Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Zookeeper's Wife

I finally finished The Zookeeper's Wife. Great story, horrible story teller. I was able to get into it by the end, but man the beginning was torture. I usually pause my audio books if I have to leave the room. Not this book, I left it running and hoped the story had moved on to something interesting by the time I s l o w l y came back.

I just started the Hunger Games and 10 minutes into it I am intrigued. Lets hope it stays at this nice interesting pace. I'm in the mood to be entertained.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Latest quilts off the frame

I love this baby quilt and it was fun to quilt. What grand child wouldn't love to get this from their grandma. Sadly it's not mine but I wish it were, my grand kids would love it.

The same customer made this wonderful charity quilt. I admire the time and effort put into charity quilts and this one is great! I hope they get all they are hoping for out of it.

Backing (love this back)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Marcus goes to the ER

I'm hijacking my daughters facebook post about my grandson Marcus and his run in with Farm Grandma's table.

Our first trip with a child to the emergency room for stitches last night! Boy, that was not what we were planning on doing yesterday. Poor Marcus! He was so tough and handled it like a trooper though.

He was running full speed and went right into the corner of grandma's dining table. He cut a pretty decent gash above his eye that was too deep for butterfly band aids. We drove him to the emergency room and he got three stitches. He was so cute and hilarious for the nurses and doctor. He asked them if he would have a scar like Harry Potter! And when they told him it would hurt to get the shot to numb the area for stitches he said, "It seems like I was just birthed to get hurt all the time!" That broke our hearts AND made us laugh. Finally, when they gave him the stitches and he just laughed and talked through it, the nurses told him he was brave and he said, "This is the bravest day of my whole life. I think Jesus is giving me brave power!" It was an adventure and I'm just really glad if it had to happen, that it happened at grandma's house because we had family here to watch the other two kids and Marcus got our full attention.

Marcus called me from the ER to tell me all about the magic medicine that makes you not feel anything. He was so excited to tell me his story. But that magic medicine really excited him. He thought it was the coolest thing ever. The way he words things is hilarious. And the words he uses, I don't know where he comes up with them. You never know what he'll say next..

Friday, July 9, 2010

Blast from the past triggers the ole brain

One of my customers dropped off a quilt last week and said "Quilt it like the other one you did for me". Of course there is no such picture in her folder and it's not in my file of quilts from the the last 10 years. I remember doing it, arghhhhh. Just my luck I didn't get a picture of it.

However I did come across a few past quilts that brought back..... odd memories.

I must have the worlds worst memory but the strangest thing happens when I quilt while listening to music, audio books or a movie. I can stop quilting on Friday night and as soon as I start quilting on Monday I can tell you exactly what song, part of a movie or even what line was being read in an audio book. It doesn't happen if I start quilting in a new place, only when I go back to the spot I left off.

While looking at the photo's I remembered what books I was listening to on these four quilts. Just popped in my head. Strange!! It only lasts a second and then it's gone. Any body else?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


I never tire of red batiks. And Lynn put them to good use in this quilt. Lynn's a whiz at fabric selection and tweaking quilt patterns to get the look she wants. This one was perfectly flat and square, a quilters dream.

Another of Lynn's creations. Simple piecing and simple quilting make for a stunning piece of art work.

And finally, I'm finished! I love this quilt, it'll be hard to give it back to Marsha. I'm also loving curved crosshatching, it's addictive. I'm wanting to piece a quilt just so I can do it some more.

This quilt was so perfectly pieced that I could have set my channel locks for the 1/4"ing. Perfection!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Missing the rain

I found me a little rain to enjoy......I miss the rain! I've always wished I could rig my house to have rainy windows like the haunted mansion at Disneyland. That was one of my favorite parts of the ride as a kid, and still is. Makes you all cozy inside.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Fine Line Rulers

Last month I was lucky enough to be a beta tester for Fine Line's new CC (Continuous Curve) rulers. (As soon as I can figure out how to do it I'll attach her link) Anyone who knows me knows I love ruler work, so this was fun! I'd never worked with Fine Line rulers before and was surprised at how much I liked the little handles. I thought they would get in the way but I found they were great for stabilizing my grip.

I've had fun doing a variety of curved crosshatching with them. I tested the 6 1/2" and the 10". They will be coming out with a 12 1/2" as well which will be great for those larger areas. (Yes I will be ordering one, I'm hooked lol)

They've got me thinking outside the box again. Which is a good thing, ruts are never good!! Makes me want to go to another convention and see whats out there and get those new ideas flowing some more.
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