Sunday, September 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
And my last little project......a small 10"X12" quilt from a pattern I found on-line (though I know not where). I just loved the turtles, especially the one going off the edge. I also loved that it was small and doable in a day. I even got to practice some thread art.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
So to catch up......we returned from CA on April 2nd. It wasn't all fun. We spent 5 days helping our youngest DS clean out and move to an apartment. But in the end, we got the southern California townhouse on the market. The real estate market has tanked and the Santa Clarita Valley has way too much inventory so we're just sitting tight and hoping for a sale. We tried to price it accordingly. Looking for a townhouse in a nicely landscaped area near freeways and good schools? Take a look at this link Fairways Townhouse.
From southern CA, we traveled up to Alameda, CA to deliver some furniture and to housesit for about 10 days for our oldest DS while he was in Hawaii with his family. We took the time to walk and drive through the neighborhoods we might want to live in. We also became "lookie-loos" and went to about 12 open houses. We're not even near ready to buy and there will be entirely different houses on the market when we are ready. But it was a good overview of the area.
Since coming back to MD, I've been to the AQS show in Paducah, KY. I had great fun with 7 friends including one of my best friends who came in from IN. We stayed in Grand Rivers, KY at Green Turtle Bay resort. It was perfect for coming back from the show for a rest.
This house had 4 bedrooms, each with its' own bathroom!
Current projects I'm working on include the TQS Block of the Month. I'm working on stitching down the fused edges of the April block which makes me a tad behind since today is May 1st and the May block is now out. I'm in awe of myself that I'm not further behind. I had hoped to make a small journal quilt for each month this year. I only got as far as January so that puts me 3 months (almost 4) behind on that project. While in CA, I cut out and fused 4 purple blocks that need some kind of inspiration for finishing. Then there is the "practice FM quilting" quilt which sits by my machine waiting to someday be actually finished.
Enough musings for today. The TQS BOM calls me to finish it.
Monday, March 10, 2008
On the quilt front, I've been working on a BOM for thequiltshow.com. I've completed the first three blocks. Most people are doing the project using needle-turn applique but I'm trying my hand at raw-edge invisible stitch applique. So far I am happy with it. It's a lot of "cutting and pasting" and sewing around leaves.
One day in a fit of frustration about an insurance issue, I retreated to my sewing area and produced a journal quilt about my car accident. It was a very calming and freeing experience. I might try my hand at more journal quilts.
It's great to have day-light savings time back. Spring can't be to far behind. In the meantime, I'm hoping for warm weather in California.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
I haven't done much on the quilting front. Not too surprising considering that my sewing area is in a loft 2 stories above my red chair perch. With quilty friends help, I did get two labels on quilts that needed to be sent out. They went out in the mail today. Again, a friend took them to the P.O. for me. It's humbling to let other people do all those mundane chores of life for you. I hope that when I'm able, God will grant me the privilege of "pay it back" opportunities.
There's nothing to take a picture of today so this goes out with just my random thoughts. We've done nothing but talk a little about a new car. No matter what, it WILL have side air bags. We're partial to Honda Accords but my husband has been researching other cars, too. I don't think I'll be cleared for driving for another 4 weeks or maybe longer. I'm a little skittish about the idea of driving but I know I'll do it. I've already been a passenger in a car to go out to lunch and I handled that pretty well. Okay......my head was swiveling side to side checking the cross traffic. With time that will go away.
I'm really going to venture out next weekend and go to my quilt guild's retreat. The facility we're using is handicap friendly and there will be lots of people to help me carry things. I'm not going to take the sewing machine. Instead, I'm going to put together hand-work projects. I'm definitely keeping it simple.
And in order to see a light at the end of the tunnel, we're tentatively planning a trip to Chesapeake, VA at the end of February to visit my uncle and to see the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show at Hampton Roads, VA. The goal is to have a new car by then and for me to be walking on my own or fairly well with a cane.
DH retires January 31st after a 38 year career at the same company. His co-workers are giving him a retirement party on January 30th. The next phase of our lives is about to begin. Just wasn't expecting this bump before we even got started on the road.