Tuesday, May 29, 2007
I have been biting my tongue - which for me is difficult. DD and family are renting a little house and their lease runs out the end of June. They still haven't found another place - it is only 32 days from now and I'm getting nervous! Apparently in addition to price, a big problem is their dog. So to me, it isn't an issue. I like dogs, but if its a choice of dog or house, then I see it clearly. But I have been keeping my big mouth shut and just trying to be helpful (and not mentioning the dog issue). My mother used to tell me that she had scars on her tongue from biting it and not saying what she saw as obvious. I guess I'm suffering just the same. Oh these kids, it doesn't really matter how old they get, we still worry about/for them.
Happy Tuesday. Hope y'all had a great holiday week-end. We had a delightful, fun week-end.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
This Friday morning we are heading out for a week-end in the RV. We are going to a campground not far from Mt. St. Helens, about 3 hours from here. It's usually a very fun week-end and the weatherman appears to be cooperating, as well. (what a change from the usual). Next week, quilty friend Ronda and I are heading to the eastern side of the state to visit some quilt shops that we never get to see - this is a very belated Christmas gift to her. I have several things that need backs and alas I don't believe my stash will provide. At least I can't find anything that really excites me in there. Happy long week-end, for those who don't have to work on Monday. And thanks to our current and former military personnel, on this Memorial Day.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Greetings from my busy world. On Wednesday evening, quilting friend Ronda and I had the second half of our stash swap. Not quite the same as using it all up, but she had come over and found a few things in my stash that she was interested in. Then it was my turn to see what I might "need" from her collection. She thought I might have more need than she did - at least she had several pieces that I tried to politely turn down. I don't think she snuck too much into my 3 (!) boxes. Now I must explain that it is not ALL for me alone, but some for the Stone Soup Quilts group [making lap quilts for Bone Marrow Transplant folks] and for Q.A. (our local guild) for Premie quilts. That does make me sound sooooo righteous. Not quite true. :-) She said that she was tired of her asian prints (yeah for me) and I think I took all of those left-overs. And many florals and a whole bunch of purples. Perhaps I should feel more guilty? I will ponder that.
These are what the Stone Soup blocks look like. 14 1/2" blocks (big) made with 20 blocks.
Two used books that seemed like good 'library' materials - just in case.
And so to my quesitons: How do you store you useable scraps? Currently I have mine in baggies, sorted by color. If you make strips, how do you store those? Knowing that accessibility is critical and being able to see things make it more likely they will be used, then what is your set-up?
Quilt group this morning. Tomorrow and Saturday are the all-day LQG Day Camps. Oh such fun. I will need to rest up next week. Life is good.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
This Thursday morning is my usual 3rd Thursday quilting group. Friday and Saturday, Quilter's Anonymous is sponsoring a 2-day Day Camp with various classes. It should be a very fun time. And so it seems to go. Thank goodness I have the ability to do all this running around - no more small children - any longer. Then next week will be time to work on/finish up some of the projects I will have gotten started. Life is good.
Friends are leaving today for 3 weeks in the Netherlands. I'm so jealous. We traveled there last summer, so can't really afford to do it again, this year. Hopefully next. Instead I will continue with my Dutch studies and perhaps learn a few more words - will I ever get proficient? Learning a foreign language as an adult is sure challenging, but some of the research says it staves off altzheimer's - so I will put this in the prevention category. :-)
At least for today, the sun is shining. Happy spring to all!
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
The really funny thing that happened was asking my almost 7 y.o. granddaughter what she wanted for her birthday. Gracious - she wanted a pony (no!), 2 puppies (no!) a bird fountain for the yard (no!) and a quilt (easy "yes" from Nana). I asked if she knew what colors she wanted - thinking she would have no idea. She said, yes, she wanted blue and green and orange. [See photos below!]
All the troops are coming over on Sunday for a little family birthday party. So I will let Emma preview what I had put up on the design wall and see if this looks like what she wants. Can you believe it?