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Day 499 Friday January 5, 2013

Posted by Beatrice on January 5, 2013

WELCOME TO 2013! May your year be everything you want it to be. I wishing that for me too.

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today. You can see my website at www.fcp123.com.

 Date: (Start: August 26, 2011) Today: January 5, 2013

From and including: Friday, August 26, 2011 To and including: Saturday, January 5, 2013

It is 499 days  from the start date to the end date, end date included

Or 1 year, 4 months, 11 days including the end date

How to find the number of days:

8/26/2011    http://www.timeanddate.com/date/duration.html

Project Accomplishments: I am happy to relate that I have virtually finished another project. The 50th Wedding Anniversary Double Wedding Ring quilt is bound. I will sew the tag on the back this evening. I am also happy to say that my quilted and stuffed Grand Champ sheep is complete, photographed and soon to be seen on my web site. AH, BUT, what about the 11-point star…! Well, I did pick up the pieces and move them in the past few days. Not too spectacular, Huh? Besides the wedding anniversary quilt, I also bound a smaller quilt. I also want to work on my grandson’s scrap quilt.

Books: 
Title: —working on one
Author: 
Comments:

Prayer:  Bless my hands to do good in all I touch. Bless my mouth to keep quiet when it is the best thing to do. Bless my feet so that I walk in the direction you want me to. Bless my ears so that I hear your voice each day. Bless my mind with stimulating ideas and concepts. Thank you for all your past blessings. Amen.

Diversions: The normal activities of a household have kept me busy. These include laundry, cooking, paying bills and other such usual endeavors. I also paid bills and did some after Christmas returns. Wow, it is already 10 days past Christmas. Time flies.

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I have a good start on the 11-point star project and simply need to dedicate time to it. – The design for this  project, completed on October 8, 2009, was the primary topic for beginning my 2011 blog and I worked on it until various diversions took me to other arenas. Some of those follow:

  1. My granddaughter and grandson requested stuffed toy chickens. I purchased the supplies, have five cut out and have three nearly completed and parts of the others ready to sew once I change thread colors on my machine. This began February 19, 2012 when my visiting grand children requested this. finished  five large chickens. Of those 2 were brown, 2 were white and 1 was a pink and purple print. This project also included six small yellow chicks and 8 plastic eggs. I completed this project on Friday July 20 and mailed them out on Saturday July 21. Yipee!
  2.  My Grandson requested  a quilt. I made the pattern for the quilt but have to print it.
  3. Help husband build a 27-foot long bridge across a creek. This project began 4/6/2001 when we purchased a magazine featuring a small attractive bridge. The actual supplies purchases began in 2006. As of December 2012, it is nearing completion.
  4. The making of a 50th anniversary double wedding ring quilt for my sister and her husband. I purchased some of the fabric and ordered the remaining. Ordering took place on July 16, 2012. The quilt needs to be done by the first of November, 2012. I scheduled machine quilting already. With machine quilting completed in mid-December, I bound it and will sew the tag on it this evening, January 5, 2012, calling it FINISHED!
  5. I purchased machine embroidery designs to make a machine embroidery quilt and tested the designs on scrap fabric. I was unable to find the fabric I had in mind so this project has been waiting for “inspiration” to arrive. I purchased the designs on February 5, 2011. On July 16, I ordered some of the supplies to proceed with this project.
  6. I started another book quite a while ago I sent a book proposal to a company in 2008, which was rejected so I set it aside while deciding if I could self-publish the topic and make it a popular subject for quilters. The materials sit in a project box.
  7. While in Paducah, KY, in April 2012, I purchased supplies to make a cloth purse. I have yet to start this. The materials sit in a project box.
  8. I began an embroidered jean jacket for myself. As of 11/20/2012, it is now entirely cut out and part of the embroidery is done. As they say, “Keep on Keeping on”…..
  9. I began making a stuffed sheep about the second week of December and I am happy to say that it is FINISHED! It is quite cute. I will use it to demonstrate one of the color palettes in my book, The Big Color Wheel Combinations Handbook.

I can probably come up with more but should probably organize these by date or importance and probably put my grandchildren first.

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Day 488 Tuesday December 25, 2012

Posted by Beatrice on December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas to all who read this post.

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today. You can see my website at www.fcp123.com.

 Date: (Start: August 26, 2011) Today: December 25, 2012

From and including: Friday, August 26, 2011 To and including: Tuesday, December 25, 2012

It is 488 days  from the start date to the end date, end date included

Or 1 year, 4 months including the end date

How to find the number of days:

8/26/2011    http://www.timeanddate.com/date/duration.html

Project Accomplishments: The bridge is not finished! What needs to be done? One approach is partially complete. The other approach needs design and building and the post caps and some trim moldings need to be added. I really wish it were complete. Weather and the Christmas holiday put a stop to progress. We now have snow on the ground. It is too cold to work

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Books: 
Title: An Incomplete Revenge
Author: Jacqueline Winspear
Comments: I have not read this author before but it was quite a good story. It is about WWI scars as well as a mystery about a town’s reoccurring fires and people finding themselves.

Prayer:  Good Lord it is Christmas! The day to celebrate the memory of your birth from which you brought light into the world and ultimately forgiveness of sin. Forgive me of all my sins. May this day be a joyous celebration of family and friends and fond memories of times past. May there be hope for the world for peace. May cooperation abound. May fighting bring less death and destruction. These are gifts beyond compare.

Diversions: It is interesting how one thing leads to another. In one quilting group to which I belong, we had a “flea market.” Two of our members frequent estate sales and some of what they get are things packaged together. Some of these contain sewing related bits and pieces. In this quilter’s flea market, I picked up a pattern for a stuffed sheep. Somehow it called to me because it had a quilted blanket as part of the design. The project was more time-consuming than it needed to be but I decided to make it as a display piece for my website where I sell my books and other products. The pattern was not difficult but I made it more so because I wanted to machine embroider parts of the sheep’s blanket and machine quilt other parts. In the process of doing this, I also made a “Grand Champ” ribbon and had to learn more about using my embroidery software to change some of the patterns I wanted to use. It was a fun project and I might make another. Look for it on my website.

I also baked for Christmas and did a little shopping. I caught up on my household and business accounting. In general I find many ways to fill my day.

The quilts I had machine quilted were complete and I picked them up about the second week of December. Today I cleared my work table of all sheep related materials and spread it out. I may cut the binding for it later on Christmas day OR I might just put a puzzle together later.

Today will be the first time we have not gone to Christmas Eve church in more years than I can remember. So in the morning, we will attend church. I wonder how different it will feel.

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I have a good start on the 11-point star project and simply need to dedicate time to it. – The design for this  project, completed on October 8, 2009, was the primary topic for beginning my 2011 blog and I worked on it until various diversions took me to other arenas. Some of those follow:

  1. My granddaughter and grandson requested stuffed toy chickens. I purchased the supplies, have five cut out and have three nearly completed and parts of the others ready to sew once I change thread colors on my machine. This began February 19, 2012 when my visiting grand children requested this. finished  five large chickens. Of those 2 were brown, 2 were white and 1 was a pink and purple print. This project also included six small yellow chicks and 8 plastic eggs. I completed this project on Friday July 20 and mailed them out on Saturday July 21. Yipee!
  2.  My Grandson requested  a quilt. I made the pattern for the quilt but have to print it.
  3. Help husband build a 27-foot long bridge across a creek. This project began 4/6/2001 when we purchased a magazine featuring a small attractive bridge. The actual supplies purchases began in 2006. As of December 2012, it is nearing completion.
  4. The making of a 50th anniversary double wedding ring quilt for my sister and her husband. I purchased some of the fabric and ordered the remaining. Ordering took place on July 16, 2012. The quilt needs to be done by the first of November, 2012. I scheduled machine quilting already. On
  5. I purchased machine embroidery designs to make a machine embroidery quilt and tested the designs on scrap fabric. I was unable to find the fabric I had in mind so this project has been waiting for “inspiration” to arrive. I purchased the designs on February 5, 2011. On July 16, I ordered some of the supplies to proceed with this project.
  6. I started another book quite a while ago I sent a book proposal to a company in 2008, which was rejected so I set it aside while deciding if I could self-publish the topic and make it a popular subject for quilters. The materials sit in a project box.
  7. While in Paducah, KY, in April 2012, I purchased supplies to make a cloth purse. I have yet to start this. The materials sit in a project box.
  8. I began an embroidered jean jacket for myself. As of 11/20/2012, it is now entirely cut out and part of the embroidery is done. As they say, “Keep on Keeping on”…..
  9. I began making a stuffed sheep about the second week of December and I am happy to say that it is FINISHED! It is quite cute. I will use it to demonstrate one of the color palettes in my book, The Big Color Wheel Combinations Handbook.

I can probably come up with more but should probably organize these by date or importance and probably put my grandchildren first.

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Day 469 Thursday December 6, 2012

Posted by Beatrice on November 28, 2012

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today. You can see my website at www.fcp123.com.

 Date: (Start: August 26, 2011) Today: December 6, 2012

From and including: Friday, August 26, 2011 To and including: Thursday, December 6, 2012

It is 469 days  from the start date to the end date, end date included

Or 1 year, 3 months, 11 days including the end date

 

How to find the number of days:

8/26/2011    http://www.timeanddate.com/date/duration.html

Project Accomplishments: How do I count the days? How do I count the work? When do I call it finished? The bridge is over the creek. The final steps are to finish installing the decking and post trim work. What an accomplishment for two people who never built a bridge before! The weather is now cold. Work is limited to tolerable temperatures. With perseverance, the bridge will be complete in a couple of weeks–I hope before Christmas 2012.  Here is the last photo I took of the job:

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Once the bridge is finished, I can, hopefully, concentrate on quilting projects including the 11-point star. My grandson’s quilt should be my next priority. I need to keep that in the forefront of my mind. Perhaps a good Christmas gift.

Books: No new ones
Title: 
Author: 
Comments:

Prayer:  I thank you for the progress on the bridge. Guide our steps as we head toward completing this big project. Keep us safe. I pray that we enjoy the fruits of our labor and that others also enjoy, in some way, the outcome.

Diversions: I continue to do household tasks along with the bridge. Today I baked and got ready for an evening potluck with Lansing Area Patchers. I look for an enjoyable evening.

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I have a good start on the 11-point star project and simply need to dedicate time to it. – The design for this  project, completed on October 8, 2009, was the primary topic for beginning my 2011 blog and I worked on it until various diversions took me to other arenas. Some of those follow:

  1. My granddaughter and grandson requested stuffed toy chickens. I purchased the supplies, have five cut out and have three nearly completed and parts of the others ready to sew once I change thread colors on my machine. This began February 19, 2012 when my visiting grand children requested this. finished  five large chickens. Of those 2 were brown, 2 were white and 1 was a pink and purple print. This project also included six small yellow chicks and 8 plastic eggs. I completed this project on Friday July 20 and mailed them out on Saturday July 21. Yipee!
  2.  My Grandson requested  a quilt. I made the pattern for the quilt but have to print it.
  3. Help husband build a 27-foot long bridge across a creek. This project began 4/6/2001 when we purchased a magazine featuring a small attractive bridge. The actual supplies purchases began in 2006. As of December 2012, it is nearing completion.
  4. The making of a 50th anniversary double wedding ring quilt for my sister and her husband. I purchased some of the fabric and ordered the remaining. Ordering took place on July 16, 2012. The quilt needs to be done by the first of November, 2012. I scheduled machine quilting already. On
  5. I purchased machine embroidery designs to make a machine embroidery quilt and tested the designs on scrap fabric. I was unable to find the fabric I had in mind so this project has been waiting for “inspiration” to arrive. I purchased the designs on February 5, 2011. On July 16, I ordered some of the supplies to proceed with this project.
  6. I started another book quite a while ago I sent a book proposal to a company in 2008, which was rejected so I set it aside while deciding if I could self-publish the topic and make it a popular subject for quilters. The materials sit in a project box.
  7. While in Paducah, KY, in April 2012, I purchased supplies to make a cloth purse. I have yet to start this. The materials sit in a project box.
  8. I began an embroidered jean jacket for myself. As of 11/20/2012, it is now entirely cut out and part of the embroidery is done. As they say, “Keep on Keeping on”…..

I can probably come up with more but should probably organize these by date or importance and probably put my grandchildren first.

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Day 442 Friday November 9, 2012

Posted by Beatrice on November 9, 2012

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today. You can see my website at www.fcp123.com.

 Date: (Start: August 26, 2011) Today: November 9, 2012

From and including: Friday, August 26, 2011
To and including: Friday, November 9, 2012

It is 442 days  from the start date to the end date, end date included

Or 1 year, 2 months, 15 days including the end date

How to find the number of days:

8/26/2011    http://www.timeanddate.com/date/duration.html

Project Accomplishments: OK, I do think it is important, my 11-point star project that is, but you would not think it was based on how much time I committed to it. — But… I have accomplished other things. If you scroll down, you will see things I also committed to and some are very close to completion. In particular, the 50th wedding anniversary quilt. I will finish the top today and next week it will go to the machine quilter. The bridge is also very near completion. This is awaiting cost estimates to move it into place. Because of these two projects, I have not participated in my usual quilt group or in band or church music. Sometime you just have to give up one thing to do another. Over the days since my last entry, I have also planned and implemented a large birthday party for H. Except for one grandchild, our entire family came home for the weekend, travelling in bad weather and at far distances. Another event was a presentation for LAP, which I prepared and gave to varying degrees of success — I had computer problems. During the cutting and sewing of the 50th anniversary quilt, I listened to a number of books. You will see those 6 below.

My grandson’s quilt should be my next priority. I need to keep that in the forefront of my mind. Perhaps a good Christmas gift.

Books:
Title:Ricochet 
Author: Sandra Brown
Comments: It was about a corrupt judge and the detective that sees he gets his just due. It was OK as I like mysteries.
Title Winding Ways Quilt
Author: Jennifer Chiaverini
Comments: It was about numerous changes in the Elm Creek Quilt staff and how people dealt with those changes. I listened to this book before.
Title: Peaches for Father Francis
Author: JoAnne Harris
Comments: It was about a gypsy gal, Vianne, and her children’s return to the town from which they moved. It was about relationships and prejudice and resolution. It was just an OK book.
Title: Sharpe’s Fury
Author: Bernard Cornwell
Comments: It was a glimpse of war during European battles in Spain and France and discussed in detail the horrors, plots and fighting. The British, Spanish, Portuguese and English were aptly described. I like history and there was a lot of history in this book.
Title: The Lost Symbol
Author: Dan Brown
Comments: I have listened to a number of books by Dan Brown and this is the second go-round with this one. I liked the symbolism and stories behind the story. It was a good second read.
TitleLow Pressure
Author: Sandra Brown
Comments: It was about an author who wrote a book about her sister’s death during a tornado and the fact that it could have been a murder covered up by the storm. It was quite good and I would recommend it.
Exercise: Over the past few days my exercise has waned as I primarily sat and sewed. 
Tools: basic sewing and cutting tools, sewing machine, computer….
Observations: I have not worked on this blog for many days. Time passes before we can keep track of it.

Prayer: Lord, I love the sunshine today. With the leaves mostly off the trees and the color of the sun and the short days, winter will soon be here. As I finish the fall outside chores and ready for the settling of snow and crisp days, let me appreciate the beauty of that season. Thank your help in making H’s birthday special.

Diversions: Over the last couple days I have had to catch up on personal and business accounting. That is good because it means money is coming in for those tasks to need attention.

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I have a good start on the 11-point star project and simply need to dedicate time to it. – The design for this  project, completed on October 8, 2009, was the primary topic for beginning my 2011 blog and I worked on it until various diversions took me to other arenas. Some of those follow:

  1. My granddaughter and grandson requested stuffed toy chickens. I purchased the supplies, have five cut out and have three nearly completed and parts of the others ready to sew once I change thread colors on my machine. This began February 19, 2012 when my visiting grand children requested this. finished  five large chickens. Of those 2 were brown, 2 were white and 1 was a pink and purple print. This project also included six small yellow chicks and 8 plastic eggs. I completed this project on Friday July 20 and mailed them out on Saturday July 21. Yipee!
  2.  My Grandson requested  a quilt. I made the pattern for the quilt but have to print it.
  3. Help husband build a 27-foot long bridge across a creek. This project began 4/6/2001 when we purchased a magazine featuring a small attractive bridge.
  4. The making of a 50th anniversary double wedding ring quilt for my sister and her husband. I purchased some of the fabric and ordered the remaining. Ordering took place on July 16, 2012. The quilt needs to be done by the first of November, 2012. I scheduled machine quilting already. On
  5. I purchased machine embroidery designs to make a machine embroidery quilt and tested the designs on scrap fabric. I was unable to find the fabric I had in mind so this project has been waiting for “inspiration” to arrive. I purchased the designs on February 5, 2011. On July 16, I ordered some of the supplies to proceed with this project.
  6. I started another book quite a while ago I sent a book proposal to a company in 2008, which was rejected so I set it aside while deciding if I could self-publish the topic and make it a popular subject for quilters. The materials sit in a project box.
  7. While in Paducah, KY, in April 2012, I purchased supplies to make a cloth purse. I have yet to start this. The materials sit in a project box.

I can probably come up with more but should probably organize these by date or importance and probably put my grandchildren first.

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Day 403 Monday October 1, 2012

Posted by Beatrice on October 1, 2012

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today.

 Date: (Start: August 26, 2011) Today: October 1, 2012

From and including: Friday, August 26, 2011
To and including: Monday, October 1, 2012

It is 403 days from the start date to the end date, end date included

Or 1 year, 1 month, 6 days including the end date

How to find the number of days:

8/26/2011    http://www.timeanddate.com/date/duration.html

Project Accomplishments: I have  now been in my studio to work on outstanding projects. I bound the quilt I had machine quilted. I am continuing to prep for vending at the West Michigan Quilt Show in Grand Rapids MI. This will be from Oct. 4 through Oct 7.

I have also worked on the bridge that I am helping H build. We now have all 12 balluster sections assembled along the beams. We are closing in on the final steps and began the handrail Sunday. Sunday was an unproductive day but sometimes those happen.

There continues to be other jobs that seem more pressing at the moment than the 11-point star project–

I also broke and cracked some ribs in an accident but I am on the mend. It is still hard to bend over.

Books: no new ones — I miss this stimulation and hope to get back to this soon.
Author:
Book Comments:
Exercise: Over the past few days my exercise is working on the bridge, climbing over sections, lifting, walking. It does feel pretty good. 
Tools: compound miter saw, screw drivers (various), drill, screws, tape measure, sand paper, plumb line, various clamps, various squares, yard stick and probably more I have missed
Observations: I have not worked on this blog for many days. Time passes before we can keep track of it.

Prayer: Lord, Over the past few weeks, my attention to prayer has wained. Know Lord that I continue to need your guidance and it is important for me to ask for your blessings on others who are in need of a lift from you.  Bless those in need and I thank you for all I have received. Amen

Diversions: I listed some above but I do want to get back to the 11-point star. Building the bridge is a life-long wish-list for H. I hope we can complete it by his birthday, Oct 27. We are making progress, all-be-it not as quickly as I would like. 

Today I want to get some bills paid and my products and materials together for vending October 5-7. Come see me at the W. Michigan Quilt Guild Show.

There is so much demand on what needs to get done and what I want to get done that it is interesting that anything gets finished. — See below on things I have going on. Not too long ago someone told me that I am known for getting things done! WOW!

_______________________________________________

I have a good start on the 11-point star project and simply need to dedicate time to it. – The design for this  project, completed on October 8, 2009, was the primary topic for beginning my 2011 blog and I worked on it until various diversions took me to other arenas. Some of those follow:

  1. My granddaughter and grandson requested stuffed toy chickens. I purchased the supplies, have five cut out and have three nearly completed and parts of the others ready to sew once I change thread colors on my machine. This began February 19, 2012 when my visiting grand children requested this. finished  five large chickens. Of those 2 were brown, 2 were white and 1 was a pink and purple print. This project also included six small yellow chicks and 8 plastic eggs. I completed this project on Friday July 20 and mailed them out on Saturday July 21. Yipee!
  2.  My Grandson requested  a quilt. I made the pattern for the quilt but have to print it.
  3. Help husband build a 27-foot long bridge across a creek. This project began 4/6/2001 when we purchased a magazine featuring a small attractive bridge.
  4. The making of a 50th anniversary double wedding ring quilt for my sister and her husband. I purchased some of the fabric and ordered the remaining. Ordering took place on July 16, 2012. The quilt needs to be done by the first of November, 2012. I scheduled machine quilting already. On
  5. I purchased machine embroidery designs to make a machine embroidery quilt and tested the designs on scrap fabric. I was unable to find the fabric I had in mind so this project has been waiting for “inspiration” to arrive. I purchased the designs on February 5, 2011. On July 16, I ordered some of the supplies to proceed with this project.
  6. I started another book quite a while ago I sent a book proposal to a company in 2008, which was rejected so I set it aside while deciding if I could self-publish the topic and make it a popular subject for quilters. The materials sit in a project box.
  7. While in Paducah, KY, in April 2012, I purchased supplies to make a cloth purse. I have yet to start this. The materials sit in a project box.

I can probably come up with more but should probably organize these by date or importance and probably put my grandchildren first. The chickens should be easy to finish. The 50th anniversary quilt should be next.

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Day 384 Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Posted by Beatrice on September 12, 2012

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today.

 Date: (Start: August 26, 2011) Today: September 12,2012

It is 384 days  from the start date to the end date, end date included

Or 1 year, 18 days including the end date

It is 369 days  from the start date to the end date, end date included

Or 1 year, 3 days including the end date

How to find the number of days:

8/26/2011    http://www.timeanddate.com/date/duration.html

Project Accomplishments: I have not even been to my studio to work on any of my outstanding projects. I have, however, worked on the bridge that I am helping H build. Other jobs seem more pressing at the moment than the 11-point star project–DITTO TODAY–Although today, I hope to get a start on binding a quilt that came back from my machine quilter. I continue to help H build the 27′ long bridge. We are putting the baluster sections between the upright posts. We have three sections in and another one ready to screw together and 4 sections that need to be marked for cutting to length. There are 12 sections total.

Books: no new ones — I miss this stimulation and hope to get back to this soon.
Author:
Book Comments:
Exercise: Over the past few days my exercise is working on the bridge, climbing over sections, lifting, walking. It does feel pretty good. 
Tools: compound miter saw, screw drivers (various), drill, screws, tape measure, sand paper, plumb line, various clamps, various squares, yard stick and probably more I have missed
Observations: I have not worked on this blog for 15 days. Time passes before we can keep track of it.

Prayer: Lord, I ask for things in my prayers that you may never grant me. You are the one who knows what is best in my life and what I do not need. I do ask that you grant my prayers for H. I thank you for all you have given me. I am well blessed. Continue to guide me along the way. Amen

Diversions: I listed some above but I do want to get back to the 11-point star. Building the bridge is a life-long wish-list for H. I hope we can complete it by his birthday, Oct 27. We are making progress, al-be-it not as quickly as I would like. Today I want to get some ironing done and I have a list of other things to do. So I best get at it. There is so much demand on what needs to get done and what I want to get done that it is interesting that anything gets finished. — See below on things I have going on. Not too long ago someone told me that I am known for getting things done! WOW!

_______________________________________________

I have a good start on the 11-point star project and simply need to dedicate time to it. – The design for this  project, completed on October 8, 2009, was the primary topic for beginning my 2011 blog and I worked on it until various diversions took me to other arenas. Some of those follow:

  1. My granddaughter and grandson requested stuffed toy chickens. I purchased the supplies, have five cut out and have three nearly completed and parts of the others ready to sew once I change thread colors on my machine. This began February 19, 2012 when my visiting grand children requested this. finished  five large chickens. Of those 2 were brown, 2 were white and 1 was a pink and purple print. This project also included six small yellow chicks and 8 plastic eggs. I completed this project on Friday July 20 and mailed them out on Saturday July 21. Yipee!
  2.  My Grandson requested  a quilt. I made the pattern for the quilt but have to print it.
  3. Help husband build a 27-foot long bridge across a creek. This project began 4/6/2001 when we purchased a magazine featuring a small attractive bridge.
  4. The making of a 50th anniversary double wedding ring quilt for my sister and her husband. I purchased some of the fabric and ordered the remaining. Ordering took place on July 16, 2012. The quilt needs to be done by the first of November, 2012. I scheduled machine quilting already. On
  5. I purchased machine embroidery designs to make a machine embroidery quilt and tested the designs on scrap fabric. I was unable to find the fabric I had in mind so this project has been waiting for “inspiration” to arrive. I purchased the designs on February 5, 2011. On July 16, I ordered some of the supplies to proceed with this project.
  6. I started another book quite a while ago I sent a book proposal to a company in 2008, which was rejected so I set it aside while deciding if I could self-publish the topic and make it a popular subject for quilters. The materials sit in a project box.
  7. While in Paducah, KY, in April 2012, I purchased supplies to make a cloth purse. I have yet to start this. The materials sit in a project box.

I can probably come up with more but should probably organize these by date or importance and probably put my grandchildren first. The chickens should be easy to finish. The 50th anniversary quilt should be next.

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Day 369 Tuesday August 28, 2012

Posted by Beatrice on August 28, 2012

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today.

 Date: Day 369 Tuesday August 28, 2012

It is 369 days  from the start date to the end date, end date included

Or 1 year, 3 days including the end date

How to find the number of days:

8/26/2011    http://www.timeanddate.com/date/duration.html

NOTE: I missed the first birthday for this birth of my blog–by 4 days! I must say that I am disappointed in the progress I have made on the project for which I began this blog–the eleven-point star quilt.

Project Accomplishments: I have not even been to my studio to work on any of my outstanding projects. I have, however, worked on the bridge I am helping H build. Other jobs seem more pressing at the moment–DITTO TODAY

Books: no new ones
Author:
Book Comments:
Exercise: I grocery shopped and did other errands today.
Tools:
Observations: I dwaddled some time away today.

Prayer: Lead me, guide me along the way. Lord if you lead me I will not stray (words from a hymn). In all I do, Lord,  guide me. Help me to know what is important to pursue and what is not. Help me to be more efficient in all I do. Amen

Diversions: Ironing today took some of my time but did not finish. Given the time of night, I may or may not do some more ironing. An appointment today at noon took some more time and then went to LCC to pin up some more cards about my new book on color. I also purchased groceries. This evening I talked to my children about preparation for a birthday party for their father.

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I have a good start on the 11-point star project and simply need to dedicate time to it. – The design for this  project, completed on October 8, 2009, was the primary topic for beginning my 2011 blog and I worked on it until various diversions took me to other arenas. Some of those follow:

  1. My granddaughter and grandson requested stuffed toy chickens. I purchased the supplies, have five cut out and have three nearly completed and parts of the others ready to sew once I change thread colors on my machine. This began February 19, 2012 when my visiting grand children requested this. finished  five large chickens. Of those 2 were brown, 2 were white and 1 was a pink and purple print. This project also included six small yellow chicks and 8 plastic eggs. I completed this project on Friday July 20 and mailed them out on Saturday July 21. Yipee!
  2.  My Grandson requested  a quilt. I made the pattern for the quilt but have to print it.
  3. Help husband build a 27-foot long bridge across a creek. This project began 4/6/2001 when we purchased a magazine featuring a small attractive bridge.
  4. The making of a 50th anniversary double wedding ring quilt for my sister and her husband. I purchased some of the fabric and ordered the remaining. Ordering took place on July 16, 2012. The quilt needs to be done by the first of November, 2012. I scheduled machine quilting already. On
  5. I purchased machine embroidery designs to make a machine embroidery quilt and tested the designs on scrap fabric. I was unable to find the fabric I had in mind so this project has been waiting for “inspiration” to arrive. I purchased the designs on February 5, 2011. On July 16, I ordered some of the supplies to proceed with this project.
  6. I started another book quite a while ago I sent a book proposal to a company in 2008, which was rejected so I set it aside while deciding if I could self-publish the topic and make it a popular subject for quilters. The materials sit in a project box.
  7. While in Paducah, KY, in April 2012, I purchased supplies to make a cloth purse. I have yet to start this. The materials sit in a project box.

I can probably come up with more but should probably organize these by date or importance and probably put my grandchildren first. The chickens should be easy to finish. The 50th anniversary quilt should be next.

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Day 355 Tuesday August 14, 2012

Posted by Beatrice on August 14, 2012

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today.

 Date: Day 355 Tuesday August 14, 2012

How to find the number of days:

8/26/2011    http://www.timeanddate.com/date/duration.html

Project Accomplishments: Over the past few days, I looked at and touched the project and exclaimed that I wanted to get back to it. However, that does not get anything done on 11-point star quilt project, except for the want to get back to it. Other jobs seem more pressing at the moment–DITTO TODAY

Books:
Author:
Book Comments:
Exercise: I walked the campus of LCC.
Tools:
Observations: Some people enter into an exchange of conversation already having made up their mind on a topic.  That may have been the case today.

Prayer: I oft wonder why it looks so easy for others to accomplish what they set out to do and so difficult for me to do. Are they more in your graces? Help me illustrate to others the benefits of my books.

Diversions:  A 1:00 appointment with two instructors at LCC to discuss my book on color was a little frustrating and may not result in book utilization and sales. One person did not show up and the other;s mind made up before she saw the book. No instructor likes to change books or add books. It is too much work.
     If there is follow-through, however,  the book might be on the course suggested reading and the informational postcard may be distributed to other instructors. I also pinned postcards to the art department’s bulletin boards. I also got a referral name for a different program, which I will follow through with.
       My son and daughter-in-law left this morning. I enjoyed their visit and help. It is always so quite after company leaves. 

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I have a good start on the 11-point star project and simply need to dedicate time to it. – The design for this  project, completed on October 8, 2009, was the primary topic for beginning my 2011 blog and I worked on it until various diversions took me to other arenas. Some of those follow:

  1. My granddaughter and grandson requested stuffed toy chickens. I purchased the supplies, have five cut out and have three nearly completed and parts of the others ready to sew once I change thread colors on my machine. This began February 19, 2012 when my visiting grand children requested this. finished  five large chickens. Of those 2 were brown, 2 were white and 1 was a pink and purple print. This project also included six small yellow chicks and 8 plastic eggs. I completed this project on Friday July 20 and mailed them out on Saturday July 21. Yipee!
  2.  My Grandson requested  a quilt. I made the pattern for the quilt but have to print it.
  3. Help husband build a 27-foot long bridge across a creek. This project began 4/6/2001 when we purchased a magazine featuring a small attractive bridge.
  4. The making of a 50th anniversary double wedding ring quilt for my sister and her husband. I purchased some of the fabric and ordered the remaining. Ordering took place on July 16, 2012. The quilt needs to be done by the first of November, 2012. I scheduled machine quilting already. On
  5. I purchased machine embroidery designs to make a machine embroidery quilt and tested the designs on scrap fabric. I was unable to find the fabric I had in mind so this project has been waiting for “inspiration” to arrive. I purchased the designs on February 5, 2011. On July 16, I ordered some of the supplies to proceed with this project.
  6. I started another book quite a while ago I sent a book proposal to a company in 2008, which was rejected so I set it aside while deciding if I could self-publish the topic and make it a popular subject for quilters. The materials sit in a project box.
  7. While in Paducah, KY, in April 2012, I purchased supplies to make a cloth purse. I have yet to start this. The materials sit in a project box.

 I can probably come up with more but should probably organize these by date or importance and probably put my grandchildren first. The chickens should be easy to finish. The 50th anniversary quilt should be next.

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Day 351 Friday August 10, 2012

Posted by Beatrice on August 10, 2012

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today.

 Date: Day 351 Friday August 10, 2012

How to find the number of days:

8/26/2011    http://www.timeanddate.com/date/duration.html

Project Accomplishments: None on 11-point star quilt project, except for the want to get back to it but other jobs seem more pressing at the moment–DITTO TODAY

Over the past few days, after returning from 5 days in Minneapolis, MN, I had catch-up work to do but also worked on the bridge as H schedule and time permitted. On the bridge, we marked the locations of all the post brackets and lag screwed all 14 in place. That was a big job done and now the brackets are on both the left and right bridge beam.

A son will be here for a triathelon on Saturday and he hopes to help with some of the bridge building. I hope the weather cooperates. He comes from a long distance. If weather does not cooperate, we will totally enjoy his company and visit.

Books:
Author:
Book Comments:
Exercise:
Tools:
Observations: I think my motto is, “Everything takes longer than you want it to take.” I stand by that 99% of the time. Yesterday was an exception. I wanted some postcards printed and took my files to the printer expecting to pick the job up the next day and I left with the cards. I would recommend their new business because of the service and speed. Check out www.lansing-mi.intlminutepress.com for your printing needs.
Prayer: Lord, as the song puts forth, just “lead me and guide me along the way.” I need so much of that you are the only one to know how much.

Diversions:  Today began by listing steps to take to continue putting the bridge together. I listed 13. I would (with H) be out there today working on it but for the rain. It is rain we very much need but I do hope it clears off so we can at least go set up for the next steps. I figured out how many screws are needed for the next two steps. They are expensive stainless steel but won’t rust in the weather. There are 112 1-1/2″ and 192 2″. H picked them up this morning.
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I have a good start on the 11-point star project and simply need to dedicate time to it. – The design for this  project, completed on October 8, 2009, was the primary topic for beginning my 2011 blog and I worked on it until various diversions took me to other arenas. Some of those follow:

  1. My granddaughter and grandson requested stuffed toy chickens. I purchased the supplies, have five cut out and have three nearly completed and parts of the others ready to sew once I change thread colors on my machine. This began February 19, 2012 when my visiting grand children requested this. finished  five large chickens. Of those 2 were brown, 2 were white and 1 was a pink and purple print. This project also included six small yellow chicks and 8 plastic eggs. I completed this project on Friday July 20 and mailed them out on Saturday July 21. Yipee!
  2.  My Grandson requested  a quilt. I made the pattern for the quilt but have to print it.
  3. Help husband build a 27-foot long bridge across a creek. This project began 4/6/2001 when we purchased a magazine featuring a small attractive bridge.
  4. The making of a 50th anniversary double wedding ring quilt for my sister and her husband. I purchased some of the fabric and ordered the remaining. Ordering took place on July 16, 2012. The quilt needs to be done by the first of November, 2012. I scheduled machine quilting already. On
  5. I purchased machine embroidery designs to make a machine embroidery quilt and tested the designs on scrap fabric. I was unable to find the fabric I had in mind so this project has been waiting for “inspiration” to arrive. I purchased the designs on February 5, 2011. On July 16, I ordered some of the supplies to proceed with this project.
  6. I started another book quite a while ago I sent a book proposal to a company in 2008, which was rejected so I set it aside while deciding if I could self-publish the topic and make it a popular subject for quilters. The materials sit in a project box.
  7. While in Paducah, KY, in April 2012, I purchased supplies to make a cloth purse. I have yet to start this. The materials sit in a project box.

 I can probably come up with more but should probably organize these by date or importance and probably put my grandchildren first. The chickens should be easy to finish. The 50th anniversary quilt should be next.

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Day 340 Monday July 29, 2012

Posted by Beatrice on July 30, 2012

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today.

 Date: Day 340 Monday July 29, 2012

How to find the number of days:

8/26/2011    http://www.timeanddate.com/date/duration.html

Project Accomplishments: None on 11-point star quilt project, except for the want to get back to it but other jobs seem more pressing at the moment

 – Over the past few days I worked on the bridge with H. We measured and marked the placement for the post braces completed on one beam. Then we attached all the post braces to the bridge beam. We purchased the stainless steel lag bolts (need a few more) and prepared to do the same steps for the second beam. I also washed the fabric for the 50th anniversary double wedding ring quilt and reviewed the directions for making it. Today is laundry day and I hope to get that and the ironing done, pay bills, and so some errands.
Books:

Author:
Book Comments: I finished a book titled the Book Woman’s last Fling. I read it in the past and it is a good book. I like Janeway books.
Exercise: I worked outside on the bridge for 6 houre on Saturday and 5 hours on Sunday.
Tools: I used a hammer, various squares, tape measures, drills, screw driver, calculator, an iron, a washing machine and dryer and I am sure I am not listing a few of the tools used.
Observations:  It took a while to get in the mental set and groove to work on the bridge but we had the tools ready and did not have to leave the site to get something we forgot. I think the second beam will go smoother and quicker. 
Prayer: My prayer for today is to complete some of the things on my to-do list and at least spend some time on the rest.

Diversions:  In the last few days the diversion to the 11-point star have been the bridge and the 50th anniversary quilt. I would really like to help H complete this project successfully.

I have a good start on the 11-point star project and simply need to dedicate time to it. – The design for this  project, completed on October 8, 2009, was the primary topic for beginning my 2011 blog and I worked on it until various diversions took me to other arenas. Some of those follow:

  1. My granddaughter and grandson requested stuffed toy chickens. I purchased the supplies, have five cut out and have three nearly completed and parts of the others ready to sew once I change thread colors on my machine. This began February 19, 2012 when my visiting grand children requested this. finished  five large chickens. Of those 2 were brown, 2 were white and 1 was a pink and purple print. This project also included six small yellow chicks and 8 plastic eggs. I completed this project on Friday July 20 and mailed them out on Saturday July 21. Yipee!
  2.  My Grandson requested  a quilt. I made the pattern for the quilt but have to print it.
  3. Help husband build a 27-foot long bridge across a creek. This project began 4/6/2001 when we purchased a magazine featuring a small attractive bridge.
  4. The making of a 50th anniversary double wedding ring quilt for my sister and her husband. I purchased some of the fabric and ordered the remaining. Ordering took place on July 16, 2012. The quilt needs to be done by the first of November, 2012. I scheduled machine quilting already. On
  5. I purchased machine embroidery designs to make a machine embroidery quilt and tested the designs on scrap fabric. I was unable to find the fabric I had in mind so this project has been waiting for “inspiration” to arrive. I purchased the designs on February 5, 2011. On July 16, I ordered some of the supplies to proceed with this project.
  6. I started another book quite a while ago I sent a book proposal to a company in 2008, which was rejected so I set it aside while deciding if I could self-publish the topic and make it a popular subject for quilters. The materials sit in a project box.
  7. While in Paducah, KY, in April 2012, I purchased supplies to make a cloth purse. I have yet to start this. The materials sit in a project box.

 I can probably come up with more but should probably organize these by date or importance and probably put my grandchildren first. The chickens should be easy to finish. The 50th anniversary quilt should be next.

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