Archive for March, 2007
Click on the above album to see photo’s from the trip.
We’re home again at least for the weekend. We leave for Hawaii early Tuesday morning so unfortunately Chesty will be heading back to the kennel on Monday afternoon, for now he’s glad to be home.
We enjoyed our night at the Ritz Carlton – Reynolds Plantation and then a couple days at the Marriott at Stone Mountain. Spring was in full bloom in the Atlanta area and I had a dusting of pollen on my clothes every time I went outside but it was beautiful.
Here’s another post without photo’s but I do have the camera with me so I’ll share a few when I get home on Friday.
We had a great dinner with the boys and Becky to celebrate Adam’s birthday. The Ritz Carlton at Reynolds Plantation is beautiful and they upgraded our room to a HUGE suite (there was one and half bathrooms plus a full living room plus a nice deck). It was hard leaving there this morning to come to Stone Mountain but I did have a wonderful afternoon sitting by the pool and then a hot stone massage before dinner.
Tomorrow – more relaxing by the pool with my book.
Keith and I are heading to Atlanta in the morning. We’ll stay tomorrow night at the Ritz Carlton that Adam works at and take him to dinner to celebrate his birthday. Chris and Becky will join us so I’ll see both my boys.
Then we’ll spend a couple days at Stone Mountain where Keith has a conference and I plan to relax and read.
Chesty went to daycare/boarding late this afternoon. Between this trip and the upcoming Hawaii trip he’s going to think I’ve abandoned him.
I’ve got my Pineapple blocks partially assembled and may get the blocks completely together tonight. The small lap quilt I was using the Featherz template on was progressing well until I made a significant error on the last wreath – that one will have to come out and be redone so it will be waiting for me when I get home.
I think a comment on my previous post warrants a little clarification from me .
DB wrote: I’d love to see you ‘practice’ piece. I’ve never seen a posting that references woggly stitching with the Circle Lord. Someday I hope to get the C.L. THANKS
I’m using the Featherz template with my Circle Lord for the first time. As with any new quilting template or design, I expect that a bit of practice will improve my results.
For those of you wondering how the template is used – there is a stylus attached to my machine that fits in the groove of the template and I guide my machine to stitch the design.
The results are definitely affected by how smoothly I move the machine as I’m stitching the design and advancing the template.
I’m thrilled with my Circle Lord and fully expect some learning curve rather than instantaneous perfection and the instructions with the template clearly state that “at first you will not lay the thread as well as with more experience.”
I frequently share my quilting challenges on my blog and this case is no different – I have wobbly stitches on these first attempts using this template. It’s not a negative comment on the product and I have no hesitation in recommending the Circle Lord.
I couldn’t sleep so I was playing on EQ thinking I could combine my Half Square string quilt with my Baby Stripes and Linda’s zig zag setting. I was trying to come up with an easy string quilt that is pieced on a muslin foundation with half the block just being the muslin foundation. So I would only be adding strings to half the block.
For my first quilt, I just modified my EQ drawing of my Half Square strings – those blocks are smaller than the HeartString blocks so the setting is 8×10 blocks – adding a red center like the HeartStrings blocks – and I felt it needed borders.
Then I started thinking about what if I made part of the blocks with a blue half so I’d have a built in border when I assembled them and that was version 2.
Finally, I thought I’d make fewer blocks and make them the same size and setting as the HeartString blocks and this was version 3.
I was going to use a lightweight fusible interfacing for my next string quilt foundation but if I decide to try this quilt I’ll stick to the muslin.
Being half Irish, I just had to spend part of my day in a pub! Keith and I headed downtown to drink some Guinness and watch the St Patrick’s Day parade down Nicolette Avenue. Keith even spent $5 and bought me some beads.
Patti also posted about this today but I thought I’d add my two cents. I hate not answering questions but don’t always have time to chase down email addresses. If I get a comment and it shows firstname.lastname@example.org most likely you won’t get an answer to your question.
You can either edit your profile to include your email address when you comment or just type your email address in your comment if you have a question you’d like me to answer.