Archive for March, 2006

Chesty

Chesty had his final post-op checkup Tuesday and can return to all his regular activities. To celebrate he went to the Beauty Parlor yesterday – isn’t he cute?

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Bad luck/good luck

The bad luck is that I had a power outage that killed my computer so I went out yesterday and bought a new CPU and have been setting it up with all my programs. More bad news – I’ve lost a significant number of files because although I do back them up periodically its been a few months AND right now I can’t even find the last backup copy. So having learned my lesson (again) I bought a external hard drive to do routine backups of my computer data.

The good news is that I was quilting at the time of the power outage and my longarm is fine – no damage there. This picture is the quilt I was finishing up at the time. Not my favorite but I had this crayon print that was supposed to have been a border on another quilt but I decided it was too busy. I had hoped that the flying geese would calm this down some.

Bottom line is that it’s kind of cute and it’s bright so I’m sure some kid will love it. It is donation quilt but I’m not sure where it will go. I still have to bind it but with trying to get my computer up and running again I haven’t worked on it today.

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My current project


Since I’ve been home I started working on another UFO. My Mom cut a bunch of strips for me at least 2 years ago for this braid quilt. I no longer intend to do the original quilt I’d planned (that one had applique) but I want to get this one off my list of projects so I’m making the braids and will decide on the finished quilt by the time I’m done.

I’m working on a vertical strippie pattern in EQ5 but I’m just not sure how wide my alternate strips will be and whether I am going to use a light blue or a red fabric as an accent between the braids and strips.

I’ve got two of these braids completed and I think I’ll need 5 for the finished quilt. They’re being pieced on the foundation by the yard muslin and I’m hating it. Next time I’m piecing braids without a foundation.

Hopefully, I’ll load a top on the longarm today so I’ll be working on two UFO’s this week.

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What I’m reading

WHAT REMAINS
by Carole Radziwill

Sad but I didn’t think it was a great book like the review I’d read said.

TURNING ANGEL
by Greg Iles

Good murder mystery – much better than the last one of his I’d read.

A WEDDING IN DECEMBER
by Anita Shreve

Good – I like reading about the relationships in her books.

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Some pictures from Boston



My son chastised me for not updating my blog in a couple days so I pulled out the camera to post some pictures from my Boston trip.

My two favorite things about this trip were #1 staying across the harbor from Boston – we had this wonderful view from our hotel window (I’ve included a picture of the view both during the day and at night) and took a water taxi back and forth into the city and #2 walking the Freedom Trail.

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T-shirt quilts


There’s been some discussion on T-shirt quilts on the Stashbusters list so I thought I’d post the one I made (my Mom helped with the piecing) for my son Chris for his graduation from college.

I know a lot of people hate these quilts and think they’re ugly but I think they can be special for the recipient. Chris was thrilled with his and although it isn’t anything fancy it was the quilt HE wanted for graduation.

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Walking the Freedom Trail

Most of my day today was spent along the Freedom Trail in Boston. I did NOT go in each site along the trail, my main goal was to walk the Trail and back to the water taxi location to return to my hotel. I did however go into the Paul Revere house and I admit into a Borders I came across while walking. I’m sure that won’t surprise those who have been reading my blog and know that reading is a favorite activity for me. I’m feeling a little guilty for making time for the book store while passing up going into some of the sites that make up the Trail but I’d do it again so I guess I’m not too guilty.

After taking a water taxi to Long Wharf I took my first ride on the T. I wanted to visit Trinity Church and go by the Hard Rock Cafe (to pick up a T-shirt for Adam – he collects them) before starting my walk. After picking up the T-shirt, I walked to Boston Commons and began walking.

Tomorrow we head for home.

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Traveling


Pam asked do I keep a suitcase packed near the door – the answer is no but I frequently don’t get completely unpacked before having to pack for another trip. One of the advantages to having a husband who travels and kids who are grown is the ability to tag along on his trips when I want to. Keith will work while we’re here but I’ll spend my days exploring the city. I don’t mind being on my own while he’s working – in fact I really enjoy it.

I brought my small digital camera but can’t transfer the photo’s to the computer so here is one I took with the phone. The skyline appears more distant in the picture than it actually is. I’m looking forward to taking a water taxi across the harbor tomorrow and spending my day wandering around.

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Boston

We’re off to Boston in the morning. I’m taking along my knitting and the blocks for my Cathedral Windows but finishing the baby afghan I’m working on will be my priority while I’m gone.

I hope it’s not too cold – we’ve had wonderful weather the last week and I’m already in Spring mode.

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Baby Stripes

I’ve mentioned before that I like to cut out more than one scrap quilt at a time. This top was a quick one to piece from strips cut when I was cutting for the Baby Cabin. I started piecing some blocks on Thursday and Saturday nights and finished the top up today.

Initially I thought I’d do a string quilt but decided that with all the strips the same width that a Roman Stripe would be a better choice. I cut my muslin squares oversized and foundation pieced the strips to half the block and trimmed to size.

The quilt is 38×45.

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