Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Keeping the postman busy

I gotta tell ya, there are some gadgets out there that just THRILL me!  Two came in the mail yesterday:

a double dog leash so I can walk my 176 pounds of dog flesh (apparently, together my pups are about 20 pounds overweight - I'm not saying how overweight I am, but if walking them helps me shed some pounds too, then BONUS!)
These aren't my dogs, but the lab looks quite a bit like my Biscuit

a Beam N Read hands free 3 LED light.  I foresee much more hand quilting this summer.  See, here's the problem:  I like to hand quilt while watching something.  And I long to use my home movie theater more.  But the movie theater has a projector and screen, so you need to have the lights off for it to really work.  If the lights are off, then I can't see to hand quilt.  Enter the Beam N Read!  I've been wanting one for a while, but hadn't gotten around to getting one (I'm pretty cheap, guys; I talk myself out of lots of purchases because I don't NEED them).  I finally decided to treat myself, and I LOVE IT!  I used it while reading to the boys at bedtime last night.  I used it while closing up the chicken coop last night.  And I pretended to use it in the movie theater last night, but didn't actually quilt because the other thing that came in the mail was...

the first disk of Cranford.  Who was it on here who recommended that?  I watched the first episode and loved it!  I look forward to having time to go down there and watch the next episode - maybe tonight?  But anyway, I didn't hand quilt because with a new series, I need to pay attention, get used to the accents and figure out the characters, otherwise I'll be lost.  Perhaps on episode 2 or 3 I can multitask.  Certainly with McLeod's Daughters or Glee (my current watches).

I'm also sending something OUT in the mail today.  Yesterday I finally made my star block for Beth at LoveLaughQuilt.
For Beth's Starry Quilt project

I also started my Zig Zag Quilt Challenge quilt - I want to make another baby quilt, so I'm using a multicolored polka dot and some solid primary colors.

Fabrics for Zig Zag Quilt Challenge

The beginnings of my Zig Zag Quilt

And for my leader and ender project, I made a couple more blocks for my Summer Breeze quilt. I think I am only going to make 3 more for now, and make this into a baby quilt, too. I have enough bed-sized quilts waiting to be quilted - I think my new projects should be smaller.
Lots of other things going on on the deisgn wall - ignore those

So yesterday was a GOOD day - great mail, progress on projects, some time to relax in the home theater.  Here's hoping today will be a winner, too!


Auntie Em said...

So glad you liked Cranford. It just gets better as it goes on....

Michelle said...

Love it all!! I'll have to check out Cranford. I've never heard of it.

Shay said...

I have a double leash for my two hounds too. Best invention ever.

Congrats on the progress on your projects -what a great feeling . Im aiming to sustain my mad mojo through this month.

I really need a small light for doing projects by hand...maybe I should stop talking myself out of buying one!

Becky said...

Love all the blocks!! Today was the Quilt Shop Hop. We hit 5 of the 11 shops on the hop and two more that weren't on it. The Clarksburg shop was one of our favorites....this was their first year on the hop and Janet did a great job. Odd thing....our previous favorite shop had their prices marked up (charm pack $12, everyone else $9.50); fat quarters $3, everyone else $2.50) Boo! But we shared the wealth with all the stores! Their quilt block for each store was cute. We'll see if I ever get it done! haha

Julie Fukuda said...

Your post takes me back to the old days when my kids watched TV. We had a Japanese room with only a TV in a cupboard and cushions on the floor. The kids would beg me to come and watch something with them saying, "and we'll leave the lights on mom".
Great projects!

bernie said...

I have seen pictures of the Beam N Read and wondered if it really made a difference (sounds like you think it is). That zig zag quilt looks fun (another method for doing zig zags- which I haven't seen before). The pastel colored blocks on your design wall remind me of sherbert! :) Bernie

Zany Quilter said...

Isn't McLeod's Daughters addicting?? We are on season 7 and we still look forward to every episode ;-) Your projects are looking great...keep it up!