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!!