Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Rain Storm

It's not merely raining here; it's absolutely, positively, utterly pouring.  I was drenched walking (well, running actually - and in four-inch Italian heels, no less) from my office to my car.  I literally dripped and could not have been wetter if I had stood in the shower for five minutes.  

Upon arriving home, I needed to walk the dogs.  The rain had lessened significantly.  We had walked about 100 yards when the floodgates burst open again.  Two little black toy poodles made a mad dash back home, but the poor little things were soaked to the core.  They received bonus treats for their superior running efforts.

At least we'll all dry out eventually.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tuesday Morning

Last night's headache is still present, but I'm improving.  I have a massage scheduled for this evening, so the thought of that should make the day fly by.  

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Google Reader

Just switched to Google Reader from FeedBlitz. W-O-W.  It's beyond easy to's fantastic.  Buh-bye, FeedBlitz.

Mary Engelbreit Quilt

Although I love purchasing fabric, I always dread cutting into it, mostly because I worry I'm going to botch it.  I have good reason to worry:  I actually have botched a number of quilts in the cut-out stage!  I now only cut out fabric at my parents' house.  My mom has a wonderfully huge island in her kitchen that doubles as the most delightful cutting area you can imagine.  Plus, it's a pet-free zone.  I need all my concentrating abilities focused on the fabric and measurements rather than on which pet is barking or meowing!

Last weekend I cut out two new quilts.  The first utilizes the Stacked Cakes pattern, which is available from Heirloom Creations.  The pattern isn't listed on their website, but if you call or e-mail them, they gladly will assist you.

The fabric I selected was the Mary Engelbreit's Recipe for Friendship line.  I love the cheerful colors!  These fabrics just pop together and the black makes everything work.  Plus, Moda quality is always wonderful.  I purchased my fabric from Hancock's of Paducah.  I don't know if they still have the jelly rolls in stock, but yardage is still available.  The pattern requires one jelly roll for the body of the quilt, and specifies yardage for the border, binding, and backing.

Here is my jelly roll all chopped up and ready to sew.  I've pinned the rows together to keep them straight.

Bella's Blossoms Card

Something about this flower just makes me smile.  Stampin' Up! created a perfectly pleasing design with the Bella's Blossoms set.  I made several versions of this card as I enjoyed it so much.

Stamps: Stampin' Up! Bella's Blossoms
Paper: Whisper White, Regal Rose, Rose Red
Ink: Regal Rose, Rose Red, and Old Olive Markers
Other: Star Dust Stickles