I don’t normally do these ….but

Since Deb was the one who tagged me – I’ll make a half a** attempt at it. Since I don’t usually do these, I only answered a few of the questions and won’t tag anyone else.

4 jobs I’ve had:
Library page
Med/Surg Nurse
Homecare nurse
Public Health Nurse Supervisor
L/D nurse
…..plus many other nursing jobs

4 films I could watch over and over: I don’t watch anything over and over

4 places I’ve lived (more than 4 here)
Newport News, VA
Courtland, VA
Hampton, VA
VA Beach, VA
Pembroke Pines, FL
Valrico, FL
Marietta, GA
Minneapolis, MN

4 favorite foods
Is Cabernet a food?

4 favorite colors

4 places I’d love to be right now
Anywhere in Europe
GA visiting my sons
VA visiting my family

What’s wrong with this picture?

This is the check spring to my longarm in two pieces. I found the piece on the (R) on my quilt top this afternoon. Luckily I had two replacement springs , unfortunately the one I tried to use for the first hour or so was defective!!!!

I spent all afternoon trying to replace this and ran into one issue after another. Finally, I think it’s OK after quilting 2 additional blocks without problems but I was ready to pull my hair out. Let’s just say the instructions didn’t exactly match up to my machine!

Just a little whine

I’m sure I’ve mentioned many times before how much I struggle with custom type quilting. So here I am again today quilting another one of Mom’s (they’re always hers or my aunt’s tops!) and hoping this doesn’t come out too bad.

There are 4 borders, setting triangles, alternate blocks, 9 patch blocks and even a small center applique that all have to have some type of quilting element. I usually manage to be happy with some and unhappy with others so we’ll see how this goes.

Part of my inspiration for the quilting is a new book called Just Leaf It by Kim Stotsenberg. I find leaves much easier to quilt than some other motifs and she has some really nice ideas for filling borders and blocks with them.

Reading a post on Bonnie’s site tonight made me realize that I had never shared my good news from a month or so ago.

Many of you know we moved to Minneapolis from the Atlanta area last December as a result of Keith’s company moving their corporate offices. At the time we had to commit to staying at least one year. While I won’t go into all the details, my distress was due to it looking like we would be facing another move.

Luckily, things worked out very well and Keith was actually promoted to Vice President, Sales & Marketing. I’ve come to love living here in Minneapolis and while I know it won’t be our final move I was more distressed than I realized at the thought of moving again so soon.

I hope things work out as well for Bonnie as they have for me.

Back on track

I finished quilting the top for Mom this afternoon – just in time too as she had shipped me a 3rd one that needs to be done before Christmas. I also finally got out to the post office and shipped/mailed several things that have been waiting since the weekend.

Chesty is better today – the steroid shot made a big difference and he’s just about back to his normal self.

After quilting and running my errands I had a little time before meeting Keith for dinner and decided to try a postcard with the free form pieced letters everyone is doing. Of course, it would have probably helped had I read Tonya’s tutorial first but all in all it’s not too bad for a first attempt especially since I had to limit it to a 4×6 area for the postcard.

I’m getting behind again

Chesty had vaccinations yesterday and had a painful reaction to one of them. He was in pain during the night and then when I called the vet’s office they tried to tell me it was normal.

Well, I knew it wasn’t and insisted he be seen again – finally after being seen and getting a steroid shot to decrease the inflammation he is better tonight.

He’s such a sweetie and I always feel so bad when he’s sick or hurt. Here he is on another day keeping me company in my studio. Hopefully, tomorrow he’ll feel like sitting on the window seat while I finish up the quilt of Mom’s I have on the longarm.

My favorite time of year

I LOVE Autumn and it’s hard to stay inside and work when it’s breezy and beautiful outside. The view from my window is tempting me to go out and play. I’m going to make myself load a quilt and then allow myself to go for a walk.

I decided to create an online album for my Postcard Journal Project and you can find the link on my sidebar. I added another photo from a card I re-created last night (the first one was made last week and is being mailed today).

I was clicking around the internet this morning and found Jeanne Williamson’s blog the author of The Uncommon Quilter – the book that inspired my journal project.