Archive for September, 2007

Join the MoveOn.org Photo Project

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

MoveOn.org has launched a new project to show Congress and the media that the folks who oppose the war are a broad swath of Americans–and we’re going to keep speaking out until Congress brings our troops home.

It’s called ‘Americans for Exit’ and here’s how it works: You send MoveOn a picture of you which shows how you feel about the war. Then you can also record a voice comment, by phone, to go with your picture.

It’s really easy and it’s a powerful way to send our message to Congress. I already joined in–you should too.

Click here to get started

How Cute is This?

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

This is my great nephew, Jordan. I am pretty sure my sister, his Grandma Judy, made the quilt. My sister makes beautiful traditional quilts so making a quilt for Jordan didn’t seem right. I bought him a really cute outfit. As I was packing it up today, I had a flashback to the quilt that I made Miles 5 years ago.

The quilt was from Kathy Sandbach’s “Show Me How to Machine Quilt” book. It was called two way traffic and had cars, trucks, busses, etc. made out of bright, graphic fabrics. I remembered that I had a couple of blocks left.

I found them and turned them into a wall hanging for Jordan. I think it is pretty cute.

Here is a close-up. It has a button-hole stitch around all of the vehicles.

That is what I did today. What did you do?

Coming Clean in the Studio — Part 3

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

It is Wednesday, so it must be weigh-in day. And I am happy to say that I am down “almost” another pound. I celebrated by going out to buy some new walking shoes. I have just about worn out every pair of walking shoes that I have. They look fine, but I have started getting some foot and hip pain because there is no more shock absorbency. While I was there, I had to get a pair of these:

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I discovered that if you go to the mall with Mr C, you can get aerobic steps because you do not stop and look or window shop. I got an extra 12 minutes today!

I also finished most of my clean up in the studio. I have a few piles of supplies to put away. I also want to do a major clean-up in my little kitchen area. I hope to accomplish that tomorrow and then it is back to creating.

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Today started out overcast and chilly, but this afternoon and evening it was just a perfect fall day. I took Maggie for a quick walk around the Rhododendron Garden at 5, and I decided it was better than a glass of wine.

Coming Clean in the Studio – Part 2

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

But first, here is my latest Cruciform – #3. It is in the mail on its way to the recipient.

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I think I mentioned that someone was interested in one of my Lunar Eclipse pieces. She came by today and wrote me a check, and it went home with her.

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And Terry really likes this one, so we are trading. I am getting one of her exquisite nests.

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So, about the coming clean. You can do anything for 15 minutes. That is my mantra for cleaning. I set a timer for 15 minutes and have at it. So tonight, I got some organizing done. Here is the cutting table clean and ready for the intended purpose.

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And here is the sewing machine area. Ahhhh!

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Don’t be deceived, there is still plenty to be done. But this much accomplished has already energized me. I must get finished as I have quilts in my head wanting to come out.

Coming Clean in My Studio

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

As promised, I am going to show you the disaster that my studio has become.

Here is my cutting table.

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The area next to my sewing machine:

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The ironing table:

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The surface design table:

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Instead of digging in and cleaning up, I put up a folding table in my computer/tv room and watched my taped shows from this past week and worked on this new cruciform which is going to a very special person.

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I am looking forward to quilting it tomorrow so that I can get it in the mail.

And I’m feeling so good about my body these days. My pants are falling off, and I am fitting in to clothes that have been languishing in my closet. So I took this photo to commemorate my almost 15 pounds of lost fat.

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Tomorrow morning I have to go back to the Japanese Garden to take down the show. Apparently someone called the Garden today and wanted to know if Lunar Eclipse was still there. But she never came in to buy it. I was given her phone number. I’ll call her and maybe we can work out a sale.