Thursday, August 30, 2007

I'm back!

We made it home! I thought I would take a small break from the chores of returning from vacation, the un-packing and cleaning, to touch base with my friends on Blog Land!

It was wonderful to connect with nature. We were quite fortunate as the weather was beautiful. Of course that's only because we decided to buy a tarpaulin ( dh, looking over my shoulder said that I should use the word tarp) this year. Had we not bought this piece of equipment, it would have rained all 5 (five) days! lol

I didn't take any pictures. There really wasn't much to record just lots of beautiful trees all around. We did have a hare that often came for a visit. It was cute to watch him/her eat the vegetation! DD named him Peter. Stephen did try to take a picture but it didn't turn out well.

We also took the canoe and dh and dd went for a row while I sat either by the fire or by the lake side working on my hand applique block. I managed to get all of the Winter Sentry's leaves done and am almost finished with the Baltimore Cousin Block Bowl of Tulips. Had I had the book with me to verify the position of a petal, the block would have probably been done!

I also took the opportunity to re-acquaint myself with hand embroidery. I had brought a couple of designs with me. DD wanted to do some hand work so I taught her how to do the running stitch and French knots! Yes, I remembered how it's done! I guess it's like riding a bicycle! lol You know what that means!?! My kitty will have eyes! lol

I did come home to fun mail. Prior to leaving for our camping trip I placed an order for some Australian magazines with Stonehouse Publications.

They have available back issues of Country Threads. Their shipping cost is quite reasonable and speedy.

They offer various Australian magazines as well as subscriptions, which I will take advantage.

Since I love Christmas, I decided to get their special edition Christmas in July. I haven't peaked at the content yet!

Look what else I ordered!

Yes, back issues of Country Threads Stitchery Edition. Don't they just look delicious?

I am so looking forward to reading and savouring the projects in these issues.

They have the "pre-order" of the newest edition that I will order once it comes in. I am planning on subscribing to this magazine.

So, I shall leave you for now to snuggle in my own bed! Oh, how welcoming it is after sleeping on an air mattress for 4 (four) nights!

Off to savour my treasures!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

And the beat goes on........

I have finally completed the last block of the Wildberry Vine quilt. It's been a long haul but well worth it. Funny how a project gets put aside, often with the thought that there's so much more to do. Honestly, given the size of the quilt, there wasn't that many blocks left to hand applique.

I still have quite a bit to do on this quilt, as the border is a patchwork type with more hand applique. It is a sweet looking quilt and I can hardly wait to get down to the final stage.

When I joined Stashbusters, I felt quite ambitious and motivated to complete the projects I had listed. My "UFO to do list" consisted of quilts that had dragged on way too long and some that were recent starts. It has dawned on me that the race to finish has become quite stressful to me. Stress arose not from the penalty of fat quarters owed but from my need to achieve the goals I have set for myself, hence the panic at starting hand embroidery. This defeats the purpose of quilting don't you think? So a change had to be made.

I love all of the quilts listed on my "UFO to do list". However given that there are/were quite a few large projects, it is not realistic to think that I can get all of these projects done by the end of the year. I have therefore removed the Baltimore Cousin, which is a large hand applique quilt, and replaced it with a smaller project. This will alleviate the stress of starting a new project while allowing me the pleasure of working on UFOs.

Meet Winter Sentry! This is a pattern by Robyn Pandolph and is from her wonderful book Stitched with Love - A Mother's Quilting Legacy.

I just love this book. It comes with a stand alone cd that allows you to print the templates the size you would like your quilt. I don't understand why applique books do not all include a cd of the templates, eliminating the frustration of getting to a photocopy but I digress.

I started this wall hanging in 2005. It is part of my desire to have seasonal quilts hanging in my kitchen. I just love snow persons!

The snow person is done except for the rosy cheek. The leaves on the tree is the bulk of the hand work that is required to finish this project. Most of the leaves that you see need to be hand stitched and there are a few other pieces to add.

On the home life front, we are leaving for a camping vacation in Oquossoc, Maine. We'll be staying at the Black Brook Cove Campground. We've been there quite a few times and enjoy canoeing on the lake. Yes, I will be taking the time to connect with nature. There's really nothing for miles of the campground so no technology or quilt shops.

The weather doesn't look too favourable, but I'll manage. I am bringing some hand work with me. And yes, that includes hand embroidery! ;o) Perhaps I will feel relaxed enough to get back in touch with that artistic expression. There are so many patterns that I want to make. Oh how I love the work of Bronwyn Hayes and others but I digress again!

So I shall leave you for a few days. Thank you so much for your support and friendship.

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Fun Ghoulish quilt!

I've been quiet as of late and not my usual talkative self, mainly due to a lack of a finished project to share. I didn't want to write about the same old same old, that being I'm still in the process of machine quilting Pine Grove and doing hand work on the other quilts on my list of UFO's to accomplish this year. Blah, blah blah and the beat goes on!

Since Halloween is quickly approaching, being one of my all time favourite holiday, I decided to follow Darlene's idea and make a table topper. I love Halloween fabric and yet couldn't think of a quilting pattern to use these delicious fabrics.

This is what I have been designing and working on with the help of EQ6 and a pencil and paper. It is a small quilt, 40 inch square, and quite easy to accomplish. What took me a while wasn't so much the piecing, but the designing of the machine quilting. You see, I had a plan and I needed to carefully work it out! lol

The main fabric is a Alexander Henry. I've always loved this fabric and could not think of a way to accent it. Witch's hats and broom, my favourite! Oh, and lets not forget the black cats!

This is one of the patterns I designed for 2 (two) of the corners, a spider web!

It took me a while to draw what I thought was a decent web. The first 2 (two) tries, the web just didn't look right. After an hour of drawing, it dawned on me that the curves were going the wrong way. Once I figured out how it should look, the web came alive in no time. Unfortunately, it is not a continuous design and therefore has a lot of stops and starts.

On the opposite corner, I quilted a spider!

It wasn't only the paper and pencil designs that took a while, but how I would plan this quilt. You see, I had a special effect in mind!

I wanted the table topper to come alive when the lights came out. So I had to strategical place designs that would magically appear in the dark.

Yes, I have hidden ghosts and other goulish treats within the machine quilting that will only come out when darkness has fallen. Muawwwwhahahaha!

What did I use to create these effects you might ask?

As you know by now, I like to test threads. I'm also always on the look out for a specialty thread. When I make a quilt, I sometimes like to add what I call "elements of surprise". My daughter loves it when her quilt glows in the dark.

I have been using Bug Glow Luminous Thread since it first came out on the market. It comes in white only and I think it is a 30wt, but don't quote me on that!

I've been generally pleased with this thread, that is until I found something that was much easier to work with. You see with this thread, tension was an issue for my machine. Given that it was the only thread available at the time, I made due.

Coats & Clark recently came out with a "Glow-In-The-Dark" machine embroidery thread, which comes in a variety of colours making it simpler to hide designs. It is 40wt and much easier to work with tension wise than the Glow Bug.

The web and spider were machine quilted using the purple colour. They do stand out however, the other items are well hidden in the quilt and will only come out in the darkness!

This table topper does not have a name as of yet, I welcome suggestions. It was made for a special friend in mind. I just love Halloween and what better way to say how much I appreciate her friendship than with a table topper that will haunt her even at night! lol

Have a great day everyone and thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

It's been a while!

Gosh, how time flies when you're busy! I just cannot believe that summer vacation is almost over! School will start for me, after a year and a half of health saga, on September 4th. That always stresses me out. Somehow I feel that I should be living and breathing school. I know it's not healthy, but that's my definition of a "good student". I'll be working on that new definition, incorporating some quilting in there for pleasure.

Despite my hectic week, I did manage to get some quilting done. I have finished the Pine Grove quilt. It is now at the flimsy stage, in the process of being machine quilted.

It took me a whole day to get the last borders in. I really can't figure that one out! My brain just wasn't activated and I made a few cutting errors. Luckily, I was able to use the wrong size strips for the binding. I recall having one of those moments when doing Carolyn's quilt! Focus is what I need or at least find the button to activate my brain when it's in that mode! lol

I picked up this magazine yesterday as a distraction. I thought I would use my Designer Plus software to make the quilt on the front.

Saturday afternoon I started working on the block. Wanting to multi task, I thought I could get one quilt going on it's own while I machine quilt the Pine grove quilt. Yea, yea I know! I'm into this "gotta get that UFO list down before the year is over " mode. Kim tells me that quilting is not a race! LOL I'm thinking that perhaps I can multi task. lol

This is it folks, the block! Don't mind the fabric, it's from my scrap bin! I digitized the pattern and came up with this version. Of course I did quite a bit a tweaking to get it just right, but it was well worth the effort. I decided to leave the middle out. Too much satin stitch for my taste.

I learn quite a bit about this fabulous software. It never seizes to amaze me what this baby can do. This method is called machine embroider applique and is quite easy to do. The machine will do the bulk of the work. You just cut out your pieces and place accordingly.

On the subject of Fun Mail!

Donna from Chookyblue sent me a little surprise a while back, a stitchery pattern. That was so sweet of her to think of me. I do think that hand embroidery is beautiful but I don't know that I can manage too many hobbies at the same time. I really don't understand how you gals manage all your various hobbies on Blog Land. Somehow they all seem to get done. Perhaps I need to stop being anal about finishing stuff and just do it because it's fun.

Of course I still think this is all a conspiracy to get me to start hand embroidering again. If that wasn't enough, look what I received in the mail the other day!

Yes, another beautiful stitchery pattern, this time from Wendy of Snippet of a Quilter.

You gals are just amazing, thank you so much. Now I must take on that hobby. I'm guessing that it is not as time consuming as hand applique. Perhaps that is why you are able to get your squares done in a reasonable amount of time.

But, it's been a while since I hand embroidered, perhaps I'm way off in the left field. Nonetheless, I will take the time to re-acquaint myself with this medium so that I can work on the gifts from my friends on Blog Land. Besides, perhaps it will be a good project to take along to school on those off moments!

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Stretching myself thin!

Here I sit at the computer in a complete, well partial, vegetative state. What a hectic 2 (two) weeks it's been with the barn raising and the hosting so many guests. I haven't even had time to clean my house yet due to my schedule. Oh, and we won't get into how behind I am in the lives of my dear friends on Blog Land never mind e-mails! sigh ....

Tuesday was spent getting some paper work in order and filed accordingly. Running down to Plattsburgh for an appointment. The evening was spent at the Viking dealer atttending my Embroidery from A to Z class. I didn't even get a change to prepare for the class.

Wednesday was spent at Lake Clear, NY with my Girl Scout troop. Colleen, the other leader, stayed and had lots of adults to help so I was able to leave late afternoon for some training at Council. I was thankful for the opportunity to get away.

Jennifer came over last night for a margarita. I made a plate of cheese and crackers and we chatted over our drink of preference. It was great to be able to decompress after such a hectic schedule. I felt so relaxed and enjoyed our conversation.

Here it is, the source of my busy life. Work started Friday afternoon with only 3 (three) people, DH, his father and brother in-law. They were able to put the bulk of the frame up to make it ready for the workers/helpers the following day.

Stephen had done all of the carving prior to this, so it was a question of putting the puzzle pieces together. I'm really impressed with my sweetie, the margin of error was minimal.

Of course my father in law started to tell me that they were really working on my new sewing studio. Yea, right! But I thought about the idea this morning and you know, it wouldn't be so bad. Who would walk out of the house to come and get me to solve a problem or make something. Hum..... of course it would have to be designed differently. I could have my own apartment! lol

Today, I shall be quilting. I need it badly!

Have a great day everyone!

Monday, August 13, 2007

My Thread of Thoughts!

I survived the barn raising, however not without consequences. Can you say exhausted?!? Talk about social stress! I think Jennifer thinks I'm a social control freak! lol I do take my perfectionism seriously! lol Once I get everything organized, I'll blog about the event.

In the meantime, I thought I would take the time to clarify my position on threads. It would appear that some fellow citizens of Blog Land are inquiring about my thread preference and what I base it on. Some have expressed concern for my unfavourable results with Essential thread.

First and foremost, it is my opinion that the choice of one's thread is a personal matter. As I have mentioned in a previous blog entry, it's what YOU are comfortable with. When I talk about the result of a thread, it is based on the machine I use, my personal preference, what I like and look for.

Here is what I look for in a thread for quilting:

- Smooth finish

- 100% natural fibers

- How it performs in my machine

- Availability of colours

- Thread weight - for piecing & machine quilting my preference is for 50 weight

- Price vs quality

For the longest time I used Coats & Clark to piece. At that time, it seemed that it was the only thread available and reasonably priced. Let's face it, Joann's often has 50% off sales and what better time to stock up! The results were acceptable. Of course, you have to understand that I didn't have anything to compare it too!

Once I became more comfortable with quilting, it dawned on me that despite my efforts to maintain the "natural fibers" content in my quilts, here I was using a poly/cotton blend. That's when I made the jump to test various cotton threads. Sometimes, when you don't step outside of the box, you never learn much. Out I went! ;o)

Each machine is different and will in turn handle various threads differently. For machine quilting, my Bernina 1090 just loves Mettler silk finish. I don't have to fiddle with the tension. I load it on and it's smooth quilting! Rarely do I have to fiddle to get the tension right!

Now, I have not used this thread for piecing and therefore cannot offer an opinion. I really don't know why. I think that it's clear in my mind that it's a machine quilting thread for me. However, I do know some quilters who use it and are pleased with the results. Again, it will vary with your machine.

My Bernina 1090 does not take as kindly to Coast & Clark 100% cotton thread for machine quilting. What I mean is that I require adjustments prior to getting on with my task. I can spend over 10 minutes fiddling with the tension in order to get it just right.

I have used this thread for piecing and found that it performed similarly to the Coats & Clark poly/cotton blend. The advantage was the fact that it's 100% cotton. At the time, Connecting Thread offered this brand, which was where the bulk of my purchases were made. It is only recently has Joann's offered a selection of colours, which are also part of their thread sale.

As for Essential Thread, yes it is not my preference for piecing. I do not find it to be a smooth finished thread. It's fuzzy!

Bernina 180E does not like it at all. As a matter of fact the "check upper thread" warning on my screen comes on more than I would like it too! For me, the upper thread breaks often. I did give a spool to a couple of people in the hopes that they will offer another opinion on this thread. Once my Pine Grove quilt is finished, I will no longer be using it. I have not tested it for machine quilting.

As pictured, I have a variegated spool that I did plan to machine quilt with it, however given my frustration, I may just pass my last spool to someone who may enjoy it more than I.

I will say that the price is certainly right, which is what attracted me at first. At $1.99 a spool with a variety of colours available, I was intrigued!

Ah Master Piece! My all time favourite at the moment. I'm in love! ;o) It performs exceptionally well on both my Berninas. I like the way the stitches bury themselves in the fabric. It is smooth and despite the fact that it's 50wt, it doesn't appear to be as thick as the other threads, which suggest that it is tightly woven.

It does come in a variety of colours, but not as many as Mettler. The price is not cheap. Superior Threads, who offer this line and many more, will have specials during quilt shows. That's when I stock up!

Please take the time to test the thread, you'll be amazed at YOUR results.

Gosh, this is a long entry. I hope I have clarified some questions. Please feel free to offer an opinion.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Life and Cherry Tomatoes on Steriods!

Well I don't have much to blog on! Watch, I say this and this will be a long post! lol Don't you just love Murphy's law?

Tuesday, Jennifer from Tilted Mountains, came over for a bite and some conversation. Oh alright, I had to bribe her with a cold Corona and lime! lol Just kidding!

I had an opportunity to talk with her one on one, something I had not had the occasion to do. We finished our get together in my sewing room chatting away about quilting, quilt shops, what works and what doesn't. Sometimes I think I would like to own a quilt shop! One day I'll know what I want to do when I grow up! Focus Carole, focus!

Sharon has been lamenting about her tomato plants and how they are not performing as she anticipated. So I thought I'd show off my 1 (one) cherry tomato plant. As you can see it is more than 7 (seven) feet tall. It has already started to produce lots of delicious tomatoes.

So Sharon, I think you do need to get yourself a pair of those farmer overalls, billy boots and a pitch fork. That may do the trick!

On a serious note, I wish I could tell you what we do to get the plant that way every year. We have no clue. All we know is that they love that spot. Even our regular tomato plants are doing much better there than in our garden.

On the quilting front. I have been working away at the Pine Grove quilt. All because I'm too lazy at the moment to change the thread on my machine! lol

I'm testing the Essential Thread - Connecting Thread on this quilt. I'm really not impressed with it for piecing. But, I do want to finish the quilt using the same type of thread. Accuracy is difficult enough without introducing another variable. All I have left to do is 2 (two) more borders and it's sandwich time!

Have a great day every one!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Fun Mail!

You would never believe what I received in the mail!?!

I mean, it was quite a surprise for me. I was expecting an envelop with a couple of patterns from this individual, but never would I have suspected.

When the box came I automatically thought it was for my favourite brother; he has been ordering on line quite a bit as of late. No, the name on the box was clearly mine!

So I opened it!

There was this beautiful chicken card. I just love chickens! Enclosed were the patterns she had said she would send me and this beautiful pincushion. I bet you can guess by now who it is that sent this treasure! The pincushion is a dead give away! Well, it is if you've been reading about her generosity! However, this wasn't all of it. Yes my friends, there was more!

I cried when I saw this. It was really too much emotions for me! My heart was overwhelmed Isn't it just beautiful! I just love the colours! (sorry Jennifer, it's in my blood to add those extra U's).

Oh, and the workwomanship is amazing. My very own charm square table topper! And made by such a beautiful and generous soul!

So I summoned Stephen and DD to come look at this beautiful gift. DH said "Wow, this is from a friend on Blog Land, nice!" and of course DD hoooooud and awwwwed and said "can I have the pincushion?" No way, I'm not sharing. Well, I guess I'm sharing the table topper when it's displayed on my dinning room table! ;o)

The only words that comes to mind are those words so well said from Melanie at Covered Porches and Wooden Screened Doors , "A friend who has never met me and yet shared so generously…there’s a special place in heaven for quilters—definitely."

Thank you so much Darlene. Your surprise came at a time where life just seemed too complicated for my taste! You touched my heart friend!

Life is good and simple!

Keep well my friends on Blog Land and thank you for stopping by. Your friendships mean a lot to me!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

I caught the cleaning bug!

Thanks to Connie, I caught the bug to clean my sewing area. It was no easy undertaking! Luckily, as dangerous of a task that it is, I didn't get injured! ;o) lol

Would you look at this?

Is this clean or what? You know, I dusted that book shelf and man was it dusty.

Would you look at that floor! It's clean enough to eat off! Not that I would but... You should have seen it before!

Anyway, I did get a chance to work on the Pine Grove quilt yesterday and managed to sew on three (3) rows. It was my plan to quilt today but, like I said, I caught the cleaning bug.

One thing that totally gets on my nerves is the fact that my DH's workshop is right next to my sewing room. If ever you have a partner that says to you"I'm going to build a woodworking shop right next to your sewing room dear!". You just tell them that it would be best if it wasn't connected to the house. Frankly, had I known what I know now, I would have said "add an addition to the garage". lol

Although the door connecting our shops stays closed and that he does have a heavy duty dust collecting system, needless to say the sawdust just creep through the walls. It drives me nuts! No more sawdust!

Would you look at this? That's Stephen's shop. And by the way, I would need a wide angle lens in order to capture it all. He even has a skylight!

I think his space is much nicer than mine. Imagine the quilts I could lay on that floor and not have to worry about walking over it. I could even have a sitting area for hand work!

I tried to get him to build the barn bigger so that he could move in, but he wouldnt' buy it! Says he's comfortable where he's at! If ever we move, no more woodshop connected to the house!

For those curious minds, the wooden constructions on his work bench is the cupola. He's been getting ready for the barn raising.

Aside from the cleaning, not much is going on! Monday DD will start a day camp with Girl Scout, which means I'll have the days to myself! Hurray! Hopefully I'll get the Pine Grove quilt finished.

Keep well and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 4, 2007

The weekend is here!

At last, no running around, no appointments to keep, a beautiful morning to myself.

Last night, although exhausted from my day, I turned on my sewing machine. I had too! I was going nuts. It's a battle for me at times, do I sew or do I read up on my wonderful friends on blog land? It's not always obvious! I think of you as dear friends and the last thing I want is to ignore you. I compromised, a little sewing, a little blog reading! lol

This is the results of last night's attempt. Notice, it's ironed and ready for me to tackle the other side! lol

This is the lattice for the Pine Grove quilt and it forms a star in each corners. This entails sewing 2 inch squares to each end. Luckily, the squares were all cut last week.

Gosh, how much more inviting it is to quilt when the cutting has been taken care of!

A tool that I enjoy using for this type of piecing is the Angler 2. It provide a guiding line for diagonal sewing.

Since I'm sewing in the middle, it allows me to keep my block corners in line with the center. I have learned that I need to sew just a hair over the points for a perfect diagonally sewn line. Of course, this is dependent on the size of thread you use. I always do a test run!

I've also used this tool to make half square triangles. The beauty of it is that there are no lines to draw and no paper to rip. It's multifunctional! It's great for those learning to sew, as it provides a 1/4 inch guiding line.

This is how the block will look with the lattice.

This quilt is made strictly with fabric from my stash. This is my small attempt at reducing my stash. A few trees were made using scraps. As you can see, some of the fabric is quite old.

It is my hope that I will be able to finish the lattice and sew the blocks together today. The only cutting left to do are the side triangles, as the blocks are assembled in diagonal rows.

Some news on Louise, Kassandra the teen that relieved me yesterday afternoon, came by around 7:30 p.m. and informed me that Louise still had not given birth. That would mean over eight (8) hours of labour. Kassandra was spending the night at their house to take care of the little ones. This morning I saw Derick's car in the driveway, which hopefully means that all is well.

Thank you so much for stopping by and for your friendship.

Have a great day everyone!

Friday, August 3, 2007

Back to your regular scheduled programming!

DH, who happens to read my blog, mentioned that I've been off topic quite a few time as of late and should get back on topic. Hum....... well thank you sweetie dear for pointing that out, I shall get to it right away! lol

Getting back on topic, I need for you to budget that Bernina 730E that I feel I must have to facilitate my embroidery hobby. It's right in tune with your motto "the right tool for the right job". I'm a gal that lets technology work for me and my 180E, being of an older technology, I have to work for it!

******* Warning - Off topic *******

Unfortunately, not much quilting is going on, not even some hand applique. I'm presently babysitting our next door neighbour's kids. Louise, who is 41 weeks pregnant, is being induced today. So I'm home with a four (4) year old and a two(2) year old. I had forgotten how much work they are! lol Here I thought I'd be able to clean my house, catch up on some blogs etc.... LOL

Off to make lunch!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Happy Wedding Anniversary!

Today is are fourth (4) wedding anniversary and I remembered! lol I'm really awful with these things. Stephen usually reminds me of what day it is.

The photograph was taken in the front of our home by my friend Philip Carpenter. Being an older neighbourhood, our street is graces with majestic trees.

If you're interested in how we met, you me refer to a previous post It's all about me .

I need to get ready to assume my role as taxi mom. I'm thinking that perhaps I ought to go return the clothing I bought yesterday. If I'm planning on loosing more weight, it's senseless to buy clothes at this point. Perhaps today I'll pay a visit to our local quilt store! ;o)

Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Summer day!

Life as been busy as of late. I've been playing Taxi Mom since Monday. DD is doing a week long soccer camp with Plattsburgh State from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. It's a busy morning for her.

Dh, being the mathematician, calculated the cost per day should I do a up and down drive, which amounts to $12.00 in gas a day. In order to reduce the cost, he suggested that I stay in Plasttburgh for the duration of the soccer camp. Needless to say, I don't think we've been saving money.

So, staying in Plattsburgh means that I've got to keep busy for 4 (four) hours. I'm really not the shopping type but if forced too, I can certainly do it. Monday I went to Dick's with the intension of buying a spare bathing suit for dd. I ended up buying myself a spare bathing suit instead. A Speedo one piece cost $62.00 regular price. They were having a half off sale. What a deal! The rest of the time I read.

Tuesday I went to Borders for a quiet place to read in their Cafe. It didn't turn out to be so quiet. This lady, who appears to be a regular as I saw her today, wanted to chat. Once some one else came in, I was relieved of my listening duties. I took the opportunity to make a quick exit, but not before I purchased a book. So that's $15.00

Today I went shopping for a pair of running shoes. My old one gave out on me last night while I was doing a power walk. Seems they've been sitting in the closet for way to long. Since I'm shopping, I might as well look for some summer clothing. Once I tried on something, I became aware that I had lost weight. I'm a size less! WOW So I congratulated myself by buying a few more things. All and all I think I spent $180.00 today. Oh and dh asked if I would pick up a whatchamacall it for the aquarium, that was $5.00. I finished the time at Borders and read the book I bought on Tuesday. I stayed away from the area that lady sits! lol

Lucky for dh, I've been avoiding the quit store! lol Perhaps it would be cheaper if I did an up and down! ;o) ROTFL

On the quilting front, I've been plugging away at that 2,112 piece quilt, the corn and bean. The blocks are done and ready to be assembled. I've also sewn on the frame around the tree quilt. I haven't touched the In the Pink one yet!

Last night a friend of mine came over for a small quilting bee, which allowed me to work on a block from the Wildberry quilt.

It's a beautiful day in Upstate NY, which begs for outside activities. Perhaps I ought to test my new bathingsuit! lol

Have a great day every one!
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