Thursday, March 31, 2011

So Embarassing *blushing*

Do you see the post below?  As it turns out, one of the comments (posted by SueWis - thank you) asked the question, "Isn't there another choice between these two shades?"  Well...since these are Kona cottons, the answer is, "Of course!"

Please take note of the colors that I had to strike out (in red) because I was wrong.  

Here's my very embarassing story.  The night I was going to place my order for the two green fabrics, I was waffling back and forth between lime and olive for the the two darker/brighter green fabrics.  I was also waffling between cactus and zucchini for the lighter greens.  I kept holding the large print up to my Kona color card and comparing the greens in the print to the swatches on the color card.  I decided to wait until the next day and check it out in the daylight rather than under incandescent light.  When I compared the colors the next day, the olive was a perfect match as was the zucchini.  I ordered the zucchini, but guess what other color I ordered....lime *blushing*  I just rechecked my order because I couldn't believe the "olive" didn't match exactly.  Well, it sure doesn't when it's actually lime green.  So, I'm ordering the olive tonight.

Thank you all so much for weighing in.  When the fabric comes in, I'll post pics of the fabrics again.

Opinions?

Modern Warm Wishes Baby Quilt

The group above has Kona Olive Lime as the green solid


This group includes Kona Cactus Zucchini as the green solid

Which one do you prefer?


Monday, March 28, 2011

Bloom!

This morning I woke up to thunder, lightning and pounding rain - my first thought was, "Oh no! This weather better not knock that bloom off the cattleya orchid!"  Since I left for work in the dark this morning, I didn't know what I would find when I went out to the back yard this evening.  The bloom is a little battered, but  here it is :)


And...since Blogger was giving me fits with the pictures I tried to post yesterday, here's a picture of the finished tunic.


Friday, March 25, 2011

Physical Therapy

I've been faithfully doing my physical therapy exercises to keep my shoulder moving and finger bending, but have really, really missed working on any projects.  Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of strength in the right shoulder yet, so I couldn't tackle anything big or heavy.  Soooo....I've been wanting to make a couple of pillowcases to match the quilt I made for my Mom's birthday a few years ago...the one pictured below which was made using April Cornell's Nature's Chorus by Moda



For awhile now, I've been keeping my eyes out for some of these fabrics, and found some when I went to one of the local quilt shop's anniversary sale (buy 4 yards and get 2 free).  It's funny because I rarely go to this particular shop as they don't turn their inventory over very quickly and they stock a huge selection of batiks, but very little other fabric that I'm wild about.  Happily, I spied two bolts of Nature's Chorus that were just perfect for a couple of pillowcases.  That's the good thing about this shop not turning their inventory over quickly - this line came out 3 years ago.  I honestly wonder how the shop stays in business - they were still charging $9.50/yard for it, but I got it as part of my "free" yardage.  So I did my PT today by ironing, cutting and sewing these two pillowcases.  It felt so good to finally do a little sewing.


I think I'll save them for Mom's 84th birthday in June.  I think she'll like them :)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring Morning...Ahhhh :)


I had my coffee out on the porch this morning and was entertained by the cardinals, doves, blue jays, squirrels and an assortment of woodpeckers who were visiting my bird feeder. 

One of my friends brought me these daffodils before my surgery and they are just gorgeous almost a week later.  I'm still recovering - the shoulder is doing well (except after physical therapy - ouch!), and my finger is still splinted so I can't really do anything.  I'll see the surgeon this week to have the stitches in my shoulder removed, but I think the stitches in the finger will probably be in for another week since they are in the knuckle.

I hope you're having a fabulous weekend!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Snap before you sew

It is a GORGEOUS day here on Florida's East Coast - a perfect day to move the living room furniture out of the way and lay out the Gold Rush quilt.  I've given the advice to lay out all your blocks and then take pictures from all angles before starting to sew them together.  Case in point...

I snapped a picture and rearranged a few blocks


Took more pictures when I thought I was done...Notice anything wrong?


as much as I examined the layout of the blocks and some of the other pictures, if I hadn't taken this picture from this angle, I might have missed the fourth block up and to the left from the closest corner from this perspective...it is sideways.  It would have been totally apparent once the borders were on and it was all quilted, that's for sure.  So, I fixed the orientation of that block and when I was done, took a picture from every possible angle just to ensure all the blocks were oriented in the correct directions. 


Alsley "guarding" the quilt


Okay from this vantage point too


Yep - still fine with the orientation of the lights


and the darks

Ready to sew!

I'm sewing with a heightened sense of urgency because I'm having surgery next week on my right shoulder and that pesky right middle finger that has developed so much scar tissue that I can't bend it.  It's a quick outpatient procedure, but I'm not going to be doing much sewing for awhile :(

Have a fabulous day!

6:15 pm Update...Got all the blocks sewn into 13 rows and snapped a picture just as the sun was getting low in the sky.  I'll press them tomorrow.


I'm praying for all the poor people affected by the earthquake and tsunami waves.  I had the television on while I was arranging and sewing.  It is so horrific to see the footage.  Makes me happy to live in Florida - I'll deal with a hurricane any day - at least there's a window of opportunity to get out of its way before it hits.

Have a nice evening!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Chain, Chain, Chain...

I've got that song running through my brain tonight - see why?


These are Gold Rush Blocks...96 of them in case you're interested.

Once all were pressed and added to the ones already made, I've got168 blocks ready to be trimmed and made into a king sized quilt.  That's going to have to wait for another weekend though.


Hope you had a great weekend!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

I really have been sewing...

I'm still working on putting those Gold Rush blocks together and I'm hoping to get them done by the end of the weekend.  I did finish 135 4" four patch blocks and am now putting them together with the light and dark squares.


As you can see, I still haven't changed the ironing board cover.  Yikes! It does look icky, doesn't it?

I was up bright and early with the birds this morning to put together some Emeril's Classic New Orleans Bread Pudding.  I don't use the spiced cream recipe shown in this recipe, rather I prefer his recipe for Kentucky Bourbon Sauce with this bread pudding. 


Bringing it to a Mardi Gras dinner tonight (after it is cooked of course) - yum!


Hot out of the oven...mmmmm :)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Shocked and more than a little pissed off

Remember my last post when said I mailed my seven month old Canon camera in for warranty repair service?  I received a package today and was thrilled that it was fixed so quickly.  Well, when I opened the package there was a note attached to a box inside the package. 


Check out the label on the box containing the camera...REFURBISHED?!!!!


Here's my annotated version of the "note"

Dear Valued Customer: [yeah right...like I believe that]

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be of service. [hmm... you call this service?]

Since repairs are not performed on the camera model you sent for repair, [wth? the warranty card didn't mention that] we have shipped a new or factory-refurbished product to you in exchange for your originial unit.  [ummm...the camera was only 7 months old and I paid good money for it, plus $20 to ship it to Canon Factory Service with insurance...a refurbished camera is not a fair exchange in my opinion]. 

I am so disappointed!  This is customer service at it's worst!  You can bet they're going to hear from me about the "exchange" they made for the camera I sent in.  Talk about a company not standing behind their product!  Grrrrr!

The camera is a Canon PowerShot A3100IS...word to the wise...keep this experience in mind if you're thinking about buying one.