Friday, August 27, 2010

The Studio As A Guestroom

My brother Al and his wife Pam came in from Columbus, IN, to welcome my dad home from His Honor Flight to Washington, DC. After spending two nights with my parents, they spent one night with John and me.
How many English teachers does it take to inflate an Aerobed? Two! It was rough because the directions were kind of mechanical. But we toughed it out and go the air frame and the air mattress inflated. They said they were comfortable last night. Now that they are on the road again, we may have to try to bed tonight before tackling the deflation process.

A final side note: I am always struggling with where to put the little things away without getting things all jumbled up. This over-the-door shoerack and the labels is a great solution.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Out of America

 Young Thomas Dieball, recent recipient of his MS in engineering at the U of I and former winner on Funniest Home Videos, has a job. And he's being posted to Australia for the next three years. He's thrilled with this opportunity, and I admire him for taking on what to me would be a daunting experience. His parents, former Farragut and Englewood teacher Ed and his wife Marge, are encouraging Tom in this career move but are also asking him to go through and pack away the stuff he isn't taking with him. As Tom got to his fraternity shirts, he confessed to his mother that he treasures these shirts - they are a record of his years at the University of Illinois. She wisely reminded him that t-shirts quilts are what I do.

So Tom picked out his favorites. And now they are in a bed or sofa throw that he can take with him. There's also a pocket on the top back so that he can hang it. 60" by 86"
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

It's Been A Quiet Week In the Quilting Studio

It's been a quiet week in the quilting studio. The borders for Night and Day are sewn together but still need to be pressed, attached, and mitered. Tedious but necessary for the look of the quilt. Meanwhile, Tom Dieball's University of Illinois/fraternity quilt is coming along nicely. It's completely quilted and just needs a binding. Good thing because he leaves for Australia the end of this month. My dad's always been a numismatist, and I am making a lightweight carry-on bag for his trip to Washington, DC next week - I have one for his buddy, too. They just need to be made. And I've sorted through some Christmas fabrics I haven't used in years to be donated to a woman in my friend Carol's Oak Lawn parish. These fabrics just need to be delivered. And that's the story from the quilting studio where all the stitches are strong, all the fabrics are good-looking, and all the quilts are above average.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Bag/Purse for a Computer Notebook

My physical therapy is coming to an end - I have 6 more weekly sessions left with Chandra at Paulson Rehab, LaGrange Hospital. I'm thrilled with my progress, but I will definitely miss Chandra.

Chandra has a daughter who went to Hinsdale HS and the Illinois Math and Science Academy before attending college. Lavina did both her undergrad and graduate work at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. Lavina is now involved with the Chicago theatre scene and keeps very busy. Recently she directed a production of Steel Magnolias. She's always on the go, toting about her notebook, and her birthday is the end of this month. Chandra said she was looking for a notebook carrier for Lavina. So I offered to make Chandra's daughter a Notebook/Bag/Purse. Lavina chose the outer fabric, and then I did what I wanted to with the inside of the bag. I love this bag - so does Chandra. We hope that Lavina likes it too. If she doesn't, then Chandra's got a brand new bag!

The handles of this bag are a great length for carrying it on the shoulder. There's a deep side pocket for a cell phone or keys. The inside has one big deep area with a zippered pocket and a smaller padded area for the notebook.

Over the past few months Chandra has given me gifts of food - pakora and chutney, various spinach and chicken dishes, and sambal oelek, a fabulous Thai chili paste. I made her an Amazing Technicolor Dream Tote in February. My therapy with Chandra may be ending, but we both know we have become friends for life.