Archive for January, 2006

Road Trip

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

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.

Puppy rehab

On the 21st the vet told us to *dance* with Chesty 3x a day to help rehab his leg after the surgery.

Here’s Keith dancing with him last weekend.

Another top finished

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

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

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

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.


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.

Twin Log Cabin Quilts

We went up to the Condo for the weekend and I got the new quilts on the beds.

I still have to replace the pink carpet in this room but I love the quilts and am happy to get rid of the blue comforters that were on the beds.

Baby Quilt

I finished the binding up on Friday.

If you click on the picture you should be able to see the quilting better. It was a new pantograph and I liked how it turned out.


I’m curious why more people don’t have an email address listed in their Blog Profile. I have mine listed and don’t seem to get anymore spam than usual in my mailbox.

It’s a lot more convenient to respond to comments when people have an email listed.

What do the rest of you think? Are there other reasons you aren’t listing your email address?

UFO Finished

I finished the binding on the Baby Log Cabin quilt. That’s the 3rd UFO completed for 2006. We’re up in the mountains this weekend so I’ll post a picture when we get back home.

I’ve also got both of the twin log cabin quilts up here with me and am going to put the on the beds and take a picture of them too. I’m so happy to have them finished.


Thanks for all the encouragement and I don’t plan to give up. I will try to attend the Hospice orientation in April if I am notified about the dates in time to make sure I’m in town.

In the meantime I plan to go to a nearby Senior Day Care Center and see about volunteering there. I’ve already spoken to the coordinator so I expect it won’t be a problem.

Tomorrow I’m going to a mini Bee group and will work on stitching the binding down on the Baby Log Cabin. I’ve belonged to a large guild on and off for the past 3+ years but this will just be the 2nd Bee group meeting I’ve attended. I’m trying to get more involved in things that get me out of the house.

Once I finish stitching this binding down I will have finished 3 UFO’s this month. I really like how the pantograph turned out on this quilt and when I finish the binding I’ll post a close-up of the quilting.

What I’m reading

The Love Wife Gish Jen

This was an interesting novel but the style of writing took me a while to adapt to. It was narrated by the different characters and the story jumped back and forth in time and back and forth between characters.

I enjoy books about other cultures (Chinese and Chinese American in this book) and find stories about relationships interesting.

My 3rd Goal for 2006

Cher asked what my third goal was. I had intended to at least begin it before posting but I had another setback yesterday toward meeting it so I’m going to have to rethink.

I haven’t worked outside the house for almost 5 years now. In that time, I’ve made tons of charity quilts so I guess my quilting has been my job. I have at different times thought about going back to work – my need to be useful and productive – but couldn’t find something that met my needs and allowed me to take off and travel with Keith whenever I wanted.

This year I’ve decided that I will volunteer and have been trying to volunteer at Hospice. They worked with me a year ago in the months I cared for Keith’s Dad before he passed away and I felt it was a perfect opportunity to give back.

However, the volunteer coordinator is not very responsive and although I’ve called and left messages and written, all I get are form letters a week or two before the required orientation class. Three times now – I’ve already had trips out of town planned and was unable to attend. This last time I specifically asked for future dates so I could plan my schedule and attend. Yesterday I got the 4th letter and again will be out of town for the February class.

I spoke with her again and she’s not sure when the next class will be, sometime in April maybe the 9 and 16 and no I can’t volunteer before taking the class.

So I guess I’ll look for something else in the meantime. I’m very disappointed.

Working on my Goals for 2006

The second of my three goals for 2006 is to lose weight and exercise more. To help me accomplish that goal I joined Weight Watchers and attended my first meeting tonight.

I hope to retrain myself to eat regular meals and to exercise consistently. I wouldn’t mind losing 20-25 lbs before my son’s wedding in October either!

I’m making good progress on my quilting goals. Two finished UFO’s, two completed tops, 18.5 yards stash used that can be counted for the 100 Yard Dash, and UFO #3 is on the frame and 1/2 way quilted.

Goal #3 still to be met.

Another UFO

This is the last log cabin I’m doing this year! Well, at least for six months.

I went looking for another UFO to work on today and pulled these blocks out. Just a simple baby quilt. I needed to make just 5 more blocks and yet this project sat in a basket for almost 2 years.

Now that this top is finished I’m going to have to work on piecing some backs and doing some quilting. I ordered some new pantographs that I want to try out.

What I’m reading

On the RunIris Johansen

This Mystery/romance story was an entertaining and easy read.

Laura: America’s First Lady, First Mother Antonia Felix

Another $0.99 bargain book – not a hard hitting biography but mildly interesting. I hadn’t realized that she had been involved in an accident at 17, running a stop sign and killing the 17 year old driver of the other car. It’s hard to imagine having to live with that.

I think one my worst fears when my sons were new drivers was that they’d injure or kill – not themselves – but someone else.

Top finished

I finished the butterfly top tonight. It looks much better with the borders. It sat unfinished for months because I didn’t like how it was turning out but now it’s not so bad and will make a nice charity quilt.

Here’s the picture I posted the other day of it without borders.

I’ve been tagged by Judy

Four jobs you’ve had: Library page, Public Health Nurse Supervisor, Labor and Delivery Nurse, Disability Case Manager (which I hated and only stayed 3 months!)

Four movies you could watch over and over: I don’t watch movies more than once but I love to see movies after I’ve read a book. Hunt for Red October and Silence of the Lambs were good and I’m anxious to see The Constant Gardner and Memoirs of a Geisha

Four places you’ve lived: Newport News VA, Virginia Beach VA, Pembroke Pines FL, and Valrico FL

Four TV shows you love to watch: West Wing, Law & Order, CSI, House

Four Places You’ve Been on Vacation: Copenhagen, London, San Francisco, Seattle

Four Websites You Visit Every Day: There are no websites I visit every day

Four Places You’d Rather Be: hiking, on the beach, walking in a city, reading in front of a fire

Four Of Your Favorite Foods: Cheese , Spaghetti, Cheese, almost anything Thai

Four Albums you can’t live without: No specific albums but Celtic and classical music in general, Andrea Bocelli, Anita Baker

Four People you’ll pass this on to: