Not too much quilty news to report -- just feeling like a slug because of not posting for so long! I've got lots of little things half-done. I spent Sunday afternoon working on blocks for a row-by-row and thought they were done until I went to tidy them up and discovered that half of them were hopelessly wonky. I was using the "mill wheel" block from Judy Hopkins' "Around the Block" (one of my favorite series!) and since everything in the block is "on point" I find it impossible to figure out what size to square the components to -- the end result being that if I squared the block to 6.5" I would cut off most of the points.
I drafted it up in EQ5 and decided to paper-piece three of them in hopes they'll come out better this time. If not, I'll find another block to do!
Finished another purse -- photo to follow. I used a different designer's pattern for this one, and the instructions were no comparison to Lazy Girl's. The illustrations were poor, and one part of the instructions was completely wrong! I sent an email to the designer and got a nice reply -- sounds like she's making some corrections.
And, an update on the Thanksgiving dinner front... the ex-husband and two kids are coming; the ex-wife has decided to go elsewhere. So it'll still be a little wierd, but at least it won't be a hostile environment! Whew!
We're leaving to go up to Portland (OR) the day after, for a long weekend. Excellent planning, since it will probably be raining the whole time. We've got a little wine-tasting on the agenda, along with a drive up the gorge and a trip to Fabric Depot! If any locals have great restaurant recommendations, or other things to do when it's raining besides hang out at Powells -- be sure to let me know!