Tuesday, July 27, 2010


We had a lively discussion today about putting on bras. According to the "experts" this is the proper way:

1. Adjust the straps to the maximum length.

2. Lean forward into the cups and rest your breasts into the supports.

3. Reach behind to hook the bra on the middle hooks of the closure.

4. Put the straps on your shoulders.

5. Position your breast in the cup by slipping a hand into the cup and lifting the breast while aligning the underwire on your ribcage along the natural crease of your breast to prevent pinching of the breast tissue.

6. Tighten the straps so that they support the breasts lightly without cutting into the skin or putting too much strain on the shoulders.

7. Adjust the straps every time you put on a bra

We polled 13 women (including the waitress at lunch!) and discovered that it's a fairly even split between those that put on their bras the "proper" way and those that fasten the hooks from the front and then spin it around - although there were slightly more spinners.

How do you put on yours? (I'm a spinner)

Friday, July 23, 2010

ongoing projects

Back at the beginning of the year a few of the TTT group decided they'd make a quilt called Vintage Christmas. They asked me if I wanted to join in and I decided I liked the pattern so I'd make one too. The pattern is very traditional; not my usual style. I've been joking that my friends are putting me inside the box when I work on a traditional pattern

We've been meeting once a month and working steadily. At our last meeting 2 of us had the blocks sewn together. I didn't get a photo of mine, but here is Joanne's. (click photos for larger view)

Another project that a lot of the TTT gang is working on is called Monterrey Medallion.

Again, Joanne is the first to get hers pieced.

She liked working on this so much that she's making another one for her daughter.
This is the center for the 2nd one.

I decided to work on this one as well but wanted to have a brighter color palette. This is my center.

My quilting buddies have been working on a few other items. Virginia, who is our resident applique expert, is working on a quilt in conjunction with Karen. Virginia will do all the hand work and Karen will quilt it. I know that having both of them collaborate on a project will result in a spectacular quilt so I'm anxious to see the final product.

Ginny made this attic window quilt for her daughter. She was working on adding some subtle beading to the quilt.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Baby face

Look what we found on-line today. A high school photo of Jerry. Wasn't he cute? And look at that curly hair!

Someone from his high school class has posted photos of all the graduates on a website. He didn't have a graduation photo taken so we're guessing they took this from his 11th grade yearbook. Since we don't have this photo, it was especially fun to see it. Wish I could get a good quality copy.

Can you still see that baby-faced guy in this next photo? I can.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

They never grow up!

Jerry, Craig and several of the guys they work with have decided to enter a race known as the 24 Hours of LeMons. Not Le Mans, but Lemons. The race is for cars that cost $500 or less and they hold Lemons races around the country. The guys are shooting for the race scheduled in September here in South Carolina.

There are always more applicants than openings so they first need to be accepted. While waiting to hear if they're officially in they've purchased a car - and they found one here locally that was actually used in a previous race. Today they picked it up and luckily for me (and our neighbors) they've parked the car in Craig's back yard.

They haven't decided yet on a team name and how they'll personalize the car but I'm thinking that there really is no way they'll be able to make this car look good. What you can't see in these photos is that there is an additional engine in the back seat - they got this beautiful car with not 1 but 2 engines all for $500. What a bargain! (and they NEED that 2nd engine because the one under the hood has a blown head gasket.)

It's going to be an interesting couple of months.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Village By The Sea

A month ago several of us attended North Carolina Quilt Symposium. One of my classes was called Happy Villages with Karen Eckmeier and I finished my class project the other day. It was really fun making our villages.

This is about 16 x 16.

Saturday, July 03, 2010


I finally decided on borders for my orange striped quilt. I like how it turned out.

I've had such fun making these mitered stripe blocks that I keep buying more striped fabrics. Last week I ended up with 3 new fabrics to try out. I'm guessing it's kind of like when the stack & whack quilts first came out. For a while I looked at every fabric with an eye to make a S&W. Did the same thing with the 4 patch swirl and will probably do it with these stripes for a while.