Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I  wanted to see if I could upload a video to my blog.  Of course, my best and cutest model is Toby.  Here he is playing Fetch in the snow.

The snow was deeper than Toby's legs are tall, but that didn't stop this little guy from chasing after the ball.   He reminds me of a rabbit hopping across the snow.  He was exhausted afterward, of course!

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

My dog really did eat my homework….

I met with Maryann, (who doesn’t like to be called “Boss” but is technically my boss), and we talked about the schedule for the upcoming year at the quilt shop.  I came home with a new pattern to make, and a tidy, detailed  list of things I needed to get done.  I put down my bag on a kitchen chair when I got in, and forgot that it was there.  A short time later I went into the family room and found this:
dog ate my homework Thankfully, he left the quilt top alone and concentrated on the paper items. 

I should have known better than to leave a quilted bag unprotected and within  reach of this little guy:
dog Who me?
I couldn’t resist calling Maryann and telling her that
“the dog just ate my homework!”

Friday, December 3, 2010

Lefty Lament

I'm a left handed person.  There.  Now you know.

Actually, I write with my left hand which makes me a lefty, but I actually do a lot of other things with my right hand.  For example, I knit like a right-handed person because my right handed mother taught me that way.  I also throw a ball with my right hand, and bowl with my right hand. 

This either-handedness (is that a word?) comes in handy when I'm rotary cutting.  I can cut with either hand.  That annoying first cut to straighten the edge before cutting a strip to size is not a problem.

So, where IS the problem?

Well, I've started writing some instructions for a quilt class and I realize that my left-handedness might be an issue.  For example, take a look at this photo:

In my lefty world, that is how I would draw a line...ruler in the right hand, pencil in the left.  But I realize that would be backward to most people.

This photo is part of a step by step guide I wrote for mitering corners, and until I looked at this photo, I didn't realize that the whole way that I miter corners is probably backward to a right hander.  So, do I retake the series of photos to show the process  all in the opposite direction, or do I just assume my students will make the adjustment on their own?

I'll have to think on this a bit, but I would really welcome your input.

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