Monday, February 19, 2024

Presidents' Day

 At some point, we stopped celebrating only George Washington's birthday and extended the holiday to include all former presidents of the U.S. Therefore, the day should rightly be called Presidents' Day, not Presidents Day or President's Day. It seems that many just don't know where to put the apostrophe. Jim calls me the "Grammar Police," a title I own up to. It really bugs me when people misspell words or, in this case, put the apostrophe in the wrong place.

Today does not seem like a holiday. Some banks are open, some are closed. Some businesses are open and others are shuttered. Some schools are out on vacation for the week (I think Massachusetts and Maine). Some charter schools in NH were in session today, as was Nashua High School but in that case, the kids were sent home early due to someone putting a bullet in a toilet. (That individual probably just wanted the day off). The post office was closed as it is a federal holiday. 

There was very little traffic this morning at 8 a.m. when we ventured out to go eat breakfast at Friendly's Restaurant and inside the establishment, there was only one other gentleman eating during the whole time we were there.

Today we celebrate George Washington's birthday, as well as all the other presidents, a later add-on to the day. Enjoy! 

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Jim Shore Impersonator

 I fell victim to a cyber scam by responding to an ad on Facebook. The person posting claimed that Jim Shore was going out of business (he isn't), and he was offering Jim Shore Christmas ornaments and other products @75% off. It seemed too good to be true and that was the case. I ordered on November 16 and today, December 2, I thought it was a long time that the package was delayed. 

I checked the website provided by the "seller" and it does not exist. I had also received a confirmation of my payment and the email address to reach out for support, also is a non-working address.

My husband went on Facebook to Jim Shore's page and found out about the impersonator today. I have contacted my credit card company. What a nuisance! It's always something!

February 10, 2024 Update

I never did receive a package of Jim Shore Christmas Ornaments from VIKRASSETH LIMITED, the company to which I paid $59.88. They provided a photocopy of a postmark with what looked to be Chinese writing stamped all over it and submitted that as proof to my credit card company that the package had been mailed and said that it was mailed on December 9. The credit card company took their word for it and charged my account. I have reported this case of fraud to the Federal Trade Commission and written to my credit card company once again, saying I did not receive the package. 

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Presentation on November 29, 2023

 I will be presenting a retrospective of my 40 years of quilt making via a slide presentation as well as a show of some quilts that the audience will be able to see "in person". This talk, "Every Quilt Has a Story," will be given at the Concord Parks and Recreation building on Canterbury Rd., Concord, New Hampshire on November 29 at 10:30 a.m. - to approximately noon (which provides for a time period for questions from the audience). The program is free and open to the public, with prior registration.

My decision to give a program about my quilts is based on a desire to spread the joy of quilt making and to demonstrate some of the reasons why quilts are made. Often, when I say that I am a "certified master craftsman in quilting," people don't know what I mean. They think I belong to the NH League of Craftsmen, a marketing group for handmade crafts of all kinds. No, I am not a member. I don't sell my work. The title I earned was through a TESTING program formerly offered by the Embroiderers' Guild of America. I started the program in 1991 and finished in April 2000.

Over 40 years, I have given away a lot of quilts and made all kinds of quilts, exploring various techniques and styles. My favorite types of quilts are small ones (miniatures and wall quilts) but I've been known to make quilts in all sizes, up to and including King size ones. I like small quilts because of the quicker turn-around time. Also, I don't need any more bed size quilts. In fact, on my own bed, I have a comforter bought at Walmart or some such place. I've given away all the larger (bed) quilts that I made over the years, save one. I prefer applique quilts and quilts that incorporate Redwork embroidery.

I think it will be an eye-opening exposure to what quilting can entail and I hope the audience enjoys it. I am happy that I've documented my work as far as taking photos and measurements, etc. over the years. A few years ago, a dear friend put together a printed book of many of my quilt projects up to the year 2012. Of course, I've made more quilts since then. Quilting is a pastime that can be enjoyed by all ages of learners. I'll admit that I have slowed down and I don't produce quilts in the great numbers I did in the 1990s. It's been a fun journey and one that I am happy to share.


Sunday, November 12, 2023

Keepsake Quilting 2023 Gift Box

 Back a few months ago, I decided to give myself a treat by ordering a gift box of fabrics, notions and other goodies from Keepsake Quilting. I was able to pay in two installments which made the price more affordable. Yesterday the 2023 gift box arrived and it did not disappoint!

Included are fabrics in a strawberry theme, a small container of strawberry preserves, a Keepsake mug, some wonderful coasters, a pair of new scissors in a fancy protective sheath, quilt patterns, and lots of small notions like a double needle threader, a thread cutter to add to the side of a sewing machine, and a fancy new zip "un-sewer," and other things!

It was really a fun thing to do, ordering this. We often do so much for other people but rarely do we do something just for us. It is good to infuse some enthusiasm into our sewing rooms with handy new objects and colorful fabrics with a theme! I am so glad I ordered this box. I'm looking forward to next year's box!

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Quilt Steals the Show

 On Saturday, September 23, 2023, we attended at quilt show in Keene, NH set up by the Cheshire Quilters' Guild. "Fall for Quilts" was spectacular! One outstanding quilt stood out from the rest, Norma Ippolito's quilt that she calls "Confetti Carnival."

There are 288 appliqued circles on a "confetti" fabric background and they are set around 9 starry wheels that remind the quiltmaker of "ferris wheels at a lively, colorful carnival." She created this bed quilt at the height of the Covid pandemic. With her permission, we took her photo with her quilt to post here. We offer hearty congratulations to Norma for making a fine quilt! By the way, she did all the work herself and worked with rulers to accomplish the machine quilting (which is exquisite). Well done!

As always, when attending a quilt show or viewing anyone's quilt in person, "Don't Touch the Quilt!" In the photo above, Sunbonnet Sue is behind bars. She must have touched a quilt! All hands have oily residue unless just washed and this gets passed onto the surface of a quilt. If enough people handle the quilt, it will look like an oily rag, eventually. So, that is the reason for the warning.