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Location: Maine, United States

I am a 40 something year old mother of 2. I have always been interested in crafts since my sister and I spent summer weeks with my Grandmother, who was a very crafty lady, while my mother was in college. I mostly quilt since I seem to have an obsession with owning large quantities of fabric, but at one point or another think I have tried almost every craft out there.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

cube sweet cube

I don't have any quilting pics to show for last week so I am going to post a picture of my cube at work. Now that I have to go into the office 4 days a week I have been trying to make my space more personal. I have brought in a couple of wall hangings. The lily one I made in a class quite a while ago with Doreen Speckmann. She was a wonderful teacher and I still remember how much fun I had in that class. The other is a small sample I made for a beginner quilt class I taught a while ago. I don't know if you can see, but my wallpaper on my double monitor workstation is a quilt I made for a chapter challenge with my quilt chapter. I have a bunch of pictures hung around, but none of DS. He's not big on getting his picture taken so I don't have any to hang. I'll have to catch him sometime when he's not looking so I can have some of him.
I did finish my siggy blocks and sent them off to Australia for trading and I have started cutting my February "war on stash" challenge from JudyL. I know, February is almost over, but better late than never.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007


This is a Dr. Phil test that was sent to me in an email. I thought it was kind of fun and interesting. A few people around me at work took it and it seems fairly accurate. I scored a 47. Give it a try and let me know what you get.

Don't be overly sensitive! Answers are for who you are now --- not who you were in the past. Have pen or pencil and paper ready.
This is a real test given by the Human Relations Dept. at many of the major corporations today. It helps them get better insight concerning their employees and prospective employees. It's only 10 Simple questions, so grab a pencil and paper, keeping track of your letter answers to each question.

1. When do you feel your best?

a) in the morning
b) during the afternoon &and early evening
c) late at night

2. You usually walk...

a) fairly fast, with long steps
b) fairly fast, with little steps
c) less fast head up, look ing the world in the face
d) less fast, head down
e) very slowly

3. When talking to people you...

a) stand with your arms folded
b) have your hands clasped
c) have one or both your hands on your hips
d) touch or push the person to whom you are talking
e) play with your ear, touch your chin, or smooth your hair

4. When relaxing, you sit with...

a) your knees bent with your legs neatly side by side
b) your legs crossed
c) your legs stre tched out or straight
d) one leg curled under you

5. When something really amuses you, you react with...

a) big appreciated laugh
b) a laugh, but not a loud one
c) a quiet chuckle
d) a sheepish smile

6. When you go to a party or social gathering ! you...

a) make a loud entrance so everyone notices you
b) make a quiet entrance, looking around for someone you know
c) make the quietest entrance, trying to stay unnoticed

7. You're working very hard, concentrating hard, and you're interrupted...

a) welcome the break
b) feel extremely irritated
c) vary between these two extremes

8. Which of the following colors do you like most?

a) Red or orange
b) black
c) yellow or light blue
d) green
e) dark blue or purple
f) white
g) brown or gray

9. When you are in bed at night, in those last few moments before going to sleep you are...

a) stretched out on your back
b) stretched out face down on your stomach
c) on your side, slightly curled
d) with your head on one arm
e) with your head under the covers

10. You often dream that you are...

a) falling
b) fighting or struggling
c) searching for something or somebody
d) flying or floating
e) you usually have dreamless sleep
f) your dreams are always pleasant


1. (a) 2 (b) 4 (c) 6
2. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 7 (d) 2 (e) 1
3. (a) 4 (b) 2 (c) 5 (d) 7 (e) 6
4. (a) 4 (b) 6 (c) 2 (d) 1
5. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 3 (d) 5 (e) 2
6. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 2
7. (a) 6 (b) 2 (c) 4
8. (a) 6 (b) 7 (c) 5 (d) 4 (e) 3 (f) 2 (g) 1
9. (a) 7 (b) 6 (c) 4 (d) 2 (e) 1
10. (a) 4 (b) 2 (c) 3 (d) 5 (e) 6 (f) 1

Now add up the total number of points.
OVER 60 POINTS: Others see you as someone they should "handle with care." You're seen as vain, self-centered, and who is extremely dominant. Others may admire you, wishing they could be more like you, but don't always trust you, hesitating to become too deeply involved with you.
51 TO 60 POINTS: Others see you as an exciting, highly volatile, rather impulsive personality; a natural leader, who's quick to make decisions, though not alwa ys the right ones. They see you as bold and adventuresome, someone who will try anything once; someone who takes chances and enjoys an adventure. They enjoy being in your company because of the excitement you radiate.
41 TO 50 POINTS: Others see you as fresh, lively, charming, amusing, practical, and always interesting; someone who's constantly in the center of attention, but sufficiently well-balanced not to let it go to their head. They also see you as kind, considerate, and understanding; someone who'll always cheer them up and help them out.
31 TO 40 POINTS: Others see you as sensible, cautious, careful & practical. They see you as clever, gifted, or talented, but modest. Not a person who makes friends too quickly or easily, but someone who's extremely loyal to friends you do make and who expect the same loyalty in return. Those who really get to know you realize it takes a lot to shake your trust in your friends, but equally that it takes you a long time to get over if that trust is ever broken.
21 TO 30 POINTS: Your friends see you as painstaking and fussy. They see you as very cautious, extremely careful, a slow and steady plodder. It would really surprise them if you ever did something impulsively or on the spur of the moment, expecting you to examine everything carefully from every angle and then, usually decide against it. They think this reaction is caused partly by your careful nature.
UNDER 21 POINTS: People think you are shy, nervous, and indecisive, someone who needs looking after, who always wants someone else to make the decisions & who doesn't want to get involved with anyone or anything! They see you as a worrier who always sees problems that don't exist. Some people think you're boring. Only those who know you well know that you aren't.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

are you sitting down?

Everyone who knows me and has been quilting with me for a few years probably remembers this project. I think you should all sit down now to avoid falling over in amazement. I have finished my Amish wall hanging.
This is a project I started after a trip to Amish country in PA. For a few years a friend and I would go to the Quilter's Heritage Gathering each spring. On one of our trips I decided I needed to make this so I purchased the fabrics. They sat for a while until I found the time to piece it (my children were small then). After it was pieced I marked the center portion and started looking for quilting patterns for the border. I knew it was going to take some time to quilt so I wanted to choose patterns I would love forever. It took a few years and a class from Liz Porter on designing feathered quilt designs to come up with what I ended with. The quilt was marked and I started quilting the center. I never worked on it very steadily, but it would come out every so often and I would work on it. One time I took it out and noticed that the outer border looked more gray than black. Like I said, this was a project that I had chosen very carefully so I still loved it and couldn't go on with gray borders. I found some more black and replaced and remarked the borders and started quilting again. It has been sitting in my quilting bag for a while now while I work on more instant gratification projects. This last week we had really cold weather. It was cold in my quilting room, but since I had missed sewing last weekend I was really anxious to accomplish something. I pulled this out and promised myself that this time I was going to finish it. Here it is DONE!
The top picture is closer to the true colors, but you can't really see the quilting so I included the second with brighter lighting, but not true colors.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

i had plans... there were lists...

I am so disappointed. I had such plans for this past weekend. Thursday, before I left the office, I had made detailed lists of all I had ready to get accomplished this weekend starting with getting the groceries and shopping chores out of the way on Friday after work so my weekend would be free. I got home feeling fine, started through the mail and all of a sudden I felt sick. I didn't even finish with the mail. That was it I was down for the weekend with the stomach flu.
I have accepted Judy L.'s Stash Reduction Challenge and was really looking forward to getting started on it. I chose my favorite fabric. The green in the center of the picture. I pulled another 30 or so to go with it including a bunch of my Kansas Troubles that I have also been having trouble cutting. This green fabric has a history. Any who have been reading my blog may remember it from a workshop I took with Debbie Caffrey in July. I had trouble putting it in the selection for the mystery because it was going to be used up. I was so proud, I loved it and I was going to use it. Due to an error in the instructions that were sent to some of the participants (that was during my "bad luck" period so of course I got incorrect instructions) I had to re cut and didn't have enough to complete the quilt. I only needed another 1/4 yard, but I couldn't find it at the shop I had originally bought it from or online. I searched around and finally found another shop that had it and since I had run out I didn't want that to happen again, so I ended up purchasing 3 more yards. Anyone else do that? Run out of something then overbuy?
I spent my TV viewing evenings last week straightening them. They were all ready to cut on Thursday night. Oh well, the best laid plans and all. I am happy to say I am feeling pretty much back to myself today. Maybe tonight I will get started on the cutting.