Saturday, September 27, 2008
I think I like this setting best. It gives the eye a place to rest. But which inner border? Plus in the last photo you will see yet one more inner border option. I didn't remember that fabric until after all the others were taken and didn't feel like re-doing them all.
But then there are these two settings. In the original, this one has appliques in the center light squares. I would use leaves (or maybe even quilt in a contrasting color) but as Aunt Janice would say. This looks, "Ehh!"
This is my least favorite. Although it looks good in the picture it is sorta lacking something. I think it's not wide enough to really show the streaks of color. It just looks fussy to me. However if I do this pattern I am going to quilt leaves in the light streaks in contrasting thread.
This is just showing a third inner border option. Whatcha think? I cannot change the outer border. The entire runner is worked around it.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Ms. A was born on the 2nd day of Rosh Hashana. I thought it was soooooo cooool that they announced her birth during services.
We had the choice of birthdays for her....we chose to give her her own day that she didn't share with her dad.
We went for dinner at the Brown Derby the night before she was born.
I expected a redhead this time!
DH is the youngest of 3 brothers all 1 year or less apart....born to a mom who was not yet 20 and had been married 3 years....and is still married 52 years later
This picture will not be either of their favorites.....but I love it. We had gone to Ohio to visit family and had to be at the airport at some ung-dly hour like 5:30 a.m. After a hysterical night in the hotel room where we needed to go to the front desk to request that the porn be turned off the television, where we went to Denny's (lovely hotel food) for dinner, asked for a to-go cup and the guy thought we wanted a souviner, and a night of poor sleep, we made it to the airport.....with no coffee having been injested. Ms. A must have her a.m. coffee at that hour and was grumpy when we hit security and the ever friendly TSA employees. Now you'd think that they'd have been much nicer at that hour but they were barking up a storm. I was watching Ms. A getting more and more irritated (that irritation began at the ticket counter) & I actually could see her face changing. I looked at DH and said, "QUICK, go buy coffee!" (we'd made it through the security way ahead of her) As she finally exited the security area I slammed the coffee in her hand. She was grumbling and grousing and grumbling and grousing. We sat down and like magic, the caffeine took effect, she looked at me and said, "coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee!" and became her normal self. This photo is of her and DH ....she is in a much happier state AFTER the coffee . DH is pretending to be severe!!
These are repeat photos from Las Vegas!!!
Happy Birthday to my September crew!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I had these nearly finished. I was appliqueing the purple leaves. I finished one mat and began to look around for the other. Where did I put it? Did I drop it on the floor? OMGoodness! I appliqued them together! I nearly cried. Freemotion, zigzag applique on this waffle fabric. After some quality time with my seam ripper, a razor an a brush with a mental breakdown, I got the two separated. Then as I was doing the yellow leaf, my thread broke. Hmmm....why don't I have any tension.....hmmm, let me loosen this tension dial just a bit more.....POP! The entire tension assembly fell apart in my hand. Springs, washer thingys and plastic covers....AHHHH!!!! After a few choice words and deep breathes, I realized that this was just a machine of parts. Assemble the parts correctly and all works well, put them together wrong and nothing works at all. It's not rocket science, it's just a mechanical tool. I got it back together, finished the placemats and opted to put the last two away untill another day. I can't even imagine what else I could do wrong!
Monday, September 22, 2008
The pillows on either side were bought at a craft show by my MIL. The quilts on the bench were made by DH's grandma. They are totally utilitiarian, well used and loved. This pillow was given to me by a friend that has broken up shop so to speak. She has quit quilting and gave away all of her stuff. This was hand quilted. all I did was finish it.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
We, a term I use very, very loosely, also quilted a baby quilt and loaded a large donation quilt. She will finish that one this evening.
Monday, September 15, 2008
I took a tour to see what was open. After all, the predictions changed and Ike was no longer headed towards us....directly that is! Here was Joanns for 3 days.....fancy sandbags. Like that would stop much.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
I had already gotten most of my hurricane gear together but spent this afternoon fine tuning. If I need to board up, I'll do so without DH as he is travelling. Fun, fun! I'll learn how to use the electric screwdriver and masonry nails reallllll quick huh!. My escape hatch, that is Ms. A's house is in the direct line of the storm also and expected to receive, as the weather man said, "copious amounts of rain." Big sigh! I just wish they could figure out where this thing is headed. It changes hourly. To those of you in the path of this storm, be smart and be safe.
Monday, September 08, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
I am so addicted to making these coil bowls. I made a few last night, called a friend and told her that I was done, burned out, finished. I felt fulfilled and didn’t need to make another bowl……..I lied! This morning when the one bit of wrapped cord called out to me!!!! Let me show you what I’ve done since my last “bowl check in.”
This is a top view of the square basket I made. It is way more patchkying than I like (yeah, that's Yiddish for fiddling with. It's just that patchying fits much better than fiddling around!).
I've been wrapping the line with scraps. Hey, I spent the same amount of money on the 1" scrap as the 2 1/2" purposely cut strip! I made this cutie. It's really small. DH said he wants to take it to work to put on his desk.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
I promised a door prize to Ms. A's professional group. Since they are all deaf interpretters, I think the fabric on the right is just perfect! You may remember the purse (scroll down to see) and bag I made from the blue colorway. The Browns fabric is because, although we deep in Cowboy territory, we are diehard Browns fans. I have no idea what I'll make for DH but I can't wait to finish it!! LOL!!!! DH will love whatever it is just because it is Browns fabric. I need to photograph my other purchase.....at least it will lead to another semi-quilty type post.....
These books, although older, are still loads of fun. They seem to be filled with many animal type patterns. I guess I'm collecting for a someday Noah's ark type quilt.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
This *^%&^&^$####**** thing has been THE most frustrating thing I own. This is an ipod case made for using during exercise. I like this case because it has a clip and when I go to the gym, clean house or do yard work, I don’t have to wear the massive arm band. I can just clip it on myself and go. Plus, it’s protected in my purse. But the padded parts don’t allow it to be used in a docking station. In order to use any of my many docking stations, I must take the ipod out of the case. Hooking up to ITunes? Take the ipod out of the case. At school, I take it out to use and then put it back in to protect. In the car, back out of the case to use the docking station and back in when I get home. At home, out of the case to listen to music in my sewing room and back in the case when done. That little case is wiley because it is never, ever where I leave it! It was lost for two weeks when I finally found it inside a storage box. Then I lost it again the very next day!
On Thursday, I packed to go to Austin. I disconnected my phone charger and put it???????? Now on Friday, I was unable to figure out where I left the blasted thing! I thought maybe it was wrapped up in my clothes so didn’t worry too much about it. I couldn’t find it all weekend…..couldn’t find it when I got home Mon. ……dumped my suitcase and various bags….no phone charger! By this time I was so aggravated! No phone charger and no IPOD case!!! Double. Triple, GRRRR!!!! I began searching in earnest!!!!!! Finally I looked at the computer desk and next to the printer….hey! What’s that??!! The IPOD case….and what’s that on the shelf next to the router???? The phone charger!!!! WHOO HOOO!!! (in all fairness,it’s pretty dark and shadowy where I found them but golly, what were they doing there in the first place?!) I suppose all is well in the world for another day. The only problem is that I go back in the car later this evening and you know what that means for my ipod.