Tuesday, February 05, 2008


Nag, nag, nag...

Do my girlfriends actually think that I wouldn't show them a picture of that batik quilt, if I had that option? I assure, nothing could be further from the truth! I am having internet problems. I really wanna show you, honest! After 10 attempts, over a 10 hour period, I finally got one picture uploaded. It's enough to take the fun out of the entire thing. I had the boys help me take a picture of the batik quilt, but it has been so dark and gloomy here lately, the picture turned out too dark- it just needs more light.

This quilt is bright enough to stand on it's own during gloomy weather. I bought this top at an antique shop, for my birthday. I am not sure what the pattern is, are you? It's kind of unusual- ALL inset seams. It was all hand-pieced during the 1950's- it's actually labeled! (Thank you "Grandmother P.") I quilted it, last weekend. Just big ole random baptist fans. Utilitarian. I even got the binding on and now I have a Valentine's Day quilt. It's bright and cheery and I'm liking it. While my time at the computer has been a study of...frustration and patience, my time in the quilting room has been stellar.

I've been in a "just deal with it" mood. Ever do that? Stop your whining and do it! First, I decided that I needed to go through my stash of quilt tops and organize them. I now have 12 quilt tops, with the properly sized backings, all ready to go onto the frame. I had the backing fabrics, but most of them needed to be pieced, and let's face it, one more step in the way of quilt-finishing-progress, I didn't need. I even made binding for most of them. I measured the tops and pinned the size to them, so when it comes time to quilt, it'll be easier to get going to that.

Then I have been finishing quilt tops- I am surprised, then again, not so surprised, at how many quilt tops I have that are "almost" done. Just need borders, or all the blocks are finished and need putting together. So I have been chipping away at that. And I have gotten several done. I have a bad habit of getting tired of a project once I can literally see how it is going to turn out. The mystery is gone, so it gets stashed on the shelf, half-forgotten. I have been doing alot of mental knuckle-rapping over the past week- no new projects until some of the old are done. I need a new project like I need another hole in the head. So I got the tunes crankin' and I'm crankin' out quilts. Speaking of cranky...

(I would like to seague- for just a moment and say, "NETZERO, IF I WERE A KILLER- YOU'D BE A GONER!!" It would be a crime of passion, to be sure. Am I living in America? Why can't I get DSL? "VERIZON, NORTH HENRY COUNTY DESERVES DSL!!" Dial-up is for the birds! No, I don't feel any better. Do any of you have connections with them? sigh. Just so aggravating. I know they can't control the weather and Verizon's fried phone lines and power output is governed by laws... I am learning so much useless information. And all I want to do is upload a picture during normal business hours. Am I being unreasonable? I am paying for highspeed connection that is only available for mere seconds at a time- a refund would be reasonable. Just hope that little temper tantrum diatribe gets snapped up on somebody's search engine! And then, the only other option is satelite- guess what happens during high winds to that? Yep. Guess where I live? On a high prairie that is continually pommeled by high winds- especially during October through May... at $80 a month for that...Different boat, same story and I am starting to get sea sick.)

Am I as grouchy as I sound? Only with the internet. And so I am headed back out to my "happy place." I have 300, 2 7/8" blocks that need squaring up. I'm gonna deal with it!

11 comments:

Darcie said...

You poor sweetie!!! Internet/computer troubles just plain stink!!! I feel for you. (((FEEL MY CYBER HUG FOR YOU?!?)))

You can come here anytime and use my 'puter. We'd have a blast! You could stay awhile...couldn't you?!?

You really had me going for a moment with the fun quilt that's pictured. Now don't misunderstand me...it's really quite cool. But I just couldn't see an inkling of gorgeous batik fabric in there. No wonder!!! I bet Grandmother P didn't have any!!! Poor girl.

Well...I promise to be more patient now that I know what kind of stress you're under. I'll be here...waiting....

(((More hugs!)))

Peni said...

You'e just so good!!! XOXOXO Mama

Chrissie said...
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Chrissie said...

God bless your efforts today, dear friend! I'll be praying for you - I sure hope the DSL company can improve their services!
That batik quilt is so awsome! It surprised me that it's an older pattern - I thought it was a modern design! :)
Take care!
Chrissie
(ps I erased my other comment - I made too many mistakes)

Dawn said...

Oh now that is just such a fun quilt! I'm glad you gave it a good home, and some tender loving care!

McIrish Annie said...

I feel your "innernet" pain. I was once a "dial up" person and when dsl arrived, I felt like I had won the lottery. I live in a rural area if that is possible in CT. Hopefully DSL will reach you soon. In the meantime, your "happy" place sounds wonderful to me.

atet said...

The quilt is lovely! And I totally sympathize with your internet frustration. We had to wait and wait for DSL to finally get to our area. (and cable was not an option thanks to harry and sally happy homeowners who decided to bury the cable coming into our house in the walls somewhere...where? have no clue...) Hang in there -- eventually you will be able to get it!

Susan said...

I love the quilt. The pattern looks very familiar. Do you have the pattern book by Carrie Hall & Rose Kretsinger? It seems to me that I remember seeing it there, but then you are talking about a really fading memory. I could even have the wrong book!

call me crazy said...

What a neat quilt! Sorry for your internet woes.

Julia said...

Nines, I am sorry to hear about your internet troubles. That is one of my most frustrating things in life, slow or not working internet. I feel for you.

I really like this quilt, so cheery.
Stay in your happy place, we can wait for a pic of the batik quilt. lol :)

LindaL said...

I feel for you. I was on dial-up for over 10 yrs and the last couple were awful, websites are just getting so graphics intensive. DSL came to town from the phone co. (Frontier) about 2 yrs. ago but the plans they were offering were just short of highway robbery........has to sign up for a "plan" that included phones services you didn't want or need at an extra charge of $10-15 in addition to the additional charge for DSL. Finally they came out with a plan that was just the DSL, modem charge and taxes............and I've had DSL now for a month and 3 days & I love it. Is there any wirless services in your area? Depending on where you live that might be an option. Love the antique top you finished.