Some time ago, our friend, blogless Honna brought a project to White Oak that has become known as The Quilt From Hell. It's official name was "Simple Gifts" and while it was intended as a gift from her to several friends, it turned out to be anything BUT simple.
While none of us liked the colors or fabrics in the photgraph, it was pretty clear that it relied for its impact on the contrast among the two framing fabrics, the feature fabric in the center, and the background. Honna's fabrics (chosen by the recipients) had nearly no contrast at all. Strike one against her. She had also been increasing the size from the generous throw of the pattern to one for a queen bed! So the numbers of units had about doubled. Strike two.
The top itself is assembled in units that are put together as diagonal strips.
Unfortunately, as I analyzed what went wrong, I found that I liked the pattern and decided to use it to
make the new quilt for D#2's room. At my request, she fished the book out of her discard pile and gave it to me with her blessing. My first step was to find fabrics
with sufficient contrast, and, in Paducah, I bought these:
Why weren't my lattices winding correctly??? I'd been so careful (or so I thought). The directions had cautioned that this was wrong:
But somehow I'd found (and used) an equally wrong arrangement:
The triangles needed to meet here:
Looks like the Quilt from Hell has won the first round from me, too. Not giving up, though. I have a lot of "un-sewing" or "frog-stitching" (rippit, rippit) to do before Friday! Honna.... I know JUST how you feel.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
I am an almost-daily user of the web interface to the shared catalog of all the libraries in the county. I place reserves for books or dvds, and check my account every day or two to check due dates of items I have borrowed. If I'm not finished with them, I can renew them online. I count on this helpful tool to keep track of my loans since I often have six or more different things out, usually from several libraries.
On Tuesday, I checked my account and found a crisp new display. Uh-oh... I don't trust new displays, which mean a new interface, and which may or may not be an improvement. It may or may not even work! Fortunately, I could still find everything that I use, except -- overnight -- everything I had out was shown as no renewals left. Last week there were 2 available for each one. I had borrowed an audiobook which took 13 hours to listen to and a book that I hadn't started yet. So.... POOF! The computer ate my renewals! After several emails back and forth, a staff member restored the renewal for the audiobook, but I'm still waiting to see that I can renew my book. One loss.
Today, I left my office late in the morning, as I had an 11:00 appointment at my dentist's office for a cleaning. Arrived promptly. They had no record of an appointment for me. Looked at the calendar in my planner, where I keep all important information, especially dates and times. Thursday, October 18, 11:00 Dentist. The receptionist looked at me oddly, and asked if I'd received a call to confirm. Well.... no... but I didn't think anything of it, since I had the date and time written down in my calendar! Somehow I doubt if patients show up randomly and announce they have appointments! But maybe she thought I was aspiring to be a trendsetter.
Another loss to computer.
On balance, prior to my ill-fated trip to the dental office, I had received an email from a client of the company I work for. For some time, over several weeks, we had traded emails in which he would ask me about the services we provide to his library and project a byzantine way of using them to do... well, I'm not really certain what he was trying to do. I would reply, asking him things like, "what are you trying to do here?" and suggesting "you might try X, which would be much simpler," and so forth. Today's email said that they had decided to proceed based on my suggestions and ended, "Thanks for saving me from the madness I was proposing!" A big WIN for me!
Early in the afternoon, a colleague informed me that I had received a delivery. I was not expecting anything to be delivered to my office, but thought that, perhaps, I might have misdirected some fabric (guilty, as charged) that I'd ordered recently. Instead, I came into the entrance area to find
(photographed at home, with interested parties investigating)
I had done some analysis for another of our client libraries at no charge, with the permission of my supervisor, as they had been longtime customers. The library had sent me flowers in thanks! This is probably a first for the company.
So.. the computer got the best of me a couple of time. But I had two touching and validating surprises from people.
Monday, October 15, 2012
One year ago today, these two came to live with me. Know variously as the "Terrible Tortie Twins" or the "Terrific Tortie Twosome" or another variation on "T" words, they have brought so much life and laughter to my otherwise-sorta-empty house! I almost called them "Smidge" and "Smudge" (for the smudge of orange on her face), but cooler heads prevailed. In retrospect, there could not be a more apt name for his one than "Sassy:"
And Smidgen:is still a wee one -- smaller and lighter than her big sister.
Sassy likes to help me sew.
While Smidgen prefers to nap nearby.
Both like to climb into things -- boxes, bags.... whatever
Smidgen also likes to burrow and "hide" under the newspaper.
While neither one is particularly outgoing -- probably because I was the only one in the house when they came here to live -- Sassy will eventually come out to meet guests, while Smidgen is more of a "momma's girl" who is quite skittish with other people until she becomes accustomed to their presence. She loves to sit on my lap when I'm sewing by hand and chase the thread. Not. Helpful. At. All.
However, there are times when I could swear that they are, in fact, simply one organism, split into two halves.
They have never been separated for more than a few hours. They groom each other, play together, and sleep together -- usually with Smidgen splayed out on her sister.
By my count, they are my 13th and 14th cats since I adopted my first at age 20. Call me a crazy cat lady. No denials here. I love them and hope to have many more years together.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
In September, I hit the 80/20 mark by passing day #800. Onward!
7,26,28,33,99,101. Kept up to date.
48. Saw 12 movies
Six feet under (5th and last season)
Peggy Sue got married
My favorite year
The best and the brightest
A dolphin tale
The words (theatre)
For your consideration
The full monty
The remains of the day
49. Read 5 books
Full dark, no stars (Stephen King)
Putting makeup on the fat boy (Bil Wright)
The perks of being a wallflower (Stephen Chbonsky)
(count as 1 -- both YA)
The five people you meet in heaven (Mitch Albom) [my first audiobook]
The Family Fang (Kevin Wilson)
Unfamiliar fishes (Sarah Vowell) [audio]
80. started work on quilt photo albums
Extra quilts: “Traditions” charm quilt for Oktoberfest; scrap log cabin for Rebuilding Together Philadelphia (running total of 9 "healing" quilts); Sherbet & Gum Balls (for a friend)
Priorities for October
6/7/9. Work in basement; declutter books & stuff.
18. Work on deck (weather limitations?)
30. Finish writing will; have it witnessed.
71. More work on t-shirt quilt for D#1.
72. Start quilt for D#2's new room.
80. More work on quilt photo albums.