Monday, April 16, 2012

Design Wall Monday

And Surprise! It's on Monday!
Yesterday was one of those great days, I got so much done!
By 6 pm I had:
  • Made pancakes for breakfast
  • Made 3 loaves of sandwich bread for the week
  • Baked 2 "Artisan" loaves to go with soup for dinner. (one was already gone when the picture was taken)
  • Made a pie (canned filling and store bought crust, but hey, the oven was already hot)

  • Done the taxes (yes, I'm  last-minute Leslie)
  • And done the dishes...twice.
That may not seem like much for some people, but for me it's really good. So, after all that, I went to the store to do something for ME... And here they are... Just a little bit of the latest Just Takes 2 blocks. No it's not much but it's baby steps.

Another good thing... It's Daffodil Day. These were bright and cheerful yesterday morning when I came out.

For the last several years I have been helping out with a project a school in Atlanta does each year. They track the sighting of the first daffodil up the east coast from Florida to Maine. The letters arrive in November and I usually get to send my card back in late April or early May.

This card goes out today and I think this is the earliest I've ever sent it. In a month or so I'll get the results with the first and last sightings, rate of travel in days and miles per hour. It's fun to participate and a sneaky way for the teachers to teach geography, math and other stuff.

I also finally got some quilts finished for customers this week:
Rhonda made this cute sampler- the colors make me think of chocolate raspberry truffles

And I did a little custom stuff on it

And she also made this sweet one with a panel and some borders.

So Happy Monday to everyone and don't forget to go to Judy's blog check out the other  design walls.

Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Presents in the mail

This may be Friday the 13th, but it is going REALLY well for me.
  • Got all my errands run before work.
  • Had prez-ies in the mailbox- Note Digital Essentials book- technology here I come...
  • AND figured out how to post to the blog from my cellphone! (That's why the picture isn't great, but I will learn more in the Digital Essentials book...right?)

So... How's your Friday the 13th going?

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Want some cheese with that Whine?

You know it's been a long week when it takes 3 days to get 1 hour of quilting done on a baby quilt! That's the way the week went. Nothing tragic, just appointments and bizarre interruptions. I finally got the baby quilt quilted  Friday night (still need to do the binding(Edit: the binding is now done) and was planning to start bright and early Saturday on the sampler from the same customer. (Pictures of the sampler will be posted soon)

Well, the dogs had other ideas, and after cleaning up THOSE messes, I'm at the shop ready to go... Machine cleaned, threads chosen, there will be a new color on the back, so I'll wind some bobbins and get quilting... But the bobbin winder has other ideas...

OK, how hard can it be to find a little rubber widget? Harder than you think, and to order one from the company will be a hideous amount of money, plus a $5.00 handling fee, $6.00 shipping and at least a week in the mail... What's a girl to do? Improvise...

This is automotive fuel line... A 1" piece seems to be working and at $1.50 per foot I can replace it as often as I need to. So, I only wasted half a day with pesky stuff and of course soothing my frustration with chocolate was also allowed...

Chocolate Raspberry cake from our local bakery Bohemian Mama's will certainly do the trick. So, by 12:30 I was FINALLY settling in to quilt. Geez... some days! (Edit: I got most of the sampler quilted on Saturday and finshed it on Sunday. Just the binding left now)

On a brighter note, the girls in the Wednesday night Quilting 101 class have half their blocks done so it's time for a little show and tell. Two of them got out before I got pictures, I'll get them next week.

Paula's squares are laid out on the fabric she plans to use for the sashing. The dark pink and green look great together.

Bethany is fussy cutting from some cute Labrador puppy fabric. This is her very first quilt.  We may have brainwashed interested another quilter.

Hope there were lots of chocolate eggs in everybody's Easter basket and lots of thread in your bobbin!

Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Thursday, April 05, 2012

What the heck is IWW?

Here I am, showing people how to do a blog post... Who would have thought it? Iww is a business program that has been a big help in my business and everyone should take advantage of.

Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Work in Progress Wednesday 4-4-12

There is "Design Wall Monday" over at Judy-L's blog, but I always seem to miss it, Soooooo how about Work-in-Progress Wednesday? It has a nice ring to it and I can share not just my WIPs, but what's going on in class as well.

The Tuesday night girls are doing a quilt I designed- Mariner's Medallion. And it always amazes me to see a quilt that was just an idea in my head turn into real quilts. AND how different the tops are. The quilts are spread on our "design floor" also known as the high school hallway, but works.

Jennifer is our over-achiever this semester. (There's one in every crowd)  She has been sewing rows together as we go along. At this rate she will have the top together and borders on by next week.

Faye is doing a country look for this one. The quilt will be a gift, Faye has very lucky relatives. The flying geese are actually red, but you know how strange flash lighting can be. 

And then there's Brenda's... She dug into her collection of oriental fabrics and teamed it with a black background. Rich and sumptuous are the words that come to mind.

I didn't get my top laid out, but this is the center medallion we will be doing next week. Yes it's paper piecing, but on a grand scale...that compass will finish at 24"

After doing two Bonnie Hunter quilts  these 12" blocks seem  huge... fast...but huge. And you only make six or eight, maybe twelve of each... not hundreds! Nice for a little change of pace.

So there you have it. A quick update, now back to work!

Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!