Archive for April, 2009


It arrived while we were gone. It's 65 and Keith suggested lunch
downtown – outside!

A few photos of us

My best photos are of the scenery but I do have some of us enjoying ourselves too. Click collage to enlarge.

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A lazy day for me

We arrived home last night and after picking up Chesty this morning, I’ve had a quiet day. I took hundreds of photos but for now I’ll just share a few.

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A walk and coffee along the Liffey

Heading out

Some drama around here has kept me occupied for the last couple days but Keith and I are heading out to the airport now. We’re excited about the trip to Ireland which we’ve dreamed about and planned for over 10 years now.

See you in about a week.

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Can you tell not much is getting done?

Not making any progress on the binding or piecing front the last couple days. I’ve been transitioning my sleep schedule to nights again and finally feel like I’ve gotten a little rest. I did spend the afternoon downtown yesterday – a visit to Barnes&Nobles, lunch out, and a haircut. It was nice to be out and about for a few hours.

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Not sure I’m completely thrilled with these two but after running my errands and before cooking dinner tonight I managed to finish them.

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What’s on your agenda this week?

  • Binding — #3 of 10 is in progress and I’d like to get at least one more done this week.
  • Continue to assemble the blocks on the design wall — still have more to make but I’m out of room so I’ll work to get these into one piece before doing the last 3 rows.
  • Playing some more with postcards – nothing is sewn on these yet, just auditioning layouts.
  • Errands on Monday
  • Haircut on Tuesday
  • Meet with accountant on Wednesday to sign off on taxes — we are getting a refund which is good news!
  • Laundry & packing on Thursday
  • Leave for Dublin on Friday

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#10 is done

It’s been months since I’ve quilted Wonky Feathers and I was a little shaky on this HeartStrings top pieced by Paulette but these feathers are very forgiving and I’m surprised at how nice the quilting looked when I was done.

If you haven’t checked out the Pajama Quilt DVD, you should – it’s one of my favorites. Clicking on the photos will enlarge them.

In addition to quilting I’ve been trimming quilts, working on a binding, and I started assembling the largest section of the Boxed Squares quilt. I have the bulk of the tasks I wanted to do before our trip done so I’m pleased.

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Poor me

I’m pouting because Keith is in GA with the boys and I’m home alone (well Chesty is here too) but I’d rather be in GA.

He’ll be checking on our Condo in the N. GA mountains today – It’s in a beautiful spot and we had some good times there before we moved – maybe we’ll get back for a week sometime this year.

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Buying the small die cut machine after seeing it on Deb’s blog was impulsive and I admit I wondered if I would regret spending the money but I’m having fun now so no regrets. The photo will enlarge if you click on it.

Between the GO Cutter, the new sewing machine and this little one, I think I’ve stimulated the economy enough – it’s your turn now – I’ve done my part!

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#9 of 10

I wasn’t in the mood to quilt tonight but made myself do a small top before heading up to the sewing room. This is a little Happy Block top I threw together after getting my GO Cutter.

Before trying a grid on one of the larger tops I thought I’d experiment on this one. I like kids quilts to stay soft and cuddly and this one has just enough quilting I think – no marking – just following the piecing lines. You can click directly on the photos to enlarge.

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I broke another clamp last night — I love these featherlight clamps but they’re just too fragile so I did a search on my MQ Resources link and pulled up a link and suggestion to use chip clamps — since I have an account with Amazon where I pay an annual shipping fee and get 2 day shipping all year — I ordered a couple sets. Worse case, they get banished to the kitchen.

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Google Sites

One of the questions I get periodically (or see on other blogs) is how to upload files other than photos to blogger…well, you can’t but you can upload files to another site and then link to them.

I was reading a post on Tanya’s blog and did a search last night. I didn’t realize that Google has a webpage *site* that allows you to upload files. So if you’ve been looking for a place to host your non-photo files, check it out, it’s free. I uploaded a PDF file of my boxed squares to test it and it works!

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Yawn # 8 of 10

Since I liked Whirlygig on the previous Happy Block Quilt, I decided to do one more of them while I had the pantograph and yellow thread loaded on the longarm.

This is my Twisted Happy Block top and it was nice to work on one of my quilts. All the photos should enlarge when you click on them.

The yellow thread makes the design stand out on the turquoise backing.
Just 2 more to get done before our trip next Friday and with Keith out of town Thurs – Sun of this week, I should get them done easily.

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