Monday, February 21, 2011

Terry Waldron Class Project DONE!

Tried to get a close up so you can see that I actually did some beading on there and there are dimmensional butterflies that I got for a Christmas gift.  Had fun playing with this.  I use my embroidery machine for the Danish looking horse thing and free formed the rest, a la Terry Waldron.  And this is a resolution quilt - so one more off my list.  :)  Check out my friend   Debbie 's blog - she has her class project posted too.  Hers is much prettier and her quilting is out of this world and her's has a real sentimental story.

My husband met with our tax guy today and we are so screwed.  Jeff is still reeling.  We have to make some adjustments this year so we don't get dinged again next year. 

And I usually don't talk much about my work, but I'm being audited this week--it's an internal audit (we hire a company to do this each year) and today was madness getting ready for it.  Still didn't get it all done but they will be at our office for at least the next 3 days so I will be able to work on what they need while they are here.  (On top of my normal duties of course.)  Oh well, it's only once a year - I have survived and passed with flying colors every year. 

I will be attending my nieces 8th birthday party this weekend - so excited.  I get to be the official photographer.  I can't wait. 

Thanks for looking.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Doxie Love

At Road 2 Californai 2010, I took Joanie Zeier Poole's class, it was all about designing, adapting and marking quilting designs.   I finally finished it.  I don't know what took so long.  I'm calling it Doxie Love.  I used the doxie's design from the fabric in the middle border as an inspiration for the quilting.   As it's Valentine's Day, I pushed to finish this one on Valentine's Day.  Here's the blog entry about the class.  (scroll to middle of page)   Road 2 California 2010

Speaking of Valentine's, it was a quiet one here.  When I got to work my boss Greg had a bunch of kisses and Dove candies all around all our desks.  What a sweetie!  I got him a card and a big Hershey's kiss too. 

My hubby left yesterday for Cambria to spray weeds at the house there so our Valentine's wasn't very romantic.  He did make me breakfast before he left. 

Anyway, I have another finish for the year.  It wasn't on the resolution list but it should have been. 

Went to a friends house on Sunday to quilt with a few Visalia ladies, worked on my Lincoln watch quilt.  Not thrilled with it - only have 30 blocks done of 120 (that's working on it 2 days -Friday night and Sunday afternoon).  I will persevere and finish it though. 

My next need to finish will be my quilt from the Terry Waldren class last year. 

Thanks for looking and hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I love quickies!

Bought this pattern and 2 fabric kits at Road to California last month.  They were super easy to put together.  Made me feel like I accomplished something.  They are from The Calico Horse based in Redlands. CA.  The pattern includes mats for Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving/Fall and 4th of July.  Didn't buy kits for those and now that I've made these 2 the rest can be made with all my scraps.

Started cutting my next project.  It's called Lincoln's Watch and I'm using a fat quarter pack I bought about 2 years ago called Coventry by Jo Morton.  I've had to add some additional fabrics from my stash that aren't part of the "pack" but it will be super scrappy and you won't be able to tell. 

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

While Everyone is Watching the Super Bowl...

 I finished this baby!  It's from our guild class last month (January) called "Look Ma, No Curves" with instructor Deb Karasik.  I love how it turned out.  Still no name for it yet.  As usual, I'll take suggestions since everyone else is so much better at it than I am.  I spent so much time going around each peak with my walking foot and I should have done it all free motion.  I am horrible at straight lines. Oh, I can check off two of my resolution quilts because I used my red and aqua fabrics that I had collected and finished a class project.  YES!

Now, I will work on some mindless little seasonal candle mats.  My hubby is at a Superbowl Party that I had no desire to go to. 

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Some Miscellaneous Items

First and foremost - a most recent picture of my grandson.  3 months old and wearing 6 months old clothes.  He's a really chunky monkey. 

Second, about a month ago, I brought my car in to be smogged - because I couldn't renew my registration without a smog this year.  It wouldn't pass and it would cost me about $1,300 just for the new cadalytic converter and more if you include the labor to replace it and the car isn't even worth that much.  (Kelly Blue Book is $2,000).  The part is so expensive because of the California state requirements.:( So I had to buy a new car.  My old car was a Toyota Corolla.  It had 226,000 miles and I had it for 8 years so it did do me good.    So instead of paying for a repair that would take me months to pay off,  I decided just to get a new car.  I looked at the new Corollas, but for the same price and a few more "extras" I ended up getting a Nissan Sentra.  Here's my new baby.

Now it's back to full insurance and car payments. Yuk - but I really do love the car.  It has bluetooth built in for the cell phone and it has a jack for my ipod and the menu pops up on the car screen on the dash.  And my favorite thing is I finally have cruise control.  I commute over 40 miles one way to work, so a gas efficient and comfortable car is very important.

Now here's a gross/funny/weird story - you be the judge. 
Two nights ago my husband brought our Jack Russell Terrier, Guy,  to me and said look at his penis.  And hanging out from it was a piece of string.  So I tried to pull it out while Jeff held him but it wouldn't budge.  We figured whatever it was, was wrapped around and stuck in there so the next morning Jeff took him into the vets.  He said he had to figure out a way to explain to the doc how this happened.  We had cut a piece of the hanging stuff off to see what it was and realized it was from this old blanket that he uses to "love" on, and he must have just had a piece of string wrap around his thing while he was playing.  So into the garbage that blanket went because we can't afford to let this happen again.  They had to knock him out and remove it.  It's a good thing we caught it when we did.  It would eventually have cut off his circulation and done a lot of damage to that whole area.  Poor guy.  He was still pretty groggy last night when I came home.  But this morning he wanted to chase the ball so he's back to his old self.

These are some miscellaneous things that I wanted documented on my blog.  Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Loose Threads Meeting

We finally had our January meeting on Monday (was delayed due to fog) and we revealed our "photo" quilts which only 3 of us actually did the project.  Sara did it I guess since she included photos in her piece to Anna below) but she went to go visit her new granddaughter.  Here's what was done.  The fractured piece on the left is Anna's, mine's in the middle (shown on a previous blog post) and the flower is Janices.  She used excel to tile print the flower.  Came out great - she got the directions from the latest Quilt Life magazine.
The project was to use a picture and the inspiration word was Joy.

Then Anna had a birthday and this year we're all making 6" strips for each other but instead of putting them all in one long strip - we're making vertical pieces that we can hang together or separately.  Anna asked for pieces no longer that 44" and with tabs and they had to reflect the maker.  Mine is the leaf piece, 2nd on the right.  I used a free pattern from Deb Karasik.
left to right:  Grace Hoya, Sara Kelly, Karen Taber, Janice Minyard, me and Barbara Sawyer.

Karen taught us folded or origami flowers.  Here's a couple of her samples.  We're to use it somewhere on our piece next month and our inspiration word is "Soul".  I've already found a bunch of quotes that use the word soul and hopefully will get inspired by them as well.

Still working on quilting my Deb Karasik glass project.  About 1/2 way through.  Tomorrow night is guild.  Looking forward to hanging with my quilting peeps.

Thanks for looking.