Monday’s Ramblings ~ quilts, weather, idiot drivers…

Just some rambles today…my head hurts after a little road rage this morning coming into work.

First off…to the idiot male in the small green Ford pickup with a shell that ran me off of the road (cutting me off in the right hand lane while you were in the fast lane) MAY ALL FOUR TIRES BLOW AT ONCE WHILE YOU’RE SPEEDING AND CUTTING OFF OTHER PEOPLE….you ARSE!

Ok…now that’s out of my system, onto other rambles.

Quilting ~ I finished the American Jane “Recess” quilt top (using the disappearing nine patch), and pieced a back out of leftover Recess material. Am binding it now…with Leo’s help.

Saw an email this morning from MaryJane’s Farm…Project of the Week. She’s calling the quilt a Honeycomb…I know it as Grandma’s Flower Garden, but I guess there’s lots of different names for it.

It reminded me that I have to cut more pieces of the Grandma’s Flower Garden hexagons that a friend’s mom gave me to finish up. The blocks came from Kansas. I had pieced all of the extra hexagons that were give to me…but didn’t save one to make a pattern out of. Need to take one apart!

Sunday we had a pretty sunrise ~ then fog ~ then the temps got up to 53F (but seemed warmer than that!). We opened up the windows to let in the fresh air…at 5:07 pm it was 69F in the house still! Felt wonderful.

Here comes the fog from Spanish Springs!

Quails on the roof of the shed…

We are supposed to be almost 60F today…then another stupid storm is coming in dropping us to the 40’s. These constant pressure changes is wreaking havoc on my sinus! I can’t wait for this winter storm pattern to be over…then I’ll bitch about the summer’s heat. LOL! Why can’t it be sunny and 75F all the time?!

Lucy and Leo in the front room with the afternoon sunshine…that’s my wool sock from Ireland next to Lucy, she steals my socks and runs around the house with them all the time.

Hmmm…what else? State of Nevada will be cutting Education by 6.9%. I don’t think I’ll have more furlough hours…will stay at one day a month with no pay. But state workers will go to 4/10 work week…not sure how that will fly here at UNR. I work in a basic science research area…we’re here 24/7…depending on what exeriements are running at the time. I’m about the only one in my department that can do the 4/10 week. Wouldn’t mind having Fridays off…I’m here 10 hours already as it is, and not getting paid for it.

What’s wrong with parents? We went to see Shutter Island the other day and in front of us a mom was buying tickets for herself and what looked like a 10 and 8 year old…for Shutter Island! A Rated-R movie! How on earth did the ticket attendant let her buy the tickets to begin with?! I’m not sure if you’ve seen the movie, but there are some disturbing scenes…scenes I wouldn’t want a kid that age to see! Holy Cow! And then they sat right behind us…you can hear the kids gasping and crying a bit throughout the movie!

Finally am able to watch movies at home again…bought a blue-ray dvd player that was on sale yesterday. We had a Samsung home theatre system, but in the move I found out my husband threw away the speakers because he didn’t want to deal with them anymore. What he didn’t know was that there was no way for me to hook up the dvd system with sound! :::Shaking Head::: There is NO outlet for ‘audio out’…just speakers out. So off I went to buy a new system…only took me a few minutes to hook the new one up and was watching movies in no time flat. 🙂

New Quilt Blocks ~ Nine Patch Variations

I’ve been looking at different quilting blogs and have come across two that have great tutorials…in which these two have caught my eye. Cluck Cluck Sew’s Disappearing Nine Patch and Oh, Fransson’s Crazy Nine-Patch.

I really like the blocks! Now I just have to figure out how I want to place them into a quilt. 🙂

For the Disappearing Nine Patch, I used two Moda’s Charm Packs that I’ve had for some time…Recess by American Jane. It makes a big block…about 13″.

For the wonky Crazy Nine Patch I picked out 9 different fabrics in the Cheep Talk line from Connecting Threads that I had bought months ago.

This was a fun block to make…although it was a bit hard to cut through the last two cuts. This makes an 8″ block.

I have five 1/2 yard fabrics from the Woodland Bloom line by Lila Tueller for Moda..I want more. Not exactly sure what I want to make with it yet, but I do know I’d like more fabrics from that line. They are VERY pretty. 🙂

UPDATE! I found two more pieces in this line here in town…now I have to turn to the internet.

And lookie! Sun hitting Mt. Rose and Slide Mountain this morning! A teaser from Mom Nature…as we’re getting more rain and snow tomorrow. Picture was taken looking out from the building here at work.