Archive for May, 2007

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12×12 June

May 30, 2007

I’ve started my 12×12 journal page for June. It is very different from what I have done before. I guess this would be more akin of a whole cloth piece.

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I have chosen an image from one of Dover’s copyright free books/CDs.

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I printed out the image at the size I wanted and am cutting a stencil right into the printout. I will transfer the lines to fabric with a disappearing marker. The quilting lines will be the outlines of the image. And I think I will do some filler quilting inside the middle of the flowers. After I get all of the stitching done I plan to try painting some dye on for color. It will be interesting to see how this all comes out since I have not done anything like it before. Anyway, that is the plan…at this point.

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Another Neat Gadget

May 29, 2007

I’m touting another neat gadget today. Only this one has nothing to do with quilting. This one has to do with cooking. And it is Pampered Chef’s Egg Slicer Plus.

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I’m not sure if I have ever used it to slice eggs but I use it for a lot of other things. It is great to slice black olives for pizza. Yesterday I used it twice. Once to slice mushrooms for sauteing and once to slice strawberries for the strawberry shortcake. It is safe enough that I can let Christina use it without worrying about her fingers; she loves to help out in the kitchen. And it is easy to clean. What more could you want in a kitchen gadget?

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Race Day!

May 27, 2007

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Today is race day in Indianapolis; the Indianapolis 500! I grew up near Indianapolis, enjoyed all of the hub-bub about the “greatest spectacle in racing” and I still get goose pimples when race day finally comes. I love watching those cars fly around the track.

Did you know that the 500 even has a quilt aspect to it? Jeanetta Holder has been making a quilt for the winner of the 500 every year for the last 30 years and she has one ready for the winner today. Check out the details here.

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Brainstorming

May 24, 2007

My quilt guild, the New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild, is having their next show in July of 2008. The theme of the show is Threads of our Past. I’ve been thinking that I should start working on something to enter. As slow as I am, it might be ready in 13 months. I’m actually thinking of entering two pieces but I supposes the place to start is with one. The first one I’d like to work on would be entered into the Wall Quilt: pieced/machine quilted catagory. The requirements for that catagory are that it can be any size, it must be 70% pieced and must be entirely machine quilted. That’s pretty straight forward.

My first thought is to go back through some old designs that I have never completed- actually never even started- and see if there is something there that strikes my fancy. Here are a few of the options, in no particular order: Hm-m-m-m, what do you think?

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WIP Wednesday

May 23, 2007

On the quilting table today I have a quilt that is headed to a family through Habitat for Humanity. It is a lovely scrap 9-patch with unbleached muslin sashings. I am quilting it with a pantograph called Ribbons and Roses.

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WIP Wednesday

May 16, 2007

It’s time again for Work in Progress Wednesday. I have Dee’s Hearts on the quilting table again. Only about 20 more minutes on it and it will be done!

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The maintenance on my longarm has always been a bit of a challenge for me. It’s not that the machine is so difficult to take care of, but that I am mechanically challenged. When I first got the machine it took me a good 2 hours to time it. Today I changed the needle, oiled and timed it in 21 minutes, 39 seconds. Woo-hoo!! I guess I can still learn!

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The What I Need Meme

May 15, 2007

This was a fun meme I googled my name with the word “needs” and learned that I am a pretty needy person. Here are some of the responses Google returned:

Deb needs a desk

Deb needs help with whole words

Deb needs to focus on her strong points

Deb needs professional evaluation

Deb needs to be substituted

Deb needs to read

Deb needs to bug Jon

Deb needs to e-mail her husband

Deb needs to be installed

Deb needs to chill out

Deb needs a solution

Deb needs a break

And my favorite:

Deb needs Debhelper

I don’t have a clue what “Debhelper” is, but it sounds good. 🙂