Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Car Trouble and Cold

Well, the last 24 hours haven't been very good. After picking up DD at after school care and running a few errands, my car wouldn't start when we got ready to leave the nearby grocery store. With a storm front coming in (snow 3-5 inches) and brutal cold coming our way this week, we bought a few staples and a couple of luxury items (ice cream). But when I couldn't get the car started (whirr, whirr, whiiirrrr, whiiiiiiirrrr), I decided that it would be best to walk home. Its about 8 city blocks and took us about 20 minutes. I carried three bags and she carried one with her backpack on. She had forgotten her boots at school so she had to schlep through the snow with her tennis shoes on.
I called a friend who offered to come pick me up, go over to the grocery store and help me jump start the car. We worked on it for about 20 minutes, then she called up one of her friends (a guy) who helped for another 30 minutes. No go. So she brought me back home. By this time, its 9:30 at night, the snow is falling and blowing hard and drifting and its getting colder by the minute. I called a tow truck company and left a message for him to call me so he could pick up the keys to the car and tow it to the local garage. He never called.
So this morning, after snowblowing 4-5 inches of snow off the driveway and the sidewalk in 13 degree weather, I called the local auto repair garage and explained the problem. They, of course, needed the keys. I told them I had to walk DD to school (8 blocks the other way) then I'd walk to the garage and drop off the keys. So that's what I did. When I entered the garage the tow truck guy (who didn't call me back) was standing there waiting for my keys (its a small town). I walked home (5 more blocks) and waited for the garage to call me back and tell me how much this little adventure is going to cost me. Well, I got the phone call a little bit ago and its almost $300! Ouch! So they had to order a special battery (naturally) and are waiting for it to be delivered so that they can install it and call me and pick me up to take me back up to the garage so I can pay the bill and then finally go to work! Whew!
So while I've been waiting this morning, I've uploaded the software for my new digital camera that I've been using for the past 2 months and then uploaded all the pictures. So I hope I can now put the quilt pictures (what you've all been waiting for) on this post.
This is the blue, brown, & cream flagstone quilt I've been working on for about a week now. Its a lap quilt and I just need to put on the boards and then the top is done. The quilt shop where I originally bought the fabric offered to buy a bolt of the fabric I want and that should be available in the next day or so.

Here's another picture so you can see the fabrics a little better. The fabric is mostly from Moda's Bistro line. I used scraps from fat quarters that I had bought specially for a table runner I gave as a Christmas gift (the friend picked out the fabric/colors).

I have also mentioned that I was going to try paper piecing. I got the pattern off the internet. Its called Triple Star and is an original design by Marcia Hohn.

I like the block but have determined that I did not like paper piecing. It did make it tons easier, but I still had trouble lining everything up. So I don't think I'll make another of this particular pattern. What I think I will do is find other star patterns that I've always wanted to try and make 8 or so different star blocks using the same colors and then put them all into a quilt. But in the meantime, the block and all the fabric is back in a storage bin waiting for the day when I want to tackle that.

Hope you all are keeping warm and healthy.


  1. Your quilt is lovely! Hope the issues with your car work out quickly. I live in Florida and I can't imagine doing all that walking in frigid weather!

  2. I hate car trouble too - especially if it was in a snow storm in 10 degrees or less temperature!! I grew up about 90 miles north of you on Lake Michigan near Two Rivers/Manitowac area. Moved to Arkansas years ago (29) and we have short winters, but DD lives in Madison area and she is freezing! I hate paper piecing also! hope you get your car fixed ok, your daughter was a real trooper carrying a bag of groceries and her backpack in the snow in canvas shoes!

  3. Hello! I love the fabrics in your quilt. I have purchased some of the same ones from Fat Quarter Shop this last week, should be delivering today. Haven't decided what to do with them yet, will wait and see, but I really like your quilt so far!

  4. I have the same kind of love/hate relationship with paper piecing. lol I've done the same thing, too. Small projects. I can't imagine paper-piecing an entire quilt of the same block, but you sure can make some gorgeous blocks with it.

    Good luck with your new blog. Looks like you're well on your way!