Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I have been skimming old books looking at antique quilts looking for something that inspired me. I kept seeing diamonds. Pieced diamonds, strip diamonds, solid diamonds etc. I tried working with diamonds years ago and it was a disaster. not one of my points matched and all of my diamonds got stretched way out of shape and I had more ruffles than Lays potato chips. So instead of trying to beat a dead horse I threw them out and went on with my life, never looking back...until this week.
I have been playing with 60* diamond. Guess what, I did it! They are going together perfectly. No ripping. I am so pleased. I think of of the issues I had in the past was I really didn't make an accurate 1/4" seam. That is very important. Now after years of sewing I pretty much get an accurate seam each time. There are many ways to get a perfect seam and I will be sharing some ways soon.
Maybe I will post some pictures to show what I did and how it turned out.
Ok, off to take some pictures...
***I have no idea what I did to the "Ok" above so I can't fix it.****
Thursday, April 22, 2010
I have been trying to be good and decided I didn't need to buy another book. But I love Bonnie's patterns. I love Bonnie's website. I love Bonnie. So I couldn't put it back no matter how much I said I didn't need to bring home another book.
I have already found a pattern I have wanted to make for a while and I may get it ready for a retreat I plan to attend in August.
I really made a mess of my "stay away from the quilt shop" idea. I know I get in trouble when I go there. If I need something specific I can't find it for the life of me. If I am just going in because I have the time and want to browse, I find TONS. Oh man they had so many beautiful fabrics on clearance for $5 a yard. $5 a yard people! How I was I suppose to walk away from that? Well, I didn't! Just so you know.
I need to go work because I managed to stop at a new gardening center also...more trouble...
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I'm not making light of a disorder since one of my children was diagnosed when he was in elementary school. I know it is a REAL disorder. What I am saying is I honestly believe I have A.A.D.D. which is Adult Attention Deficit Disorder. No I haven't been diagnosed and I most likely never will because I won't go through the tests but....
Long way around to say it is crazy around here.
I have piles of unfinished projects all over the house.
I start in the living room to sort books and magazines and I decide to take on to my bedroom.
I see a shirt that I know Ray will want to wear tomorrow but it needs ironing so I put down the book on the bed and start to iron.
Meanwhile I notice the iron is out of water so I head to the bathroom to fill it and see the bag from the store was not put away and I start doing that.
The phone rings, I drop everything and answer the phone because it could be Ray or Linda and I never want to miss their call.
After the phone call I decide I need to start dinner or it will never be ready. After getting dinner started I head to check the mail and chat with the neighbor about my moss roses (they are so pretty) and pull a few weeds.
An hour later Ray drives up and we chat about our day and I tell him all I have done. He walks in and NONE of what I told him was in a complete state.
I don't get it...
After being disgusted with myself long enough I headed to my sewing room determined to get something accomplished.
I trimmed some 1/2 sq triangles (tons of them!). I made a few 4 patches (a lot!) and I listened to some oldies music.
For those interested, I STILL don't have the baby quilt finished, or the applique project. They are still hanging around on the design wall, flannel backed table cloth thing where they may stay until Baby Erik is 17.
And now there is even a BIGGER mess on the floor! Does anyone want to come help me dig out? I need help...in more ways than one!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I have been working on one of the two tops I cut out last week. Too much going on to be able to concentrate.
There has been quite a bit of yard work being done around here. I have cut hedges WAY back and planted some flowers in the front bed. I have several azaleas that need to get into the ground and a camellia bush. Several years ago my daddy made me a birdhouse/planter for my front porch and I have been able to get a couple of flowers planted and added to it. It looks cute on the porch. Maybe I can remember to add a picture tomorrow.
I have a new great nephew! Two great nephew's in three weeks is a lot of excitement. Hopefully the parents will let me post a picture because you really need to see these cute boys!
My youngest son has his first job interview tomorrow. He is excited and nervous. He is rather old for getting his first job, but that is his parents fault. I hope they don't hold it against him. We wouldn't let him work during high school, then we moved as soon as he graduated. Then after we got settled here he applied and applied to no avail. One place even asked him why he was 19 without a job. Oh well, it is what it is.
Maybe I will get to sew tomorrow...hope springs eternal.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
If you have a copy of this book, Turning Twenty Again, fabric that I dyed (I used to be in business) special for Tricia is in this book. I am no longer in business since moving to Florida, but lately I have been having the hankering for abusing my body and mind and going back to it all. Not today, but I am giving it some serious thought. I still have some designers who call me for fabric but my supply is getting low. Who knows what I will do?
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
Now you got to understand, I am not one of those needy kind of gals who needs a man to hold her hand for every little thing. I also know when it is important work has to come first over fun. But this weekend was the fourth out of five Fridays he has worked. He doesn't get paid for his overtime! I remind him of that!
Then...I found a blog that broke my heart. I am literally sitting here in tears. The blog is written by a woman (35 years old) she has two boy and is expecting another child. Her husband died.
All of a sudden I am no longer angry. I am thankful. Thankful my husband is here with me.
It's all about perspective. Thank you Lord for the perspective.
She was here long enough to mess up the house then friends called and invited her to go to Vegas for their spring break. Somehow with skymiles from friends she was able to go for less than $50 cash. Anyway she left and my house is turned upside down. UGH.
Joseph and I cleaned the garage (some) and planted the flower beds and tomato plants. Baked, did laundry, ran from an alligator, took pictures of a Sandhill crane family (two little babies) and saw the most beautiful sunsets imaginable.
BUT, no sewing. :(