Monday, February 25, 2008
George Clooney---ROBBED! Should've won for Michael Clayton, but looked good losing.
Tilda Swinton---awesome performance, deserving win.
Jon Stewart--class act for bringing back onstage Marketa Irglova, cowriter of Best Song, who didn't get a chance to say her thank-yous. I mean really!
Coen Brothers--always love their movies, 'specially O Brother Where Art Thou? and Fargo. I've GOT to get to the theater and see No Country For Old Men!
Marion Cotillard--mermaid dress was darling on her. Her acceptance speech was the best of the evening, too!
Favorite montage--the Best Picture winners for the past 79 years (and no, I don't remember ALL of them LOL!). Number 80 was No Country For Old Men.
This weekend was spent getting MIL moved into a different assisted-living facility. Sure hope this one works out. This is really wearing on DH. He is trying so hard to make things good for her.
Setting aside the Civil War blocks for a few days to get the applique borders finished for the Madeira jelly roll quilt. Would love to have it to "flimsy" stage before our trip--maybe even pinbasted or handed off to a longarmer.
Speaking of our upcoming trip, shopping must get done. In 16 days we'll be leaving for WARM!!! Let the countdown begin. First to Tucson, AZ, for a coupla days, then over to Mesa where we'll meet up with four dear friends to set out on a tour of Copper Canyon, Mexico, and points along the way. Vamos, amigos!
In honor of dreams of spring, snowmen got packed up this weekend, bunnies and chicks came out of hiding. Right here, right now, in KC, snow BAD--spring GOOD!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
First off, the pattern is traced from the book onto freezer paper. Each shape is cut apart and ironed on to the wrong side of the fabric. I have a tubful of Jo Morton fabrics leftover from Little Women Club days and am happy to have a nice selection of color coordinated reproductions. After the pattern pieces are adhered to the chosen fabrics, a line is sketched around the shape with either an eversharp pencil or a General's marker(pencil sharpener nearby!) .
The pieces are cut out leaving a 1/4 " seam allowance all around the edges. I labeled the pieces dark, medium and light to help with the confusion at the ironing board! The block is laid out on my handy-dandy clipboard that has thin batting glued down (great for small piece blocks at the sewing machine, too--and applique parts).
Here are a couple of other wonderful books I have in my quilting library about Civil War quilts and women. Both are by Barbara Brackman and just chockful of great stories and patterns. I've had them both for quite awhile so don't know what their availability is. I am definitely appreciative of the efforts these women put forth in troubled times to keep their families warm.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Today's KC Star magazine contained the second installment or block for the Circuit Rider quilt. Here's mine prepped for machine blanket stitch. Don't know why that green looks so washed out--it's really not! And yet another project to start...The Civil War Diary Quilt!
I've had this book since it first came out but have not made anything from it yet. I have been motivated to get started! A new blogging ring will be starting soon and will work together on the blocks--always a good motivator. I am thinking of hand-piecing mine. I'd like to get several blocks readied for my upcoming lo-o-ong car trip.
Winter just can't seem to let go this year. More snow is falling in KC today. Pretty but a pain in the patoot!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
The rules of the meme are: 1. When tagged, place the name of the person and URL on your blog 2. Post the rules on your blog 3. Write 7 things about yourself 4. Name 7 of your favourite weblogs 5. Send an e-mail letting those bloggers know they have been tagged.
Hmmm....seven things about myself...
1. I am an admitted chocoholic. Give me the cheap stuff--Snickers, Mr. Goodbar-- or the expensive stuff. I have no discerning taste where chocolate is concerned. I've been known to nibble on chocolate morsels right out of the bag before they can make it into cookie dough as well as chocolate frosting right out of the Betty Crocker can! I'll sneak the chocolate bits out of Moose Tracks ice cream--if not caught by DH. Oooh, Hershey's chocolate syrup--hook up the IV. I have been known to send DH out on a chocolate run in the midst of an icy, frigid night or on a hot, hot dog-day summer afternoon. And, like all good addicts, I maintain that I can quit anytime I want! But we all know, that's not gonna happen.
2. I adore cats. I have two at the present, Rocky and Natasha--or rather I should say they have me. After an upcoming trip to Arizona and Mexico, we may be acquiring #3, Boris. Get it? Characters from the old Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons! Love a good theme. I think we can learn a lot about life and how to live it from cats. Ever see a tense cat???
3. I was known for my penmanship in school. That's right, good ole' handwriting. In seventh grade my class had an entry into the citywide science fair. Since I was a bit, ahem--weak in the science area, I was asked to do the writing for the booklet that accompanied our project. Oh, well, everyone has a niche of some kind, right? I still enjoy doodling and playing around with calligraphy.
4. I love to travel and have been in all 50 states, except for North Dakota, Delaware, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. We're working on those! I have seen all five great lakes, been to Canada three times, to Italy once, and will visit Mexico next month. I really like to see all the historic sights and art and beautiful scenery of places and wish I were rich so I could travel even more!!!
5. I have tried most every craft known to womankind! Starting as a kid with weaving potholders on a little metal loom and embroidering tea towels with the old Aunt Martha and Vogart transfers, I have always found joy in creating something with my own hands. I have dabbled in macrame, crossstitch, rughooking, crochet, knitting, tole painting, soapmaking, candlemaking, bookmaking, punchneedle, latchhooking, jewelrymaking, fabric painting and dying--and, of course, quilting. Quilting of all types grabs my attention! Piecing and applique, crazy quilting, story quilts, rag quilts...you name it, it looks like fun to me!!! Mastery is not a high priority LOL. I just enjoy the process.
6. I am one of three sisters. We had no brothers. Each sister had only boy babies. What's up with that?
7. I have been blogging for about 23 months and STILL don't know how to get a pretty header up top of the blog!!!
Well, that's way more than you wanted to know about KC Quilter. As for naming my seven favorite blogs, well, that would be impossible. If you could see how many quilting blogs I have bookmarked, you'd totally understand. So for that part of the "meme rules" I'll just say to any fellow bloggers reading this (that makes YOU a favorite!) please play along!