Thursday, June 2, 2011

The brain works in MYSTERIOUS ways

Yes - it is time to start thinking about classes for the fall. What to choose???   Well I have had such positive response from the ongoing classes that they are at forefront of my mind. I have thought about Dear Jane for a LONG time, but never got myself organized to make it happen. Then I thought about it again the other day and decided to unearth the book to have a second look.

Hmmmm - searched the bookcases (even did a bit of reorganizing - that is an ENTIRE day or more project). No Dear Jane book. Shoot - where could it be???   Have I misplaced it, lent it, lost it, missed it in the search??? Well I did NOT give up, but wasn't going to waste any more time on looking for it at this time.

Bear with me for one minute.

I found a new author. Margaret Maron. I saw one of her books on a recent list that came from the library. Hmmm - this looks interesting, but I realized that the books followed a character. Deborah Knott. Well it just won't do to start reading the most recent - NO - I have to go back and start from the beginning. Her first book written in 1992!!!!!!   Bootlegger's Daughter. OH MY GOODNESS!!!!   While I LOVE the book and LOVE the character, the book takes place in 1990. And in the south. Involves visible minorities including blacks, women and gays. Holy cow!!!!!   We've come a LONG way baby!!!!!!   It is really hard to put a finger on anything specific, but just the way the topics are mentioned - well you can tell that the mentality at that time was quite different. Case in point - I just finished a Clive Cussler novel from the same period and the way they talked about women in that book - well - that would turn your socks!!!!!

This book is about solving an 18 year old murder. I was trying to finish the book before I went to bed last night, but I was too tired. Yep - how many people do you know who can go to sleep just pages from the end of a murder mystery????

However I was WIDE AWAKE at 3:20 AM. Why - I have no idea, BUT I knew EXACTLY where that Dear Jane book was!!!!!   Go figure!!!!   My only thought was - don't forget when you wake up that you now know where the book was. Then I promptly went back to sleep.

I got up at my usual time (5 AM) and checked that spot and VOILA!!!!!!
Dear Jane

Even had TWO blocks done

including the twirly seams on the back!!!!

Wow - I was very impressed that my brain figured that out while I was sleeping!!!!  I guess I need to make a list of all the lost things and maybe I will find them in my sleep!!!

While I was searching the book cases, I did come across another book I had been looking for for someone else. Oh yes - I need to get those books organized again. Takes too long to go through them and the magazines - well it just has to be done. That is for the fall though as there is NO TIME right now.

I made a list of all the things I have to get done before my vacation and well - I don't have a lot of time. A lot of time to fiddle around that is!!!

I did get another quilt done yesterday for a customer.

Customer Quilt

I was looking through the quilts I have to quilt and dug out this one that I basted MANY MANY years ago. Pre long-arm and that was bought in 2005. I was making it for M. Then it got basted and that was it. It has been hanging around forever. It is nothing exciting - just a bunch of purple and pink squares. It was supposed to be a utility quilt.
Purple/pink quilt

Now this was before I made the bindings so of course there is NO BINDING for this quilt. I searched my purples this morning and the border fabric is gone, but I found one of the purples in the quilt and for what it is - I am just using this. Then I am using my stash and not having to buy anything new.

Binding fabric

The lesson in all this - MAKE that binding at the same time that you finish the top. Well I always do that now.

And here is a preview of my current project.

New project

I'm not going to tell you what this is for - yet!!!!   Any guesses????  It is a class I am teaching on the weekend and I have to get some samples done. I need a background for all this - hmmmm - do I use white or maybe black or dark blue???  or a pale colour of one of the colours - like pale yellow or pale green?????

Oh yes - for those of you who think I am totally off my rocker with the bike training - I have some major rides coming up. The Ride to Conquer Cancer in 10 days - TWO 100 mile rides back to back. Then at the end of the month another 100 Mile ride for The Healing Cycle. And THEN - I leave for my bike trip - Vancouver to Calgary.

Well that is it for me today.

Have a great day!!!!



  1. Maybe your brain can help me find a pattern that I've lost!


  2. Yep, Margaret Maron books are good. I've read all of them except maybe the last one, and it's on my list.

    Strip sets.....Blazing Star?? Will be pretty and bright, whatever pattern it is.