Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Merry Christmas to all my quilting buddies and blogging friends! I'll be back in the New Year with (hopefully) some finishes!
Trish

Monday, December 7, 2009

Busy Busy Busy.....

Just not quilting busy.....

We had hardwood installed in the livingroom and dining room last week, what a mess that created. I had to empty both rooms, and trust me, it's not easy when you're a pack rat! (I'm trying hard not to be.... I got rid of a lot of stuff before I put it all back). It took a full week to get it all back to normal. The bright side is that those two rooms are now CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN and ready to decorate for Christmas!

This week we're having hardwood installed in my bedroom. Once it's done all the rooms in the house will have hardwood floors. It's so much easier to look after than carpet (my opinion, of course).

This weekend we're going to paint the kitchen (more cleaning included) since I've had the paint bought for SIX MONTHS.....

Hopefully by the end of this weekend everything will be back to normal and we can relax and enjoy the upcoming holidays!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Still here

Yup, I'm still here. I'm feeling a little better, but not great. So of course that means I have accomplished absolutely nothing.

I took my son to an afternoon hockey practice in Millbrook (our arena is still being renovated), and they have the nicest quilt shop.... I spent almost an hour just browsing around..... I finally bought a pattern book with some more 'manley' quilt patterns! But, I DID NOT buy any fabric! I'm planning on using my stash !!!GASP!! (I know.... it's a new concept for me, so we'll have to see how it turns out, LOL).

The quilt I'm making for my nephew has come to a complete stall.... I need my mojo back.... sigh... maybe this weekend.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Sick....

I have a really nasty cold and I think my head is going to explode....arghhh.....

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Quilting Room

SportsFan put the Ikea shelves together for me and I retrieved my fabric from the various hiding areas around the house. Ummm, turns out I have more fabric than I thought I did..... while it may not seem like a lot to some people, I had pretty much convinced myself that my stash was very small, practically non-existant even.... oops, that's what happens when you store a little bit here, a little bit there.
About a month ago, I was thinking that I wanted to start a new quilt 'Amandjean' style, meaning bright colours paired with lots of white. I talked myself out of it because I didn't have any white fabric.... Yeah, right! See the top left shelf in the picture? Turns out I have PLENTY of white. Yards of it, in fact. Silly me.
Now that I know that I have enough white, I bought some pretty fat quarters online:





Hippie Chicks by Marcus Brothers and Olive Rose by Valori Wells

Monday, October 19, 2009

Another weekend bites the dust.....

Still here and still quilting... sort of.....

I spent yesterday working on the blocks for my nephew's quilt. Oops..... I sewed two rows together before I realized that I hadn't adjusted my needle for a 1/4 inch seam (my machine does not sew a perfect 1/4 inch until AFTER you move the needle to the right twice). So of course the seams were too large, which makes the rows not wide enough.... blech..... now I have to frog stitch both rows and start over. Sigh....

Saturday night was my end of year dinner and dance for the mixed baseball league I play in. Driving home at 3:00 am (what were we thinking?), I came around the corner and there was a freaking COW in the middle of the road! It's a good thing I don't drive fast! I managed to stop the car about with about two feet to spare, but OMG! That thing was huge! (I forget just how big cows really are until I see one up close). Scared the you-know-what out of me!

My favourite LQS had a sale on Saturday, 30% off on all fabric. So of course I HAD to go! I purchased a pattern book and the fabric to make a baby quilt for a friend, plus some batting and a few odds and ends. $100 later, I decided I had better skip the Creativ Festival in Toronto on Sunday, or I would've spent even more money!

Tomorrow I will post the pictures of the new shelves that SportsFan put together for me. My quilting room is pretty much complete now!

Monday, October 5, 2009

My New Quilting Room.....


















I'm sure you can tell by the wall colour that the room used to belong to UniversityGirl! Lime green isn't one of my favorites, but I hate painting, so it will do for now. She's not impressed that she had to move into her brother's old room, but hey, she only lives here 4 months of the year, and his old room wasn't big enough to fit the machine! (He moved to the basement last year, now he's my little 'cellar dweller').

Tonight I'm off to Ikea tonight to buy some storage units for fabric, LOTS of storage units, and if I need to buy more fabric to fill it up.... well.... that's not my fault...(insert evil laugh here).

This room is going to be used for quilting and cutting, I am leaving the sewing machine downstairs so I don't get lonely when I'm piecing!

I started a new quilt this week for my nephew, it's called 'Big Sky Country". I purchased the kit at the quilt show in September. I don't normally buy kits but I really liked this one..... in fact, it may be a little hard to give it away! I've finished 28 blocks and sewn the center section together. Click here for a closer look at the pattern.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Bobcaygeon Quilt Show

I didn't get a lot of pictures, but they did have some nice quilts on display. The show was held at Settler's Village, which is a recreated pioneer village. It made a very nice background for the quilts. Take a good look at the light house quilt - most of the squares were only one inch in size!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Quilt Show and other stuff....

First, a picture of the fat quarter bundle that Gina won in my giveaway (click on the picture to make it larger and you can see the dragonflys). I think the fabrics would make a great bag (not that I ever make bags) but maybe Gina does!









Second, I finished quilting the YBR quilt last night. Now I need to get the binding ready so that I can stitch it down on the way to Ottawa this weekend (it's for UniversityGirl, of course).












And finally, I went to the Bobcaygeon quilt show on the weekend, but I can't remember how to add a slideshow.... hmmm.... I'm having 'one of those days' ..... I'll figure it out tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Giveaway Winner .....

Just to reinforce my love/hate relationship with Canada Post, don't think I didn't notice:

12 comments -
3 Canadian
8 American
1 UK

Guess which one I picked?

Congratulations Gina!

I'll be sending five fat quarters across the ocean as soon as I get your address! I will also post pictures of the fabric once I recharge the batteries in my camera (duh....).


I am going to participate in the '100 blocks in 100 Days' challenge, but I won't be starting until this weekend, first I HAVE to finish quilting the quilt that's currently on the frame! Then I'm going to concentrate on the blocks for Neutral BOM quilt. That should keep me out of trouble for a while....

Thursday, September 10, 2009

I'm still here....

And I have accomplished absolutely nothing on quilting front ..... but now that summer is officially over and the kids are off to school I plan on getting back to quilting... and cleaning... and hey, maybe I'll even do a little cooking too (LOL, maybe...)

UniversityGirl went back to Ottawa last week for her second year. She's pretty excited, this year she's not living in Rez, she's sharing a townhouse with three other girls. She's already asked me to come for a visit and make some curtains for them. Yippee.... I hate making curtains.....

BoyCrazy started college this week. It's her first year. She's living at home and driving back and forth (it's a 40 minute drive, not too bad). She had NO interest in going away to school, and my extremely depleted bank account thanks her for that!

And SportsFan started grade 11. He's pretty blase about school, he doesn't complain, but the enthusiasm is a little lacking.....

I am in the middle of putting a quilt on the frame right now (I am SO easily distracted), I should have pictures this week.

Wait! I almost forgot! This is my 101st post.... so..... it's giveaway time! Leave a comment and on Tuesday, Sept 15 I will draw for a winner. What am I giving away? Funny you should ask... I have no idea!!!! But I will come up with something cool before Tuesday, Good Luck!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

No, I'm not dead......

It's just my computer ..... and it was an long, drawn out painful death, too. I still haven't managed to get up and running on the new one yet (there's a whole lot of cursing going on here....), so I borrowed UniversityGirls laptop for the day.

So I'm going to postpone the giveaway until I am back up and running on my own..... hopefully this week.

Friday, July 24, 2009

99 bottles of beer on the Wall ......

Well, actually, it's 99 POSTS.... Woo Hoo! I wonder what I'll do for my 100th post??? I guess you'll just have to come back next week and check!

On the quilty front, I am slogging away at the basket quilt and slowly making some progress. I have done SID around all the squares, and I have done some of the fill behind the baskets. Tonight I am going to start working on the templates in the setting and side blocks. I marked some of them last night.














The problem, of course, is that I've never actually quilted with a template before.... so feel free to cross your fingers for me! We'll see if I can manage to stay on (or even close) to the lines!


The second problem is that I have NO IDEA how to quilt the basket. It's too big to leave it plain, but I am on a deadline and I don't want to attempt anything fancy or time consuming. Ideas anyone? Do you think it would look all right if I meander inside the basket (not the handle, just the basket)? Or I was thinking I could quilt a heart right in the middle of the basket (if we assume that I can stay on the line for the template, I could trace a heart and quilt over it). Help!!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

It's Here!



My Spring Fling Round Robin 3 quilt arrived yesterday. Isn't it pretty? I love it. I made the center block and the rest was made by: row1- Kathy, Texas / row 2- Chelsea, Washington / quilting- Helen, St.Helen's, UK.

The Basket quilt is moving along. I finished putting on the border last night and I pieced the backing for it. I won't get it on the frame tonight (Wednesday night dinner...), but I should be able to do it Thursday night (SportsFan has no baseball for a whole week.... I should actually get a little ME time this week! lol)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Goal Accomplished ! Sort of....



Here it is, borders and all.... Somedays I like it and some days I don't. It's probably one of those quilts where I won't love it until after it's quilted.

Which unfortunately, won't be this week. I did get the borders on, got the backing ready, I even cleaned off the quilting frame, just in time to realize that I need to make a new quilt, and it has to be done in three weeks. (UniversityGirl actually laughed out loud when I said the 'done in three weeks' part).

Every year for the past 5 years we have spent the long weekend with friends at their cottage up north. Last year after we left I decided I wanted to make them a quilt as a thank you for the yearly invite. Of course I promptly forgot all about it once I was home.... that is until yesterday when they called to make sure that we were still coming this year. Ooops.

So how do I make a quilt in three weeks? Start with a top that's already made. In this case, I am going to give them the Basket Quilt that I put together at retreat this year (which has been languishing away, waiting for borders and quilting. What is it with me and borders, anyways?)

So I'm off to Fabricland after work to pick up backing fabric. And unfortunately, it's really only two and a half weeks until we go ..... eek....

Monday, July 6, 2009

Yes, I have a goal....

I'm a bad blogger lately, I seem to have switched over to relaxed mode where I really don't seem to get much accomplished.

I did manage to send off the colorblock blocks for the swap I'm in, but other than that, I haven't been quilting at all.

However, in an effort to motivate myself, my GOAL for this week is to attach the borders to the yellow brick road quilt and load it onto the frame. There, I put it in print..... Now I have to do it!

Monday, June 22, 2009

30 days....

It's official... I've managed to go a whole month without smoking. Yeah me! As a reward, I have decided to purchase a copy of EQ6 for myself.....

On the quilting front, I've finished my 'wannabee yellow brick road' quilt, I just need to add the borders. It was too dark and rainy this weekend to take a picture. Still not sure if I like it, we'll see once it's quilted.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Sleepy.....

I'm a little tired today, thanks to DH and MaterialGirl. She phoned last night from her girlfriend's house to let me know that she would be staying the night (I get a little cranky if they don't tell me these things....). So of course, I lock the doors and off to bed I go....... 2:30 in the morning DH wakes me up "Trish, wake up, there's someone knocking at the door!"

Huh? You couldn't just answer it?

Of course not... that's what WIVES are for!!!!

So I drag my sorry butt down to the front door and sure enough, it's MaterialGirl.

Me: "So what part of 'I'm not coming home' did I not understand?"

MaterialGirl: "I changed my mind (at 2:30am???) .... why did you lock the door?"

Me: "Umm, 'cause I always lock the door unless someone is coming home late... " What I didn't say was "Excuse me, are you NEW???? You've lived here HOW long????" Nope, I clamped my mouth shut and went back to bed.....


On a cheerier note, I'm just about finished the binding on the final round of SFF3. I will post a picture after the owner receives it. It's gorgeous! I love the colours and the fabrics that everyone picked out.

Next on the agenda is to finish up the Yellow Brick Road quilt I started (the one where I read the pattern wrong, so it's definitely NOT going to look like the picture on the pattern!!!). And now that it's almost finished, I'm really not to fond of the colours I put together, either. This could be the making of a genuine 'Ugly Quilt'. We'll see.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Quilt Holder


This is the quilt holder I bought last weekend. It's wrought iron and I like the way you can see all three quilts. My wooden quilt racks are higher in the center, so whe you put three quilts on them, you can only see the first two.
I don't have any quilting to show because I've been finishing up my Spring Fling Round Robin mini quilt and I can't post pictures yet. I can say that I am very happy with how it turned out ....... I just need to bind it and it's done.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Still here....

I have been finishing up some deadline stuff. I finished the current round in the SFRR3 (2 days late...again...). I'm not very good at deadlines. I've already received the next round, this is the one where the top is finished and I have to quilt it. Since I don't dither as much over the quilting, I'm hoping to have the last part done early!

I started to make a list of my UFO's..... I gave up in disgust..... my sewing area is such a mess, I need to clean it up so that I can find anything!

However, here is a list of the UFO's that I HAVE found:

Basket quilt (started at retreat, still needs borders)
Yellow Brick Road (started last month)
Floral Charm Squares (last year)
Christmas Santas (probably 5 years old)
Christmas Trees (at least 7 years old)
Country Stars (still in kit form)
Winterthreads Wallhanging (purchased two years ago, started last winter)
Black Floral Table Topper (still in kit form)

However, I would like to point out that I behaved myself admirably this weekend.....
The girl's had given me a gift certificate to Fabricland for my birthday last month, and I went to Fabricland's 50% off sale on Saturday and managed NOT to buy any fabric! Instead I bought a really nice wrought-iron quilt rack and a new 20 and 1/2 inch ruler!

I'll take a picture of both later......

Friday, May 29, 2009

Elton John & Billy Joel


Tuesday night I went to Toronto to see Elton John & Billy Joel in concert.

The show was great, I really enjoyed both performers. But, of course, it's me, so I couldn't go to Toronto and back without something happening.....

I went with my friend Carol and her sister-in-law Margaret. When we left the show we managed to get a little lost trying to walk back to our car. Personally, I know that I'm directionally challenged, so I always go back the same way I came..... but no, Margaret insisted that we take a 'shortcut' through Union station...... Then, 20 minutes later, we still haven't found the car, she decides that we have to go through the underground parking of the Convention centre because that's where we're parked.

"Ummm, Margaret, the Convention centre takes up an entire city block and we're parked on the OTHER side of the centre.... we'll never find it if we go in this side... we need to walk around the block and go in the right entrance"

"No problem", says Margaret, "we can get there from here...trust me!"

Okey dokey..... 20 minutes later, we are back to exactly where we started and my feet are KILLING me (why do I even OWN heels? hmmm?) Finally, we get directions from a hotel employee and she (of course) sends us AROUND THE BLOCK (like I said....) and 45 minutes after we left the show, we finally find the car.....

The bright side is that the show was worth every minute of it.......

On the quilty side of things, I've done absolutely nothing lately. Now that the nice weather is here, between me and the kids, I've been spending most of my time on the ballfield. This weekend we're going to Niagara Falls for SportsFan's baseball tournament. Hopefully I can get back to the sewing machine next week!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Formal 2009

Me and Meagan.....


Meagan and Matt.....

Meagan and friends......

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Quilt Shows

This year the Kawartha Quilt Guild (of which I am a member) is holding their bi-annual, non-judged show. As a favour to the members, they decided to hire a quilt judge who would look at member's quilts and comment on the workmanship, etc. It was purely volunteer... you didn't have to put in your quilt for the judge to look at unless you wanted too.

I decided to put in the wildlife quilt I just finished (I'm showing it at the quilt show this weekend as well). Anyways, I took it to the meeting this morning and had the judge look at it. I just wanted to get an idea of what areas need improvement (I'm sure there are lots of them)

So I picked up my quilt after the meeting and this was on the comment card attached to the quilt:

"Very neat. Quite lovely."

Huh? How is that constructive? I was expecting a little more detail and maybe something specific.... like "stitches are uneven" or "stitches are very even" . Maybe a comment on the overall design or something on the quilting design???? Very disappointing.

Moving on, I went to my sister's on the weekend and she took me to the Napanee Area Guild Quilt Show. The Napanee Guild isn't very large, but the show was still very nice. The had a few vendor booths and Lo and Behold! my sister found a deer panel almost identical to one I used for the wildlife quilt and now she's convinced me to make a similiar quilt for my nephew (another avid outdoorsman!). I can't win for losing.... remember how much I disliked working with all that "guy" fabric..... here I go again!

Of course I was already thinking about making him a quilt for his high school graduation this year (he's the same age as MaterialGirl), so I guess I'll just have to suck it up and make something he will like.....

Thursday, April 30, 2009

More Retreat

I'm not very good at remembering to get my camera out, but I did manage to snap a few pictures:



Jen looks like she's up to something.....



All the ladies hard at work.


My loot! Look at all the cool stuff the peeps made!
Prolific Online Quilters:! (That's Jill's One Block Wonder in the front, made with Wizard of Oz fabric.... very nice!)




Finally, after two and half days, I actually finished something! This is the Baskets quilt. I spent the whole weekend counting down the blocks... fifteen down, five to go, etc, etc!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Back from Retreat...

And I had a wonderful time at the retreat. It was so great to meet so many of the bloggers in the Prolific Online Quilters group. They were all wonderful, smart, funny women who LOVE TO QUILT (Hah! Take that DH... I am neither crazy nor the odd woman out anymore!!!)

Did you notice my new blog header? Moneik made one for everyone with their blog name on it. I have mine attached to my rotary cutter.... Thanks, Moneik! And a big thank you to everyone who brought amazing hand crafted gifts for all of us, I will show pictures of all my loot and goodies tomorrow.

I will say that four days in another country (even if it is right next door) makes for some interesting times.

For example, I am convinced that Americans are speed freaks.... the speed limit in Michigan is 70mph, and I'm pretty sure that it's considered a minimum..... 80 or 85mph seems to be the standard....

Turnip greens and grits taste better than they look.

There is no helmet law for motorcyclists in Ohio.... I was shocked when I saw all the people without helmets..... (either that or they have a WHOLE bunch of lawbreakers...)

I forgot to tell everyone that I am somewhat paranoid about driving over large bridges, so no one thought to mention that the bridge at Port Huron is HUGE....(can you say "white knuckle driving...?")

I do not have a Canadian accent.... everyone else has an American accent .... ha ha ha

Now I'm heading for a nap to catch up on all the sleep I didn't get on the weekend!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Feeling MUCH better now.....

I have recovered....

I spent the weekend trying to getting ready for the retreat. I finished all of the basket handles, and I'm trying to get the batik stars cut before I leave.

I also got a haircut and bought a couple of pairs of jeans.... now I just need to start packing (did I mention that I am really good at leaving everything to the last minute?).

Since I've been pretty much been talking about the retreat non-stop at home, my husband has starting referring to my trip as my "Cult Retreat"..... He thinks he's so funny!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I'm still here .....

But I'm sick.... and it sucks....

I've managed to finish 15 of the 20 basket handles for retreat, but so far nothing else. I would really like to get the stars quilt cut out, but it's not going to happen until I get feeling better. One week tomorrow I leave for retreat, so I had better be feeling good soon!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Getting ready for Retreat....

I decided it was time to actually start getting stuff ready for the retreat (less than 3 weeks to go!) so on Friday I started by prewashing the batik fq's (I have gotten away from prewashing lately, but these really dark batiks make me nervous, and the background is really light, so I didn't want to take a chance). Then I dug out a basket quilt kit from Connecting Threads I purchased, oh, about two years ago... and cut all the pieces out. I also started sewing on the basket handles, so I only have to piece the baskets and assemble the quilt top at the retreat. I've never used bias strips before, next time (if there is one) I'm going to invest in a bias bar to make it a little easier to make the strips. I cut a template out of plastic to use for the placement, instead of tracing the placement line on. I managed to finish 8 on the weekend.... 12 more to go.






I also stopped at fabricland to pick up some notions (is it me, or do pins evaporate over time??? maybe they grow legs and scurry away like little insects...) either way, my supply of pins was drastically low and I wanted to buy more bobbins so that I can bring a whole bunch to retreat already wound. Look at the nifty little case I picked up for my bobbins! Isn't it cute? Is has little foam holders so the bobbins fit in nice and snug and don't bounce around .... (sorry, it doesn't take much to amuse me...)
Speaking of the pins, I haven't been able to locate fork pins at any of the LQS in my area, so I'm going to try and get some when I'm in Ohio for the retreat, they look like they work well.

The last picture is a sneak peek at a UFO I dug out to keep me busy until retreat time, because I don't want to start anything new until then.....

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Happy Birthday!!!!!

Happy eighteenth birthday to my sweetie Meagan! (who surprised us all by arriving a week early on April Fool's Day!)










Meagan and and an iguana in Cuba.

Pizza anyone?

I recieved my first Block of the Month from Sew-Sisters this week....











I can't wait to get started! It's a neutral colour sampler, and the first set of six fat quarters are gorgeous. Plus they included five extra fq's in neutral shades..... very nice. They also included a file folder for each month's instructions, and what looks like a pizza box to keep everything together.... ha ha ha.... I left it on the kitchen table and a little while later, I hear SportsFan say: "For crying out loud! It's fabric!"
Seems he came into the kitchen and was all excited because he thought I'd brought home pizza! He wasn't the only one, Hubby came home an hour later and did the exact same thing! Now they both think I'm a big meanie, teasing them with non-existant food.... of course, it's not MY fault they both think with their stomach!











Of course, I couldn't place an order at Sew-Sisters without buying a few extra goodies:







A wallhanging kit and 2 patterns. I think I'm going to bring the "Take 5 on Point" pattern to retreat as a backup. I already have fabric for it.
Only 20 days until retreat!!!!!!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Another Little Quilt Swap 3

Kate North is hosting another round of ALQS - but with a twist - no pressure! You don't officially sign up for the swap until after you've finished your quilt.... So if you don't finish it, no one is disappointed (except maybe you....). Anyways, you can check it out here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Quilt Retreat

I finally decided what I want to work on at the retreat next month. I picked up this issue of AP&Q and I just love the quilt on the cover. However, I'm going to make a couple of changes. First I'm going to do the stars in 20 different batik fabrics for a multi-colour look, and second, I'm going to make the stars in 8 inch blocks instead of 4 inch blocks (I want a larger quilt). I already have the batiks, I just need to pick up the background and pick something for the small squares.











And I am under strict orders to post a picture of the BACK of the dress, she didn't like the first picture....LOL

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Pictures.....

From this:













To this:


































I started stitching the binding down last night. I ran out of steam 3/4 of the way through, so I'll have to finish it tonight.
I have to say that I am
A) very happy with how it turned out, and
B) even happier that it's finally finished!!!!
Some of the quilting I did in the blocks didn't turn out as nice as I would've liked, ( I'm NOT very good at following the lines! LOL) but overall it looks good.

And a picture of "The Dress"!

Monday, March 23, 2009

A "Finish"

Well, it's not a quilty finish, but we managed to come home with a dress on Saturday! I was so impressed, I had visions of multiple trips to Toronto! Plus, she actually managed to stay within the budget (really made me happy there!).

On the quilting front, I finished quilting Dave's quilt...Yippeee!!! Now I just have to attach the binding. I had big plans to do it Sunday night, but I got way-laid by a killer migraine, so I never left the couch all night.... maybe tonight....

I don't have any pictures yet, because either the light wasn't right, or there wasn't anyone home to hold it up for me (the nerve..... not being at my beck and call when I need them ...LOL)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Canada Post comes through .....

Well, they might be expensive, but Canada Post came through with flying colours..... Tina received her quilt only a week after I sent it! WooHoo! Her pictures are better than mine, you can check it out here.

I'm making progress on Dave's quilt, all the blocks are quilted now, I only have two borders left to quilt. It probably won't happen this weekend though, all three kids will be home and I promised MaterialGirl that we will go to Toronto on Saturday to shop for a formal (prom) dress (technically, it's not called Prom in Ontario, they call it Formal). Given how picky the girl is, I'm sure I'll be exhausted by Saturday night.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Still Plodding Along .....

on the never ending quilt ......






I'm over half finished now, it's slowly getting done. The colours in the last picture are too yellow, I'll get a better picture later.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Decorating and the never-ending wildlife quilt....

We spent most of the weekend re-doing my bedroom. We've lived in this house for more than ten years and my bedroom was still painted white.... can you say Blah? Last week DH built me a new closet (it was a little bit of a wait, the sticker on the closet doors said they were purchased in March of 2006....), then Friday night he and DS built shelves and finally we painted on Saturday and Sunday. Whew, thank goodness that's done, I hate painting! Although I still have to paint the kitchen (again, still white after 10 years). I actually bought the paint for the kitchen this weekend, so hopefully it will get done soon (in my house soon means anywhere from one week to a few years, so we'll have to see how we make out there!).

It's funny how I really don't like painting and decorating, but since we've moved in, each of the kids rooms have been repainted at least twice. Hmmm.....

After I finished the swap quilt this week (see last post), I put Dave's quilt back on the frame. Good Lord, this one is taking me forever!!!! I finally finished the McTavishing around the blocks, and on Sunday I started quilting each of the individual blocks. It's taking a lot longer than I thought it would. Of course, I went a little overkill on the quilting, but once I started, it was too late to change my mind.

I need to get a little bit more productive.... I also have two quilts that still need binding....

It's March break here in Ontario, so my two high school students are off for the week. MaterialGirl went on a trip to Quebec City with a bunch of friends and won't be back until Friday, and SportsFan is leaving Tuesday to visit a friend for the rest of the week, so I should be able to get something done while they're gone.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

4 Seasons Quilt Swap 5

First, I mailed my quilt off Monday morning..... going overseas (can't tell you where):



Then I came home from work and found this little gem in my mail:



It's from Tina and it's gorgeous! It has tiny tulips in the corner, and even tinier little bumblebees in each of the tulips. She also sent some really cute notecards, but I was a little braindead yesterday and forgot to take a picture.

Thanks Tina, I love it!

Of course I can't have a post without a story:

I went to the post office Monday to mail my quilt and I ask the girl behind the counter, "how much to send this parcel to XXXXXX?"

"Well, she says, "it's $8 to send it ground or $17 to send it by air."

So I say, "how long does ground take? (I'm thinking if it's 6 to 10 days, I'll do it that way)"

She says: "4 to 6 weeks"

I'm thinking "4 to 6 WEEKS? R U Kidding me?! Is it going in a ROWBOAT????"

But I didn't say it, of course, instead I said, "Umm, I 'll go with the air. Does that include a tracking number?"

She says "No, if you want a tracking number it will be ..... let's see.... Oh yeah, $57."

"$57 DOLLARS????!!!! For a tracking number? R U ON CRACK?????"

Actually what I said (after I got the shocked look off of my face was, "Thank you, no. I won't be needing a tracking number....)"

Canada Post drives me insane.