Our little quilt group met last Thursday and we all got our Round Robin quilt tops back. If I hadn't been nearly dead from upper respiratory stuff (it was not a cold! it wasn't! it was so much worse!) the pics would already be posted.
I will only say that we aren't doing any more Round Robin projects for awhile. For the first time ever, we have decidedly underwhelming results.
This is my friend T. holding my quilt top up for the camera. I sent a bag of tan, beige, and cream fabrics to work with and requested a low-contrast neutral palette. The next-to-last border, interestingly enough, is silver and gray. My friend T. put on the last border and was able to find some tan-gray-ecru fabric to use to tie the colors together.
Here's B. holding up E.'s quilt top. She added the swag border. This is the one I added the checkerboard border to in July. I really think this one turned out very pretty, and though E. wasn't at the meeting, she will love this. I'm always enchanted by how stunning the black, white, red color scheme works up. (I once saw a kitchen in these colors and loved it)
afterward. My border was the last one on her top. I really like it. Her theme was brown and aqua, with just a little pink for an accent. This color scheme was popular in the late 1800's and again in the 1950's. This quilt top is very pretty in real life, not nearly so dark as it seems here.
This is J.'s quilt top. Her theme was 1930's prints with a focus on lavender, and adding another color with each border. This one is very pretty, feminine, and fresh. Wouldn't it look great on a small square 4-legged table with worn-smooth white paint? (think of Country Living magazine....)
And this is T.'s "finished" quilt top. I am certain she will be adding to it, in order to pull the different greens together, and to get the red accent fabrics to settle down and behave themselves. Go back in my archives, and see this one in the beginning - I added that first checkerboard border and the burnt orange strip. I was wishing I'd chosen green, its one of my all-time favorite colors. Somehow, I didn't envision this. Maybe with some applique vines and flowers.... ???
I don't have pics, but I did finish the Noro Ribbed Scarf. Its so pretty, and very L-O-N-G. As soon as I take a picture, I'll give it to my sis. After I finished it last Saturday, I cast on another quick scarf. This one is shades-of-blue variegated chenille, a Lion-brand yarn called "Colorwaves" or something similar - just one big fat skein. Its very pretty, just a plain garter stitch worked on size 9 needles. Its got a horizontal "furrowed-row" look to it - very unusual! Will take pics and post in the next day or two. I don't have *anything* on the needles right now. Waffling back and forth between starting a SOCK or whipping out another quickie scarf (out of some green & beige Bernat Galaxy - more acrylic foofy stuff).
I'm not currently reading anything right now either - this is truly unusual for me. I did buy a couple of new books last weekend - The Pact, and Keeping Faith, both by Jodi Picoult. I don't know which to start first. I also got The Lobster Chronicles by Linda Greenlaw, which looks really interesting.
There's a lot of other assorted stuff going on in my life right now - Joe's gone to Tennessee to pick up a truck for my sister. In fact, he's spending the night in Memphis tonight before heading back home tomorrow. Depending on when he gets near Oklahoma City, he might call Kevin to meet him for supper. And depending on how he feels, he may or may not get back to Amarillo tomorrow - its about 725 miles - could be as much as 11-12 hours on the road but its interstate the whole way.
My doggies were bad today.
They Goofy knocked a box of cereal off the countertop (don't ask - Joe left it there) and they ate it, plus a box of Gracie's heartworm meds got knocked off and he chewed up the 2 foil packets they were in. This wouldn't be so bad (she weighs half of what he does) except I just dosed them both on Monday. Some days, I have momentary thoughts of "what the hell, if he dies, he dies...." but I would seriously be wrecked. Its just so frustrating when they pull a stunt like that. (I know its our fault for leaving this stuff out.... I KNOW....) Yeah, they were lonesome because Joe was gone.... But he also knows when he's been bad - he goes and lays by the front door, trying to look invisible. I barely even have to scold him - but I do, just so he knows I'm not happy.
The chemical plant I work in had a big fire last night. Some of our operations and processes will be down for a week or two so the repairs can be made. It looks like I'll be getting off work on time for awhile - once we run out of some products, we won't have more until the units are back up and running. It was really more "minor" than "major" in the whole scope of things, but it will be very expensive to make the necessary repairs. No one was injured (by the grace of God) but there was potential for loss of life... if the wind had been blowing a different direction... so we are counting blessings today.
Last weekend we got over 3" of rain - and it was in the 70's for high temps! It was glorious! Today its hot again in the 90's, but we'll have another cool front with rain again by Friday and Saturday. I find myself actually looking forward to fall, and cooler temperatures. Its been miserably hot this summer.
And for a strange-but-true story, how about this? I ran out of Celebrex last weekend, and don't have a refill left on my prescription. I figured I'd call the dr. on Monday (I don't see him again till next month) but I found it quite interesting that my knee is not hurting since I quit taking Celebrex. Hmmm. I just wonder what's up with that. How can my knee be better when I don't take the anti-inflammatory drug??? Simply amazing.
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do.