Monday, December 31, 2007
I've slowly been designing or drawing blocks and tris, taking pictures and saving them, on my computer. I now have quite a few done up. You'll notice that some of them, I've added "dotted" lines - that's where I've added extra seams, to help with paper piecing. Here's the list, so far:
A-11 = Pebble's Protest
B-6 = Wild Goose Chase
B-10 = Jud's Trophy
C-7 = Megan's Mountain Laurel
G-12 = Gloriae
L-10 = Nan's Naiad
TR-B-3 = Attic Window
TR-B-8 = Thunderhead
TR-R-2 - Cherokee Lee
While I'm certainly NOT the expert on these blocks and tris, I thought I'd share with you how I "attacked" them. *s* And as I'm a visual person... I have difficulty wrapping my brain around written instructions. LOL
Now, here's the deal. If you want me to email you a copy of a block or a tri, PLEASE send me an email and I would be happy to share. If there's a block or tri that you're having problems with, PLEASE send me an email and I'll try to do it up for you, and others.
My email addy is:
As I have more tris and blocks to add on, I'll be editing this blog.
FIRST of all - DO A BACKUP!!! It's not once you've lost your important pictures, data, favorite recipes and special links, etc, that you kick yourself in the butt, with regrets... it's too late, by then. :-(
Second, get yourself an external HD (Hard Drive). These babies are relatively cheap and easy to use... and there's TONS of space on them, too!
And third of all, Gilbert, my DH (dear husband) does a lot of research, on the net. During this past year, we have been using "Cloneur Expert" for our backups. This does an EXACT copy of your computer - your operating system, etc. It's like a "mirror image" of your computer. When you do get a computer crash, no need to re-install your Windows system, your anti-virus system, work on all your personal settings, etc, etc. This can be time consuming... trust me, Gilbert and I both know!
The English version to this program is called "Acronis True Image". Do a google search for it, read up what others have to say about it... trust me, it's well worth all your pennies! *s*
All this being said, even if you DO have an external HD and even IF you get a program to help with backups.... you still need to FAITHFULLY do your backups!
Sunday, December 30, 2007
One more possible solution to snoring is a dental appliance called "the silencer" available from your dentist - cost $1400 or so. It fits snugly over all your teeth, pulls your bottom teeth forward, opening your airway. There is no more snoring and it doesn't bother you much at night - just for the first couple weeks it seems weird. Then it seems weird to sleep without it. Easy to travel with.
My parents have bought us a couple "contour" pillows, for Christmas. These seem to work rather well. We'll give it a try. *grin*
Last year, Gilbert had cut up a bunch of thin, 2" X 2" pieces of wood and sanded them, for me.
Last Friday morning, I decided to paint a few DJ blocks. I put the final coats of varnish on them, late yesterday evening and I thought I'd share with you, the results. *s*
I think they turned out pretty good. *grin*
Here's a picture of the center ones:
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sometimes, it's the simple things in life that make you happy inside. I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about.
For the month of November, my SP (Secret Pal) sent me a whole bunch of beautiful and useful items, but I think the thing that I cherish the most and that makes me feel "beautiful" is a couple of bead necklaces that she had picked up in New Orleans... and she shared with me. *VBG*
There's just plastic beads... I don't think they cost very much but their colors are so pretty and they're shiny and they make me feel "happy" inside. *GRIN*
In fact, I kinda feel like I'm playing "dress up" again. *s*
Thank you, SP, for making me feel SOOOOO special!
And I've been wearing them around the house, with my old house clothes and I feel "special". Silly, eh? LOL
Got Gilbert to take a couple pictures of me, with the beads on...
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
So, I thought I would post here a compilation of suggestions.
Move to another room - Can't. We no longer have a spare bedroom and DH wouldn't like that. *s*
Wear earplugs - I suggested that he does that. He thought I was joking when I first suggested it. Needless to say, he wasn't interested.
Elevate head with either a 2nd pillow or a special (contoured?) one - When I suggested this, he said, "You know, our pillows are rather old and have become flat. We'll pick up a couple more this weekend." Possible solution.
A sip of whiskey before bedtime - Well, we have a drinky poo, during the weekend. DH loves his martinis. Me, I varie... sometimes it's a Bloody Caesar or a fruity drink, or a smoothie. Not always the same drink for me. Anyhow, this doesn't help. *grin*
Loose weight - Apparently that's an issue, with respect to snoring. Unfortunately, it's an issue with me, too. LOL
Strips (like band aides) worn on the nose - Apparently it works for some but not everyone. Possible solution.
A special spray to help loosen up the mucus in the back of the throat - Possible solution. I promised myself to go ask my pharmacist what she recommends AFTER I've seen my family doctor. ETV (Estimated time of visit)? I'll probably call up for an appointment after the holidays.
Sleep apnea test - Once again, I'll go see my doctor, after the holidays. But asked DH if I stop breathing while I'm snoring and he said "no". I also don't wake up with a headache, nor do I feel tired in the morning. Asked my Mom about "sleep apnea", as Dad has one of those machines. She said chances are that I don't have it, but it would certainly stop (or help) me from snoring.
NOTE: Most suggested this test and stressed how important it was.
Anyhow, that's about it. I think DH only poked and prodded me one evening, this week, because of my snoring. Either he was sleeping too profoundly and I didn't wake him up.... or, I've simmered down on the noise level. *grin*
Thanks to all of those that sent me emails. I've tried to reply to everyone. If I haven't, I appologize. *s*
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Finally finished appliqué'ing my poppy quilt. Yes, I know... it's only 12" but I will be hand quilting this block and adding a hanging sleeve - I believe that's what it's called... and hanging it in my office, at work. *grin*
It was fun and not so much of a challenge - pieces were a lot bigger than the DJ blocks! *grin*
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Here are a few pictures of my first blocks. Pretty horrendous, eh? LOL
As you can see in this one, I wasn't even trimming to 1/4". I figured if I lopped off a piece, it would be okay. *s*
During my last 30 or so blocks, I've perfected my technique. Mind you, everyone has their own technique. I think I should add that I've never really taken any courses, before. I've received a ca-zillion hints, advice, tips and tricks from the DJ group and from my Secret Pal (2006) and friend, Jo Spindle. Once again, thanks, Jo! *s*
First of all, I believe in BIG pieces, when you're PP'ing. Once you start re-assembling these pieces, these huge chunks of fabric are difficult to manipulate. Once again, live and learn. LOL
I started trimming to 1/2" ALL my pieces, on ALL sides. Easier to handle. Only AFTER one section was sewn to the other, did I trim the piece to 1/4". That helped me to have more "control" over my block.
Second, while PP'ing, if I had a "floppy" piece - you know the kind of section that has a big triangle and the paper is flopping around and it's difficult to find the tip of the triangle, to pin it to the other piece? Well, I had tried pinning it down and somehow, the pin distorted things. My trick? Change the stitch on your sewing machine to the longest one available and (temporarily) BASTE the sucker down! That helped me to get more accurate sized blocks.
Those are my 2 little tricks.... and while I received LOTS of advice, I only wish that I had done this on my first blocks. (see above pictures) *grin*
My SP (Secret Pal) sent me the most wonderful kit, at a super time in my quilting world - A mini Poppy quilt. Not sure if she realized that I work with a Veteran's association and the poppy is very close to my heart. *s*
I had problems with the "stems", as this was the first time I had ever done them... hopefully not the last. *s*
I thought that I would share with you, my progress.
The reason that the kit arrived at a super time in my quilting world ... is that I've finally finished all of my DJ blocks, tris and kites. I will be sashing and piecing them together, but this is done on my sewing machine, and I've always liked to "do something", in the evening while watching TV. Now, I have my Poppy Quilt, to work on!