Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring?

I think summer has arrived instead of spring -- it's about 80 degrees in downtown San Francisco today!

Here's a little scene I found on the sidewalk today...
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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday stuff

It's been a productive weekend -- I guess the rainy weather is good for something! I didn't actually FINISH anything quilty, but two tops are done and the green scraps have been beaten into submission...

Do you remember the elephants? This was a Friday Block Party block that I used for a birthday exchange this year -- and it's one of the completed tops. I adore these guys!


And, a brief knitty interlude to show off the Switcheroo socks that finally got done. They don't look like they're the same size, but really they are -- I just couldn't locate the second sock-blocker. Maybe this means it's time to clean the closet? This is the first time I've made stripy socks that actually came out looking like a matched set. It's Shibui sock yarn.
And, keep thinking those green thoughts -- the leftover top is all put together, I think. It might need just one or two more strips, though: does it seem just a bit too narrow?
Finally, a head start on Monday's design wall -- there are "disappearing 4-patch" blocks made mostly from a couple of sets of "City Traditions" charm squares that have been in my stash for years. I have a few more to make.The weather is warming up this week, at last -- we're going to be up in the 70's! I think that means more gardening and less quilting for a bit.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

think green thoughts...

It's one of those scrappy green days again, and here's what's on my wall:It's pretty much everything green that was left over from something else, just sewn together in strips. I have more to go, and then some re-arranging to do.

The Green Peaches top got done, and has actually been sent away for quilting! I decided not to use the HSTs for a border because they just didn't fit with all the rectangles -- so they're showing up on the "use everything" project above. The border of the quilt is a piece of fabric that had all four shades of green, separated by a line of black, and I had just enough.
We're having a late blast of winter here this weekend, with rain, hail, thunder & lightning, and cold (for us, anyway!) temperatures. Just in time for spring...

Friday, March 18, 2011

ABC Meme


I've been lazy about posting recently, and since I saw this on Jeanne's blog I thought I'd give it a try. I haven't done a meme for a long time!

A. Age: 59
B. Bed size: queen
C. Chore you dislike: anything to do with the vacuum
D. Dogs: lots when I was growing up, but none as an adult... I'm a cat person!
E. Essential start to your day: the cat pawing at me to get out of bed and feed him
F. Favorite color: changes day to day, but always jewel tones
G. Gold or silver: silver
H. Height: 5’ 2″
I. Instruments you play(ed): piano, flute, recorder, and a little bit of bassoon
J. Job title: risk management consultant
K. Kids: nope
L. Live: San Francisco Bay Area, California
M. Mom’s name: Geneva
N. Nicknames: Jules or Wally (from my last name)
O. Overnight hospital stays: tonsils (age 6) and bunion surgery (age 29)
P. Pet peeves: people who lack common courtesy or common sense
Q. Quote: "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend; inside of a dog, it's too dark to read" --Groucho Marx
R. Righty or lefty: lefty! but I can do lots of stuff right-handed
S. Siblings: one older sister and two younger brothers
T. Time you wake up:
usually 6:30 for work; in a perfect life, 8:30
U. Underwear: yes, and what's the question?
V. Vegetables you don’t like: eggplant and okra
W. What makes you run late: getting distracted by one more thing I "need" to do... but I'm almost always on time
X. X-rays you’ve had: teeth, hip, chest, breasts, foot
Y. Yummy food you make: prize-winning chili
Z. Zoo animal favorites: rhinoceros and sloth


Tuesday, March 08, 2011

buyer beware (no quilty content...)

I started thinking a few days ago about refining the house. We hadn't done this for about 8 years and, yeah -- I should have done it LAST year, but oh well...

So, I went online and plugged in some basic information at Lending Tree because I'm a sheep and I see their commercials and it should save me time, right?

Not to brag, but DH and I have excellent credit scores. I know that lenders are under pressure to make loans and must be totally jazzed when someone shows up who pays their bills on time... but GIVE ME A BREAK!

I got six "bids" which were all pretty much the same. I actually talked to two people. But I have gotten DOZENS of phone calls and emails from these 6 companies in the last three days. One guy (First Liberty, you know who you are) has called and emailed 6 times after I told him I had chosen to work with someone else. I recognize all their phone numbers now and don't answer...

They are making me insane. After all that, I decided to call a local guy that one of my colleagues had used, and he's locked in the same rate and similar fees. And he's not calling me every five minutes.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

two -- count 'em -- two!

I am just determined to get a bunch of stuff done this year, in between starting all the new projects I want to do. Hence, the UFO challenge in the sidebar. I'm happy to say that my January and February assignments are now complete, although in reverse order...

February's Tic Tac Toe quilt was actually finished in February. The blocks were part of my winnings from the Block Lotto sometime last year. (I have another set of them left to play with, in cooler colors)My husband calls this "tic tac toe on acid" -- wonder how he knows?

And January's quilt is the one I put together for Al last year when he did the sailboat race to Hawaii. I think it's called "Sail Away" or maybe "Bandicoot Goes to Kauai" (Bandicoot is the name of his boat, and I stitched it on the little turquoise boat in the bottom row)
The quilting is all over the place, design-wise -- I did something different in each block. Here's a better look, in the sunlight.
All of these blocks came from a birthday block swap in two little Yahoo groups, with my theme of "wind and water".

green day

You've seen part of this before... I started working on the blocks a few months ago, but since it's GREEN month for the rainbow scrap challenge I thought I might as well dig it out of the stack and at least finish the top. Right now it's kind of long and skinny, so I'm going to add one more column of blocks on the side, and then I have some random green/cream HSTs that have been languishing from an abandoned project for a couple of years. Finally, I think there will be that 4-colors-of-green-in-one-piece fabric for an outer border. I hope to have the top done in time for St. Paddy's Day!

(edited to add: this quilt is based on Judy Laquidara's free pattern "Peaches and Dreams" -- but my peaches aren't ripe yet...)