Friday, December 26, 2008
All in all, a very nice day and now we're looking forward to celebration #2 with my brother and his family this week...more to come and pictures to come soon!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (oboe, in middle school!)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyworld/Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a Solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightning at sea
14. Taught myself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors (does New Jersey count?)
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself a new language (French, but I didn’t really teach myself, just took it in high school)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had my portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (many, many GS Cookies!)
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Ridden an elephant
Monday, December 22, 2008
On a binding update, #1 is bound and has a hanging sleeve, completely ready to be gift #2, which I will post a picture of after the holidays. I am hoping to get the binding on Do you see what I see tomorrow so that I can hand sew it down over the next two days. After that, I have a charity quilt to do on the frame for my mom (got some better thread for this one), and then I get to do whatever I want! I am really looking forward to both of these!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
My only issue on the HQ16 this time was thread breaking. I was, admittedly, using a cheap thread (Essential Thread from Connecting Threads), so I think that was the primary issue. I probably had a dozen breaks across the panel, and it definitely underscores for me the value of using a better thread....next item on my wish list!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
We spent the day today at my parents so I could play Euchre with my mom's group, and the kids had a great lunch, nap, and playtime. Jenna was hemming and hawwing (sp??) about coming home until I reminded her that she need to help decorate the tree. She then proceeded to the closet to get Jack's coat out and tell him he had to put it on so we could go home.
They both had a great time looking through the ornaments and putting them on the tree and it is so nice to have it all decorated....although once again, we'll have the green sheet under it for a tree skirt! My major goal for 2009 is to quilt a tree skirt for next year - someone, please hold me to it!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
So, last night I headed back to my sewing room for the first time in December! I decided to work on completing quilting on my Do You See What I See quilt. I had to resolve some tension issues, but once that was taken care of, I quilted until I ran out of bobbin thread...and here's the result. I decided that I really like quilting on my new HQ16, so from here on out, my Janome will likely not be used for much quilting, except straight lines and stitch in the ditch!
I hope to get back in there later today (after my massage, which is my little personal reward for passing my exam), and hope to finish the quilting by the end of the weekend so that I can get it bound and ready to hang. I am very excited to have another quilt for me to hang at home!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Here's a picture of my "new" toy.
Finally, although I don't have a picture to post, I must comment on the fun that Jenna has been having for the last 24 hours too. In my work to clean out a part of our basement storage room last night, she discovered the strawberry case which housed all my childhood Strawberry Shortcake dolls. They were much loved by me, and I saved them for the hope of passing them on to a daughter someday. It turns out that someday was yesterday. Jenna has played with them just about non-stop since then and it is so neat to see her having such a good time. I will try to capture a picture of that tomorrow, as I am sure the first question out of her mouth in the morning will be "Mommy, can I play with your Strawberry Shortcake dolls today?"
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Next, I got started on a playmat for our friend Richard. His mom was going to buy him one from a catalog until I poo-poo'ed that idea and told her a quilted one would be much better. I started with stitch in the ditch on this one, then took a deep breath and started the FMQ'ing. It went very well. Lots of different sized stitches, but overall I am very happy with it. I started with the road and then meandered around all the buildings and construction vehicles. The last thing I did was a wavy stitch around the outside which I really liked.
Now I am on to a thank you gift for another friend. It is in progress, and I got to work on it a bit this weekend...but I will wait to post photos until I've got it done.
Our family had a busy weekend too. Jack had his first haircut (and hated it), and now he looks like such a big boy. We had a fall festival at the kids day care, so went to that for a bit yesterday. Then today, we made the big trip to the pumpkin patch to pick out some pumpkins for carving (and maybe pie if I get really brave). We met Richard and his family there, and all the kids had a great time. The pictures from the weekend are all on Mike's camera, so I will have to post them later. The house is now silent, as the kids are wiped out, sound asleep and Mike is at softball. I am looking forward to a quiet night watching TV and working on some cross-stitch. This time of year is when I appreciate the mute button on the remote so much so that I don't have to listen to those political commercials. I strongly believe in voting and will definitely be at the polls this year, but boy am I tired of the back and forth crap! Will be nice when it is back to injury lawyers and car salesmen!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Kathy's fabric foundation pieced blocks...getting close to all done,
but she didn't like working on the fabric foundation at all!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
As mentioned in a previous post, I achieved all of my goals for the month - the first time I have done so! Woo hoo - here they are:
- Pillowcase with panel from Sisters Quilt Show
- Completed 2 Patchwork Illusions blocks and sewed all 4 blocks together
- Stack and Whack blocks for Suzie's quilt (a bee exchange, I made three of them)
- UFO #2 - my nephew Collin's stocking put together
- Label on Jack's quilt
- Africa block for Heather's quilt (online group)
- Mended a shirt that has been in my sewing room for 6+ months
- Free motion quilted a blue baby girl quilt
- 2 Log cabin lottery blocks (online group)
- 2 Pillowcases for friends
- Carol Doak August block of the month
- Started Jolene Star table runner
- Quilting in Indiana sewing day at Shiisa quilts in Bloomington
My high level goal statements last month seemed to work well for me, so I am going high level again! September goals include:
- Blocks for bee and Quilting in Indiana lottery
- Catch up with baby gifts/quilts/cross-stitch (5 to catch me up to present! And I have friends with babies due for several more months...so I need to catch up so I can keep up over the winter!)
- Finish a quilt top...I have a couple in progress and would like to get one of them done
- Put away all the fabric I have bought over the past two months which is now piled in stacks all over my sewing room!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Jenna was quite the helper, feeding the outdoor dog, two barn cats, the goats, miniature donkey, miniature pony, and chickens, and throwing fish food into the ponds for the catfish and bass. She also checked the chicken coop for eggs and found one!
It was a great day and the kids loved seeing all the animals. Oh, and Jenna got to ride Belle the horse too. She rode Belle at Thanksgiving last year and was really nervous. This time she jumped right on and had a blast. Here are some pictures of our adventure!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
I'll be back on with the final list of accomplishments, hours, and Sept goals Monday or Tuesday.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Here are a few of the blocks I have completed recently...this one is for a member of one of my online groups who is in the Navy and currently deployed. 20 from our group are making red, white, and blue blocks and sending them to another member who will put a quilt top together. She will be starting on it soon, and I will link to it when finished. Mine is the Africa star from Carol Doak's Mariners Compass book.
I also finished making my blocks for the Quilters in Indiana block lottery the other night and they have been sent away to Rhonda, the winner this month. She already has received about 20 blocks and I can't wait to see what she does with them. They are so much fun...and I really like the red, white, and black color combo, so may have to do something with those colors.
Tonight, I was multi-tasking....trimming up blocks to 12 1/2" for a lap quilt that will be finished sometime in the next 2 years, and making some pillowcases that will be sent off to a friend soon. Not going to post pictures or say anymore about that now...but will share after she has them. I was remarking to my mom tonight how I remember making my first 2 pillowcases, and how it was so hard and took me all day! Now, I do them late at night after a full day at work because they are so easy! Progress feels just great.
Well, I should head to bed now....I guess I am still a little overtired from 2 weeks of watching the Olympics way too late...I just tried to put hairspray instead of toothpaste on my toothbrush! I caught myself just in time!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
On a quilting/sewing note, it has been a very slow week in my sewing room, as I have been parked nightly in front of the TV watching Olympics (much too late)...maybe I will get back to making some progress when they conclude!