Sunday, January 29, 2006

Comment Away!

Thank you, Anne, for letting me know I didn't have the commenting feature turned on. My, my, my. What trouble one can make for oneself. I've been gradually trying to add features and changing the look bit by bit. Who knows when I turned off comments, but that was definitely an oversight!

Yesterday, I started my model stitching project. If I'm making good time I may sneak a small finish in there somewhere. There are a couple of exchanges I am dying to sign up for. Best to wait for now.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

World Trade Center Memorial Quilt Project


My 9-11 World Trade Center panel is finally complete. I had big plans to compile a stat sheet of some facts describing the 18 lives on my list. I thought the sight I had would give me more information than it did. My desire was to bring more of a personal dimension. I have studied their faces and prayed for their families and loved ones. I will always remember 9-11. This stitching experience has helped me memorialize people who left their homes and went to work that day. I am privileged to honor their memory in this small way.

Here's all I can tell you about these dear souls at this time:
• I had 13 men and 5 women on my list.
• Their ages range from 26 to 56
• The average age of my 18 names is 40.7
• I know from the comments I read that one woman had 4 children
• Two of the men have 1 child each
• Employers: 1- American Exp, 2- Aon Corp, 1- Cantor Fitzgerald, 1- Euro Brokers, 1- IQ Fin, 1- LJ Gonzer, 6- Marsh, 1- NY State Dept Tax, 3- NY Fire Dept, 1- Vestek

Interested in stitching a panel? There are a few people who have not followed through and they are looking for people to fill in those spots now.
World Trade Center Cross Stitch Quilt

Monday, January 23, 2006

Making slow progress


I participated in a Stitch-a-thon weekend with one of my new ezboard groups. I didn't take full advantage of the Fri-Sat-Sun but I think I did ok. This project will be completed this week. Period. Someone who was behind me (Jenna ) passed me right up this weekend.
My dad is now 81 years old. I made him some enchiladas and he ate them; this is amazing news, believe it or not!

Friday, January 13, 2006

Black and White



I am so glad it is Friday. I congratulate myself every time I complete another week at work. Sad, isn't it? I'm bored to death there and I don't know how much longer I can take it. This week had some especially hard days for me emotionally, but at least I had a bit of work to do by the end of the week.

On the stitching front -
I have been concentrating on the WTC quilt panel I am stitching. I hope I can finish it this weekend. I expect to be starting a model soon, so I really want to get this completed. Stitching with white floss on black fabric is very intense. This is going much slower than I thought it would.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

SBQ January 4th

Now that I'm ready to blog a little more regularly, I thought I'd tackle the Stitching Bloggers Question of the Day. This is my first time.
Do you do your stash shopping at your LNS, ONS, or both? Which do you like better? Why?

I do my stash shopping both at my LNS and several ONS also. Why shop a ONS when I have enormous LNS just about 25 minutes from where I live? (I used to live 15 minutes away.)
1. They don’t carry some of my very favorite designers.
2. They never, ever, have a sale! (Clearancing unsold junk doesn't count.)
3. They aren’t very friendly. This greatly diminishes the personal touch.
4. Except for some pre-cuts, the fabric is behind the counter. Everybody knows the #1 reason to go the LNS is to see, and touch. Yes, they'll put it out on the counter for you, but remember #3. On the other hand, they have nearly every fiber I use most, except for NPS and Gloriana, and they keep them nice and clean in tiny labeled bags.

My top 3 reasons for shopping on-line:
1. Sales!
2. Selection
3. Convenience
These top 3 reasons are also my downfall. LOL... I venture to say the bulk of my overwhelming stash was purchased on-line. That is not counting auctions and trading boards, etc. which have also greatly contributed to my addiction.

Monday, January 02, 2006

What is the world coming to?


IT'S RAINING! In sunny southern California, it is raining. It's raining on the Rose Parade. Outside my kitchen window it is very windy and rainy at the moment. There's small tree branches all over the place. The parade goes on though :) I guess I'll get over it.

Today, I will continue working on a quilt square for the WTC memorial quilt project. It is simply the names of victims in white thread on black aida fabric. I've got 18 names. There's a website where you can look up the names to know more about each person. wow. I'm glad I decided to do this. I am not sure if they need any more stitchers, but you can check out WTC Quilt if you are interested.