Thursday, April 30, 2009

Good Day!

Despite the fact that I couldn't sleep last night and got only 2 hours of sleep before the alarm woke me up in the morning for work, today was a really good day! I blame the lack of sleep on an over busy mind. I have a documentation project due, our office is moving, most of us are going to start working from home (my husband and me included), and we're going on a cruise to Alaska all within the next 4 weeks - so I have alot on my mind. Last night was one of those nights when you just lay there and the mind just keeps running. I even got up and did a couple of the things that were occupying my mind, doing that usually lets me relax and sleep, but not last night.

I finished a quilt that's been in the works for the last 10 years last night. That was a really good feeling. The quilt started as a gift for a friend. One of those friends that you feel compelled to do things for. I usually stay away from those kind of friends, but she was a friend that I made back when we were like 5. Anyways, I started the quilt and actually had it pieced and sandwiched 10 years ago. I wanted to free motion quilt it, but just never could get the hang of it, and it is a HUGE quilt. I was really frustrated because I'd buy quilting books or check quilting books out from the library and they'd all just complete a quilt by saying "now quilt it by machine or hand". Lots of instructions on blocks and binding but nothing on quilting. I was frustrated about it for 10 years. Finally I did some research on the internet, bought a darning foot, practiced a little, then took on the giant quilt from hell. It's now done but I'm no longer in touch with the original recipient. So this afternoon I called my mom and asked her if she wanted it. My lucky mom.

Today was also a good mail day! I got a copy of Antique Doll Collector, accessories for my new phone, and some fabric I ordered from A La Mode on Etsy. Check out this mail box booty!

And here's a little lagniappe...a peak at what I'm currently working on. My Mod Sampler Quilt, which is pieced and needs to be quilted and bound, a zig-zag baby quilt, and a diamond baby quilt. :)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Another Give Away!

Check out this fabulous artist's blog for another adorable giveaway! :D

As for me...I'm finishing the binding on a nine patch quilt that I pieced about 10 years ago. It's overly cutesy country and was originally pieced for a friend that whined that "no one has ever made me anything". lol. So I kinda don't like the quilt, but Bran does. I thought about giving it to his mom or my mom when it's finished - which should be tomorrow. But I shouldn't neglect my sweet husband's wishes to keep it for himself, however I just don't like the quilt. But, on the plus side, I'm finally finishing this quilt after all these years. That's part of my plan - finish some UFOs while finishing the new projects I'm starting as well. So far it's working. :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Documentation

In case you didn't already know, my paying job is Software Documentation. Yes, I write those training manuals, user manuals, and help files for software. You know those amazingly boring things you should read when using new software? I once read that Amy Tan, one of my favorite authors, had written documentation for IBM. Based on that I think I'm in pretty good company, now I just have to write an amazing novel and have it made into a movie.

A co-worker of mine found this quote:
"Documentation is like sex; when it's good, it's very good, and when it's bad, it's better than nothing." -Dick Brandon, Author

I'm not sure if he's telling me my documentation is good or bad.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Check This Out!

About 6 months ago I purchased this great rag quilt from A La Mode Fabric on Etsy. I love it, Doxie loves it, my mother loves it, my mother-in-law loves it, and it looks great in my living room! Heather makes some fabulous quilts so check out her store. Or, check out her blog! She's having a fabric giveaway of some great hard to find Heather Ross fabrics. I must be crazy sending more people her way to sign up for this giveaway - because I SO want these for myself! lol.

Friday, April 3, 2009

I Took the Plunge!

So, I decided just to go ahead and put three of my baby quilts up for sale in my Etsy shop. If you're interested you can find them here. I'm excited - they've all been favorited at least once so far and I just finished putting one of them up half an hour ago! :D