Thursday, March 5, 2009

Baccus Wine tasting

Last night we went to Bacchus, a wine bar in Keirland Commons to celebrate the birthday of our daughter-in-law. She really wanted to do a wine tasting and share a birthday cake with the other attendees of the wine tasting.
Last night we did a blind taste test of 6 different wines and we had to guess which country the wine was made in. The person with the most
correct answers won a free tasting. No one at our table won!
Bacchus is a really sweet wine bar with plenty of atmosphere, friendly people and great wine. Here is the link to thier website:
I finally got a picture of the t-shirt quilt that I was working on:
This is a 20 shirt quilt done in a Twist and Turn pattern.
One of the ladies that I quilt for got this idea to make pillow shams for her bed that would match the t-shirt quilts that she has made. Here are some pictures of the quilting of those shams-to be:

These shams will match the Patriotic T-shirt quilt.
and the shams below will match the quilt that she made for her daughter.
It is really neat how the quilter matched the t-shirts with traits of the people who will receive the quilt.

I am getting ready to go to Christopher Creek for a weekend quilting retreat! I've been trying to work and get alot done so I can enjoy my time away. We have had such wonderful weather, but they have been talking about a storm coming thru this weekend. Since I will be further up North, there is a pretty good chance that we might get some SNOW up there! What a cool treat for us desert dwellers!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Quilters join the 21st Century!

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A few months back I wrote about how I hurt my elbows and after procrastinating for some time I finally went to the doctor, who promptly gave me pretty new arm bands to wear, some meds, and sent me to 4 weeks of physical therapy for 6+ hours a week! My elbows improved for a time, but when I returned to my regular quilting work my left elbow flared up again and very painfully let me know it.
In the past at this point I would have just given up and decided that I would have to learn to live with it!
But not this time! I called and went in to see the doc AGAIN!
However I did something a little differently this time...........I took some pictures of the quilting machine that I operate. I figured that he needed to see exactly what I was doing, so perhaps he could better help me!
His reponse AMAZED me!
He immediately started typing away at his laptop.....asked me the name of the machine and said
"I thought that quilters just sat around a frame and talked!"

At any rate, I feel like I was taken a little more seriously, he checked out now only my elbows, but my neck and back as well. I have some new meds, MORE PT, and an appointment for an MRI.

I think I'll take the pictures with me when I go for PT. They could probably give me some pointers too!

But for the record:

Quilters have joined the 21st century!