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Tuesday's Orts--Aug 30, 2011

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Orts in brief yet again.  Some week it may even be a singular ort! Son Nick invited a few friends over on Saturday night to watch UFC fighting on TV.  Knowing how I hate boxing, he was happy to call out to me whenever there was a lot of blood or guys getting knocked out.  Ugh. At his request I made Hamburger Soup, one of our favorites, running out to the store to get supplies but forgetting one main ingredient, canned tomatoes.  To the rescue was a HUGE heirloom tomato from a friend.  I think the fresh tomato was a terrific substitute. Computer problems magically healed themselves at work, come Monday morning, but continued to plague me last night.  The Internet went down on my home computer.  I shut everything down after several attempts at fixing and trudged off to the bedroom to watch Design Star in a sulk. My new favorite TV show is Roseanne's Nuts , starring Roseanne Barr, about her macadamia nut farm on Hawaii and her current life.  She's still very funny in the se

Design Wall Monday--Aug 29, 2011

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On my design floor today is the Wedding Quilt--DD Elaine's nuptials are only two months away!  I laid out the pieces for the remaining four rows of the quilt and got three of the already stitched rows sewn together. The quilt will be queen sized.  The pattern (Natural Beauty from Winter 2010 Quilts and More mag) calls for a 3.5 inch border.  I may make it a bit wider but haven't decided yet.  See more Design Walls on Judy's Patchwork Times . Both of our August birthday offspring (above) have now had their birthdays.  Nick had his yesterday and was surprised by his girlfriend Alison with a skydiving adventure.  We thought we had him going a little on a red herring story but he confessed afterwards that the skydiving trip was what he suspected the surprise would be all along.  Happy 26th, son!

What a bust

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And not just in the sewing department!  Another difficult week at work was capped off today by the Internet going down for the second time this week--and I could not get it back--it is still busted until the I.T. guy comes on Monday.   All this stress totally zapped me several nights this week.  I tellya, this management gig is wearing me out--especially since I didn't choose the job, it fell to me suddenly when the last manager was fired.  Can't say that I'm enjoying it much right now but I am grateful to have a job when so many are out of work, and I like the people I work with, which means a lot.  Anyway....what little fabric interaction I had this week was confined to cutting. Pieces for the Flowers for Nana Girl quilt, my new leader-ender project.  There's 190 2.5" squares and 160 4.5 x 2.5" rectangles in that little box.  Doesn't look like much, does it?  I did throw one pink flower in there to make up for a rather dull yellow I couldn't live

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

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Seriously.

Tuesday's Orts--Aug 23, 2011

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Another rushed edition of the Orts--I've had three phone calls from work saying the computers are acting up and are now DOWN! Biggest laugh at the wedding shower was during the "how well do you know Elaine" quiz game.  The question was "What is Elaine's biggest pet peeve about Chris?"   One of her friends, I think it was Stacy, said, "What ISN'T Elaine's biggest pet peeve about Chris?"   Stacy won the quiz game.  (The answer to the question is that Chris turns all the damn lights on in the house and then comes and sits down on the couch.) Her sister Chelsea didn't win anything but had fun with the ring box game. I like to read the real estate section of the newspaper on the weekend.  There was a very expensive house listed that was advertised as "Newly constructed-- in 2008 ".  Um, isn't EVERY house newly constructed?  Next we'll read, "Victorian mansion, newly constructed in 1885." Traffic rant:  As s

Design Wall Monday--Aug 22, 2011

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There's nothing on my design wall/floor/table today but cutting for a new project has been happening.  This is a new leader-ender to use while completing the piecing of the wedding quilt.  I have wanted to make a quilt from the book I got for Christmas, Scrap Basket Sensations by Kim Brackett, and remembered a bag of strips from a long ago swap with the online group I belonged to, Quiltbuddies.  I like so many quilts in this book and admire Kim's great brain for thinking up so many pretty ways to use 2.5 inch strips. These strips are 3 inches but that gives me an opportunity to trim them all to the same size. Some stash fabric for the "leaves" of the flowers and scraps of creamy white for the flower centers and sashing.  I'm sure the hard part will be finding a border fabric but the hunt is always fun.  See more design walls on Judy's Patchwork Times. 

A Real Hot Finish

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Final handstitching of the binding on the Scrappy Trails quilt ( pattern by Carlene Westberg ) was completed today and it got its first bath.  I'm calling my version "Hot Tamale". I like the mix of hot and cool colors together (photo clickable for a closeup if you like). Most of the fabrics were from the clearance aisle "Gypsy" kit I bought at JoAnn's a year ago, with a few additions from stash.   Backing fabric was one of those 3 yard chunks sold prepackaged at JoAnn's.  It is a rather thin fabric but did not beard, thankfully, during the quilting.  Not sure I would choose it again, however. Hills and valleys comprised the simple quilting, stitched with a walking foot.  I was able to use up four partial spools of variegated thread in different colors on this project.  It meant a lot more starting and stopping to wind bobbins and rethread the machine but it was nice to clear them out.  I hope my co-worker likes it!

A wedding shower for Elaine

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It was a beautiful afternoon for the shower, hosted by Elaine's bridesmaid and future sister-in-law and held at her future mother-in-law's home.   Shasta and Sandy did a wonderful and large amount of work with the planning and executing of all the many fun and beautiful and tasty events of the day.  Many thanks to them both for sharing their talents and love. Peach Bellini's, iced tea and lemonade, mini water bottles with specially printed labels with Elaine's name were provided at the beverage bar. Shasta was creative with ribbon on the banister (sorry for the weird camera angle!)  I neglected to get a photo of the "E + C" banner which was posted on the front door. The yellow and gray theme was carried out everywhere.  I loved the filled apothecary jars. The long banner just fit on one wall of the living room.  We will reuse the banners at the rehearsal dinner. Sandy is an excellent cook and we enjoyed the quiches very much, along with homemade poppy se

What I've been up to

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Secret projects make for boring blogging weeks!  But since today is the event for which the projects were made, I can safely post these photos now.  First up, the gift bags, the raw materials of which I showed on my previous post. I made 12 bags from one yard of fabric and then had to have the shower hostess get more, once all the RSVPs were in, to make an additional three bags. I had fun being creative with my photo subject :)   At the same time as more gift bag fabric was delivered, another project came along with it--two banners.  Printed flags were all ready to be inserted into the yards and yards of "string" I made from various prints the hostess, Shasta, purchased.  I cut the strips 2" wide and sewed them together with diagonal seams, a la binding, and pressed them in half.  Then I opened up the strip and brought one edge to  the center and the other to about 3/8".  I inserted the paper flag, using a ruler and spacing them as I went, and stitched.  I used

Tuesday's Orts

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Another edition of the orts this fine Tuesday morning. Some HUGE stressors fell away last week workwise when we learned our co-worker does NOT have cancer after all--she will not need treatment besides the surgery she underwent to remove half of her thyroid gland.  We all felt she still deserves the quilt I made her for the terrific roller coaster she and her family were on these past six weeks.  Another stressor was the coming absence of our back office assistant as she starts nursing school next week.  Our doctor boss--not a linear thinker--could not make a decision about what he wanted to do about this until it came down to the wire!  Finally, we decided to hire within our office staff and training has begun.  Good thing she already knows us all, and especially Dr. P's quirks. Traffic rant:  I've ranted previously about drivers who look right at you and then pull out directly in front of you anyway without making any effort to speed up.  Over the weekend I experienced t

Design Wall Monday--Aug 15, 2011

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Over the weekend I completed the Scrappy Trails quilt for my co-worker.  I had a little hand stitching to do where I missed the edge when machine sewing down the binding and took the quilt upstairs so I could sit on the bed and relax while working.  I stepped out of the room for a minute and then this happened:  Mini does always prefer a handmade quilt under her at all times.  I was tired anyway since it was 10 PM! Next up, turning this pile of fabric into some gift bags. Here's my mockup from some scraps.  I decided that using a double folded piece of fabric a la binding would make a nice finished edge for casing for the ribbon closure.  I turned under the ends to make feeding the ribbon in that much easier.  See more Design Walls on Judy's Patchwork Times . 

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That's right, I'm drawing a blank so make up your own title this time!  Lots going on except blogging lately.  DD Erica came home last weekend unexpectedly, driving out from AZ with a friend.  Always nice to have another chick back in the nest.  She unfortunately had to head home before the family event of the week, DD Elaine's birthday today.  Here's the lovely birthday girl with her proud daddy. We celebrated with dinner at The Cheesecake Factory, whose dinner menu is about 25 pages long and they have 30+ different cheesecakes on the dessert menu. Elaine had the Orange Chicken above; I stuck to my No Flour, No Sugar eating plan but indulged in low-carb cheesecake made with Splenda. It was yummy!   Son Nick brought his girlfriend Alison.  I bullied her into having her picture taken (and had to overexpose to correct bad lighting!) The engaged peeps.  They also brought along Chris's mom but she declined photography.  Some quilt related activity has occurred,