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Saturday, July 20, 2002  
Wow - talk about flashbacks to my youth! Yes, I was "there" when this happened.

This was an event in family history as well - a rare appearance of television at Brant Lake where my parents have a summer place. Deemed worthy of watching no matter what.

Written at: 3:20:21 PM

Friday, July 19, 2002  
good reminder to us all
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Written at: 7:01:56 AM

Thursday, July 18, 2002  
quilting progress
Here are some photos of the quilting progress:
western view

Written at: 11:47:02 PM

Just started bobbin number 6 out of the first nine I wound of my green thread. Must.concentrate.

Written at: 10:51:48 PM

On a non-banking note - here's a wonderful space shot

On a banking note - here's a place you can calculate the worth and create an inventory of US Savings Bonds. who knew?

Written at: 8:13:58 PM

Whew it's hot! And humid. I'm a wet rag. Ran around today (day off) doing mostly banking errands, which is pretty unexciting stuff interrupted by savored moments of air conditioning. Guess banks have good points in that department. Gotta keep the cash cool.

Meanwhile, on the quilting front, I'm getting to know my seam ripper pretty darn well. It sort of goes with the territory that if you're doing smaller quilting, it's easy to get into a situation where there's too much unquilted area to ease in or quilt down between two points. The sad news is that you have to take out a larger area than you might expect to correct the problem. The good news is that it's almost always 100 per cent fixable if you take the time to do it.

My third 8-5 day this week coming up tomorrow. That's about 4 too many in a single 7 day period, LOL - my first one (of four) was last friday.

Written at: 8:11:56 PM

Monday, July 15, 2002  
All of you worried about my sleeping habits.... take heart in the fact that I'm so tired I can barely keep my head up. SO! Being a rational person and because I have to get up at an ungodly hour tomorrow, I will indeed go to bed now. I did manage to drive home, make a quick dinner and then quilt a bobbin's worth on this quilt. But now I can barely keep my eyes open. Sleeeeeeeep, you're getting sleeeeeeeeeeeeepy. yeah yeah yeah - where's the pillow?

Written at: 11:17:51 PM

Sunday, July 14, 2002  
I made good progress in the center of the quilt last night and was rewarded with many hours of sleep. Woke up at my normal time, got up and turned the alarm off and went back to sleep. Is there anything better than that? I always like that first look at last night's work and I'm liking it this morning. I also added more stitching to the July Journal Quilt last night and am happier with it. As I'm quilting around those little orange and red triangles I am reminded of my first Sept.11 quilt. This quilt is definitely next in that line. Sometimes when I see it hanging it seems full of light and what I might see in the local woods. Other times, it seems all about smoke and pain.

Responses to September 11 are still appearing in the two sites I follow on the web. A much new work at The Art Project with some amazing pieces, including this must-see. And on Virtual Union Square, go here.

The America From The Heart book that Mom's, Sue's and my quilt are in is going into its third printing. The publisher is probably breathing a huge sigh of relief. Our second shipment is due any day now for people who ordered them at our show. Those quilts continue to tour and info about when and where can be found here

Written at: 12:23:37 PM

I know it seems like I must be manic at the moment, but tonight I:
  • cleaned off my sewing tables (ok, again)
  • cleaned my sewing machine (cleaned, oiled, replaced the needle etc)
  • wound nine bobbins with a beautiful green thread
  • and so far, I've managed to quilt about 1.5 square feet of quilt.

Usually I have to work at keeping my spirals and designs large enough - I'm not worrying about this too much here. It's not likely that I'll be making a half inch spirals anytime soon. But this is smaller scale quilting than I've done in the past. Wheeeeeee!

Written at: 12:37:42 AM

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