Friday, February 28, 2014

Mulligan Stew

Funny name for a post, but this one is going to be hodge podge of  thoughts. Today was moving day for us. Last August when Mr. O and I made the decision to come to Arizona, our plan was to stay for 2 months and then move on to greener pastures...No pun intended...(we are in desert country? ...on to greener pastures?) get it?  Hahaha...Sometimes I am just so funny...
Ok, so like I was saying, our plan was to stay for 2 months, but we are enjoying the weather, and all that Mesa has to offer so we decided to stay an extra month, however the unit we were staying in was already rented out for March so we had to find other accomodations; I had wanted to stay with the same neighbours and quilting friends I had made, I wanted to finish my stained glass project and don't forget my sister and her husband are right across the street in a different park, but within walking distance, so that was a big draw for me too. We are close to a great produce market, pharmacy, grocery store, thrift store etc.etc. Luckily we were able to find something to our liking in the same park and today was moving day.
My goodness! We apparently had hunkered down, moved right in and moving day was a lot of work! I had to pack up my sewing room (yes I had a sewing room), the kitchen, the bathroom, the bedroom...
Cleaning up behind us, unpacking at the new place, settling in again...I am pooped!
Last night I realized I had neglected to take pics of my Schnibbles and it was packed, and there is no internet at the new place until Tuesday! Oh dear! What to do, what to do?
I have decided to write my blog post offline and then walk over to the old place(where the internet still works) and sit on the deck and use our old wifi signal to make a post...ingenious, no? 
The new tenants only move in tomorrow at noon, so I won't be disturbing any one and I solve my problem!
Ok, so onto the subject of Schnibbles...this month we were able to make any Schnibbles we wanted, so you know the parade will be really interesting, with lots of variety.
I decided to make the Schnibbles kit I bought in January at The Olde World Quilt Shop, the day we met Carrie; Miss Schnibbles herself! The pattern is called Squared and the fabrics are a mixture of Civil War reproductions. The sashing  appears to be a brown woven fabric, but it is a printed cotton. I think it is perfect with the repros!

See what I mean? It looks like a wool tweed suiting, but it is just a cotton fabric( not sure of the designer or company)

Usually I try to have my Schnibbles quilted in time for parade, but I think I have decided to hand quilt this will be a perfect sized project to work on in the car, for the drive home...what do you think?

Sue emailed me a photo of her Schnibbles for this month. I will cut and paste her explanation for you...

"I picked Open Season from Schnibbles Times Two for two reasons. First, I wanted a wallhanging to fit a spot in my workroom and I wanted a Fall-ish look as I already have a couple of Schnibbles that take  turns hanging there for other seasons. [ my next one for there will have to be in Countdown to Christmas!]  Second, I love watching the flying geese that come through in the fall so as soon as I saw Open Season I knew that it was the one for me.  I made it in Portobello Market....a collection from a few years ago."

Make sure you check my side bar for the posts at A Quilting Life and Pink Pincushion for all the parade details; it is sort of like a mini quilt show! Grab a cuppa and a comfy place on the sofa and enjoy the parade.

Next breaking story? Mr O went hiking the day before yesterday, and just take a look at what he saw...

Yup! A Mojave Rattlesnake! He almost stepped right on it...heard the rattle, and then it coiled to strike. Now I have to tell you, that at that point, I would have done one of three things; screamed for my life, fainted dead away, or ran for my life. Mr O however stopped to document it with photos! Sheesh!

Ok, let's see, what else have we been up to?
Did I mention we went four wheeling in the desert...Box Canyon to be exact.
Do you recognize me?

We got to see javelinas, ...I fired off one photo, but they were up and over the hill before I could get a photo.

...and there they were...GONE! Sorry.

Ok, what else is new? Oh yeah! I finished this

It needs a good washing and polishing, and a chain, and then it is ready to hang! It is not even close to perfect, but for a first attempt, my coach said I did a great job. I know I said I was only interested in doing one project, but I can see how this hobby could be you just never know, I may do another, but just one! Lol

A little news about my broken finger...when it happened a month ago today, I refused to go to hospital, because I knew the drill...wait for 6 hours at emergency, get an xray, yes it's broken, here's a splint. I thought I would save myself the aggravation and just go directly to a pharmacy and buy a finger splint, ice it regularily, and in a month it would be better...well it is not a lot better, still swollen some, red around the knuckle...people kept telling me horror stories of broken fingers gone wrong, so I broke down, called the insurance...went to urgent care clinic, waited, got an xray, yes it is broken, keep the splint on...BUT the doc says there may be more to it than sounds like it is broken in two spots at the knuckle, so I need to see an orthopedic surgeon on Monday to determine if it needs a pin or not...I sure hope not! In hindsight it probably was not a good idea to make a quilt and 3 table toppers, take an applique workshop and do glass cutting with a broken finger...who knew?

Tomorrow there are three quilt shows in the area, so I may check them out and then I hope to unpack my quilting stuff and build a new "nest" for the month of March.
Probably no news from me until we get wifi on Tuesday. See you next week!

I leave you with a little quilty chuckle


HollyM said...

I enjoyed reading through the whole post! Love bothe Scnibbles and especially Sues description. I'm glad you're settled in for another month. Too bad about your finger though. At least you can relax at the quilt show. I hope you get good news about what it needs.

Linda H said...

A great post Wendy! Love both your and Sue's Schnibbles. You'll be well settled in your new place soon. Take good care of that finger!!! Give it the TLC it needs...

Judy said...

Loved both yours and Sue's Schnibbles and truly enjoyed reading your post. Hope you get good news on your finger. Enjoy your quilt shows!

Jackie said...

Lovely post Wendy.Sorry to hear about your finger and hope you get good news on Monday. You guys have great Schnibbles, both beautiful! Can't wait to see the parade, should be fun! Can't beleive that Mr O of yours, to take time to take a picture of that creature..... I would of ran all the way to Bathurst instead...yuck....

Michele said...

What a fun post Wendy! I like your determination to do your Schnibbles post! Moving is always exciting. Your Schnibnles project is great and Sue's is too. I've been meaning to make one with lots of flying geese. I like the cartoon. Thanks for sharing :-)

JudyCinNC said...

Loved all the projects. Keep on, keeping on. Judy C in NC

Barb Gibney said...

Love your stain glass, sis. I,m guessing by now you already will have a bit of that addictednous flowing through your veins. I look forward to seeing your next piece. And your quadding day looked like so much fun.. thx for sharing

Sarah said...

Moving is exhausting! Even after two nights in a cabin with our three kids, packing up feels like moving. I hate snakes! My reaction would be like yours. We have very poisonous snakes in Australia that are all too out and about in summer. Very nice schnibbles you've been working on and I hope the finger doesn't slow you down in future.