Archive for February, 2007
I think I read somewhere that it takes 3 items to be a collector so I guess I’m officially an antique quilt collector. I picked this one up at the Mid Atlantic Quilt Show. Grandmother’s Flower Garden is a favorite pattern of mine but not one I’d ever make myself. I do like to make hexagon flowers but can’t imagine having to stick with it long enough to complete an entire quilt.
I’m home with just minor flight delays – I think we’ve got about 14 inches of snow here on the ground but I’ve read different measurements so that could be wrong. There’s snow in the forecast all next week so maybe I won’t have missed all the fun.
Tomorrow I’ll try to catch up on mail and get back to work. I bought a portable design wall at the quilt show and am eager to put it together and put my string blocks up on it and I have a quilt of Mom’s that I’d like to get loaded on the longarm.
I just lost my entire post and am too tired to retype it so I’ll summarize.
Went to the Mid Atlantic Quilt show today to shop and see my older sister’s quilt hanging in the show (pictured above). We’re going back Saturday to see the rest of the quilts when my younger sister gets here.
Spent WAY too much money – I bought a quilt chest which has to be shipped to MN and an antique 30’s Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt, some fat quarters, and a book. Luckily, Keith is still speaking to me.
Winter storm predicted for Minneapolis this weekend and I’m worried I won’t be able to fly home Sunday as planned. Keith leaves for Denmark on Monday so a delay would be a problem. I guess Chesty could go back to the kennel if absolutely necessary until I get home but I’d hate for him to have to go back so soon.
I was following links on Amy’s blogs and somehow got to an article that mentioned using those tiny strips usually tossed in the trash to make fabric balls. I’d bogged about my trash before and how colorful and pretty it gets during the making of a quilt and thought about getting a vase to layer the trash but I don’t really have room for it at the apartment so this caught my eye.
I grew up in Newport News, Virginia in this house that my Mom still lives in. With my parents, 6 kids, and other various relatives staying at one time or another it was crowded but somehow we managed.
Mom didn’t want me to post this picture of the house because she had the old shrubs next to the house pulled out and will have new ones planted in the spring and right now it looks pretty bare. We also had a large maple tree in the front yard when I was growing up but that one had to be replaced and this tree hasn’t grown as large.
A few daffodils are blooming in the backyard. Daffodils will always mean spring to me but I’m sure it won’t feel like spring next week when I head back to Minnesota!
Keith has been traveling since Sunday so with both of us out of town Chesty had to go and stay at the daycare/boarding facility. I’ve been watching him on camera and calling everyday to make sure he’s doing OK. Today they picked him up and brought him close to the camera while I was on the phone. Keith gets back to Minneapolis tomorrow so Chesty will get to go home.
Mom finished up the borders on our donation quilt this evening and I’ll take it home with me to quilt. The lighting is not the best but you can get an idea of how the finished top looks.
After plenty of rest to recover from my travels, Mom and I spent the afternoon and evening quilting. We’re working on one of her quilts and had a really nice afternoon.
I think I’ve gotten spoiled flying out of Atlanta – direct flights everywhere and when they were delayed no worries about missing connecting flights.
My flight was delayed out of Minneapolis last night and I missed my connecting flight to Virginia. The plane was still sitting at the gate but they’d closed the boarding door so I was out of luck. Of course that was the last flight out and although the agent in Minneapolis said they would give me a voucher for a hotel if I miss the connection, the Atlanta gate agent just looked and me and told me they were *out* of hotel rooms.
Keith found me a room at the Airport Marriott and even called Delta and got them to agree to reimburse me via a travel voucher.
Unfortunately I had very noisy neighbors on both sides and got less than an hour sleep before heading back to the airport this morning. Now, after an afternoon nap to catch up on sleep I’m sure I’ll have trouble sleeping again tonight.
Can you see my *error*? I deviated from the pattern accidentally and didn’t realize it at first. I made several variations of this pattern and had intended to work with this one.