Sunday, February 28, 2010

These Folk are in Their Element

Maybe I've left this display up in my entry way a little too long this year because we've just had our fourth (or is it fifth) snow storm of the year. Plus flurries yesterday and again this morning. It got us an early dismissal from school on Thursday (totally not necessary in my opinion since the stuff wasn't even sticking on the road. Oh, well, I had time to finish up a few reports, go get my nails done and still arrive home by 3:30.) and a snow day on Friday.

I spent part of Friday afternoon in my sewing area working on a block from Sylvia's Bridal Quilt. My quilt guild is doing four blocks a month from this book and I joined in to increase my skills. Using templates is a new experience for me and not always successful on the first try. I don't really plan to keep up with four blocks a month, but eventually I'll make enough for a quilt.

The rest of Friday afternoon was spent playing with these blocks and others like them. They're for a quilt called "Fall Frolic" in Evelyn Sloppy's book 40 Fabulous Quick Cut Quilts. These are "my" colors and I had lots of fun choosing the combinations. Another storm is predicted for Wednesday this week and then the rumors are flying about the 40" the Farmer's Almanac says we are getting the first weekend in March. So expect to see the completed quilt top soon!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Coming Out of Hibernation

Can't believe it's been almost three weeks since my last post! We've been through two major snowstorms in southeast PA since that time and I ended up having a whole week off--one sick day to get into the doctor before the storm in case the cough and tightness in my chest and back wasn't just a bad cold (apparently not since she prescribed an antibiotic), three snow days in a row, and President's Day. I read two books (cannot remember the last time I read a book in one day outside of being on an airplane), pieced and backed a coverlet that my LQS will send to Haiti, worked on the Thangles Buck-A-Block from 2009 (in the picture) and began piecing the blocks for the 2010 Thimbleberries Block of the Month. So, all in all, a very restful time during which I barely got out of my pajamas each day. The nicest part was that for each snow day, we got the call that school was cancelled the night before, so I didn't even have to set the alarm.

My other big project during the time off was doing the taxes so that I could file the FASFA and other financial aid forms for my son and daughter. For those of you who have never dealt with these forms, they ask all sorts of questions about how much you currently have in your bank account (not enough!), how much you have left to pay on your home (too much!) and whether you are willing to sell your first born to pay for college. OK, I made that last part up, but you get the idea. I find this process to be a huge pain, but I'm proud to say that I have finished it for this year.

And to further prove that I haven't been a total slug, I drove about 2.5 hours to see my son at college last Sunday. He went on a camping trip to the Everglades with others from his school at the beginning of January, and he'll be going on a spring training trip with the track team over his spring break at the end of February. He won't be home until Easter, so this was a good chance for me to check up on him. And thankfully, I found he's doing very well. I took him and his roommate to lunch and was pleased to see that they get along so well. During lunch he announced that he had a date for the evening. He was taking her to dinner and a movie and had already bought her a big box of candy. We stopped to get some flowers before I dropped him off at the dorm. What a sweetheart! But then, my husband has been a good role model all these years.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Quilting 201

Quilting 201 is the class I've been taking at my LQS every Tuesday night since the beginning of January. We've been making a different block each week and I have learned soooo much! The instructor photocopied both the front and back of the blocks so we could see how to press the seams. I can now accurately sew and cut half-square and quarter-square triangles. I can do flying geese with precision and I'm much more confident on foundation piecing. My goal was to take my quilting skills to the next level and I've certainly gotten a start on this from taking the class. And don't you love these fabrics? The "Love" print is from a line last year called "Love is in the Air." The dark pink is from a new line called Whimsicals (I think). These aren't my usual colors at all but these are going to look great for the table runner I'll make out of the class blocks.