Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Hello. It has been a while. Probably only writing for me now. I have been spending my time cleaning out my daughter's room so I could get in there. Doesn't that sound so bad! I got it cleaned out completely on December 31, 2013. My sister was coming on New Year's Day and I had a deadline. When I was done I was truly embarrassed. I have two stacks of art boxes (13.5x13") floor to ceiling of UFO's. Most I admit are things I started on a whim or maybe they are wool projects--but whatever, there are at least two projects that I have all the patterns and fabric (wools) and haven't touched at all! As I write that I think there are more.....So, 2014 is the year of Unfinished Projects. I am going to finish all those block-of-the-month projects. I haven't yet begun any of that! I have loved hiding in the room away from my husband and his loud (but mostly nice) friends. I have read a few books. Right now I am reading Divergent by Veronica Roth. I have cleaned a lot and have really tried to keep it up. That alone takes away from quilting time. That cleaning thing might not last very long! News: My son did well on his grades from CSUSacramento. It was his first semester so he is proud. My friend's daughter is coming down from Seattle. Her husband is going to Afghanistan in March. This might be the only time to see them--or at least him.....until he comes back from the middle east. Sew, sew, sew! Quilt, quilt, quilt! Until next time, Julia

Monday, September 16, 2013

Chirstmas letters

Hah! It is September and I am already leaning toward Christmas??? Not today, but soon. Today we were reading an article about how Facebook makes us sadder. People read all those darn facebook posts and begin to think that their lives aren't as good as their friends, family, ex's, friends who used to be friends, etc. We read about all those wonderful moments in other's lives and we start to think that our lives are somehow less. Maybe we don't go on vacation as much, or our children aren't doing marvelous things, no grandchildren, no weddings, no anniversaries, no parties, etc. As we are reading this, I began remembering that Everyone Loves Raymond show where the mom gets a Christmas letter from her sister Theresa. It is one of my favorite episodes. The mom writes her own Christmas letter and Debra, the wife, feels slighted. When Debra reads the letter from Theresa, she knows exactly the problem--"Oh, she's a bitch," Debra says and sits down to write a better letter that makes everyone look rosy. I totally understand this feeling. When we post on Facebook, write that yearly Christmas letter, or whatever, we put our best foot forward. We use only the photos that put us in a favorable light, tell the exciting parts of our lives. No one writes that they ran over their cat and is drinking a fifth of vodka each day. Sometimes it does look as if everyone else is having it easy while you struggle. I am sure we can all relate! Hope you day is one of those that you can post on Facebook.....

Friday, September 6, 2013

I bought too much

Yesterday I was with my "Thursday" group and I was going to fill the bobbins with embroidery thread. That was the plan for the entire evening (2+ hours). I had 32 skeins of thread and 28+ bobbins. So, there I am comparing the numbers of the threads to my master list and I find I have them all except for one! I bought 31 bits of thread I already had! Why do I do this????? I cannot even say how many times I have bought a second pattern or book. Each time I think how much I must have really loved the pattern(s) if I choose it twice. Now when I see a book or pattern, I write it down and check at home and then go back and purchase. I ended up finishing a piece of embroidery that I have been sorking on--on and off--for a while. Soon I will add the embellishments and make the pillow. Hopefully I will be able to add the picture to my site.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Flying Geese Project

Just when you start getting compliments on your work; just when you begin to think you are pretty darn good at something; are you ready for what I screwed up???? Seriously, I am getting compliments. I am pretty darn good at this, but I still make mistakes. I am not Mary Poppins...although that could be fun. I made 120 flying geese for a Thimbleberries group project. If you made the required number of flying geese, Pam gave us two pieces of Thimbleberries fabric from the shop. We picked our own colors. It was fun. When I began putting it all together, I found that my color choices weren't what I had in mind now. SO, I put the fabric I received free aside and got something from my stash to use as "sashing". Now it is not the usual rectangle. The rectangle is sideways. And, most important, it is too big on one side--like 2 inches. I am going to have to figure this out. I'm sure it naver happens to others--only to me. (SIGH). Unfortunately, I know where I went wrong. It is my own fault, but I am sure I can fix it so no one will know. It will be our little secret.......

Monday, August 26, 2013

Over the weekend

This weekend I devoted my time to getting stuff done! I amde my block for the Saturday Square class at Quilter's Corner on the 31st. I made the block of the month for my guild project and caught up the blocks I had fallen behind on. Then, I opened a box that I knew had fabric in it. What was really in there I wondered. I found a quilt I started 10 years ago--maybe longer. I had received a quilt calendar--one of those that has a quilt pattern for every day of the month--all year long. I can't even imagine what I was thinking, but I began making the quilt blocks for each day in January. Then I stopped and there it has sat since I put it away. Some of it was put together. I obviously began making four patches. There was no picture, no calendar (I'm sure I threw it away years ago), no idea of what I was thinking ten years ago. So, I just began putting squares together. I have a 64x68" quilt top. I used pinks, grays, blues, turquoise, whites, purples and lavenders. It is interesting to say the least. What I am most impresed with is that the entire thing fit in a shoe box! I can't even think that I have made one thing that didn't require at least a 12x12 box and possibly a second one also. I think I have decided to give my guild quilt to my nephew in Iowa. He has only one quilt--a baby quilt that he probably doesn't own any longer knowing my brother and his penchant for getting rid of things. This could be a way of getting to know him better. This quilt has fabric with fish and lots of color. I have 12 squares with orange friendship stars. Still thinking.....

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." Quote by Jim Rohn This was a quote used in the 8th grade English classroom I work in. The students wrote about how they were similar to the five people they chose. I decided that I am not necessarily the average. I decided that my friends and I compliment each other. It was just such an interesting thought. I apent my lunch with a student catching up on an assignment. He is such a funny kid. He told me he was humorous. It's true!!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Projects that I have worked on: Yellow and Blue quilt complete top with borders (Bolero postcard) Thimbleberries Flying Geese (size wrong; stopped to reconsider) High Hand (ran out of fabric in cream--Opps!) Opps, there is the bell. Got to run.