Sunday, May 20, 2018

I'm hooked


So after merrily drifting along and not worrying about deadlines, I'm now behind. Yikes - how did those deadlines creep up on me? I have a plan and it's going to require about two days of hard work to get back on track, but I think I can manage it. Oh - let's be realistic - it's going to take more than two days, but it's all fun stuff to do so I can't complain. But I did get a setback yesterday by watching that Royal Wedding and I had to do a nasty task yesterday that took a long, long time. Something that I've wanted to fix. I did the first part of the repair yesterday and I'm going to finish it today. I'll be sharing it on one of my blog posts for QUILTsocial next week (if everything goes as planned). I'll alert you to that day.

I taught a class on Friday night at Oh Look Fabric: Introduction to paper piecing. The group didn't get as far along as the previous class, but I think they got the hang of paper piecing.

Results of paper piecing class

If you're interested to see what other classes I have coming up at Oh Look Fabric (Milton), you can check out their website. If you have a friend who wants to learn how to quilt (from start to finish), we have a number of classes scheduled over the summer. If summer doesn't work for you, then we'll be scheduling another one in the fall.

And isn't this teeny tiny iron the cutest? It's CSA approved but the new owner didn't want to try it out. You can find it gracing the shelves at Oh Look Fabric.


Cute little iron
 And that looks like a new cord on the iron so I'm sure it's fine to use.

Yes, while I was doing that nasty repair job, I was listening to my audiobook on my phone. I'm in love. I'm HOOKED on audio books. At one point, I finished the book I was listening to. Five minutes later (and without leaving my chair), I had downloaded the next one and was listening. I'm not sure it even took five minutes. I'm doing the Sue Grafton series by audiobook and it's easy to know which book is the next one. In case you're not familiar with her series, it's A is for Alibi, B is for Burglar, etc.

Once the nasty job was done, I pulled out the hand embroidery and did a little bit of work on that. I'm almost done the tree. Yeah!!!!


Progress on the embroidery block


That meant that I had no choice but to remark the remainder of the block. I'm happy to report that with my amazing light pad, it was a simple task. The block is ready to finish stitching.

The block is remarked


This is how thin it is. I know that Marilyn's light tablet is even thinner. You can see my cell phone beside the light pad. Well worth the money. It was a Christmas present a couple of years ago.


The light pad is very thin
 I have a sit n sew later this week and the place is a disaster. I'm not sure how I'm going to get it all cleaned up before they get here. I'm thinking a couple of HUGE bags and just jam it all in and I'm good. It's stuff that I'm actively working on (and I pulled a few other things out) and well, I want to get it all finished and not left sitting in bags.  ACK!!!!   How do I get myself in these messes?  Because I don't FOCUS!!!!

I thought I had better take a look at Easy Street and decide what to do for the final border.  I laid out all four colors that were used in the quilt.


All four colors used in the quilt


Hmm - it was easy to eliminate the yellow and the green. The green was what Bonnie Hunter put on her version of the quilt. But I'm not liking that. It's too jarring for my liking.

That leaves the orange and the blue. What do you think???


Orange or blue??


When I had the two colors laid out, I couldn't decide, but now that I see the picture, I think it's pretty clear. It's going to be the BLUE!!!!!  The blue helps to calm down (and anchor) the quilt. I'll make it blue (might have to be scrappy blue) and the binding will be blue as well. Which ties into the backing which is mostly blue with some yellow.  Perfect. Now that that decision is made, I can put the other colors away. The green and yellow are already shelved. The orange will get shelved and I'll focus on making this border, binding, and backing. I might do that on the Sit n Sew day as I can't afford to take the time to do it right now. I have to get those QUILTsocial blog posts prepped. There's still a wee bit of work to do before I can start writing, but I've been editing pictures and getting ready to upload everything.

I was messing around with an extension cord around my computer yesterday as I had to plug in the iPad as I was watching the Royal Wedding. Murph likes to hang around that area and gets tangled up in the cords. Of course. I found this on the floor this morning. Now where the heck did that come from?




What is a j5create product???  I've no idea. I've googled it and it's obviously an electronic device. DUH!!!  But which one?? I've no idea. And I've so many adapters that it's totally stupid. At some point, I need to go through them AGAIN and eliminate the ones that I no longer need. I think I was doing good until I switched my phone and now I think I have nothing that uses the adapters that I had for that device.

Don't hate me for saying this, but I see the sky is overcast and I'm kind of glad. I should be out on my bike, but I don't really have time. And if it looks like it's going to threaten rain? Well, I can stay in the house.

I just had to call my cell phone. I had placed it down somewhere and no idea where it was. Now, what do you do if you no longer have a landline to call your cell phone?? I guess you use that Find Phone app, but if the app is on your phone? You use your tablet? Oh, that just gets too complicated.

This morning I'm having an iced tea in my new tea press. The flavor is Just Peachy.  Yep - I could drink more of this. I bet it tastes a whole lot better on a really hot day.

A quick note about customer service. I mentioned my AMAZING experience at BestBuy with buying the keyboard (which I still LOVE a LOT) and then there was my bad service at the car dealer. It gets worse. Remember those missing lug nuts that THEY couldn't find? Well, when I removed the tires this morning so we could go to the dog park. Guess what? They didn't put the bag of lug nuts back in the car. Seriously?????  Now I have to call and convince them that they still have them. Normally I get an e-mail asking me to rate the service. I didn't get that this time. It's time to write a note - I'm NOT happy at all about this.

Speaking of rain. What do you do when it's a rainy day and you're a dog? Check out Lexi's blog to find out. 

And on that note, I'm out of here.

Have a super day!!!!


Ciao!!!

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