Friday, February 26, 2010
and I'm cheering on my husband's basketball team, which is playing in the conference tournament tonight in a rematch of last year's championship game.
Hopefully, I'll be watching basketball all weekend as they win tonight, then tomorrow night, and finally the championship game on Sunday. But I sure do miss my quilting time...
Sew a little extra for me, will ya?
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Jason and I spent some time earlier this week making valentines for his class (I know we were late, but they didn't have school for two and a half weeks because of snow!). He didn't want to make cards, so we made 1" square valentine cubes out of construction paper and tape, each with a Hershey's kiss inside. That was fun, and a geometry lesson to boot.
Today, I finally got some patches sewn onto Jason's and my karate uniforms. As much as I like to sew quilts, I abhor sewing on patches. Wouldn't you know that our two main activities, karate and cub scouts, have tons of patches!
And while I've made some progress on my Strips and Scrap-plique quilt, I'm not ready for photos. I'm trying a new technique that will require laundering before I know if it works or not. Hopefully it will, and I can take a photo later this weekend.
I did find the time to make a House Block for Bumble Beans's project. It took me forever because I am lousy at following directions and spent quite a bit of time unsewing. I finally tweaked the pattern a bit - I hope you don't mind, V.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I finally left it there last night and went to bed to read for a while. Today, of course, I am exhausted from only getting 5 hours of sleep, but I'm curious to see how I feel about it when I get home tonight. What do you think - is it worth pursuing? I think I like the three columns of strips like the inspiration quilt, how about you? What about the flowers - I couldn't remember how the original was made, which is why I made them the way I did, but then I was at a loss as to how to place the leaves. Also, I was thinking that the applique and the scrappy columns would not go from end to end, but they do in the inspiration quilt. Which do you prefer?
If I follow through and make this into a quilt, I'm thinking of calling it "Stripes and Scrap-plique".
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Anyway, I walked in the store, and the notions were right there, front and center. I found what I needed within 20 seconds of entering the store, which is both good, and not so good. I didn't want to turn around and leave with my purchase without actually getting to browse! So, I started my first pass around the store, admiring fabrics, but being oh-so-good about not buying anything. Until I hit the sale rack. A bright paisley nearly jumped off the rack and into my arms. But it was on sale, and I had a credit on my card, so two yards of bright paisley packed its bags to come live with me.
However, that fabric peeked outside and saw the snow and the brisk winter wind and pleaded with me to pick up another fabric for it to huddle together with on the journey back to my house. I am a sucker for a pleading paisley, but I am trying to be fiscally responsible, so I asked myself, "What do I really need?" (I'm using the term "need" loosely.) And it hit me, I've been wanting to make a quilt with a black background, so I headed over to the black section. Of course, none of that was on sale, but I did find a mottled black that I liked, so three yards of that wrapped itself around the paisley to keep it safe and warm. On my last pass through the store (you don't just look at everything once, do you?), another sale print sidled up to me suggestively, and I carried it to the cutting table, but I had an attack of conscience while waiting my turn for cutting, so I took it back. I could hearing it crying dejectedly all the way through cutting and check out and out the door.
At the end of the day, though, I am happy to report that my purchases didn't even half the credit on my card - I am the picture of restraint! And here is a picture of my purchases:
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! I have to work, but I am determined to do it with a smile on my face and a bounce in my step, because I have a whole family of valentines waiting for me at home at the end of the day. May your days be as blessed as mine!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
That cheered me for a few moments.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Watch movies - I watched a Tyler Perry movie I've never seen, plus two more Rosemary & Thyme episodes. I'd never heard of Rosemary & Thyme until two weeks ago, but now I am hooked. They are two middle-aged women with a gardening business in the UK who also find themselves solving crimes wherever they go. I love the dynamics of their relationship, their dry humor, their vulnerabilities. And a must for me is color, and there is lots of vivid color in these shows. Which makes me wonder...I thought it rains all the time in the UK. It certainly did when I spent a few months there back in '96. Yet, I've only ever seen in rain once in about 5 episodes. But that is besides the point - I love this show.
Quilt - I wanted to get my Bright Ideas Quilt completely quilted this weekend, but I'm not convinced it is going to happen. I've certainly made quite a bit of progress, though. I also spent a few minutes in the quilting studio last night, sewing together one row of my ribbon quilt and cutting a few of the extra pieces I'll need to put an additional row all the way around.
Clean - I abhor cleaning, but I just couldn't take the bathrooms anymore. There are 4 of them - ugh! When will my boys master their aim?
Cook - I LOVE to eat. Cooking is another matter altogether. Thank goodness for my slow cooker. On Friday, I made a big, delicious pot of 15-bean soup with smoked sausage. I don't make it very often; so infrequently, in fact, that I forget how potent 15 beans can be. I'm so glad my husband has a sense of humor. I just wish he had eaten some, too, so I wouldn't have been the only one embarrassing herself. :)
Play - The kids have gone outside for some snow adventures every day, and I have satisfied myself with watching through the window. However, I have been a princess and a bad guy (not at the same time) during some raucous indoor games. I was also featured in two masterpiece paintings. In the first, Jason painted me in my quilt studio:
(Do you see all the colors on my chair? He painted my newly covered chair. My sewing machine is white, but he painted it red here, so it would show up. And behind it, one of my quilt frames, conspicuously empty. I want to put a quilt in there to work on, but I'm afraid I'll get distracted from my Bright Ideas quilt, so I am waiting until that quilt is done before I load up the frame. And no, I don't have a chandelier in my quilt studio. I think that is what they call "artistic license.")
Donald painted a picture of the family outside by the tree with the swing. I'm the yellow one.
Oh, and I did lots and lots of work. One of these days, I want to have a job that does not infringe upon weekends, evenings, snow days or any other family time, a job that stays neatly within the confines of my work space and waits patiently for me until I return to the office. Do those types of jobs exist?
Anyway, I have one last day at home. I'm going to try to knock out some more work while the kids are still slumbering, and then make the most of these last few hours. Tomorrow is the beginning of another 12-day straight work stint. Ugh, ugh, ugh!!!
Thursday, February 4, 2010
1) Hubby's team won again last night. Next up, they play the #1 Division 3 team in the country tomorrow night. Here's hoping they keep their heads and beat them - what an accomplishment that would be!
2) My new Bonnie Hunter book, Adventures with Leaders and Enders, arrived yesterday. I stayed up late last night reading (or at least looking at) every single page. Love it, love it, love it! If any of you have it, I see a "Mad City Mama" variation in my future!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
While shoveling before work this morning, I decided to snap some photos. After all, I've lived here 7 years, and this is the first time we've had any snow to speak of.
The view down the hill from my driveway
My road - great for a scenic walk any time of year.
One of my two favorite trees on our property - this one is beautiful in any season, and I can see it from my bedroom window first thing when I open my eyes in the morning.
Home! I usually don't look back on my way to work in the morning, because I am always so tempted to turn right back around and stay there!
The creek is no longer raging, but I'm sure it will be again once all this winter's snows melt.
So, no more complaining about the weather. Bring it on!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Donald was despondent. The thought of going to Pre-School while his brother was at home doing whatever he wanted made those big green eyes turn to liquid. Along with his eyes, my resolve, so he stayed home, too.
I was despondent. Things were finally a bit quieter at work, so I took Monday morning off - a little "me" time. Unfortunately, my kids don't understand the concept of "pretend Mommy is not here", so that didn't quite work out as planned. I eventually rode in to work with Adam so I could hang out with the Monday morning quilting group at the library where I got a tiny bit of hand quilting done, not nearly the progress I was hoping to get done yesterday during my time off.
And when I got home from work, the kids were ready to do something other than dress up and play superheros or watch TV (I'm pretty sure that is all they do when I am not here). So once dinner was in the oven, I took them downstairs to let Jason work on his flannel rag quilt. His quilt got kicked off the design wall when I started working on my Nickelmania quilt. (I think this is the pattern I'm going to go with, although I believe I'll put one more row around each side so that the white outline is complete)
We had quite a time trying to remember how it went back together until I remembered that we took a photo of it - thank goodness for digital cameras! He sewed until all of the pieces were at least sewn to one other piece, and then we called it quits - I could smell the lasagna and garlic bread in the oven and could no longer focus. Before putting it away, however, he made row labels so it wouldn't take us so long to lay it out next time.
In addition to restless children, there was a package waiting for me at home. I thought it would be my new Bonnie Hunter book, but instead, it was more flannel from Cheryl - thanks, Cheryl! My flannel buzzsaw quilt will get completed after all!
So, all was well in the Hutchinson household until I got the call this morning - school is closed again...