The photo above is a teaser - hold on and I'll get to it :)
Thursday was a total bummer of a day (to use ancient terminology:). I set out - driving my trusty 13 year old dark blue PT Cruiser - around noon to go and meet my friend Barbara. She is considering buying a new house and moving to upgrade her digs and I was going to look at places with her. Unfortunately, an out-of-the-blue accident interrupted. Grr.
As I followed my GPS app's instructions and began to move into a left turning lane on a busy road near home, a crazy wacko guy in a white pick-up truck behind me decided to do something completely unexpected. He pulled around me to the left, into oncoming traffic, and sped past to make a left turn at the intersection I was also heading toward - on a red light! Talk about off the wall! As he pulled next to me (on the left, near my side of the car), he appeared to come out of nowhere from my point of view and I flinched rightwards to avoid being hit and struck the car to my right (in the regular driving lane). Actually I scraped the other car (which was also white) - my right front fender (not the bumper but the right side above the wheel well) scraped along her left back fender. None of the body got bent, just scraped.
I was in shock from the crazy pickup man's driving and by the time I thought of trying to get his liscense plate number, he was gone around the corner. Sigh. Much pulling to the road side and exchanging of numbers ensued. A county police officer happened along as we were so occupied and wrote up the whole thing for us quickly using his in-car computer and printer ("it's great when it works," he said:).
After that incident, I was so annoyed (and fuming) that I just drove home. It took some quiet time sitting at my computer desk before I cooled off and calmed down. My husband decided when he got home that the damage to our car is so minimal it is not worth fixing (in view of the car's age, especially). I did make a report to my insurance company but I have not heard from the other driver (she promised to email me photos of the damage). Sigh.
That pretty much shot Thursday. I don't think I managed to do anything of substance for the rest of the day.
Friday, Barbara checked up with me to be sure I was ok and invited me to come see the two houses she was considering buying to get my opinion. We got lucky that one of them was open to be seen (the 'posh' house, as I decided to call it:). The other we got to see from the curb. Both were nice places but I voted for the posh one. :) The weather was fairly warm that day at 60 degrees and the sun was shining. So happy to see the sun! :)
Saturday was the monthly Jinny Beyer Club meeting date ... and there was cold, possibly icy, weather in the forecast. We decided to go down to Great Falls anyway as it did not get as cold as predicted (probably due to the warmer than expected weather on Friday:). When we got to the shopping area where her store is, we were early enough to stop again at Trinny's to eat lunch. Gosh the food is good there! I had a combo lunch platter with shredded chicken burrito and corn tamal. Delicious!
We were still early enough to shop before the club meeting (we had left plenty of time in case the weather was worse than we anticipated:). I decided to buy a set of brightly colored batik fat quarters, a pink rayon scarf-with-beads kit and some new needles from Colonial Needle that Jinny is carrying. These needles are made in England (instead of China) and seem quite sturdy. Will let you know how I like them when I get to using one.
I usually forget to take photos during show and tell at club but for a change this Saturday I did remember. Here is an assortment of quilts members brought to share:
The one shown at the top of this post was made by a lady for someone (her granddaughter's?) wedding.
This is a finished Row by Row quilt made with patterns from some Maryland shops added to some from 'out west' vacation stops.
One quilter showed off a rug hooked primitive cat block (18" square?) and
her version of the Farmer's Wife quilt. There are over 100 blocks in this quilt!
Susan shared this beautifully vibrating blue star quilt from a Jinny kit. She hand pieced the whole top and machine quilted it. (If you've never met Jinny Beyer, that's her on the left in the photo.)
Carole hand pieced this scrappy dimensional quilt on a couple of trips with Jinny overseas (Thailand and somewhere else). I love the way the small boxes pop out! Another interesting thing about this quilt is how the design looks if you turn it 180 degrees:
Can you see how the little boxes that popped up in the first view now make insets? Magic! :)
Barbara and I stopped at Joann's ETC. in Snowdon Crossing shopping center when we got back to Columbia to get some of the sale items for this weekend. I picked up a pillow form to finish the octopus pillow with and some plastic storage bins. Sadly, one of the bins I chose was found to be cracked at checkout (thank goodness the clerk found the crack!) and they did not have any more of that type. By then I was too tired to care to go look for a different type as a replacement so home we went (me with one fewer bin than I expected).
I had signed up to take a class today down in Alexandria ... but I was so tired and 'down' I decided to stay home. I managed to finish pressing and packaging my Clue #4 parts for En Provence:
Sadly, I have to set this project aside for a while as I have another piece I need to work on making. I joined the mini swap with the Modern Quilt Guild and I need to make my swap piece which is due to be mailed in February. I chose a pattern (rather than designing my own) from the most recent issue of Make Modern magazine (which I really like; am a charter subscriber). Luckily my swap recipient likes bright colors so this should be a fun project for me, too. :) I always dither when I am making something for a swap, worrying whether the person who gets my work will like what I make. I'm throwing caution to the wind this time and making something I like at least, assuming that someone else will, too. :) I'll share more photos as I get it worked on.
Tomorrow is supposed to be chilly and gray again. Typical winter weather in Maryland. Yes, I know it could be MUCH colder and snowier (I _did_ live in Wisconsin for a decade:) but the endless gray really saps my energy and enthusiasm.