Twitter Not Your Tweet in Anger...

Lord love a duck, here's another reason why high-strung females like me ought to reconsider the whole Twitter thing. Apparently, a high-profile author who I will not name because I don't want to spread gossip and because I can SO easy see how this would (without a shadow of a doubt) happen to me if I were ever to work hard enough to become a multiple-time bestselling author whose books are made into movies, etc cetera...

Anyway, Famous Author got a not-wonderful review, and was not just ABLE, but perhaps COMPELLED to Tweet her frustrations to hundreds--probably thousands--of her closest friends. Imagine, being angry and having a megaphone, and really, that's what Twitter is, a high tech megaphone with a long, long range.

Can I just tell you how bad I feel for this brilliant author? Impulse and technology are dangerous bedfellows. That's so much worse than a reply-all accident, which is bad enough. (But really, who hasn't done that?)

Fortunately for Famous Author, in our rapid-fire-communication world, we'll all be Tweeting about something else in three minutes or less.

Peace, out...


Shoes and Online Socializing

The voices in my head are singing Til We Ain't Strangers Anymore by LeAnn Rimes and Bon Jovi

What I'm Reading: Night Passage by Robert B. Parker

When we moved, a year ago last January, Jim calculated that my shoes had cost five hundred dollars to transport, based on the number of boxes they took, truck space, mover-hours, etc. I don't know what method he used to calculate this--possibly husband math.

He staged a shoe-intervention.

He bought and installed some very nice shoe racks in our walk-in closet, and told me I could keep whatever would fit. If I wanted to buy a new pair, I had to donate or toss a pair. I muttered something like, "I should have held out for the house with two walk-in closets." Shoes are like carbohydrates and chocolate. They comfort me when I'm stressed. They fit, even if I've over-indulged in pasta and truffles. I am attached to my shoes. This is a fairly common phenomenon in women, I think.

Once the shelves were in the closet, though, my OCD tendencies made it impossible for me to keep a pair that wouldn't fit on the shelves. I couldn't have a pair sit on the floor. There must be order in the closet. (I'm sure Jim counted on this.)

I had to find new homes for several pairs. (Sigh.) I'm going to miss those oxblood snakeskin pumps from 1986. Oh well, the suit they matched went to Goodwill about ten years ago.

This morning, I had an email reminding me that five friends had invited me to join them on Facebook...

First it was the blog, then Shelfari. Then Google Reader to keep up with all the blogs I follow. I have a Twitter account, though I haven't uttered a Tweet. So far, I haven't done anything worthy of an alert that couldn't wait for a blog update. But when I run across a celebrity in a restaurant in Greenville, I am ready.

"Facebook will eat into your writing time," said Caution. "And what about Linked In, are you going to want to to that next? You have Linked In friends, too."

Caution and I aren't well acquainted, and I ignored her, as is my custom.

I set up a Facebook account, virtuously thinking I would spend an hour or so getting it set up, then log on once a day for a few minutes.

That was five hours ago, and I'm still playing with this thing. The first several messages I got were from my FRIENDS who had invited me to join, telling me that this thing is addictive, and I'd better watch out because Facebook will devour not only my writing time, but apparently also my sleep--and forget about Jazzercise.

I need a shelf for my online social sites... I'll Tweet if I find one...

Peace, out...


Coin Quilt Love!

I haven't posted lately, but I have been sewing a lot lately. I love the look of coin quilts so I made 2! I used charm squares which makes for pretty fast piecing. This is Oh, Cherry Oh by Moda. This one is Baskets of Flowers by Moda.
I finally quilted this one from a couple months ago. Again, fabric by Moda......see a trend
here. ;-)
Quilting up close.....I sort of struggled with quilting this one....had a hard time getting into a rhythm.

I am not setting any etsy records selling quilts, but I have been making coffee sleeves to sell on consignment for a local independent coffee shop. They do sell pretty well so I made a bunch of them this weekend.

I hope that everyone is well and had a great weekend. Jenna Z. please email me your address so I can get the string quilt blocks out to you. Thank you.

Sunglasses Needed and Giveaway Results

I wish that I had 12 things to giveaway! I really appreciate everyone stopping by and leaving a comment. It was a little tricky this time picking.... scroll down and you will see why ;-)
The winner of the pinwheel blocks is Jacque and the winner of the string blocks is Jenna Z. Please email me your addresses and I will get the blocks in the mail on Monday. Oliver ended up picking the winners again because.......
His brother ate 4 before I could get them out of his month. I think he is going to have to be fired from this giveaway stuff. LOL

Here is my 4th of July picnic quilt that I finished piecing last night. It is from a Moda Jelly Roll-"Red, White and Bold" by Sandy Gervais. Definitely a quick quilt to piece. I plan on quilting it tonight after I go to my local quilt shop's "One Day Only" 12 hr sale. Be still my heart!

Have a great weekend everyone and thank you again,

Still Cleaning Out Project Boxes-giveaway

I am still cleaning out my project boxes of projects that I have started , but haven't and won't end up finishing. This is a small pinwheel quilt project that I used an iron on half square triangle interfacing on. It makes the blocks a little stiff, but I am assuming that they will soften up when washed or they can probably be torn off.. To go with the blocks are these fatquarters. If you would like this project( no charge), please leave me a comment.
Better put your sunglasses on for this one! ;-) This is from a Moda Jelly Roll and is sort of like a string quilt.

I finished sewing all the small squares that need to be added to each other. Included is a yard of the paisley and enough of the red for binding. If you would like this one again( no charge) please let me know. Can't promise that my piecing is too great.

I have last years Fatquarter Shop's Christmas BOM for sale. I did not get the finishing kit, it is just the blocks and to make it worse I can not find one envelope for Block 10. But, the fabric "Peace on Earth" by Moda is still available so you could get yardage to make up for the shortage. I am asking $30 plus $5 shipping. I haven't even taken them out of their envelopes and I have the this year's new BOM coming. The reason I am selling this is that I already have a quilt in progress using Peace on Earth.
Thank you for looking and helping me empty those boxes!

On the Road Again

The voices in my head are singing My Baby Don't Tolerate, by Lyle Lovett

What I'm reading: Relentless by Dean Koontz

Predictably, I had to rush right out and buy the new Dean Koontz novel (along with the new Michael Connelly, which is next up). Koontz didn't disappoint. Like most of his books, Relentless will be a Shelfari favorite. I just wish these guys could write faster.

And hey, Carl Hiaasen, I'd really like a new adult novel, please. I know your young adult books are fabulous, and the non-fiction golf thing is brilliant, but I'm neither a young adult nor a golfer. Please pull a few hilariously demented characters out of your head and get them on paper. Lickety-split.

This week I'm in Warsaw, Indiana, with Jim. Business trip for him, writer's retreat for me. Hotel rooms, I may have said before, are the absolute best places for me to write. I can't clean my house, run errands, do laundry, run out and have lunch with a friend, or any one of a hundred other things that pop up that keep me from putting words on the page.

Or go to Jazzercise, which is the one other thing I need to be doing. In anticipation of this problem, however, I ordered three Jazzercise DVDs, reasoning that I could dance in a hotel room, right?

Well, not so much, really.

I started with Street Jazz! I'm always hassling Casey for some funk in her sets, so I picked this one first. The tag line specifically promises "street jam movements using a combination of jazz dance, hip hop, and funk."

I had NO idea how much your average Jazzercise instructor has to dummy this stuff down for ex-majorettes, cheerleaders, and drill team members across the country. I have a new appreciation for the Queen of Pain and all the other aliens who translate the moves that look like an MTV video played in fast forward into something the rest of us can attempt.

If I play the DVD in slow motion, I can maybe learn a section a day. I'm trying, anyway.

The other thing I hadn't figured on was that in class, while Casey has to look at what I'm doing and not double over laughing (too often), in a hotel room, I have to watch myself. There's a big mirror. This is so not pretty.

Anyway, I'm writing, and I'm dancing. (Well, I'm moving to music, and in some cultures, I'm sure what I'm doing is called dancing.)

All is right with the world.

Peace, out...


Quilted and Crinkly

My Allspice Tapestry quilt is all quilted, bound, and washed. I just love the feeling when you first open the dryer and pull your new quilt out. You don't know exactly how much it is going to crinkle up and it is all warm and snuggly. Of course, in humid Richmond, you don't exactly snuggle with it! ;-)
Have a good rest of the weekend,

Tumbler Quilt-finished!

I finished quilting and binding the Tumbler Quilt that I was working on. It turned out well, but I think that I like the smaller tumblers like the one that Carol finished on "Brown Quilts". Just a simple meander pattern.
I love hand sewing binding and discovered how well silk thread does with it. I am a big Aurifil thread fan. I use it for piecing, applique, and some machine quilting. But, I have found that silk thread doesn't fray at all and doesn't twist like cotton threads do. I got the silk thread from Joann Fabrics. They don't have a huge color selection, but the thread melts into the quilt.

What thread do you use for binding and do you like hand binding?
Take care,

Fabric, Glue Stick, and Shoe Box

I was getting ready to put this shoe box in the recycling bin when I saw what a cute shape it was. So, a whole glue stick (that stuff is sticky) some fabric and a few minutes and messy fingers later, I had this storage box. Wouldn't a sewing room be cute with lots of these boxes in neat fabrics? Hope everyone is doing well and having fun working on quilty projects. So, what are you working on??

Fabric for sale if anyone is interested (low prices)

I am still cleaning out and trying to make a little $......28 yr old son has decided that he wants to be a teacher and has moved back in to go to school full time. Unfortunately, he doesn't have a part time job yet to pay for car, cell phone, insurance, so we are helping out. Ouch!!

This is 3 charm packs of "Recipe For Friendship" along with 1 yd red, 1yd red paisley and 1/2 yd cherry fabric. Price is $28 which includes shipping. SOLD Next is a Maypole Layer Cake...cost is $20 which includes shipping. SOLD
Last is "Delilah" by Clothworks which includes 1/2 yard cuts of 5 different fabrics in the line and a length of coordinating fabric that is 1 1/2 yards long Cost is$28 and that includes shipping. SOLD

I do take paypal or check or money order. Please let me know if you are interested. I tried to price them at about 1/2 cost.
Take care,

Tumbler blocks and another kit giveaway

Thank you so much for all the comments about the tumbler blocks.......they will be going to Darlene. The box is packed , so Darlene please send me your address.

My project boxes are still being gone through and I have a half finished kit to give away. There are 5 blocks completed with quite a bit of fabric to make more add sashing, etc.
You will need to have the Tri Recs tools to make this block but they are easily available at quilt shops and Joann fabric.
Here is the extra fabric...probably 2 yds of each.

If you are interested please let me know. I was on a 3 color quilt kick a couple years ago when I bought this. Now the more fabrics the better in a quilt. Oh, how fickled I am. ;-)

Tumbler Quilt and Leftover Blocks Giveaway

I have been working on a tumbler baby quilt for my etsy shop and have some leftover blocks if anyone is interested in them. I cut them with my AccuQuilt Go so they are big! Like 6" big. I alternated mine with white on white fabric. I have enough leftover blocks for someone to make a small baby quilt.
Here is one of the tumblers up close. I love this fabric.

I also have some extra striped fabric that is in the same line to use as binding. I will include some of that also.

Please leave your email address if you would like this. If I have more than one person I will draw a name.
Hope everyone had a good Friday,