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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Quilt Time

I love how this one turned out. I think it looks really whimsical and sweet. It was actually for Jaret and Shar's little bundle of joy, who came into this world... 6 months ago. Ugh. I know, I'm terrible at timing. But I'm glad everything went smoothly and it turned out.

This is a picture of the entire quilt. I read an article about a quilt show once where these ladies from some extremely impoverished county down south (in Gee's Bend, Alabama) were sent all sorts of clothes from charity organizations. In fact, they were sent so many, that they couldn't use them all and cut them up and made quilts out of them. And the article said that they would make these quilts starting very young and even the oldest women would help. And someone discovered the quilts and made a huge show about for them in NYC, and they were so popular at the show, that they inspired the quilt USPS stamps that you saw last year about this time. Anyway, one of the quilts inspired this one (though mine is certainly not up for any prices in NYC), because it had three panels like this one and lots of textures.

Here is a picture of the flower embellishment. When I saw these buttons I had to have them. Someone (I forget who because it's been so long since I bought them), thought they looked like an old lady, and I said, "That's the point!" :)

Mags staring at the quilt during the photo shoot, wishing that she could step on it. But I told her to stay, and that's exactly what she did. :) Good puppy.

The backing. For some reason you always see pictures of the backing in magazines, so I always take pictures of them, even when the backing is boring (like in this case). It's probably just so if anyone wants to buy it, they can feel assured that there isn't a nightmare causing pattern on the back of their baby quilt.
So, I guess all I need now is a name. Any suggestions?...
posted by Julie at 8:54 PM 5 comments

Friday, September 26, 2008

It's Official!

I start on Monday! Yeaaaaaah!
posted by Julie at 6:01 PM 5 comments

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Well, it's still unofficial, but for those of you who haven't heard, I might be getting an emergency teacher position at a local high school (for Freshman math). The school had to fire a teacher a week ago, and if my paperwork goes through and the principal like me, I'll start probably next week. I'm really excited, but I don't want to count my chickens before they've hatched, if you know what I mean. :) So, any prayers you might want to say on my behalf would be appreciated. If for nothing else, you can pray for my sanity, I've been going crazy trying to get all my junk turned in so that a process that normally takes a month will only take a week. Argh. So, anyway, unofficially I'm really excited.
posted by Julie at 2:42 PM 2 comments

Thursday, September 18, 2008

What's a Hoosier??

Now that I am a Hoosier (I suppose I'll start owning up to it after hearing this story - lol), I was wondering what is a Hoosier?? Is it an extinct bird? Is it a nut (like in Ohio)? Is it an ugly flower (it would have to be an ugly one with a handle like that - no matter what Shakespeare said about a rose by any other name)? No, it turns out that it was none of these things.

Back when Indiana was still a territory and not a legal state, about 1/3 of the property was owned by a man named Hoosier. He was (obviously) a very wealthy farmer. But besides being a very wealthy farmer, he was sympathetic to the plight of the slaves in the south. And he would hire slaves who had escaped their bondage in the south, and would pay them decent wages and give them homes to live in. These escaped slaves were called Hoosiers since they worked on the Hoosier farm. And when Indiana became a state all Indiana residents adopted this familiar name. I must say, I've never been so proud to take the name Hoosier in all my 2.5 years of living here. Bravo, Mr. Hoosier!
posted by Julie at 10:57 AM 4 comments

Monday, September 15, 2008

Things I'm Excited to Wear Now That It's Fall

I do realize that this may make me come off as a little... er... vain... but it is so much fun to dig through your closet and remember all the stuff you have that you haven't seen for 6 months.

Speaking of my mom, she’s getting cataract surgery today (very exciting). So, I’m sure she’d appreciate prayers that everything will go smoothly. I’m guessing that she will have never seen as clearly as she will see in a day or two (she’s always had poor vision).

posted by Julie at 9:52 AM 6 comments

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Mini Vacation

Brian and I went to Manistee for a long (4 day) weekend. It was quite eventful. Normally, when we go up there we sorta sit around and go out to eat. This time we went to Sleeping Bear Dunes, and we went conoeing on the Platte. My shoulders are still really sore, but hopefully Brian will leave me alone about "working out my arms" for a couple days anyway (he's worried that I'll get osteoperosis if I don't do resistance training on my arms and I hate resistance training). Anyway, here's a couple of pics (yes, we finally took our camera and remembered to use it).

Here's me and Brian's shadows at Sleeping Bear Dunes. Turns out Sleeping Bear Dunes is about 3 miles of hilly sand. Who knew? It also seems to be quite the international hot spot it was quite crowded and most of the rest of the people were speaking other languages. It was really fun to hear them all.

Here's a picture of the pier at sunset. Everything was a mad-house this weekend, there were people everywhere, but it's fun for a change to have all the energy and spirit of the tourists... oh wait, we were the tourists!
posted by Julie at 9:33 PM 4 comments