Friday, December 31, 2010
The rest of my day will be spent running kids places and grading lab books. Wheee, what a fun way to end the year :) Then, after dinner we have a tradition of ending the year with a family game night. We play all sorts of board games until one minute til midnight. We all get on the couch and jump into the new year and then run outside with pots and pans and wooden spoons and run around the neighborhood banging them and making noise yelling 'happy new year' and then run inside and into bed.
It's going to be a fun day.
Here's the giveaway. Just leave a comment on this post and you have a chance to win a 'kit' for this quilt. Different fabrics, but they will all be cut out and ready for you to sew your own 'Stretched Stars' quilt.
The background will be white and the stars will be lots of different colors cut with the Go! cutter.
This is great if you don't have your own Accuquilt Go! cutter. You will be able to see how great this cutter is.
I will pick a winner on Sunday, Jan 2 around 3pm or whenever I go insane from grading lab books :) Be sure to tell me your favorite color when you leave your comment. I will try to pick out scraps to match your favorite color when I cut the stars.
Happy New Year!
another great resource for using all of the Go! dies.
This website has blocks and dies and I'm going to try to make at least one block a week and maybe even a whole quilt top each week so I really get the best use out of my Go! cutter. Just had to share what I found. I was looking for some patterns and stumbled on this by accident. The link on the accuquilt site is wrong and takes you here so if you go looking for this page, I don't think you wil find it.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Stretched Stars to Go!
Except, I'm going to be modifying it to use the 6 1/2 inch half squares that I love and 6 1/2 inch blocks and it will come out bigger than the pattern calls for. But, hey, bigger is always better right?
Praying the headache goes away and that my eyes are back to normal.
Today I went in for an eye exam. They looked to see if the medication I've been on for years has affected my eyes or if my eyes are causing the migraines. Neither was the case. The eye doctor said that my optic nerves are weird. He thinks that it is a genetic thing. Thanks mom and dad. He took a picture so that in 20 years they can compare and see if they are still weird. He said that weird optic nerves are not a cause for concern, just something interesting.
My dad has his intestines in backwards. I'm sure there is a scientific name for that, but I like the name the eye doctor gave to my optic nerves much better...weird. Yeah. 8 years of medical school and that was the best he could come up with? I feel much better now...NOT.
So what are you going to work on for New Year's Eve? Out with the old, in with the new.
Yesterday, I worked for several hours on a few UFO's and got them further along in their process. I found a whole bucket of tiny quilts. Most of these were given to me tiny. They are great for incubator quilts, but I just never found the time to finish them up. I haven't been to the hospital in a long time to make a delivery. My regular Volunteer coordinator retired a couple years ago and so I have lost contact with a good friend there. I never see the new lady and it just isn't the same walking in and dropping things off and not having anyone recognize you and say thanks. Most of the quilts we make nowadays go to bigger kids so the incubator quilts wait their turn for a trip to the hospital. They will go soon, because I have quite a few that Carla and her gang have given me. I just wish I still had a friend at the hospital to greet me. Sad excuse not to make the trip more often :(
Yesterday I added a border to one of these quilts and make it a bit bigger. Now it is more useable for a bigger baby. There were other crumb blocks I had started a couple years ago that I was making for cat quilts when my daughter volunteered at a cat rescue center. She doesn't volunteer there anymore so I just joined 6 of them together and now have another top ready to quilt.
I also pressed some strips and cut them (one set I cut wrong, so will have to think about how to set those) and have two more sets of blocks ready for the design wall.
I think there are about a dozen small quilts that are now out of the box and hung up and ready for borders or something to make them more useable before quilting.
This morning I have an appointment with an eye doctor through Kaiser to see if somehow my eyes are the problem with my increased migraines. Right on cue, I had a horrible migraine yesterday that didn't go away last night. While I hope they find something...I do not want to wear glasses!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Then, there are the ants. I have ants in the bedrooms, ants in the living room, ants in the kitchen (the worse!) ants in the family room, ants in the garage--they ate the peanut butter out of the mouse traps, I think they are working with the mice. Ugh, the ants.
Finally, the cold virus. Yesterday I thought I was getting the flu. I already had a cold this vacation. My daughter brought one home from college. She is so nice. She shared it with me. I haven't been sick yet this school year. I think I have already had everything that has gone around at my school the past 10 years so I'm immune, but not to the new strain she brought home.
I just started feeling better and then yesterday my whole body ached. I thought for sure I would wake up this morning and have a fever. Nope. Stuffy nose and head. Sore throat. Another cold. What?
I even slept in until 8am. I never sleep that late. I must be sick. Yuck. I have too many things I want to do on vacation to waste it being sick. Bummer. Oh, well. At least I don't have to go to work today :)
Monday, December 27, 2010
I went to JoAnn's when they were supposed to have a demo day, but my JoAnn's isn't a super store and they didn't have the demo as promised. I was very disppointed and frustrated when the sales lady laughed at me because I didn't know better.
But, still, I read and searched and wanted to know more. I entered every contest out there hoping to win one of these cutters because the price tag was just too much to justify getting one of these toys if they really didn't do what they promised they would.
Well, Let me tell you...they are just as good if not better than promised!
I have always had a fear of triangles. I have never been able to sew them well and they always come out crooked. I have always hated cutting scraps. I must have 10 buckets of scraps because I can't throw them out. I save them for some day, when I run out of yardage. That isn't going to happen in my lifetime, but you know, there could be WWIII and the government could call for everyone to give up their cotton fabric so they can make uniforms or something and then I would have to use my scraps.
Well, now that I have the Accuquilt Go! cutter, I'm cutting scraps! It is FUN!
I'm cutting 1/2 square triangles and I'M SEWING THEM TOGETHER! That's the first thing my mom asked me...are you sewing together these little tiny pieces you are cutting? And the answer is yes! And it is fun!
I have all these spools of thread I want to use up and all these pieces of fabric that I've cut so it is the perfect marriage of wonderfulness.
If you are still on the fence about whether or not to get a cutter, I would recommend trying to find someone who has one and try it out. Ask at a shop, ask your quilting friends, come to my house...call first, the house is a mess. I have one more excuse to not clean!
Start saving your pennies now. Empty a big pickle jar and put any extra change into it. Soon enough you will have saved for a new Go! cutter for yourself. It is worth it.
They are fun!
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Here's what she said:
I'm already a follower and this would be an awesome Christmas gift. Thanks for being so generous. If I win I'll have to find a way to pay it forward big time. maggie
Congratulations Maggie! I have already sent you an email to ask which die you want, the stars or the 3 1/2 inch half square triangle and I will get it in the mail on Monday.
I'm having a great Christmas. It only took us about 2 hours to open presents today.
I got a whole bunch of dies for my Accuquilt Go! cutter and I plan to try them out later. I'm working on a quilt for my daughter's boyfriend's mom. It is using the 6 1/2 inch half square triangle. I cut them all in about 30 minutes yesterday and sewed them together in under an hour. Something I never would have tried before getting the Go! cutter. My daughter arranged the squares into a pattern she liked and I'm sewing them all together. I have to take some breaks because my back hurts. I think I need to look at getting a better sewing chair so I can sew for longer periods of time. I can't wait until the top is sewn together to show you. It is going to be pretty. And there are a zillion extra blocks that are leftover that might just get made into a quilt for ME! Isn't that amazing? A quilt for me? Unheard of! I've never made a quilt for me. I'm not holding my breath you know because it probably won't happen, but just maybe since the blocks are already made and nobody knows but me and you and I might be able to sneak the project in...shhhhhh...Don't tell anyone :)
Merry Christmas everyone!
The girls are working on earrings I got as a project for them for Christmas. how fun.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Since I have a science background, I wanted to know the science behind how they work and what is going on in the brain. She took the time to explain the different types of headaches and how they are triggered and how they are treated and how they can't just look and see what is causing mine, but have to do these types of studies by trial and error with different medicines to get the right treatment.
At the end of the session, I left feeling really good that at least there is hope. She increased my daily medicine and told me that I would have to play around with my different medicines when I actually get a headache to see what works when. Sometimes I will have to take one thing and sometimes another. At least now I have a plan and strategy. She said that I am not allowed to suffer through a full day of a headache anymore. In the past, I would try one thing, imitrix or ibuprofen or tylenol/codeine and if that didn't work, just suffer. She said...no more. If one doesn't work, try something else. The reason my migraines go on for days is the brain is putting out too much of the neurotransmitter and I'm not getting rid of it and so the pain stays around or comes back once the pain meds wear off so the migraine lasts several days or weeks. I have to get the extra neurotransmitters out of there in order for the migraine to go away.
At least it all made sense to me.
I need to try an avoid the triggers that I can stay away from. She ran some blood work and one test came back low so they are going to monitor that in 2 months. She is also going to have my vision tested next week. The last time I went into the eye doctor he told me that when I turned 40 I would wake up one day and have bad vision :) Both my parents wear glasses as does my sister. I've always had perfect vision and wearing sunglasses gives me a migraine so hope my eyes are good!
Now for the discouragement part. I am fighting off the plague around here. Between the mice--mouse count up to 6, and the ants--in every room of the house, to a really bad cold that my daughter brought home from college, I haven't had one minute to do anything I've wanted to do this vacation. I know that everything has a season and this is the season of the plague and the rain will stop and the critters will go back outside where they belong and the cold will run its course, but I'm run down and tired. I THINK I have all of my shopping done for Christmas and if not, there are always the after Christmas sales. I really need to get to JoAnn's for some mats for the Go! cutter, but if not, those can wait too. They are on sale at JoAnn.com so maybe that is my best option right now.
ugh. I really want to go to the Christmas service tomorrow night. Maybe we will just have one at home.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Be sure to leave a comment on the contest blog post, not this one to qualify. Contest ends Christmas day!
I'm off to the post office. If you don't hear back from me in a week...send a search party please!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
When I was cleaning out the garage, look who came out to see what I was up to! I took about 20 pictures of him as he watched me clean. He sure is cute!
Monday, December 20, 2010
Stars, used for applique. I'm not into doing applique, but I'm excited to learn how and cutting these with the Go! cutter sure is going to be easy!
Half square 3 inch finished triangles. I'm telling you a little secret here. I have a fear of triangles. But, since getting my Go! cutter, I have fallen in love with these things. The cutter comes with the value die (more on that later) and there is a 2 1/2 inch triangle there and I love how the thing cuts off the corners on it. It helps you figure out where to sew. If you sew too close to the edge, when you press, you know it. If you make too big of a seam, you know it. It is a teaching tool! I've also used the 6 1/2 inch triangle and made a whole bunch of squares now and am going to play today with the layout. I'm also going to build a design wall so I don't have to lay on the floor. After all, today I'm OLD and may not be able to get up again :)
Sunday, December 19, 2010
My birthday is on December 21. You have a couple of days to get ready for the giveaway.
Here's the rules:
1. You must be a follower of my blog.
2. You must leave a comment on the contest post, December 21.
3. You are encouraged to tell your friends.
4. You are encouraged to check out Accuquilt.com to see what all of the buzz is about!
5. You are encouraged to check out Accuquilt on facebook and become a fan. They just reached 8,000 fans and every time they hit another 1,000 fans, they have a giveaway. Every day until Christmas, they are having a giveaway of something on their fan page.
6. You get to pick which one of the two dies I am offering that you want for your very own. Each die is 5x10 inches and will fit in the Accuquilt Go! or if you have a Sizzix Big Shot, Cuttlebug or other similar die cut machine, these dies will fit! You just need a couple of shims (pieces of cardboard) to lift the dies a bit.
7. Only one entry per person please. Contest starts Dec 21 and the winner will be picked Dec 24.
I hope you take a minute to pop over to the Accuquilt.com site and check out the product.
They are not sponsoring this giveaway, I just love their product and have an extra die!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
I don't usually watch House, the TV show, but have seen a couple episodes. I watched about 15 minutes of one where a lady was getting an MRI and they asked if she had any metal in her body. She said no, but she was trying to commit suicide. She had metal pins in her legs and when they did the MRI, the machine sucked the metal out of her legs. I started thinking that if I did have random metal in my eyes, it would suck my eyes out! I guess that would stop the migrianes!
So, I asked the technician today and he said that House has some problems, the least of which is the overexagerations. He said he has never seen a doctor come in to actually run a test on a patient. He said that iron workers and metal shop workers and people who actually work with metal might get a piece of metal in their eye, but someone like me who is just walking along probably wouldn't get a random piece of metal in my eye. Why don't they just ask if you are an iron worker then? Why do they have to scare you like that? They should have asked me if a sewing machine needle has ever broken on me! There's how I could have gotten a random piece of metal in my eye :)
But, my eyeballs didn't get sucked out of my head and I survived the MRI.
I had a terrible migraine today but I didn't want to take any medicine because I figured that if I got the MRI while having a migraine, they might be able to see the problem with my head better. You know, how when your car is making a terrible sound and then you take it in to get fixed and it won't make the sound? Well, my head certainly was making some noise today! Every trigger to get a migraine happened today. Stuffy room, overheated, donut, perfume sprayed almost right in my face, fire alarm went off, had to go out in the cold and rain, stress from the vice principal coming in to watch me teach with a migraine. Yeah, that will do it for sure!
I just hope they look and go Oh, here is the problem. Let's just do this and we will fix the problem. But not take my eyeballs out. That would be a bummer. Or make me exercise. That would be a bummer too. Or make me stop eating chocolate. Or make me stop quilting. Or get a real job where I don't get vacations every couple of weeks :)
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Take a look! The Pajama Quilter, Dawn, is having a sale! What a great deal. 40% off her DVD! Pop over there and pick one up for youself, one for a friend and one for a gift for the next quilt guild meeting! You know you want to. And tell her Marilyn from North Hills Quilter sent you. She will probably say WHO? but tell her anyways :)
Sunday, December 5, 2010
So, today I had grand plans to finish up grading and work on a couple of quilts for a silent auction this week for my son's Christmas concert at school and organize all of the quilts for the CASA party. Oh well. I will get done what I can and rest up for the week ahead.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Perfect 1/4 inch seam, 1/2 square triangles, flying geese, quilting feathers, stitch in the ditch
These are some on my list. I'm trying to come up with 12 things every quilter should be able to do and then I'm going to put those on my list for next year's resolutions. Every month, I'm going to choose one of those things and have that be my goal for the month. By the end of the year, my quilting skills will have improved a lot. And, if the goal is only for the month, I don't think I will be so scared to try 1/2 square triangles like I was this year. I even bought a special ruler for cutting the triangles and still couldn't bring myself to trying them!
So, help me out here. What do you suggest I add to my list. I'm off to search the internet to see if someone has already done the hard part for me and to procrastinate from grading papers.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I am having a terrible time finding pictures she needs for her application. Where to look? The blog of course! Type in the search bar at the top and it pulls up the blogs that talk about whatever I'm looking for and there are the pictures to go with what she needs. SO, the babbling I do often here isn't for you all :) Sometimes it is for me to go back to. I know I'm going to need to look back when I fill out my headache paperwork. There are about 20 pages of papers to fill out and no way I could remember every day I've had a headache in the last 3 months. No problem. I've written about most of them here on the blog!
So, these are the two quilts I got done after school today, headache and all :)
Hubby is really sick. He went to the doctor and saw the urgent care guy. The guy didn't look in his throat or feel his neck or listen to his lungs, but sent him straight away to get a chest xray to see if he has pneumonia. Nope, xray was clear so he declared him to have bronchitis and gave him three different meds to take. He can't talk and lost his voice yesterday but wasn't sick before that. Didn't instill too much confidence in my husband.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
And then last night, while waiting for the tennis schedule to update, I got this quilt done. Nothing fancy here, just some meandering and wiggles. But, it's done and that's all that matters. My son counted the tops waiting to be quilted and there are 49 more. 49 after all I've done this vacation! Wow, that's a lot. Plus the 72 kits I cut out. No time to rest. No time to chat. I've got work to do.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
This quilt was done by Carla and quilted by me. The strips are 6 inches and 2 inches and then you just cut them 8 inches. Quick, easy, cute! This fabric was donated by A Quilted Heart in Vacaville.