Increasing My Odds — aka link to blog giveaway

31 07 2009

Mama Spark’s is offering a give way on her blog.  It is a $50 gift certificate to Bunny Hill Designs.  If you’ve been reading here for any length of time you know I’m doing Bunny Hill’s free BOM this year.  There are a couple other patterns I’ve been eying so why not enter the drawing?  The chances are way better than the lottery.  Posting here gives me an additional chance to win — however, that may mean there are more entrants.  Hop on over and enter for your chance to win!

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Over the Moon Delivered

30 07 2009

I delivered another “Over the Moon” quilt to Cindy.  She is the designer of this pattern and I’ve quilted several for her including some of the ones on the cover of her pattern.  This one is wool and the colors are just beautiful!  I’m not sure the picture does them justice.  Because this is a wool quilt we agreed to the quilting light.  There are some cabins, trees, aspen leaves, and bear tracks along with swirls and landscape meandering in the lower portion.

Over-the-Moon

I know she is teaching a class on this quilt and it is possible they are putting together kits at Ruth’s Stitchery. (I will not start making wool quilts, I will not start making wool quilts, I will not start making wool quilts.  You think I’ll stick to that?  I really don’t need to collect more fabric!)





Planned Spending

28 07 2009

Ruth’s Stitchery is having their big 25th anniversary sale starting on Thursday.  There are two sales a year and I buy all my backings at those times, plus  whatever else I know I will need for upcoming projects.  I try to keep impulse spending to a minimum.  However, when it is 50% off to finish sale bolts I occasionally succumb.

I’m trying to plan my purchases now.  I know I need some binding fabric, and a few backings.  I’ve also been playing in Electric Quilt with layouts for the Christmas Wishes embroidered blocks.  I’m not sure I’ve found THE one, yet.

I started out fairly simple.

Christmas Wishes layout3

Moved on to a  little more complex.

Christmas Wishes Layout2

Then I went off to Benartex’s website and downloaded swatches and came up with the most complicated so far.

Christmas Wishes Layout1

At this point I’m leaning somewhat toward the last layout, but I’m still undecided.  Oh well, I have another day to come up with ideas.





Thunder & Lightening They’re Not So Frightening

24 07 2009

While they may not be frightening when I’m in the house, they can sure put a crimp in activities using power.  It seems we have been averaging two thunderstorms a day this summer.  While that is good for the greenery (although since we aren’t watering lawns, the rates for water are going to increase), it isn’t good for activities that require my electric sewing machines.  I unplug them all at the first sound of thunder.  Last night we lost power for an hour and a half.  That is a first this summer.  I still managed to make dinner.  I just overrode the electronic starter on the gas stove top.

Not to worry I can always work on cleaning and organizing.  NOT.  I have been working away on hand stitchery and this is what I’ve accomplished in that arena over the last two weeks.

The kangaroos from Lynette Anderson’s Noah BOM — on my screen that is just about actual size.

Noah's-Ark-BOM4

I caught up with all the blocks released in Gail Pan Designs Christmas Wish BOM.  Now I can patiently wait for the release of the last two blocks.   I also want to work up a different setting, I’m thinking of using them for the centers in star blocks.

Christmas-Wishes-BOM3

Christmas-Wishes-BOM4

Christmas-Wishes-BOM5

Christmas-Wishes-BOM6

Finally I started the Verandah Views BOM by Willowberry Designs.  I believe 7 blocks have been released and I’ve completed three.

Verandah-Views-1

Verandah-Views-2

Verandah-Views-3

So I guess bring on the thunderstorms.  It gives me excuse to work on something other than customer quilts.





Cheat to Win

23 07 2009

I confess, I’m a cheater!  At this point my sister would gleefully tell you I’ve been cheating since I was fairly young.  So before I get to the current day cheating let me beat her to the punch and tell you the story.

For some inexplicable reason several members of my family love to play Rook.  I do not happen to be one of them, however I have played my share of games.  My sister has had a life long love of the game.  She takes it very seriously.  When she was a kid she would play with the dog if no one else was available.

Sheila-playing-Rook-with-Pepi

Sheila & Pepi playing Rook

I have no idea how old we were, but I’m pretty sure I was less than 10.  Saturday night after sundown was almost always  fun night.  This particular Saturday night we were playing Rook.  The only three people I know for sure were playing were my Grandma, my sister and me.  Most likely my dad as well.  In Rook you are required to follow suit if you have the color that was led.  If you don’t have the correct color you can use trump cards or slough junk.  I was very slyly playing out of suit.  (That was before my sister memorized what everyone was playing and counted cards.)  I must have gotten caught and my Grandma exclaimed, “Cheaters Never Prosper.” 

I looked her straight in the eye and replied, “Well, I’ve been  prospering all night!”  (corrected per Sheila’s memory)

Now on to the modern day cheating.  I’m having an extremely difficult time working on customer quilts when what I really want to do is work on finishing more of mine.  To motivate myself I make up games or rewards.  Do this much on the customer quilt and I can do (fill in the blank).  This week I loaded a customer quilt on one machine and my quilt on another.  The deal was use up one bobbin on the customer quilt and then a bobbin on my quilt.  I regret to say I started cheating.  Pretty soon it was change colors on the customer quilt and do a bobbin on mine.  Then it was advance the customer quilt and do a bobbin on mine.  Eventually I think it got to where I was doing two bobbins on mine for whatever excuse I could come up with.  I did finish mine first.  I’ll show a picture after it is bound.  I finished Barb’s Winter Wonderland quilt today and it was on the machine way longer than it should have been because of my cheating.

Barb's Winter Wonderland

Barb's Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland Quilting View

Winter Wonderland Quilting View

There you have the extent of how I cheat these days.  Sorry to disappoint if you were expecting something more devious.

By the way the title of this post came home with Guy from the Shooting Range.  Apparently if you are in a gun fight, it is OK to cheat in order to win.





Spoiled

17 07 2009

It was a toss up whether I called this post “Spoiled” or “Caved.”  I already talked about taking a bike ride with Guy on July 5.  What I didn’t mention is that he did a good deal of complaining about my bike.  It hasn’t been the same since I crashed it last summer.  Guy’s complaint was you can hear me coming and going.  We had spent a little money getting it tuned up before I crashed it, but didn’t take it back in after the crash.  It just wasn’t worth spending more money on it — it is older than both boys.   Even before the crash Guy was trying to talk me into a new bike.  So after listening to Guy and the bike, plus not being able to shift into the lowest gears I agreed to look at bikes that afternoon.

I really liked this one.

Green Bike

However, it is a 2009 model and the factory was out of them and is moving on to the 2010 models.  The bike shop that was checking for us went ahead and ordered one in a different color combination.  So this afternoon I went  to test it out.  What a difference!  I still wasn’t keen on spending the money, but Guy persisted.  I caved and thus I am spoiled.  Here is my new ride.  I took it out as soon as we got home for a quick three miles and now the only sound is the tires whirring over the trail.

Bike

I’m “old” and I wanted a kick stand.  They were going to add one, but came back and told me they don’t recommend it with the light weight frame.  So another bike that needs to be propped in the garage.





Don’t Tell Jesse

15 07 2009

The heat broke today and we are having a very pleasant day.  Which means even though the boys are being typical teens (is there such a thing) and sleeping in we still managed to go on a bike ride.  (OK, I admit it, I’ve been staying up too late and managed to sleep in until after 8 this morning.) 

Jesse was lobbying for a 3-6 mile ride, but Nolan had a book come in at the library and wanted to ride there.  Jesse does not have good memories of a similar ride last summer.  I told them we would ride that direction and see how it went.  We made it all the way to the library and Nolan picked up the second James Bond book. 

A new little shop opened in the library shopping center called Squeak.  We had spotted it the last time we were at the library, but didn’t know if it was open.  It is a soda shop.  I have to assume it is along the same lines as a drug store soda shop in the 50s — I’m not old enough to know for sure.  We went in to check it out.  I believe they said there were 57 flavors of soda, there were little vials to smell before you buy.  The also offered candy by the pound, ice cream, shakes, malts, floats, grilled cheese and coffee.  I’m sure there was more.  It appears to be an independent store and I hope they do well.  The next time I go to the library, I’ll try to get a picture to add to this post.  For those of you that are local and are reading this — they are in the shopping center at the corner of Rockrimmon and Vindicator.

(edited to add picture)(another edit — I found this video that shows the inside of the shop)

Squeak

We took an alternate route home.  Good thing because the last mile getting to the library is a fairly steep downgrade and I don’t want to go back up it or hear Jesse whine.  We figured out where the bike path connects to the road and came home that way.  Let’s not tell Jesse, but the trip was about 12-1/2 miles.  That is the longest ride he has done this summer and he did pretty well!  Way better than he was doing last summer.

Our afternoon storm clouds are rolling in so we made it just in time.  I’m off to see how much quilting I can get in before I shut down as a precaution against lightening strikes.