Thursday, July 15, 2010


Hi! It's me, Bradley the york...Mom's on vacation. She forgot to take us, got my bag packed...the  good thing about all of this is, Alison our human big sister gives us more food than Mom does...the bad???we'll be walking it all off when Mom gets home...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill

Pelican covered in oil

Just wanted to share a quick and easy, inexpensive way to help the wildlife impacted by the oil spill in the Gulf. Visit this site for more info. I've been using Dawn dish soap for years. It's a great product, works better than other brands I've tried. We use it at the Wildlife Center where I volunteer. One small thing you do, multiplied by each person that does this, creates a big impact...and that's a good thing.

Take a look here  and  here for photos of the spill. It is heartbreaking. My prayers go out to the families who lost loved ones and to all whose lives and  livelihood are affected by this preventable disaster...and of course all God's creatures helpless because of man's greed.

Disclaimer~ I have no affiliation with Proctor and Gamble or Dawn, I just care...ALOT and am concerned about how this was handled from day one. It is now day 57 and counting...

 Thanks for reading...

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Ugly Quilt

Don't Call Me Ugly 60" x 70"

This quilt was the result of an online swap I was in. We swapped what we considered "ugly" fabrics.  I designed it with one of the earliest versions of the Electric Quilt. It is machine pieced and hand quilted. I used different color threads to quilt around each square. I quilted squares in the borders. The border fabric is an Alexander Henry fabric. This quilt was juried into the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival in Williamsburg, VA. February 1994.

Quilting detail

Some of the ugly fabrics...

...more uglies...cute little frogs though...

Nothing like a little pre-printed patchwork...

Little pigs with a sign that says "free hogs"...huh???

...enough you say???!!!

Alexander Henry fabric for the back...I called it "Fish in Bondage". That's some scary looking fabric!

Thanks for stopping by...

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Delectable Mountains

The delectable days of summer...fresh fruit...

sweet cherries


...on a Delectable Mountains quilt...

Machine pieced...

...hand quilted

Monday, May 24, 2010

I ♥ New York

On Saturday, my daughter Alison and I met my daughter, Lauren and her boyfriend, Bryan in New York City. They took a bus up from Maryland. Alison and I took the train into New York. We are lucky to live so close to the city.
After a discussion about how many Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks there are in the city, we started walking...and walking... We started in midtown Manhattan, walked for about an hour, hopped on the subway and caught the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty.

Hopped back on the ferry and went over to Ellis Island. My great-great grandparents and my great grandparents on my Mom's and my Dad's side came to Ellis Island from Italy.

View of Ellis Island from the ferry

One of the buildings on the island

Some of the luggage the immigrants used to carry their belongings

Some of the clothing worn by the immigrants

Some of the household items brought over..

...including sewing machines!!!
My great Grandmother, my Grandmother and my Mom all sew. I have my great Grandmom's treadle machine. I ♥ her machine, it reminds me of her.

This is inside the main building, it houses the museum now. This is one of the buildings where the immigrants were processed when they arrived here. Many lived here for months if they were ill and needed care.

Sooo...back in Battery Park, where the ferry docks....what can I say...only in New York...

We headed up to the Financial District to see where it all started...the rise and fall of our economy.
Wall Street

After that, we needed a drink, so we headed over to South Street Seaport for some lunch. We ate at an outdoor restaurant. Good food and very relaxing.

After lunch we walked over to Ground Zero. They're busy rebuilding on the site.

Ground Zero...

This is the Ground Zero Cross, found amidst the ruins of the World Trade Center

We visited St. Paul's Chapel.

St. Paul's was built in 1766. The 9/11 recovery workers were cared for in this beautiful old church.

The fence surrounding the church became the main spot for visitors to place memorials. After it became filled with flowers, photos, teddy bears, and other paraphernalia, chapel officials decided to erect a number of panels on which visitors could add to the memorial. They estimated that only 15 would be needed , they eventually required 400.

Many of the memorials are on display inside the chapel.

This memorial is a policeman's uniform covered with police and firefighters patches sent from all over the world. It's hard to believe that this tragedy happened almost nine years ago. It still brings tears to my eyes...never forget...

We hopped on the subway and went to the Empire State are some views from the is breathtaking...

Thanks for stopping by...hope you enjoyed the tour...

Friday, May 21, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival

 Amy over at Amy's Creative Side is hosting an online quilt show. A Blogger's Quilt Festival... How cool is that?? A virtual quilt show!!! You can wear whatever you want. Who's going to know? I'm thinking you can even touch the quilts!! No white glove ladies at this show. Check it out, be inspired, make new friends, be amazed!!

Here is my entry. I know it's called Fox and Geese. I believe I got the pattern from Quilters Newsletter Magazine way back when...calicoes were HOT. But apparently I forgot to put a label on my quilt. When I taught at the local quilt shop here, I stressed the importance of putting a label on your quilt. Heck...I even taught a label making class. Go figure. Anyway, I had this quilt professionally quilted and it has a place of honor on my bed.

Fox and Geese

Quilting Detail

Thanks for stopping by...enjoy the show. I can't wait to see everyone's quilts!

Click here to go there!