Friday, September 28, 2007

Elton John!

Elton John is performing here in November and we have tickets! They started selling them on-line this morning and I got both our laptops going so I could double my chance of getting through. They sold out really fast, so I'm glad I got through. The seats aren't the greatest, but we're going!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Making progress

Here's what the new dormer looked like from the outside the first day

It's kind of hard to tell, but the small amount of additional floor space sure is making a big impact on how big the room looks. This photo was taken after the workers had quit for the day and covered everything with plastic.

Here's Jerry taking in the view from where one of the windows will be.

The framers actually finished yesterday. Jerry put in the insulation today and we have an inspection scheduled for tomorrow. Once that is done Jerry can start of the drywall. I'm anxious to get moved back into my room, but I expect it will be some time yet before I can.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Hey...I'm dyeing here!

I've been taking a basic cotton dyeing class on Quilt University. They post a lesson every week. I did lesson one on time, but didn't get to lessons 2 and 3 until yesterday. Since they posted lesson 4 late last night I just went ahead and did it too.

Lesson 2 was to create 3 half yard lengths of mottled fabrics in orange, green & purple.

Lesson 3 was to create a 5 step gradation. I wish I'd pick a different color-way. I was doing lessons 2 and 3 at the same time and didn't realize that the orange in lesson 2 was going to be the same as the darkest orange in the gradation.

Lesson 4 was to go around the color wheel. For some reason my yellow orange and orange pieces came out the same color. The oranges are causing me some problems!

It has been fun doing this dyeing, but it's a lot more work than I anticipated. The worst part of all of it is rinsing the fabrics until all the excess dye is gone. I need to find some way to make that step easier!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Yard of the Month?

Every month the garden club in our subdivision selects a yard of the month. In the past I've often told Jerry that he deserves the honor because he works really hard making our yard lovely. (I refuse to do yard work.) We always have some pretty flowers blooming (even in the winter when he plants weather hardy pansies) On the last day of August, during a break in several days of rain, Jerry set out to mow the lawn. He joked he was going to get that yard of the month by mowing the lawn the day the committee goes through the subdivision to make its selection.

Well, he won't tell me exactly what happened that day he was out mowing the lawn, but before he was even done he walked into the house and proclaimed that he was going to steal the sign for the labor day holiday weekend. He hopped in the car, drove to the house that was August's yard of the month, took the sign out of their yard and planted it in our yard. He tried to convince me that he'd stolen the sign and the garden club would be coming to get it once the holiday was over. He knows that we've been married for too long for me to fall for that, but he's still trying to make me believe it. Here it is 20 days later and the sign is still in the yard!

The yard actually doesn't look as good this month as it has in past months, but I like to think he earned it for his body of work - kind of like how some people earn academy awards!

Of course now we have a dumpster in the drive in anticipation of the dormer addition which really brings down the beauty of the yard!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Dormer addition in my studio

The dormer addition is about to happen. The framers were supposed to arrive today, but postponed late last night. I think we'll see them on Friday.

The dormer will be over the garage door. Here's a before photo. (note the garbage can isn't usually sitting there!) If you look closely over near the garage roof peak, you'll see a corner of the existing window in the room. It's up so high that I can't see out of it.

This is a view of where the dormer will be from the inside. Jerry has already torn out the drywall and the carpet.

See how high the existing window is? (that's a 9 foot ceiling in the middle)

My sewing junk has temporarily taken over other rooms in the house!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Retreat photos

Here is Donna at the retreat working on her mariner's compass class project. Donna is always very enthusiastic about new techniques and she seemed to really enjoy working on this project. Isn't it nice? (photo clickable for larger view)

Karen, Jolene and Maureen brought a pumpkin block of the month project to work on and did some work on it. However, Jolene and Karen found another pumpkin project at one of the vendors and ended up finishing that quick project over the weekend. Here is Karen with hers. I missed getting a photo of Jolene's (who you can see standing behind Karen at the cutting table) however, hers looks similar to Karen's. If you click on the photo you will see the clock that shows Karen finished this after midnight Saturday. I went to bed about 1:00 that night, and Karen & Jolene were still going strong when I left.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Back to the real world

I got back from my weekend retreat yesterday afternoon and had to hit the studio to start packing it up. My studio is the finished room over our garage (called a FROG in these parts). Right now the room has one window which is up so high I can't even see out of it. The walls are sloped on each side so there is limited head room in those areas. We've decided to bump out a dormer on one side which will raise the wall in that area and give me needed light with the addition of 2 windows.

In order to accomplish this, of course I've had to clear out the entire room. I can't believe how much crap I have.

Jerry has found someone to do the actual framing of the dormer and he will do all the finish work. We've gotten all the permits and had the lumber delivered and now await the framers - who should arrive either tomorrow and Wednesday. I have no idea how long this entire project will take - since Jerry is doing the finish work himself it could take a while!

The retreat was wonderful. I got most of a quilt top pieced and enjoyed spending time with my quilting buddies. I even got a wonderful massage! As soon as I find the camera, I'll try to post a photo or two.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Retreat weekend

Our state guild, Quilters of South Carolina, holds an annual retreat every fall. It's great to live in a state that is small enough that one can drive anywhere in the state in a reasonable amount of time. The retreat is held on the campus of a church conference center and offers classes taught by local quilt teachers. I've elected to not take any classes this year and will do "bring your own project" for the weekend.

I'm looking forward to a fun weekend of sewing and fellowship!

Sunday, September 09, 2007

35 years!

Today Jerry and I celebrate our 35th anniversary. I don't know how it could possibly be that long because I'm only 30 years old (in my mind at least). It's been quite a ride over those years. Jerry had been in the Navy about 2 years when we got married and he promised me that he'd get out. I just didn't know that he meant after he'd served 20 years!

Here's hoping we celebrate 35 more! Happy Anniversary Honey.

Friday, September 07, 2007

I'm a bit slow

I just figured out how to add a photo to the header of my blog. Yeah, I know I'm a bit slow! Anyway, now if I could only figure out how to move the text with the title of the blog I'd be a happy person.

The photo up there is my quilt "Amazing Grace" which was juried into the Houston quilt show last year. It measures 72" x 13"

Monday, September 03, 2007

Dyeing fabric

It seems like most accomplished art quilters dye their own fabrics. Dyeing isn't something I've ever attempted before so I decided to take an on-line dyeing class through Quilt University and did lesson one yesterday. Boy, it's a lot of work for a few pieces of fabric. The muddy beige fabric was the result of pouring equal parts of each of the other three dyes together into one container and seeing what color turns up. I didn't do an accurate measure of the 3 colors so I probably wouldn't be able to duplicate this one if I wanted to.

The kids were here on Saturday so I had to get some photos of the grandbabies. They just get cuter and cuter.