Monday, December 31, 2007

2007 Quilty Ponderings

I binged and purged this year. On the fabric diet. Off the fabric diet. On. Off.

I didn’t sew as much as I would have liked to, but I did have a good time this year and appliqued a ton!

Finished Quilts and Flimsies:

~ The giterdun/gotitdun! If I never make another quilt, I’m happy with that one.
~ Bundling Board
~ Alex’s 2006 retreat project
~ Brown/taupe shop sample for Ginger
~ Purple shop sample for Ginger
~ Duck quilt shop sample for Ginger
~ Holly Jolly tablerunner
~ Gingerbreadmen table runner
~ Spooky Nights
~ Two quilts which were just mailed out today

WIPS started:

~ 2007 retreat project, Holiday Lights
~ Blue/red Quilts in a Bag
~ Hometown Christmas
~ Peach Cobbler

Applique projects started: (These were worked on regularly.)

~ Pumpkins
~ All Things Christmas
~ Strawberry Hill
~ Piece & Plenty

I would love to see all of these finished, quilted and bound in 2008, but I’m not going to put undue pressure on myself to do that. My number one, highest priority resolution in 2008 is to enjoy every single quilting moment! Yes, I’ll use the stash. But I’m going to enjoy every last stitch I take!

I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! Remember, whatever you do on New Year’s Day, you do for the rest of the year! So don’t forget to take a few stitches!


~ My career that lets me afford to quilt
~ Friends made, friendships renewed, and old friends
~ A healthy and happy family
~ A healthy and happy me
~ The sweetness in my life named Daisy

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If you get a moment, mosey on over and say hello. But don't tell him I sent you. Because he's notorious for playing jokes on folks. And it's my turn to get him!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Sunday Report

... and when she was good, she was very, very good. And when she was bad, she was horrid...

The double Irish chain was delivered on Thursday night. The looks of surprise on their faces was enough to erase all the grief experienced while making this monster!

I had never added up the fabric before. I was surprised that it was only 28.375 yards. I would have sworn it was at least four times that! LOL. So since this is officially out of my life, I'm going to count that yardage busted.

And add six more inches to that count for more Christmas fabric ribbons for packages! Hey, every inch counts!

Now, on the enhancement front, that's where the horrid part comes in. But it's all Jane's fault. You see, she insisted we go to a 40% off everything sale. We really had fun there, and I came home with probably more than 28.375 yards plus six inches!

40% off: 2 more Holly Jolly jelly rolls; 7 yards of Holly Jolly background; 5 yards of a patriotic backing; 1 yard each of five different orange crackle fabric for pumpkins; 3 yards of Yuletide Blessings for a backing; 2.5 yards (end of bolt) of more Sunshine background that I needed because I didn't have enough. That's 22.5 yards. Okay, I'm still on the plus side! Whew!

But that's it for me! C'est tout!

I've been deleting emailed sale announcements like crazy. One resolution for 2008 is that I am only going to buy online from The Fat Quarter Shop, and am only going to support two local quilt shops this year. I stop in at Ginger's every week but I'm sorry to say I didn't purchase a lot there this year. The other shop is a fair drive away from home, so I don't visit there very often. If I absolutely need something and Kimberly doesn't have it, then I'll venture out to the two shops. No more "Oh, that's really cute. Let me poke that button." I'm psyched up for this. I'm determined. I am strong. I am woman. Hear me roar. I just dated myself.

Do you have a Tutto bag? Oh, my, I was so surprised on Christmas to get this! I have admired them for a long time, and even almost bought one at Road to California last January. It will make going to sew-ins so much easier. My sewing machine and everything will be all nicely tucked away in this rolling bag! Thank you, Santa!! Maybe I wasn't so horrid after all! :) :)

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Smiling here!!

The Giterdun is changing its call sign.

The Giterdun is now the GOTITDONE!!!!

Delivery tomorrow!!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas to All

I was hoping to have a picture to post today of the finished giterdun, but I'm only about three-quarters of the way around on the binding. Since most of that was done today, I know I'll be able to get it done by Thursday.

I just want to wish everyone the most glorious holiday season. Whatever your faith, may December 25th be a day full of joy and happiness.

Friday, December 21, 2007

It's Over!

All the work Christmas planning - cards, customer gift baskets, office dinner, etc., etc. is over! This year went so smoothly. I'm still waiting for the other shoe to drop! I'm off until next Wednesday! And then another four-day weekend for New Year's! Plumb giddy here!

I'm about finished with the two secret quilt projects, and then I'll be finishing up the binding on the giterdun over the holidays. Boss will be back in town next Thursday. I should be able to get it done by then! It will soon be out of my life forever!!

Wednesday night when I got home there was a note clipped to the garage door that they were coming in today to measure the windows for new blinds. I noticed that every door in our circle had the notes on them. My first thought was why they had to measure all of the condos. There are only three floor plans here. Couldn't they just measure one of each style and go from there? Oh, and the note also said that we had to have all window treatments down and all furniture moved away from the windows. Sorry Charlie! There's no way I can move that huge TV armoire, both downstairs and in my bedroom. My living room sofa now resides in front of a window also, and the stash room -- yikes, all sorts of stuff is under that window including my grandmother's treadle machine. So I did a quick vacuum and mopped the kitchen floor this morning and called it good. Well, they did come in today because the sheers were all wonky, and Daisy was real skittish when I got home. But there was no note left saying, "Vicky, you really MUST clean up this quilty stuff!" Whew! LOL

We shut it down at 4:00 today, so I stopped by Ginger's on the way home for a fix. Ginger looked so cute! She had on a Mrs. Santa Clause outfit with the pockets of her apron filled with candy that she was handing out to everyone who came in! Tons of cookies and snacks! It's such a happy shop to visit. No, I didn't buy anything! LOL

The branch of our bank that I frequent was robbed on Wednesday. I'm glad I called before I drove over there, and really thankful that no one was physically hurt. They were really shaken, though. The branch manager told me that she's experienced robberies before, but it was always a one-person job. This time it was a take-over. Several people coming in and screaming and shouting profanities, real aggressive and mean types. Everyone had to get face down on the floor, and the all the tellers had to empty their drawers. She told me that when they came in, they asked who had the keys to the vault. She was petrified that they would come to get her to open it, but she said they never did. They had counselers in that day to talk to all the employees, and I sure hope it helped. I can't even imagine being in that kind of situation. Scary stuff!

I'll have pictures to post in a few days. I have honestly been searching for something to photograph just so the blog wouldn't be so blah, but there's nothing interesting to share. I'm so boring!

Oh, geez, Daisy is having the best time over there tearing up a paper towel all over the carpet. It's a good thing she's so cute!
EDIT: Daisy finished with the paper towel and graduated to overturning the trash can by my sewing machine - again! I heart my dog!


~ The Christmas spirit has arrived!
~ Feeling almost back to normal.
~ The "winter" weather we're having!
~ Humming Christmas carols all day!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

A Wonderful Day

Jane and I went to The Nutcracker ballet yesterday afternoon at Bridges Auditorium on the gorgeous Claremont Colleges campus. It's four or five miles from the house, and although I've driven through the campus before, I've never gotten out and walked around.

We had to park a couple of blocks away and walk. Such a gorgeous day, and seeing everything so lush and green on the campus was fabulous. I commented to her that it reminded me a lot of the LSU campus with all the big trees, except there were no azaleas. No sooner than I said that we spotted some blooming azalea bushes. Talk about make me homesick! If only there were blooming gardenias!

The ballet was such fun! I was particularly partial to the mice because I danced the Nutcracker for 10 years when I was a kid, and I think for about six of those years I was a mouse! There were several truly extraordinary dancers in the cast. We really had a great time! Of course, we were both humming the music when we left there.

We got out just in time to head to the employee Christmas party at Ginger's. There was so much food there! I mean, lots and lots of food, from a baked ham to every sort of homemade cookie and cakes and pies you could imagine, and Ginger's famous homemade potato salad! I may have gained back several of those pounds I lost a couple of weeks ago! We had a gift exchange, and I came home with a gift certificate to Starbucks! Ginger and Linda were so sweet to give us all a gift also. One of the items in my package was a tube of gardenia scented hand lotion! The day was complete!

This shop is really special in that Ginger and Linda encourage folks to just drop by and visit. There's always something to nibble on there and the coffee pot is always on. You just feel like you're home when you walk in. I especially love that I always get hugs when I'm leaving. Heck, I never turn down hugs!

I had a wonderful day yesterday, but it will be nice to stay home today. I'm finishing up one small project today, and will be a binding machine next week! I've got three bindings to get done! Daisy will be happy because I'll be sitting next to her on the sofa. LOL

My gratitudes today and every day are the wonderful friends and "family" I have here in SoCal. I can't imagine how I ever got along without them in my life!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Wrapping Presents

The only thing I hate worse than shopping is wrapping presents! I finally broke down and bought Christmas paper at Albertson's a couple of weeks ago.

Today I had to pick up a small gift for a gift exchange at Ginger's employee party tonight. No, I'm not an employee, but I guess they felt like they had to invite me since I'm always hanging around there! LOL. Anyway, I headed over to this cute little gift shop a couple of miles from my house, and there was a cuter shop next door to that one. So I bopped in there and found something. And a gift for another friend while I was in there.

Anyway, I got home and pulled out my wrapping paper. I'm good to go. Uh oh, do I have Scotch tape? I dug and dug and finally came up with some. Whew! So I get this thing wrapped on the kitchen counter because every other surface in the house has a project on it. I kind of bunched up the paper on the ends because I just can't seem to get those corners to miter like everyone else can. Okay, it's done.

Oh, no, I don't have any ribbon. No use looking because I know I don't have any.

But I've got a pinking rotary cutter. And I've got lots of red stash! Voila!!!

So now I've got something to report on Sunday's stashbusting report. Two inches of red fabric!!! :) :) :) And no fabric purchases -- well, none for me!

Jane will be here in a bit and we're off to see the Nutcracker ballet. It's over at Claremont Colleges. Since that's a block or two away from my hair salon (yes, Beth, I did get a dip and clip this morning!), I wandered around through the campus until I found the auditorium where it will be held. That campus is so beautiful.

Then from the ballet, we'll be going to Ginger's for the party. I swannee, I'm turning into a regular party animal! LOL


~ Easy shopping this morning

~ Putting tape on my shopping list

~ Putting Estroven on my shopping list! :)

~ Finally feeling almost normal, except for the hives that found me after Applique Club on Thursday night. I wonder what I nibbled on that did that to me. :(

~ Daisy discovering wrapping paper cut-aways. And making a mess!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Lots of Nothing

I have zero pictures to show you, and zero interesting things to report. Just got home from work after a stop at the market. I'm getting better about shopping. Went straight to the Jell-O and yogart, Dr. Pepper and bottled water. It's real easy to figure out what to eat these days! LOL

I'm almost to the point that I can get back to the binding on the giterdun. By Sunday I'll be binding like a maniac. I might even take it to Applique Club on Thursday night. Yeah, that's what I'll do! I had to stop when I got to the first corner because it wouldn't turn right. I've never had that happen to me before on the miters. I need to ponder it a bit and figure out what I did wrong.

I'm really looking forward to Saturday for two reasons. First, I get a dip and clip. I missed my haircut and color the weekend after I was in the hospital. Instead of rescheduling, I decided just to wait until my next appointment. I go in every three weeks. Yikes, it's shaggy and gray. Gray! When did that happen? And this is the Nutcracker Ballet weekend! I'm so excited about that. I can't wait!

One thing I'm definitely going to do this weekend is take down the pumpkin stuff off the mantle and at least hang the Christmas wreath. I'm so far behind! Of course, I could just put some greenery up there with the pumpkins and call it good! LOL

I really did have lots of nothing to talk about!


~ A picture that made me smile today!
~ Loving this crispy, cool weather!
~ Inspired beyond all reason about quilty things!
~ Countdown to Road to California!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Sunday 12-9-07 Stash Report

Man, it's killing me to be this good!! I wasn't perfect, but all things considered, the CEO of Purchasing is pretty happy with herself!

I poked a lot of buttons this week, but they were mostly things for others. I did poke once for myself, and that was to pay for something that I had reserved a while back. So that doesn't count since it ordered a long time ago. Right? :) Kimberly at will vouch for me on this one! I promise!

Yesterday I went to two quilt shops and got a backing, three FQs and a pattern. The backing was purchased for two reasons: first, I need it for a patriotic project. But I can't reveal the REAL reason I bought it. Not yet anyway! LOL. So let's not count that purchase either! Okay, I'll admit I didn't need the three FQs, but they were polka dots! I mean, polka dots! I have quite a collection of those, and I couldn't stand to leave those three piddly FQs at the quilt shop! They looked lonely!

The pattern is Irish Reel from the Straight to the Point Series, I hate sewing diagonal rows with those setting triangles. I always get all discombobulated sewing those together. This pattern has you sew straight rows and then make two long cuts on the quilt top and sew it back together to get the on-point setting. This pattern only needs three fabrics, so I can see some stash busting on this one. I'm going to dig into the Robyn Pandolph stash closet. I'll bet there's something in there that will work! Edit: Well, the link won't take you right to the pattern. In the search box on the Make it Easy link up in the top right corner, type in "Straight to the Point" and you'll get to it. Sorry!

The funny thing is that I'm actually thinking stash busting these days whenever I look at a pattern or book. That's good! I'm usually like the high school teenager who's been invited to a party. I have to go out and buy a new dress, even though I have a closet full of new dresses that still have the tags on them. Not any more! I want to use up some of this stuff -- okay, maybe only to make room for more stuff, but we won't talk about that!

The picture was taken this morning when I went out with Daisy. There's snow on our mountaintops! Hooray! Our "winter" has arrived!

Christmas Shopping

Jane and I went out and about yesterday in the cold and drizzly rain. I had such fun! I've been just going to work and coming home for the past three weeks, and it was good to giggle with her. We went to two quilt shops and an antique store that we've visited before.

I was SO good! I bought four yards of a patriotic backing that I needed, three polka dot fat quarters and one pattern! Everything else I got were gifts for various and sundry folks.

Judy, you really need to visit SoCal soon! The two shops still had lots of Holly Jolly fabric! See? LOL.

You should have heard us in the antique store. We were laughing so much at some of that stuff. There were a couple of things I probably would have gotten if it weren't for Christmas being just around the corner. I'll go back after Christmas. If they're still there, then they were meant to be! I was looking for one particular thing for a gift, and what I found was either way too expensive or way too cheap. I'm going to keep looking. Eventually I'll find it!

Daisy was being so funny when I got home. Yesterday morning, I retrieved a small FQ Shop box from the garage thinking it would be perfect to mail a present in. Well, it was too small and I left it sitting on the floor by my cutting table. When I walked in last night, she had her head down against the side of the box and was pushing it across into the living room. I started laughing when I saw her. She looked up at me, and then went back to pushing that box around the house. I didn't get it but she was having fun! Doesn't take much to entertain that baby - boxes, water bottles, spools of Aufrafil thread! LOL.
Went to dinner with Jane and her sweet DH last night. First real food I've had since the endodontist visit on Friday morning. My mouth felt perfectly fine until about halfway through the meal. I took a couple of Motrin and it feels better this morning. I might ought to stick to Jell-O for another few days. :(
~ The remarkable feeling of being with good friends and laughing about absolutely nothing!
~ The rain!
~ My silly dog making me laugh - again!
~ A whole day stretching ahead with absolutely nothing on the agenda except what I want to do!! Oh, yeah, and laundry!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Worn Out Here!

I've been busier than all get-out.

I have the second appointment with the endodontist tomorrow morning. I started back on the antibiotics today. I hope my stomach doesn't get all messed up again, and that this whole ordeal will be over shortly!

I'm going Christmas shopping with Jane this weekend. I've got to say that only once have I actually gone out Christmas shopping in the almost 14 years I've been in SoCal. It's scary out there - way too many crazy folks. But hopefully she will be navigating, or at least co-piloting, and I'm going to do it!!! LOL

My goal is to finish this sewing by the weekend, and then I have to get busy on the binding for the boss' quilt. I have two weeks to get that done as they will going out of town before Christmas. In a week and a half or so if you hear some gleeful screaming coming from my direction, that will be me with a finished giterdun!!!!

That's it from my boring little part of the world. It's cooling down quickly outside as it's supposed to start raining tonight. I can't wait!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Sunday Stash Report

1st Weekends are my Christmas sewing weekends. Although I haven't sewn on any Christmas projects yet, the weekend is not over!

I did turn on the Bernina yesterday and had a glorious sewing day. I'm working on something that is turning out really nice, although it's a secret and I can't blog about it. LOL. I should finish it up this week and it's off to be quilted. I lost two weeks while I was sick, so I'm behind schedule.

It's cold here - well, California cold. It was in the low 40s last night and will be in the mid 60s today. The rain we had on Friday has washed away all the ash and soot, and everything is so beautifully green here. If I venture out today, I'll take my camera along and will add some Southern California winter shots for those in blogland who are getting snow this weekend and experiencing a real winter!

Stash news: I have a good and bad report this Sunday. The bad news is that I have not busted any stash - and won't until I get this quilt top finished and get the binding finished on the giterdun. The good news is that I didn't buy anything this week except for two patterns to aid in the stash busting efforts, and two months' worth of those flower of the month fabrics. Half yard cuts. As I've mentioned before, I seem to buy things in sets, and I can't stop this set now. I'm just glad the year is almost over!! Have no clue what I will do with those, but I have them. LOL

Daisy is sleeping in this morning. I think she knows that when she gets up, she has to go out in the cold to potty. She is really getting blind. She was diagnosed with cataracts when she was about four years old. It seems in the past two or three months, her vision has really gone downhill. I'm going to have to remember to take a big flashlight out with me when I walk her at night. If I shine it a foot or so ahead of her, she will follow it. I noticed this week that she walks off the sidewalk and stumbles, and she actually walked into the side of the building last weekend. It's real frustrating for her when she stumbles or bumps into something, and she turns and starts heading back to the front door. It breaks my heart to see her like this, but she's happy except when she's outside at night. My boss asked me what I would do with her when she became totally blind, and I replied that I would just love her and help her along. She does fine in the house with the lights on and knows where everything is. I love this puppy so much, and I suspect I will be really bonding with her even more in the years to come. To paraphrase a line from "Seabiscuit," you don't throw away a perfectly good life just because they're a little banged up. I love you, Daisy bug!

I'm feeling better every day, although my stomach is still a little messed up from the antibiotics. Haven't gotten the final word yet on when I'll be finishing up the work on that tooth, but I suspect it will be late next week.

I promise pictures! Soon!


~ A sewing day at my house
~ I need to buy a scale. I think I've lost a couple of more pounds.
~ The Christmas spirit is coming on
~ As ever, my sweet Daisy