Thursday, June 7, 2007

I'm Back (Sort of)*

I made it back in one piece.

I had a great visit with my parents and my sister over the weekend. We got caught up on all the family stuff and made some plans for the future that I dearly hope will work out.

My sister, bless her heart, gave me this book.


At first, I thought it was one of those books containing BLOCK designs, but I was very excited to see that it has QUILTING designs. My repertoire of quilting designs is very poor, so this is a very welcome addition to my library.

From what I see, it has directions for enlarging the designs using the copying machine's percentage enlarger to make the designs the size you want. Very, very nifty. And it couldn't come at a better time, since I am now ready to begin the border quilting for the mystery quilt.

Now all I have to do is choose something I'd like to try...

I've finished all the blocks for the turning twenty quilt, but I'm disappointed in how they turned out. I loved all the fabrics I used for it, but the blocks themselves seem really dull. One voice (the voice of reason, probably) says "Just sew them together and get it finished, already!" The other voice says, "Hmmm, what if you cut them diagonally into quarter-square triangles and then recombined them?" I'm not sure yet which one I'm going to listen to.

There won't be much time to play for the rest of this week or next because my sister and brother-in-law are coming for a visit this weekend and my parents are coming next weekend. Here at Chez Dented Thimble a very late, but very necessary spring cleaning is going to be taking place.

*The "Sort of" refers to the fact that my e-mail provider seems to be acting up. I am receiving e-mail, but at the moment I am unable to reply. Hopefully this little snafu will right itself pretty quickly.

9 comments:

Anne said...

That book looks like a great treat from your sister! And I think I'll have to check it out...

Enjoy spending time with your familly (and no overkill on the spring cleaning) :o)

dot said...

What a great book. I might have to check into this for myself. Have fun with the company and I will patiently await what happens with the blocks.

Libby said...

That's a terrific gift - the kind that keeps on giving *s*

meggie said...

Wow what a great gift!
Dont overdo the cleaning.. save some energy for your guests, & some fun.

joyce said...

That fascinating little book is in our local library. I have taken it out so often that they might as well just give it to me. Lol.

Deb Geyer said...

Looks like a handy book! I'll be checking it out.

atet said...

That book looks like it would be a great reference tool. I'm going to have to check it out.

Good luck with the "spring" cleaning and have a great visit!

Quilt Nut said...

what a fantastic book!

Elaine Adair said...

Funny - I am looking at your very old posts and see the photo of the Readers Digest little fat quilt designbook - I thought it was MY post as I have one just like it.

The author is definitely a graphic designer! Wish I knew what a raphic designer WAS when I went to college - I may have stayed IN college.

I'm enjoying your blog.