Tuesday, December 30, 2008
With the installation of a Wii and involvement in excercise classes in the community (including water aerobics) I hope I'll be pulled away from the computer more and more often.
The MN house finally sold, for much less than we hoped, but before winter set in and now we're not paying a mortgage or double utilities.
I've met more neighbors and had some great day trips thanks to living in this community. I'll be teaching beginning crochet and fabric flowers in March and May. For some reason, this seems right, while teaching quilting is still not something I want to do.
We need to get back to Hyde Park and the FDR estate. DH seems reluctant to venture about in winter, but we haven't had very much snow (almost none). It's the thing I miss most about MN. "Snow does bring out the flake in me." Slowly, I'm discovering NJ. Something I intend to do more of now that gas is at a reasonable level.
I rediscovered crochet and started exploring thread crochet. I'm still quilting and playing with fabric, in fact, there are two quilts now in progress that will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House in New Brunswick in February.
So broad goals for the new year are:
Explore the world beyond the gates and the world on the second floor
Exercise body, mind and spirit
We'll see what 2009 brings.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
When the car started stalling we were still more than 15 miles from home. We pulled into a Chrylser dealership less than a mile from a Ford dealer (just couldn't go that extra mile). Then we discovered that the Chrysler dealership wouldn't work on a Ford. They "didn't have the equipment".
Thank goodness for AAA. After negotiating the tow and where we would be going, we were taken to Lakeside Shell in Trenton, NJ. The station is just off 195 at the Arena/South Broad St exit. The car was fixed in less time than it took to tow it to the shop. Kevin had talked to the head mechanic on the phone after AAA said that's where we would be taken. He explained the problem and answered some questions about make/model of the car . They had the part waiting for us when we got there.
Even though it's a busy station with 3 bays and 11 tow trucks, they took great care of us and had us on our way within an hour! Thank you Vic and Christopher and everyone at Lakeside Shell.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
This was made for my BILs wedding to his long-time girlfriend. They are both avid gardners. The center blocks are state flowers or vegetables. The quilting is flowers and leaves.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Kandi Corp had new metal embellishments and non-faceted jewels (in addition to the regular bling). They were also showing a pigmented hot wax that you can use to color fabric. Go to www.kandicorp.com to see their new products.
Crafter’s Workshop showed for the first time: they do stencils that were originally used for scrapbooking (www.thecraftersworkshop.com). These stencils are great to use with Paintstiks or to develop new quilting patterns.
Kreinik Thread (www.kreinik.com) introduced a flat but heavy-duty metallic cord that is great for jewelry, knitting or embellishing, but it’s so new it’s not on their website yet. They also have some new metallic threads.
Quiltsmart (www.quiltsmart.com) has completely redone their look. They have some new patterns, too, including some bags.
Superior Threads (www.superiorthreads.com) has new variegated silk ribbon in three widths that is a luscious as their thread.
Bo-Nash (www.bonash.com) introduced a new line, Tonertex Foils, that includes a Write ‘n’ Rub Pen for applying foil adhesive, foils and glitter. They’ve even got stretchable glue. This is a great way to add bling to any project.
The people who brought you Quilt in a Cup last fall are back with Quilt for a Mouse and Quilted Clocks (Dianne Springer Designs).
The Junk Jeans People from South Dakota showed a Pink Drill (http://www.junkjeanspeople.com/PinkPowerDrill.htm) used with straight bleach to decorate jeans. Maybe this one my dear hubby won’t steal. Until the house gets finished I’m always search for my Dremels.
So much inspiration, so little time.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
First, flying from Newark to Portland leaves a lot of time to hand quilt, read and watch two movies (thank you Continental). And when the flight has many others in quilting, you also get to talk to some of them. Got to sit next to Rayna Gillman (fabric printer extraordinare) and chat a little with Mark Lipinski.
When you don't have to set up a booth, it means you have lots of extra time. After Shelley and Mary picked me up at the airport, we checked in at the Convention Center. Saw where the booth wasn't going to be and checked on some other locations. Then we headed downtown for lunch and a visit to the world's largest bookstore, Powell's City of Books. Believe the claim. It's almost a full city block and three floors of books, used and new. Wish we had more time there. Really wish I had gotten a picture of the pillar outside the entrance. It's a stack of books.
Thanks to Mary Brandt for some of the pictures. She certainly has a good eye.
Today Shelley does a Take and Teach before the show opens then we have the rest of the day free.
Monday, May 5, 2008
But here's the story in pictures:
The foundation is laid and leveled (you don't see the drain pipe)
The pavers are being laid
The patio fairie (next door neighbor Fran) lent us some furniture so we can actually enjoy the finished patio.
So how does this relate to quilting?
Here's the paver pattern "Symmetry"
And here's "Paver Quilt" pinned up on the design wall
That is my positive for today - the Patio if finished!! and we love it!!
And the thought for the day (thanks to the Redneck Mamma) Spread Glitter, the world needs more sparkle!!
Friday, May 2, 2008
First here are some pictures of the latest quilts
This one isn't really mine. I just did the back and the quilting for someone else.
This one is based on Pam Dinndorf's Jubilee pattern that was in Quilter's Home magazine. I did it as an example of the Show Chairs' Choice Category for MQ's 2008 Judged Quilt exhibit.
And this one is Carpenter's Square. Based on the traditional block of the same name. There are actually two of these.
So this is proof that one can be on the MQ Board, Show Co-Chair, move half-way across country and still quilt. Sort of.
Keep quilting, be happy
Leaving MN has been hard for me. But remember, we're as close as the phone or computer.
If I hadn't discovered a new quilt shop close to our new house the same day as the newsletter came, I probably would have been on the next plane to MN. As it is, Mouse Creek Quilts (http://www.mousecreekquilts.com/) will probably become a new anchor for me.
Any of you MN teachers or quilters who would like to come east, I'll have a spare bedroom when the rest of the furniture gets moved. Well, I've got the room now, but no bed...
Sew nicely amongst yourselves
Imagine the dining room table and chairs from the pictures of the MN house in this area. They do look great in the dining room, but we bought them with this space in mind.
And, the Stash which was unpacked before the rest of the second floor (Nest, Library and Stash) was set up.
Things are coming along. The quilts and pictures still have to be hung and most of the collectibles placed. And the house in MN has to sell so we can move the rest of the furniture.
Once the quilt show is over we'll probably move another van load of goods, but we're hoping a family falls in love with the MN house like we did 9 years ago.
Till next time...
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
This is the house as it looked before we bought it. It has 3 bedrooms, 3 1/4 baths, a family room, office, sunroom and now a studio. It's much biger on the inside than it looks (3400 square feet).
The second story had a partially enclosed large loft are on one side, a smaller area in the middle and the third bedroom on the other side. Of course, the large loft was designated my studio.
This is the studio before it was enclosed. And on the right is the before view from the living room. While it is a big space, it's about half the size of my current studio.
This is a view from the back of the house with one of our neighbors - There is a flock of turkeys in the woods and a herd of white tail deer along with other critters and birds
It's taken me three weeks to get this posted. Between working on the house and Minnesota Quilters' show in June, I haven't been doing much quilting, though I did get to take a class from Susan Cleveland (the Piping Hot quilter).
Most of the work is done in NJ. The hardwood floors go in the end of February. And hopefully it won't take another three weeks to get the almost after pictures up.
The Movers come the first week of March to take 90% of our goods to NJ. We confident it will be warmer next month. Check back soon for more pictures.