Sunday, September 28, 2008

Didja miss me?

I have been busy/missing my pup/did I say busy? Our daughter traveled home to have shoulder surgery. She could have had it near her house, but there was no one to take care of her. I was elected go-fer/slave/ice hauler for the week after surgery. She came thru with flying colors and returned to her real life yesterday. The only thing I miss is hauling ICE! Insurance paid for this nifty machine that circulates ice water thru a wrap. Only bad thing is that it took 5 lbs of ice to fill it up...every 3-4 hours! My small freezer was maxed out by 2 bags...so that meant daily ice runs. The 1st two nights were hard 30 mins on 30 mins off...but so worth all the work. She will be back to limited work tomorrow...







I have a dilemma to ask your opinion about...Recently I was searching for a specific pattern. The pattern maker is not important. I went to her site to see if I could find a local supplier. There was one close by with an address and a phone number. I called. The lady was surprised to find that her address was on the site. She sells online only. She had the pattern and offered it to me. I was impatient and drove out to her house to get it. (she would have mailed it if I wanted) When I got there, we chatted for at least 30 mins. I thought we hit it off...and she gave me (no payment she would accept) the pattern. She said she was looking for someone to do some machine quilting. I agreed to quilt in payment for the pattern. I gave her my phone number and e-mail address. I have e-mailed her twice...no answer...I even tried to call her again. No answer...no reply. I feel uncomfortable about taking this pattern. What would YOU do? I am considering just mailing her payment. I know about how much that pattern retails for. Would you keep it? try calling/writing/e-mailing again? I have looked at the pattern, but not used it in anyway. It would be easily repackaged and mailed off.

Thanks in advance for your advise...I'm glad to be back and ready to get going!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

star BOM : block #3


I had a good day in the studio yesterday! I did my 3rd BOM star block:



Three UFO Churn Dash blocks (please dont' ask me how OLD these are! ...they are OLD!)
here is a close up of one of the blocks. Nice chunky churn dash!

This is the strip quilt I showed blocks for a couple of weeks ago. Here is the finished top.
And a close up. I have not decided if I will put a border on this. I think not. I toyed with the idea of making this 3 blocks (their block is 4 of the small ones counted as one block) wide and long, but then its on the small side. I think I will stay with it at this size. Babies only GROW right? Any ideas? I'm not real sure about the measurements. I will check that and post it in the morning. It was nice to be in there awhile and get something DONE!

I had a hard time watching my team...everytime I turned the channel, the OTHER team got a homerun! I ended up watching the Murder She Wrote marathon...I finally turned back to it as Stephen Drew hit for the cycle! WOW! (for all you non-baseball people, that means he hit a single, double, triple AND homerun in the same game-it happens VERY rarely) And on top of THAT, another player hit for the cycle yesterday too: having TWO cycles on one day has not happened since 1920!