Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Go Canada!

I just finished watching the Olympic women's hockey game between the US and Canada and it was another astounding game by the ladies in red.  Not only did they win the game with a score of 3-2 but their level of play is amazing. I only watched the last quarter of the game and thre was no doubt that Canada was running the game. Even though I'm an American, I have to hope that the Canadian ladies take home the gold--they are just that good!

I know that I'm probably an oddity , being a woman who just loves hockey, but I come by it honestly.  I was  hockey cheerleader in high school (yes, we cheered on the ice on skates and even did jumps) and I went to a college in northern MN which had national champion hockey teams while I was there. My husband attended another prominent hockey university and we went to nearly all the games during those years.  And I've never lost my love of the game.

But the reason I only watched part of the game is because I was working on my Talkin' Turkey quilt.  I've made nearly all the components of the 12" blocks and late yesterday, I put the first one together.  As usual, with a Bonnie Hunter design, everything fit beautifully.  I really wish I could post a picture of it but trust me when I say it's very pleasing to the eye. I've made nearly all of the 450+ flying geese units and I want to thank the person who figured out how to make them the "no waste" way.  I can't put in a link to the direcions since I'm on my Kindle but I'm sure you'll find the directions if you google no waste flyng geese.  Not only do you not have any bits to cut off and throw away, they take very little time to make. And nearly every one came out perfect! Gotta love it!

Well, I have 29 more blocks to assemble so I'll get back to work.  Go Canada!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Watching women's hockey--Canada vs Finland. What a game!

Friday, February 7, 2014

No more fabric!

I've been here in Alabama for nearly a week and I've spent several days at the sewing machine working on a quilt for my daughter. She chose a very simple boxy pattern that's going together very quickly and I have  made about 3/4 of the 255 blocks needed. Yesterday, I ran out of fabric!  I thought I'd bought enough of the grayish/sandy color that frames the colored squares but I was wrong. The problem is I bought the fabric about a year or so ago at a quilt shop near where I live.  I'm not even going to look for more of that fabric while I'm here but will wait and go to the Busy Bobbin as soon as I get home in March.  I'm really disappointed since it was going together so well.  It'll be the first thing I do after I get back home.

Today, I'm going to the local quilt shop and pick up a few fat quarters of neutrals so I can get started on this Talkin Turkey quilt that I want to make for myself. It's a Bonnie Hunter pattern Talkin Turkey that's in her book, "String Fling." I love that it's red and white and have collected a ton of red fat quarters but somehow, not enough neutrals.  So, that's my plan for the day.

I've not been able to figure out how to get photos off my camera and onto this blog or even to email them to myself.  I need a smarter phone, I think, but I'm afraid that it'll be smarter than me. : p)

Monday, February 3, 2014

I'm in Ft. Morgan, AL, for the month and I can't begin to say how glad I am to be here!  We returned from Hawaii on Friday the 17th of January and by Saturday afternoon, I was down for the count with the Mother of All Head Colds.  Even though I was so sick and had a horrible cough that made it hard to breathe, I managed to get the kitchen totally unpacked and was able to get some order in the sewing room.  After a week of coughing so hard that I was peeing my pants ---so gross!--I want to the doc and got an inhaler that gradually helped with the cough.  Now, I'm pretty much back to normal (no more peeing in my pants, thank God!) but I'm still using the inhaler a couple of times a day.

We arrived here at the cottage two days ago and I'm so glad to be here. Today I woke up at nearly 9 am--almost 11 hour of sleep. Guess I was a little tired.  Today, I'm going for my walk and then I'll begin working on the first of the 4 quilting projects that I brought along.

Tessa asked me a couple of years ago to make her a quilt using beach and sea colors--pale aquas, peaches, greens and blues. She wants squares of the colored fabrics surrounded by strips of a pale sand/grayish color.  She picked out the fabrics, all batiks, and I'm ready to get started on it. Should have the top finished by the time I return home.

This year, I forgot to pack the camera so I'm going to see what I can do with my phone camera and maybe we'll end up getting a new camera which we have been wanting to do anyway.  I'll do my best to add pix if I can.

I also resumed my other blog, A Juicer's Journey, which is here.  I wrote this blog last winter to document my experience on a juicing diet. It worked well while it lasted but it's pretty severe and after 4 weeks, I called it quits.  This year, I'm beginning a modified juice diet so we'll see how that goes.  If you want to follow along, please do so.