Friday, February 25, 2011

Wicked weather … How much snow is coming?

It’s never good when there are this many colors on the radar!


Depending on which resource you check – we could have anywhere from 3-5 inches of snow plus freezing rain.  OR, we may have 7-10” with sleet and freezing rain. 

I’m sure the grocery stores did a brisk business this evening!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Chelsea Charm With A Lily & Will Twist – Day 4

Okay, I didn’t really like the pinkish colored leaves, so I got rid of those.  All 64 leaves are stitched down with a machine blanket stitch.

day 4

Chelsea Charm With A Lily & Will Twist – Day 3

day 3

Monday, February 21, 2011

Civil War BOW–Cotton Boll (08)

Here is this week’s block!

08 Cotton Boll

Cat In The Hat (yes, another Yellow Brick Road)

Okay, I just had to make another Yellow Brick Road quilt … this time as a gift for a little boy in the family. 

Cat In The Hat

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thangles Buck-A-Block BOM

Here are the blocks from the first two months of this BOM … Needless to say, my feelings towards the Thangles have not changed.  I am not a huge fan of these.



Civil War BOW–Log Cabin (07)

This afternoon I finished my log cabin block for week 7 of Barbara Brackman’s Civil War BOW.

07 Log Cabin

Brown & Pink Quarter Squares–Initial layout

Okay, this is part of a block swap that I’m involved with.  I swapped 65 squares … but I did a gazillion others on my own.  Right now there are 256 squares on my design wall … but as soon there will be more!


Monday, February 7, 2011

Civil War BOW–Richmond (6)

Got this week’s Civil War block done this evening.

06 Richmond

Colonial Glory – Day 4

Now the top is put together.  I’m not generally very good at applique – but I managed to get through it.  


Is it REALLY a good deal?

Today I received an email from a well known book publishing company that publishes many quilt books.  They were highlighting some of their books on special for 50% off.  Wow!  I thought that was fantastic.  Their email didn’t give the option of looking inside the book to see some of the projects.  So, knowing that I could do that with some of the ones on, I checked there for the same book.  EEEK … What do I see?  The price at for that book is ALMOST THE SAME as the SALE PRICE that the email is telling me about.  If I order it through the email, I can get the book for $14.29 + s/h.  If I get it through, I would pay $14.95 + s/h.   WHERE, WHERE, WHERE IS  THE SALE that this book company is touting???  I really wish some of these companies would STOP making stuff seem like such a great deal when it really isn’t.  I know you’re in business to sell products … but do it in a way that makes me feel GOOD about your company.  Don’t make me feel like I’ve been taken advantage of. 

My other pet peeve for the day is that whenever you buy anything on-line, they always want you to sign up to be a member of the site.  What if I don’t want to?  What if I’m just there to buy a gift for a friend?  My poor mother gets deluged with quilting emails because she has had to sign up at all of these sites when ordering birthday and Christmas presents for me.  She has no interest in these sites – she’s not a quilter, and doesn’t really want to be one.  And because I order stuff for my Dad from hunting stores, I end up getting emails about sales on guns, tents and knives.  Can’t these sites be like Walmart’s site?  Can’t they just let me be a visitor?  They are totally eliminating the convenience factor by making me jump through so many hoops just to order one thing!  Let me get to your site, find what I want, buy it, and leave.  Please.

Colonial Glory – Day 3

Here’s how I left the Colonial Glory wall hanging this evening at midnight.  The top six rows are sewn together.  And the bottom six rows are sewn together.  But the top and bottom are not attached yet.  Tomorrow I’ll work on the applique stars and hearts that will go in the “blue field” section of the flag. 

I’m definitely glad that I used the Ohio Star blocks … I’m an Ohio girl, so it would have been silly of me to go with the “no star” option.  I mentioned Friday that I was just not “gelling” with this particular pattern.  I think the pattern could have been re-worked as flying geese units instead of a gazillion half-square triangles.  The fewer pieced pieces you have, the fewer places there are to create errors. 


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Colonial Glory – Day 2

Well, it’s been a frustrating day with this quilt.  There’s just something about this pattern that is not gelling with me.  I did make a final decision to leave the Ohio Star blocks in – but I rearranged them, positioning them at the bottom right corner.


Friday, February 4, 2011

Colonial Glory – Day 1

Was finally able to get out to the grocery store for my weekly shopping trip this morning.  The roads were okay … but not so great in other places.  But I made it out there and back.  After lunch I started on Colonial Glory, a kit that I purchased at Aunt Bee’s, a quilt shop in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Ice picks

My neighbors are spending the day breaking up the ice layers in their driveways.  It’s a little noisy out there!


Civil War BOW – Kansas Troubles (5)

05 Kansas Troubles

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

We love you snow plow!

The snow plow is making its’ fourth trip up and around our cul-de-sac today.  We love you snow plow!


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Lauren’s Hat Pins – Day 5

I was able to put the borders on this afternoon, cut the backing fabric and prepare the binding.  It’s ready to go down to the HQ-16 to be quilted.