Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday Fun

I've been having fun thinking outside the box. I finally found all my Kaffe fabrics and played around with some liberated string pieces yesterday. Fun! Roger gave me two of the books here for Christmas and ordered Liberated Quiltmaking II. It arrived day before yesterday. I love it and am enjoying going through all three books in an effort to get a little more loose with the design process. Several years ago I made a top using similar method to the pieces I'm showing here. Funny thing is, I didn't know anything about free-piecing and liberated anything. I just had all these strips and thought something scrappy strippy would be great. I gave that top away to a fellow quilter who asked for it. These blocks will be a more colorful version of that. Nothing like letting go and just having fun with design. I was really enjoying just being in my new room and working there for a couple of hours helped to point out to me what needs to be changed. Right now I'm sort of working on a very old desk top. I need a better space to sew on and definitely a better space to cut on. My back hurt from bending over yesterday. The table is way too low. Terry has a real cutting table in her basement that I may borrow to see if that would help and I need to bring down my very large drawing table, which is much more open. The desk has only a knee hole opening and I'm getting black and blue from bumping my knees moving around in a too small space.

Nevertheless, I was in heaven finally working on anything. I woke early this morning feeling so positive about quilting/sewing for the first time in a long while. Couldn't wait to get to the machine and play with pieces.

An update on the Cablevision thing. They finally gave us Food Network and HGTV back yesterday. I fully expect to have an increase in billing coming soon. Either that or they have figured out how popular FN is and turn it into a premium network soon. You know when you deal with Cablevision you're going to get screwed somehow it's just a question of when. The really cool thing about my new room is that I have only the radio in there and I'm discovering the joy of listening to music and NPR again. There's nothing worthwhile on TV anyway so I'm not missing much. When things get a bit more settled in the new room I will have a computer in there on which I can watch dvds and stuff from places like HULU. Good enough.
I'm off to have a bagel and some tea after which I plan to sew...Whoo Hoo!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tuesday gloom and found objects

Our temperatures are sort of early spring-like but damp and gloomy. I've been spending my days trying to gather things that have to be moved from my bedroom to the new sewing room. I keep coming across things that I forgot about and are such fun to find again.

Here are some blocks I made probably ten years ago. I don't have any more of this fabric but there's enough blocks to make a table topper or small wall hanging. Sorry for the poor quality of the photo but I forgot to turn off the flash and I'm out of time for today.

Also found some more Robyn Pandolph oldies but goodies. I have enough of this fabric to make a very large quilt at this point. All of this I found yesterday while Roger was home and working on the computer. I decided to keep busy staying out of the way since he worked for hours on something and forgot to save it and it was lost. Some words that would make a struck driver blush were spoken but very quietly since he's quite the gentleman when it comes to that. I'm the big mouth around here. Anyway, I though that being on another floor of the house was the best course of action and I got a lot done. Inhaled a lot of dust as well. At least I'm hoping that's the reason for my coughing jag last night.

Today, I received a list of donors for the last two weeks from the treasurer of the Pantry. The result of that is spending the day writing letters and catching up with the Pantry work. Tomorrow I plan on going back to the important stuff(hah!) Moving!! My BIL Bob is leaving for a cruise tomorrow out of Miami to Cozumel or some such place with much more sun than here. It's just a short hop and the rest of the time he will visit our cousins in Daytona and Ormond Beach. I have to have some blood work taken for a check-up next week wherein the Dr. will most likely have me arrested for being a very bad patient. Christmas was very indulgent and will, no doubt, be reflected in said blood work. I know he means well but he's about 35 and looks like Opie Taylor. I really have a hard time not telling him to go to his room and think about what he said. I will try to be better. Tomorrow.
Talk to you soon. I'll be the one with the celery sticks, salad, and water.....ugh