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June 19th, 2016 at 5:20 pm

9 down, 9 to go

So what do you do when it’s 95 degrees outside, with a heat index of over 105 – well, if you’re me, you stay inside!

I got 6 blocks done today, which puts me at the 1/2 way point. The good, some of the diamonds are completely done – I won’t have to do another of that layout, the bad point, there are some I have not done yet!!!!

purples bluesThese aren’t perfect, but neither is an actual gem, so I feel pretty good with how they are turning out!


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June 12th, 2016 at 7:02 pm

3 of 18 done!

Well, finally got to work on this some more – and I’ve got 3 done – Orange & Yellow.

Orange-Yellow DiamondsThings I have learned doing these 3 “blocks”:

  • Inside seems stink
  • triangles stink
  • the term “Square Up” is an oxymoron statement with this pattern
  • I have another whole set of these to do in another color – Yippee!!!

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June 5th, 2016 at 3:12 pm

Last day of vacation…ready to sew!

It’s the last day of my vacation, and I have all the pieces cut out – even the ones that had to be sewn together then cut into their shape.  Whew!!!!!!  Now comes the hard part – actually assembling them.



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June 1st, 2016 at 9:28 pm

Vacation Project

Well, when you have a hubby that is self-employed, it’s not always easy to “take a vacation”. I have to plan 3-4 weeks ahead and he can’t plan more than a few days. So, here I am, on vacation.

First thing in the instructions it says to read everything first. So I did, I sat down and read thru all the instructions on Tuesday while I waited for the Vet to check out one of our elderly horses – he’s fine, just needed some horse aspirin. He’s not back to his old self.

Gravity Colors

So I read the instructions, twice actually. Then I started cutting. What I didn’t realize is that the kit that I purchased had the colors all setup for each set per block. I didn’t notice that until the second block. No where in the instructions does it say that, but it does say that on the website – which I just went and read. So I have to either go with the colors I choose, or I have to find replacement fabric – I haven’t decided yet.

But I do have 13 blocks all cut out – and ready to be assembled. I think it was a pretty productive evening, if I do say so myself.

Gravity Shapes

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April 10th, 2016 at 12:48 pm

More FMQ

Well, here we are again, more FMQ being done!

I have one more set of the Row by Row’s ready for “Quilting” so that was my task this weekend.

4 more bobbins used, more patterns tried, more thread breaks, but another one done!

I wanted to try a different pattern on each flower and butterfly – that is very overwhelming. I found some that I loved, some that I liked, some that are icky, but I learned more each time I did one.


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March 28th, 2016 at 12:21 pm

Full blown, actual quilting – real live quilting – really!

Well, it’s taken me lots and lots and lots of time to get up the never to use my big HQSS, but I can now say I have completed 2 small quilts. Well, to the point that I have to but the binding on, but the actual quilting is done.

I have been doing the Row by Row shop hops the last couple of years, and I’ve been making the rows, just didn’t do anything with them after that. So I’ve had this collection of rows, just sitting around. Last fall, I decided that my winter project was going to be actually “quilting” them with my HQSS. So I took a bunch of them, grouped them by season (sort of) and made the sandwiches.  They have been sitting in the corner of my sewing room, just waiting.

I joined a couple of groups on FB for FMQ and HQSS and they really, really energized me. Well, some would call it “peer pressure”. 😆  Well, 4 bobbins later – this is ready for binding and finishing!

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March 8th, 2016 at 4:06 pm

Access / VB Programming – Using a MultiSelect field to send selected info via email

I have never used a multi-select list before, but now is the time.

Below is my adaption of Allen Browne‘s code.

My requirements are this:

  • Allow user to select from open orders
  • send list of selected orders to production – formatted simply – via an email

The database I am working with has a SQL datafile attached so saving a queryDef with the selected records was not an option. So I came up with this work around:

  • Collect the selected items and create the strWhere variable
  • Open the report using the condition – but open hidden (WindowMode:=acHidden) – it does not display to the user, but you can manipulate anything it it = assign the where condition
  • Send the report as an Excel file to specified email address with a subject of “Open Orders” and “Attached is the latest Open Orders list” in the body of the email – because the report is open and the filter is applied that is what gets sent out in the email – kinda slick. :roll: 


My changes to his code are bolded:

Private Sub cmdSendList_Click()
 On Error GoTo Err_Handler
 'Purpose:  Open the report filtered to the items selected in the list box.
 'Author:   Allen J Browne, 2004.
 'implemented into database - 3/8/2016 - jk
 Dim varItem As Variant      'Selected items
 Dim strWhere As String      'String to use as WhereCondition
 Dim strDescrip As String    'Description of WhereCondition
 Dim lngLen As Long          'Length of string
 Dim strDelim As String      'Delimiter for this field type.
 Dim strDoc As String        'Name of report to open.
 'strDelim = """"            'Delimiter appropriate to field type. See note 1. -
 strDoc = "rptOrderList"
'Loop through the ItemsSelected in the list box.
 With Me.lstJobs
   For Each varItem In .ItemsSelected
     If Not IsNull(varItem) Then
       'Build up the filter from the bound column (hidden).
       strWhere = strWhere & strDelim & .ItemData(varItem) & strDelim & ","
       'Build up the description from the text in the visible column. See note 2.
       strDescrip = strDescrip & """" & .Column(1, varItem) & """, "
     End If
 End With
'Remove trailing comma. Add field name, IN operator, and brackets.
 lngLen = Len(strWhere) - 1
 If lngLen > 0 Then
    strWhere = "[jobID] IN (" & Left$(strWhere, lngLen) & ")"
    lngLen = Len(strDescrip) - 2
    If lngLen > 0 Then
       strDescrip = "Categories: " & Left$(strDescrip, lngLen)
    End If
 End If
'Report will not filter if open, so close it. For Access 97, see note 3.
 If CurrentProject.AllReports(strDoc).IsLoaded Then
     DoCmd.Close acReport, strDoc
 End If
'Omit the last argument for Access 2000 and earlier. See note 4.
 DoCmd.OpenReport strDoc, acViewPreview, WhereCondition:=strWhere, WindowMode:=acHidden, OpenArgs:=strDescrip
 DoCmd.SendObject acSendReport, strDoc, "Excel", "", , , "Open Orders", "Attached is the latest Open Orders list" 


If CurrentProject.AllReports(strDoc).IsLoaded Then
 'closes the report that I had opened with "WindowMode:=acHidden"
 DoCmd.Close acReport, strDoc
End If
 Exit Sub
 If Err.Number <> 2501 Then  'Ignore "Report cancelled" error.
    MsgBox "Error " & Err.Number & " - " & Err.Description, , "cmdPreview_Click"
 End If
Resume Exit_Handler
End Sub

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February 23rd, 2016 at 8:41 pm

Procrastination at it’s best

in: Quilting

So, another month almost gone and I have YET to uncover my HQSS – at this rate, I will have to take time off of work to try to meet my goal of quilting one top each month.  Good Grief.

So, what did I do this month…this awesome top:


So I adapted this pattern from the Sew Red: Sewing & Quilting for Women’s Heart Health (Stitch Red) because I saw it on Pinterest and I had to make it. This is the second one I have made, the first I did in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness, this one I did for a few reasons, but 2 of them being it’s both of our favorite color – Purple – and coincidentally it is our sons birth stone color – it’s fate, I tell you, FATE!  It’s almost square and I haven’t had a chance to take a picture of it outside yet – it’s still gets dark too early, but maybe when I get it quilted it will be nice and bright out (and probably a different decade also). I extended the pattern an extra heart, to make it a bit larger, but I love, love, love how it turned out.

One other little thing you may notice about the top of the hearts…they are done like cathedral windows. I included the 10 minute quilt blocks tutorial/instructions to make the tops more rounded.  It was tedious, but I so love how it turned out. I was going to do the bottoms as well, but I am glad I didn’t do them that way, it would have looked weird.


So, I still have 6 days to get something else completed. Maybe I will finally get my ironing platform (because it’s huge) finished off so I can use that to make my quilt sandwiches – wait, i have 6 sandwiches waiting in the wings already…oh boy!!!

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January 24th, 2016 at 6:11 pm

A late Christmas Gift


Working on another Pinterest project: 24″ x 60″ ironing board!!!!!

The rack is all put together, the top is now cut and edged, just waiting for me to put some batting down and put a cover on it!!!!!

We struggled for weeks trying to figure out how we could possible make this a dual functioning board, but I just want my large ironing board!!!  My existing ironing board was a wedding gift from 1981 !  It needs a rest!


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January 24th, 2016 at 6:07 pm

A year of endings…

So this year, my goal is to complete 2 projects each month.

I am not committing to completing 2 of my UFO’s necessarily – but who knows.

Here it is, almost the end of January and I have 1 completed item. So far so good!

Years ago, when I was doing one of the shop hops, I picked up a QOV kit at one of the shops. It has taken me until now to get it “COMPLETE”. It is actually quilted & bound!!!!!  I am shipping this off this week. It’s not perfect, but I did put my heart and soul into it.


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