Monday, April 14, 2014


My UFO Stack
1.  Super old project that just needs a little more quilting.
2.  Two tops that need sandwiched and hand-quilted, one for donation, one for keeps
3.  One unfinished top, not sure of my next step
4.  One quilt that needs binding sewn down. Planning to enter it in our Memory Days quilt show.
5.  Piecing this pretty thing:
Happy Monday!

Saturday, April 5, 2014


April's color is my favorite- purple! 
Making half-square triangles for
All stash, all the time!  Even the whites!
I'm ironing and sorting by size as I put away my scraps.
Happy weekend!

Friday, April 4, 2014


Listening- to Gunsmoke.  I love Festus.
Loving- a couple days for Spring Break- thought we should use yesterday and today for make-up days, but at home relaxing is just as nice.
Thinking- about how to organize the colors on my latest quilt top.  Joined KarrieLyne's quilt-along Diamond in the Rough.   Added some pink half-square triangles to the stacks.
Wanting- not a thing!  Have everything I need and a whole bunch of my wants.
Needing- to get some groceries.  Have basics in the pantry and freezer, need some side dishes :)
Hours and Last Day- 7:45ish to 3:30. June 3 for kids, June 10 for teachers.

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Lighting it Up Blue for Autism 2014
and sewing up some blue half-square triangles.

Monday, March 31, 2014


Our daily Writer's Workshop time described here.
A simple change we've made this year:
I've always had children respond in writing in every subject.  Usually on post-its or index cards.  A lady that taught our back-to-school Professional Development changed all this by suggesting...drawing a line. 
Why didn't I think of that?
For example, a child could write a response using a sentence frame, DRAW A LINE, and take a practice spelling test. Or...
a child could write a Somebody/wanted/but/so (my favorite fiction main-idea frame) DRAW A LINE and still have plenty of room to write about scaring his brother on a camping trip.  After Christmas, I become extremely picky about random uppercase letters and spelling word wall words correctly.  I circle mistakes and leave the journal on their desk for first-thing-in-the-morning fixing.  Finally...
a child could list three places a character hid in a story, then NOT draw a line because she didn't want to.  She apologetically explained why.  The line bothers her so close under her writing.
Since it was the Friday before Spring Break, we drew first using stencils, then wrote our sentences.  You could've heard a pin drop for 20 minutes.  They worked so hard.

It takes a lot of early in the year prompting for the kiddos that write a little then randomly skip four lines, but they get the hang of it.  I love having everything in one handy place.

Monday, March 24, 2014


Weekend Wrap-up
On a bright, sunny Friday, we got up early and took off for Gatlinburg!  By 12:30, we were eating lunch at the Apple Barn.  Mmm...pork chops.  Checked in at Harrah's Cherokee, explored and swam.

Up early again on Saturday!  Breakfast at Flapjack's.  Mmm...french toast.  Shopped around Gatlinburg, the outlets in Pigeon Forge.  Lunch at Joe's Crab Shack.  Mmm...popcorn shrimp.  Mountain Quiltfest! with my dad and Colton.
They were not really this excited to see quilts- they humored me.
Up early Sunday morning, ready to head home.  Lots of traffic, so we snacked in the car and had lunch in Knoxville.  There's still a Don Pablo's!  Mmm...combo fajitas.
Up early Monday morning.  Way too early.  The internet was down all day at school and my pants were tight from all the restaurant meals. 
Still...totally worth the trip!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


First, I asked in Ohio at the pumpkin patch.  Too heavy and wide for mom and I by ourselves.
Next, I spied one behind the Middle School on a trash pile.
Then, I decided to take it. But how? and when?
Finally, friends at the Barber Shop shared and even loaded them in the car!
Three pallets! 
Big plans...a quilt rack, a shelf, maybe paint one like a flag.
Aren't people nice?
March 19, 2013 Slice Sewing and a question. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Sweetest conversation with my kiddos today-

We're reading Little House on the Prairie.  In our latest chapter, Pa, Laura, Mary and Jack walk to an abandoned Indian camp.  The girls find a treasure- brightly colored beads- to take home.  Upon arriving, Mary offers to give Baby Carrie her beads.  Nice.  Ma watched to check if Laura was going to be selfish and keep her beads or give them to Baby Carrie.  Laura grudgingly shares, but is seething inside.  They each string their beads on a necklace, which Baby Carrie is too young to appreciate.  After she wears it a little while, Ma packs the beads away. 

This kind of bothered me.  Come on, Ma.  Couldn't Laura keep hers to play with?

I asked my class if their families had this rule- the expectation to give stuff to younger siblings.  No one did. Some of their responses:
B- "I'm the youngest. My brother has his stuff. I have mine."
H- "I share stuff with my baby brother, but mom doesn't make me."
K- "My family is adopting two new sisters."
and my favorite:
M- "Mom makes me give stuff back if I take it from them."

Love hearing their ideas!

Today's chapter? The whole family had malaria! Yikes.

* No slice on March 18, 2013 * 

Monday, March 17, 2014


How can a girl be so thankful for an item but so sick of it at the same time?
I'm talking about cough drops and tissues
So thankful for whoever invented these helpful items.
But, oh so sick of needing them.
Can you think of anything that falls into both categories?
Snow, maybe?
Doing a little early Easter decorating at our house today
There are a few greens in there for St. Patrick's Day, too.

March 17, 2013 Slice Spring pillowcases

Saturday, March 15, 2014


Kristy at Hopeful Threads has the best ideas!  Her latest project is collecting bags and goodies for children removed from their homes placed into foster care.  This hit home earlier this month.  A little girl in our class one day- gone the next. 
I tried to think of things I'd miss from home.  I packed up my latest tote with a towel, washcloth, soap, toothbrush, flashlight, pens and a notebook and a little bunny.  Everybody needs a little bunny.
Ready for the mail on Monday.

March 15, 2013 Slice A green slice