Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A Little Quilting Going on Here!

I have a couple of quilty things to post.....kinda of a poor offering for a funny week, but that's another post....maybe for tomorrow, lol.

Lois of G Gma's Quilts had a giveaway last week and I WON!!!! This is right up my alley, a batik pattern quilt book and some batiks!!! Thank you so much , Lois! This is a great book, and would you believe I don't have any of these batiks you sent? lol
The other thing I won was a gift certificate from The Fat Quarter Shop for having the first month of the Simply Sophisticated BOM finished and posted on LAQuilter. This is what it went toward. Urban Couture by Moda. I just love, love, love it! !!! I think the pattern shown will shown off the patterns in the collection to perfection because the pieces aren't real small.

And, since I have such an "abundant" stash, I decided to use some of it for the quilt I am going to make in a class this Saturday. This is the one I cut out all of those pieces the wrong size, lol. So I did have to buy a little bit of fabric to replace what I miscut. Would you believe I had nothing in my stash that was big enough and "right" to replace it?

Here is a piece of one block. I thought I better try to wrap my head around the construction of this block before I went to class, lol.

This is the fabric I chose for the quilt. It is all Thimbleberries from my stash and I have had it for several years.

It has taken me over a week to get this quilt cut out. Unreal! However, I have been feeling better, thank goodness. I sure hope you'll have been more productive in your quilting than I have. I am afraid at the rate I am going, the Xmas presents I need to make are going to not happen. Oh, well, maybe my Christmas will happen in June next year.
Hugs to all!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Life at the Funny Farm

Actually, it's been pretty quiet this week around here. In retrospect, a couple of instances do come to mind.

We have a cleaning lady that comes every 2 weeks. Aud made this "rum" cake, and I swear she put twice the amount of rum in there that is called for. We ate on it last weekend, and I told her to ether throw it away or give it away. So, we gave it to the cleaning lady. She said it was good. lol. I guess there wasn't much else she could say.

This week I have been cutting out a quilt for a class I am taking next Saturday. I haven't been feeling real good, so it has been a very tedious process. I was on the very last part of it on Friday when Aud interrupted me about ordering something from a catalog. By then I had cut out 88- 3 1/2 inch squares. When I went back to my instructions, I realized I had made a mistake, they should have been 88- 3 1/4 inch squares! So, I very carefully recut them to be 88 =3 1/4 inches. Then I got interrupted again. When I went back to my instructions, I realized that they really SHOULD HAVE BEEN 3 1/2 inches!! And, it seldom happens, but I did not have enough fabric to recut them! Oh, dear, quilt store trip coming up! Saturday I got up before noon, that is definitely a sacrifice!....and went to the quilt store. Picked up 3 yards that will do for a substitute. I figured there was no way I could screw up 3 yards just cutting the 88 squares and some strips, lol. After I got home, I realized the fabric I had bought was not going to go with the setting triangles that I had already cut out. Of course by then the fabric store was closed. I guess I will be heading back there tomorrow. And the fabric that I was using was all from stash!! So much for stash busting!

We watched the football games Saturday afternoon. OU won again, OSU lost to Texas Tech. OU plays Texas Tech in two weeks....that will be some kind of football game.

Also got an email from Best Buy about a private sale Sunday night. And they were going to have a minimum of 30 Wiis available. We have been talking about getting one and the Wii Fit to go with it. Both of us are not getting any exercise and we both really really need it. I am getting to the point where I have "non stamina"!!!! I was reading the paper this afternoon when I finally got up and everybody in town was advertising them. So, I called my local Game Stop which is 5 minutes from here....any chance you have a Wii?....yes.....really?....hold it for me, my name is Perry and I will be there in 5 minutes....ok.....

I get dressed, drive quickly to the store and buy a Wii, a Wii Fit, and an extra controller and exciting!!! Go home, start opening it all up and trying to get it hooked up right....... just read, Aud, to yourself where was I? Of course the #%#% thing won't work, I can't get the menu, so I turn everything off, and we go out to eat.

I order a pizza at one of our favorite restaurants...I usually order scallops but I really wasn't all that hungry...and when it comes it is so hot with pepper I can't eat I send it back and get some spinach and artichoke fromaggio instead. It was ok....

Then, back to the house, reread the manual and finally get the Wii working. We are fiddling around with it trying to get used to it, and Aud is waving her controller around like she is slapping a fly swatter, and we are both hysterical from laughter, lol......We spent a couple of hours playing around and finally decided we were worn out. Havn't tried the Wii Fit yet. I did get the Wii connected to the internet, but couldn't figure out what I was a manual? who, me?...

I decided to get the Wii and my Nintendo DS registered online. Finally get the Nintendo site up, find the numbers I need for the registration, type them in, and type in today's date and hit submit. Then I try to look for Tetris and "they" tell me I can't buy it because I am not over 13! I have to submit a letter with my parents authorization to buy anthing! LOL.....I can't change the darn date, and of course at midnight nobody is there to talk to, so I am stymied until morning! Bummer!!!!

And that was the sum total of my exciting, non productive week. Hope you all had one and this one will be too!! (productive, that is)

Sunday, November 2, 2008


Thanks to everyone who cheered me up about my health. Not to worry, as the cancer doc says, "It's Just Maintenance from here on out!" lol I will just have good and bad days and now I will have an excuse for not doing something if I don't want to. I think I will also use it as an excuse to not get all of my points straight anymore. For the life of me I cannot understand why I am having so many problems with that, but hopefully, when I grow up, that will disappear.

I have been remiss in thanking Vicky and The Fat Quarter Shop for the Gift Certificate I won for doing my Simply Sophisticated blocks on time for a change! lol. If you haven't joined this one, I think you still can and IF you get them done by some time that Vicky has ascertained you should have done them by each month, you can link to her blog and hope she will pull your name from the hat for a $25.00 gift certificate. On second thought, forget that. I could just win it every month since I keep up so well, lol. Of course I have already spent it, and when my purchase gets here I will share it with you.

I have decided this year I will get some Christmas presents made early. I found this Santa at The Christmas Cloth Store. It is a postcard out of fabric and is 5 x 7 before you add anything to it. I decided to add 3 borders to it, and call it done. Isn't it cute? Check them out. There are several collections available and instructions on using them are included in the package. You can use them in quilts and on postcards. I think your imagination is the only thing that would keep you from doing whatever with them. This one really is straight, it just looks crooked on this stand. I put some batting in it, should have made it stiffer if I wanted to display it this way.

During my funky week I had to get up to go the monthly OK Guild Meeting. There was a class being held the following day, and several of the women I meet with each month were taking it and I decided that would be fun. I forgot my camera, and I can't seem to get the pictures from my phone downloaded, lol. Anyway this is what I made. Super easy and I think it looks great. Now to get it quilted.

Here are my Designer Blocks through month 5. Caught up with those.

Not caught up with this one, but I will get there eventually. I am having lots of problems with points on this one and the Star BOM I am doing. Makes me want to stomp my foot and scream.

And I am now beginning the time consuming task of embellishing my Peace and Plenty Blocks. I don't have them all finished, but am trying to work on them along.

On this one I decided to add another strawberry so the block wouldn't look so wonky. Thinking about putting some black french knots on the strawberries, but haven't done that yet.

And, Aud and I did get to and from the beauty shop and the grocery store without any "adventures", thank goodness. I did get my hair cut too short and the only reason we had no adventures at the grocery store is I went by myself, lol.
On the football scene, OU won, OSU won, and Texas got beat by Texas Tech, who looked awesome. I think OU plays them in a couple of weeks and that is always a nail bitter. This is turning out to be a great football season in the Big 12. And Sharon I don't think you will have to worry about losing a football bet to me, we won't be playing Missouri this year, lol.