May 19, 2011


As I was standing in the front yard at 5:30 this morning waiting for Stewey to do whatever it was that he felt compelled to do at that ungodly hour, I kept saying to myself "Hmmmm. Today is May 19th. Why is May 19th ringing a bell in my head?"

So when I awoke (a few hours later, thank you very much), it hit me that May 19th is the date that I graduated from both high school and college. I graduated from Lima Central Catholic High School on May 19, 1984, and I graduated from the University of Notre Dame on May 19, 1989.

Yes. It's true. I am old.

Progress continues on Stars. I completed the block in the lower right corner and started another block, much to my surprise. I figured that I would need a break from this one, but I just jumped right into that fourth block without even thinking about stitching anything else. That's how much fun I'm having.

I've been remiss in explaining more about this piece, so for those of you who don't have the pattern or who haven't heard the explanation of it:

Tony Minieri's Stars For a New Millennium is "a study in color, texture, stitch and thread". "Each square in this pattern is based on a traditional star quilt pattern and is named after a movie star from Hollywood's Golden Age. The stars are linked by a movie in which they both starred."

Starting at the top left, the stars are:
Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Vivian Leigh
Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Cary Grant
Deborah Kerr, Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner
Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Gary Cooper

(In case you're keeping track, I've completed Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Gary Cooper and I started Deborah Kerr last night.)

Cool beans, huh?

Here's my craptastic photographs for the day:

Gary Cooper, lower right block

Deborah Kerr, first block in the third row

My progress so far


  1. I graduated Immaculate Conception High School, Celina Ohio in 1965 and my brother graduated Notre Dame in 1970. Now that is OLD!

    Love your blog and you have inspired me to get back to counted work. Thanks!

  2. Now, considering you graduated from high school a mere 6 years before me, you can't be THAT old, lol!!!

    Your progress is very nice. Interesting name and concept for that piece.

  3. Lovely stitching, Coni! You do good work both on your stitching and your blog.

    I graduated high school during our nation's Bicentennial year. College took a little longer. I love what Satchel Page used to say - Age is mind over matter. If you don't mind, it don't matter!

  4. Stars for a New Millennium is gorgeous! and your stitching does it justice. Great work Coni. :D Cathryn

  5. ooo you can't be that old as we got married in 89 and I'm only 21 + vat ish ;) love the work you are doing :) waving small paw at stewie too :) love mouse xxxx

  6. No one who graduated college seven years AFTER I started practicing law can be considered old. Where would that leave me?

    My four dogs, (SCORPT, Trace, Keller, and Stitch) are always wanting to read Stewie's posts, but I try to discourage it because I don't want them to get any crazy ideas about peeing on drapes or pooping behind the bed. I have enough trouble with the mud, water, grass, weeds, and dead animals that they drag in through the dog door!

    BTW, I love your taste in TeeVee. I'm going to have withdrawal symptoms when The Borgias ends for the season on Sunday and I'm not even Catholic (or catholic). And Nurse Jackie? What a piece of work!

  7. Love "Stars" and the colors are terrific. As far as old, you say, I refuse to say when I graduated but I must be methusala
    Look forward to the other squares.

  8. Happy Anniversary of your graduations. You are NOT old...I graduated HS in 1962 -- fiftieth reunion next June!

    Stars looks fantastic, despite what you call crapistic photos. Keep up the good work.

  9. Happy Anniversary. Love your stitching. The stars are looking great.
    A hug for Stewey too. :)

  10. Add my birthday to memorable events for May 19. I love your blog and look forward to hearing about the adventures of Coni, Chrissy Stewey and his lovely cousin. Your stars are beautiful. I'm getting out my own stitching, now. Happy anniversaries.

  11. Ok. You may be old, but I'm older. Scratch that. I'm not old, ergo neither are you. Love the stitching!

  12. Coni - you graduated college a year and a day before me (May 20, 1990).

    I love seeing the progress on stars. I think Donna's is terrific too, and both color schemes (yours and hers) are just amazing. I can't wait to see yours finished.

  13. Oh my gosh, you're making me itch all over seeing your Stars for the New Millenium!!! Dang it, mine is sitting upstairs in the time out corner with 1-1/2 squares done. You know I want to pull out mine, don't you??? Well, don't you??? UGH!!

    Wish I'd graduated when you did. I could almost be your mother! :o)

  14. Oh, too funny! I did the math and you're only 44. You're just beginning and have so many more years of stitching and blogging to keep us entertained. Linda, NE IA

  15. Oh, no, sister, you're not old. You gragiated almost ten years after me and I don't consider myself old at all.