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Got a note from my sister... I think she liked this!

Design Wall Monday--December 30, 2013

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On my design surface today is what will become a mini quilt for my wooden stand.  I haven't any quilt for January and felt this snowman would be perfect. This is from the Winter 2013 issue of Quilts and More magazine.  The pillow is 16" finished but with the snowman and first border set it is only 12", just right sized for my wooden stand.  If you are like me, choosing the fabrics is both the favorite and the hardest part of small projects! Ugh.  The iPhone camera did not do much for this grouping, but there is actually no orange in the selections--it is reds, olive and sage greens, and some brown. I save all the scraps of Steam a Seam when I do the occasional applique project, which come in so handy for the little pieces like those on the left. The colors are better in this photo but still a bit off!  Originally I planned to use the bright blue as the background but decided I liked the lighter background better.  Since this photo I have buttonhole stitche

Post Christmas Cheer

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This holiday week sure went fast!  I worked Monday then had Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the day after off work, which was very nice.  I even managed to get some gifts wrapped before the 24th, a new record for me, as usually I'm spending Christmas Eve with paper, scissors, and ribbon.  The large printed bags at the base of the tree in green and red have been recycled yearly for at least 10 years!  It has become a family joke that I carefully remove the staples and fold them up for another year each Christmas.   We had no children in the house on Christmas morning for the first time ever--Erica was house/dog sitting for someone and of course our married daughter Elaine and our son Nick don't live here.  Our present opening was delayed a bit but by noon we were all gathered and enjoying spending time together and opening our gifts.  Later we all met up again at my parents' house where 26 of us dined on filet Mignon, potatoes, salad, and homemade bread, followed by a

Solistice Saturday

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Feeling nearly back to normal and trying to catch up with the near week of time I'm behind in Christmas preparations.  About the only thing that is finished is the decorating!  Here's a few shots from around the house: In the lawyer's bookcase in the entry, a display of the beaded and sequined satin balls my husband's grandmother made many many years ago.  She passed away in about 1970, and my in-laws displayed these in their home for many years before they were passed on to us.  The larger balls are about 6" diameter and she used a lot of costume jewelry--of which she was very fond--to decorate them.  Velvet ribbons and pearled pins add additional luster.  Also in the lawyer's bookcase, a simple ceramic mini creche I've had for years, brass angels given to me decades ago by a dear lady I used to houseclean for, and the card my mother had printed with her drawing of the Madonna and child. On the kitchen shelf, a vintage bottle brush tr

What a Week I'm Having!

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UPDATE :   So, instead of the ultrasound tests, I did what I should have done in the first place:  I went to the ER yesterday morning.  My next door neighbor, an ER nurse, was my triage nurse.  It was wonderful to see a friendly face.  They were having a very busy day at the ER and it took another hour and a half before I got in an exam room, but I expected that. After waiting a while, the doc came to see me; he nixed the ultrasound and ordered a CT scan.  He also disagreed with the Urgent Care doc starting me on antibiotics immediately, saying they complicate the picture.  I had an IV inserted and waited another hour and a half to get the CT, then another 45 minutes after the CT for my diagnosis. Turns out I have an ovarian cyst.  However, the doc also said the antibiotics could have been masking an appendicitis and if I got worse I should come back, so it wasn't 100% that it was the ovarian cyst.  I was given a script for pain meds and released to home with instructions to foll

Picnic in December

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Since the weekend was full of getting the tree and decorating the house for Christmas, it wasn't until today that I finally took the last stitches in the binding of my Picnic quilt today.  It had been waiting for several days under the sewing machine needle before I could get back to it.  That's because my sewing room looked like this: Yeah, I know.  I did manage to get some sewing done in here, believe it or not! (Shay, are you impressed?)  The binding is a polka dot.  I love a red binding! The brown print is the last of the Katie Jump Rope fabric I was hoarding. "Picnic", designed by Kim Brackett, Scrap Basket Sensations book. The goal was to have green the primary color, then red, then gold, but in the end the mix grew more varied and I love all its scrappy goodness.   Here you can see the great texture that Mary of Quilt Hollow gave to the quilt.  Love the swirls and ginkgo leaves.    Mini the quilt inspector checking out the back

Slow Ride

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Bad accident on the only freeway access north gave the bus a slow ride through town. I had time to take a few pictures (and an accidental selfie video--oh my).  The above brick building was a very fine jewelry store for decades. The inlaid tile work is wonderful. One of my favorite downtown sights. Now it is a popular upscale restaurant called Watermark. There is a new bar on the top of the building with ocean views.  This is the Erle Stanley Gardner building. Yes, the creator of lawyer extraordinaire Perry Mason practiced law in Ventura and wrote some of the books here in the building.  And there has been time to stitch, too. We are about another 20 minutes to our destination so this will be a short workday for me!

Design Wall Monday--Dec 2, 2013

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On my design surface today is another baby quilt--this one is for my grandson who is due in a few short months. The quilt design is all Flying Geese in groups of four like geese.  My daughter Elaine and I met up at Superbuzzy on Small Business Saturday to pick out the three B's, background, backing, and binding.  Superbuzzy was having a drawing for the occasion, and each customer was greeted by an adorable, about 8-10 year old girl who was dressed in a bee tutu and holding a plastic bin with slips of paper representing a prize, for which she would run off to the back room to retrieve.  Elaine's slip draw yielded a set of purse handles--which she promptly gave to me.  I totally made out with my lucky draw number--see? An oversized charm square pack of Dimples fabrics--one of my favorite graphic designs. It must have every color of Dimples made!  I'll have fun with this prize. All cut fabrics were 20% off and we found a nice white on white background for