Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Work in Progress

Very little work in progress. I am all better now from my cold, but it did take a toll on me and being back at work after vacation didn't make that much better.

My pile  of Carnival blocks is growing. I have all the right facing blocks done and it is time to move on to the left facing ones.

More carnival

I also had a little bit of me time this afternoon, which is why this post is so late.


Yep that is right. A bubble bath. I normally don't do that at 4:30 in the afternoon, but it was needed. It was a nice change of pace and I enjoyed it very much.
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Sorry for all the recent iPod pictures. My good camera is still around. I am just being lazy :)

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Friday, February 24, 2012

A little confession to make

I think I have a problem with reading. A serious one. The problem is once I start reading a book, I can not stop until I know what happens. I just have to know how it ends. Yes that does often mean finishing a book in a day. Or in my case three books in not quite two days.

I started the The Hunger Games on Wednesday. I still wasn't feeling quite up to moving around to much after my awful flu, but my fever was gone and I could think some what coherently. So what's a girl to do, but  read. I had the first of The Hunger Games already in my Kindle so I thought, "Why not?"

Never a good thought in my mind. I should always tell myself, not to do whatever I am thinking. There are always consequences to those actions. In this case my nose in wonderful trilogy that I could not put down. As in I may have or my not have stayed up the last two nights well into the wee hours of the morning to finish which ever title I was reading at that point, because I just had to find out how the story turned out.

I know I am a bit behind on reading these. They have been popular for a bit and really popular right now. As of yesterday day they were number 2-4 on the amazon kindle top purchases. There is even a movie soon.

However, I always seem to be behind in books. The problem in my obsession with reading. I blame my major in college. The thing is I was an English major, which basically means that I really like reading and writing so I decided to study it (I am sure you can't tell, by my writing on this blog). I actually wanted to be a high school English teacher. I thought it would so much fun to help others find the love of reading.

And then I lost my love of reading novels. Somewhere along the third trimester of reading over 20 books in 15 weeks, I fizzled out. Reading became a chore. Something I just had to get done. I remember my final semester having 26 novels to read in 15 weeks and not thinking I was going to be able to do it.  That semester, was especially bad because, I was also taking teacher prep courses and had to read textbooks for those too. Plus, I had to write all my applications for teacher credential programs.

So, I just started reading. All the time. Reading while eating, reading in bed, on the couch, in a shady patch near my next class, in the cafe, while people were over, whenever I was alone, during slow periods at work. It didn't matter what I was doing, I had to read. I honestly don't know how I kept any friends that last semester. I was already a pretty quick reader, but I had memorize these books. No one tells you as English majors you not only have to read the books, understand the books, relate the books to each other, explain meanings and write about them. You actually have to, in class, spontaneously make your arguments/justifications about books and be able to direct others to the page you are talking about, or multiple pages in multiple texts.

So I read. And I read. And I read. And I did it. I read all the books. Did great in my classes. Got into a great credential program. And I was done with reading. I would go into bookstores, somewhere that used to love, and wander around. I suddenly had this inability to pick books and then once I finally did, I just can't stop reading until it is done.

So, instead of quilting yesterday. Or even cleaning. I read The Hunger Games and loved it. It is a great trilogy and if you haven't read them yet. You really should.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Work in Progress

Ha! That is a funny notion. I had planned on getting so much done this week, seeing as I have the week off, but instead I got sick. Not a little sick but really really sick. Fever, cough, sneeze, repeat. I have been on the couch since last Friday. I have mostly seen this little face, looking at me saying please get better.

Suzie helping me get better

Today, however, I felt a little better. So I got up and sewed for 30 minutes. I finished a few more of my carnival blocks.

Fabric to cut

Then took a minute to admire this pile of fabric, that so needs my attention.

Carnival progress continued

That is the whole extent of any progress I have made. Hoping to be better tomorrow. I would really like to accomplish something, anything, on my break.
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Saturday, February 18, 2012


I am here. Just sick. I caught this nasty flu/cold type thing. It seems to have come on pretty quick, like Thursday was coughing, Friday, was 101.1 fever and coughing . However, I am pretty sure it started last weekend with just feeling groggy and overwhelmed. Plus I just realized I hadn't done all the things I normally take care of during the week. I guess I am most sad about missing the Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild meeting today and slacking on sending out the reminders for that meeting. Luckily, one of our members is covering for me. Anyhow, I will return as soon as I feel better.
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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Busy Weekend and Not much Sewing

This weekend was a very full one. I actually worked this weekend. I know strange right?

Well, teachers sometimes have to work on weekends too. This weekend  was one of those weekends for me. We did a big training on the iPod touches with our pilot teachers. 

Oh I don't think I ever mentioned this before. However, since I am talking about work I might as well share this. I know I have mentioned I teach technology to other teachers in our district along with my normal teaching assignment. Well, two other teachers in my district and myself are leading a pilot program using the iPod touch as a learning tool in the classroom.  

This weekend was all about teaching our group how to use iPod touches with their classes. We learned about podcasting, using QR codes for learning, movies, and quizzing using the iPods. Lots of fun. So much to bring back to my classroom, and the other teacher seemed really eager to get working with their students too. Now I would share pictures, or even the video we made, but lets just put it this way, by 2 o'clock on a Saturday afternoon, teachers have bad teacher humor and no one needs to suffer through that. 

In prgress

I did get a bit of time for sewing though. .I am somewhere between and 1/3 and 1/2 of the way through making my right facing carnival blocks. They can be a little tricky, but are turning out super cute. I am hoping by the last one I will finally get it right. 

Hope everyone had a fun weekend. 
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Work In Progress Wednesday

I didn't really get much done this past week. However, I did attend a really cool workshop with Anna Maria Horner. She is really nice in person and very down to earth. It was fun to get to meet her and listen to her talk about color.

Anna Maria Horner's Quilt sample for class

The workshop was for this really great hexagon quilt. The hexagons are huge and so super cute. I just love her quilt sample for the class. It is so pretty. I can't wait to see how mine turns out.

At the class I spent most of the time cutting. Just look at this stack of cut triangles.

View 2 of cut fabric for AMH Hexagon Quilt

I enjoyed the class, but was a little sad because I spent most of the time cutting. I was extra sad because Janome provided the machines for the class and I would have loved to have played with the machine a lot more. Now, I want a new machine, but that is far far far down the road. I kind of wish I would have taken the class for making one of her bags too, but that is neither here nor there.

For now, I still have a lot more cutting to do. Just look at this pile.

Pile of fabrics left to cut for AMH Quilt

I will also need a design wall to figure this quilt out. Hmm... I wonder how to talk the hubby into that one :).

I didn't get anything accomplished after the class. Somehow, I hurt my hand. I don't think it was related to all the cutting. But who knows I could of just bumped it, or if I hurt myself in some strange way. Seeing as I always end up with the strangest hurts and bruises and forget how I did it. That is what is bad about a high pain tolerance. All I know is my ring finger on my left hand got hurt. I somehow managed to hurt my knuckle joint and I haven't really been able to function right. It is just now starting to get back to normal. The worst part about it is, that I have had time to create, but can't because of my hurt hand. 
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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Aubrey Rose Charm Pack Winner

I have things to write about, but I haven't been around because I hurt my finger. No idea how, but somehow, on Friday afternoon, I hurt the knuckle on my ring finger and typing is just painful, or painfully slow with just one hand.

So now I will slowly type out today's winner of the Aubrey Rose Charm Pack form my I hate laundry and laundry hates me post.

But first, I was amazed with all the strange things that you all have found in your laundry machines' drain trap. Some of my favorites were: an under-wire to a bra, metal nails, and plastic wrap. Some more common things were: gum, baby socks, change, hair, lint, tissues. I think as a public service announcement we should all remember to clean out our pockets, before putting clothes in the laundry machine :). 

As for why mine laundry machine wasn't working, we found : one of my favorite pair of panties, a key (no idea to what), a tag from a set of sheets, some change (0.48 cents to be exact), a red and yellow counter from when I taught first grade (over 2 years ago), a hairband, paper mush, and some dog/human hair (not as much as you would think though with two German Shepherds). It was the underwear that finally did it in, and happened to be the funniest, now how those even got down there I am not sure.

Now back to the winner of this lovely charm pack.

Congratulations Mrs. Pickles!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

AMH trunk show

Oh my goodness I had so much fun tonight at the Anna Maria Horner trunk show. It was fun to listen to her talk about her process and share lots of pictures of her creations and designs.

Anna Maria Horner Trunk show

She seemed really sweet and super down to earth. Plus her work was just amazing in person. I am so glad I decided to go. Can't wait to make a quilt with her.

I did do a little buying while I was there. I mean how could I resist. Look at those lovely fat quarters. That gray flowery fabric is so soft and such a pretty color in person. Plus that dress is super cute actually I really like the top/blouse, which is what I think I am going to make.

Anna Maria Horner Trunk show buys

And I did a little winning too. It was actually quite funny, there I was trying to decided just how much I wanted to spend over at the tables of the fabric and other lovelies that she brought with her. When I hear "619"... hmm I think that number seems familiar.... is that really my number? "Does anyone have 619?" Now I am looking at my ticket... dorky me replies... "oh that's me!" I guess it was kind of good though, because I didn't spend as much as I probably would have had they not called my number. By the time I got back there not much was left. Luckily, I did bring the solids with me because there weren't any more when I returned.


I guess I made the giveaway gods happy again, with my last two giveaways. BTW if you haven't entered my I hate laundry and laundry hates me inspired giveaway for this lovely fabric there is still plenty of time. 2 day to be exact and so far you are only competing with 28 other entries.

Go over to this post and enter using rafflecopter.

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P.S. Sorry for the bad lighting in the photos, could not be helped... plus I just had to share :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

January Finishes

Where did the month of January go? I actually made great progress this month. I finished all my bee blocks and I finished two UFOs and I even started an new project.

The first UFO I finished was my Kaleidoscope Quilt Along Quilt.

Kaleidoscope Quilt

I love the way that quilting turned out on it.

Kaleidoscope Quilt

I also finished a table runner for my friend quilt shop.

charming table runner

It is hanging up over there now. She was super excited to get it, even though it took me forever to finish it.

Although it is not a finish I started working on another quilt for her. It should be done for next months recap.

I will also be posting really soon about my 12 Quilts in '12 goals. I just need to take some pictures!
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Oh yeah and don't forget about my I hate laundry inspired giveaway. If you want to read all about it go over to my I hate laundry and laundry hates me giveaway. I am giving away this lovely charm pack.

Just enter using rafflecopter.