Friday, February 06, 2009

Pick Me, Suzanne, pick meeeeee....

This has not been a particularly lucky week for me so I'm hoping to turn that all around by winning Suzanne Earley's grandmother's quilt. Winning that heart quilt would brighten anybody's day and be the best Valentine's Day gift in over a decade.

The quilt is made of Valentine blocks all quilted differently by Suzanne. Here is a photo of the ribbon heart border.


Ok, so one of my favorite hangouts is Machine Quilter's Resource. This is Suzanne's web-site forum for quilters. Most of the quilters are professional but all are welcome. It is free to sign up or you can opt in for the premium membership and get some fabulous quilting video.

More photos can be found on Suzanne's Flickr site.

Blogger is giving me a headache

I am trying to update my blog.

I wanted to add the Sites Visited widget......Done

I wanted to add a Tag cloud. The cloud is not what I expected after editting all that code. How come it doesn't float when I mouse-over. Grrrr.

I see that somehow my header photo is down on the bottom. And my header is now 2 dots. Not sure how that happened.

Hmmm, maybe I'll just call my friend Jody and get some professional web-design help.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Strip Twist During SuperBowl

OK, I was cruising through Machine Quilter's Resource forum and saw this Strip Twist quilt using 2.5 inch strips. (Thank you for the inspiration, Suzanne) I thought it was a cool quilt. It consists of 2 lights and 2 darks. Unfortunately, I only had mediums and lights. Oh well, I still like the look of it. To me it looks like it is set on point. I have several quarter-blocks made and a few on the design wall. I plan to start assembling it soon.

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Thread In the Wrong Place

I was driving along on my Gammill and noticed what felt like a flat tire. I was not able to control the machine the way I like. I was using black thread and it shows every wobble so I want good control. I asked my husband to help me look for debris in the track. We found a piece of thread wrapped around a wheel on the back. Do you think this might be the cause of my flat tire problem?

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My Updated Studio

We are finally moving my longarm machine back to the original studio. The room (15' x 16') is actually the 2nd master bedroom in the house. It has 2 windows (one east-facing and one that is south-facing) so I get lots of light when I pull up the room-darkening shades. When the shades are down, it's as dark as the inside of a cow.

I have an overhead light on the ceiling fan but it is only good for ambient light not really a work light. I have the Gammill light bar for work lighting. The carpet was the original from when the house was built in 2001 and it did not hol dup to the apple juice stains of my grands or the tea stains from my mother's cuppa. We chose a latte colored carpet in frieze (pronounced free-zay.

And of course, I have my own bathroom which makes it quite handy while I am working.

This first photo is a work in progress peak at the room. The wall-to-wall closet was chocker-block full of batting on rolls and batting bags in boxes.carpet3

And here is what the carpet looks like after installation.

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It's funny that it only took us a half day to move everything out of this room when we re-located the studio to the living room. Because I have made a bizillion trips from the new studio to the old looking for (snippers, SID ruler, chalk bowl and foam brush, etc) looking for stuff that I need for the totol of two quilts that I have done since we moved the machine. The living room is 15' by 20' and I had so much more room. I also had to deal with the 3 door ways into the living room. Well, 4 doorways if you count the patio slider.

We will eventually (read: when the insurance company gets off their butts and send us a check) fix the hole in the ceiling in the living room, circa Dec 17, 2008. And after that gets done, then we can proceed to get the wood floors replaced. I know the insurance company is stewing about this. The patch of floor that is ruined is only 6 x 9 feet (approx) but since Pergo discontinued their engineered wood, we have no way to replace the bad part. So the insurance will have to replace all the wood that adjoins the "bad spot". That would be:
-- 15' x 20' living room which joins the
-- 15' x 15' dining room on one side and the
-- 12' x 15' foyer which joins the living room and the
-- 4.5' x 45' hallway which at one point
-- steps down 3 wooden steps to the den 8' by 3 steps.

There is a bit of irony. When we had the floors installed 2 years ago last April, they delivered the wood and put the boxes into the dining room so they could acclimate to the house for three days. The 3rd party delivery people had already screwed up the delivery twice so they were anxious to get this one off their list. So they put the wood in the driveway.

Me: "That wood is supposed to be in the house."
Delivery guy: "No, this is where we always leave it."
Me: "Hello, what if it rains?"
Delivery bubba with eyes rolling: "It ain's gonna rain."
Me: "You need to call the store and get this sorted out."
Delivery oaf pushing a clipboard toward me: "You need to sign this paper that the package was delivered."
Me: "I'll sign when the wood is INSIDE my house."
Then I went inside and called the store and vented with the manager.

The delivery guys sat in front of our house for 15 minutes undoubtedly re-grouping their next move. They must have gotten a phone call relayed to them because they started bringing the boxes of wood up to the dining room. There were supposed to be 50 boxes of flooring. The invoice said 50 boxes delivered. But my husband, the logistics manager on crutches, counted the boxes of flooring and came up with a count of 52 boxes. Yeah, we had 2 extra boxes. 2 boxes that we had not paid for. 2 boxes that would have been more than adequate to fix that bad spot in our living room. He made the delivery guys take the 2 boxes back to the store. Grrrrr.

View thru a Kaleidoscope

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I have long been a fan of San Diego Public Art along the seawall near downtown San Diego. Artists create this art for display on the sidewalk along Harbor Drive for all to see. It never fails to capivate me. The pieces are spread about 25 yards apart so you can stroll along the seawall and enjoy the each artists work. The pieces change out periodically which keeps the views fresh. I carpool with my husband but he is sometimes a few minutes late so I sit in this metered parking along Harbor Drive and admire the art while waiting for his phone call.

This kaleidoscope has always struck me as enchanting. When I first saw it, there were a couple of tourist families surrounding it. It is a favorite with visitors. I found it empty one day and decided to check it out. The end of the tube that you look through is big enough to hold a camera so I decided to try getting a few shots.
There are 3 different wheels that you can adjust to move the mirrors inside and to change or rotate the colored panels on the outside of the scope.

Here is a link to some history about the kaleidoscope

Here are some of the photos I took. You really have to look closely to see the changes that took place when I spun the mirrors.

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My life has changed in the last couple of years - some bumps, I retired from quilting, and then I moved to Texas. I'm anxious to see what new adventures await me in the next phase of my life.

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