Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Traveling Triangle Quilt

Remember this quilt
that I laid out on my living room floor recently?

Well, I decided that it would be a good sewing project to take with me 
on my recent flight to DC.

The only problem with taking a quilt like this to sew on the plane
is that it is difficult to keep the order of the triangles intact.
And since I spent so much time arranging the triangles just the way I wanted them,
I didn't want to risk messing that up.

I have one of these, but it doesn't work well for traveling.

So, this is what I came up with ...

I bought some manilla folders
and stapled some cotton quilt batting to the insides.

Then, I took the first three rows of the quilt
and placed the fabric triangles in order
among 7 or 8 of these folders.
The triangles easily stuck to the batting, which held them all in place
and prevented them from sliding all around in transit.

I purchased this plastic project box to hold the folders in order
and to keep everything together, with a picture of the whole layout
and the sewing directions.

It worked really well 
and made for an easy and inexpensive way to transport this project on the plane!
I was able to sew 27 triangles together ... 
now for the other 1101!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Race for the Cure

On Saturday, I ran the 

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
in Washington, DC,
in memory of my mom and my grandma.

The race took place on the National Mall, 
so it was the perfect opportunity for some scenic photos!
This is us before the race.

And after the race ...
I ran it with two of my friends from college - Mary & Kate.
Mary had her 3-month-old daughter Molly with her.
Molly slept for the whole race, and afterwards woke up with all smiles.
She might be the happiest baby I've ever met ...
Well, maybe it's a tie between her and Heather's daughter Leilani.

Here we are after we're all cleaned up after the race.

Such a fun weekend ...
... and it was so good to see these ladies again!!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Bad News, Good News ...

This is what happens when your camera bag falls off the hook on the back of a public restroom door
onto the cement floor below.

The protective lens filter seems to have worked to protect the glass part of the lens, 
but the force of the fall did damage to the focus mechanism.
So, I can only take pictures with my zoom lens (which fortunately was not damaged in the fall!)
The actual camera still takes pictures but is rattling and making weird noises.

I'm very thankful that my friend Deb encouraged me to purchase the extended warranty when I bought this camera two years ago ... it covers accidental damage ... 
"even damage caused by your own negligence."


So, today I will be taking it to the camera store to get a replacement.