Wednesday, December 10, 2008
So, Talya has a problem in her urinary tract, that will apparently require surgery. So far, two pretty bad infections, different bacteria, so they think surgery will be required to repair whatever is wrong. Talya was hospitalized for several days with the first one, and at the ER for most of the night for the second. I was lucky that she was on the antibiotics and fairly well during my visit over Thanksgiving. And man, did I ever fall in love with her!
Meghan has to return to work soon, so I'm not sure how that will work out, but hopefully they'll manage. I've told her I'll come back out to help if she needs me.
Mom's finally going to get hearing aids. My sister and I are pretty stoked about that -- it's gotten pretty old having to repeat ourselves. Mom says it's only my sister and I that she can't hear, which is possible since our voices are very similar and the impairment seems to be frequency impairment and not total hearing loss. So perhaps it is the frequency of our voices. But that must hold true for a LOT of voices, because her TV is so loud you can barely stand it.
As many of you know, I have my wonderful Yorkie, Trixye. But Trixye is illegal -- yup, no 4 legged animals permitted where I live in a 55+ condo (villa really) community. However, we just got notification that, along with 10 other amendments to the condo docs, there is a vote coming up to allow 4 legged pets. That will be wonderful for Trixye and I (if it passes). Those of you who have met Trixye know how I can have her and not be discovered -- she doesn't bark and she's piddle pad trained. We go to the dog park as often as possible, and she's happy as she can be (if a little fat). Compared to the crate she lived in for the first 5 years of her life (which probably explains why she doesn't bark), the last year and a half has been a lot of freedom for her. But it'll be better for both of us if that amendment passes and she's legal! And yes, I'll have her out for a walk the day that she's legal, and I'll simply say (if asked) that my sister was keeping her. Which my sister HAS kept her, so it's only sort of a lie. OK, it's a BIG lie, but . . . well . . . sometimes a white lie is necessary. OK, so it's wrong, but still...
I hope all of you have wonderful holidays. My sister and brother in law will be here, and we'll have dinner at their place in Clearwater near our Mom's place. I will be staying at a friend's house -- Carol kept Trixye for me while I went to San Diego, so I'll go to her house and take care of her dog and 2 cats (and Trixye) while she goes to Ohio. It's a win/win for both of us.
Diane and I have a quilt retreat coming up in February that we are very excited about. It's only in Sarasota, but it's my first one, so it's a big deal to me. I hope to do one or two more next year. I continue to take classes (I have a wallet class on Saturday) and Diane is coming to sew on Sunday. We both bought 5 yard fabric kits when we were in Jacksonville, and I've been making up my blocks. I'm hoping to get them finished so that Diane can help me lay them out. I just am not happy with what's up on my design wall. The blocks sew together quickly, so I should be able to have them all done, or nearly all done, by the time she gets there Sunday. But in the meantime -- that house has to be cleaned! Which includes getting the Christmas gifts wrapped, some to Meghan's family boxed up and mailed, and the rest out of the way so there's some room again! Right now my dining room table is covered with wrapping, gifts, etc. I hope to clean that up tonight. Although I'm back in the sewing mood . . . . nope, need to do that first!
Hope everyone is well and doing good. Have a great day (or week, if I don't get around to posting again any time soon!).
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I didn't get any quilting done last night other than some hand quilting on my Burger King Mystery Quilt -- another one for just me so no big rush on it. I'm doing some fairly complicated patterns on it, and just am not good enough (yet) to FMQ it. It's nice and relaxing, though, for those nights when I just can't get motivated to hit the sewing room or, like last night, when something happens earlier in the evening and I'm just flat out tired. Before my company (husband who of course needed something as usual) I did do some sorting of my crumbs. I think I'm going to trim some of those blocks on point -- they'll still be sewn as squares, but might be more interesting (although I'm finding these crumbs pretty interesting on their own once trimmed up -- and I'm surprised! I went through my stacks and was surprised at how many leaders/enders I've already done and now it'll be a question of adding to those and/or putting some of them together while I'm working on other projects. And I got Mom's purse fabric out to the cutting table (no cutting yet) and some other sorting done. All that is part of the process, right?
I've lost my darn keys. Thank goodness I have another set! I know they must be in the house somewhere since I GOT IN the house last night, but I cannot for the LIFE of me figure out where they are. And yes, I checked with Greg to see if he picked them up accidentally, but no luck. I'm sure I can find them tonight when I'm not in a blind panic about them!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I cannot imagine one human being on the planet that could withstand the type of scrutiny we expect our Presidential hopefuls to withstand. My Mom tells about the affairs that Presidents had, well known by even the average person, back "in the day" -- the day when the press respected the private lives of people. The press has no respect for anyone's privacy any longer -- look how they hound the parents of missing children, the families of victims, and of offenders -- anyone they find newsworthy -- and the more tragic, the more outlandish, the more painful, the better. How many lives have been destroyed by publicity -- things that at one time were considered private and not a matter for public consumption by the masses -- including me?
OK, I'm off my rant -- I've kept this blog intentionally non-political, and I just fell off my own self-imposed wagon. Nonetheless, I certainly hope everyone voted, no matter how you voted. When I realize that when my mother was born women in this country DID NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE!!! (can you even imagine??!!), that women suffered, fought, were beaten, imprisioned and died for the right of women to vote, I couldn't imagine not voting. It's simply too important. That's why I voted by mail over 2 weeks ago. And in Florida, you want to be darn sure your vote is ACTUALLY COUNTED. Ok, off that rant too.
I will be sewing away and watching the returns. I doubt we'll know for sure until morning, if even then -- I suspect there will be some shenanigans again this year -- and recounts needed -- unless it is a landslide as most pundits are predicting. I plan to finish a couple of Christmas table runners tonight -- bind one and hopefully at least get the second constructed (and maybe bound). I doubt the intended recipients of these two gifts will be checking my blog, so I will plan to post photos.
Oh, I gave my Mom the ultra suede little fold over purse I made for her. She claimed to love it. As a result, I have gifted the remaining ultra suede to the first person who responded on my Yahoo groups -- once I get her check for postage, it'll be OUT OF MY HOUSE! Yippee!!
God bless everyone, and have a good and safe evening.
Monday, November 3, 2008
I didn't sew a lot this weekend, but I did kit up some stuff and got a couple of Christmas presents in process - one finished (except for binding) and one nearly finished. Christmas table toppers, but I can't post photos or who they are for -- just in case they read this blog (which is doubtful, but possible!). I'm constantly surprised at the emails I get from people who have read this blog that (a) I never expected to or (b) I do not know but have come to be acquainted with as a result.
This is a "twofer" photo -- my gorgeous (usually!!!) grandson and my amazingly beautiful granddaughter. I'm glad she's not older -- he'd be scaring her to death! He scares me!! -- I'm not a big fan of Halloween, and pretty much made Meghan stay in the land of fairies and princesses and the like as a kid, but Meghan and Nick (and Ricky) are into skulls and aliens and vampires and the like -- more power to them -- they seem to still be (relatively) healthy mentally. And to think I worked so hard when she was a kid to protect her from such things! LOL.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I promise (pretty much) not to bore everyone to death (any more than I already do) with photos of my granddaughter, but this is a photo of my grandson, Ricky, holding his little sister for the very first time. No smile you say? Heck no!! He's terrified he's going to drop her or break her (and I so way understand!).
I think I'll just frog tonight. Not sure what I want to start on next, and so perhaps I'll take a night off!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Spent about a half hour last night on the web cam with Meghan and Talya, Ricky and Nick. Talya is a beauty -- black hair about 2-1/2" long and long eyelashes. She's a handful, but my daughter's little family is blissfully happy. It is truly a blessing to witness. I promised Ricky I'd take him to Wild Kingdom (which he prefers over the San Diego Zoo -- go figure), and have him stay a night with me at the motel. He liked that (or at least pretended to).
Nothing else interesting going on -- except I need to get started on some more Christmas presents. I can't post photos of a lot of the things I'm working on because they are Christmas gifts -- well, you know . . . can't ruin the surprise -- even if everybody basically knows what they are getting.
I do hope everyone is doing well. I'm off to the sewing room!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Her onsie says "I wasn't born yesterday . . . or was I? I know I'm a little bit biased, but I really do think she's pretty!
Boy is it tough to be all the way across the country from them!
Hope all is well with everyone else!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
As for the OBW, Nan has suggested a corner in the black as well as a diagonal so we can do some cool quilting on it. Heck, I'm game! So I'll redesign this afternoon and hopefully get some rows constructed. Also want to finish my table topper from class Tuesday night -- at least to binding stage.
Found some fabric at thousands of bolts this morning for the pink purse Mom wants. So I ordered it. And it's just not my fault I fell in love with some butterfly fabric for me! I cannot be held responsible for that, despite my claim, just last NIGHT, that I wouldn't need any fabric again for forever! LOL. It's just so addictive!
I'll add photos of the family when they send them to me. Thanks everyone!
I am also humbled to say she is named for me (partly) -- the Ann is for me. Well, obviously you can't name her Natalya Billye!!!! That would be almost as awful as Billye Ann!
So she still made it (squeaked) for her birthday to be October 24. I want to DO something -- something HUGE -- something more than I've already done -- for her birth. I'm open to ideas! I've made the quilt, sent the bed, sent $$. Made a teddy bear. She has everything for her. I've been racking my brain since this morning and just can't come up with anything appropriate. Perhaps someday I'll give her the OBW quilt that I worked on while I waited for her to decide to join us. Anyway, that quilt is dedicated to her!
Thanks everyone -- I'm going back to bed for an hour or so before I get up for the breast cancer walk. God bless!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
First, went to quilt club (class) Tuesday night and had a great time -- learned how to make a table runner with Thangles, which was interesting. I don't know what it is, but I cannot seem to get to class with the fabric I end up wanting to use for the class. So I buy some, and then Diane, as always, had the perfect light fabric to go with it and as always was generous to a fault. And I do mean generous! She'd cleaned out her stash of fabric (I thought I needed to add "of fabric" to those of us old timers who think of a "stash" as something else). She'd told me Sunday she was doing it and that she hoped I wanted some fabric. Well, DUH! Of COURSE I want fabric. I expected a few pieces. The box was HEAVY! I swear, there was a TON of fabric -- lots of it in large yardage pieces, several perfect for backings. I mean it was heaven!
So when I got home last night I pulled ALL my fabric, every piece (except scraps -- that's a whole different story that needs some serious work) and sorted into colors and pulled the FQs out and sorted them in a color wave. Then I got the ruler out and started folding. Meghan called in the middle, and I put her on speaker phone and kept folding. I got through all the FQs and all the whites/creams. Which only leaves all the other colors to fold! My dining room table, which is NOT small, is covered in fabric! WHOO HOOO. Soon it will all be folded and divided the way I always wanted it to be. I'm looking forward to getting back to that tonight.
I can't thank Diane enough for her friendship, her teaching, her encouragement and her gift of fabric -- which got me motivated to at least start getting organized. The scraps will have to wait until the first of the year, but I do plan to use Bonnie Hunter's system with that. It'll take a while to get there, but I will!
I didn't get any more of the OBW blocks squared up, but the steam and starch have helped to get them to the right 6-1/2" size. Nan and I will quilt it once I get the top done. Sometime in early November I hope.
Meghan is scheduled to be induced tomorrow at 11:00 California time. The hospital will take and have a photo of the baby up within an hour. Now, I looked at some of those photos of other babies yesterday -- uhhhhh, let's just say maybe they ought to wait a bit? I'm sure Talya will be beautiful, but I probably won't be sharing that picture unless hers is very different from the rest! I'll wait until she's a little less, uh, new. Yeah, new. That's the word I want. New!
So before I could start folding fabric last night, I had to make a run to Saturn (which had closed early due to lack of business AND the Rays World Series game so a wasted trip). It seems that although my credit is fine, the car dealerships are having a really hard time getting the banks to write ANY loans -- I just spoke to the finance guy, they haven't had anybody in the showroom for 2 days, not one person, and 2 bank people came in yesterday and told them not to bother to send any applications to them -- they aren't writing car loans right now. Mine has been accepted by another credit union, but I have to go sign papers again tonight, and it went up another $3 a month because the interest rate went up 1/2 of one percent. PAIN!! I am tempted to pull out of the deal, but still I'm way under the interest rate I was paying on my old car and I have come to really like this car. So I'm going ahead with it, although it might not be the smartest thing I've ever done.
Also, my trip to San Diego is a bit less stressful than it was going to be. I was going to have my husband, Greg, take care of Trixye, but Greg has never owned a pet, much less a dog. He gave her a chocolate chip cookie about a month ago, thinking he was being nice to her -- because he simply doesn't know any better. Luckily for me, Trixye didn't like it and didn't eat it. I was concerned about leaving her with him. I had also checked into the limo to the airport -- what used to be $15 or $20 is now $40!!! One way. Parking in long term parking is $9 a day, so that made more sense to me, but I was uncomfortable with having my new car in the lot for a week. However, my good friend Carol has offered to (1) take care of Trixye for me -- and Trixye has been there and gets along just fine with her two dogs and (2) take me to the airport and pick me up!!! Now how's that for a great friend!? I'll go to her house on Sunday before I leave, spend the night there (which gives Trixye a chance to get acclimated before I leave) and then Carol will drop me off at the airport on her way to work. I may have to hang around the airport a bit longer than I would like, but a good book and some hand sewing should take care of that. Then she'll pick me up Saturday when I get in and my car will be nice and safe and sound at her house. What a relief!
I'm off work tomorrow -- have to take Mom for a biopsy, and then my car to an inspection place for the insurance company -- Pinellas County, where I live, requires it. I guess it's to be sure you don't buy a clunker and then put in a claim for insurance for body repair that it already had. If I had the sticker I wouldn't have to do this, but since my car had a little over 500 miles on it, the sticker was gone, so . . . . hopefully Mom's biopsy won't take long and I can get to that appointment by 4:00. Otherwise, my Aunt Pat will have to come pick her up from the hospital. We all think this is much ado about nothing, since she's had these lumps in her neck for years, but nonetheless I'm glad to be able to help her get them checked out.
Work is, obviously, SLOWWWWWW. It's a touch scary, but I have been assured, reassured, and promised that our firm gets through tough times, never does lay offs and is financially sound and secure. That I would be one of the last to go even if they did, because I can do litigation as well as real estate, plus any other area of law. Still, it's disconcerting to sit here day after day with little or nothing to do. I suspect they'll start pulling some of the real estate lawyers into land use and bankruptcy and work outs -- that's what happened years ago during the last recession in the firm I worked in -- the practice areas just changed. Bad times are still good for lawyers, just not necessarily in the areas they are used to working in.
I hope everyone has a wonderful day. Hopefully I will be able to report the birth of my beautiful granddaughter tomorrow!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Meghan called a bit ago -- she says she's going to ask the doctor to induce her labor on Friday. The way she started the conversation, I thought the doctor had already scheduled it. But no, not yet. So don't hold your breath! At least the contractions have all but stopped and she's able to get some rest.
So I worked on my OBW yesterday -- got all my corners on, all pressed up, and went to square up. Uhhhh..... not so good. They are supposed to square up at 6-1/2" - and they all seem to be just a touch shy of that. I'll steam and starch the heck out of them, and maybe I can get them to be exact. If not, we may have 6-1/4" blocks!
I also made my friend Judi's tote bag last night (with pockets). I used the With Love Tote pattern from Lazy Girl -- which doesn't include pockets, so I, being "challenged" by how things will be when they are turned inside out, etc., basted it together first, pinned the pockets where I wanted them, then turned it back, sewed the pockets on and continued. It's a bit big -- I followed the measurements, but it just seems too big to me. Hopefully she will like it! I'm considering putting a baggie bottom in it for more stability. Perhaps I'll like it better then. I do love the fabric for her -- but like so many things I'm making right now, I can't post photos because they are gifts -- I know everyone understands.
I got the car insurance stuff done this morning, a bill paid, some filing caught up (I pretty much stay up with that here at work), called about my Bare Minerals order to be sure it was right, made an appointment for my car to be inspected, called about the tire pressure light. Got a lot done before anybody else even got here! That's one great thing about getting to work early -- I can do all that stuff and it doesn't keep my work from being done.
One of my friends here at work went to Rome a couple of weeks ago. She showed me some of her photos and I fell in love with a simple street scene. It made me want to paint. I've not wanted to paint in FOREVER, so that's a really great thing. I've asked her to get me an 11x14 of the picture and an extra print. I want to get back to painting, but I just can't seem to find any interest in it right now. I got a bunch of stained glass stuff given to me too, but no interest there either. And Diane has fabric for me (YIPPEE!!) -- I still have TONS of interest there. But I know me -- I'll drift back to my other hobbies eventually -- and probably will have at least one of all three going. I'd do some stained glass if I knew of anything that anyone would like to have. Hey, I have 2 lighthouse kits I was given -- they're precut and easy, just need to be foiled and soldered -- hmmmmm....might be perfect for my bosses! Would make it easy on me, that's for sure! Maybe I'll just do that, plus it would be an excuse for me to get those 2 boxes of stained glass stuff emptied and sorted.
Bored, bored, bored. Oh well! At least I get paid to be bored!
Have a great day everyone!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
It's been a really good day. Took my car in for service, came home with a new car. Oh well, I've had car fever for a while, so my 5th or 6th Saturn, I've lost count. Bought an Aura XE this time -- nice car. I like it already. Pewter is what they call the color, it's sort of a light brown/darkish tan in my book. Already had the pinstriping and cool wheels and stuff. Had almost 600 miles on it, so somebody else paid the depreciation. She brought it back and got herself a couple other cars -- guys say she trades in cars every couple of months -- too much money and not enough brains, but it was good for me, so who cares? And I've known these guys at this dealership for eons, so no reason to doubt them. They sold me my 2nd, 3rd and I think this is 5th Saturn, so I know who I'm dealing with -- they know me by name.
At the left is a photo of all my OBW blocks. I think I like the black to "break it up" a bit. I've talked to Nan and we're going to try to come up with a date maybe in November for me to take it to her to quilt it on her long arm. What a treat!
So after buying the car, I picked up Judi and Mom and off we went to run errands. Lunch, then clothes shopping (ICK), then some errands for Mom. We dropped Mom off, went to get dog food and toys for our dogs, and then Judi and I went to JoAnn's. While we were shopping she let me know she'd really rather have a tote bag than a purse, and that's really a relief to me -- I didn't want to screw up the fabric I'd chosen for her as I learned to make the purse, so I'll make her a cool tote bag instead. With pockets and stuff!
At JoAnn's I bought some more fabric for a OBW -- and some backing. Here's a photo. I think it's beautiful -- Nan, will it work?
I can't even think about starting this until next year. I think it will be beautiful!
Friday, October 17, 2008
I thought I'd finished all my blocks on my OBW last night, but when I put them all up on the design wall, I was 7 short. It took me about 5 minutes to cut 7 more sets and they'll only take me an hour to sew -- isn't that amazing? It is to me. What a cool trick somebody thought up. I played with the corner fabrics and I'm almost definitely going to go with black corners. I think all that color is defintely going to need some relief for the eyes. I sent a photo of the blocks to Ricky, thinking he'd love the kaliedoscope effect, but alas, no. So I guess I'll just have to keep this one. Oh boo! (Frankly, I love it -- it matches NOTHING in my house, and still I LOVE it!).
A trip to Joanns this weekend, maybe even tonight, with tons of coupons, looking for just the right fabric for another one. Like I need more fabric. Well, heck, EVERYBODY needs more fabric! Ok, maybe not everybody. Maybe not even me, but I WANT IT!
No new photos today. But maybe tonight I'll take a photo of my OBW on the design wall. I STILL need to cut out Judi's purse and get going on it, and all the other Christmas gifts, but Nan has me hooked on this OBW. It's just fascinating to me.
Although it was a month ago, we've finally arranged time for us all to go to lunch today for my birthday. It should be fun -- I've not been out with some of these girls before, so looking forward to it.
Everybody have a great day!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
As for me, I went to my former boss's house to help her design the decorations for her tables at her reception. I don't really think I was of much use, but it was nice to see her and try to help anyway. When I got home, I made 6 more OBW blocks. They are so easy and mindless sewing now -- I think I need about 20 more and all 56 will be finished. Then I'll try to do the "color wave" -- not sure how well THAT's going to work out with this fabric. This may just be a hodgepodge and I'll worry about the color wave on the next one. And believe me, there will be a next one. I can't help but love, love, love this -- too bright for me? Yup. A place for it? Nope. But it might be a great gift for Ricky. I can see him staring at the kaleidoscopes for hours at a time. Heck, I can see ME staring at them for hours at a time! We'll see. I'll send a photo to him once done and see if he wants it.
Bosses not in -- I was assured today would be REALLY busy, but not so far! I think a couple things got postponed until next week. Quiet days are nice, but they sure do get long and boring.
I really do plan to cut out Judi's purse tonight. I really do!!
Have a good day everyone! I hope to report good news about Meghan and Talya today!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
So in order to stay busy last night, I made 12 more OBW blocks. I also created a new place for my design wall - on my porch. I hung up my little flannel backed table cloth with tape over the back door (the only place I can hope to have enough space!) and started sticking the blocks on it. However, since they were falling off, and I'm not yet ready to pin them down, I sprayed some quilting basting spray on it and that's working a lot better. Still having trouble with the color wave, and still considering the possibility of using black in the corners (really to try to tone it down a bit!). Also considering the possibility of some interior black borders, also to tone it down some. We'll see as the design process moves along. I REALLY need to be working on gifts instead, but I have to admit this OBW is seriously addictive.
Diane gave me a book on landscape quilting -- combining art with fabric and quilting. I have to admit that one glance at the book has me fasinated. Oh no! Another hobby! Although it's really a combination of all my hobbies, even stained glass since some of the "stylized" art quilts are given the stained glass "look". Again, yet another project.
I've read the directions for the bag I want to make Judi. I was wrong -- this is not the BFF bag, this is the Pursonality bag -- which is also gorgeous -- that Diane has made. I will have to go slowly with this one -- it's very confusing on the reading. Hopefully it's easier on the making!
Tonight I'm off to the home of my former boss, Lee, who is getting married on October 26th. She's asked me to help her with some ribbons or some decoration thing -- I think she has some mistaken notion that I'm kind of artistic. We'll see about that! But it gives me a chance to help her out some (I hope) and to give her the wedding present I made for them from their shower and wedding invitations in a shadow box -- and not during the hustle and bustle of the wedding/reception. Sure glad I got that project done ahead of time!
All else is good. Still haven't finished Mom's ultra suede purse. She will either love or hate it. I'm not sure how I feel about it.
I'll post more when I know more!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Got an email from Meghan a couple hours ago -- she thinks her water has broken. Basically she's been told to endure this labor -- it's too late in her pregnancy to stop it, too early to induce. Her doctor won't do anything or give her anything. Poor thing, she's not slept in days and days and is completely exhausted. It's probably a good thing I'm not out there, because I'd feel required to be with her and I'd probably just annoy her -- and believe me, she's irritable enough as it is! Understandably.
So tonight I think I'll cut out Judi's purse. This is called the BFF bag (best friends forever) and is one that Diane has made -- hers is simply adorable. I hope the one I make for Judi turns out nearly as well. Once that's cut out, I think I'll sew some more on the OBW -- I can't tell you how much fun those are! I'm doing them 6 at a time, and when they are pressed and I turn them over, I'm blown away by each one. Having chosen the wrong fabric, I probably won't be able to get the color wave I would otherwise achieve, but no matter -- and Lord knows it will be bright! I figure I need to make 56 blocks. For this first one I think I'll use some of the fabric in the corners to square it up, although I'm tempted to use some black to tie it all together. However, Nan says that my seams might very well not match (which is a consideration), but I'm just not sure yet. Nan setting up my Jem Gold 2 has sure made my sewing more accurate! I wouldn't even consider it without my machine set up for that accurate 1/4" seam.
I so way want a Janome 6600 -- the plan is (maybe) to use my Christmas bonus as a down payment and buy one on time. If I plan to do that, I will need to really knuckle down and cut back on my spending. Since, however, I don't REALLY need any more fabric (or much of anything else), maybe I'll take on that extra payment. I'll have to think about it some more. And hopefully they can find me a really good rebuilt one so I can get the cabinet too. I'd really like to rearrange my "studio" again so I can have a design wall -- but I need a sewing cabinet to do it. I'd rather wait and get the machine I really want with the cabinet that goes with it, so I'll just make do in the meantime.
Prayers going out to Meghan that Talya is born really soon and you can get some rest. I know you're probably not reading this, but I love you!!
Monday, October 13, 2008
I've done some OBW blocks today as well -- don't have the color wave going on as yet, but they sure are fun. I'm doing them 6 at a time. It is so hard to believe that all these different patterns come out of the same fabric.
Meghan still hasn't had the baby. She's in pain, miserable, frustrated and irritable. I feel so bad for her, but the good news is that she and the baby are both fine health wise. She assures me she'll let me know as soon as she knows something, and has asked to be left alone in the meantime. I can understand it, but it sure is hard from here! Thank goodness for Nick's family. I don't know how she'd cope at all otherwise.
Back to work tomorrow. Mom has some testing coming up, but the ENT doctor did not seem terribly concerned. That's a relief! All else is quiet -- I'll post when I know more.
Oh, this morning I finished Mom's purse -- I've not taken a photo yet since it needs the buttons yet (which are made but not yet sewn on) and frankly I don't much care for it. I made it from some ultra suede that she gave me (a HUGE bag) and I made it scrappy. Ultra suede doesn't really lend itself to this particular bag. I guess it's OK, but it's probably my least favorite. Once I finish with the covered buttons, I'll post a photo and maybe you guys can decide for me.
In the meantime, have a good night and a great day tomorrow.
So Meghan sent me a text about 1 am -- still no baby and they did "something" but she's still in pain and headed home. I suspect that's all the way to Escondido, an hour from the hospital. Poor thing. I wish there was something I could do to help. But not from 3000 miles away. I hope this baby comes soon. She's having the same kind of labor I had with her. Took me 96 hours -- Wednesday night to Sunday morning. She started Thursday night and it is now Monday morning. Bless her heart.
Anyway, we had a blast at Nan's and I took my camera, but did I take a picture? DUHHH!!! No! So this morning I took a photo of the fabric I started out with for my One Block Wonder (OBW). This is absolutely the WRONG kind of fabric to use, but I have over 5 yards of it, so I'm USING it!
Then we did this amazing registering the fabric thing, cutting 4" slices through 8 layers (oh, and girls, I FOUND my rotary cutter in my bag -- I KNEW I'd brought it!). Then with a 60 degree ruler we cut through those 8 layers to make triangles. Then sewed the triangles together and -- well, check it out!
Now even I thought I was done sewing for the day, but I caught a second wind. I've been wanting to do Carol Doak's Block of the Month ("BOM"), but frankly I'm more into her house and tree paper piecing. Well this year she's doing "scenic" -- so I made the October BOM.
I think it's kind of cute. If I add it to the other house blocks I've made, plus what she does for the year, I'll have another "scenic" quilt. Since it's scrappy, it should be a lot of fun. I'm way into scrappy these days!
I hope everyone has a wonderful day. I'll post when and if I know something about the baby. I suspect I'll be doing a lot of sewing today to keep myself busy and my mind occupied so I worry as little as possible. And my Mom is going in to see an ENT for some lumps -- she claims she's had them for years and years, but they want to biopsy them. She tells me that even if they are malignant, they are easy to cure. She has a ride through the place where she lives, but I'm on call in case they need to do more tests or something. So I'll be sticking around the house.
Bye for now!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
kinds of tips and tricks about a One Block Wonder and I got about 10 or 11 blocks sewn. I was surprised that they came out as well as they did. Diane and I had a blast meeting Nan's friend Diane -- who had finished her One Block Wonder blocks and had them up on the design wall. Nan's house is gorgeous and she's just the sweetest person ever!
My DBIL sent me some photos -- the first is a picture of a quilt I made for my sister, Sandi, during the early part of my quilting. I barely recognize it! LOL. Meghan is still in labor, but they've sent her home -- she's hoping a walk will get things really moving. I know she's in a lot of pain and it's tough being so far away from her, but I'm sure all will be fine and hopefully Talya will decide to join us in the next few hours.
This is Pixye. Isn't she BEAUTIFUL?
Here's a photo of my sister and I -- I'm in red. You can see our mother in the reflection in the glass, as well as my Aunt Pat.
I'll add photos of Meghan and Ricky, Nick and Talya when I get some! My most recent pictures of Ricky are really quite old, and Meghan has been avoiding the camera since she got pregnant.
That's all the news for now. It's almost 7 and I'm about done in for the day. I doubt I sew any more -- unless I go work on Mom's purse maybe later. Have a great day!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I designed the stained glass motorcycle since I couldn't find a pattern for one. The lamp and tissue box were made for Christmas/birthday for my sister. The quilt is one of my first paper pieced quilts I made for my Mom last year for Christmas. Fun to make and she seems to like it. Birdhouses were interesting and I think the colors go well in her house.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Being brand new at this blogging thing, I'm not at all sure what anyone will be interested in (or not). Probably my quilting the most. I have so very much to learn. I belong to several Yahoo groups, including Carol Doak's, Stashbusters, StashQuilters, DustingYourStash, InspectorsClub, Quiltvillechat and Lazygirl Designs. I love learning from all of them, and meeting lots of new and interesting people on all of them.
My skills continue to improve, but last night I spent quite a bit of time "frogging" since I managed to sew a pillowcase the wrong way -- DUH!! I'm off work on Monday, and only going to a movie tomorrow, so I'll likely spend most, if not all, of the weekend quilting. I'm beginning to get the urge to get back into stained glass and maybe even have a painting floating around in my head.
I'm watching the stock market crash over and over. Sometimes it's almost nice to not have any money in the market -- my friends who do are worried over their 401Ks. My 401K doesn't start here at work until January, and I'll throw as much $$ into as I can. Hopefully for me this down market will be a boon as I can buy more shares and it will be worth more when I get ready to retire. HOWEVER, I really don't think I will ever retire completely. As much as I love my hobbies, I don't think I'd be happy not working, not interacting with other people. Yes, it's true these 11 hour days get old -- and they get older the older I get! I don't actually WORK 11 hours, but that's how long the day is by the time we do the commute. I do carpool with a couple of lovely ladies here at work.
And my possibly very favorite thing in the world is my Yorkie, Trixye. I'll try to snap a photo of her in the next day or so and add that to this blog. She's a doll -- quiet as she can be. She doesn't bark -- she was a breeding female, and they nearly bred her to death. I've had her a little over a year. However, she got a clean bill of health last weekend from the vet and has gained (too much) weight. When I got her she was malnourished, her coat was dull and she had sores all over her body -- her teeth had never been cleaned and when they were, she lost 3. 2 weeks after I got her she had to have major surgery due to an infected uterus. But she's a true joy and now her coat gleams, not a sore on her body and her health is excellent. She's great company and I adore her. Her favorite thing is to play with her "cousin" Pixye -- my sister's Yorkie/Shih Tzu mix. Now THERE'S a beautiful animal. If they had a breed for her, she'd be a show dog. If my sister gives me permission, I'll post a photo of her too.
More later! Everyone have a great day.