Wednesday This ‘N That…

In my last post I promised a picture of the jacket I finished at the retreat.  It is actually a “hybrid” using two of SuznQuilts‘ jacket designs, with a twist of my own thrown in.  I wanted to make this jacket just for me.  Valentine’s Day is coming (not that I celebrate it that much), but I thought this jacket was a cute design, so that is why I made it.



New potato soup recipe I made last night…this one has bacon in it. Yummm…I am so stuck on potato soups right now.


Today I am preparing to pack my van so that I can leave early in the morning.  Where am I going?  To another quilting retreat, that’s where! It doesn’t get any better than that.  This one will be held in a quilt shop that has living quarters on the 3rd floor.  Hopefully I will have new finished projects to show when I get back.

On another note, I want to congratulate the new president on a fine inaugural event and I wish him the best of success in governing this great land for the next four years.  May God richly bless him and his family as he embarks on the work ahead.

Saturday Update…

Wow, what a week.  I have been badly neglecting this blog.  First I judged all day for the general election on Tuesday.  I got home around 8:30 p.m.  We were so organized it only took us 1/2 hr. to get everything wrapped up, then get to the courthouse early (that’s good, before the crowd gets there), and head home to watch returns.  On the day after I have a tendency to just sit and ponder what just happened, talk to friends on the phone, and then….I started a new blog this week.  Two other things happened while I was judging:  a phone message left from someone wanting to hire me for some paid work (my phone line was finally free..yes, I’m still on dialup) and the other was an email notifiying me of information about a possible commission for a bank in Evansville.  I say possible, because probably more than one person is preparing a proposal.  This particular bank has some very unique architecture; it has been defined as Aztec Art Deco.  So Friday I made a trip over to take pictures, make note of colors and measure the spaces where new art is needed.  Apparently the president is dissatisfied with the current art on display there.  When I saw it, I definitely see why.  It’s a bit ho-hum.  Anyway he wants new fiber art that reflects the architecture of the building.  Sounds like fun to me!  I have ideas percolating already.

I also got an order for two custom dyed scarves from my etsy store.  I will be working on them next week as I have another shop wanting some on consignment, and then there is my own inventory for the Christmas in Harmony weekend. I worked on photographing the last batch of scarves so that I may list some on etsy.

As to my new blog, I felt inspired to start it because I feel I have something to say and I want to say it!  Nicely, of course.  I am writing about values and recent events.  I listen to news networks too much, but I have had an ongoing interest in current affairs for probably the last 25 years, about the time I “started paying attention”.  So if you are interested in what I think, stop on over.  If not, that’s ok too!  The link is on the right in the MY SITES section.

I have to share a picture.  This piece is a couple of years old, but I keep thinking I want to do more with this same idea.

myfriendsgardenMy  Friend’s Garden – inkjet transfer on cotton, applique, stitching, hand dyed fabric and free form quilting.

Monday Musings…

It’s the day before election day.  I am preparing for my day tomorrow as an election judge.  It is a very long day. At the center I work at, there are two precincts and some of us potluck, so I have made two batches of turkey chili and some salsa crab dip to have with corn chips and salsa.  We usually nibble all day long.  I will be up by 4 a.m. and probably earlier as I need to arrive at the voting center by 5 a.m with polls to open at 6 a.m.  I  drive 8 miles on a very winding road (as in, one curve right after another) to get to the polling place…and in the dark, that can be a bit weird.  It’s all rural, so I have to watch out for deer.  So this morning I was awake at 5.  It’s about 1:30 p.m. right now and I already want to take a nap, but I can’t because I won’t sleep tonight…and that’s the important part…that I sleep tonight.  I probably won’t get back home tomorrow night until 9 p.m.  After the polls close at 7, it will take us an hour to get everything wrapped up and ready to go to the courthouse, and I usually go to the courthouse with the stuff.  There is a new girl working with us tomorrow…hmmm…I wonder if she’ll want to go to the courthouse in my place?  Then I can get home earlier.  We’ll see.

I am taking some fabric ready to hand piece some blocks with me.  Even though the anticipation is a 92% turnout, I live in a very rural area and the precinct I judge in doesn’t have many voters, so I expect to have time to do a little sewing.  Reading will only make me sleepy!

It will all soon be over for another election year and we will have a new president in January.  I am looking forward to finding out who that will be.  Later.