Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Paducah Quilt Show

I got home from Paducah Sunday evening. It was a great show! This was my first time to see the show, and I was not disappointed. I think it is probably the most prestigious quilt show anywhere. And of course, there were lots of vendors, so I spent way too much money.

We stayed with the most delightful woman as well. Paducah doesn't have enough hotel rooms during the quilt show, so the visitors and convention bureau works with local people to offer bed and breakfast rooms for the show. This was what we did, and it worked out extremely well.

On another note, I finished the machine appliqué that I was doing for Darcy Ashton at the quilting retreat I attended the previous weekend. They were the cutest bunny blocks. You can see Darcy's website here. I explain why I'm doing these blocks for her in an earlier post (here).

And I got just a little bit of machine embroidery done today. We've been shopping for a new refrigerator the last 2 days. Yesterday morning when I took my soy milk out of the refrigerator, I noticed that it didn't feel as cold as it should. I put a thermometer in it, and it only registered about 45 degrees or so (it should be below 40). This happened a few months ago, and we turned the setting as cold as it would go. It's only 28 years old - time for a new one! We finally agreed on one today and ordered it - it should be in next week. This is what we ordered in black: Amana.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


I think my scanner just died! I've checked all the connections, even switched the plug in with the speakers, and it just won't turn on. The speakers come on in either plug in, so I think I'm going to have to go shopping for a new one after I get back from Paducah, Kentucky. Oh yeah, I'm headed to Paducah in the morning for the Annual American Quilters Society Quilt Show and Contest. I'll be back home Sunday night.

Sunday, April 20, 2008


The friends we visit in Tennessee have the sweetest cat. Her name is Hope, and she loves brown paper bags. I took this picture of her last week.

EDM Weekly Challenge #29

#29 - Draw something architectural (the house of the friends we were visiting)

EDM Weekly Challenges #11, #137, #24, #91

I drew these in my journal last week while we were visiting friends. They were for the weekly challenges on the Everyday Matters group.

#11 - Draw your glasses or sunglasses (my first pen and ink sketch)
#137 - Draw something you can turn on or off - my MP3 player
#24 - Draw a piece of fruit (an orange)
#91 - Draw an apple

I've Been Tagged

I've been tagged by Quilting Diva and this is how it goes:

1. Once you are tagged, link back to the person who tagged you.
2. Post THE RULES on your blog.
3. Post 7 weird or random facts about yourself on your blog.
4. Tag 7 people and link to them.
5. Comment on their blog to let them know they have been tagged.

Here are my 7 random facts about me:

1. My wonderful marriage of over 30 years is my second marriage.
2. I was the first girl in my high school to take wood shop.
3. My ethnic heritage is Jewish, but I don't practice (that or any other religion).
4. My aunt taught me to knit at the age of 7 or so.
5. I was a CPA when I worked - but I only worked for 12 years.
6. I had a picture framing business in my home for 7 years.
7. I have one son, who is the only grandchild on my side of the family. And on my DH's side, there are only grandsons, no granddaughters.

Now, to tag 7 other bloggers:

1. Danielle
2. Shelina
3. Rian
4. Vicky
5. Margaret Ann
6. Zeborah
7. Carol

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

I really enjoyed this book, which I finished while we were in Tennessee. It is the story of Lily and Snow Flower, who at the age of 7, become laotong, or old sames, a relationship closer than any other, even marriage. They share so much of their lives together, beginning with foot binding. But a terrible misunderstanding drives them apart. The story is told by Lily as an old woman looking back on her life. It was very well written - I couldn't put it down. I rate it 4 out of 5.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I finished this today. I liked parts of it, found other parts to be rather boring. It is the story of Fermina Daza and Florentino Ariza, who fall in love as youths. Fermina decides to marry a wealthy doctor instead. Florentino is devastated, but he waits over 51 years for Fermina's husband to die. He declares his love for Fermina again the day of her husband's funeral. The book starts right before Fermina's husband's death, proceeds through Florentino's declaration, then flashes back to their youth. Most of the book follows the 51 years of their separate lives.

I was disappointed because I was expecting the book to be better. I liked the beginning and the ending, but it often bogged down in the middle. I would rate it 2 out of 5.

Traveling again

I won't be able to post for a bit - we're headed off tomorrow to visit friends in Tennessee. We've been visiting them each spring for a few years now and always enjoy our visit. I hope to get some drawing done.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Today's Quilting

I worked on the Diamond in the Rough quilt today. I had to fix a mistake - I hate it when I do something stupid! If you look at the picture (a couple of posts down), you might notice that I had forgotten to add the black sashing strip on the lower left corner. Well, I didn't notice it until I had cut off the excess corners on the setting triangles and sewn on the corner triangle. So, this meant I had to "unsew" the corner triangle, sew on the black sashing strip, add patches where I'd cut off the corners of the setting triangles, and re-sew the corner triangle. But I did that today, and that part is done. Now all that's left is squaring it up and adding two more borders.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Quilt Every Day for April

I know that I won't be able to quilt every day this month, because we are going to be out of town visiting friends for a week or so (leaving either Sunday or Monday). And then later in the month I'm going to Paducah, Kentucky, with a friend to see the American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show & Contest. But I'm going to try to quilt on the days I'm home. And if I don't keep track of what I'm working on here, I won't remember at the end of the month.

Yesterday, all I did was make one block for our guild's president (the members always make a block for the president as a thank you). I forgot to take a picture of it before I turned it in at our meeting last night, but it was a Sawtooth Star block. Today I'm continuing to work on Diamond in the Rough.

This past weekend, I attended the Oklahoma Quilt State Organization's Spring Retreat at Western Hills State Lodge. It was a lot of fun! But that means I have a couple more unfinished projects to work on, although I did get one of the tops finished - I just need to quilt it. And one of the classes was actually making a basket - out of reed, not fabric! I really enjoyed that. And that is also finished, so I really only have one unfinished top! It's a table runner called Tulip Bells Table Runner by Southwind Designs. I finished one block in the class and also the centers for the other two blocks - so it shouldn't take too long to finish.

One of the teachers at the retreat, Darcy Ashton, does hand appliqué. I don't do hand appliqué - I do machine. Her patterns and books are really great - and can be done by machine just as well as by hand. I had taken a class with her about a year ago, and my friend and I were the only two in the class who brought our sewing machines! Anyway, Darcy is working on a new book, and she wants people who do machine appliqué to realize that they can use her books and patterns too. She asked me if I would do the machine work on about 20 blocks. I would get a signed copy of the book and my name would be listed in the book. Of course I said yes! I was quite flattered and pleased that she asked me. You can see her website here: Darcy Ashton.

March Quilting

I managed to quilt most days in March after joining the challenge to "quilt every day." I finished one project:

I also worked on another quilt that I had put aside for a couple of years - it's called Diamond in the Rough. I'm not finished with it yet, but I have all of the blocks completed and sewn into rows; I'm in the process of sewing the rows together. I needed some more fabric for the borders to make it bigger, which I was able to find recently. Here are the rows (the little white squares you see are my notes pinned on to keep the rows in order):

And here is a close up of one of the blocks:

The reason that I hadn't worked on this quilt in a long time was that I was unhappy with a couple of the fabrics in the star points; there wasn't enough contrast between them and the background, so they disappeared. I decided to use Fabrico ink on the couple of fabrics that were too light, and it made all the difference in the world. It's a reminder that value is often more important than color.

I also did some machine embroidery this month, but I don't have a finished product to show yet.