Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Chesty's test showed that he does have a collapsing trachea. Structurally, it's a Grade 1 which means the obstruction is mild when he's at rest and not having an episode. They're going to treat him medically and they put him on two new medications so we'll see how it goes. He's completely wiped out from the anesthesia and has been sitting next to me or on me since we got home.
I'm not sure how someone who doesn't quilt for a living can end up with a Christmas rush however, I'm slowly but surely working my way through it. Of course, both my Mom and Aunt have one last quilt each they want done by the beginning of December.
I haven't published a list recently but you can bet I'm working my way down my current to do list and checking off each item as I finish it. The two quilts I shipped to Mom on Monday and these wall hangings were high on the list and I'm relieved to have them done.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Keith is out of town of course, isn't he always when I'm at the Dr's or Hospital with one of the boys??
Poor Chesty is pooped from spending all afternoon at the clinic and is sacked out on the couch beside me.
So I was left with my second option which was coming home and putting two bindings on quilts for Mom and then shipping off those two to her and 3 to California to be distributed to those affected by the fires. One of the quilts I sent back to Mom was the one I was quilting the leaves on and overall I was happy with how it turned out.
Two of Purple Project quilts are being donated through this program mentioned on the HeartStrings blog and one is being sent to Karen, a fellow HeartStrings member who is finishing and collecting quilts. If you'd like to help, either contact Karen directly or if you'd like to send quilts for Kids Need to be Kids, you can email me for Debbi's mailing address.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Chesty has always had what the vet in GA told me was probably a collapsing trachea, apparently common in small dogs. Typically, it has occurred with activity or pulling against his collar and leash but lately it's gotten worse and he's having episodes when he's resting or even sleeping. We've been referred to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the university and our appointment is tomorrow.
Since the problem is intermittent, I taped one of his episodes this afternoon.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
A nice dinner out and a few glasses of wine wiped away my frustration from this afternoon. Keith leaves Sunday for Palm Springs so I'll have 3 uninterrupted days to work and get somewhat caught up.
Friday, October 26, 2007
4 jobs I've had:
Public Health Nurse Supervisor
.....plus many other nursing jobs
4 films I could watch over and over: I don't watch anything over and over
4 places I've lived (more than 4 here)
Newport News, VA
VA Beach, VA
Pembroke Pines, FL
4 favorite foods
Is Cabernet a food?
4 favorite colors
4 places I'd love to be right now
Anywhere in Europe
GA visiting my sons
VA visiting my family
I spent all afternoon trying to replace this and ran into one issue after another. Finally, I think it's OK after quilting 2 additional blocks without problems but I was ready to pull my hair out. Let's just say the instructions didn't exactly match up to my machine!
I sent these to Mom and she's happy so far.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
There are 4 borders, setting triangles, alternate blocks, 9 patch blocks and even a small center applique that all have to have some type of quilting element. I usually manage to be happy with some and unhappy with others so we'll see how this goes.
Part of my inspiration for the quilting is a new book called Just Leaf It by Kim Stotsenberg. I find leaves much easier to quilt than some other motifs and she has some really nice ideas for filling borders and blocks with them.
Reading a post on Bonnie's site tonight made me realize that I had never shared my good news from a month or so ago.
Many of you know we moved to Minneapolis from the Atlanta area last December as a result of Keith's company moving their corporate offices. At the time we had to commit to staying at least one year. While I won't go into all the details, my distress was due to it looking like we would be facing another move.
Luckily, things worked out very well and Keith was actually promoted to Vice President, Sales & Marketing. I've come to love living here in Minneapolis and while I know it won't be our final move I was more distressed than I realized at the thought of moving again so soon.
I hope things work out as well for Bonnie as they have for me.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Chesty is better today - the steroid shot made a big difference and he's just about back to his normal self.
After quilting and running my errands I had a little time before meeting Keith for dinner and decided to try a postcard with the free form pieced letters everyone is doing. Of course, it would have probably helped had I read Tonya's tutorial first but all in all it's not too bad for a first attempt especially since I had to limit it to a 4x6 area for the postcard.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Well, I knew it wasn't and insisted he be seen again - finally after being seen and getting a steroid shot to decrease the inflammation he is better tonight.
He's such a sweetie and I always feel so bad when he's sick or hurt. Here he is on another day keeping me company in my studio. Hopefully, tomorrow he'll feel like sitting on the window seat while I finish up the quilt of Mom's I have on the longarm.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Sheree did a wonderful job of making the arrangements and acting as hostess for the sew-in. I have really appreciated the efforts of Sue, Kathy & Rhonda, and Sheree to arrange these get-togethers for the MN/WI area quilters who are a part of HeartStrings.
Thanks to everyone who commented on my previous post. I know everyone is probably tired of hearing about copyright but issues continue to flare up and I was curious how others feel. I just wish there were some guidelines available regarding copyright as it relates to quilting and the internet.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Here's a link to a series of articles about quilts and copyright from Quilter's Newsletter Magazine that's fairly understandable.
Here's a question for you - if you make a quilt from a published pattern are you allowed to post a photo of YOUR quilt on your blog or on a photo site such as Picaso or Webshots? And how many of us have seen quilts from published patterns in quilt shows? Read the above articles and tell me what you think.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Tomorrow I'll be traveling south to attend the HeartStrings MN area sew-in. We'll be working on our October Project Pink. If you'd like to join us in spirit and make some blocks to send in click here for the guidelines and mailing address.
I always label my quilting as scrappy and traditional versus *art* quilting like Deb's so I know I'm leaving her an opening here ....
I admit it, the postcards are fun so the first thing I start doing when I become interested in a subject is to look for books to inspire and instruct me. I showed the first book I bought in a previous post but on Wednesday I found two books on art quilts that I hope will inspire future postcards. I haven't completely read through both books but the parts I've read are wonderful and the quilts and photos very inspiring.
Art Quilt Workbook by Jane Davila & Elin Waterson
The Uncommon Quilter by Jeanne Williamson
I'm toying with the idea of doing a series of small quilts (postcards) similar to what Williamson describes in her book. She did one quilt a week for seven years....I'm not committing to any time frame but I like the idea.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I bought them from OfficeMax but I didn't see them on their website. I can't put my hand on the receipt right now but they were about $15 each. More expensive than the plastic bins with the larger holes but they're more suited to my purpose and worth it to me.
The tree right outside my window has turned turned to a beautiful gold and I had to snap a photo this afternoon as I was putting one of my fall quilts on the chair. It's a rainy day so I'm staying inside and working!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I still have to figure out what to do with the bins on the ironing board. Some are project *leftovers* that I'm hesitant to toss in the new bins because I can get another project out of them - I just don't know if I can keep them sitting around until I get back to them unless I find some other spot for them to free up the ironing board. I really miss the space I had in Marietta!
The sashing looks black in this photo but it's actually a deep purple. For those interested, you can find instructions for this Uneven Chinese Coins quilt at MaryQuilts.com .
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
I took my new Janome Jem Platinum machine out of it's box and decided to make sure it worked before packing it up for my HeartStrings sew-in on Saturday. One of the features I didn't think I would use is the start/stop button you see in the photo below. This machine can be run without a foot pedal - believe or not it was pretty easy and I kind of like it!
I think I'm going to love this little machine!
With the upcoming Sew-in for HeartStrings coming up on Saturday, I went out and bought a *portable* sewing machine to take along. I've been debating buying a small machine for a while and finally decided to just do it.
I've heard lots of positive things about the Janome Jem machines and bought the Platinum 720. It has needle down and a blanket stitch (I don't like machine applique but I occasionally do some) so I chose it over the Jem Gold even though it was a bit more expensive. The dealer told me that my Elna was made by Janome and I found the machine had some similar features. I was particularly happy to find that the 1/4 inch edge foot is the same as mine.
Monday, October 15, 2007
I couldn't believe when she wrote me back that she'd had an anonymous comment that said "sisters who don't get along, should not play together in public and annoy others with their rivalry".
I try to be nice but people like this really piss me off. If I don't like how a blog is written, I don't bother reading it - how hard is that?
I also had a question from Pam about what I'd charge to quilt a king size quilt. Sorry Pam I don't do any quilting for hire. I have more than enough to keep up with with my HeartStrings quilting and the quilts I do for family. Deb, Judy, and Bonnie all quilt for hire just to name a few.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
The rest of the apartment is messy too so I've been cleaning and doing laundry but still have plenty to do. Tomorrow, Keith and I are going to take off and head to Duluth for a couple days. No plans - we're just going to let the GPS guide us around. I'm excited about seeing one of the Great Lakes for the first time!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I used EQ6 and came up with as many variations as I could before weeding them out one by one. I kept 5 of the 16 plus versions I came up with from simple to more complex to help illustrate my process. The one pictured below is probably my favorite and the others can be seen in my Picasa album.
The pen I used on the back of the first two was too thick and messy looking - I found one that writes with a thinner line AND I stayed further away from the edges when writing. I debated about NOT sending the first two I made but heck, the recipients will understand that I'm in a learning phase!
Mailing the first one was a challenge yesterday as he tried to tell me I had to mail it as a parcel (versus a letter). Luckily I was reusing Deb's envelope and was able to show him the stamp she'd used to mail hers. He also said that since it was in the clear envelope, it was not a "postcard" (I knew I couldn't use the same postage I'd use for a postcard ). We'll see if she gets it! (He did hand cancel it as I asked but told me it would go through the machine anyway saying "everything does".)
I printed some information from the site where Deb bought the envelopes that I plan to take with me next time.
Finally, for those of you interested in learning more about fabric postcards I found a site that has several tutorials listed. Thanks to Vicki and Deb for inspiring me to try these.
I'm tempted to take out the FALL stitching on the first postcard because the 1st *L* is right against the binding - but I think I'm going to leave it. I have a 3rd one to finish tonight but won't post it until it's received.
So my question is - which edging do you prefer - the bound or zigzag? (Click on photo to enlarge)
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Next week I'll start working my way through my *need to get done* list but for now I'm just going to play.
Thanks for all the suggestions for the postcard edges. I'm going to give them a try but I went ahead and put a binding on this one covering up the ugly sewn edge and just have to stitch it down tonight.
Monday, October 08, 2007
Can anyone tell me the trick to doing the zigzag edge on postcards? Mine kept getting pushed down into the throat plate and I finally had to do the last side from the middle out. As you can see I didn't do a very good job.
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Saturday, October 06, 2007
I've been working on recreating a quilt I made after Sept 11, 2001 but wasn't able to put my hands on a photo. Hopefully I'll be able to find a file of the photo on one of my backup CD's. I posted an instruction sheet for this one and for the 30's Roman Stripes quilt. Hopefully I found all the typos!
Friday, October 05, 2007
Just before leaving for Mom's, I signed up for Amazon Prime. I pay an annual fee of $79 and I get two day shipping with no additional charges. It's a great deal for me and rather than waiting to order several books, I just order them as I want.
My flights weren't too bad - only an hour delay coming out of Atlanta but I just qualified for Silver Medallion status with Delta so I was upgraded to business class for the Atlanta to Minneapolis leg!
Thursday, October 04, 2007
As you can see, I have plenty of strings left so I hope to get some blocks made to send to Jennifer for the group quilts.
I head home tomorrow. It's always nice to visit Mom but I miss Keith and Chesty and I'm ready to get back to work on the stack of tops I have waiting for quilting.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
The instructions for this version can be found on my MaryQuilts.com site.
Since October is Breast Awareness month, check out the HeartStrings Project Pink and you'll notice that I've gone Pink for October on my blog.
Mom's working a little on another Roman Stripes so I took some photos and plan to write up an instruction sheet for that quilt too.