Monthly Archives: January 2006

Road Trip

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We’re leaving on a trip to Florida on Friday so I’m looking for things to keep me busy. We’re driving and the trip is a combination of personal and business travel.

We’ll be gone for about 11 days and traveling from Marietta, GA to Orlando, Tampa, and then on to the Ft. Lauderdale area.

We’re taking Chesty because he’s still on restricted activity since his surgery and we can’t leave him in the kennel (not that I’d want to leave him for 11 days anyway). He does fine on car trips but we’ve never stayed in hotels with him before. It should be interesting.

I decided to dig out my Cathedral Windows blocks to take with me to alternate with the crochet baby blanket I’m working on. I haven’t worked on this UFO in a year or two so maybe I’ll make a little progress on this trip.

Finished UFO #4

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Finished the binding on the hearts tonight. Rather than reposting the picture here I just replaced the unfinished one in my previous post with the finished quilt.

This makes 4 completed UFO’s in January but progress in February will be much slower due to two trips I have planned. I’ll be gone 19 days between the Florida trip and then a trip to my Mom’s to attend the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival.

Another top finished

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The new top

Adam’s Quilt

I finished another top tonight. This one is also a UFO but the only thing I had done prior to working on it this week was cutting the strips.

Cutting out scrap quilts can be such a chore that I like to cut more than one at a time when possible. I cut the strips for this charity quilt when I was cutting Becky’s quilt in November.

I have the book Super Simple Strips by Lynda Milligan & Nancy Smith and had made Adam a quilt based on one from this book in Nov 2004 – I think the only change I made was the size. This was the same pattern I chose for this charity top. It’s quick and easy.

Hiking this weekend

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Keith and I finally got a day to hike and were able to spend the afternoon at Amicalola Falls State Park in North Georgia. We hiked the long route up to the top of the falls (including the dreaded 425 steps) had lunch at the lodge, and hiked down the shorter path back to the Visitor Center.

A picture of a few of the 425 steps to the top of the Falls

A view of the Falls from the top

Another view from the top of the Falls

What I’m reading

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Widow of the South Robert Hicks

This was a disappointing novel. I enjoyed the 13 page Author note at the end of the book which gave the historical information the novel was based on but thought the book itself was poorly written.

Sleep No More Greg Iles

Also a disappointment. I usually enjoy mysteries written by Iles but this one was bizarre and unrealistic.

One review I just read put it perfectly – from Publishers Weekly

“Iles has written some solid, beautifully constructed thrillers (24 Hours; Dead Sleep), so when his latest seems for page after page to have no logical explanation for its central mystery, we hold on, bide our time and wait for the moment of revelation that will make everything fall into place. Unfortunately, that moment never comes.”

Guild meeting

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I attended my local guild meeting this morning – the East Cobb Quilters Guild. I’ve been a member for most of the last 3 years and attend meetings when I’m not out of town.

Today was the first time I’d taken in one of my quilts and shared it with the group. I showed my Autumn Cabin quilt.

One of the things I really like about this guild is that they bring in national speakers and although I don’t take the classes I thoroughly enjoy the lectures.

Today we had Carol Taylor lecturing and showing her quilts. She was an interesting speaker and her quilts were vibrant. I don’t make art quilts and they’re not my favorite type of quilts but I can certainly appreciate the talent and creativity it takes to make them.


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Finished the binding Tuesday 1/31/06

Here’s another UFO I’ve been working on. This top had been sitting on the shelf for over a year now. I pulled it out and loaded it on Sunday and finished up the quilting today.

Hopefully by the weekend it will be bound, labeled and checked off as completed.

This quilt will be donated to the local Ronald McDonald House which is the main charity supported by my Guild. They collect the quilts once a year and I try to have as many as I can to donate. This year they’ll be collected in August and this is the 3rd one set aside for that purpose. My mom and sister have helped out too and over the last 3 years we’ve donated 27 quilts to the Ronald McDonald House.