A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Last in the series and Mumblings

I'd like to extend my thanks once again to those of you who sent their suggestions, help and well wishes regarding the issue I was having with my book.   It's off to the printers now and I'm a happy camper.   The air is no longer blue, no more tears are being shed, and life is good!

Here is the final piece of the spring-themed 
crazy quilted box....
(click to embiggen if you would like)

Top of the crazy quilted box

There's just a couple of mumblings today....  First of all, Kathy Shaw has opened registrations for the first module of her Intermediate Crazy Quilting on-line class.  Registration is only open from March 29th to 31st, so hurry if you want to sign up!  Go HERE for additional information.  These are free classes and I can guarantee you will learn a lot!

Secondly....I don't normally discuss health issues on this blog, but I came across something that I thought I would share with you.  With the increased risk of melanoma (skin cancer) these days, it is important to know what it looks like and what to watch out for.  Early detection is the key so go HERE for further information. 

Today I have a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson (a man I sincerely wish I could have met in person).... "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year"

Sunday, March 29, 2015



I simply cannot thank all of you enough that were willing to try to help me sort out the insertion of full size photos into my book!  Through the many suggestions that came my way and with the aid of a very helpful You Tube video I now have full size pictures and still have the rest of the book in a two-column format.


Even better, I now have it all written down and have practiced several times to be sure I have it written correctly.  That information is being stapled quite securely into my 'Dummies' book for when I need it in future.  

The book is now ready to head off to the printers and I'm so excited and happy about that.  Thank you so much everyone - you know who you are and I hope you also know how very grateful I am.

Very big hugs to you all!!



Saturday, March 28, 2015

Seeking help!!

I know my readers are smart people and maybe one of you has come across the problem I'm having and might be willing to give me some suggestions.  I can live in hope, right?

Okay - here's the back story....I have undertaken trying to finish the book I've been working on so that I can get it off to the publisher.  I've run into some problems with the word processing program I use (Microsoft Office Word 2007).

Below you can see a copy of one of the pages of the book.  The entire book is set up in this format.

My issue arises when I now need to insert full page pictures (not colums!!) in the centre of the book, as well as the pages that are necessary at the front of the book (things like the cover page, acknowledgements, preface, etc).  The program simply will not (after three entire days of wrestling with it and trying every single thing I can think of....and many of them multiple times!!) allow me to insert anything without insisting on it being in the two-column format.  

I am ready to...

a) scream

                           b) cry (done that one already)

                           c) set a match to the entire thing

The publisher won't accept the book for publication unless I can get those damn wonderful things inserted and I'm at a loss as to what to do.  Any ideas??

Today's quote is from David Abrahansen..... "Frustration is the wet nurse of violence"

Friday, March 27, 2015

Part 4 of the series

Here's the fourth side of the covered box. 

You'll have to wait til next week to see the lid!!

Today the quote is from that infamous Anonymous....."Too many people confine their exercise to jumping to conclusions, running up bills, stretching the truth, bending over backward, lying down on the job, sidestepping responsibility and pushing their luck"

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Series - part 3


This is one of the end pieces of the covered box.

Today I give you a quote from Leigh Hodges... "Whether one is twenty, forty, or sixty; whether one has succeeded, failed or just muddled along; whether yesterday was full of sun or storm, or one of those dull days with no weather at all, life begins each morning"

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Part two of the series

Here's part two of the series about the spring covered box.  This shows the back (or it could also be the front, depending on your viewpoint).  You should be able to click to embiggen.


Today the quote is from Joseph Addison...  "The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for"

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A series, and a wondrous creation

As I continue to work on 'The QuiltS', I am in quest of something to post about that you might find interesting.  I suddenly realized that I haven't shared photos of a spring-themed box I covered awhile ago.  Since we're all hoping for spring (at least on this side of the hemisphere!), what better time?  I will share one photo in each post so thereby create a SERIES!!  Wow, who knew?


The box, which originally held tea, measures approximately 7"x 9" and is made of probably balsa wood.  Too nice to toss out so perfect fodder for covering with crazy quilting.

Most of you will have noticed that I have signed up to take Kathy Shaw's beginner crazy quilting class. Now, before you go getting all bent out of shape by my taking a 'beginner' course and telling me that it's not something I should be doing...I am self taught and I know there are lots of things that I am doing either the hard way or completely wrong and I know I will learn a LOT from Kathy.  She also teaches Intermediate classes and one of the pre-requisites to take those is to have completed a beginners class.  I completely agree with her! 

Anyway....my point (and I do have one, believe it or not) is to show you this....

Embroidery Frame

Kathy advocates using a hoop when crazy quilting.  It's not something I've ever done, so I'm happy to try it.  She has come up with her own design for an embroidery stand (clever lady!!) made from simple PVC plumbers pipe and fittings and has the instructions on her blog HERE.  The stand is useable in three different ways, either on a table or in your lap, with a working surface of either 12x12" (as you can see in the above picture) or 9x12".    With the help of DH I now have a great frame!  It requires ordering clamps from Amazon (Snap Clamp for 3/4" Pipe) and they're on the way - probably via slow boat and mule train and a lengthy sojourn in customs.

Today the quote is from Benjamin Franklin....  "Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn"