Saturday, November 25, 2006

Bathtime, Hummingbird Style

Living in a dry area, the tree leaves get covered with a layer of brownish dust that I periodically like to wash off - makes the trees look much better. So this morning I was out watering the trees and spraying off the dusty leaves when all of a sudden I noticed a pair of hummingbirds were frolicking in the spray...they would dart into the water, then dart over to a dry branch and shake the water drops off, then fly back into the spray...this lasted for at least 10 minutes..I was 'buzzed' a couple of times - hummingbirds are really loud when they get close! They also were making the cutest little chirps. These two were brownish with a small ruby spot on the throat. From what I can tell from pictures, they most closely matched the Plain-Capped Starthroat Hummingbird pictures - but that species is not known to come this far west - so they were probably some other species. Alas, a larger bird decided that those trees are HIS and ran them off - but what a treat while it lasted!

Friday, November 24, 2006

No Cooking, No Dishes...No Leftovers

Because I have been sick (still am by the by), instead of going to the family get-together at my sister's place like we normally do, we went out for dinner at a local casino's buffet - they put on a terrific spread. No cooking, no dishes...but no leftovers either -which is either good if you tend to pig out on leftovers the next day or bad if you really wanted another taste! I tried not to breathe on anyone and luckily we had a table away from groups.
They had some interesting additions to the traditional menu - pumpkin soup which was very delicious, pumpkin napoleons - also quite tasty, salmon encrusted with ground up pumpkin seeds, and prime rib. But some stuff we have at the family get-together, I really missed - the angel eggs, the mincemeat cookies, the corn pudding...and most of all, the family.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Punkin Puddin and WIP Cream

One of DH's and my favorite desserts is Punkin Puddin...It's made like you would make the filling for pumpkin pie, but with a few mods to make it lower-carb: Splenda instead of sugar, cream instead of evaporated milk and no crust..I also cook it at 400F for 20-25 minutes so its a little faster than waiting for a pie.
Last night we got to hankering for some...but I had no cream in the house and being sick with no desire to head out to the market, I needed something else...so, I melted some low-carb Butter Pecan ice cream in the zapper and made do! It was simply....delish! Served it warm with a scoop of the Butter Pecan ice cream and a drizzle of no-carb maple syrup...YUMMMMM...

And now for the WIP...I am working on the squares for the back of the Heart's Garden quilt:
Here are some strips waiting to be sewn.

Here are some blocks waiting to be ironed. I am pressing the seams open because there are so many of them and since the fabrics are different weights I thought they would look nicer if there were not other colors showing thru the lighter fabrics.
Here is the project book (this quilt is complex enough that it needs a project book!). Inside are all the designs, measurements, and snips of all the fabrics I am using.

And...here are 4 of the completed blocks. You can see the pattern start to emerge! There are actually two different blocks - I found this out quite accidentally! But it looks better when the cuts are rotated on the alternating blocks.

I still have a lot of blocks to do before I can start assembling the Quilt-As-You-Go squares...

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Hair, Hair, Hair

I have had long hair for most of my life...Mama took a picture of me, sans clothes, just wearin' my hair when I was in second grade - hair was down my back to my knees. It got cut a couple of times, mostly still shoulder length except for the time we went to the beauty school on a school field trip and I came back with a 'Twiggy' cut or very short for those of you who don't know who Twiggy was...it was really easy to care for! But..gradually, it got longer again...

It usually gets washed every other day...with hair thickening shampoo and the ends treated to thickening conditioner.

Tuesday I needed to wash the hair....I had to drag my sorry sick butt to the Dr and the hair was icky. I had read a forum post about using just conditioner, no shampoo, for long hair and thought, in my fever-addled condition, that 'what the hey...I could try that'.

So..the technique is to slime up the hair with conditioner making sure its all well-covered with the stuff, wind it up on top of your head and pin or put an old shower cap on...do your other 'stuff' in the shower whilst the conditioner does its 'stuff'...then massage really well - I used my fingernails and gave my scalp a good scratching too - and rinse well for at least 2 to 3 minutes to get all the excess off...

And what do you know...it WORKED as advertised! Hair came out soft, fluffy, not stuck to my head as I expected with just using conditioner and even today, its still lookin' ok. I have to give this technique a good trial, but this first experience quite amazed me. I think the tricks are that you have to let it set and you have to rinse, rinse, rinse...

PS...the Doc has no idea what I have...took a throat culture in case its strep (but I haven't had a high fever), put me on antibiotics 'just in case', gave me a pill to stop the coughing but whose major side effect is to cause stuffy, runny noses, a pill to stop the runny nose, and an invitation to attend a session at the lab with the vampire...24 hours later and I still have a sore throat, but the cough is pretty well suppressed. And I still feel like ... well, use yer imagination!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Thats My Story...and I'm Stickin' To It!

Rian issued a challenge to show the contents of our purses...on the contention that most of us large bag carriers have way too much 'stuff' in there. Well, I need most of it! (That's my story!) I am still a 'working girl' so I have stuff in my purse that will retire from being useful once I retire...but that may not be for a while.
So...here ya go...
This is the contents of the purse. I have a appointment book, my checkbook, a small notebook (DH is always asking me if I have paper), a hairbrush, my 'supplies' since I haven't quite reached the age I can go without them..in there are also cough drops and pepto-bismol tablets, my wallet with credit cards and pictures of the kids, eyeglasses holder, eyeglasses spray and wiper, hand cream, lip balm with sunscreen, a small mirror, ibuprofen, a tape measure, Vaseline, the car charger for my cell phone, aspercreme, my money pouch so I don't have to carry the rest of this stuff while I am at work (it gets locked in the desk), pens and pencils (DH is always making off with them!), the cellphone clip in case I don't have a pocket, the bluetooth earpiece for the cellphone, a pedometer, three different badges to get into different buildings at work - each with their own desk keys and neck straps, and my business cards. These things I don't really need, but have in there anyway: a gift certificate to See's Candies that I keep meaning to redeem, and a foldup Frisbee that's fun to play with(top left). I sometimes cram in a book and frequently there are Joann's coupons in there too.



Here are the keys. And yes, I do know what they all are. Front door, gate, back door, my car, DH's car, gas lock, and PO Box, a hair tie (I have long hair and sometimes I just gotta pony-tail it) and my 'ruby' key ring fob that you use in the LQS to determine color values...on a separate ring - see pic with keys attached, is the key to the computer lock and the store 'value' cards that get scanned at the checkout. I use the D-ring clips to attach the keys to a belt loop if I don't have a pocket. I used to have a large diaper pin on there for pinning them to me, but haven't had to do that in a long time, so I took that off..
I realized after I took the picture that the bag is a bit grubby...but its also been in use for more than 6 years. I will have to replace it one of these days...the inner lining is starting to fail...but I am so used to it that I will look for something similar!

More Meme Stuff..."Those Were The Days"

The things I do to amuse myself...sigh.

What was your first childhood pet?
A big tomcat named Tom is the first one I can remember. He has the dubious honor of being the cat that snuck in while we were looking elsewhere, jumped up on the counter and started gnawing on the salmon that was supposed to be for our dinner...I think we ended up with grilled cheese sandwiches instead.
What was your favorite comic?
Calvin and Hobbes. Current fave is Dilbert.
What was your favorite childhood book?
Oh...I read too much to have just one favorite! I loved going to the library!
Did you ever have an imaginary friend as a child?
I don't think so...at least not one that I recall. I had a very good imagination though.
Did you play an instrument as a child?
Flute and guitar. Baritone saxophone in High School - they needed a bass section and the fingering was close to the flute fingering, so I volunteered. It was a pain marching with that 65 pound monstrosity...I named it 'Herr Baron Ludwig von Foghorne' and used a drummer's strap that goes across the body to keep it from strangling me - normally saxophones are suspended from the neck! It stretched over my head to below my knees. Still have the flute and guitar. Have my grandmother's C-Sax somewhere in the garage. I actually play the flute better now than when I was in high school.
What was the first hit single record you bought?
No idea. My sis and I didn't go much for single records. I remember getting the Monkee's album though.
What tune sums up teenage summers?
'The Summer Smiles'
What was first pop concert you went to?
I think 'Jesus Christ, Superstar' is as close to a pop concert as I have gotten. Saw it at the Greek Theater in Hollywood. If I went to any other ones, they don't stand out enough to remember.
Fave teenage TV program?
Dark Shadows!
Were you a naughty or a good girl at school?
Mostly good. I did get in trouble occasionally though... once when a tyrant of a little boy started teasing me unmercilessly about a boil I had on my leg...I went after him with a jumprope...that got me called into the Principal's office with my mom...and another time when we were in band in Elementary school - the band practice was at the Junior High, about 5 miles from the Elementary school, a couple of hours earlier than the Elementary school started...The teacher did not show up...so I got the bright idea to walk to the Elementary school and convinced the rest of the kids - probably 20 or so - to go with me - I knew how to get there! We walked in the train track ditch - no tracks - there hadn't been a train in there in many a year. But since it was a ditch, we could not be seen either! Normally, after practice, we were bussed back to the Elementary school. The schools both panicked when neither one knew where we were! We did get to the Elementary school just as it started the morning session... But I almost got paddled for that one.
Miss Popularity, Artsy Pants, weirdo or geek, which of these groups classify you at secondary[high] school?
I was a Band Freak and very bookish...not popular. Though I did hang out with an improv group (see prior meme) but most of us were Band Freaks...
Girl most likely to [as in year book]?
I dunno what they thought of me...mostly I ignored their opinions of me!
What color did you paint your bedroom as a teenager?
Walls were white...it was a rental. We had a pink rug and pink flowered bedspreads and curtains.
Very first paid job ever?
Babysitting. It was the first time I ever was around 'naughty' children - my younger sister was the only kid I really knew well and she was not that kind of kid!...there were 4 of them and only one of me...one of the instigators finally wore herself down and fell asleep in one of the door ways...I covered her with an afghan but left her there...I sure was NOT going to try to pick her up (she was too big for me to pick up anyway) or wake her up to get her into a bed! But the parents thought that was not the right thing to do...so they never hired me again. I could not WAIT til they got home. It was one of the most horrible experiences of my life! I don't remember ever doing any other babysitting either, except for occasionally staying with my sis.
Have you ever been really drunk?
No.
Did you smoke dope? and if so did you do a Bill Clinton [ smoking but not inhaling]?
No.
A stupid thing you did?
I was one of 21 people stuffed in a Volkswagen Bug and the guy actually drove it with it that crammed...
Left handed or right handed?
Right. Though I can do most things left-handed too, including writing, drawing and eating. Learned to shoot a bow left handed - turns out I am left-eyed so shooting works better that way anyway.
Should you play a board game with me?
Yeah...but I won't play chess with you! Chess makes me incredibly nervous - I get panic attacks playing it.
If you came to visit me what would we do?
It would probably involve crafts or quilting or eating...cool scenery works for me too.

Another Meme and Yeah...This Time I Really am Bored

BAH...I am still sick...I am supposed to be out shopping for the d***** turkey but I am too sick to be motivated to go anywhere - 'sides in the grocery store I would be just giving out presents of my germs - not so nice...throat is killing me. I will be going to the doc in the AM if its not gone to see if its one of those kind that antibiotics can help...it has the potential of fouling up my Turkey Day plans...
So..I am bored. I read a bunch of blogs. I read some forums. I read my email. Should be working on Christmas presents but...not motivated to do that either...sigh. So..I tried this meme...

Someone knocks on your door at 2am, who do you want it to be?
We have a fenced yard with a gate...if it was someone we know, they'd call first. And if it was someone we don't know, we probably would not answer the door anyway.
Your boss tells you he/she will give you a $20 raise if you'll do your job naked. Do you stay and take the raise?
Well..if I could do it on my telecommute days...I might consider it! (She's have to trust me that I was naked...not even gonna do the webcam bit to prove it though!)
Put yourself in a nutshell.
I am a generalist and like a bit of this and a bit of that.
Ever see a ghost?
Yes. After my BIL died, both DH and I saw a cold black misty shape that tried to communicate with us...we saw it at different times. Lasted until we buried him. Have seen others too.
Happy with your body?At present? Not particularly...would trade it for two figs....or something like that. Can I have one that's perky, 20 pounds slimmer, 20 years younger and that actually enjoyed exercising?? And is well??? Pleeeezz?
A reason to move to Iceland.
Its a little remote for me...but if I had to have a reason, the pictures make it look charming.
A place you've lived that you miss.
Don't really miss places.
A job you'd never do, no matter how much you were paid.
Spider handler or researcher.
A band/group you thought was cool when you were 13.
Liked the Doors and the Beatles but the Monkees were all that!
You have a nightmare, who's the first person you think to call?
Wouldn't call anyone particularly...might wake up DH but probably not...if it was sufficiently interesting, I might write down what I recall of the dream and have my mom do dream analysis on it the next day - she's very good at getting to the root of whatever is bothering you that caused the dream in the first place.
Wanna have kids before you're 30?
Did. Two. One of each kind.
A memory from high school.
Bad: A girl deliberately stepped on my toe after I had an operation on said toe and I told her to be careful where she was walking...She laughed...I hope she gets/got hers in bad karma.
Good: We had a cool group that put on improv skits called ALGHNAJF...it stood for 'The Acme Little Giant Hydro Nuclear Atomic Jute Factory - Formerly Known As Major Morris Wolfback's Traveling Side Show - Masters of the Jest, Purveyors of Mirth and Bringers of Happiness and Joy to the World'(that last phrase was sung..you know the tune!)....you had to be able to SAY the name out loud - correctly - to join the group...I was the Grand Wizzier of the Treasury...with a grand total of two cents, which I tried to give away at opportune times...but oddly, no one ever wanted to take my two cents. We were very funny and put on skits for the elementary schools and even got taped for a local TV show once.
Ever had a crush on a friend's parent?
No...ick..
Do you look more like your mom or dad?
More like my mom..actually probably more like my mom's mom...
Something you've always wanted to learn to do.
Play the harp.
How you'd like your life to be in 10 years.
I should like to be happy and still able to do crafty projects. We'll see if my traitorous body will cooperate at least that far...
Something you learned this year.
Silk Ribbon embroidery (and encrusted crazy quilting). Delicious.
What do you want for your birthday?
I tend to ask for craft supplies. Gift cards so I can pick out the craft supplies myself are always nice. A nice relaxing meal at a good restaurant. Calls from my kids.
Name 4 things you did yesterday.
1. Did a couple loads of laundry.
2. Cut out squares for Christmas projects...but that really wore me out.
3. Made some frozen shrimp scampi and veggies for dinner.
4. Talked on the phone to my DD.
Last item you bought yourself?
Green chenille yarn and some confetti yarn for a scarf...started making it up and love the colors but just don't love the way it hangs...I need a much bigger crochet hook - a big fat one so the piece is soft not stiff. It would make a good hot pad at this point!
What did you have for breakfast?
A bowl of ice cream with frozen blueberries...the only thing that sounded good on a sore throat.
Name a celeb you crush on.
Alan Rickman. mmm...love that voice...
Name the last 3 songs you heard.
'From This Moment'
'You Know My Name'
Mariachi music - neighbors two doors down had a wedding reception last night with mariachi's, a loudspeaker, a DJ and about a hundred cars (thank goodness we don't park on the street!)It got a bit tiresome after midnight...thankfully it was not too obnoxious in the back bedroom...The big white tent with the twinkly lights came down this morning.
How many hours of sleep do you get each night?
I need at least 5. Feel better with 8 but some nights I just can't stay asleep.
What do you wish you were doing right now?
Anything but being sick...
Who's the first person in your phone book on your cell?
DH...I put his cell in as A1...
Last time you witnessed a fight?
A real one? Don't remember. Movie fights? Last night.
Name 3 places you'd like to travel to.
1. New Zealand/Australia
2. Hawaii
3. Washington State
Do you know how to ice skate?
Yes. Took lessons in High School. If I could have found a sponsor, might have tried to train for Olympics. I loved it. Still love watching.
Name something you like that's out of the ordinary.
Working on (writing/debugging) computer programs at 3 in the morning...that used to be the cheapest time to work on the computers back in college - you got more bang for the lab buck and it was quiet and peaceful in the computer center. It's still quiet and peaceful at that hour, so sometimes, that's when I work!
Is bigger really better?
Depends majorly on what 'it' is...could be...might not be...
What do you think of Brad Pitt?
Not much. Overrated in my opinion.
What color are your toenails.
Me colored.
Do you own anything with a skull on it?
Not that I can recall.
Traveled to Europe?
Yes. Twice. Once in early college - stayed the entire summer with family and traveled around Europe on a Eurail pass with my sis and Grandmother. Then when my kids were young (7 and 9) we went for 3 weeks.
Last movie you watched?
The new James Bond Movie - Casino Royale...its a trip and a half...Daniel Craig is very good as 007...Love those big blue eyes! DH took me out to see it last night since the mariachi's were sooo loud - we had to escape! I did my best not to breathe on anyone. I don't think I got close to anyone and we always sit in the front row anyway so there were no patrons around us.
Where were you when you had your first kiss?
Under the lilac tree on the side yard at my childhood home.
Last board game you played?
Don't remember! It probably was Monopoly.
Leather or lace?
Lace.
Ever had a black eye?
Not that I recall...but might have as a kid.
Have you ever worn fishnet stockings?
Yes...and they were rather painful too! The netting cut into the bottoms of my feet. But..it was the style! Would I wear them now? Probably not...Have only worn regular hose twice in the last year (both last month - for the wedding rehearsal and the wedding.)

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Meme for the Bored

I guess this means I am bored? (not really, but I am suffering from some strange stomach thing that's making me run down the hall to the porcelain throne room frequently...I hope it stops soon.)
From Calico Cat
1. Flip to page 18, paragraph 4 in the book closest to you right now, what does it say?
Optimizing images to find the best compromise between small file size and adequate image quality is a challenge for anyone who works with images on the Web.
2. If you stretch out your left arm - as far as possible, what are you touching?
Air...if I reach backwards a bit, I run into a box of embellishments for crazy quilting...laces, ribbons, buttons, beads and embroidery floss.
3. What's the last program you watched on tv?
Dancing with the Stars! Emmett Rules!
4. Without looking, guess what time it is.
Close to 7 pm
5. Except the computer, what can you hear right now?
The neighbor's noisy diesel truck...sigh
6. When was the last time you were outside and what did you do?
About 45 minutes ago when I waved goodbye to DH as he left for class, and then closed the gate behind him.
7. What are you wearing?
Flannel pj bottoms, old computer show T-Shirt, slipper boots.
8. Did you dream last night? If you did, what about?
I know I dreamed...but just don't remember what it was about. Unless I have a pad of paper by the bed to jot down notes as soon as I wake up, they are fleeting as dewdrops on a sunny morning.
9. When was the last time you laughed?
DH cracked a joke a couple of hours ago.
10. What's on the walls, in the room you're in right now?
Nothing except white paint...boring! There isn't much of the walls that can be seen though..too much furniture!
11. Have you seen anything strange lately?
Not that I can think of...
12. What do you think about this meme?
Well...I AM doing it, yanno...
13. What's the last film you saw?
Stranger Than Fiction - best Will Ferrell movie yet. Enjoyed it. (Did NOT like Barat...bah..ick..waste of money)
14. If you became a multimillionaire, what would you do with the money?
Save it to start with...then buy a couple of good investment properties...blow a little on treats like a vacation and maybe a long arm quilting setup (with the room addition it needs)
15. Tell us something about yourself that most people don't know.
I read technical computer books before bed. (see question 1!)
16. If you could change ONE THING in this world, without regarding politics or bad guilt - what would it be?
Every child would go to bed at night, well fed and knowing he/she was loved.
17. Do you like dancing?
Like it...just can't do it very well...DH is ballroom dancing trained...he tries to get me to dance but its comical at best. My rythmic timing is soooo off!
18. Last crafty endeavour?
Worked on my string quilt blocks.
19. What do you want your children's names to be, girl/boy?
That boat has left the harbor a looooong time ago! We had one boy's name in reserve in case the girl turned out not to be a girl: Jonathan Russell...
20. What amused you recently?
Dorothy posted yesterday that it was National Clean Out Your Fridge Day...not that I particularly planned on cleaning out MY fridge...but the gals at work picked yesterday to clean out the communal fridge (it was stinky) and it tickled me it just happened to be NCOYF Day...

Wedding Quilt Siggy Blocks

Had a question on a previous post asking to explain how I prepared the wedding quilt siggy blocks for DS and DDIL's wedding quilt that I am making. Here is a sample of what the blank blocks look like:


I cut the white muslin squares 6.5 inches. I cut squares of freezer paper to 8.5 inches. Center the muslin square on the shiny side of the freezer paper. Fold the edges over - first the sides, then the top and bottom. Iron the freezer paper to the muslin. By covering the edges of the muslin square with the freezer paper, you guarantee that whatever your guests write in the square, they won't get into your seam allowance!

I provided both black and colored fabric ink pens and the results were really cute!


Here are a couple of the finished squares. Once you get them home, peel the freezer paper off, iron the ink to set it and you have gorgeous blocks to set into your quilt!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Run Run Gingerbread Boys!


Aren't these the cutest ornaments? We had a craft fair at work today and I could not resist these cuties...they are fabric fused to craft foam and die stamped...I am thinking of making something similar but not die stamping them...just cutting with my sharp little scissors.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Ye Olde Oaken Cabinets

One of those chores that owners of oak cabinets face, especially if said cabinets are in the bathroom or the kitchen (I have them in both- what was the builder thinking!) is periodically refinishing the surface of the cabinets since moisture can make them a bit grayish and streaky...I hadn't done mine in a while and they were in sore need! I use a restorer called Howard Restor-a-Finish..you apply it with a pad of fine steel wool, wipe dry then top with orange oil wax...it took me two days, but I finished both bathrooms and the kitchen...owww! my hands are sore! But ye olde oaken cabinets look purty dang good...and I managed to not get any of the stuff in my fingernails. Most of the neighbors have replaced their cabinets (or at least the doors) but I have managed to keep mine looking good enough that I don't see the need to spend all that money to replace them...especially since the Howard stuff is relatively inexpensive and only takes a couple of days for me to do...

Ok..So I'm Late With This Meme...

From Shelina's blog
(better late than never, eh?)

Have You Ever?
1 Taken a quilting class
2 Paper pieced
3 Hand quilted
4 Hand pieced
5 Created your own pattern
6 Published a pattern in a magazine or book
7 Gone on a quilting retreat
8 Gone to a quilting convention
9 Met someone who wrote a quilting book
10 Combined your quilting with some other craft
11 Done any three dimensional quilting - like fabric origami
12 Made something using Thimbleberries fabric (no...and don't plan to!)
13 Made something using batiks
14 Dyed your own fabric
15 Made a landscape hanging
16 Made a New York Beauty quilt - does one block count?
17 Made a baby quilt (in process)
18 Made a wall hanging
19 Made a journal quilt
20 Submitted your journal quilt for viewing as long as viewing on the web counts!
21 Made a fabric postcard
22 Made a artistic trading card (ATC)
23 Exchanged artistic trading cards
24 Mailed your own postcard
25 Made a lap quilt
26 Made a twin size quilt
27 Made a full size quilt
28 Made a queen size quilt
29 Made a king size quilt
30 Donated a quilt to charity - no, but I worked on a charity quilt
31 Sent a quilt out to a quilter
32 Thrown away a UFO - no, but getting close...
33 Given away a UFO
34 Cut up a UFO and made something else with it
35 Ripped fabric instead of cutting it
36 Made a quilt exactly like the pattern, with no changes whatsoever
37 Done any Sashiko - didn't know it was Sashiko at the time though!
38 Quilted your own quilt
39 Did free motion quilting
40 Put any embroidery or beads on your quilt
41 Given away your quilt to a stranger
42 Swapped fabric
43 swapped blocks
44 participated in a round robin
45 participated in an ostritch round robin
46 kept a journal about your quilting
47 written a letter to someone who made an antique quilt
49 kept a blog about your quilting
50 participated in a gift exchange
51 sent a quilting random act of kindness
52 joined a newsgroup about quilting
53 made a quilt using a pattern from quilterscache
54 joined an online block of the month
55 made a block of the month quilt
56 subscribed to a fabric of the month club
57 bought fabric at an online store
58 bought fabric from ebay
59 own more than one sewing machine
60 have a room dedicated solely to sewing - no, but its close!
61 hide a fabric purchase
62 finished making a holiday gift before July
63 spent more than $200 in one quilt shopping trip
64 made a quilt using a book from the library
65 worked with someone else to make a quilt
66. joined a quilt guild - no, but in process of starting one...
67 become president of a quilt guild
68 taught a quilting class
69 helped someone else get the quilting bug
70 taught a child to sew
71 made a Dear Jane block
72 Made a miniature quilt
73 watch QNN - quilters news network
73 subscribe to a quilting magazine from your own country
74 subscribe to a quilting magazine from another country - bought a few copies though
75 buy fabric from another country
76 swapped completed quilts with someone else
77 asked for quilting help online
78 gone to a quilt shop to ask for quilting help
79 bought fabric at a local quilt shop
80 traveled more than 100 miles to go to a quilt shop
81 used nontraditional fabric for a quilt - something other than cotton or flannel
82 made a quilt using instructions given to you on a blog
83 make comments on someone's quilting blog
84 meet a quilter in person after only having talked online
85 had a quilting retreat in your home
86 own quilting software
87 made a quilt you designed on your quilting software
88 done any quilt research - history, interviewing quilters, etc.
89 had any quilt related subject published anywhere
90 donated a quilt to a museum
91 bought a quilt from a thrift store
92 made a quilt using fabric from a thrift store
93 made a quilt using photos
94 made a pastel quilt
95 made a quilt using brights
96 made a quilt using ethnic fabric from another country - African, Asian, etc.
97 made a quilt using leftover blocks from other quilts
98 had your quilt in a magazine, newspaper, newsletter, TV, etc.
99. submitted your quilt to a quilt show - no, but I plan to!
100. won any ribbons with your quilts
101 had more finished quilts than UFOs
102 made a quilt using reproduction fabrics
103 took a break from quilting that was longer than a year
104 made money with your quilting
105 had a job in the fabric / quilting industry

Saturday, November 11, 2006

She's gone Beta, A New Kind of Blog...

<Cue Music>
Shes gone Beta, look at that Blog
Shes gone Beta, away from her roots
Shes gone Beta, a new kind of Blog
Shes gone Beta, here she comes....
</Fade Music>

(with appologies to Alan Jackson)

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