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Monday, March 21, 2011

What I've been working on...

Bits and Pieces
I'm currently working on "Apple Crisp"  from the October issue of American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine.  Here's a link to the picture with color options:

I also love, and plan to make, the "Granny Squares" quilt from that same issue. 

My plan is to actually quilt this one before I move on to something new.  We'll see...I still have two quilt tops that I have to sandwich together and quilt those as well. more that I started quilting ages ago but have yet to finish.  I pulled that one out to see how much I've done and I'm sorry to say, not much.  So I'm leaving it out and hope to do a little quilting on it this week.  And the final quilt - I've attached the binding and will finish it this week.  So that makes four UFO's.  For some reason I thought I was in much worse shape.  But four isn't so bad. I'll post pics as I finish.

Sunday, March 20, 2011


I drive a VW Eurovan.  I love love love my Eurovan!  But...repairs are expensive...AND...they don't make them anymore!  So my van has to last FOREVER

So, to keep the miles down, my sweet hubby bought me a Cabriolet.  Not a brand new one (they don't make them anymore either) but a 1991 VW Cabriolet, Teal with a white top.  I made the seat covers and the little seat organizer.

So, about two months ago, the "coolant fluid low" light came on.  I was about an hour's drive from home and didn't want the car to overheat.  So I stopped at the next rest stop, and proudly added coolant to the overflow tank.  (My sweet, patient hubby showed me where it was).  And being the sweet hubby that he is, he put water in my trunk for just this purpose.  So the light goes out and I drive home.

Hours later...I'm talking to sweet hubby's dad (who is the absolute best father-in-law a girl could wish for) and midway through this story, I freeze...and it dawns on me...(Oh No - sweet hubby is gonna kill me)...I didn't put water in the overfill tank...I put windshield washer fluid in the overfill tank!  (Remember, I have a dear, sweet hubby...who also put a water bottle filled with windshield washer fluid in the trunk because my washer tank is really small.)  Soooooo...on one of the coldest weekends of the year, my sweet hubby is out there draining my radiator and everything else so my engine doesn't die!

And of course, nothing is ever simple, right?  So now, I have a leaky head gasket (don't ask) and my cabby is in pieces with the top half of the engine off so my dear, sweet hubby can fix this car and get it moving again.

You know I feel really, really awful about all this...I mean all that work that sweet hubby has to do to fix my mistake...and what does sweet hubby say?  He says I saved him a lot of aggravation because you know the first hot day that we took off for the beach would find us stranded on the side of the road somewhere and we'd have to pay more than we spent on the car to have it fixed and we'd miss the great beach weekend.  See how sweet sweet hubby is?

Saturday, March 19, 2011

I was just thinking...

So...I was just thinking...Maybe I should explain my title.

First, bits and pieces.  Bits and Pieces of what, you might ask.  Bits and pieces of fabric...and life.  Maybe that's why I love take all these little pieces of fabric and put them together and what do you have?  Something beautiful...or scary...or happy...or sad.  Life's like that too, don't ya think? 

Now for the UFO part...well, I love to piece quilts together.  Actually quilting them - not a fan.  So I've got a bunch of quilts that I need to finish and I'm hoping that this blog will actually help me get them done.  I know, I know...that makes no sense!  But if I think someone is actually waiting for one of these quilts, I will get it done.  Hopefully sooner than eventually.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I'm a "newbie"

So here I am.  I decided to start a blog because I've been so inspired by others.  Then, reality set in.  What was I thinking?  I mean, Really!  What would I say?  What should I do?  I felt sorta like I did the first time (who am I kidding, every time) I had to speak publicly...Really.  What was I thinking?  So here I am.  And I hope that as I get more comfortable with this blogging world, I'll be able to inspire someone else out there.  So wish me luck!