Tuesday, January 31, 2012

QUILT RETREAT PROJECTS

I finished one of the three Texas Quilts at the Quilt Retreat at the Wimberly Quilt Ranch last weekend.  I know I should have finished the one for the auction that is in 11 days but of course, I didn't.  I finished mine!  Here it is.

I made one modification.  There is suppose to be the state of TX appliqued in the center of the wildflowers.  However, I decided I liked it just fine without it so why go to all that work?  Now I'll have to re-name it though.

And I finished another QOV (Quilts of Valor) quilt top.  I thought I was killing two birds with one stone quilt but I'm not pleased with the resuls.  I was suppose to present a program at the Brownwood Quilters Guild in February so I chose to demo the "Sew Simple Pineapple" by Karin Helluby.  However, I don't really like the results.  I don't know if it's the size of the blocks (they are quite large - 16") or the choice of fabrics but either way, I'm starting over.  This top will work for a QOV though. 

This project is actually a UFO.  I took a class last April called String Stars and got 4 of the 8 blocks shown completed.  I finished the other 4 and then chose to lay it out differently than the others did in the class.  I could quit now and use it for a table topper but once again, I don't do small quilts so I'm adding to it to make it twin size.  It won't take long to finish now though.  And I'm movtivated once again!  Maybe I'll finish it at the Patchworktimes.com retreat later in February.
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Monday, January 30, 2012

TEXAS' BEST KEPT SECRET

One of Texas' best kept secrets is the Wimberly Quilt Ranch near Wimberly Texas.  It is amazing!  A quilter couldn't ask for anything nicer.  They have all the bases covered and more.  My quilting group, Loose Threads, (which I didn't know until this weekend had a name) booked the retreat center this past weekend.  We told each other we weren't going to tell anyone about it because we didn't want them to be booked up but I couldn't resist.  I have to tell you about it.  We had the best time and we booked it again for July.  I don't know which was better; the drive to the retreat with the stops for homemade pie at the Blue Bonnet Cafe in Marble Falls and the awesome quilt shop in Dripping Spring called Valli & Kim's, or the part of a day spent "in town", or the actual retreat.

I also couldn't resist taking a picture of one of the quilts hanging on the wall in the front entryway and the barn quilts painted on the barn out back.



You know I'm a sucker for a Texas Quilt.  I had never seen this one before.  The designer is Susa Glenn and they are machine embroidered.  Guess I won't be making this one.  I don't have an embroidery machine :(

The barn quilts

My favorite star pattern.  What a fabulous paint job someone did with all the shading!

Here are some photos from Valli and Kim's.  The shop was so much fun and the staff just bubbled with friendly-ness and  enthusiasm. 
How cool is this light fixture!

And a quilt sample/free pattern from www.amybutlerdesigns.com 
The statewide Texas shop hop 2011 quilt

Who would have thought to drape this yo-yo quilt over an umbrella frame?

Or paint an old iron chair black and add a bright throw pillow?


Lots of quilt samples hanging from the rafters

And another quilt sample

And yet another sample.  I just love the birds in the panels.

Believe it or not, I actually got two quilts pieced at the retreat and another almost done.  Unfortunately, neither were a UFO!  I'll show you my results in the next post. 



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Sunday, January 29, 2012

SUNDAY STASH STATS #5

First of all I need to apologize for my "slacking" in blogging this week.  It was a wild and crazy week and I don't know where the week went.  I finally got the quilting machine up and running; at least for a day or two!  Still don't know what went wrong.  Two nights this week I accompanied my dear sweet hubby to farewell dinners for his assistant that is transferring to the 3M Springfield, MO facility.  And most importantly, I was off to a quilt retreat at the Wimberly Quilt Ranch in Wimberly, TX.  It was fantastic and I'll have pictures and the full details in tomorrow's blog post.

Now for the stash report for this week.  It sure looks a lot better this week than it did last week; thanks to my preparation for the quilt retreat.

Used this week:  3.875
Used Year to date:  33.75

Added this week:  5.25 (oops that's thanks to my preparation for the quilt retreat too)
Added Year to date:  14.25

Net used:  19.5 yards

I actually have used and added some additional yardage but my piece of paper that I wrote it down on is still packed in my quilt retreat stuff and that is still in Jan's car, who is on her way back to Brownwood via Austin.  So I'll just have to report it next week.  Remember I told you that there were a couple of quilt shops in the area.  Yep, we visited them and I'll have a report of that later too.
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Monday, January 23, 2012

FRUSTRATING DAY

Remember my post 01/03/12 when I took the Galil card out of the computer of my Statler Stitcher Quilting Machine. Well, that part came back today and guess what else?  There were no repairs needed according to the technicians report.  Great!  And I just spent $75 for you to tell me that and was down 20 days??!!

I now have the part installed back in the computer, called the Statler Stitcher Technician for him to re-calibrate or re-program or whatever it is that they call it.  Guess what else.... it won't work.  I spent from 10:30 a.m. this morning until 5:10 p.m. this evening troubleshooting off and on with the technician to no avail!! 

At one point I even had to secure a voltage meter (and use it) to see if the motor was making connection with the computer.  Supposedly it is.  And then I had to do some very redneck creative engineering to make the motor run.  I had to take the battery pack from the cordless drill, rig two paperclips from the terminal posts of the battery pack to the wire connector of the motor and hold them in place with two rubber grips from ink pens so I wouldn't get shocked.  The motor ran like a top!  I restarted everything and "Houston we have a take off".  It was working... or atleast the program opened up.  I got off the phone with the technician, attempted to sew, and guess what again.  It stitched a couple of stitches, stopped, stitched a couple more, stopped....almost as if it had a short in it.  Restarted again, (so many times now I've lost count), nothing works again.  DARN IT!!!!  Guess what... I'm on the phone again tomorrow.
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Sunday, January 22, 2012

SUNDAY STASH STATS #4

Ok, I don't really know what I did this week, but I know I was busy!  I lost Tuesday all day for quilt guild and I lost Thursday afternoon/evening and of course I lost all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for a Sugar Run so my numbers are really lousy this week.  I did make my log cabin blocks but that didn't use much of my stash.  And I made both of the sets of log cabin blocks for the FFA Charity Quilt and the customer quilt but I can't count that usage because they came from kits that were given to me specifically for that. 

So here are the results. 

Used this week - .75 yards
Used Year to Date - 29.875 yards

Added this week:  0
Added Year to Date - 9 yards

Net used for 2012 - 20.875 yards

Next week's usage should be a better report as I am going on a quilting retreat at the Wimberly Ranch in Wimberly, Texas.  Wonder if my additions will remain the same?  There are several quilt shops in the area!
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SUGAR RUN

This weekend I got to make a "Sugar Run" to Nevada, Missouri and see both of my granddaughters.  My dear hubby's assistant is being transferred to the 3M Springfield, MO plant and needed to make a quick run to take a load of things that wouldn't or couldn't go on the moving truck.  Since my hometown is so close to Springfield, the light bulb came on.  Hmmm.... I think I need to tag along with her, keep her company and get some lovin from my babies. 

It was a fast and furious trip.  We left on Friday around noon, arrived around 8:00 p.m. Friday evening, picked up 3 year old Raleigh, spend the rest of the evening and all day Saturday with her.  She spent the night with Nana again on Sat. evening and her momma picked her up this morning at 7:00 a.m. when I left to head back to reality Brownwood.  Josie's (who is only 3 months old) mom and dad brought her in to see Nana for several hours Sat. afternoon and oh yeah, I also had a great visit with my daughter, sister, and parents.  I drove most of the way back home and fought the wind the whole way but it was worth every minute! With a princess like Raleigh and an Angel like Josie, I'm sure you'll agree.


 
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Thursday, January 19, 2012

CHRISTMAS TOWN SAMPLER

Judy at Patchwork Times is inviting us to participate in the Christmas Town Sampler she and 3 other friends are starting in June.  It's sounds like lots of fun.  As she described it, it is part Mystery,  part Block of the Month, part Blog Hop.  Jump on over to Judy's blog and check out the details.  AND get busy on your UFO's.  You have 5 months to get them done so you can start another one.  With Judy and her friends involved, I know it will be FUN!

Don't you just love the houses around the border?!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

TEXAS QUILT TIMES 3

The Brownwood FFA Booster Club has one fundraiser every year.  It is a Valentine Dance, Steak Dinner and Silent Auction and for the past 3 years I have donated my fabric, batting and time to piece and quilt a quilt for the Silent Auction.  This year Mrs. Cockerham, one of the Ag instructors said she had a quilt kit that she was willing do donate if I wanted to use it.  Perfect, of course I do!  And when I saw it I thought even more Perfect.  It was the Texas Quilt by Tricia Cribbs at Friendfolks in Graham, Texas.  When Mrs. Cockerham handed me the kit, she said I have another one of these kits at home and I think I want you to make it for me when you get this one done. 

I have been wanting to make this quilt for quite some time.  In fact, it was one of the first Texas Quilt Patterns I bought and for whatever reason, just never made it. Maybe it was because it kinda had a scrappy look and remember, I don't do scrappy very well.  I love, love, love scrappy quilts but I am too "matchy-matchy" and over think, and a over analyze, and over match everything.  It takes me forever to pick out fabrics from my stash and scraps and I make the biggest mess when I do.  I pull out fabrics and then don't end up using them and then pull out more fabrics because what I've already pull out don't match quite right so I pull out more fabrics.... It's a vicious circle!! So anyway, this time it was a kit, all the hard part was already picked out for me.  I don't have to think about it.  YAY!!

And then my brain kicked into overdrive, What if I made all three of them at once?  I wouldn't have to organize my thoughts and wrap my mind around the construction process 3 different times.  I already have the fabric for 2 of them.  I could just pick out similar fabrics from my stash for mine.  Hmmmm.....

Soo, here are the log cabin blocks for the Silent Auction quilt. 


I thought they were just a little too scrappy for me so the second set for Mrs. Cockerham I planned a little.... just a little.... 

In reality they really don't look a whole lot different than the first set.  So the third set for myself I planned a whole lot more.  I wanted a more traditional log cabin look so here are my blocks.  I still have one more "round" to put on them but I think they're going to work. 

I also have the center block appliqued.  It has the cutest verse but I don't really want to put that much time into a donated quilt and I really don't have that much time before the fundraiser anyway so I contacted a lady in our guild to see if she could machine embroidery the verse and maybe a bluebonnet in place of the boy and girl square dancing.  I'm still waiting for her to get back with me.

I know I'm probably insane but I really think doing all three of these at the same time is going to save me time and mental anguish in the long run.  And I get another Texas quilt to add to my trunk show that's available for Guilds and Quilt Shops.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

BOOKCASE PAINTING COMPLETE

I have finally finished the painting on the bookcases.  Actually I finished it weekend before last but I didn't get the hinges and the knobs back on until this last weekend.  Plus I wanted the paint to "cure" and not put anything on them until they were completely dry.  I am very pleased with the end results.  Gregg says it's growing on him. 

I really want (and really think I need to) paint the mantle black also.  Gregg said NO at first but I think he'll be just fine if he comes home from work one day and the mantle is black too. 

I am still putting the stuff back in/on the bookcases and low and behold, I'm not going to put the books back on some of the shelves.  Nope, I think I'm going to put more pictures of my granddaughters on there instead.  I would much rather look at their angel faces than I would the spines of books that Gregg has already read and won't read again and I never will read.  Not that I don't like to read.  I do, I would just rather sew or do embroidery work instead, or read something on the internet.  Maybe someday I'll read books again or maybe not.

After the mantle is painted black, it will need a face lift also.  Actually it needs a face lift now but now I have an excuse to do it.  (Like I needed an excuse!)  I'm thinking it needs some silver candlesticks but what else? 


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Monday, January 16, 2012

FAIR RESULTS

We survived another Brown County Texas Youth Fair.  William did a great job showing both his goats and we were surprised with the results.  We thought Bevo the 5th was our best goat but he placed 7th in his class of 21 goats.  Not bad though.  As it turned out Longhorn placed 6th in his class of goats.  By the way, I bet you can't tell that William is a over-the-top University of Texas Longhorn Fan.  And every year he has named his goat Bevo the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th (after the UT mascot).  Meanwhile back at the Goat Show, the judge commented that all of the goats in both of the classes were excellent goats and if you placed low in these classes, it didn't mean you had a bad goat, it just meant that you had a lousy draw and were competing against some powerhouse goats.  We pay very little in comparison to the top 5 goats that won both of these classes.  We only give a few hundred dollars for our goats, which in my opinion is a couple hundred too much but the winners in these classes pay thousand's of dollars for their goats.  Now that's just crazy! 

Our sale results were not as rewarding.  William was pretty disappointed but there were some variables that did now work in his favor.  The first and foremost is that he placed 6th in his class and they sell all the Champion animals first, then the reserve champion animals, then the 1st place animals, and so on.  So by the time you get to the 6th place animals, bidders and auctioneers have been doing this for almost 4 hours.  The second thing is we are not native Brown countians.  We are transplants and rather new ones at that.  We have only lived here 5 years.  We are not exactly well known in the community, although my hubby has served as Chamber President, on the civil service committee for the city, church trustee, and a host of other volunteer committees.   You would think everyone and their dog would know us, but they don't (thank goodness).  The other thing is that when William got into the sale ring, the auctioneer didn't announce his name (along with several kids before and after him also).  There was some confusion from a bidder about who was selling and by the time they figured it out, the auctioneer announced him sold.  Oh well, that's how it goes sometimes.  Despite Williams disappointment, there was record breaking dollars spent on the youth of Brown County and a HUGE THANK YOU goes out to all the individuals and businesses that supported these kids.

Since it was a Premium Sale, which means the animal doesn't sell, the buyer is just being generous and supporting the youth of Brown County.  Bevo the 5th went on the truck to market (probably in Mexico) and Longhorn went back to the FFA Farm barn to be fed till time to show at the Houston Stock Show in March.  Now before you get too excited, we don't have great expectations for winning anything in Houston.  We are just doing it for the experience and because it gets him more points on his FFA State Degree and potential scholarship applications.  And it will make for great memories down the road someday.

Bevo the 5th
Longhorn

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FOUR PATCH POSEY UFO FINISHED

After 4 years, I finally finished this Four Patch Posey UFO.  I had the center section finished but of course, you know me, can't do a little quilt.  I had to make it bed size.  There was just one problem.  You can't really see it in this picture but the center set of blocks are all sashed in a green fabric.  Of course, I didn't have anymore of the fabric, no selvage to tell me the name of the line of fabric, and it was the oddest green color ever.  I carried a swatch me with for over a year and looked everywhere to no avail. 

The ladies at Quilting Cousins in Clifton, TX thought they had something that would match that they used for a backing on a quilt but only had a few scraps.  She sent it to me and you're not going to believe it but it matched; not the same print but same color family. 

But I was still at a loss as to what and how to finish it. Whoo Hoo, Judy at Patchwork Times to the rescue.  She had a tan fabric that was kinda greenish that coordinated just perfect.   I used the green fabric from Quilting Cousins for the green border around the center section and I used Judy's tan fabric to set the 4 patches on point for a pieced border, finishing with a border of the focus fabric I cut the 4 patches out of.  And I still have enough of Judy's tan fabric for a binding.  So here it is.  The finished quilt top; and it's queen size.  YAY!
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Sunday, January 15, 2012

SUNDAY STASH STATS WEEK #3

This week was a busy week, got lots of piecing done even if it was fair week for my kiddo.  Because he's almost 16 now, I didn't seem to spend as much time at the fair.  He's a big boy (literally) and doesn't need me as much as he used to.  Boo Hoo...  Thus, I was able to sew more than I expected.

Used This Week:  17.125 yards
Used Year to Date:  29.125 yards

Added this Week:  9 yards
Added Year to Date:  9 yards

Net used for 2012:  20.125 yards

What is your SSS report for week 3?  Go on over to Patchwork Times and check out Judy's stash report and post yours there too.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

IT'S FAIR TIME

It's Brown County Youth Fair Week in Brownwood, Texas.  Meet "Bevo #5" before shearing.

And "Bevo #5 after shearing.

And this is "Longhorn" before shearing

And "Longhorn" after shearing.
Your relationship will be short lived as both of these goats are market goats and will be gone to market after Saturday.  Well, that's not quite true.  "Bevo #5" is staying on until March as he is making a debut showing at the Houston Livestock Show.   Today was entry day at the BCYF for Bevo and Longhorn.  They weighed in at 84 pounds and 91 pounds respectively.  We are hoping they won't be in the same show class.  We don't want them competing against each other!  Between now and Show time Friday morning beginning at 8:00 a.m., there will be lots of "drenching" and working, and "setting them up" as well as lots of fun times and memories made.  We'll post results Friday evening.  Good luck to all the youth of Brown County participating in the BCYF.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

OH NO, I STARTED ANOTHER PROJECT

I finished three UFO's and am making progress on a couple of others and guess what I did today.  I fell off the wagon.... kinda..... I started another project.  I am a member of an online quilting group that my friend Angela McCorkle at Quilts With A Heart spearheads.  She is offering an online challenge.  And who can pass up a challenge?  It's a 6 month mystery quilt and you get two blocks each month.  The winner gets the mystery quilt quilted or a gift certificate  for $100.  I'm using my left overs from 3 different lines of fabrics that all of about the same colors in them.  I shouldn't have to buy anything.... hmmm.


I would post my pictures but blogger isn't letting me do that right now.  I will try again in the morning.  Sorry blog readers.
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Monday, January 9, 2012

LET'S PLAY UFO FINISHED

YAY!!! Another UFO quilt top is finished!  The Let's Play Quilt top if finished. If you remember from my earlier post I finished the blocks and was un-decided about what to do with the border to make it at least a twin size quilt.  Well, I finished out the nine patch on the top and bottom borders and that added 4" to the length.  Then I added a narrow navy pindot border and that added 2".   Then I made a top and bottom border from a charm pack that I had matching the fabric, adding 9" to the length.  The last border is 7 1/2" finished.  The quilt measures 65" x 90".  I'll take that for a twin size quilt.  I used the leftover border fabric and made a strip down the middle for the backing.  I put a red pindot on each side of the strip down the middle.  Now my backing is ready along with the top for quilting.  Double YAY!

Gregg asked me, "What is this quilt for?" with a rather disgusted tone in his voice.
I said, "It's not for anything, I just made it because I bought the fabric a long, long time ago and it keeps me from going to the quilt shop and buying something new that I might like better.  Why does it have to be for someone?"
He says, "Well it looks cute for a little boy, you better save it in hopes you have a grandson to give it to someday." 
I still don't know why it has to be for someone!?
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Sunday, January 8, 2012

SUNDAY STASH STATS #2

This week was a pretty busy week.  I got a little sewing done, just no quilting.  I finished the Lone Star UFO and worked on 2 other UFO's and cut the backing for the quilt that is in the frame that I can't quilt till my part is fixed.

Used this Week: 12 yards


Used year to Date: 12 yards

Added this Week: 0 yards

Added Year to Date: 0 yards

Net Used for 2012:  12 yards

What is your stash report for week 2?





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Saturday, January 7, 2012

LONE STAR UFO FINISHED

The 8 points of the star are together and the borders are on.  Check this one off my UFO list.  It might be quilted but, "Oh Yeah, My Quilting Machine Is Broke Down!"  :(
This afternoon I worked on these blocks from the Let's Play Quilt.  I had the side sashing on these blocks so just had to add the cornerstones and top and bottom borders. 

I even got the blocks sewn together into a top.  According to the pattern I only need to add a border and I'm done, but I don't like small quilts.  I like to make them at least twin size.  I had an idea, thanks to Judy at Patchwork Times to piece another border.  However, I have this really cute patchwork type print that is a companion fabric for the panels and I'm thinking about just using it as a wide border. 

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

BOOKSHELVES PAINTED

I've been a busy little worker bee since my quilting machine is broke down.  I've been wanting to paint these two built-in bookcases that are on each side of the fireplace.  I've been to Home Depot and got my black paint and yesterday I got the first coat of paint on them.  I'm so excited.  I think they are going to look great. 

Gregg on the other hand, is not nearly as excited about me painting them as I am.   And I'm not even asking him to help me!  I did have to seek the help of our dear friend Richard though.  I wondered why they (the previous tenants) painted over the hinges and now I think I know.  They couldn't get the screws out and stripped them trying to do so, so they painted them.  So now I'm  trying to take them out and the head of the screw is not only stripped out but it is now full of dried paint and they are stuck and wouldn't turn even if they weren't stripped.  I spent one whole evening trying to get them out and didn't have much luck.  Richard came over and had them out in about 15 minutes! 

I now have the first coat of paint on them and I like it but I don't like it.  I used a satin finish latex enamel paint and I don't like it.  It looks too dull and reminds me of a chalkboard.  Gregg certainly didn't like it either.  So today I went to Home Depot and bought more paint.  This time a semi-gloss.  I didn't get a chance to paint this afternoon/evening and won't get to tomorrow either, but I can't wait to finish this project on Saturday. 

Isn't this odd that they left this hole in the corner?  We can't figure out why.  What was their intention?  There is an outlet and there is also a switch, which operates an exhaust fan in the ceiling about the bookcase.  Perhaps it was a corner for a console TV that was so popular in the late 70's and 80's.  Gregg thinks the original owner may have been a smoker and that was an exhaust fan for him.  I don't know, I really don't thinks so, but maybe.

My next dilemma will be to paint or not paint the mantle.  Of course, Gregg doesn't think so but I'm thinking I should.  Can you tell he doesn't like change too much?  Remember he's the one who said "I like the house the way it is, that's why I bought it".  When I get the bookshelves painted I'll post a picture and you can decide. 
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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

SEWING ROOM UPDATE

I have spent New Year's Eve day and all day New Years Day working on creating my sewing room/spare bedroom space.  I know it doesn't look like I spent two days arranging it but I really did... really!  This picture is taken standing in the doorway.  Behind the ironing board, that is piled high with junk really important stuff that I haven't done anything with yet, is a bed that is piled high with more junk really important stuff.  You can't see it in the photo but there is also a chest of drawers to the right of the bed.  This is the spare bedroom part of the room. Which by the way I used the chest of drawers to store more fabric.
At the foot of the bed is my cutting table (that is piled with yet more junk really important stuff).  The tan wall to the left of the window and cutting table is my design wall.  I'm going to install a 72" roll up window shade that I'm covering with flannel on this wall.  I just love all the cubbies under the cutting table.  I stole them from the garage.  They previously held scrapbooking supplies that are now in walk in closet in the laundry room.

Not an exciting picture of the design wall but to the left of the design wall is my treadle sewing machine.  When I get a second sewing machine, I'm going to put the head of the treadle down and use the cabinet for a table for the sewing machine.  It's a tight squeeze in the corner but better than nothing.

This is my favorite part of the whole room.  Here are the bookshelves I stole from the living room and William's bedroom.  I still couldn't get all of my totes with fabric in them but the remainder of the totes are in the hall walk in closet immediately across from the doorway of this room. 

It's not an ideal sewing room but given the parameters I have to work with and what I used to have, its pretty darn good.  I'm happy for now and that's all that matters.
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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

YOU WANT ME TO DO WHAT!!!???

I took a break from quilting over the weekend/New Year to work on rearranging my new found quilting/sewing room (which I promise I will show the end results in a later post).  So today I decided I'd better get busy again.  I have quilts to quilt!  Went out to my cozy warm quilting studio, turned my machine on, and I get an error message... something to the effect "Galil Error, command not communicating with the needle position".  Great! 

I turned off both computers that run the machine, closed out the Creative Studio program, checked all my connections, restarted the computers, and CS.... Error message again!  Super Fabulous!!!

Okay, time to call Dave at Creative Studio to get some technical support.  Approximately 30 minutes later, with the top and left side off the CPU, I get the fantastic news.  Your Galil card needs repaired.  You will need to Galil in CA to get an RMA to send the Galil card in for repair or you can purchase a new Galil card for the low, low price of $650.  Hmmm, let me think, Guess I'll send the Galil card in for repairs and be down the time it takes to get it repaired (which they couldn't tell me exactly how long that would be but probably a minimum of 2 weeks). 

Now, the million dollar question, what and where is the Galil card and how do I send it in?  See that black box in the photo below on the right, in the top of the CPU?  Yep, that's the Galil card.  Do you see the 4 sets of wires attached to the Galil card.  Yep, they have to be unplugged and taped together in 4 separate bundles and then I have to remember how they go back in in 2+ weeks.  I can't remember what I did yesterday.  How am I going to remember how I did something 2+ weeks ago!  Oh yeah, and the Galil card is secured in the CPU with 4 small screws and "be careful when you take them out not to bump or disturb anything else around it".  This should be interesting! 



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Monday, January 2, 2012

SUNDAY STASH STATS (On Monday)

Have you ever wondered how much of your stash you use (or don't use) or how much you add to your stash?  I have but never took the time to figure it out.  After re-arranging my whole house, well the spare bedroom and 3 walk-in closets just to get my stash all in one place, I feel like I can do this.  It's a new year, a new, clean slate so come join me.  The goal, at least mine, is not to buy fabric when I see something I like or something that's a really good deal and I just can't pass up good, cheap, fabric, or not to buy something needed to finish a PhD or UFO.  No, no way, no how.  The goal is just for fun to see how much you used and how much you bought over the year.

Every Sunday I will report my Stash Stats so here is my first report.

Used this Week: 0 yards



Used year to Date: 0 yards


Added this Week: 0 yards


Added Year to Date: 0 yards


Net Used for 2012: 0 yards

As soon as I figure it out, I'll add a button link for you to post your Sunday Stash Stats.  I'm hoping my 15 year old will be able to help me but I'm waiting for the right moment to bribe him.  I'm sure he'll need money or for me to do something for him in the very near future.  Haha!
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NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

I haven't posted my New Years Resolutions yet.  I didn't want to post the usual "lose weight, budget my money better, file my mail away promptly, eat healthy" etc. I guess I wanted my resolutions or "goals" to be more profound?!  (I don't know what I wanted but it wasn't the traditional things.)  Then I read a friend's post on facebook and I like her resolution so I'm stealing it.  Thanks Jessica!  Here it is:

I want MORE! This year I will live my life 'MORE'! That's my motto for 2012! Do MORE, enjoy MORE, help MORE, learn MORE...you get the idea and I think it fits nicely with Quilting.  Make MORE quilts, help people make MORE quilts, learn MORE quilting techniques, enjoy MORE time with my friends at quilting retreats, quilt MORE quilts on my longarm, buy MORE fabrics (oops did I really say that :))  finish MORE UFO's  ... 

Seriously though, MORE is always better (well usually, unless you're talking about bad luck) and I think I can fit the MORE resolution into my personal life too, not just my quilting life.  I challenge you to do MORE in your life too in 2012.
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Sunday, January 1, 2012

UFO JANUARY

Have you made your UFO list for 2012?  Are you up for the challenge and ready to start?  We are playing along with Judy at Patchwork Times for our UFO challenge.  January's UFO challenge number is:

#5

Remember, all you have to do is make a list of 12 UFOs or 12 projects you would like to complete in 2012. Each month a number will be chosen and that’s the UFO or project you’re supposed to finish that month.

Don’t make an unreasonable list! If you decided yesterday to make a Dear Jane quilt, don’t make “Finishing the Dear Jane Quilt” one of your projects! This is supposed to be fun and rewarding. Add projects to your list that you realistically can complete in a month. Back to that Dear Jane Quilt . . maybe say you want to finish 4 blocks each month. It doesn’t have to be a completed project . . just have 12 monthly goals.
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