Sunday, December 31, 2006
Happy New Year all! Here is to a happy, healthy and non stressed 2007. Our plans here are very simple. I'm making some wings and cocktail meatballs and Mrs. S and hubby are coming to play Taboo and Pictionary. We are hopelessly geeky would rather play games with our kids, then go out to dinner with our other friends. Tomorrow is one of our all time favorite meals...sauerkraut, beef ribs and hot dogs, simmering all day in the crock pot and served with mashed potatos. None of that black-eyed pea stuff they do here in the south for us.
I received another message from Richard Michell. Although I feel a bit odd doing it, I am just going to cut and paste it in it's entirety.
I had never dealt with a Blog before and I tried to comment on your blog. It did not work. Will you consider posting the following comment for me?First, please let people know that the nice response from you and fromothers was very unexpected and is much appreciated. We do try to putcustomer service first in every way.Second, I would like to make a small sales pitch. If your blogger friends haven't tried products designed by Marti then they can't imagine how muchthey may be missing. Most quilters that use Marti's products love them andwant Marti's tools for all of their applicable projects. We only sell to theQuilt Shops were you can normally get good advise about our products. The"Perfect Patchwork Templates" have special corners that guide the patchworkfabrics into PERFECT alignment prior to sewing. (How vital to good resultsis that?) Experts and novices alike do patchwork more accurately and quickerusing her templates. As you know there are special rulers she has done, etc.The response on the Blog is interesting and I will take this opportunity to provide to the readers of the blog a less expensive way to get started with Marti's products. Our template Set Q is designed to be an introduction set.It is a 2.5" square, the square's half triangle and the square's quartertriangle, quarter inch seam allowance included. This set has extended instructions. Of course it has the special corners. For the next thirty days anybody reading the blog can order Set Q at half price, $6.00, normally$12.00, plus $5.00 shipping and handling anywhere in the USA. Call me at800-558-3568 to place an order.
Nice offer. In the last e-mail I recieved he told me that all of their postage is $5.00 regardless of what you order.
I'm off to get ready for our hoppin' evening! Be safe.
The picture is from this website. They say the graphics are free but just in case I misunderstood, I decided to post the webpage as referrence http://www.bigfoto.com/themes/fireworks/index.htm
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Makes me shake my head in utter disbelief.....two gentlemen in one week! I feel like I've been kicked back a decade or two....and I like it.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
which when I bought it was an upline machine. I am having trouble with the fabric pulling to the left and wiggling under the presser foot. I finally understand that it wasn't me not understanding how to sew a straight seam but the machine.) So, sometime between now and the 5th of Jan. I will receive a phone call to go and pick up another machine. I can't wait!
Log cabin update. I am trying to find someone locally that sells the Marti Michell log cabin ruler and book. I love the concept of the ruler. I also found the Shar Jorgensen templates at Joanns and Hobby Lobby. If I use templates then I will be obligated to buy a rotating rotary mat. I am trying to figure out if I NEED either. I know the answer to that is no but I also know me. I don't want to use the June Tailor Shape cut because as much as I love it, I really think that every strip is just an ooch off. I also think that it wobbles just a smidge but enough to notice after you sew. I suppose that all this agonizing and worrying and planning is just part of the fun of this hobby but enough already! LOL!
Friday, December 22, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
What keeps us going back again and again to one blog? Is it concern? voyeurism? great writing skills? Is it the quilty content only? Why do we keep up with this ones surgery or that one grandchild? I know that when Nancy didn't blog for a while, I became concerned that everything was ok (thanks for putting up with me using you as an example). For me I think it is a combination of all of the above. I like to be able to say "Hey, didn't do much today but had this thought, bought this quilt mag., got PU'd at the quilt board, ect. It also doesn't bother me when others do the same. Mundane day to day life is a good life. Nothing exciting is sometimes a good thing. It not only means that the rotten things aren't happening but makes the exciting things worthwhile. I for one like to "hear" about the normalcy. So for my money, keep blogging about the ordinary. This cyberfriend is always interested.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
I finished the last purse yesterday so held off on posting the pictures. I am very pleased with the way they all turned out. Hopefully the girls will like them as well.
Ms. A is graduating in the spring with a degree in Deaf Interrpreting. I found the fingerspelling fabric and couldn't pass it up. The blue batik is a Hanukkah fabric. I used the back and the pattern sorta shadows. Oh well, that is the under the arm part.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
The fear of not finding the $200.00 camera has been killing me so I just jumped up and looked in an obscure place. Voila'! I don't have to be fearful of going to school tomorrow.
That means that tomorrow I will be able to share pictures of the purses I have made for Mrs. S and Ms. A. They are simple but cute. I think I'm in love with making purses right now.
My machine is STILL in pieces on the workman's bench. They are waiting for a new circuit board. It should run faster and jump higher when I get it back. I sure hope it is soon as I really miss that machine. My Kenmore serves it's purpose but I miss the bells and whistles.
I am going on a retreat in January and received my secret sister's name. No I'm not a glutton for punishment. This exchange actually works the way it's supposed to. We go to the Red Barn Retreat. They were actually featured last year in Southern living. It is pure bliss. The owners serve wonderful food and we quilt the entire time. We have a secret sister exchange at every meal. We have clues of what to give like, "Give something you received for free." They are not large items that we exchange and it is loads of fun. My SS this year is SO, SO easy. They could have removed her name from my "likes and dislikes list" and added mine and no one would have been the wiser. It is going to be so much fun to assemble her gifts because they will just be things that I would like!
Look ma! NO Kvetching!
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
I would like my quilt to end up king sized. The one on my bed right now is 108X108 so 112X112 isn't really too much bigger. I could tuck the pillows and use it like a bedspread, something I haven't owned in many, many years. Plus, 90X90 just isn't big enough to cover both DH and myself. He's a blanket hog even if he doesn't admit it! (he also denies snoring....).
On the secret sister front....yup I knew exactly how rude my last years sister was. It didn't bother me as much as I felt sorry for her being so obnoxious. This year my SS is a dear lady but I just don't think she was expecting what she got. It's ok. She is gracious and kind and said thank you. That is all that counts. Last years lady just stomped off in a huff! LOL! Her problem, not mine! I was just amazed at the generosity of these women. They definitely made good use of their 50% off coupons!
If it hasn't been realized yet....I like to kvetch....uhm, complain, whine....kvetch! I do believe it is my middle name. However because I kvetch it doesn't mean I don't see the generosity and goodness of those around me. I fear for my poor children as I will more than likely be a miserable old lady! Ha! Maybe it will make up for the teen years!
Enough of the motor mouth. You can always tell when DH is out, I "talk" even more then usual!
Secret sister gifts....I am never doing this again. No matter how hard I try I never give the right thing. Our group has a minimum of $10.00 gift. I really like rules. Maximums not minimums. With a minimum gift I don't really know what to spend. (hey I'm even like this with DH cause he loves to outdo me) Someone may spend $10 on a gift and another person may spend $30 or $50! Well last year I stuck to the MAX of $10.00 (which were the rules then) and my secret sister was so TICKED OFF that she left! Yes, yes, it was ungracious of her even though I bought exactly what was on her list but others gave their SS yards and yards of fabric, books ect. This year I decided to go to $15.00. I really think these gifts are tokens not all out whoopdee doopdee gifts. After all we are buy for acquaintances not family. I bought my SS the Fiskers scissor sharpener (which I love) some Coats and Clark triobal thread (she asked for gold mat thread. didn't understand it so bought this because I just used it and loved it) put it into a lovely carved wooden box I bought last year and included 1/2 yd. of batik. Her face fell when she saw the scissor sharpener. I was so disappointed because I thought it was great. All I could think was OH NO I DID IT AGAIN! AAAHHHHH!!! What did my SS get me? (not the same lady) 3.25 yds. of quilters cotton fabric from Joanns, a yard or so of another fabric, made me an angel (really neat from wrapping paper and hair extensions) and a stocking. What did the girl next to me receive? Two full sized books and about 4 plastic sleeved patterns plus two rulers. OMG! Why didn't I learn my lesson last year! LOL! Never, ever, ever again! I will not subject others to my poor gift buying skills, I will not subject others to my poor gift buying skills, I will not subject others to my poor gift buying skills......
Monday, December 11, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Why didn't we turn on the heat. A number of reasons with the best one being .....we are too cheap! If we can keep our electric costs down in the winter, our summer "equal payment plan" will be greatly reduced. Alsothere are generally one or two chilly/cold days. If it were actually cold more then a day or two I wouldn't freeze my tushie, I'd turn on the heat. By tomorrow the temps will be back up in the 70's. Plus, ever since we moved to Texas we can hardly stand the heat on. The air gets so stuffy. You can get whiplash from the heat, no air condition, no heat during this time of year. If it seems more logical, we also sweat in the summer! LOL! We are equal opportunity on the furnace!
What post was I agonizing over from Calico Cats' blog. It was the one about what makes a quilt Jewish or Irish or Amish.....I was only linking in case someone wanted to know who Calico Cat was. Have no clue why a 2002 post came up. Sorry bout that. Also probably shouldn't have linked.
I have to laugh! My little red headed girl weather center has a Christmas Tree! She didn't have one yesterday. I don't suppose tomorrow she will pop up with a menorah..........................
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Today is brrrrr....for us. Yes I know, in the grand scheme of things our temps are not cold in comparision but when you are used to 90's, 50's are cold. It is currently 65 degrees in the house and I refuse to turn on the heat. I am washing and drying clothes, making stew/soup...anything to warm it up and keep warm but not turn on the heat. Poor DH is cold....poor baby! He'll just need to get up and move if he wants to warm up. I'm so mean!
If I ever get this soup mess cleaned up I am going to go and finish some gifts for the girls. I bought some fatigues bottoms and jackets at our JCC rummage sale and am going to make a bag and a skirt from them. They will be cute....well if you are much younger than I. I wouldn't dream of wearing fatitgues but the girls, as their boys, are thrilled that I bought them all jackets. I had to go tell the original owner that they will be seeing my kids running around town with fatigues that have their name on them. Actually Mrs. S wanted the jacket that had the original owners name on it. Funny, funny.
I haven't thought about or posted my "what am I grateful fors" as I've been busy eating worms. I decided I'd better figure out the gratefuls before the poor birds have nothing left to eat! LOL!
What am I grateful for today.....
1. Having the ingredients to make a nice warm soup/stew
2. Having the option to turn the heat on or leave it off.......many people here don't have
furnaces or plain can't afford to run the furnace or space heater.
3. Other peoples junk....my treasure
4. A warm, cozy bed....I slept almost 12 hours last night....whew I was tired!
5. People that understand me when others have no clue.
Friday, December 08, 2006
I cannot believe it! Last week it was air conditioning and tonight.....SLEET! Mother nature sure has a sense of humor!
Here is an oldie but goodie photo. It is a wallhanging that I made for my grandma for her 90th birthday. The print was fabric from a challenge.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
I checked on my machine and it STILL isn't done. They said that they have never had a Janome 6600 in for repairs! It seems my tension thing-a-ma -bob was malfunctioning (duh!) and Janome recommended replacing it. THey did and it didn't solve the problem so they are replacing all the electronics now. I miss my baby! Hopefully it will be done soon. Unfortunately it won't be soon enough!
Here is a picture of a chair? stool? ladder? I bought from a rummage sale. I have no idea if it is an antique or some dime store repo but I like it. The shelves slide out and you can change their location.
In case anyone in the world cares, I was the big winner at Mah Jong tonight. Where else can you have so much fun and be the big winner at $1.60!
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Thanks a million times to kim @ peachquilting for her multiple renditions of a pink and brown log cabin. I think I will do mine with a dark pink in the center and lighter pinks on the outside. Another question.....what are the opinions on using one tone of pinks say like civil war pinks or muted tones like thimbleberries and brights all in one quilt. I think it will look nicer to use only one tone or the other. Problem is I may not have enough of one or the other.
But I don't want to put this much work into a king sized quilt and wish I had done something else. I'm leaning toward the muted tones as I really don't think DH would like a bright pink and brown quilt on the bed. I don't think he would notice the muted tones.
Monday, December 04, 2006
(This was a true test in my computerability! I am so thrilled that I figured out how to post this photo! Had to put it into paint yada yada....noone really cares, I'm just happy)
The picture of this quilt isn't perfect, but it is enough for me to be able to make the quilt. I now just need to figure out how many blocks. I do have a question.....This is drafted for 3 rounds with 1.5"strips making a 7"block. Will it look that much different if I do 4 rounds? That way I will end up with a 9" block. I want to make this a king and at 7" blocks I'll be finished sometime in 2020!
Friday, December 01, 2006
The bear quilt in the previous post isnt' a bear at all! He is supposed to be a dog and even I am calling him a bear. It is the Simplicity pattern 4993. I actually made two of them. I noticed that they now have a similar pattern with ladybug but I'm not sure which book I saw it in and can't find it online.