Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Remember: To be eligible for the prize, you must leave a comment as to what you think the object is. Within the body of the message leave your first name and city in case you do not have a Google account. It will be very difficult to draw a winner from several Anonymous senders! The contest will officially end at midnight on Saturday, August 2. This should give everyone time to play!
I am eagerly anticipating your participation! I think you will be surprised at the answer to this riddle...but you'll have to wait til Sunday to find out. Tee Hee, this is just toooooo much fun!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Since I posted last, I have taught precision machine piecing, pressing and rotary cutting on two different projects, helped lay out blocks and cut borders for the year-long machine pieced block of the month class that is just finishing in a nearby city; taught my method of hand quilting to 9 students AND was the entertainment for a baby shower where we sewed blocks for the mom-to-be.
Then, lest you think I am a lady of leisure, I mowed the two acre lawn--but that was fraught with difficulty--I got about 3/4s done with the big mower when one of the blades bent, causing it to make strange crop-circle-like divots in the grass. So I ended up mowing the rest of the lawn--at least 1/2 an acre--with the hand mower. But I got it done! "I am woman, hear me roar", well, maybe not, I'm too tired right now.
Here are some pictures I took this afternoon--I love catching the bees in the pollen!
The next time I post (in the next day or two, I promise), there will be a "test". I'm going to post a picture and see if anyone can tell me what it is! The answer will be revealed by week's end--who knows, there may even be a prize involved. But you won't be able to win if you don't leave a comment.
Til then--remember to take care of yourself--thread your needle and have a bit of stitching fun. It'll help keep you sane--OK, at least it won't hurt you!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
How's this for rude? I had a student in my hand quilting class last week who said that she had taken hand quilting from a different teacher, who told her, before the class was over: "You might as well give up, you will never learn this"! Talk about demoralizing! Luckily she didn't listen and came to my class--where she did an excellent job and picked up the technique like nobody's business! So if a teacher is rude to you, don't give up--find someone else who can make your quilting dreams come true. There's nothing like the smile on students' faces when the AHA moment comes and they realize that they can indeed do it.
A Reminder: PLEASE remember to close the guard on your rotary cutter before setting it down, or between cuts. It is so easy so think nothing bad will happen to you if you don't, but in the blink of an eye you can do serious damage to yourself or a loved one. Better safe than sorry. Some of you already see me standing over you (even when I'm not physically there!) telling you this--do not make me come over there!
Have a wonderful start to the week. Let's expect great things to happen every day! And let me know what you are up to--I love getting mail (comments).
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
The Feather Princesses have got to be some of the most fun people anywhere! We had a great time and they all made good progress on the projects. Two days to work on one project is just bliss for a teacher! It's a much more relaxed pace than a 3-hour class, and more of the project is done before leaving--making less impact on that ever-increasing UFO pile! (Come on, you know you have one! I'll 'fess up--I have more than 120 unfinished projects--of which about 65 are basted, ready to hand quilt!) I even wrote a note to one student's husband telling him that he should not chastise her for having so many unfinished things! I hope she let's me know how that went over!
Here's a picture of our group on the last day of classes. I'm the one whose hands are gesticulating! Seems I really can't talk without my hands! Circle ruching was the topic of this gathering!
Dispensing more Sharon-isms to a rapt audience!
A picture of Janie's project--very subtle colors and extra-fine workmanship!
And here we all are practicing "live long and prosper". Mr. Spock would be so proud!
It was a great trip--thank you to Dorothy for inviting me, to Rose for housing/feeding me, and to all the ladies who attended the lecture and classes. It was like rubbing elbows with royalty! (Get it--Feather PRINCESSES!)
Back on the homefront I've already taught one class, finished a quilt top for a friend, did my travel laundry and have basted more quilt sandwiches for my hand quilting class tomorrow. All the robins have fledged and gone. But my hollyhocks are glorious! Pics coming in the next couple days.
A thought to leave you with: "Almost doing something is the same as doing nothing." Let's all do something unexpectedly nice for someone in the next day or two. It will make them, and us, feel like a million bucks! 'Til next time....
Monday, July 7, 2008
For those of you reading this who may be Feather Princesses, here is a sample of what I am working on for your two-day class. That funny yellow blob will be an eight petal flower when done. I'm looking forward to meeting all these ladies who do applique without making the sign of the cross and saying "EUWWW, the A-word!".
And, just because I could, I knit a wee sock the other night! Yes, it was knitted in the round, using the Magic Loop method, has a real heel flap, heel turn and all the stuff its big sisters/brothers do. I used a size 0 needle and yarn left over from my first pair of socks. My mom claimed her socks before I could get a picture.
There is a nest of robins outside my sewing room window--and the babies are fledging--here's the first one to leave the nest and try its wings!
And here's the porch mascot--a big old toad who stays up on the porch, apparently enjoying the view and dry feet!
Friday, July 4, 2008
Let's take a moment today (as we should every day) to thank our soldiers, wherever they are serving, for making our way of life possible. No matter how much people complain about our country, there are lots of other places much worse. What always amazes me is that the people who complain the loudest are not moving to the places they deem better. Each of us can make a difference to those around us. For better...or for worse. Complaining with no action to do better is pretty worthless. Almost doing something is the same as doing nothing.
On a lighter note, I finished my mom's socks. And I managed to do the Kitchner stitch on the second toe. (Thanks, Barb--the new handouts did the trick!) I have cast on a pair of light grey socks in worsted wool--I do have to admit that sock knitting is addicting. If you are afraid to try socks, get "Getting Started Knitting Socks" by Ann Budd. The directions are wonderful and, if you take each step as it comes, totally achievable. I am currently on the lookout for some funky self-striping yarn to make a pair of ruffled socks--and not for a little girl either!
I've been writing new handouts for a two-day class on applique and started a new sample to go with them.
Have you read the new Janet Evanovich book--Fearless Fourteen? It's laugh out loud good! All of her Stephanie Plum series is fantastic--give it a try! I've also been listening to David Baldacci, Iris Johanson, James Patterson, Nora Roberts. You can get lots accomplished when you listen to audio books.
Happy Birthday, America! Let's all celebrate our fabulous country and its rich and varied history. Hurray for the US of A!