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Monday, November 17, 2014

A Few More November Quilts

Business has been good and seems to be picking up even more - All Good Things!!!!!

After having one of the best Birthdays in a while -  dinner out with my family, headed to the sewing room and finished this customer quilt for Karla N.

Sometimes I just have to look at a quilt and it will tell me the best way to quilt it.  For this one it spoke to me wiggles, but not just straight line wiggles - no - cross hatched wiggles and while I'm quilting it I'm saying to myself this reminds me of something, think think think........ Oh Yeah -  colored interlocking puzzle piece floor tiles - that's it.

Fun and it really makes each square pop up like little pillows.

From quilting I go to running errands and back again to load yet another quilt which I completed this morning
for  Karyn P.  Small wall hanging but beautifully done - I used a panto called Continuous Baptist Fans

This would be a great stitching design for a quilt with a lot of negative space to fill.

As a matter of fact I have one of those quilts of my own to do.

Monday, November 10, 2014

For The Birds


Got to play with my line ruler again and do some free motion - best of both worlds

Next up - tshirt quilt for a customer

Call to eye doc - and Gus coming to see gma this afternoon - its going to be a good day

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Something Special

Took all morning and some of the afternoon to do but it turned out so pretty.

Customer quilt by Linda Batz - candles wall hanging, and I got to try out my new proline rulers by Lisa Calle for the piano borders.

Don't know why the camera turned this sideways, you will have to tilt your head

Now I'm going to have to rest awhile especially my eyes by the time I finished with this everything looked blurry when I turned away from the quilting.

Not a good sign, guess I better check with the eye Dr tomorrow.

Darn infection is back on my right eye but the good news the meds seem to be helping.

Too bad I really wanted to get another quilt loaded and started today, but better rest up - I will do a better job if I do.

I do have a couple scarves to finish up ironing and washing so guess that is the plan for the rest of the day.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Only A Memory Now

Since coming home from Houston I have been working on my customers quilts.

Free motion flowers - love doing these flowers

Beautiful sampler quilt - I used a pantograph called "Paisley"

Now I'm back to the real world - not too bad a world though.   While I was gone and seeing all the beautiful quilts it always gives me an incentive to make more quilts and do the quilting for others

Sadly I went back to yet another urgent care yesterday afternoon, my eye infection is back and now I'm on 2 other drugs to try to get rid of it.

Its so annoying cant understand why it just wont go away - now the Dr thinks I have contact dermatitis and cellulitis.

My eye looks just like it did in Houston ugh - happy halloween again.

Today is clean up day in the yard - time to take down - pull up and put away all lawn furniture and decorations.  Its always fun putting them around the yard in the spring but so so sad to put them away especially when its a dark and gloomy cold day like today.  Lucky for me I have some pretty darn nice kids as they are coming over to help with this chore.

Even Gus will be here to help

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Returned From Houston

You cant imagine what a time I had in Houston this year.

Started off with an eye infection that continued throughout my trip.

This did not keep me from enjoying myself and spending enough money to keep many vendors and Houston restaurants happy.

The quilts, of course, were outstanding.  One of our friends had a quilt accepted at the show.  Sharon Schaapveld did an amazing job and we are all so proud of her and makes us so pleased to know her.

Another quilter that I am so proud to call a friend Lisa Calle
Her quilting is just jaw dropping amazing:

I took hundreds of pictures of the quilts and did not even take one of each it would have been just too much but for those of you who would like to see them her are just a few:

And still another quilter that is a friend through CT - Valerie Smith had one of her amazing pieces displayed at the Modern Quilts Unlimited booth:

Unfortunately I didn't get a close up of her quilt - it is the grey purple small wall hanging and the quilting is yet another gorgeous amazing piece of work.  Here I am with my wonderful friends.

Like I said just a teeny tiny bit of all the pictures I took - there are hundreds more that I have

One of the favorites was the view from our hotel room at night

Houston really is a very beautiful city. At least the parts we saw.

Our hotel was located 6 blocks from the festival and we walked it to and from every day - not to mention all the walking that was done inside the building.  My friend Charyl had a step counter and one day she recorded we walked 4.5 miles.  This is an amazing feat for me.

After a delay at the Houston Airport finally made it home around 7:30pm, too exhausted I left all the unpacking for today.

Which took a good part of the morning - sorting through the purchases, clean versus dirty clothes but its all put in its proper place.

At last but not least I managed to quilt one of my customer quilts.  Now its not a show quilt and my quilting by any means does not compare to those award winning quilts, but not everyone has to do a show quilt - (we) just enjoy our own special quilts and quilting.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

All Packed And Ready To Head Out

Its finally here.  After all the planning and anticipation tomorrow is the day I head off to Houston to reconnect with some of the best bunch of quilters that I have the privilege of calling my friends.

There is something in the air to try to keep me from going, but it hasn't worked.   A bad cold hit me on Friday but I have kicked that to the curb.  My debit card was compromised but there is always cash and travelers checks, an eye infection popped up this morning, but that is being controlled with medicine.

Tomorrow I'm jumping in the car with my friends Julie and Sharon headed to Chicago airport and up up and away we go.

The hardest part - what to pack - this time I have the luxury of taking a larger suitcase - 1st bag free -  Now this could be a good thing or a bad depending on how you look at it.

With a small bag you are limited to how many outfits you bring - with the larger I have choices and when I couldn't decide - it went in the bag I can figure it out when I get there.

Must must must leave some room for the return trip as there are purchases to be made - but then there is always shipping if I cant fit it all in hehehehehehehehe.

Cant say if I'm more excited this year than the last time, but as the minutes tick away I'm getting more and more anxious to hit the road.

Of course there will be many pictures to share with you - so hang in there until I return on the 3rd.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Some Really Cute Quilts And Frustration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Catching up finished 2 for 1 customer and  1 of 3 for another

Really Cute John Deere,  Gus saw these and wanted them - had to hid them from him

Just a couple more - but they can wait until after I get back from Houston, unless I can squeeze them in before I leave.

Now for the grumbling part - stop reading if you don't want to hear me vent:

I purchased an IPhone.   I have been putting this off for years, thought the old flip top call and receive was enough and I just knew I would spend way too many hours getting it set up just the way I wanted.

I was RIGHT  -  Its not that its that hard using the phone but I wanted all the apps to match what I had on my Ipad -   You would think this an easy process right??????  Wrong.............  

Day 1 buy the phone and get a quick lesson from customer service.  He even loaded all my contacts onto the new phone,

Yay all set

Uh uh - to get my Ipad to sync to my IPhone - per instructions go home connect my Ipad to the lap top do a backup then connect my IPhone to laptop and do a restored backup -sounds simple.

Tried that - no go - still on day 1 called customer service - tried to walk me through it - and in doing so he reset my phone -   now you probably can guess whats coming.   Lost all contacts

Day 2 went to store with both phones and reinstalled my contacts.

Day 3 - tried the back up again, yes the Ipad backed up to my lap top - tried the IPhone restore back up no go.

Day 4 called customer service - if I do what I'm instructed I lose all contacts again.

Called Apple support - - suggestion - just download all the apps I want to my IPhone and forget the back up.

2 hrs later have the apps I want - with some minor difficulties, passwords reset passwords, no need to set passwords etc etc etc - gees

Now I you know why I kept the flip top - right