Archive for December, 2007

Continuing Education

The apartment is quiet, Keith, Chris, and Becky left for the airport and Chesty and I have a few days to ourselves. Since I’m still struggling with this cold(flu?) I don’t plan to work today so I watched a quilting DVD that came just before Chris and Becky arrived.

The Pajama Quilter Reloaded

I’ve been longarm quilting for 5 years and while I think my freehand quilting is decent, I’m not always happy with how it flows. I’ve quilted most of the elements on the DVD before so I’m hoping that I can use the information and inspiration to improve. For me, the DVD was definitely worth the cost.

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Not much computer time

I haven’t been doing much blog reading since the kids have been here. I’ve limited my computer time but I wanted to share some more photos. After breakfast and before our traditional Christmas Eve picnic we took a walk down to the Mississippi River. It was quite cold but we stopped in at Panera for some coffee and a light lunch.

I tend to forget the difference in mine and Keith’s height until I see a photo of the two of us together. I’m 5’3″ and he’s 6’4″. Quite a bit of difference between the photo of Chris and Becky and this one of us.

Chris is hooked on making postcards and worked on several more today. Here are three tree variations he made. Becky and I were talking about knitting and crochet and I pulled out some knitting needles and showed her how to do the knit stitch. I think she might take a knitting class when she gets home.

Finally, Adam called us this evening. He’s at home in GA working and we really miss him not being here. I hate that he’s alone for the holiday.

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Snow, lots of snow!

Keith and Chris drove to the grocery store to pick up my order and Becky and I walked downtown. Here she is in front of Macy’s and the Mary Tyler Moore statue.
They’re only calling for 2-4 inches of snow but it’s been coming down all day!

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More photos

After brunch yesterday we took Becky to the Mall of America. Other than buying a couple Jim Shore figures, I spent my time in the bookstore. I found 4 new quilt books and a couple novels. In the end, I spent more than she did!

This morning, Chris decided he wanted to make a postcard.
With a little help, he made this one for the Redskin/Viking football game we’re going to tonight.

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She likes it

Chris and Becky got here this evening and she got her belated birthday present. She was surprised so Chris didn’t spill the beans and she liked the quilt. I’ll be sorry to see it leave but at least it’s going to a good home!

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The Uncommon Quilter – Autumn Leaves

I’ve been watching Jeanne Williamson’s blog since buying her book The Uncommon Quilter and she posted a link today to a video of the making of one of the quilts…very cool. I never thought about using YouTube to play a series of photos like this.

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I feel better

OK, I’m still getting a cold but either I was a bit hungover from dinner Tuesday night ( in addition to champagne and beer, our Danish hosts served Akvavit) OR getting a massage, manicure and pedicure this afternoon was just indulgent enough to make me feel better than yesterday. At any rate I still have to clean the apartment but I’ll leave it for tomorrow.

Keith just ran downstairs to workout so I’m going to grab the pink HeartStrings top (the one on the machine in this photo) and work some on the binding. I quilted it back in November but other quilts have taken priority.

Chris called earlier to say he’d been in an accident. Luckily no one was hurt and it won’t interfere with their visit. They fly in tomorrow around dinner time.

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Am I getting sick just in time for Christmas?

Keith, Deb, Mom, and other family members all came home from our reunion sick…I think Keith has finally shared his with me just in time for Christmas.

Not much accomplished today since I’m not feeling well but I did finish up some of the Christmas tree postcards I was making yesterday. Here’s the one I made for my journal project. I love the crystals – thanks again Vicki!

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Fun with crystals

Along with my hand dyed backing, Vicki gave me a couple packets of crystals. Tonight before going to a Danish Christmas party (which was LOTS of fun) I played around with Christmas tree postcards.

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