Friday, December 30, 2011

Too Many New Projects?


Just enough!

I've been making Christmas quilts.  Lots of them.  And nothing but. They are finished. Christmas is past. Time to start something new.  Since I can't decide what I want to do most, I'm just going to go ahead and start a bunch!

A couple years ago I made this miniature quilt (12" x 12") from some scrap 1" HST. 

I love it still. This same design should make a lovely lap sized quilt.  Lovely enough to make two of them.  One with these pinks and greens....

 And another with these fabrics...

Figuring out which way to press is my biggest problem.  HST always mix me up a little (sometimes a lot).

These pinks and greens will be pinwheels and four squares...

Pinwheels and four squares for these, too.....

The Periwinkle Lane blocks are getting borders and each one will be finished as it's own little quilt for the laundry room wall.

This top is heading for the quilt frame.  I just can't figure out what to use for binding.  It's from a charm pack and I don't have any of the fabric.  Maybe I'll drag it to town to find something to match.  Or use white?  Have you ever used white for binding?

And I went shopping today with some Christmas money. FUN! I'm not sure what I'll do with these but they sure look good stacked up with my stash.  The black and red and yellow print is a bit wild, but it kept calling.... I had no choice but to get it.

Add a couple of commissioned projects, a stripey-strippy quilt to quilt for a "first-timer", and another gorgeous blue/green quilt by another special first-time quilter, and I have just enough projects to keep me busy, and happy. 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Kindle FIRE - Love It!

Scott gave me a very early, over the top, extravagant birthday gift.  Not that I'm complaining!  My Kindle Fire arrived last week and I loved it from the beginning.

And look, it even has my name on it! 

Scott has a keyboard Kindle which I borrowed a few times.  I liked his a lot but sharing a Kindle is a bit difficult, so after reading a few books on it, I stopped.  Using it a few times gave me a reference point.... and a bit of Kindle envy.

Here's a few random thoughts and impressions of the Kindle Fire:

The Fire is heavier.  It's the same size (or the littlest smidgen wider).  It's thicker by maybe half.   But this is all relative.... I think it's pretty light.

It's "glossier" so it collects dust and fingerprints that show more readily.  However, the "glossy" is pretty. 

The really cool looking carousel type scrolling of all media on the home screen is very touchy.  It's hard to stop on the item you want. (I have since found that tapping an item as it scrolls by will stop the scrolling on that item.) I find it easier to go to the category and then choose.  Each category (books, video, music, apps, etc) is set up like a book shelf.  Touch the one you want and it opens. 

I love turning it on.... the start up pictures vary, but each is interesting to look at......old typewriter keys, collections of fountain pens, printer's type sets, and more.

Amazon prime members can watch free live streaming movies and tv shows.  The selection is so-so, but the quality is excellent. (I have since discovered that the selection of free is much larger than I thought - gotta hit the right buttons),   And, of course, there is a much larger collection of pay-per-view movies and tv shows.

There are lots of apps on it already.  And you can shop for more. 
I shop in the free column.

The Kindle Fire is full color so I guess that means it's different technology than a regular Kindle.  That means a backlit screen for books, which in turn means books can be read in low light.... or no light :)   The regular Kindle is great in regular light, and doesn't get a glare in sunlight making it easy to read outdoors, at the beach, wherever. But it doesn't work in low light. I haven't read the Kindle Fire in bright sunlight, but I'm guessing all that gloss is going to create a good amount of glare. We'll see.

I have found the page turning quicker than on the regular Kindle. And easier. You don't have to look to be sure you press the correct button (forward or back); just touch the screen and swipe a bit for the direction you want. Doesn't matter if you swipe a bit or a lot, quick or slow, it just turns one page.

Okay.  Enough for now.  I have some reading to do. :)

Monday, November 7, 2011


I know does frequently have twin fawns, but I never saw this before!

Another Crop of Quilts

And now it's on to Christmas quilts.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Happy 2nd Birthday Dexter!!!

Big Brother Cooper was pretty excited about your arrival.

A little styling help from Cooper.

You were kind enough to give Lynzee directions.

You've been a fun loving guy from the start!

Party on, dude!

Love you bunches Dexter!

Happy Birthday!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Happy 4th Birthday Cooper!!!

The Cheeto dance


This is fun, Grandpa. 
But my limit is the driveway.... the road makes me cry.

So sweet

You know, I think I've decided that I like cookies.
Yes, I definately do.

Getting so grown up.

Love you bunches, Cooper!

Happy Birthday!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sew 70's - PPR#10

Project Runway designers used looks from the 70's for inspiration and were required to create two looks.  Project Project Runway designers worked with the same challenge.

I love the earthy colors that were a part of many of the clothes of the 70's, and I loved the long flowing skirts and dresses.

Summer walks the runway in a simple long, loose dress of peachy, flowery cotton with a sweetheart neckline.  The open front shows a hint of leg.
I see she kicked off her shoes. 

 But she still works it on the runway. 
Lizbeth is wearing a long skirt, a tank top and a wrap-around vest.... she's feeling light and breezy.
Heidi:  "I like the open fronts of the garments.
Michael Kors:  "A definite thumbs up on the simple dress."
Nina:  "I can't decide if I like that vest or not!  I'll give you points for trying something different."

Okay.  Ready to fly into the next challenge!

Check out the rest of the designers' work at the ProjectProjectRunway Flickr page or at Just Crafty Enough.