Wednesday, September 19, 2007

PT Cruiser

I bought a new PT Cruiser yesterday. I went to get my camera to take a picture of it to post and guess what - I can't find it again. I know I had it at the quilt show on Sunday and have been through everything I brought home and still can't find it.

Anyway - the PT Cruiser is red and very cute. I had done a lot of research about cars on the internet so actually buying it was fairly easy. I spent the afternoon looking and drove it home last night. Even got the rental car turned back in before I had to pay for it - the insurance covered 8 days and that is how long I had it.

I guess I will go camera shopping again. I looked at one place today and found a lime green camera but it used AA batteries and I won't buy one that doesn't have a rechargable battery.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Raffle Quilt and Quilt Show

Here is a photo of me with the raffle quilt at the Nashville Show. Today was the last day of our quilt show and we held the drawing for the quilt. It was won by one of my quilting customers, Linda. It was thrilling to have her win. She had been at the show earlier in the day but had gone home. I was able to call her to let her know that she had won. She was so excited. She drove back to the show and we were able to give her the quilt to take home.

She just sent me a wonderful message about how much she loves the quilt. It is so great to have someone win that appreciates all the work that went into it and will treasure it.

It was really exciting to have someone I sold a ticket to, actually win. I do thank the rest of you who bought from me and I wish each of you could have won - especially me! It is great that the quilt will live with someone who loves it and since it is based on a landmark here in Marietta, Georgia, it is nice that she lives here in Marietta.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Prize Winning Quilts

Here are my ribbons from the quilt show. Aren't they beautiful?

The quilt above was pieced by Charlotte and won second place in the Two-Person category. It is a wonderful quilt and quite well pieced. Each curved seam was flat and the bright stars are wonderful.

I quitled a feather border and chalked the spine for the first time. After chalking it, I did freehand feathers on it. In each of the different background fabrics, I did a different freehand fill. I used black thread for all of this. Also stitched in the ditch around the stars and on each side of the small inner border.

I then switched to a King Tut multi-colored thread and did each star as it spoke to me. They are all similar but different, if you know what I mean.

The above quilt by Jan won first price in the Two-Person category. This quilt started out in a workshop earlier this year by Sharyn Craig where we made glorified nine-patch blocks. Jan is so good with color and has a great imagination and is so much fun to quilt for. She added sashing to the quilt and set the blocks on point, creating a flower look.

I then quilted fern feathers in the red and did a continuous curve in the nine patches. In the outside border, I did a larger feather fern border. I used variegated black/white thread for the whole quilt.

Tomorrow is the last day of the show and I will take more photos then and post them. I have photos of my two individual entries and more of the other quilts that I quilted for others.

Camera Found

Well, I hate to admit it, but my camera wasn't really lost - it just got misplaced. Thank goodness Office Depot was out of the one Bill wanted to buy last night. When I came home from judging on Monday - at 10:30 pm after leaving home at 9:30 am, I apparently put my tote bag into another larger tote for some reason that evidently was clear to me at the time, but not now.

Anyway, the battery is charging and I will be leaving to work Saturday Sampler at the shop and then on to the quilt show for the rest of the day and should have photos to post tonight.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Quilt Show Update

I am really excited today. Last night was the preview at the quilt show and two of the quilts that I quilted won! Unfortunately, I also lost my camera during the judging on Monday so can't take a photo to show you but I guess I will have to go buy a new camera since I can't stand not having one.

Anyway, in the two-person category, quilts that I quilted won both first and second place. This category is the largest one and had 95 entries so it is quite a compliment to share these prizes. After much discussion earlier this year, we decided to award two ribbons so each person in the two-person category gets one. The piecers ribbons are hanging on the quilts at the show but I got to bring mine home.

Hopefully, I will get a new camera before the quilt show is over so I can get photos of them while they are hanging. Both Jan (First Place) and Charlotte (Second Place) are wonderful piecers and both give me the freedom to use my imagination and creativity on their quilts. I love to quilt for both of them.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Goodby Little Car

Well, the insurance company called today to let me know that the car is a total loss. Even though I knew that, it is sad. I have been saying that I was going to drive the car until it died but as my friend Danielle pointed out - I did and it is dead now.

Next on the list of things to do is to buy a new car. I am not in the mood to buy a car, I don't want to but I do want to go places so I guess I will have to. Bill is busy reading car ads and he and Mike plan to go car shopping for me. As long as they don't actually buy one for me, I guess they can do the shopping. I think it is a man thing to like to go car shopping.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Bad Day Yesterday

Yesterday didn't start out as a bad day. I put a quilt on the frame that needs to be done for the quilt show and got it started. I had an appointment to get my haircut so hopped in the car to go to Marti's house. At the end of my street, I turn left but this time, a speeding car didn't see me and hit me - hard.

I called 911 right away but fortunately an officer just happened to drive by right after it happened. My car got turned completely around and headed back up my street again. I have heard that most accidents are very close to home - this one was just about 1 block from my house.

Also, the fire department and an ambulance came. Luckily Bill was close by at the dentist and I was able to call him and he also arrived very soon. I decided not to go in the ambulance but agreed to go to the ER.
I don't really think the car can be fixed but the insurance company will hopefully decide that - and soon. I think the frame is bent.
I actually broke the driver's side window with my head. Once we got to the ER, they put my neck in a brace and did a cat scan, as well as x-ray's of my neck. After about 4 1/2 hours, they decided I disn't have any damage that they could identify except for bruises and abrasions. They gave me some pain pills and sent me home.

The quilt show is next week and I still have a couple of quilts to finish. I got one done today that was fairly simple but still took quite a while. I have my color rainbow to finish.

I still have a sore head with a lump on it and seatbelt bruises, a stiff neck and assorted other pains but overall, it wasn't bad. Fortunately, the young man who hit me didn't appear to have any injuries at all.

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