Thursday, September 07, 2017

'Noteworthy' Updates

I feel like a giant smoked turkey these days. Montana is having record breaking wild fires and my morning routine now has checking the air quality for the day. It's sad. Especially when so many other areas are under water and/or expecting a lot of rainfall (thank you, Irma).

The smoke in the air is affecting Lady K in a couple of ways. First, 'school' doesn't take them outside when the air quality hits a certain point. Which is most days recently. Secondly, she has been having 'fire' dreams and has come back to sleeping with me most nights. I feel for her.

But a bright spot is our new friend, Alvin...

Alvin appeared in our yard last week and we have been supplying him with goodies...apparently chipmunks also eat fruit, so the berries we have been putting out are disappearing too. The ice cube tray...water. We couldn't find anything else!

Another bright spot was I received my giveaway winnings from Notebook Stories!

Sorry, Savvy, but if I could have a prize from a jewelry store or an office supply store...

Well, I do love my pens and paper!

I received two small field size notebooks. I love to throw them in my purse to carry around for notes and lists.

I love the story behind the "Hitlist" notebook. 

Then I received three A5 size notebooks...

The black ones I'll use for notes and lists, but the "A New Leaf" notebook will probably become a journal in some way.

Each page as a different color and leaf on it.

Texter and I also love Dollar Tree for stickers and such. I picked up a pack of 3 small notebooks last week.

One is already in use recording data I need for a job I'm doing. But aren't they cute at 3/$1!

But I haven't forgotten the fabric scene.

I spent one afternoon cutting out 20 hexagons for my Noodle Box Quilt. Only to read the directions and realize I cut them without adding the 1/4 inch to the pattern (all the other pattern pieces had the 1/4 inch added!)

I'm going to have to do some adjusting on the pieces around the center. It can be done, but I need to get rid of this 'smoke' headache before I give it a whirl. (Actually, I have already experimented a couple of different ways and have a third option to try.)


I pulled out my Joy quilt from 2013! The one interrupted by a bit of upheaval in our lives. One good thing about being at least semi-organized was it was all together in one bin and I could pick back up on it. The bad part about it is several of the blocks had 'tricks' associated with them and I had to go back to The Sewing Palace for some help on the size of blocks. They will be getting back with me when they pull out their notebook from 4 years ago!

In the meantime, I am working on blocks where the instructions don't have any surprises, like the 72 flying geese I had to make for these strips. It will form a big 'X' across the quilt top. I can't wait to see it all together.

But now, off to get Lady K dressed and off to school!

1 comment:

  1. Alvin is so cute! I constantly have chipmunks raiding my birdfeeder, but I just can't get mad at them. They need to eat too. And I'm all with you as far as love of notebooks go. I just got some in the mail this week from Studio Oh! that are succulent covered.

    Stay safe with all the fires going on in your neck of the woods! It's a scary time for so much of the US right now.


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