finally decided to use -

CHRISTMAS colors -

RED (instead of orange) -



With BLUE as the fourth required color family -

Plus the usual NEUTRALS for background - ;))

And I think that I will call mine “Celtic Christmas” - ;))

So I pulled out some REDS and NEUTRALS for Part 1 -

And thought that I would make my star points -


Instead of blue - ;))

But now I think that I might have to wait for a bit -

To see the final quilt - ;))

I need to be careful -

Where I put my GREEN -

And my BLUE -

Because I want mine to look -

Like a Celtic CHRISTMAS -

Not the Fourth of July - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Thursday, December 5, 2013

New button -

I spent most of Tuesday trying to make another button for my blog -

A TUIT button -

The one that I talked about on Monday - HERE -

And I was having a heck of time - ;((

EVERY time I make a new button -

And I have made several -

I can NEVER get it right the first time!! - ;((

EVERY time I make notes outlining the steps -

To remind myself how to do it -

Notes on what code goes where -

So that I don't make the same mistakes the next time - ;((

The next time - same thing -

It doesn't work and I make even more notes - ;((

The next time - same thing!! -


Tuesday I kept getting an error message -

"javascript void (0)" - ;((

I even tried to compare my new code -

To the code I used on my UFORIA button -

And wound up somehow messing up THAT button -

Then I messed up the Right-Handed Friend button -

So right about then -

I had HAD it with the dang buttons -

So I asked my tech support (My Other Half) -

To check out my “javascript” stuff -

And work his magic -

While I took my nap - ;))

I wanted to try again later -

But if it didn’t work -

I was going to have to wait until the morning - ;))

Computers are great -

When they do what they are told -

Otherwise they frustrate the heck out of me - ;))

I only have so much patience -

And I would rather spend it UNSEWING - ;))

Anyway -

After my nap I tried again -

And it STILL wouldn’t work -


I thought that I might ask scraphappy at so scrappy for help -

She had just made a button for her new -

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2014 - HERE -

Surely she knows how to do it - ;))

And guess what?? -

She had a new post -

All about How to add a button to your blog - HERE -

And she said that she -

found a nice "Grab my Button" code generator here: http://www.mycoolrealm.com/sandbox/gbgen/


EXACTLY the information that I needed -

An "app" for adding a Grab Button -

Grab My Button Code Generator - HERE -

And SO much easier than futzing with the HTML code - ;))


So I made the button -

And I THINK it works -

But I need somebody to test it for me - ;))

Would somebody please try to copy it -

And add it as a gadget (HTML/JavaScript) to your blog -

To see if I did it correctly? - ;))

It should show up as a button on your blog -

That links back to my blog -

Major emphasis on SHOULD - ;))

THANKS!! - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

TUSAL - 12/3/13

I have joined hundreds of other stitchers in Daffycat’s TUSAL 2013 - HERE -

It's a Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long - ;)) -

To play the game -

I have to fill my glass container -

With saved thread clippings -

Or ORTS - Old Ratty Threads -

Fabric trimmings -

Stitching cast-offs -

And then -

On (or about) the New Moon -

Take a picture of the ORTS in my jar -

Post it to my blog -

With a link back to her TUSAL post - HERE -

And label the Totally Useless posts with “TUSAL” -

It's EASY -


And -

It's FUN!! - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Monday, December 2, 2013

Design Wall monday - 12/2/13

Check out all of us who link up with Judy L. at Patchwork Times on Mondays.
We have some awesome stuff on our walls!
Well, THEY do - ME - not so much sometimes - ;))

My design wall this week -

Is the same as last week -

The Top Right Corner section -

Of my LHQSQ - Left-Handed Quilter Sampler Quilt -

Waiting its turn to be added to the Center Section - ;))

Because -

The other day I wanted to take a little break -

From my LHQSQ - Left-Handed Quilter Sampler Quilt -

And I wanted to play with something else for a bit - ;))

I am one of those with good intentions -

Who says that I want to do such - and - so -

And then never get around to it - ;))

When I saw A Round Tuit button on Mtn Mama’s blog -
Pots, Pans, Pins and Prayers - HERE -

I clicked on it and found Jill Sheperd’s blog -
Creating my way to success - HERE -

Jill hosts the button and has a tutorial for a mug rug - HERE - ;))

I smiled and remembered -

That I already HAD one -

That I had forgotten about -

A Round Tuit - that is - ;))

A few months before my dear friend R died several years ago, she sent me a packet of photos and other memories. She included this Round Tuit from many, many years ago. She had given me my first Round Tuit over forty years ago - and I had misplaced it - so I was thrilled to get a replacement - ;))

It reads -

A Round Tuit
This is a round tuit.
Guard it with your life;
Tuits are hard to come by
Especially the round ones. It will
help you to become a much more
efficient worker; For years you’ve
heard people say, “I’ll do this when
I get around tuit.” So now that
you have one, you can
accomplish all those
things you put aside
until you got a
round tuit.

So I have no excuse - I could have accomplished all of those things that I put aside until I got A Round Tuit - because I already had one - ;))

Then I decided to make another version - ;))

Maybe a Mug Rug will remind me

To do things -

And not to put them aside - ;))

I found a font that I liked -

And traced off some letters -
Onto some fusible web -
Cut them out and pressed them -
To some purple fabric -

Cut out some circles -
They have to be ROUND - right? - ;))

Layered them right sides together -
And sewed completely around them -

Cut a slit in the front -
Where the first “T” would go -
Turned it inside out -
And appliqued the letters on top -
Hiding the slit - ;))

It came out a little small -

So I made a couple of larger ones - ;))

I made another mug rug -

And one to fit in a little hoop to hang on my wall - ;))

This one reminded me of my LHQ button -

So now I want to make my own round Tuit button -

For my blog -

I think everyone needs one - ;))

And then my brain started spinning -

With all of the possibilities -

I could fill a bowl with ROUND slips of paper -
With things “To Do” written on them -
And choose one at random -

I could fill a jar with different colored ROUND buttons or marbles -
Each color for a different kind of task - Sew - Quilt - Bind - Sleeve - etc.-
And choose one at random -

Or a bowl of M&M’s - same as buttons -
Only they taste better - ;))

I could set up a dartboard with names of projects on the spokes -

I could use a Bingo Spinner to choose projects -
Just need to make a list to correspond to the Spinner - ;))

Anything round -

Or circular -

Could be a Round Tuit - ;))

Oh, the possibilities are endless!! - ;))

I may even rename my UFOs -

And start calling them TUIT PROJECTS - ;))

And I think that a Tuit Mug Rug -

Would make a GREAT Christmas gift -

Don’t you? ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Sunday, December 1, 2013

O Christmas Tree! - 2013

I have posted this post before -

So just consider it a "re-run" - ;))


It’s my FAVORITE holiday!!

We put our Christmas tree up a few years ago -

And have never taken it down!!


Our Christmas tree is up year-round -

And I LIKE it that way!!

It all started when we bought a beautiful pre-lit fiber optic Christmas tree -
One year at Walmart

We took it out of the box -
Set it up -
Arranged all of the branches -
And decorated it with all of our ornaments -

The BEST part was -

We didn’t have to mess with the LIGHTS!!

The LIGHTS were already ON the tree!!

But -

When it came time to take the tree down -
We hesitated -

How were we going to get that HUGE Christmas tree -
Back into that little bitty box -
Without breaking some of those beautiful fiber optic lights??

The answer was - we weren’t!!

So - the decision was made -
We weren’t even going to try to get it back in the box -
We were going to just leave it where it was!!

And we did!!

That tree has been up for years -
And will continue to be up for as long as we live in this house.

The only difference between Christmas and the rest of the year -
Is that we turn the lights ON at Christmas.

Besides - it’s in the perfect corner of the living room -

People don’t even notice it when they come to visit -
Until they leave -

As they walk in -
It’s over their left shoulder -
Because the doorway is at an angle - (to the left of the tree) -
And they always head off to the right toward the family room/kitchen

It isn’t until they leave -
And head back to the front door -
That they even see the tree -
And that's when we tell them that it’s up because we couldn’t get it back in the box.

They think we’re kidding -

But we’re not - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


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