Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Today is the Day! Dare to Dresden BLog Hop!

 It's that time of the month again- WHN has entered another blog hop and today is her day!  The BIG REVEAL as it were!  This month, the fabulous Madame Samm  and Christine of Quilt Monster in My Closet  have put their beautiful heads together and challenged quilters in the blogosphere to give Dresden Plate blocks a try! Now, all of you know that WHN is starting to pawticipate in more of these blog hops and that is a very good thing- it keeps her out of our furs!  This month, WHN's quilting experiment is being introduced by the newest Dachsie With Moxie, our foster brother Snoopy!  Over to you Snoopmeister!

Thanks for that great intro, Chip and Tasha!  Life here has been simply crazy- having just moved in on December 1st, I was a bit shellshocked after having three homes in three weeks and it took some time to settle in, but boy is WHN out of control!  Chip and Tasha are NOT exaggerating at all about this- this woman is in dire need of serious snoopervision and since I have just been promoted to Senior Security Consultant for Dachshund Security LLC, I am taking the job seriously! We three take turns in the "sling" so we can monitor her progress (we insist that she wear a baby sling around her neck for our comfort- she is simply too silly to realize that surveillance is best conducted up close and personal!)  This makes our job harder when she wanders off mumbling to herself, in the direction of her sewing room.  Chip and Tasha use the trundle bed, leaving me either on the floor or in the Big Bed off duty. Last month she pawticpated in the "In Your Words" blog hop and made some Maxine themed items and some British items to go with her Christmas loot! instead of taking a break, the very next day she started making her Dresden plates for today.  Now, she has NEVER made them before so we insisted that she watch a YouTube video from the Missouri Star Quilt Company to get some idea as to what she was doing- that helped a lot!  She was also inspired by Melissa Corry's Double Dresden  tutorial and used that as the basis for this masterpiece!.  Using 7/8 of a yard of Keep Calm and Quilt On fabric from her favorite LQS, Jackman's Fabrics, and white muslin yardage from her stash, plus double batting, she decided to make a bed runner so that I don't get cold while I am off duty!  I helped her cut the Dresden plates out with her nifty Dresden ruler, and then sat on her sewing table as she pieced them together!  She had enough for four full dresden blocks and 18 blade of a larger one which she used to great effect on either end of the runner.  She then sewed them down on the quilt top.  The only trouble she had was pinning the backing and backing to the top- that took most of one day since the fabric kept bunching up no matter how many pins she used (and she used lots of pins, every inch or less to get a firm grip)  Dad finally had to take things in hand and help with this.  She flipped it and then appliqued everything a second time with a blanket stitch on her Baby Lock- she was concerned about my toes getting caught on the baldes of the Dresden.  Then she started to quilt using free motion quilting motifs that she learned lst year during the year long FMQ challenge hosted by SewCal Gal.  Now, we know that her fmq is rusty, but she gave it the good college try and finished yesterday afternoon.  She washed the quilt and dried it to make sure it was super soft for my sensitive skin, and voila, I have my very own bed blankie!

Please enjoy the photos of what I helped WHN make, and make sure you visit the other ladies exhibiting their works of art today!
January 31th, 2013
Dad holding the bed runner up for the world to see!

Checking out to see if WHN forgot a spot!

Close up of an end plate

Close up of one of the four plates

Monday, January 28, 2013

What in the world is Snoopy doing?

 Come back Thursday, 31 January 2013, for the big reveal!

Wishing Muffin were here!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

She took us to the vet!

Instead of letting us prepare for February 6th, the fabulous Pip and Puddles road show, WHN made us go the VET! Snoopy and Tasha have been scratching up a storm again, and this time Tasha's tail started to bleed.  So off we went!   Chip came to snoopervise and Dad met us there.  Snoopy had to be muzzled since he was so nervous, but he did very well! He and Tasha are on antibiotics and will be having weekly baths with medicated shampoo to fight the skin flakes - not much hair loss yet, but better safe than sorry.  Our vet change us from Trifexis to Revolution so that was that.  Snoopy and Chip have their dentals in February.  WHN actually behaved for once- no embarrassing tears at the vet office!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

POTP Update- Lily Belle!

Lily Belle, Tasha's BFFFF and Soul Sister, sees the specialist today!  Please keep her in your prayers- she is doing better, but we need her better 100% NOW!!!!  


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Meet Me in St Louis!

Yes, they are coming- hide the children, cover your eyes, alert the police!  PUDDLES and PIP are coming to St Louis for a one day, sure to be sold out show on February 6th. Get your tickets early- and we are NOT responsible if anyone in the audience experiences a sudden urge to swing from the Gateway Arch!  Anheuser Busch has been put on full alert- ALL of their breweries will be working 24/7 in hopes that they can keep up with the demand.  The Clydesdales are being put through their paces and the brass bands are getting ready for their tryouts.  The St Louis Rams and the Cardinals will be providing extra security for these two world famous jet setters.  BURGER KING is donating truckloads of cheeseburgers, just the way Pip likes them!  There will be barges of Cheetohs coming in on both the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers- the river traffic will be humungous- we hope that it will be enough.  Hotel rooms are being reserved quickly so hurry and get yours now!  All of the vets in the area are on stand by in case somebuddy gets a tummy ache!  We even heard that Mayoress Madi will be in town for the festivities- will our own Molly the Wally cover the red carpet event at Busch Stadium?  Will that stadium be big enough for the overflow crowds expected?  THIS IS GOING TO BE BIGGER THAN THE DIAMOND JUBILEE AND THE OLYMPICS _ ALL IN ONE DAY!!!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

POTP Alert- Lily Belle!

Please keep our beloved Lily Belle , Tasha's BFF and Soul Sister, in your prayers- she hurt her neck yesterday when she ran into a glass door and sees a canine neurologist toady at 11:30 EST!   Just click on her name and you will be taken to her blog so that you can easily leave her POTP.  Snoopy is upset that his Muffin's sister is hurting and Tasha is beside herself with worry.  (Chip is on guard duty and is sending his POTP too)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

In Your Words blog hop

"I love WORDS, and it looks like
a few other quilters do to.
OUR very first Blog hop of the year!

is our cheerleader in residence 
and she has done a wonderful job
at keeping us all together...
Check the link on the sidebar for her whole schedule! 
She knows how to CHEER! 

A very warm WELCOME to YOU 
for dropping in  to:
where for the next few days
we have a collection of quilters
who will be sharing THEIRS with you.."
The Lovely Madame Samm strikes again!  She has lured What's Her Name out of her lair and out into the bright sunshine with yet another quilting Blog Hop!  We, the Dachsies With Moxie agree that these blog hops have helped us and WHN by keeping her busy and out of our furs! (At least until life catches up with her, causing us to earn combat pay!)  And this month we have the Lovely Linda as head cheerleader and you should see what she made- WHN is definitely going to purchase the pattern once it hits Linda's Craftsy shop!)
Today is the last day of this blog hop, and it involves words - we were to use words that described us or appealed to us or were just plain fun.  Any technique was to be used- the sky is the limit!
So of course, WHN overthought everything and fell behind when she was laid up with panic attacks that kept her on the couch for a couple of weeks- THANKFULLY she had lots of great fabric in her stash and when she crawled out of the panic attack cave, we made her get cracking! (You try sewing with an 18 lb dachshund in a sling around your neck- we made sure she was safe and insisted that Snoopy, our resident "King of Sling", and Tasha, the "Queen of SLing", took turns with this onerous duty.)

WHN has been drawn to the "Keep Calm and Carry On" WWII poster from Great Britain- she loves all things related to that era.  For Christmas, we had Dad get her a teapot, tray, spoon rest, mug and salt and pepper shakers.  While she was browsing the remnants at Jackman's (her home away from home) she found a quarter yard of a British themed fabric and brought it home.  IN keeping with her WWII  obsession- she made a tray runner for her "KCACO" set.  It is very simple and she machine quilted around the individual logos on the panel.   Then, also from Jackman's, she discovered a pink quilt themed Rosie the Riveter and made two hot pads for her sewing room! (You may remember the fabric from the UR Priceless purse blog hop back in November!) Third, and final, she used leftovers from a Maxine panel and made a placemat for her sewing machine- she loves Maxine and we think she channels her on a regular basis! We hope that you enjoy her simple entries- She is proud of them and has found that slowing down and stating from scratch, she is enjoying her quilting even more!!!  Maybe Madame Samm will visit for a cuppa and some chocolates- would Godiva be good enough though?

So please join us today and be sure to visit the other ladies participating in today's blog hop tour:

Wednesday, January 16
Quiltin' Jenny  (Jenny)
Dachsies With Moxie  (Agnes B.)  Your are here!
Sew Many Yarns (Lyndsey M.)
Christa Quilts (Christa W.)

Only Tuesday and I am so tired!

Chip, President and CEO of Dachshund Security, LLC here-   we have had such a challenging year that just thinking about it makes me want to get on the couch and curl up under the blankies.  This, of course, does NOT include what taking care of WHN does- at least I have an iron constitution and some help finally with that chore!~  NEVER expected my life to be this interesting when I signed up back in September of 21009, back when I came along from DRNA to help Ginger keep WHN sane (and we did our best, let me tell you!  First, Thai moves in three months after I do and I have to teach him the rules of the house and the pecking order- that worked out great.  He never left as he was supposed to- WHN and Dad adopted him eight months into his tenure with the DWM.  Then, a year later, in July 2011, we take this four hour car ride- to pick up yet another dachshund "foster"- you all know her as Tasha.  THAT lasted 22 hours before Dad forced WHN to call DRNA and let them know she was staying furever.  A month later, Dad was laid off and we had to help him out.  In October of 2011, Anna Rose, the wife of Max Da Odder Brudder joined us and helped out enormously- she helped Dad cope.  It was great seeing the mutual love they had for each other.  We though our pack was complete- two slaves and five dachsies, just right!  BUT NO!  The Rainbow Bridge came calling and took Ginger away, breaking WHN's heart and keeping her in bed for a couple of weeks. Then Thai left in June of last year, and our hearts broke again.  Two weeks later, Dad got a great job here in St Louis and we had to help WHN get the house packed and ready for a new life in a new state- did I mention how much work she makes for us?  We don't get paid enough- but combat pay would be nice!  The DWM had just about gotten settled in and WHN "handled" to our liking when Anna Rose died, leaving WHN and Dad simply ghosts of themselves, especially Dad.  We, Tasha and myself, had no idea how to act with just two of us- we were used to the patter of dachsie feet times 5, and two was simply too quiet for us.  Then the phone rang and WHN started coming out of her shell when she learned that there was a dachshund who needed a place to stay as he had had a tough time and would we take him in? Of course she said yes,without consulting us, but we knew it might not work- he was supposed to be a biter and did not like peeps very much- we were probably his last resort.  Dad and she loaded us up in the car and we went and picked up this  4 yr old red and white piebald monster named Snoopy- barking his head off like a teenager, but quieting down once he got Dad to pick him up. (Just like Anna Rose, BTW- he saw the flashing sucker sign on Dad's forehead and knew who he had to convince!)  Once we got home, we gave him a talking to- he is only a foster and NOT staying furever!  No way Jose! Tasha and he tend to avoid each other,except where squeaky toys are concerned, and lets him know who is boss.  I made him a security guard and he gets the worst shifts so I can finally get some rest.  At night, he sleeps with WHN, facing the door since the squirrel army in this neighborhood could try to sneak in at any time.  When Dad gets home from work, he takes charge of him and makes sure he is safe until bedtime.  He is coming along nicely- everything we were told about him was wrong, and he is ging to puppy school once a week- but his anxiety gets the better of him even when we are with him for support.  He is learning his commands but school just scares him.  He is good in the car and does not try to steal our food either.  He loves WHN and adores Dad (who is the real soft touch in this family) 

Lately, we are starting to suspect that there are changes in the air that we are not going to like- and they all revolve around the Snoopster.  WHN and Dad keep looking at him and start whispering to each other and give us lots more cuddle time too- even giving Snoopy the sling when he wants it.  For the life of me I can't figure out what is going on- WHN is usally so easy to read, and there are no tears involved this time, so I am really confused.  So I am begging BLogville for help- WHAT IS GOING ON?  

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Stalin's Gun Control Methods Worked Remember Your History Or Be Doomed T...

Unicorns support Obama!

How to choose batiks for quilting

WHN really needs to wathc this as she received several gorgeous batik fabrics from the WDA and everyone knows she doesn't know what to do with them!  (BUT this time she does have an idea)

The annual legacy of Planned Parenthood: 333,964 dead. That's 12,844 Sandy Hooks.

The annual legacy of Planned Parenthood: 333,964 dead. That's 12,844 Sandy Hooks.

Tuesday, 08 January 2013

The annual legacy of Planned Parenthood: 333,964 dead. That's 12,844 Sandy Hooks.

The same people calling for restricting Second Amendment rights have no qualms with celebrating the charnal houses of Planned Parenthood. Feminism is a religion, and abortion is its sacrament.
Parenthood Federation of America's latest annual report for 2011-2012 says that its affiliated clinics performed 333,964 abortions in fiscal 2011.
That works out to an average of one abortion every 94 seconds.
It's the equivalent of a Sandy Hook massacre every 41 minutes.
You disagree? Then you just might be a liberal. Tell me, if "choice" is so sacrosanct, why can't I "choose" to drink a 32oz soda in NYC? Or eat fois gras in California? Or wear a seal fur coat?
Because baby seals are more important than baby humans, that's why. Right? Go ahead, tell me how baby seals are worth protecting but your own species, your own flesh and blood, isn't! And Big Gulps are Bad. Not as bad as Sopher Clamps, but Mike Bloomberg wouldn't dare ban the tools of the abortionist. Ban AR-15s instead!
You create a culture which devalues life. That says life is not worth protecting. Where the unborn are disposable. And children are an inconvenience.
Then you wonder why a guy walks into an elementary school and opens fire.
Here's a thought. He learned everything he needed to know about respecting life from Cecile Richards and her henchwomen at Planned Parenthood.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year (a day late)

Dreaming of Muffin
 Dear Blogville,

Snoopy the "King of Sling" here!  Sorry that we have not been blogging lately (but we have left some comments!), we have been busy nursing WHN back to health and I think we got it just in time! The mental ouchies seem to be gone, but we had to keep her under complete isolation so that Blogville did not become infected!  To accomplish this required stealth and nerves of steel, so of course I volunteered- Tasha needed a break to get her pawdicure and Chip needed a rest, so I stepped up to handle this operation.  As you can see, I needed to use the sling to ensure that proper supervision could be accomplished at all times- I have been forced to wear this thing for up to 4 hours at a time each day for the past week- I tell you, this woman needs lots of snoopervision- don't know how Dad and the pack handled it before I came along! But, I get lots of cuddle time and get to dream about my Valentine, Miss Muffin!  

Dad has had to work quite a bit since Thanksgiving- he even had to work all three of the holidays!  This meant that we had to keep the home front safe from all enemies Foreign and Domestic and we succeeded brilliantly- we outflanked WHN at every turn, using the sling! We had a great New Year's yesterday- turkey and gravy, cheese and watching the Vienna Philharmonic on the couch with Dad! 

Well, back to the trenches- WHN is mumbling again and we think she is off to the sewing room!  Happy New year Blogville! 
The King of SLing