Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A day off!

Well, three, actually!  My kids are on spring break this week, so I am taking off today, tomorrow and Friday to be with them.  Which, of course, means that yesterday at work was AWFUL!  I swear, sometimes days off almost aren't worth it with all the extra work you put in before and after you leave!  Almost not worth it, but after not setting my alarm clock today, dressing in comfy sweats, and lingering over breakfast, I'll say they days off definitely ARE worth it!

So, with 24 commenters about which quilt I should quilt next, the one with the most mentions was Star Power with 13 mentions.  I don't think I said I was going to quilt the one with the most votes, did I?  'Cause I'm not.  I'm not even going to work on the one with the second most number of mentions, Make Mine Nine with 11 mentions (although, if only 9 people had mentioned it, I probably would have considered that a sign...).  Nope, I'm going to start with Plaid Dresden with 9 mentions because 1) I think the quilting will be straightforward and obvious to me once I get started and 2) I made it for my sister's vacation home in New Hampshire, and I can't wait to snuggle up under it while I am up there visiting.
Imagine me, a cozy lump curled up under the quilt
 I'd love to have it done for my visit at the end of June...but that isn't happening.  I know my limits, and I'm not going to make myself crazy.

Thanks everyone for pitching in your two cents.  I used the Random Number Generator to pick a winner for the giveaway, and I got #15, my sister.  That won't work - she doesn't quilt, and didn't want to be added to the drawing.  Back to the RNG, and #8 came up this time, Char!  Let me know what you'd like me to buy for you at the quilt shop this week, Char!

On the quilting front, I haven't finished hand quilting the Charm quilt yet.  My step-father made a surprise visit on Sunday, and we spent the afternoon finishing up construction on my chicken tractor.  I just have a few details left to take care of, and then it will be ready for residents.  I'm excited to be so close to being done, but that meant many valuable hours away from needle, thread and thimble.

I've also been reading up a storm.  I finished Sonoma Rose, by Jennifer Chiaverini, and am now finishing the second of Dana Cameron's Emma Fielding mysteries.  The third is en route to me from a member right now.  I sure do love that site!  This week, 3 items were requested from me, 2 audiobooks and one paperback, so once they reach their destinations, I'll have 5 book credits!  If you like to read, have books that you are willing to part with, and like getting goodies in the mail, I encourage you to sign up for!

OK, off to quilt and watch McLeod's Daughters - a perfect way to spend a couple of hours.  Enjoy your day!