Friday, July 24, 2009

Where o where does time go?

Why does it seem like time is just flying by? No matter what I think I might accomplish on a given day it has about a 50% chance of happening. I really need to work on that.

I have the 2nd practice top on the frame and I'm working on feathers. I need to get the rhythm down and then I feel confident it will be good. Practice...lots and lots of practice.

I used a little of my Laughlin winnings and got a serger. I've wanted one for some time but was afraid of them. I got a Brother 1034D from Amazon. It arrived in just 3 days even with a weekend. I am tickled pink with it. I just finished an edge on a comforter that needed some help. I am really sorry I didn't buy one sooner, so if you're considering one this low priced model might be the one for you.

Back to the quilting as soon as I take my son to the doctors and get some issues taken care of. I am really getting tired of offices never calling back and giving the run around. Very frustrating indeed.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Back from vacation

We returned this afternoon from our trip. It was so much fun. I just love the Aquarius Casino & Hotel. Everyone there is very friendly and the room was clean.
The very first day there I won $1200.00 I still can't believe it. I would like much to buy
the bigger Bailey Home quilter but I won't. I have no issues with the 13" so it is silly to spend the money just because I can.
I think I will be buying a chest freezer, it seems we never have enough space in our freezers.
Is it just us? Anyway, we shall see.
I really hope to get back to practicing on the frame tomorrow. I will be going back to work on Wednesday so I won't have much time.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Practice continues

I will assume the more practice I do the better I will be. I know no amount of practice done incorrectly will get me anywhere, so I bought a dvd from Longarm University for their January 09 Mystery quilt program. It came yesterday and I watched about half and stopped so that I can practice her techniques. Since I've done just meandering I'm not use to making an actual design and that is important to know. She first divided the border into 6" blocks and quilts each of those blocks rather than trying to just go across the quilt as I would have attempted. That made it automatically worth the money. Most of the quilting she did was a feather variation. Now they scare the heck out of me. I tried it once and it was not pretty. :) I honestly I know...I can do them now. The fear is subsiding and I am feeling much more confident about my abilities. If a can you...

Tomorrow my husband and I are going away for 5 days. A much needed vacation for
some time alone. We're going to Laughlin, Nv. I'll try to drop in once during the stay to
brag about how much money I've won. LOL.

Friday, July 3, 2009

More practice

I did a lot of practicing yesterday and feel quite comfortable now with loops & hearts.
The flowers work about 60% of the time and the other 40% I'm not quite where I should be.
I do need to remember that most quilting isn't completely visible anyway but I will make a
new sandwich and practice until it is second nature. It's the hesitation that gets you in trouble.

We're invited to a card party/barbecue tomorrow so I won't get much done at home.
I hope you get to spend the 4th of July with friends and family.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Forgot to mention

I forgot to mention that I ordered some dye so I can dye some of my own fabric. It's something I've wanted to do for sometime but never "forced" myself to actually do it. Hopefully, they will be coming any day since I have a couple extra days off. I understand the company has it's annual sale the end of August so if I'm pleased with the results I can get more.

I also joined a BOM from Stitchen Heaven, the Summer of Fun one. I should've gotten that by now too. I did get block one already and block 2 was ordered, geez now block 3 is probably out too. They are once a week for 8 or 10 weeks. I'm doing the black/white one. One of the members of my quilting forum is doing it in red/white. That should be fun to see. Also, another
member of the forum has been doing the set-in seams on a Lone Star I did. I managed to get the first one done but the second was being difficult and she said she'd do them. I should be getting that back very soon too. She said she's done with it. I'm just waiting on that mail person to bring me something fun. :)

A new sunset photo for you

The whole reason behind the name Paradise Quilting is because I feel like I live in paradise.
We stopped out to see how the construction is going on my son's new house and I took some
pictures of the sunset again. I hope you enjoy it.
One of these nights I will catch the reds and pinks. Simply amazing.

Wonderful Wednesday?

Today is the last work day of the week for me. Yippee.
I have been practicing away and now added ribbons to the menu. :)
Have noticed there are many different versions of flowers and some are
easier to do than others. I will practice big time tomorrow, most of the day.

No interferences. My husband has been watching a lot of tv lately, the news type,
and the frame is 15' from him so the noise gets him a little cranky. It sure slowed
that down. Ah well, tomorrow and Friday are all mine!

Woke up to light showers this morning. Something we don't often get here in the desert.
I'm sure it'll all burn off very soon and the heat will be back on.

Promise to show pictures when I'm a little more proud of the work.