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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.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

i just don't get people...

... and probably never will. I had a very busy weekend and I think I am finally recovered. My job basically involves sitting in a chair and typing all day. Last weekend I went and helped my friend Jan in her booth at the Maine Quilts 2008 show. We were SO busy. By the end of the weekend I was sore in muscles I had forgotten I had and my feet were killing me. I had to go back to work to get some rest.
I really enjoyed it despite the way some people act. I know the customer is always supposed to be right, but there are some limits. There was a booth hop and participants were supposed to get their passports signed at each booth. No matter what we were doing or who we were helping, people who were only after the prize would shove their passports into our faces and say "Sign this". One woman put hers between my face and the credit card slip I was filling out. The one that took the cake though was the woman who put hers on a magazine, picked up one of our pens and SHOVED them into my stomach while I was talking on the phone. Can you imagine? Where did some people learn their manners? I did make her wait until I was done, but of course I didn't think of the perfect thing to say until much later. At the time I was basically speechless.
To thank us for our help Jan took us to see Mama Mia! It was a blast. I think some of the people in the theater had seen it a number of times because I kept hearing "I love this part". Everyone around us was singing so I figured it was safe for me as well. I don't know if I could have not even if no one else was. I just would have been more quiet about it. :cD
One of our friends won a blue ribbon for this quilt. Congratulations Linda! It's beautiful.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

i should be weaving

.... but I'm in Chicago taking a training class. This was supposed to be my beginning weaving class week, but I had to give it up to take a training class for work. :c(
No pictures today since I remembered my camera, but forgot the cord to transfer the pics.
I'm finally settled down after last weekend. I was flying out Sunday evening so I had so much to do before I could leave. We had to drive to our apartment, 1.5 hours away, because we rented it. Woo hoo! Went up, got the lease signed and handed over the keys. Hopefully these will be much better tenants. Since I was going anyway I put the binding on Jan's doll quilt and delivered that at the same time.
Did a stop at Marden's. A couple of fabrics took a ride in my cart for a while, but "no buy" won out. There will always be new fabrics I love and I have SO much. If you haven't noticed I'm not a speed demon when it comes to using them up.
I got all my Pay It Forward gifts packaged up and in the mail. As well as the round robin I am in. Look for them in your mailboxes sometime soon.
With laundry, packing, dinners for DH and a little housework I didn't have any time to myself. I arrived at the airport on time, but I have never seen it so full. Multiple cancelled, delayed flights because of weather. I was SO glad I had gotten the nonstop flight. People were making multiple backup connection plans just trying to get them to their destinations a day or 2 late. Ours was only about an hour late taking off. The flight that was supposed to leave before us was still sitting cancelled because of mechanical problems. I felt sort of guilty leaving since they had been waiting so long.
Every stop along the way was a zoo. At O'hare there was a line at least 200 people long waiting for help re-routing. At the rental car place there were lines of people hoping for a one way rental if their destination was close enough to drive. I ended up waiting in line to get out of the rental lot for about half an hour. All in all I feel my trip was much more smooth than most.

Stash report:
Nothing in, even with the Marden's trip!!!
I used an entire 1/8 a yard to bind the doll quilt. Like I said no speed demon here.

Monday, July 07, 2008

sunday stash report on monday

I'm a little late with my Sunday stash report, but I wanted to finish up the wrapping for my baby quilt for tomorrow. Nothing like last minute, but it's done and will be wrapped in a reusable tote bag instead of disposable wrapping paper.
I ended up taking your advice and not putting on a border. The only person who actually thought it should have one was DH and I think he was just trying to be funny. I told him that the vote was 6 to 0 for no border and he said "Well then. I think it needs one." He thinks he is so funny.
I backed it with a nice soft flannel and found a teal flannel that matched some of the detail in the purple fabric for binding. My friend April let me go to her house after work last Wednesday and quilt it on her long arm. Made the finishing much faster.
I didn't save as much as I would have liked with my "no buy" this week. DS was home for a few days before leaving today for his summer job. We had to get things that he needs for next school year as he won't be home from the job for long before he has to head back to school for the Fall Semester. I do still feel like I am ahead, just not as dramatically as I was before. :c/

Stash report for this week:
fabric in -- zero
fabric out -- 3 yards