Friday, January 30, 2015

More, More, More!

More blooms! Lovely in lilac. Enjoying my little hyacinth.

More running free! We took Cooper to a small lake/big pond on campus yesterday afternoon and let him run free for a bit. Oh, he ran! Fast! And even swam a bit.

More running!

More running!

For me, more CS blocks made. After today's four, I'll have enough to make another huge chunk. I'm beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel on this one.

Last night, it was 1/2 inch hexie time for me. Almost done with this tiny project, too!

Hubby's off today. We may rent some movies - great hexie time for me!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Bird as a Seam Ripper?

A friend of mine has a sweet little bird. I'm not sure if she made this quilt for him - it sure does match, doesn't it? :)

Now look at this picture of the same bird. He was actually helping her with her seam ripping! Now that's great assistance! I have a few seams he could rip out for me, for sure...

I did my four blocks of Celtic Solstice today. Are you getting sick of hearing about it?

I prefer not to sew blocks together in rows. I know, I'm weird like that. I like to sew them in chunks. That's why I make a 4- patch every time I finish four blocks. And every time I have four 4-patches, I sew them together into a 16-patch.

Today I had enough chunks to put together. Here it is lying across a bed. This chunk is now the final length of the quilt, but only 4 blocks across. In a couple of days I'll have completed enough blocks to make another chunk this size. Then I think one more skinny chunk will finish it off.  Except borders. Need to do borders...

This afternoon I'm having a photo shoot for the magazine - just waiting for the sun to be in the right spot. And I'm sewing hexies together while I wait...while sipping an Arnold Palmer (mixture of iced tea and lemonade).

I'm in a baking mood. After the photo shoot, I think I'll bake a cake. This cake. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Good Morning!

Hope you're enjoying a wonderful day! Are you snowed in? It's sunny and 55 degrees F here in the deep South. But I've still hunkered down as if I were snowed in.

Here's my view of the lake from my studio today. I do love a sunny morning in the studio!

I've already made my four Celtic Solstice blocks AND I made a birthday block - Jacob's Ladder.

I have now officially completed all the year's birthday blocks that I have. There are two ladies who have not provided kits yet - so I'm caught up as of now. Yay!

I've also watched a great You Tube tutorial for Quick Books, part 1 of 3. A group of quilty friends are coming over this afternoon to sew and chat. Until then....

I could:

1. Watch another Quick Books video
2. Read the book that I'm reviewing for the next issue of Hexie Love - it's a good one!
3. Make some hexies

Maybe I'll do all three!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Great Monday

I did a set of four birthday blocks today. I'm giving myself a pat on the back for getting these done so early in the year! Only a couple more to go! I also did four more Celtic Solstice blocks.

Today was one of those very productive days. I don't have these very often. I got a lot of paperwork done. I went to the bank. I visited City Hall to finally get my LAST needed business license. I worked on the next Hexie Love issue. On and on, I worked! Love a productive day!

So you've been asking - how's Cooper? He's just great! He very rarely destroys things, though he still loves to steal socks. At night he enjoys going to sleep under a recliner with his head on a quilt - his safe place, I guess. He also love to irritate the dachshunds constantly, though I think they enjoy it more than they let on.  Cooper's newest fascination is our jacuzzi. He loves to watch the bubbles and would love to jump in!

Tonight I'll be making hexies for a special (and useful) item that will be in the next Hexie Love issue. Are you snowed in?

Sunday, January 25, 2015


I made another set of birthday blocks yesterday - this is called the Depression Block, I believe. There are also several birthday group members who have requested fabric rather than a couple of pieced blocks. So I shopped from my stash yesterday for these - I had the requested 30's reproduction fabric, civil war reproductions,  and batiks! Yes, I have quite a stash of fabric!

I think I have 2 or 3 more birthday blocks to piece- almost done for the year!!!

Did you notice the mistake in this section of my Celtic Solstice quilt? I had not, but a dear reader told me. Even at that it took me a bit of time to find it! Thanks for letting me know! Though I dread fixing it! :)

I have now completed a total of 60 blocks for this quilt, sewn together in various units. More than half way there!!!

My computer is back to normal after all the updating and uploaded of new files. Quick Books is up and running. It seems rather easy to use, so I'll work on entering data this week. I have a meeting with my accountant in a few weeks, so I have a deadline to get all this stuff together.

Meanwhile, I have a couple of hexie projects underway for the Mar/Apr issue of Hexie Love. Fun stuff!!!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Not-so-productive Day...

Yesterday I sewed four of my 4-block units together - now I have a 16-block unit. I also made another   4-block unit. And this, peeps, is about the only thing tangible I accomplished all day!

I sat down a my dining room table with loads of paper work. I sorted it into piles. I made a list of exactly what I needed to accomplish. At the top of the list - load Quick Books on my computer. So I followed the instructions. Mission Accomplished!

By now, I'm in the groove and lit a candle to continue this ZEN mood...Vanilla Snowflake...ahhh....

So now I try to open Quick Books on my computer. NO, it said! You have to upgrade your Operating System first! Okay, I can do this. I started that process and this is what my computer said...

22 minutes it will take. Okay. So what will I do for 22 minutes? I unloaded the dishwasher, put a load of clothes in the washing machine, removed my nail polish. I checked back on the computer - 21 minutes remaining. WHAT? So I went upstairs and sewed together that 16-block unit above. By this time I could move the clothes over to the dryer. And then I picked up the living room.

Finally, the computer was done. But now iPhoto was not working. It said, you need to upgrade this to work with the new operating system. Okay. I can do this.

So I need to get on the Internet to download the latest iPhoto version. No, it said! In order to log in to the Internet, you need your wireless password. I don't know what it is. Hubby keeps up with all this stuff. So I texted him at work. No answer. My hands are tied.

By now the clothes in the dryer are done. So I fold them and put them away. Still no text from hubby. By now it is about 4 pm. I've spent the entire day dealing with computer stuff.

Finally, hubby calls with the password. I successfully update iPhoto. So now you know what I'll be doing today - all that paperwork! At least the laundry is done. :)