Sunday, June 17, 2007

New Discoveries

I've managed to pull together the June BOAF block:



In the actual pattern, the side block is a Drunkard's Path. But, I don't do curves. I learned this after a couple Karen Stone classes. I'm a straight-line girl. So, I changed Block B to accommodate my quilting disability.

Thanks to a post by Tonya, I learned about Picasa and edited my photo this time using this super-cool free program. I think my photo is a bit sharper than the previous ones. My whole world is a bit blurrier now. While I was at the beach, I was working on my Harvest Moon stars whilst watching The Starter Wife--not as good as the book, but still great fun--and I noticed that my eyes just don't seem to be bouncing back from near to far as they used to. I've worn glasses since I was 7 (and I'm a bit older than that now) and have been dreading the day I need to move to bifocals. I'm afraid that when I see the eye doctor this week, that's exactly what I'll hear. Sigh.

My other new discovery since my last post is Audible.com. I'm a total multi-tasker. I don't watch tv without cleaning or folding laundry. I don't cook without catching up on Fresh Air or Diane Rehm. And, pre-children, I used to listen to books on tape while quilting. Well, it turns out the library doesn't keep my current quilting hours (after 10 pm, before 6 am), so I never have an audiobook around. Then, I got to thinking that there has to be something online. Lo and behold, Audible.com. I have to pay (unlike the library), but I get the book I want on demand (unlike the library). I'm currently listening to Smile When You're Feeling Blue, which is a classic made-for-miniseries novel by Elizabeth Berg that fits perfectly with my quilting spurts.

I went through out half that book finishing my last Lucky Star quilt. My former AVP loved it and teared up when she got it. It's such a nice feeling when you give a quilt to someone who will treasure it!

6 comments:

Vicki W said...

That's a really pretty block!

QuiltingFitzy said...

I received great advice about getting used to bifocals. Put them next to your bed, and put them on while you are still in bed. Don't allow your eyes to focus without the correction. I adapted immediately! And once on, leave them on! You'll be amazed at what you've been missing, lol.

The block is lovely, I really like the choice of fabrics.

Make sure you check again, my library has audios for free.

Carole said...

Isn't Audible wonderful? I've been a member for a couple of years (basic membership). I'm like you, I like to multi task. I either listen to books or the radio on my laptop. Have you checked out Alex Anderson's podcasts? You can access them from her web site. She's fun to listen too! Love your block. It's sweet! Thanks for sharing!

Su Bee said...

What a cool block!
More advise on getting used to bifocals - watch your step! I kept tripping - it was hilarious but now I think they're fantastic. It'll be OK, promise!

atet said...

That's a great block, and I love your choice for adaptation!

Carol E. said...

Beautiful block! I adapted to my bifocals quickly. Hardest was going downstairs, so just don't run at first. I love Elizabeth Berg's writing! I like to multitask, too. Hubby gave me an ipod for Mother's Day, and I love it.