Friday, February 25, 2011

Quilt Show

Tomorrow is the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show in Virginia. A good friend and I are going with a 'quilt bus' group from Raleigh. Neither of us know anyone else, but we anticipate having a great time both on the bus and at the show. I think it's about a 4 hour bus ride one-way so I better find something to do. (My little bag 'go bag' of hexies comes in handy at times like this.)
I'll try and take photo's but we all know I'm not much good at remembering to do that. It should be a long day - we leave at 6:00 and get home around 11:00 or so. I better charge my cell phone and, oh yeah, the camera too. So much excitement!
Hugs - Marie

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sleep Study and A Winner!

I'm not sure why they call a 'sleep study' a sleep study? Because there is very little sleeping involved in it. A real 'sleepover' would have been a lot more fun. I finally dozed off and this little voice announces from the ceiling - 'good morning, it's 5:00 a.m. and time to get up'.

Needless to say, I arrived home at 6:15 a.m. and went to bed for another 2 hours. ( I had to get some sleep before going to play Mahjong.) I felt like a walking zombie the rest of the day.

We went to D#1's for dinner Friday night - we had homemade pizza that was just plain excellent.

She makes a pizza crust in her bread maker that is just perfect. (Don't tell her especially, but she is a much better cook than I am - but boy can she make a mess in the kitchen! Maybe that's my problem - I am not messy enough in the kitchen.)

I won! I won! I won!

I just won a pattern in Carrie's latest giveaway. She is just one of the most generous people I know. Stop by her blog and tell her that I sent you. She is so talented. We met online through our blogs and then met up at a quilt show last spring. The pattern is called 'Twitterin' by Prim Point and combines quilting, applique, coloring (with crayons) and embroidery. I am so excited.

Thank you Carrie and Prim Point.

Hugs - Marie

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Grown Up Sleepover. . .

What does mature, responsible person take to a 'grown-up sleepover'? (I know, you are asking yourself - what kind of mature, responsible person has a 'grown-up sleepover'. Yes, you are - I can read your lips from way over here!)

After much thought (not so much) and hours of preparation (more like 5 minutes) - here is the final result of what is going with me.

I just have time for a final check prior to leaving the house for my destination.

Pillow - check (can't sleep without my own pillow)

Cell phone - I may want to call someone in the middle of the night

Sewing Case - Of course I may feel a need to work on my hexies in the middle of the night

E-reader - I have to find out the ending on my story

Keys - I have to get there, don't I

Jamies - I think I better take these for a change

Sox - Warm and cozy (thank you Gerry)

Glasses - I don't want to miss anything

Monkey - I'll need to think of missing Big T (he threw in the container of Flarp)

Crown Royal - 'Nuff said - some things are self-explanatory

Oh yeah, I have to be home by 9:15 a.m. Friday morning so I can join our weekly Mahjhong (how do you spell that?) group.

Hugs - Marie

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Disappearing Nine Patch

Deep, way down in my AP (Avoidance Pile) I found this 'disappearing nine patch' table topper complete but for the quilting and binding. I had forgotten all about it. It is still not high on my list, but it deserves to be finished. Then I can decide what to do with it.

I do like the colors so I'll reserve final judgement until I finish the quilting. (I know - not exactly traditional colors but it's me.)

I also completed the borders on my 'blueberry, raspberry, and chocolate ice cream' quilt. I am enjoying the play between the bright blues, hot pinks and chocolate browns. I have invited several pieces to join us in auditioning for the backing, but we are still waiting the arrival of just the right piece.

This is a better close up of the fabric colors and patterns in case any of you are thinking of trying out.

I can just hear the quilt police rolling their eyes, moaning and hoping no one is looking over their shoulders at this - but again, I like it - it's me. It does need a good pressing so it looks it's best for the upcoming auditions. I'm not sure I have ever been called traditional - wholesome yes (in 10th grade) but not traditional.

Chicken Mole (there is supposed to be a little accent mark on the 'e') in the oven and rice on the stove top - refried beans ready to go on the table.

Hugs - Marie

Friday, February 11, 2011

Design Wall

This is what is on my design wall. I have been working on this off and on while I was under the weather. The top is finished finally (much larger than shown here) the size of a queen sized bed. It needs to be sandwiched and quilted. This is an original design by me (I hope - I have never seen it anywhere else).

Thanks for everyone's warm wishes and comments while I was 'out ill'. I think I am about ready to hit the ground running again now. To all of you who wrote and asked how I was feeling - THANK YOU!

This was the week of mail goodies at my house. First there was . . .

then a day or so later . . .

(I have read these from cover until I have them memorized.)
and then this 'cute little mini mouse' - look no tail (and it's pink, pink, pink) - she's to go with my new laptop with the oversensitive touch pad . . .

but best of all were these beautiful, hand knit sox in this lovely shade of bright green with the delightfully orange cuffs. I have never worn hand knit sox before and I may never pull them off - well maybe once in awhile to be washed (maybe). They are so warm and comfy. Thank you Gerry - you are the best. Please go see Gerry's work and tell her I said to drop by.

And finally, I dug the 'disappearing nine patch' table topper out of the Avoidance Stack and have that basted and ready to quilt. I'm trying to decide whether to hand quilt or machine quilt. Photos of that another day.
I have decided that I do not have UFO's or Phd's - I hide things in my 'Avoidance Stack'. . I have bored you with enough photos already
Hugs - Marie