Monday, September 7, 2015

My Winner

Hi! It's the day to draw the winners.  Island Batik shared their #Summerinthecountry winner on their blog HERE, along with the directions to create the Barns quilt, which is adorable.

And my winner was picked by, Comment #28.  Nancy has been notified and has responded with her address, so a bundle of beautiful batiks will be on their way to her.

If you didn't win, please check with your favorite stores and look for Island Batik, and ask them to carry it if you don't find it.  Also, Quilt In A Day and Hancocks-Paducah, among other online shops, do carry a good assortment of Island Batik, so please check your favorite online stores and get the best batiks!

I enjoyed all the comments on my post, and although I don't respond I do read them all.  I do hope you've tried the recipe, though.  I know you'll love it!

Thanks again to Island Batik, the other Ambassadors and to my readers for making this so much fun!
There's lots more fun in store, so I hope you check back soon!  Thanks for visiting!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Summer in the Country Blog Hop and Give Away


Hi, and Welcome to my day on the Summer in the Country Blog Hop with Island Batik. 

I LOVE being an Ambassador for Island Batik!  It's fun and exciting, and the fabrics are really wonderful.  The colors are great, and the base fabric is quality.  I've compared batiks from other companies, and have found that others fray and the fabric is thinner than Island Batik.  You can feel and see the difference.  

Since I live in the country, in the woods in the Pocono Mountains of PA, I adore Summer in the country.  The trees are so full, the lakes and streams are so pretty, and the crickets chirping at night just make me happy.  It's a lovely place to live.  And you'll find a few beautiful Log Cabins.  I used the Log Cabin as my inspiration for this country theme runner. 

My very first quilt was a Quilt In A Day Log Cabin.  Shortly after I moved here 27 years ago, a small fabric store opened, and had a class for this "new" method of quilting using rotary cutters.  Since I had been sewing since I was 5, I wanted to try quilting.  And I had a new house to decorate.  I took the class, and have loved Quilt In A Day and quilting since.  I'm not sharing a photo of that quilt today, but I do want to share my latest Log Cabin quilt. 

The three lighter colors, and the first on the "dark" side are from Wishing Well, The Buttermilk collection. The 2 darks and binding were from the Green Acres Collection. and the center is Plum from the Basics Collection.  I wanted the center to be close to the traditional red, and it's such a pretty shade to go with the others.  

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But the setting is not traditional!  I saw a runner similar to this, done by a friend.  She used a book called "Mostly Table Runners by Calico Printworks.  I've created my version and want to share what I did with you.  

I made 10 Log Cabin blocks, using the Quilt In A Day book.  I used the 2 1/2" strip count for the 9 block baby quilt, but needed an extra 3rd Dark strip (the green/blue animal print in my runner).  

These ended at 14 1/2" (will be 14" in the top).  You can use your favorite method and size of blocks, though.  

Then I played with layouts on EQ7.  I created a template that had 10 blocks in an On Point setting.  Here are some choices (I used a standard colored block from the data base.  It was important for me to see the light/dark not the colors.) 

I picked this first one.     

The really fun thing about Log Cabin blocks is there are so many ways to lay them out, and you'll get a great quilt.  I ignored the setting triangles in these templates, though.  I wanted the jagged border. 

So, after I figured out how to lay them out, I sewed the rows together.  Normally when you sew blocks on point, the ends of the diagonal rows have triangles to fill in the spaces.  We're not doing that, so you'll have some weird looking matches, but it's actually fun and easy.  I numbered the diagonal rows.  Row 1 has 2 blocks, so sew them together.  Row 2 has 3 blocks, and those get sewn.  Row 3 has 3 blocks, and row 4 has 2.  Make sure you leave the numbers on through the next steps.  I used card stock, and just wrote the numbers with a sharpie, and pinned them on.  

Put them back on your design wall, to figure out which seams should match, and which block just hangs out.  I drew an arch for where you need to match the seams.  Block 1 in row 2 only matches to row 1.  Block 3 in row 3 only matches to  row 4. 

I layered the top with backing and batting, and quilted feathers using Aurifil Mako 50wt in 2783, a dark teal blue for the "dark" sections of the blocks, and 50 wt 2000, a pretty cream, for the light sections.  I didn't quilt the center squares.  I adore Aurifil for quilting and piecing. The colors were perfect to melt into the top and just add texture.

I cut 6 strips, 2 1/2" wide, for binding, using the navy and green pine tree fabric (which is Dark #2). The trickiest part is binding this, because of the inner corners.  Here's what I did. First, before quilting, I basted about 1/8" from the entire edge, using my walking foot.  I felt this was needed because of the inner corners, and since this layout made the edges a bias edge on the backing (the front is straight strip pieces, not bias).  Next, after quilting, I trimmed the backing and batting even with the top, especially on the inner corners.  I started stitching the binding to the quilt top, and when I got to the outer corners, did the usual miter fold.  The inner corners need some special handling, but it's not difficult.

First, mark 1/4" on the inner corner, like an X.  When you get to this spot, stop with the needle down, right in the center of the X, through the binding, and quilt.  You can back up 2 stitches, and go back forward, if you want.  Carefully, with the needle down, lift your presserfoot and pivot the quilt so you can go towards the next edge.  Line the binding up with the new edge, and fold/pinch/push the quilt carefully under the foot, so it's actually as straight as you can make it.  Basically, you are UNbending this fold, and continuing to sew the binding.  By pleating the quilt, to the left of the needle, you can straighten the binding. You are NOT forming a pleat in the binding or top, just straightening the section where the binding is sewn.  NO miters or tucks!!  I used a stiletto to help make sure the area under the foot was as flat as possible.  Take 2 or 3 stitches, and you can let the pleated top go, and readjust the binding.  Continue to the next corner, then miter.  Then do the same X mark, pleat the top and continue around the next inner corner. There's only 4 of them, so it's not that challenging.
Mark 1/4" seam lines on the quilt top at the inner corner. 

Stop at the mark with the needle down.   I didn't trim my batting and backing until I was approaching this inner corner, but it's easier to cut out the triangle with scissors before it's under the machine.
Pleat and fold the quilt to the left of the needle, and make the edge where you're sewing the binding as straight as possible, the part you just sewed, and the next block's side. Continue sewing the binding along the next edge.

I machine sew my bindings to the back. I did the cream sections first (the bobbin thread is cream, top thread was dark navy)  I didn't want the cream to show on the blue sections of the front, so I changed the bobbin thread for those areas to match, And then I decided to hand sew the inner binding spots to the back.  It was easier than trying to do it by machine.

This is pretty easy, but to make it look good, you need to take your time (and use a little help from a stiletto).  Start tacking your binding to the back, by hand, as usual. When you get to the inner corner, where the stitches make the L, form a small tuck/pleat to "absorb" the extra fabric in the binding.  Use the stiletto to help tuck this little pleat in, then hand sew the pleat in place on the front and back. Continue sewing the remaining binding down to the back of the quilt. This photo shows the TOP of the inner corner, with the pleat sewn in place.  It makes a nice sharp square, doesn't it?? It's pretty easy, just a little "detailed".  

And you have this awesome runner to show for the effort!  I think it's stunning.  The batiks are gorgeous, especially the paisley in the first dark section, and you have to smile at the trees going around the binding.  The shaped edge just adds something unique to this piece, and I love it!

Mine finished at 40 by 80, and I decided to see what it looked like as a bed runner.

It would look better over a plain blue, grey,  or cream quilt, I think. It makes my purple quilt look weird! lol But I'm keeping the purple in my room.

Here's another photo of it draped over the guest room day bed.

When I saw Buttermilk as the collection name on the cream grouping of fabrics, I knew I had to share my Chocolate Chip Loaf recipe!  It uses buttermilk!  It's perfect for brunch or snack, and with afternoon tea. 

Chocolate Chip Bread

3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
`3/4 tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
1 ½ cup buttermilk
¼ cup butter melted
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup mini chocolate chips (I use 1 1/2 cups regular chips)
Preheat Oven to 350*
Grease and flour 3 small (approx 4 x 6) loaf pans, or 2 regular size loaf pans (approx 6 x 9)
Whisk together dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt) and set aside.
Cream butter and sugar until well blended. Mix in egg and vanilla until well combined. Stir in flour and buttermilk, alternating, until combined. Stir in chocolate chips, and pour into the prepared pans. Bake 35 to 45 minutes, until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Let cool.
Place ¼ cup chocolate chips in a zip-loc type bag, concentrated in one corner. Place bag upright in a microwave safe bowl, and melt the chips until liquid, about 2 minutes. Snip a small hole in the corner, and use the opening to drizzle chocolate over cooled loaves.
MY hints:
Double the recipe, and once the drizzle is cooled, wrap in aluminum foil, and freeze loaves in ziploc bags. Keeps for months. I use 3 smaller pans and 2 large ones. Batter is similar to cake batter, or pancake batter. I use regular chocolate chips, and about 1 ½ cups per recipe (about 3 cups if doubled recipe). 

Recipe was originally found in a magazine years ago (can't remember which one), but I add more chocolate chips!   

Remove from the freezer a few hours before you wish to serve them, or they make great hostess gifts.  Everyone who has tasted this says "I could eat that all day!"  

And, if you've made it this far, I have a give away.  I'll select 4 FQs of some of the latest collection to send to you.  Please leave a comment to enter.  I would LOVE it if you could show my FACEBOOK PAGE some love, too.  If you haven't already, please LIKE the page. I'm really close to 300 followers, and I'll add a second prize of FQs to the drawing if I get over 325 by the end of the hop, on September 8.  One comment per person, and please make sure I can get in touch with you.  I'll pick one or two winners from the comments here.

If you've missed the other days on the hop, here's the list.  Many of them still have give-aways open.  

Also, Island Batik is giving away 2 bundles of fabric.  Use the Rafflecopter Widget at the bottom to enter! 

Thanks so much for visiting and reading my book/blog post, lol.  Enjoy the rest of your hop! 

8/17 – Island Batik
8/18 – KISSed Quilts – Part 1
8/19 – Kauffman Designs
8/20 – Adele Mogavero
8/21 – MooseStash Quilting
8/22 – Pamela Quilts
8/23 – Freemotion by the River
8/24 – The Patchwork Pearl
8/25 – Fun Threads Designs
8/26 – For Quilts Sake
8/27 – Lemon Tree Snippets
8/28 – Bejeweled Quilts
8/29 – Tamarinis
8/30 – KISSed Quilts – Part 2
8/31 – Beaquilter
9/1 – Purrfect Spots Designs
9/2 – Maria Michaels Designs
9/3 – Mary Mack Made Mine  You're HERE!  Thanks!
9/4 – Made In Scraps
9/5 – Happy Cottage Quilter

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Summer In the Country with Island Batik

Take a stroll with us, down to the country with Island Batik.  Grab a glass of lemonade or sweet tea, and enjoy the fun we have planned for you!

Find out more at Island Batik's Blog.  We have some fun recipes, great designs, and previews of all the gorgeous new batiks heading to shops.  Lots to inspire and enjoy.

My day is later in the hop, and I have my recipe and project planned.  I can't wait for you to see it.

In the meantime, I'm working on some special orders that include a variety of batiks and I'll show them soon.  I've been procrastinating, though.  I want to get them done, but something else was bugging me, and I couldn't work on the fun stuff.  I know you've probably felt the same at times.

My ironing board cover is disgusting.  Really ugly.  Stained and yucky.  I liked the design, for the most part.  It's the one from JoAnn's, with the grid and measuring tape printed on it.  The lines helped square blocks, and estimate sizes, but the grid stretches, so it's not accurate.   I've been meaning to make a new cover for quite a while (a few years), but I couldn't decide on the fabric to use.  I was thinking about all the great cotton prints I have, and how pretty they would look when I was pressing blocks or clothes.  But I also wanted something a little heavier and durable.  Not denim, though.  What did I have that was pretty, and heavy?  Because I didn't want to spend money when I have stuff that would work, but maybe not so pretty.  I've been pondering this for over a year.   I was working on the pirate shirt a few weeks ago and looked through the fabrics I had stored in that cabinet, while I was getting the leather lacing and rivets for the shirt.  And I spied it!  Ohhhh, there's a pretty blue and yellow floral, in home dec weight!  That would make a pretty ironing board cover, and be durable (and the colors won't transfer to what I'm pressing).  So, I pulled it out, measured it, and figured it would be perfect, with quite a bit left for other uses.  I purchased it from an ebay auction years ago.  It was a bargain, and I'd thought of a machine cover and a case for my extension table for my machine, when I travel, but I never cut into it.

I kept looking at the fabric.  I put it, folded, on the ironing board.  Then moved it to the top of the washing machine.  Then put it on the board when I needed to do laundry.  For about 2 weeks, the fabric taunted me.  I shouldn't take time to sew for myself when I needed to finish the commission work, right??  I even wanted to do it before the Ambassador Favorite Things hop.  Procrastination!! Well, last night, I needed to do laundry, and had to move the fabric again.  Nothing was getting sewn because I needed to replace the cover on the ironing board, which I was procrastinating.  Well, I decided to just do it.  At Midnight, last night, I pulled the old, gross, cover off the board, and got some scrap batting, and cut a piece of Insul-Bright to fit, and made a new cover.

You may ask why I didn't buy a cover.  I haven't seen any I loved, and they are expensive.  I have so much fabric that I could have used, it didn't make sense to spend money when I could make it.  I have the knowledge and batting, and would prefer to buy new quilting fabric with that money.

But I thought it would take a long time, so I kept putting it off.  I was done with the whole thing in less than an hour.  I wasted so much time procrastinating!  But now I have a pretty cover and can get the other projects done.

Here's what I did.  I laid the fabric over the board, allowed for about 5" to go down and under each edge, and used pins to mark the shape.  I cut out the cover, did a quick serge around the sides (to finish the edge), curved the bottom corners a little,  turned under about an inch and stitched a casing, leaving an opening in the narrow flat section for inserting elastic.  I curved the corners carefully, making little pleats (knowing I would be inserting a safety pin to pull the elastic through).  I've found a safety pin to be the best for pulling things in casings.  Easy, and very cheap.  I used about 3 yards of 3/8" elastic (again, something I had plenty of).  I pinned the ends of elastic to the cover (so it wouldn't slide into the casing opening) and tried it on the board.  I had put the Insul-Bright down first, then the batting.  I put the cover over that, and adjusted the fit until I was happy, and the cover was smooth, and then pulled the elastic a little tighter and tied a knot in the two ends.  DONE!  The elastic allowed the gathers to be easily adjusted, and now I can work on a pretty surface!  Yippee!!

It really adds a bright and pretty touch to my little pressing corner in my laundry room off the sewing area.  The board is old, but very steady, and a perfect height.  And now it's pretty again!

I hope you don't procrastinate making a cover for your ironing board.  It's not worth wasting the time!  I'll be back soon with my batik projects, and you'll get to see what I did with buttermilk and these pretties soon!

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, August 1, 2015


Hi!  Thanks for all the great comments on My Favorite Things Blog hop!  I did a number thing, and the comment chosen is #40, Allison CB.

I've contacted her, and she'll be getting 3 Island Batik FQs.

Let me tell you, it's so hard to part with these gorgeous fabrics.  I really do love them all.  

Emily asked about the star blocks on the design wall.  They are Hunter's Star, and I used the die from my Accuquilt GO!.  It was a breeze to cut out, and piece the blocks on the vintage machine.  As soon as the blocks are all pressed, it'll become a top.  Many of the batiks are from Island.

Allison, congratulations again, and thanks for commenting.  I'll get your pretties out this week.

And remember to stop back for the Island Batik Ambassador blog hop starting soon!

I've shared this on Facebook, but wanted to thank Chris again.  He purchased some vintage embroideries from me in my Etsy shop a while ago, and we've been chatting about vintage textiles and sewing machines since.  He asked me to make the embroidered pieces you see in this photo into the dress they were supposed to become 100 years ago.  He finished the embroidery.  It's stamped from the Royal Society, and it's Craftsmen style, or Art Deco style.  Among our conversations about him searching for machines, I mentioned I wanted a black long bed Singer 301.  It's larger than a featherweight, but a slant needle, so you can see more of the work area.  Jokingly, I had mentioned one time that people in the Vintage Sewing Machine group on Facebook talk about buying an accessory as bait.  Once you have the accessory for your dream machine, the machine usually follows.  Included in the box with the dress I'm to create was a few yards of vintage beaded Cluny lace, a vintage appliqued tablecloth, and a box containing a zig-zagger for a 301.  He sent me bait, just because I've given him info on machines.  But he's given me info on textiles and refinishing furniture, as well.  I joked about something, and he found it, and gave it to me.  I'm just so touched!

I plan to make the table cloth into a quilt.  And if you know of any sources for Royal Society dresses (I've found lots about crochet), please let me know.  I'll share more about the linens in another post.

Lots going on here!  Thanks for stopping!


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Last Chance!

I hope you've been hopping and checking out the fun Ambassador's Favorite Things posts!  There have been some great ideas!

Quite a few were having give-aways, and I'll be picking a winner on mine tomorrow, July 30.  If you haven't entered my give-away yet, please go to my original post and comment!

I've been doing some cleaning since then, and making some things.  I finished a raggy style quilt, because it was fast.  I have so many more things I want to make, and have a special order for a batik dress, 2 baby quilts (for twins, a boy and a girl) and a Pirate shirt!  Plus I'm vending at lots of local craft shows.  That's so much fun!  And I stained and finished my new quilt rack that Dietrick Woodworking built for me.

I'm having issues with the internet today, so I can't leave a link for my Favorite Things post, so just click on the "older" button below and open the Favorite things post that way.

Thanks so much for visiting, and keep watching for this awesome blog hop in a few weeks!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

My Favorite Things Blog Hop Tour

Hi, and Welcome to my day on this fun hop!  This is my second year as an Island Batik Ambassador, and I'm having lots of fun!

I'm Maryellen.  I've been sewing since I was about 4, got my first little Singer machine when I was 6, and was given my mom's old machine, a Bendix,  when I was 7 and she got a new one.  I've owned many since then, and sewn everything from dresses, doll clothes, wedding gowns, slipcovers, curtains, and quilts. Quilting is my favorite now, though.  I even did alterations for dry cleaners and bridal shops, and fixed tents!  I've made costumes for local schools, some of which were on TV during the Freddy Awards.  

 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the Music Box Dancer costume, and Joseph's Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. are among my favorites that I've made.

My training is as a teacher, with an art background.  I've taught every age, from preschool to college. Some people still call me Professor, which makes me grin.  I've taught sewing, too. That's my favorite thing to teach now.  

So, where do I work?  I have a few spaces.  The main space is a sewing room/studio in my basement.  I love that it's next to the laundry room, and I can sew while the machines are running.  Plus, the ironing board is set up in the laundry area, and I have some storage shelves for batting.  It also provides space for my design wall.  I wish I could step back and see the designs better, but it does help to have a place to put blocks as you work.  This one is a flannel backed vinyl fabric from JoAnn's, a little heavier than a table cloth, and I used simple strips of wood to frame it.  I used a brad nailer to nail the strips over the edge.  When it was just nailed, it tended to rip.  The frame helps support it and it doesn't rip.  My favorite thing is it cost about $15 to make. 

The sewing area is a small room.  It has a built-in desk in an L shape.  There's a tall cabinet to the right of the serger, and a cabinet above it.  There's a shelf over the sewing machine area, and a cabinet to the left of that.  Beyond that cabinet on the left is the entrance to the laundry.  The drawers under the machines hold needles, zippers, rotary blades, buttons, tapes, patterns and other notions.  The cabinets hold other fabric.

Above the machine is the thread rack my dad and I built about 25 years ago. It's one of my favorite things.  It's made out of 1x4 boards in a stair step design, and long nails.  We designed it to fit the space between the shelves, and the nails to be long enough to hold coordinating bobbins and spools.  As you can see, I have quite the collection of Aurifil.  I prefer that thread when piecing and quilting, so I'm replacing the other brands.  I also have 3 plastic kits of Aurifil, the 12 spool boxes, that are not on the wall, and my tool box has thread colors that I use often, as well.  I have a pink tool box (from Lowes) that holds many of my notions and tools for sewing, and since I travel to New York fairly often, that is easy to grab for trips.  I bring my Viking machine and some projects and sew there.  I have a desk in the basement apartment in my parents' house, where I stay during the visit.  There's a gate-leg cutting table there, too.  My favorite thing is sewing with Christine (you'll meet her tomorrow) while I'm in New York. 

Side note on the thread rack:  I have a friend who will make one for you, if you want.
Dietrick Woodworking  He's building racks for me to display my quilts at shows, and another to organize my rulers.  He has a shop on Etsy, as well, and makes doll furniture.  

This is my ribbon rack.  It's above the serger, and my dad and I built it, as well.  Slide the dowel to the left to remove and replace the spools.  And funny thing about the TV, I don't use it.  I don't think it's been on more than 4 times in 25 years.  Below this rack is a hook that holds my quilting stencils (and a funny calendar).  The wall behind my chair has serger cones on a thread rack. 

The wall to the left of the laundry room is fabric storage.  I'm showing a photo, but it's very messy right now.  I've been digging for a few projects lately, and haven't gotten around to tidy it again.  The fabrics are by color, but Christmas and Autumn, and Patriotic are in separate bins, on shelves near the cutting table, which is in the main part of the basement. The project bags have jelly rolls or charm packs and the coordinating yardage.  The section on the top right is batiks and solids, but my Island Batiks are in a separate bin, as well.  I love being able to see the fabrics.  But this is just too messy right now. That door to the right is to the laundry room.  And under the fabrics, in front of the shelves, is a vintage sewing box, the kind that opens to both sides, which I love.  Vintage sewing finds are just so much fun to collect!  I have a few special things I love, including the iron that was my grandmother's.  
My cutting area is outside this sewing room, as well as additional storage for fabric.  And it's really messy, so you're not getting a photo.  I also have bolts of fabric that I sell on Etsy for a friend, plus the bins of vintage fabric I sell.  

But my other favorite thing is the vintage machines I have in my dining room.  

I love sewing on my vintage Singer machines!  The big one is a 15-91 in the trapezoid cabinet I refinished, and the little one is a Featherweight.  I have a cutting mat and some basic rulers on the corner of the dining room table, just to the left of this.  I placed the Featherweight on this side of the table, because it has a 1/4" foot, and I can piece flying geese units and half square triangles on that, but the 15-91 has a seam guide that is great for assembling units and piecing strips.  The guide gets in the way when trying to sew in the middle of pieces, so using both makes it easy. I've been making sampler blocks and pieced tops on these cuties.  I also love the view here.  My sewing area down in the basement has a window over the cutting table, and I can see my back yard, but I can't see it when I'm sewing.  This window has a nice view of the trees in my neighborhood.  (Churn Dash blocks featuring Island Batik).  I also have an Accuquilt GO! Baby in the dining room area (along with other vintage machines) and the GO! and rest of the boards and mats on shelves in the basement area.

I love to bring the cutting mat and even the featherweight onto the deck, just outside this window, and work/play out there.

So, that's a few of my many favorite things, and more about me.  I hope you enjoyed my little tour and very long post.  The Ambassadors will be doing another hop in August to share the newest Island Batik fabrics that you can purchase.  I hope you choose to visit again and discover what i'm doing with these beauties!

Leave a comment to be entered into a random drawing for something sweet.  It's a surprise!  
And be sure to check in with the other Island Batik Ambassadors for their favorite things!

Here's the full schedule.

July 13:  Linda Pearl
July 14:  Barbara Gaddy
July 15:  Maryellen McAuliffe (HERE!!)
July 16:  Christine Martinez
July 17:  Maria Hrabovsky
July 18: Tammy Silvers
July 19: Joan Kawano
July 20:  Marlene Oddie
July 21:  Nan
July 22:  Adele Mogavero
July 23:  Pam Geisel
July 24:  Bea Lee
July 25:  Connie Campbell
July 26:  Pam Boatright
July 27:  Connie Kauffmann
July 28:  Patty Bochey
July 29:  Carol Steely

Thanks for stopping!  See you soon!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Our Favorite Things, with the Island Batik Ambassadors

Come meet the Island Batik Ambassadors for 2015 and see our studios and items we love!  There may even be some give-aways!!

Hop starts Monday, July 13.  My day is Wednesday!

Here's the full schedule.

July 13:  Linda Pearl
July 14:  Barbara Gaddy
July 15:  Maryellen McAuliffe (HERE!!)
July 16:  Christine Martinez
July 17:  Maria Hrabovsky
July 18: Tammy Silvers
July 19: Joan Kawano
July 20:  Marlene Oddie
July 21:  Nan
July 22:  Adele Mogavero
July 23:  Pam Geisel
July 24:  Bea Lee
July 25:  Connie Campbell
July 26:  Pam Boatright
July 27:  Connie Kauffmann
July 28:  Patty Bochey
July 29:  Carol Steely

So, grab your favorite beverage and get to know us a little better!