Wednesday, November 26, 2008
What did I do? I converted the Big 4 Split!! I've never seen anyone do this before and now that I've done it, I can still say I've never seen it. I thought I had missed it so I wasn't watching!
For those of you who don't bowl, here's a bit of information. The standard setup for bowling pins looks like this:
After I threw my first ball, these are the pins that I had left:
I hit the 2 pins on the right, causing 1 of them to slide over to the left and hitting the back pin on the left which fell forward and knocked down the front, left pin.
Out of the 1.5 million achievement awards that the US Bowling Congress gave out last year, only 2,130 of them were for converting this split!! (source: USBowler magazine, winter08-09 issue) Now I get one of these awards too!!
Monday, October 27, 2008
I've added a bookstore to my blog!! The books are all related to stitching/needlework.
Some of them are favorites that I have had in my own library for years. Others are new that just appealed to me.
The link to the store is: Crossed Stitches bookstore. There is also a permanent link at the top of my blog.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
I bought one ½ yard cut of fabric (hydrangeas) and 15 fat quarters. Believe me, this is only because I showed remarkable restraint! I am still going to try to get to the Quilt & Sewing Expo in Puyallup, WA next month so I didnt' want to spend too much money yesterday. Here's a picture of what I purchased:
- 9 pin - knock down 9 pins on your first ball, it counts as a strike
- 3,6,9 - everyone automatically gets credit for a strike in the 3rd, 6th and 9th frames
- splits - if you leave a split on your first ball, it counts as a strike
After I bowled, I had time to wander around the quilt show for a few minutes before it closed then I went and had dinner (Chinese) with a good friend. Later, we both went to the local casino to play for a bit. I had a free play coupon so I played on the casino's money which is always the best way to do it!
Friday, September 26, 2008
The quilt is a double Irish chain done in red, white and blue. The white is just plain muslin while the red and blue are from Wing and a Prayer Designs.
I made some Christmas string quilt blocks for an exchange on the StashBuilders list. Here's a picture showing 16 of the blocks that I did laid out on my quilt design wall. I made a total of 48 blocks for the exchange.
Here's a close-up of just one of the blocks. Each block measures 6½".
I am planning on making some more that I will add to what I get back from the exchange so that I can make a good sized quilt.
Here are some before and after pictures. There is overlap from photo to photo.
Before looking left (stairs) to right:
After looking left to right:
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
I do have a couple of non-stitching addictions as well, one of which is the games at Pogo. Yesterday, I finished all the ranks on another of the games there - Wonderland Memories. Woohoo!
Here are the games that I have finished the ranks:
Casino Island Blackjack
Dice City Roller (similar to Yahtzee)
Panda Pai Gow Poker
Texas Hold'em Poker
Wonderland Memories (like concentration with an Alice in Wonderland theme)
World Class Solitaire
The next game that I'm going to try to finish is Tri-Peaks Solitaire.
Friday, July 25, 2008
This is my own recipe which has come about through several trials (thankfully, no real errors).
Creamy Mushroom Soup
1 quart whipping cream
1 teaspoon chicken bullion (I use the paste type)
1/4 to 1/3 white wine (I use Snoqualmie brand Chardonnay - a Washington state wine)
16 oz. water (if reconstituting mushrooms, use that water)
2 large white mushrooms, chopped fine
1 portabello mushroom, chopped fine (may substitute 2 crimini mushrooms)
1 pkg. dryed oyster mushrooms, reconstituted (fresh are better but sometimes hard to find)
3 slices bacon, fried and crumbled
salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil; stirring frequently to prevent scalding. Reduce heat to a simmer; stir occasionally. Simmer for 1 to 1½ hour. Serve.
I bought a Moda Marble, Mulberry to use as the backing on my Decadent Victorian quilt. I also picked up four 1/3 yard cuts of black fabrics to use in my next quilt. I am going to do a scrappy Triple Irish Chain.
To make it look a bit planned yet still scrappy, I am going to do 2 of the diagonals in assorted blacks while the rest of the small squares will be completely scraps. Each scrap piece of fabric is a 2" square. At the size I want to do the quilt, I need 1080 black squares (already cut!!!) and 1400+ of various scraps. I still have to cut about 600 more of the scraps.
While I'm cutting the squares for the Irish Chain quilt, I am also trying to organize the rest of my small pieces of fabric. I'm mostly following the ideas that Bonnie has laid out on her site Quiltville (thanks, Bonnie!!).
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
The 2 fabrics I purchased are from the Moda Decadent Victorian line and will be used for the borders and binding on my Decadent Victorian quilt.
I'm infamous among my bowling friends for leaving the 5 pin (directly behind the front pin). The 5 pin, in the bowling world, is known as the "sex pin". If you leave it on your first throw and then knock it down on your second, you supposedly will be "getting some" that evening. Since I throw a straight ball, I tend to leave it alot. This past weekend, I left it - alot. Nine times!! Every single time, I picked it up. Needless to say, I was getting quite a bit of teasing from my friends and from the staff at the lanes!
The tournament involved a singles event, doubles event and team event - three games of each. We bowled singles and double as a set on Saturday and team on Sunday. I went into the tournament with an average of 159. Here are my scores for each game:
Singles: 134, 175, 148 = 457 series
Doubles: 154, 166, 172 = 492 series (my partner bowled a 605 series!!)
Team: 179, 173, 182 = 534 series
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Here's my progress so far. About 2/3 of this has been done since that Wednesday of his trip. All of the sky/mountain is done in half stitches which thankfully, makes it work up more quickly.
For no particular reason, this one is a low priority in my rotation.
I've finished the tiger and am working on the lion. Because the fabric is so wide, it wouldn't fit on my scroll frames normally. I'm stitching it rotated 90°. The tiger is at the top of my frames and the cheetah will be at the bottom. When I stitch, I have the pattern rotated as well.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I have been stitching on my Wild Menagerie and am on page 7 of 12. Each page from here on out has less stitching on it than the previous page so it should go fairly quickly.
I've also joined an online quilting group. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/StashBuilders/
I've already signed up for a couple of swaps there and they are proving to be alot of fun. The group is really friendly and organized and I can definitely recommend it!!
This past week has also found me working on updating my Las Vegas scrapbook with pictures from this year's trip (back in Feb.-March). I took over 200 photos and just hope that I bought enough paper. In this scrapbook, each trip has its own particular paper that I use for every page.
I've been doing some hand quilting on my Broken Bricks wallhanging and will hopefully finish it soon. I am working on the decorative quilting in the borders and just started the last side.
When I went to the local quilt shop a couple of weeks ago, I found a charm pack (5" squares) of fabric that I fell in love with. I ended up going back and buying 2 more identical packs. I have finished making them into a wallhanging quilt top - just need to add borders on 3 sides. This wallhanging will be machine quilted and will be put in the display rotation above my desk in my home office.
That's all for now. Happy Stitching!
Monday, March 17, 2008
After finishing Night Train, I started working on my UFOs again. This is Teresa Wentzler's 12 Days of Christmas. I managed to finish Day 2 and have the border ready for Day 3.
Monday, January 21, 2008
At the moment, I'm working on the project that I started on Jan. 1 of this year - Night Train. I'm also working on a quilt wallhanging called "Broken Bricks". When I finish these 2 projects (which should be in the next week or two), I'm going to devote myself to finishing projects that were started before 2008.
The projects that I'm going to try to finish are:
- 12 Days of Christmas by Teresa Wentzler - I'm on Day 2
- Heirloom Christmas Sampler by Victoria Sampler
- Wild Menagerie by Cross My Heart
- Memories - my own design, I'm designing it as I go
- 2 ornaments from the Just Cross Stitch 2007 Christmas ornament issue - they are stitched, just need to finish them somehow
- La Belle Dame sans Merci from Heaven and Earth Designs - this is really ambitious to have on the list but hopefully, I'll make some progress.
This is Purrma-press a Kats by Kelly design from Calico Crossroads. It is now hanging in my laundry room along with another Kats by Kelly design, Washday Blues. In between these 2, I have a Twisted Threads design, "Listen, Honey, I'm doing the laundry today, what color do you want your underwear to be."
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
Here's my progress on my Jan. 1 Stitching Challenge project. Because I have it on scroll frames with short side bars, I had to take 2 pictures to show my progress. I stayed up until 2am to finish all of the steam from the