Friday’s Rambles ~ 10 February 2012

* Yea! It’s Friday! :) Payday too. Now if only the IRS will hurry up and direct deposit my tax return.

* My tripod I bought off of Amazon FINALLY arrived. After ordering it on 1/31 it left Allentown, PA on 2/2, then it went to Martinsburg, WV for a few days, then to Sacramento, CA for a few more days until heading over the Sierra to Reno where it sat somewhere for 2 days before being delivered yesterday. Sheesh. I now have an AgfaPhoto 72″ Pro Tripod (only $18.99)…looks nice and it’s nice and smooth.

* I’ve finished hand-piecing SIX of the 111 6.5″ blocks of the Farmer’s Wife Quilt. Using Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley fabric.

* I think I’ve found the pattern I’ll use for my Kate Spain’s Terrain ~ Sticks & Bricks (designer Amy Walsh of Blue Underground Studios)…I found it in the current issue of American Patchwork & Quilting. It’s simple and will show off the beautiful designs of Terrain.

* This morning’s moon.

* Book Reviews on Barnes & Noble ~ RANT! Why do they allow idiots to review books? Tell me! What does the following have to do with the book The Snow Child, a novel by Eowyn Ivey?!

2/7/12 Anonymous (5 stars) MUSTAR Just dont let it happen again. * she stalks home *
2/7/12 Anonymous (1 star) WARRIORS Ok….*leaves* Skystar
2/8/12 Anonymous (5 stars) ICEFANG… Hey, yeah it is Snowstar. Do you remember me? I was your mate and leader, I don’t know if I can trust you or not.
2/7/12 Anonymous (5 stars) ICEFANG TO ICEFLAME Thank you… and Fuzzyclaw says thank you for killing the badger.
2/5/12 Anonymous (5 stars) JAYHEART May i join? Im a muscular jet black tom w\ice blue eyes.
2/5/12 Anonymous (5 stars) TO TOM Its tawnypelt and my real name is victoria but call me tori
2/5/12 Anonymous (5 stars) RIVERSONG To tawnypelt: I was here first!! To tom: my name is river song
2/10/12 Anonymous (5 stars) To SNOWSTAR ICEFANG DIED IN BATTLE WITH A DARK CAT. Im so sorry. It was deathstar

And then they should never allow “anonymous” to write a review, if you can’t own up to your own words then don’t say them at all. Also they shouldn’t allow someone to leave a star rating WITHOUT writing a few words down about the book. If you read the bloody book and rated it, then leave something behind.

* Gotta get to work now. :) Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Start of The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt

A week or so ago I posted a Wordless Wednesday photograph of the fabrics I decided to use for The Farmer’s Wife quilt…

Farmer's Wife ~ Denyse Schmidt's HOPE VALLEY

I’m using a FQ bundle of Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley that I bought from Hawthorne Threads…love that fabric. Love Hawthorne Threads too! Super nice and fastest shipping, ever!

I’ve been putting off the start of making this quilt. Why? I have no clue, just have. Over the holiday I pulled out the paper-piece patterns I had printed off a few months prior and jumped in. I needed a break from quilting and binding.

I follow the pattern, get all the paper torn off, press the block…WTF?! Stupid pattern! It’s backwards! So I threw a hissy fit…put the book back, tucked my pretty fabric back into my stash and returned to quilting and binding.

Book block.

My bass-ackward block.

Speed up to yesterday…So April? You’re hand-piecing your blocks now, right? “Yes”. Hmmmmmm….

Here’s what I got done while on break today. I need to bring in my folding cutting mat/ironing board and that mini clover iron. :)

FW Block 2 - Autumn Tints

This quilt will be hand-pieced now. :)

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Fabric Wish List

Just a few lines of fabric on my Wish List ~ I have more, but thought I’d just showcase three right now. :)

Kate Spain’s Terrain   BOUGHT off of Esty.

Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley    BOUGHT from Hawthorne Threads.

Joanna Figueroa’s (Fig Tree & Co.) Butterscotch & Rose that is due out in October.

Camille Roskelley’s (and her mama, Bonnie) RUBY…also due out in October.  BOUGHT!  I actually have a 1/2 yard bundle!