Tuesday, December 12, 2006

I'm thinking again

I have been playing around with my crude rendition of EQ...namely, Microsoft Excel! LOL! I really prefer this version of the log cabin I want to make. If I do this though I have to make the blocks with 3 rounds to finish at 7" and it will end up being 112X112! YIKES! I like the multiple stars on mine but also like the fact that the version Kim did is much smaller...less work. But with Kims version (just scroll down to see it in the link), I will need to add borders and I HATE borders. (I have a finished top waiting for borders for the last 2 years) But, with my version, I'll be working on this until I am old and gray....well, older and grayer. Pro, con, pro, con.Anymore pros...cons...

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......

5 comments:

computerpeach said...

first off, what is the target size you are looking for for the quilt?

secret santa gifts - it is a shame that they can't do a minimum of $10, maximum of $20. That way if you spend more on your gift that you give, you shouldn't be dissapointed if you don't get yards of fabric and tons of books.

Susan said...

On the quilt, it's going to be beautiful whichever incarnation you choose. Do you have to have borders because of the 90 by 90 size?

On the Secret Santa gifts, the fault does *not* lie with you. You did what you were supposed to do, and that gift sounds just lovely to me. The fault is in people who have no manners, and no Christmas spirit. The woman last year was plain rude! If she thought it was about money, she should have bought herself wonderful things she wanted. The one this year wasn't much more mannerly. I agree, there should be a *maximum stated* amount to spend. It seems to me that this group cares more about money than about the season or the feelings of members. *You* are not at fault!

Mary said...

That's a lot of log cabin blocks - I also like quilts without borders but I usually balance my desire to not add borders with how many extra blocks I'll have to make.

I NEVER do gift exchanges - they are never worth the hassle in my opinion and I refuse to stress about it.

The Calico Cat said...

UGH I completely gave up on that whole concept too... My only request (we were able to make requests) was nothing holiday specific... You know what I got right... (Hopefully my regifter liked it.)

Helen in the UK said...

I really like your log cabin design. I think log cabins look FAB without borders :)

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