And then there was good ...

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

It has been a long month and I am thrilled to have seen good ... as well as ugly.

It's time to share the good ... from the alarm installation technician who agreed to commute out to the cabin for no extra charge to install the alarm system there, to one of my amazing blog readers who was willing to send me an extra camera to help get me posting again, to the fabulous support and comments I've received from so many blog readers, to my wonderful husband who has had to deal with all of this over the past month and still organized a surprise for me this evening ... a new camera was waiting for me when I came home tonight!

And more good news ... John will be a grandfather for the 2nd time in October!  His youngest son and daughter-in-law are expecting a little girl in late October!  I am playing with the Rain or Shine pattern from Elizabeth Hartman's "Practical Guide to Patchwork" as a baby gift for her.

I am using Moda's Central Park by Kate Spain with a couple of additional fabrics and solids.  Quite happy with how it's coming out so far ... particularly my ability to match up all those points!

Oh yeah ... I ran a 10K with my husband on Saturday of this week.  He won his division ... I was a little slower than I had hoped, but still came in 12th out 27 of women in my age division ... so I'll take it and progress continues for my goal to run the 1/2 marathon in November.

So I am back ... and I am looking forward to sharing and reading more over the coming weeks!  I am indeed a luck lady ...

All the best,

What are the odds ...

Monday, August 29, 2011

... that someone would own two homes and BOTH homes would be broken into within a one-month time frame ...

yup ... that would be us ...

first our in-town home and now our cabin ...

at this rate, it may be a while before I can replace the camera

 ... some quilt progress which I hope to record via photos soon ...

stay safe out there ...


No more pictures for awhile ...

Monday, August 8, 2011

Today while I was at work, and my husband out walking the dogs, someone climbed through a 9" x 12" open window and stole a laptop, a MacBook Pro, 2 cameras and about $40 in loose change off of our kitchen counter ...

In the end, it was a good wake up call ... albeit an expensive one.

So ... my public service announcement ... tips from the nice police officer that took the report:

  • 80% of ALL home break-ins happen during the day, through an unlocked door or window,
  • Get the loudest alarm you can with both an indoor and outdoor siren, pass on the monitoring,
  • Don't leave your goodies on the counter top where the thief expects to find them ... putting them in a drawer or closet will decrease the likelihood of theft by over 90%.
The MacBook was replaced tonight ... the rest will have to wait ... which means no photos of quilts for a bit ... guess I can't give anymore away for a while ;-).

Anyway ... stay safe and I will look forward to watching YOUR quilts for a little while!

All the best,

Small gains ... big smiles

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Piecing this quilt top together is really making me smile!

Do you ever start a top and discover that it's not working for you ... or better ... that it's working better than you thought it would?

I started this year knowing I wanted to use my solid scraps to make a queen size quilt for the other guest room at the cabin.  Where I spent my thinking time was on a pattern that would work with what I knew were some pretty small scraps.  I finally came up this pattern ... 3-piece squares.  Then ... the cutting began.

The next question, was whether the blocks should be monochromatic or mixed all up.  The analytical side of me had me leaning to creating color cohesiveness ... the creative told me just go for it!

The next question was to sash or not and my quilting buddies definitely weighed in on that question!

I'm only about 1/4 done ... but it's definitely putting a smile on my face ...

Hope you're having a great week.

All the best
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