Monday, August 29, 2011
1) Sleep late
2) Practice free motion quilting
3) Get DD1 to the airport
4) Send DD2 on driving practice with DH
5) Quilt more while I have the house to myself.
1) Wake at the usual time.
2) Try to calm DD1 who's anxiety about the trip was huge.
3) Help DD1 kill time when she realized her flight was 2 hrs later than she thought by cleaning the room DH refers to as "The Fire Hazzard".
4) Do 4 loads of laundry and the dishes. Might as well clean the rest of the house while I'm at it.
5) Get DD1 to the airport & DD2 on drive with DH
7) Help her to finish piecing the baby quilt.
8) Sew donated pieces of batting together to make a free batting.
9) Drive to over-priced grocery store near house to buy roasted chicken for dinner.
10) Brainstorming phone call with colleague.
11) Add some straight line stitching to some of my practice blocks.
12) Worry about why my internet was down (last time it was b/c DD had illegally downloaded music).
13) Sew hexies together while watching football.
A very productive Sunday...though not at all what I'd planned.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
The next conundrum is how to quilt it.
The sashing is 4 & 6 inches wide and the outside border about 9 inches. That requires some interesting quilting.
Leah Day's website for ideas for new-to-me fills. I now have several new favorites including Matrix, Pointy Paisley, and Mussle Shell.
My free motion quilting is slowly improving. I'm finding certain shapes to be pretty comfortable and others still look pretty ragged. I also find that I start creating new designs when I wander off my planned route and opt not to un-stitch. My biggest challenge is to keep from stitching too dense of patterns.
I think I'm going to give one more try to FMQ tonight. New challenge is to see if I can get the tension adjusted so I can use one color on the top thread and a different one for the bobbin. (A girl can dream, right?)
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Tomorrow, I have time set aside to add sashing and maybe you'll get a finished photo in good lighting of this project.
Meanwhile...Harley Dude and I are on our way to enjoy a 21st anniversary dinner. Wow. How did that happen so fast? It probably helps that many quilt shops are located next to bars. Some may say it's coincidence...I say it's either really good business practice or maybe just Karma.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Unfortunately, I had some math errors and ended up with double the fabric needed. Looks like I'll be sewing a bonus quilt for her with the leftovers as an apology for making her buy more than necessary. (Although my guilt is mitigated by the fact that my coupons and stash fabrics had already cut the cost in half.)
Monday, August 22, 2011
And the quilt shop in Joseph is open 11-3 on Sundays from Easter to Christmas....just in case you needed to know.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
I've just been bribed into going to the Bronze Bike Ralley in Joseph Oregon this weekend with the promise of stopping at the quilt shop in Halfway, OR (and maybe the 3 in Baker...and a couple in LaGrande). Does anyone know if the quilt and yarn shops in Joseph are open on Sunday????
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
My new iPod arrived today and thanks to e-books (and a borrowed mp3 player), I've started increasing from 150 minutes a week with a new goal of 300 or more. 8/3-8/9total: 273.
I think it's starting to work. I was assessing my mid-section yesterday and I think I'm up to a 2-pack.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Enjoy the pretty picture and I'll give you details when I regroup my lost mind.