Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Thurs evening I had an actual alcoholic beverage while at Bunco night, for which I received several high fives! I also brought Grant's quilt to share. The Bunco gals were impressed until another player arrived with her share item. Way to show me up Heidi, I bring a quilt, you bring a newborn BABY. Jeez, I made something with fabric, you made LIFE. How could I compete?
The Great Quilt Weekend didn't start out that way. My sister flew in Thurs from MO but I didn't see her until Friday afternoon--after I had fielded two calls from Job #3, gone to Job #1's hospital to pick up some annual procedural manual thingie I have to study and take a test on, and gone to Job #2 to finish up some leftover work from Thurs and to have a meeting with an employee who did a bad thing. She didn't show up. So I sat in on a insurance meeting.
My quilt happiness began Friday afternoon--we three bugged out to Carpinteria and went to The Treasure Hunt. I didn't find anything I had to have but was helpful in pointing out fabrics for Kathy and Laura. I'm good that way! No sewing actually happened until today, when the girls came over to help me with Nick's Monster. Laura pulled the quilt along as it bunched up while I channel quilted and Kathy provided QC, prompting Laura when she slacked off. I will finish the last eight rows of quilting tonight and get the binding pieces sewn together. A finish in July is my goal!
Tomorrow we head to Long Beach in the early morning for the International Quilt Festival. I have several things I'm looking for in the vendor area, and we'll all have a great time seeing the exhibits. Monday there will be more quilting play and then sadly it will end when I have to go back to work and Kathy home. Pics to come!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
- After the comments about my coveting the Moda BOM, I went back to the website and decided I really am going to order it, despite the cost. I just love it so much, I think I would always regret it if I didn't do it. I'll have to economize elsewhere. Like on housecleaning products or something...
- Sunday we went out to breakfast where Erica's boyfriend is the assistant manager. It is a barbecue place, Southern style, and is a start-up chain called Smokey's. Now, you don't usually think of a BBQ place having great breakfasts. I ordered french toast, which was made from carrot cake, and came with a dressing of cream cheese and marmalade. Wow. It was delicious. I sure didn't need syrup! Erica pointed out that the plates were pig-shaped, which I hadn't noticed at first. Very cute. Before the plates came, they started us off with giant biscuits with honey butter and jam. We were soon "stuft" to the gills. My only complaint was that there was only one kind of tea offered, plain Lipton black tea, which I skipped. I missed my Earl Grey!
- I think I found the perfect fabric for the strips of my Rickrack Road quilt. Green Fairy Quilts sells fabric and this one looked just the right mix of happy colors I want. I may wait to see if I can find it at the International Quilt Festival this weekend. I'm so excited.
- I met another quilter last night----who doesn't live near me! Sigh. My SIL's friends were escaping the heat of AZ for a few days and the wife is a quilter. She plunged into quilting after inheriting her mother's machine and extremely large stash when her mom passed away several years ago at far too young an age. One of her first projects was a king size blooming nine-patch (holy cow!). We talked quilting nonstop for about an hour after the birthday party and it was lots of fun comparing fav patterns and fabrics.
- I'm grateful for a Monday that didn't stink, work-wise. I actually got to do only my regular tasks today and that was such a relief after last week's nightmare. Next week when the back office assistant is out for a vacation week will be a different story, but I'll just let it ride for now!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
This last week was seriously horrible work-wise but luckily I had some alternate quilt therapy! One night I helped my quilt inductee, Laura, with cutting out all the pieces for her next quilt. The book she is using (I'm sorry but I don't have the title or author right now) had large pieces and simple drawings but was not really written for the beginning quilter. The center of this star below is cut 16 1/2" and the smaller stars are 8 1/2". Once everything was cut we laid it out. This was a revelation for Laura and she decided she couldn't live with the light border and shopped for another the next day. Below is the first "cream", a tan botanical/bird print on cream. It was a little muddying, I have to admit. The outer border (not visible in this pic) had another rectangle of the brown center as well as pink squares, with pink squares in the corners, so the cream really made it too light.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday morning I went to the local fabric store to buy thread for my own project (quilting Nick's Monster) and who should I run into but Laura! After some shopping I followed her back to her house and tried to help her get her bobbins wound. Unfortunately, the ones she bought did not fit the Husquvarna--she has a more basic version of the same machine I have. So after a quick phone call, off we went to the only place in town that actually sells sewing machines and had the right ones. Finally bobbins were wound and the machine threaded correctly--Laura has had trouble with that ever since she lost her instruction manual. I pinned the first segments and she pieced away while I ironed. Their supersized dining table was a perfect sewing center.
It was so fun for me to see the joy Laura felt and the confidence grow as she finished her very own first quilt top. Meanwhile, we'll soon have another cutting and sewing session for a quilt for her other daughter and hopefully she will go home with two tops ready to be sent out to the quilter. My brother is going to have to get used to having fabric all over his house like my DH has!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I just did some quick calculations and whoa, it's a really expensive BOM project! About $300 by the time shipping is added. Oh well, I can just look at it online I guess!
Monday, July 6, 2009
On a non-quilt related topic, the Michael Jackson Memorial at Staples Center tomorrow is of course top news here in Southern California. Today at work (Job #2), one of the employees said her S.O. had registered online for tickets and actually WON a pair. He drove all the way down to Dodger Stadium to pick them up. It is amazing that, first, anyone would want to go--given the crowds and media hysteria and traffic, besides the actual winning of the lottery. I have heard some sickos are trying to sell their tickets and wristbands on ebay or other outlets. This is plain wrong on so many levels it just disgusts me. Making money off the tragic figure that Michael Jackson had turned into is appalling. Rest in peace, Michael.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Tonight we will spend Independence Day celebrating all that is America with family, food, fireworks, and thankfulness that we are all safe and free. That is always worth celebrating!