Saturday, March 07, 2009

Orange Cheer Quilt



Chris made this quilt for her sister-in-law. It is very bright and my favorite color, orange. I used an Aurifil in Honeydew color. This is from one of the quilters in the group I call LA Law.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Baby Quilt for Grandma Cathy




I have quilted several quilts for Cathy but this is for her first grandchild, a precious little girl. Cathy was so excited about being a grandmother. I think that most grandmothers have photos of their grandchildren in their wallets. Cathy followed that tradition but she even had a photo of the baby from the ultrasound. I hope the baby, the mother and the grandmother like this quilt.

Strike up the Band (quilt)


Grandma Joann pulled this one out of the closet. She wants it quilted so she can donate it to the raffle at the middle school for her grandson's band. It is well pieced but only about 48" square, it will make a nice wall hanging. I think that she meant to quilt it herself. Well, actually, I pulled some clear thread out of it where her daughter had tried unsuccessfully to quilt it.


It has some solid colors in the sashing. I call it sashing because it is only about 2.5 inches wide so I quilted it like a sashing. I used some continuous curves in the plate and star blocks. I stippled the background fill. I wanted to give the center medallion a boost so I used my Circle Lord for the cross-hatching as a background. I used Roseate PermaCore in all but the light areas and then used Signature Parchment cotton thread.

I know that I went overboard on the quilting for the price that I charged her but if her grandson's band makes a bit of extra money because I did a good job quilting, I'm going to be thrilled.

And besides, we grandmothers have to stick together.


Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Coral Tree


As a side note to our banking visit today, we got to see a gorgeous Coral Tree (Erythrina caffra)also called a Tiger's Claw. The Point Loma area is rife with these mature Coral Trees. They flower first and then leaf out in a month or so. I picked up a few blossoms for my trip home.

Peeve: Bank Holds on Checks

We had a roof leak back in December. Fixing the tile roof was cheap ($450) by comparison to fixing the inside. The ceiling removal and decontamination chamber looking plastic room were over $2000 and I still had a hole in my ceiling when they were done. That repair was about $600. It still needs to be painted. But the real money pit was the wood floor. There was a 6 x 9 foot section in the middle of the living room (which at the time was my studio)where the wood floor was damaged beyond repair. The flooring is engineered wood by Pergo. Pergo doesn't make engineered wood floors anymore. They just make laminate floors. So despite the fact that I bought a product that came with a 25 year fully-transferrable warranty, replacement with the same wood is not possible. Don't get me started.

So the insurance settled on replacing all the wood that adjoined the room with the damaged wood. So that is the dining room, foyer, 45 x 4.5 ft hallway and 3 steps down into the family room; about 1100 sq ft of wood.

So after over 2 months, we get the check from the insurance company. It is a nice sized check. So it is made payable to me and DH plus the bank that holds the mortgage on our home, WaMu. We do not bank with WaMu. The check is from the insurance company who banks with US Bank. These are the steps required to get what is essentially our money.

- Call the bank (WaMu- becoming Chase!) that holds our mortgage about endorsing the check to us.

- WaMu told us to call the WaMu office in South Carolina and get their OK. Got the OK from a nice lady named Charleen.

- Took the check back to WaMu and gave them Charleens phone number so they could call her themselves, which they did while we waited. So now we have a partially endorsed US Bank Check.

- We went to US Bank to cash the check. We did not go to our bank with the check because we already know that B of A will hold the check for 2 - 3 weeks. Yeah, anything over $2,500. It sucks. So we chose a US Bank that shares a parking lot with B of A. I don't want to drive around with that kind of cash in my pocket. We end up talking to 3 staffers at US Bank, two were managers.

- US Bank has to call the WaMu bank to verify that the endorsement (not stamped, by the way, just written) is real, not forged.

- Then once that is done, US Bank had to call the US Bank branch (across town) on which the check was drawn to verify that the insurance company has an account there.

- Then once they verify that the insurance company banks there, US Bank had to call the insurance company to verify the amount of the check. I guess that's because we could have squeezed in an extra number before the comma.

- That's where they hit the snag, the insurance company folks had already left for the day. (They probably had to spend some time doing their banking.) So US Bank got a copy of the check and our driver's licenses and they will call the insurance company in the morning.

- Here's the kicker, US Bank will then give us a bank-certified check in the amount of the check, probably minus $10 fee for the cashiers check.

- Then we will walk it across the parking lot to B of A to deposit it into our checking account.

Now let me pause in the story here to remind everybody that this is 2009 not 1959. All banks have computers. The teller at the window can hit a couple of keys and know, within 10 seconds, exactly what our balance is down to the last penny.

OK, back to the story of cashing an insurance check. So I made a dinner bet with my husband that when we walk into B of A with that US Bank certified check this afternoon, they will put a hold on it. Actually the bet is, "I will not leave the bank with $17,849in my purse". Terry says that B of A will honor the cashier's check and the total amount will be available immediately. Anybody else want to get a free dinner tonight? Who will have the money tonight, me or the bank? Just to be clear, I would never walk out of the bank with that kind of cash. I probably don't have more than $30 in my purse right now. Who needs cash, that's why we have bank cards.

Now, we have learned over time that banks like to have this "phased pay-out". If you bring them a big check drawn on another bank, they will let you have a piece of it, say $2,500 in 5 business days, then half will be available in 10 business days and then the rest in some other # of business days.

To be fair, the bank will pay us interest on the amount of the check while it is on hold. And that's fine. But I don't want the $5.35 of interest, I want my money.

It is MY money, why won't the bank let me have it.

Why can't B of A's computer talk to the computer at US Bank or WaMu or wherever and see that the check is good. Why? I'll tell you why. They hold your money for x days so they can show that they have deposits worth x million. It's the old mine is bigger than yours game in a bank-sized scale. I think that maybe the pony express could carry my money faster than the bank computer's will give it to me.

It really does not surprise me that people put their money in their mattress.


UPDATE: OK, for those of you who signed up for the virtual dinner, you win. Yup, B of A did not let me down. We got the cashier's check from US bank and walked across the parking lot to the B of A. Then got in line behind 13 other people waiting for 2, count them 1 -2, tellers who were working. Can we cash the check? No. So will they give us any of this money? They allowed us to have $100whole dollars. Can we have the rest? No, not until tomorrow. So what will it be? How about a virtual steak dinner or a virtual lobster dinner. We deserve it for being realists.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Stop the World - the TV is Broken



Men are so funny.

For several months, my dishwasher was not anchored properly and I nagged and nagged about getting my husband to fix it. Eventually, we just bought a new dishwasher.

The lighting unit for one of the ceiling fans in the family room is flaky, works when it wants to. Solution: it takes 2 of us with different remotes to finally get the lights to turn off.

The screen on the big TV started to turn red while we were watching something recorded on the TiVO thingy. It was sporadic but it blocked out the screen. You would think that his hair was on fire.

Terry: We need a new TV. I'll check the ads.

Me: We could just move the one from the bedroom down here.

Terry: Maybe Circuit City...no Best Buy.

Me: Or maybe we could just live without it for a while.

Terry: Best Buy in north county or Best Buy in El Cajon.

Me: You're not listening to me.

Terry: I'll get the checkbook while you put your shoes on.

It wasn't quite that fast but you get the idea of his priorities. And then when we got home with it, lots of moving old TV, from where it has sat for 7 years. Dust bunnies everywhere. He got all the other contraptions (DVD player, cable box, etc) hooked up. The Geek Squad is coming in the next day or so to check the wires but he just could not wait. From the minute he turned it on, he kept tellin gme that this was the best tv for him, how glad he was that he had chosen that model, etc. I bet I heard the word "WOW" a dozen times, even during the commercials.

I have to say though, that if baseball season was not so close, he might have waited at least one day before replacing it. But Cactus League baseball is in full swing in Arizona so the show starts soon.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Roses and Ribbons for the Auction


This one is destined for the auction block in support of Friendship Quilters of San Diego Guild. So many rose fabrics and so little time.

I decided to try a technique that I saw Terri Watson do on Machine Quilters Resource. It is a meander that looks like ribbons rippling across the quilt. I decided to put some big roses in the big blocks.

I like the way it looks and I love the idea that it is freemotion.
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