Sunday, March 14, 2010

Thanks to a wonderful friend!

I was so thrilled to receive this award from a wonderful blogger, Jolene. She is just about the sweetest person on the blogging web, and I am thrilled she wanted to know more about me. Thanks Jolene! I have never been nominated for an award like this. I'm flattered!

1. I am the only girl in my family. I am right in the middle of 5 brothers. Two older and 3 younger. My dad was worried I would be spoiled, so I think he went out of his way to make sure I didn't receive any special treatment. For example, if my car (which I bought and paid for with my own money) needed any mechanical work at all, my dad would not help me with my woes, unless I was sitting by his side helping him work on it. I'm grateful that he made me learn how to be a mechanic, as I have had to use that knowledge a lot in my life!

2. I contemplated changing my major about 5 times in college. First it was business. I wanted to be a buyer for a department store. I didn't know you had to have so much math for this major...I hate math.
Next, public have to write for the school paper...weekly...nope, not my favorite thing to do.
Third was French...I'm not really sure why I thought about this major! Fourth...microbiology...lab work was not really my thing.
Finally...Marriage and family therapy...I decided to get married, so I didn't finish this one either. I should mention that I really never officially changed my major in college. These are just the things I was interested in. I went to school for 4 years, so if I would have stuck with one thing, and started and finished with my FHD ambitions, I would have finished. Such is life.

3. I hospitalized on my 8th birthday for pneumonia. I had to stay in one of those oxygen tents for about 7 days. It was scary, and lonely, and I wanted to play with my toys that I had gotten for my birthday. I still have vivid memories of a Charlie Brown character book that a friend gave me in the hospital. I loved that book!

4. One summer, I broke my arm, when my brother and I went down to the local go-cart race track and pooled our money together so we could ride twice as long on the track. We took turns "driving" and "pushing the gas pedal". My crazy brother drove us into a bail of hay, and as it was my turn to push the gas, I didn't stop us! This same brother broke his arm a week later when he was showing off on his skateboard, and the garden hose happened to get in the way!
We have another brother that broke his arm a few weeks after that on the neighbor's trampoline. My poor mother!

5. I've been stitching and sewing since I was about eight. It has always been something I have enjoyed doing. I started with those little Bucilla crewel kits. I also sewed with 4-H and I entered several articles of clothing into the fair.

6. I have had my own pattern business. I published under the name of "The Hidden Heart." I designed mostly punch needle patterns, but I also had some embroidery, wool, and cross stitch patterns. I taught classes all over the state of Utah. What fond memories! My favorite retreat was at the Washington School Inn in Park City. I taught 3 years with Cynthia Zittel of "The Drawn Thread." What a thrill!

7. On the day that the SAT test was given, I was really sick. I didn't want to miss the test, as there wasn't another one scheduled for several months, and I was interested in trying to get into college early, during my senior year. I went and took the test, and I don't remember much about that day, other than I was sicker than I ever remember being!
My mom picked me up from the test and took me straight to the hospital instead of going home. After a few blood tests, I was diagnosed with mononucleosis. Needless to say, I spent the next month in bed. I felt awful!
After applying for college, it was not surprising that my SAT scores were too low to get into college early. I wrote a letter of appeal, and told them why my scores were so low, and that I had taken the test while having mono. I guess the person reviewing my case figured that if I had enough dedication to go to a test while having mono, I would be dedicated in my classes, so I was accepted. I was only the 7th person at the time in my high school to go to college early. I guess I really should have finished getting my degree, huh!

I am suppose to nominate 7 other blogger's. I am having a hard time with this part. I love all of the blogs I follow! I feel like I'm breaking one of those "chain" letters, but I'm going to say that if you are on my blog roll, and you would like to tell me a little about yourself, then this award is for you! Please feel free to share 7 things that are unknown about you!

I get to show you what I have been doing this week!
Matching bags for my DD and I for Easter!
I went to a quilting retreat on Thursday through Saturday. I got a few projects done! (Can you hear the hallelujah chorus?) It was so fun! love being able to just sit and work on projects and not be interrupted by kids, phones, and fixing dinner!

Button Up Buttercup by FriendsFolk Quilts
I got this put together on Friday. It's been in my closet for a few years. This is for DD's bed. After it is quilted it will be washed, and the flowers with "rag up" giving it some dimension. It was funny that one of my friends had the same quilt, and she was doing it in black and white prints with bright yellow flowers. It was amazing at how different they were. A great versitle pattern.
Prairie Sweets by Fig Tree Quilts
I bought this yesterday on my way home from the retreat. Isn't this a lovely quilt? I think it's the perfect quilt to use up scraps. I love this little pamphlet. There is a wonderful article in here about having a variety of projects. It's important to have projects that are challenging and some that are just plain easy and fun to finish. She says it helps us be more creative if we mix it up a little. It was just what I need to read. I think I can get overwhelmed at times, and this put things in perspective for me.

Hope all is well in blog land! I really appreciate the comments and support. How I love all my peeps and blog friends! Take Care, and have a wonderful week!


Siobhan said...

I loved reading more about you, Loraine! What a gorgeous quilt for your daughter--I love the prints! It sounds like a wonderful retreat. Love the bags, too!

Margaret said...

I'm so glad you won this award -- it was so much fun reading about you! Beautiful quilt too! Now can you teach me a thing or two about fixing cars? lol!

Cari said...

Loved reading all about you...that's so much fun. I love your quilt. It is just darling! It's always a great time to attend a retreat and get so much accomplished. Have a great week!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

You so deserve this award!!! I,like you found it quite difficult to pass to just 7 so I did about the same thing you did. Funny, I (and you too, I know), really mean it - I'm giving it to all those people - I hope they'll give us their 7 things! Yours are great. I've never broken anything and I can't fix a thing about a car! What a great skill to have.
I love you mommy/daughter bags! I began carrying the one you made me again recently because I needed a spring lift. I can not tell you how many compliments I get on it. I absolutely love it and will wear it out, I'm sure!
Your DD's quilt is gorgeous!!! Have a great week, Sweet Loraine!

Melissa said...

Congratulations on the award - well deserved! That was interesting to find out all those "new" facts! What a growing up you must've had!

I love the bags, and the quilt you finished is wonderful. Love the colours and that new quilt book looks great.

Deb said...

Well, where do I start??? I just loved reading about you! You and I have some similarities - the broken bones (my brother broke his arm two days later mountain climbing) and I too could have graduated early but for some reason my parents wouldn't let me (well, that's a long story). That's probably why I mooned the nuns - I was bored! LOL But I loved reading all about you.

I think your dad had the right idea about the mechanical stuff. I don't know a thing about that stuff, but my sister, who watched other people, can tear a car apart and put it back together. We women certainly could stand to learn that! All your facts are great!

Just love the quilt and the bags. You do such wonderful work, and you're so deserving of the Blog Award! I hope you have a wonderful week, and thanks for sharing all that you did with this post. I loved reading it!!

woolwoman said...

Congrats on your blogger award Loraine - Loved reading about you and your quilting projects are gorgeous! Love the matching bags - so cool and so springy! I'm ready and I bet you are too ! take care - Melody

Hazel said...

Oooooh I am very interested in your punchneedle patterns you used to design as I have just started doing that. Only done one mind you! Those bas are adorable. You have great talent. x

Cathy Lloyd said...

Cute bags and quilt! Loved reading all about you!