Let's see - what has been happening. Lots and nothing. Ever have one of those days. I am now an EXPERT (well almost) in roofing. Anyone want me to explain the ins and outs of shingles?????? I spoke at GREAT LENGTH to four salesmen on Friday. And I could actually ask intelligent questions. I have eliminated 1 of the 4 and now need to ask more questions on Monday before we actually make the decision. Normally I NEVER do this kind of research on ANYTHING, but the amount of money involved is substantial and the roof is important so I guess I had better make the right decision. I'll be mulling over 25 year versus 30, versus 40 versus 50 and what the heck does LIFETIME GUARANTEE mean anyway??????
To keep this a BIT quilt related - here is the gift that each attendee received from Quilt Canada in London last week - well at the end of May. Seems like an eternity ago.
OK OK - I got up - took the picture and several others. Here is my pushpin board......
|Push pin board|
See there is NO room on it. Have you ever looked through either of these two magazines?????
||Studios (published by Interweave)|
|Where Women Create (published by Stampington & Company - Somerset Studio)|
OK - these are both Premier Editions of the respective magazines and I get "SUCKED" into buying them and all the others since!!!!! I CANNOT help myself. I like to look at them (OK - so I like to HAVE them in anticipation of looking at them), but what I have seen - everyone has nice PUSHPIN boards and other pretty vignettes in their studios. Wait a minute!!!! Who has time to pretty up the studio - I can barely get any work done. Anyway - I have decided it is time to READ those magazines - get ideas from them and pass them along. I have NO ROOM to store the darn things. Well that is an excuse to move them out!!! But since I paid for them - I NEED to read them first!!!!! Then maybe - I will have pretty vignettes to show you. I guess I am more practical than pretty, but I do like the idea of having a pushpin board (or equivalent) where those odds and sods that we buy/make or otherwise accumulate can reside.
While we were at Quilt Canada we ran into a NEW TO US vendor. Mad About Patchwork. We fell in love with all the brights and bright solids (Kona) that they had for sale and these TWO bundles just jumped into my hands and screamed BUY ME!!!! - NO BUY ME!!!!!!! and well - I just had to buy BOTH. They are to die for. Not sure what to make yet, but I am sure something gorgeous will come to mind.
|Two bundles of GORGEOUS KONA solids|
|Kona solid sampler!!!|
|Brides on the Loose|
|The Brides on the Loose - Charity|
On our way to our class, M and I spotted this TINY house. Actually it is a model. I'm guessing 1/10th?????? Anyway it was pretty neat - a cool roof (I wonder what kind of shingles were on the roof????, little windows, garage door - the whole bit. Pretty cool!!!!
|A TRUE model home!!!!!|
|BIG fish pond|
I am NOT running out to take a picture because it is now DARK outside now and you won't see anything, but I will try to remember to get pictures tomorrow.
Also yesterday must have been DRIVE YOUR CULTIVATOR ON THE HIGHWAY day because I got stuck behind a cultivator not once, but TWICE!!!!
|Hey we're not in the city anymore!!!!|
I grew up in Saskatchewan where all the roads local to that area are pretty much gravel roads. When we rode the Dempster Highway last year on our bikes, it wasn't really a big deal - gravel road - hey just like home. I rarely see a gravel road these days as most roads around here are paved. However when we took our little detour to that quilt shop - I hadn't seen so much gravel road since the Dempster Highway. The silly GPS took us through every gravel road in that area!!!! Can you program it to do that????? Apparently that was the most direct route - not necessarily the fastest - but the most direct!!!! Not to worry - my trusty red car got us there in no time (a tad dusty!!!!)
Oh yes - have to show you this cool invention as well. In our attempt to be more environmentally friendly - we really shouldn't be using water bottles despite the fact that they are now thinner and you can practically spit through the caps (I mean - how much thinner can you get without it falling apart when you touch it!!!). Regular reusable water bottles are a pain to keep clean especially if you have a dishwasher like mine which likes to deposit GRIT in the bottom of long skinny things. But look at this design.......
I taught TWO classes of free motion quilting today. Everyone seemed to love it and I expect to see BIG things from them all. Honestly once you get the idea - it really is a bit of practice and then you are set!!!! Learn to get that consistent stitch length and the rest will come.
Before the class - Anna, Marcie and I managed to eek out 26 K on our bikes. We were pretty fast this morning - does that mean we are getting better??????? (or trying to beat the storm) While we were having a pancake breakfast at Anna's house, a storm was brewing. This didn't bother me as I was headed to the store to teach, but Anna and Marcie were going to do round two. They ended up bailing on the second ride which was a good thing since there was major lightening, thunder and a TORRENTIAL downpour. I'm glad we all missed that. Of course - we might have ridden EVEN FASTER!!!! Oh yes - on our way out of town we passed a police car just sitting on the side of the road (actually he was in front of the city maintenance yard - waiting to direct the THRONGS of people who were going to arrive to pick up their (NOT FREE) rain barrels. On our way back into town we came the same way. As we approached a railroad crossing just south of the cop, the barriers was down - the lights were flashing, but NO TRAIN. The cars were getting fed up and started to turn around. I rode up - looked both ways and cross the tracks. OOOOPS - then I realized the cop was still sitting there. If he had half a brain - he would have realized we crossed the FLASHING LIGHTS and BARRIER for the train. Crap - let's not get a ticket. We did not, but I felt guilty as I rode past!!!!!
And there you have it - anther ERRATIC day in my life. Between the cycling and teaching, I am NOT getting anything done at my house. Oh that's not true - I managed to dig out an entire wheel barrow of weeds from the garden the other day. And now I see I have to get the pruning scissors out - I have some kind of tree/shrub that grows like wild fire.
On that note - it is LATE (well for me - 10:30 PM). I need my beauty sleep.
Have a great day!!!!!