Saturday, April 09, 2011

All Day Saturday

I'm off today -- all day. This week was so intense. That's about the best word I can find to describe it. At the beginning of the week I was wishing I could clone myself into at least triplets to get everything done. But, you know, I decided to roll up my sleeves and just do it. And I did! Wow, what a feeling of accomplishment when I walked out of there last night. Next week shouldn't be as bad because all the hard stuff is done. Now, why can't I just do that on a quilt? :)

My car is still in the shop and will be for another week. My female service writer called me yesterday and gave me the bad news. I mention that she is female because she told me they had to do a hysterectomy on it! ROFLOL. Why did the motor blow? All I can say is thank goodness it happened at 47K miles instead of at 60K, and that it was in for its regularly scheduled maintenance just three weeks before. The whole thing is covered under warranty. Well, everything except the inconvenience factor. I almost asked her if I could come by and get that fabric off the back seat ... you know, priorities and all! I probably shouldn't say this, but I've lost all confidence in that vehicle. Will I ever feel safe in it again? I'm just so thankful that didn't happen at night on the freeway. It's a nice vehicle; still has the new-car smell. I'm going to drive it a bit when I get it back, but I feel now that I'm probably going to go ahead and get something else. My late boss talked me into getting this one. After driving high performance cars for most of my life, I found I never really loved this one, but at least I figured it would be a reliable car to drive for five or six years. I figured wrong... the story of my life!

Okay, on to the important things.

I was reading Minick & Simpson's blog this week and saw the wonderful "Flying Free" quilt that is in the June 2011 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting. I rushed right over to the market, and the magazine guy was just putting it up on the rack! Isn't it wonderful?!!! Definitely on my to-do-soon list!

And Sherbet Pips! Why do I love this line so much? It's so different from what I would normally get. I think it's the clear, cool colors. Anyway, I forgot that I had ordered this Winter Sherbet kit from the Fat Quarter Shop, but I smiled big time when I got home last night. It's the adorable Camille's Thimble Blossoms pattern, "Piece of Cake (2)." This is at the tippy-top of my to-do-soon list! It'll be easy to make, and will let me play with that gorgeous fabric.

Last night at Ginger's, two ladies were talking about needle turn applique and asked if I could show them how to do it. One loves Anne Sutton's Bunnyhill Designs patterns, and has collected all of them! She's a gal after my own heart! So I told her I'd check through my stash of Bunnyhill patterns and pull out a couple. Then in two weeks, we'd decide which one we would work on and do it together. Although we'll only get together on Friday evenings, this is going to be fun!! I can't wait to start!

And finally, I just want to say how much I appreciate Kimberly at the Fat Quarter Shop. I had a "disappointment" this week trying to finalize an order from another shop, which I ended up just canceling. It REALLY made me appreciate the FQS and how wonderful they are about everything. Kimberly, you rock, my friend! xoxox from a very satisfied customer!!


Darlene said...

I'm sorry your car is still in the shop - aarrgghh! I know you're sad and disappointed.

A whole Saturday off??? WooHoo - what are you going to do?

I'm coming to join you on Friday evenings so you can teach me to needleturn, too. teehee!!!

Deb said...

Sorry to hear about your car. Best to get something different, you'll probably never trust this one again. I agree on purchases from FQS - they're always super fast and packaged nicely. Best yet, if I e-mail with a question before purchasing, they always respond nearly immediately. Never had that kind of service before, don't even get that kind of service from my local stores.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

LOL the total hysterectomy made sense to me! Sorry it has to be in the shop so long though~ they don't even keep patients in the hosp that long! I'd run over and grab that fabric! :-)
Have a wonderful day off! :-)

greelyrita said...

Probably a good idea to ditch the car. We had a car that needed major work before the warantee was up and it never got over needing this and that. It spent more time in the shop and out. So, we traded it in, got a good deal and left with a different car. The second car gave us no trouble at all and the old one...Well a mechanic at the shop bought it. The new engine seized within 6 months. That was the second engine of its short life that blew. And even the mechanic couldn't tell that this was going to happen ahead of time. I'm sure it wasn't a silly problem like oil. Some cars are just born to self-destruct.

Judy Laquidara said...

Oh, my! I've been in Baton Rouge all week and never even got online and am shocked to hear about the car. I called Vince and was telling him and he said it's still one of the highest rated vehicles but like you, I'm not sure I would trust it again. I'm so sorry because I know you bought that vehicle partially because we did our research and bought one. Of course, ours only has 15K miles on it but still runs fine. I'm so sorry!

Carol said...

Oh I'm so sorry to hear about your disappointing. I hate car problems. I had a vehicle that had electrical problems and just had to get rid of it...didn't have very many miles on it..but I couldn't trust it. I'm coming for needleturn classes on Friday's...OK? Kind of a long commute, but it will be fun! LOL!

Lori said...

Jello?? Silly dog! Ruby the quilting dog loves popcorn balls best. Rice krispie treats are close.

Cars--I had to look up the definition of "high performance". ROFL Okay Vicky--I am at the other end of the graph. My little 2001 Ford Escort has 120,000 miles on it. Its had a new battery and tires. Brakes once. That's it. 36 mpg and runs great. Got a car new car with the same engine. Very small hamsters under that hood running in their wheels!

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Oh phew! I am so relieved for you that your car is covered under warranty. LUCKY! Lucky us too because that means you are still going to have fun stash reports instead of paying for another car. I swear, your reports are more fun that any stores website! But seriously, I hope your car is fixed soon - perfect timing for it to break down though - before warranty expires and just after a full service. You are covered. Cheers! Evelyn

Connie said...

Love that quilt. May have to go find that magazine, even though I haven't let myself buy any lately.

jillquilts said...

Seriously??!?!? What kind of car is it?? At least share the make. My current one is lacking a bit, in my opinion, and I can't wait to replace it!

Woo hoo on Friday nights being busy soon! :)