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Do you think I may be over doing it a bit?!

Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

Just before Christmas I went to an Art Quilt show in Tucson. Just blew me away. Very inspiring. Yesterday I went with a couple of friends to a quilt show at the Tucson Historical Society Museum to view 100 quilts celebrating Arizona's 100 birthday. Again, very inspiring. Saturday, a friend and I are going to the Tucson quilt show. Next Wednesday, the same friend and I are going to a meeting at a quilt shop, in Tucson, to see what the Art Quilters are doing, AND, maybe, just maybe, we may join in. Most Monday evenings several of us quilters meet at a friends house and do hand work, or just visit. The hand work includes everything from binding, applique, crochet, knitting or what ever. I have ordered some black & white fat quarters, two bottles of Best Press, some new thimbles, a 14" rotary cutting mat, thread, another quilting book, (like I need another one!!!!) and I going to pick up a box of vellum tomorrow at Office Depot so I can learn to foundation piece........ Who knows what I'll find at the quilt show that I can't live without?!! I am thinking about moving over to the 'Tuesday House', my studio, for the rest of the winter so I can play with fabric until I fall asleep. I also received today four audio books totalying (sp??) over 49 hours. Now if I just limit my listening to just five hours a day I'll be set for a bit. What do you think? Am I over doing the quilting bit? Do I need to find other interests? LOL Do I know how to have fun or what??!!!

(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI(Zone 5a)

So they say....."Too much of a good thing is wonderful".

Gainesville, FL(Zone 9a)

Similar to the above quote.

To much of a good thing is never enough. Kenneth Jay Lane, a jewlery designer always says this, as he is stacking on more and more as he shows his stuff. Just love KJL

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

Wish I lived closer Gloria!!! Sounds like a lot of fun to me. Good for you!!!!!

(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

One can never have enough for quilting! Glad to hear your in an area you have all that close to you! I have to drive 160 miles to the nearest quilt shop, fabric store!

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

Go for it!!!!! I just love meeting people with similar interests to mine.
Some of us are starting a "sit & crochet" group. Those Alligator booties are #1 on my "to do" list.

Gainesville, FL(Zone 9a)

Gator booties....where did you see those??

I just ordered some more crochet hooks and yarn from joanns. Im starting with squares for now. Needed something to do with my hands, that was also portable. I just cant do cross stitch anymore, makes me dizzy. I did it years ago, but feel like Im starting fresh.

When I was a kid, there was a wonderful woman, very wealthy and well known, she could buy anything. Even at a young age, it fascinated me that she made the granny square quilts with the black and then all different color rounds.. She used to let me help her pick colors, so that no two were alike. That was vindication that crafts were OK and not a waste of time. I WILL make some of those afgans, if God gives me breath long enough.

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

Crocadile booties. Jan had a pattern & couldn't figure it out so I said I'd try them & see if I could get them to work.

Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

I live about 30 miles out of Tucson, but am used to driving that far or further having been in the area all my life. There are four really wonderful quilt shops, plus Joann's in Tucson, plus the internet, to keep my hobby well fed........ Life is good.
I remember crocheting granny squares in bright wonderful colors. When we had a big garden I had it timed where I'd make a square and then move the hose, make another square, move the hose. I sat on the ground in the shade of the sunflowers. Also got to see a lot of interesting insect activety. (sp?) I saw a wasp knock a tomatoe worm to the ground, wrestle it around a bit, roll it up like a sleeping bag and fly off with it. It took several tries to get off the ground with the worm but she finally did it. One year we grew a patch of corn about 15 ft. sq. We had the garden mulched so thickly with spoiled alfalfa hay that you couldn't see the dirt anywhere in the garden, even the paths. I decided to see what the world looked like from the ground in the corn patch so I lay down between the rows. The corn was 'blooming' and it smelled so sweet and looked so cool from that vantage point. Our house sits on a small hill about a hundred yards from the garden. My husband came out onto the deck and yelled for me and I stood up in the corn patch to answer him. It was like a scene from Hee Haw......We both got a big kick out of that.

Mexico City, Mexico

Quote from morknotmindy :
I live about 30 miles out of Tucson, but am used to driving that far or further having been in the area all my life. There are four really wonderful quilt shops, plus Joann's in Tucson, plus the internet, to keep my hobby well fed........ Life is good.
I remember crocheting granny squares in bright wonderful colors. When we had a big garden I had it timed where I'd make a square and then move the hose, make another square, move the hose. I sat on the ground in the shade of the sunflowers. Also got to see a lot of interesting insect activety. (sp?) I saw a wasp knock a tomatoe worm to the ground, wrestle it around a bit, roll it up like a sleeping bag and fly off with it. It took several tries to get off the ground with the worm but she finally did it. One year we grew a patch of corn about 15 ft. sq. We had the garden mulched so thickly with spoiled alfalfa hay that you couldn't see the dirt anywhere in the garden, even the paths. I decided to see what the world looked like from the ground in the corn patch so I lay down between the rows. The corn was 'blooming' and it smelled so sweet and looked so cool from that vantage point. Our house sits on a small hill about a hundred yards from the garden. My husband came out onto the deck and yelled for me and I stood up in the corn patch to answer him. It was like a scene from Hee Haw......We both got a big kick out of that.

What a great story!

Toledo, OR(Zone 8a)

amxntransplant, I love the story. I used to live in Tombstone for many years and I can really relate having move the water around. I used to do my best critter watching at night though. Daytime insects and the infamous night scorpions was one of the reasons we moved. I was stung 11 times by scorpions and it would only get worse each time.
I like the idea of the one granny square at each sitting. Great way to time your watering. Weren't you worried about what critters were under the straw when you were laying in the corn field? We had snakes that liked getting out of the heat and into the shade or cooler areas.

I guess I just such the woos. Oregon doesn't have too many bad bugs or insects but they do have the infamous Brown Recluse Spider. BAD NEWS.

I think I will just stay inside to do my stitching.

(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

Jan, those scorpion stings hurt like the dickens! We have them here too, and I don't like them!

Toledo, OR(Zone 8a)

Seriously, I don't know what it feels like to be shot but it has to be close. The first time I was stung at night on the couch on the inside of my foot. I felt something moving and went to sort of brush it off with my other foot and that is when it got me three time. Yep. they can sting more then once. OMG. That is when I found out that my husband is useless in an emergency. I had to get on the phone and call the hospital and they told me to call poison control that told me to start taking the strongest pain killer I had. Wouldn't you know all I had was an aspirin. I had to wait till 6 in the morning when my neighbor got up and I got something much stronger. They told me to take it for 48 hours.
To anyone that doesn't know the feeling, it sensitizes every nerve ending around the general area. Mine went up my whole leg. I couldn't even stand the weight of fabric laying across my leg.
Has to be the worst initial pain that I ever experienced and I have had some fairly serious injuries and experiences.

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

No thank you. I think I'll stay here in New England and watch the bears in my backyard!!!

Toledo, OR(Zone 8a)

Yea, at least you can see those coming. The scorpions are tiny about the size of a quarter or smaller and are beige and blend right into the carpeting and at night you need to walk though with a black light to see them. They glow. We started having our house sprayed monthly and dusted underneath also.

Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

Hey Gourd, Way back in the fifty's I went to high school in Tombstone. My dad worked at Sands Ranch so I rode the school bus with the kids from the fort as this was before Sierra Vista had a high school. Also lived in St David, graduated from Benson High, was born in Pomerene.
I have many run ins with scorpions here in Oracle, been stung several times. I try to keep Benadryl (sp?) on hand to take when ever I get stung and take it right away. It seems to help keep the pain down to a tolerable level and the effects don't last as long. Last time I
got stung the darn thing was on a t-shirt that I had just put on. The shirt was hanging in the closet so it must have fallen onto it. Anyway, it whapped me three times on the back before I was able to grab a fist full of shirt with it in there. But then I was afraid to let go so I could get the shirt off..... I called my DIL who lives about a fourth of a mile away and she came flying and we managed to to get the darned thing out of the shirt without me getting stung again. WhooHoo, what a dance that was! We just did a real fancy fast dance all over that scorpion. He didn't have chance. I did have a reaction that time, besides the discomfort. I took some Benadrly and as I was feeling a tad poorly I went to bed. I was trying to read but my eyes couldn't focus but other than that I was fine. A couple of hours sleep and I was good to go.
Do you want to hear about my run in with the mountain lion?

Toledo, OR(Zone 8a)

OMG, do I want to hear it? Sure.
Isn't the pain excruciating when you first get stung? I can just picture that in your shirt. OMG. Its so awful to think that they can crawl up the wall and onto the ceiling and drop down on you. I just don't want to live anywhere that they do. My daughter is determined to have us move to San Antonio when my husband retires. I like the idea of being close to her but not sure I can handle the heat or the scorpions again.

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

The Scorpions in HI was HUGE & vicious. One climbed into a helmet & stung a bald guy on top of his head. They had to call in a helo to medivac him out.

We always unpacked our field gear in the hallway with room doors closed. Always had a few come out.

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

ICKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!! OHhhhhhhh (guess I am more squeshish than I ever thought possible)

Toledo, OR(Zone 8a)

On that note, lets just think of fuzzy warm teddy bears and fuzzy little ducks. Something other then nasty critters.

Mexico City, Mexico

Quote from Gourdbeader :
On that note, lets just think of fuzzy warm teddy bears and fuzzy little ducks. Something other then nasty critters.


Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens perhaps? :) scorpions, ewwwww. {shiver}

I do want to hear the mountian lion story!

Toledo, OR(Zone 8a)

Heheh, me too.

Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

I've never seen scorpions in Atlanta but we have them under ever rock at our cottage. Let me rephrase that under, over and in our cottage. There are lots of species. The ones we have will not kill you but they are like the nastiest wasp sting you can imagine. I have lots of experience with our scorpions. I've found them in the bathtub and sinks, in my house slippers and of course they are under lots of rocks in the garden. All the borders are lined with rocks. They are great predators so I try to keep things in context and lift the rocks carefully while cleaning up the borders. I wear gloves. What really fascinates me is how often I see scorpions all rolled up in spider webs.

So this thread has gone waaay OT but what's new? In response to the original topic, I'd say that what ever provides inspiration or education is a good thing. Of course there is always the perennial student who spends a lot of time acquiring the skills and tools to produce something and doesn't produce anything. That's definitely not the case here.

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(Cheryl) Wilmington, MA

Yuck I do not like bugs and thank God we don't have them here. I did have a scorpion in my apartment once in Fla. (only lived there 8 months and I left because of thebugs and snake...)!!!!!

The crocadile stitch is quite easy really I made a shawl using that stitch. and of course You tube has a few videos on it too.

NEVER TOO MUCH QUILTING for a quilter just enjoy it lol
Cher

Toledo, OR(Zone 8a)

Holy Toledo, did we get off tract. heheh

What is a crocodile stitch? Don't think I have seen that one yet. Have you all ever don't the bullion stitch. Its great on crazy quilts which is on my TD list. heheh. Seems like my TD list is getting way too long. I may just have to switch it over to a bucket list if I don't quit adding to it.LOL

Mexico City, Mexico

Quote from Gourdbeader :
Holy Toledo, did we get off tract. heheh

What is a crocodile stitch? Don't think I have seen that one yet. Have you all ever don't the bullion stitch. Its great on crazy quilts which is on my TD list. heheh. Seems like my TD list is getting way too long. I may just have to switch it over to a bucket list if I don't quit adding to it.LOL


Yes, backon track here...

I think my todo list long ago turned to a bucket list ;)

Just like the OP- once you get started into one hobby , it is quite easy to spiraloff into several related (or not, hehe) hobbys... And soon you own more fabric than clothing and you know there is no help for you.

(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

http://m.youtube.com/results?q=crochet%20alligator%20stitch. This is the crocheted alligator stitch. I had to look it up, as I have never heard of it. It looks easy enough to do.

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