Monday, October 03, 2005

I just got a packet in the mail from a customer, and I couldn't figure out what it might be until I opened it!

A blue rosette ribbon and some pictures of the quilt I quilted for her!

You know what, I think that the times they are a changin' and more and more people are aware of what weight the quilting has as a part of an award winning quilt!

My customer's note says:

"Look what I got for my quilt! A blue ribbon! I talked them out of a duplicate for you. After all, you helped me get it. It's all together fitting and proper. I sent some pictures of the quilt to go with your ribbon. Enjoy your ribbon, I'm going to enjoy mine."

Sometimes, something like this just makes your day! I can just see her demanding a second rosette so she can send one to me..*LOL* Posted by Picasa

Friday, September 30, 2005

This is a pic of my first quilt! I was 20 when I made this in 1982 as a baby quilt for my baby sister when she was born. It's faded over the years of course, but it touched me when Mary sent the pic that showed she still had and treasured this little humble quilt. DH's grandmother showed me how to make cardboard templates, trace them and then cut the pieces. It's a wonder I ever finished this thing at all because I really hated that process, but it got me well on the way to my quilting obsession, and I haven't stopped since! The fabrics came from a children's clothing outlet in Boise, Idaho. They would sell the bags of factory scraps, I had bought two bags, one pink, and one blue floral stripe. I guess I didn't know too much about contrast then! I quilted it in the ditch, not knowing any other way to do it, and learned to do prairie points for the borders. Oh, my quilting thread? Regular sewing thread, a double strand! I'm not sure I buried knots on the back either...Oh how far we have come, and enjoyed the journey!  Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Some stars for Finn! I have been participating in a monthly block lotto with a group of online friends. Sharon aka Quilt Granny from Quilt Mavericks is also in this list! This month's lotto fabric is the blue shirting fabric you see common in all the blocks. You use this lotto fabric, along with go-withs from your stash. the first of the next month, the winner is drawn and the blocks are sent to her! Then SHE chooses the next lotto fabric for the next round and sends a fat 1/8th to everyone participating. There should be more blocks coming....this is just what has come in so far! I have no idea how I am going to set them...I just ordered a couple of books on settings from Sharyn Craig, hopefully they will help me come up with something. These are all 9" blocks....a great size...not so big as 12", and not so tiny as 6". Posted by Picasa

Monday, September 19, 2005

My hands, on the news :c)

Yesterday I worked at the school clinic.....as a fundraiser. All money from massages went towards people who have been relocated to Columbia after Hurricane Katrina. Little did I know when I went into the clinic that a news crew would come in! After getting home, I tried as best as I could to stay awake to see the 'film at 11'....but I was too exhausted from the day. I hope someone has taped it!

However I did find the article online!! They didn't mention me by name, but these are my hands...I was the only therapist that they taped :c)

The article reads:

(Columbia) - Thousands have put elbow grease into doing what they can for Hurricane Katrina's victims. One group of students is taking that task literally."I'm getting a massage and relaxing while donating some money to a good cause," said one massage client.

The Southeastern School of Neuromuscular and Massage Therapy opened it's doors Sunday for a special fund raiser."We're having students come in on their own time and give treatments in a student clinic," said Elan Schacter, the school's anatomy and physiology instructor.For each massage, the students get educational credit and the hurricane victims get a $25 donation.

"We're gonna have money go to specific families that are in need that are in the area, here in Columbia," said Schacter. "And we're hoping to be able to try to help as many people as possible yet without spreading it all too thin."

All 24 time slots were filled for a total donation of at least $600, since some people gave a little extra."It's a terrific idea. You feel doubly good about spending money to help other people and yourself," said a client.

Schacter said this is one way to keep donations coming, "At some point, we've gotta jump back into life, do what it is we do and if we can do it at the same time as donating, that's fantastic." After 50 minutes of relaxation, the school's clients probably agreed.The Southeastern School will have another fundraiser in two weeks. To learn more, call 798-8800.
Ashley Yarchin, Reporter

Friday, September 16, 2005

Update from Houston!

I just recieved this post from Quilts, Inc. They report:

"Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from quilters worldwide, the Quilters Comfort America project has received more than enough quilts to place with evacuees. If you were planning on sending us a quilt but have not yet, we urge you to find use for it to help those within your own community. Thank you for your efforts."

Wahooooo!! This is just OUTSTANDING! And I'm oh, so glad that I decided to donate my quilts here locally. On Sunday my massage school is having an open house kind of thing, we are doing massages for 'donation' and anything that comes in will be donated to the relief effort here locally since we have had busloads of transplantees from the disaster. I'm glad to help that way too!


Thursday, September 15, 2005

I'm officially "OLD"

Today I was fitted for bifocals!

I was tired of taking my glasses off to do a massage, and on again to read the charts, and off again to do this, and on again to do that....so I went today for an eye exam. The good thing is...I've got disposable bifocal contacts! And they feel SO great!

The bad thing is....I also have to have bifocal glasses for reading at night....not that the glasses in themselves are bad, because it is so GREAT to see clearly, but the price was (*&@#$&* and I know DH is going to freak. I went with the next-to-the-least-expensive frames, but I definately wanted the no-glare-no-line-scratch-resistant lenses...and just the lenses themselves without the frames were $145 at WALMART!

I think the eye strain has had alot to do with my headaches lately too, and while reading I would get these blurry spots in the words where some of the letters seemed to disappear, spotty vision. Hopefully this is all solved now!


Monday, September 12, 2005

We are growing again!

I hope everyone has had a terrific monday. I've been fighting with what I think is a tummy bug here...tummy has been queasy since mid morning, and I haven't accomplished as much as I thought. You know how certain smells can get at you when you feel the slightest bit "off"?? Jeff burned some pancakes just a bit ago, and oooooh boy....that makes how my tummy feels worse!

I'm very excited about a new Notification List I've added to my website. I've always added patterns and then waited for people to find them :c) Now, people can sign up for the notification list and voila...all I have to do is send one email and everyone on the list gets the address of the new pattern. There are already 263 people on my notification list!

We've also added two new Mavericks today.

Check them out!
Judy is at Sunshine Quilts


Carolyn is at Lakeside Quilting

Welcome Ladies!

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Two New Quilt Mavericks!

I'd like to extend a special welcome to two new Ring members! They've got a great start on their pages, please stop by and check them out!

You will find Kim Massey of Augusta/Evans GA at Dogquilter


The Porch Rocker of Northern IL at Porch Rocker's Place


Trip Around the World, Helping Katrina

It's boring, but it's done! This is a demo top I made while figuring out how to do a trip around the world in a twin size, perfect for katrina survivors. The red cross wants twin size....and there are absolutely ZERO websites out there with a simple trip around the world strip pieced quilt pattern. That is until NOW. This was donated fabric, about 10 years old I think. Heck, the selvedges don't read www.cranston.com so it had to be before then. However, someone will like it, and the instructions are up on my website if anyone has the desire to try a trip around the world for a katrina quilt
Trip Around The World
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Friday, September 09, 2005


DH is out of town for a triathalon this weekend. I'm trying not to be glued to the Weather Channel for reports on Hurricane Ophelia that is said to come hit SC after the weekend. Sheeesh...don't we get a break from these hurricanes? I'm inland about 2 hours drive from the coast, but we still get bad storms from the hurricanes that tend to knock down trees and take out powerlines and just make a mess in general.

I quilted a bit on a customer's quilt today, but late this morning the school called. Jeff (15) is suspended from school for 3 days :c( He gets provoked, can't control his temper, says stuff to another student he shouldn't, and whammo...he's out. The student that did the blatant provoking didn't break any rules, and other than a talking to from the teacher, is fine.

I had to give Jeff another talk about letting other people push his buttons because it always backfires on him. Luckily while the calls from the school were going on I was talking to a dear dear wise friend...we also exchanged a couple more emails through the day that encouraged me to tell jeff stuff like "Poking a rock with a stick is nowhere near as interesting as poking a cat with it." (Thanks for the visual words of wisdom JH...let's hope it makes an impression!)

They poke at him because they know how he will react. I think he sees this and hopefully can find a way to not give them the reaction they want. Maybe they will get bored of poking the rock? He's still grounded though! I told him that those other kids were not in charge of HIS mouth, and he still has to follow through.

Then I quilted a bit more.....when I wasn't peeking back at the weather channel watching Ophelia go from hurricane status back to tropical storm status and then back to hurricane again...ugh.

I did upload the bricks pattern to my website! I actually probably spend too much time on that website dibbling at this, dabbling at that...and I'm not sure anyone ever notices a difference, but its an obsession....in progress!


Thursday, September 08, 2005

I got a call from Zoltan (the intellistitch guy) who told me immediately that my motor brushes were causing the problem!

Luckily I had a spare pair, Zoltan talked me through switching them out and I am back up and running again....

So...I am going to be sure that I keep an extra pair of motor brushes on hand at all times or I could have really had some serious down time.

I am counting my lucky stars that I was only down for about....an hour :c)

Bonnie Posted by Picasa
So here I am trying to get going on the next quilt for a customer, and the quilting machine won't run. I don't know what is wrong with it. The needle up/down went really slow when I powered it up. The fail light came on and it wouldn't run. So I powered off, back on....now the needle won't move up/down at all and the fail beep just wails. :c(

I've emailed the company that installed my intellistitch, but of course it's after hours. I have a customer quilt in the machine that is supposed to be MAILED by monday....and I can't get the machine to run. I left a phone message for the guy that installed the intellistitch so hopefully he will get that urgent message too...and I've left a message on the machine quilting professionals list so maybe someone can help me from there?

All I know is....something is fried :c(

Bonnie Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Pledges needed for MS fundraiser!

I feel bad that I have waited too long to send this out. Poor DH is
getting ready for his 150 miler ride for M.S. in just a couple weeks and
he is afraid to ask because everyone is sending money to Katrina
fundraisers. He needs pledges.

The fact remains that Multiple Sclerosis still effects far too many, and
still needs your help even with all that is going on with the aftermath
of Hurricane Katrina.

If you can spare even $10, please think of someone you know who is
living with MS daily and all that they go through and all that your
donation can do to help. If you know someone with MS, PLEASE donate
and forward this on to those who have family members with MS. Your
continued support is necessary to help find a cure for this disease.

Thanks for all you do!


The following is info from Dave:

Dear Friends and Family,

I know there are a lot of different organizations that are asking for
money right now, but I would really apprecaite any help in sponsorship
of my MS 150 ride. Please don't feel obligated by any means to donate,
but this is for a great cause and hopefully someday a cure will be found.
I am also sending this again to everyone because I was told that some of
the emails did not get recieved. I apoligized for any problems this may
have caused.

Thank you - together we can make a difference!

To sponsor me:
Click here

To visit My Personal Page :
Click here

For more information about this event:
Click here

For more information about the National MS Society:
Click here

And this is my sewing spot! I was joining dark and medium strips together willy-nilly, until I had about a mile of them all piled up behind the machine! Gotta love the power sewing :c) Posted by Picasa

This is the second quilt I've played with using 2"X3.5" cut bricks. I had hoped that the diagonal chain design would show up more....I bet it would if I used all brights, and BLACK instead of the lights, so I might play with it more, but for now, this is another going going to Katrina Survivors. The way the bricks go reminds me of those cinnamon twist doughnuts that you can get at the bakery...mmmm.... Posted by Picasa

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Movie Madness

Last night was interesting. We aren't safe from terror ANYWHERE. We went to the theatre in the mall...and we got there early because we weren't sure what we wanted to see. We bought tickets for "dukes of hazzard" (Jeff's choice....go figure! He didn't want to see the penguin movie!) and then because we had about an hour before the show started, we opted to go eat dinner at the chinese buffet, which turned out to be about the same price as a large popcorn and two drinks at the movie! We always try to eat before, because spending nearly $15 on two drinks and popcorn is ridiculous.

I'm also not beyond hiding contraband snacks in my purse.....I'm a regular movie smuggler!

Anyway...on the way from the other end of the mall where the chinese place is, back to the theatre..we saw this area all blocked off with that "crime scene, do not cross" yellow plastic barrier tape. I asked a shop owner who was standing outside his cellphone shop what had happened?

While we were eatting dinner, a woman was shot. He didn't know any more details than the fact that a woman was shot. :c( We hustled to the movie and didn't loiter around. There were cops thick everywhere.

Sometimes I just don't know what this world is coming to.

I've cleaned up the quilting room this mroning, trimmed down some scraps from the last few backings I've trimmed...the extra border pieces and binding strips are all trimmed and stored in their bins, and small pieces have been cut down into squares of different sizes.

I've got to vacuum...you should see this floor....especially from the denim quilt..icky! *LOL* I can only go a few days before I have to stop making a mess, clean it up so I don't feel claustrophobic, and then can start freely creating a mess again. I have a sign on my door that says "Quilt Room...Creative Mess in Progress!" And it is so true!

Today I'm going to quilt and bind the scrappy bargello I pieced yesterday.