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And the FedEx man too.

Today I got the 20.5″ Omnigrid ruler I ordered from Hancocks of Paducah. That’s right, 20-1/2″ square. It will make cutting 1/2 yards of fabric a cinch! (Now don’t tell me I could do that already with my other rulers by folding, I know that, but I don’t want to fold).
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20-and-a-half-ruler-closeup

The first of the 3 family babies due in 2010 was born this week, so now I can finish her quillow and get it sent off. I was waiting for her birth just to be sure of her name and I’m so glad I waited. (I put their names on either the quilt or the label.) It was going to be Samantha last I heard, but they ended up naming her Sophia.

Also today, I received my FQs from the monthly batik swap. This month’s theme was “April Showers.” Teresa also exchanged the two FQs from last month that were sent to me by mistake.
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If you remember this from last June:

Oak leaf hydrangea

Oak leaf hydrangea

Last year, I had to build a fence around the oak leaf hydrangea. A bunny in my garden attacked it early in the season. But in the second picture, it was on its way to recovery.

Well, here it is now:

Oak leaf hydrangea

There’s no sign of a bunny in the garden (yet) and I think it’s gotten a good-enough start that if it’s attacked again, it would hardly notice. At least I hope so.

This plant started from a cutting given to me by a friend. I am so proud of it, and I want it to grow to adulthood. I ♥ hydrangeas.

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Seriously?

The other day I was contacted by Bank of America, reporting suspicious activity on my credit card. Honestly, I don’t know why the charges looked suspicious, but I’m certainly grateful that someone (or most likely their computer) thought so. The charges are for newspaper advertising, and the newspapers are all fairly local to me (Richmond, Fredericksburg, Newport News and Harrisonburg) so they definitely could be valid charges.

I contacted the bank and confirmed that I had not done business with these merchants and they quickly credited those charges for me, closed that account, opened a new one and sent out a new card.

But do you see that $7 credit at the top? There is no off-setting charge. Being the anal, I-always-need-to-balance-type of person that I am, I contacted the bank again to inquire about this credit. I was told that the merchant had issued it. What were they crediting? There should be an off-setting charge. The first person at the bank that I talked to (well, live-chatted with) apparently didn’t understand what I was talking about and I gave up on him. I got someone else on the phone who sounded like he was not in India (thank goodness) and I thought he understood the situation. He did explain that there *was* a $7 charge, but it just happened to hit the old account right before they closed it, and I can no longer see the old account’s activity online. The merchant issued the credit and it hit the new account. So I asked him to please transfer the charge to the new account so that I will be in balance. He said he would. Great!

I checked my account this morning and this is what I see:

For crying out loud, he issued another credit, plus he added this $10 credit that I know nothing about. It wasn’t anything he and I talked about.

So I called the bank again this morning (I’m on a mission here) and got a lady on the phone who said yesterday’s guy didn’t put any notes on the $10 credit but she would add one saying the cardholder was disputing it. There are other people at the bank who audit all these accounts and she says they’ll see the additional $7 credit, figure out that it was a mistake and debit it back to the account. They’ll also figure out that the $10 credit is bogus and debit that back, too. Good grief! I’m used to working with newspaper advertising billing people who make billing mistakes ALL THE TIME, and it’s not this hard (in some cases) to get an account fixed when it’s in their favor.

I just hope they’ll get this all sorted out by the end of the statement period.  I won’t call them again.

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If you said Log Cabin, you’d be right:

I was quite proud of myself, how these blocks came together. Until now, I’d never made a Log Cabin block the traditional way. Several years ago, I made a quilt for Erin using Eleanor Burns’s method for her high school graduation. Traditional Log Cabins require accuracy, and good gravy, all the strips fit perfectly with each other. Woohoo!

These blocks are going to be put into quilts using a “quilt-as-you-go” method. I’ve seen it done on TV; Georgia Bonesteel had a series on PBS several years back and I think that’s what she’s known for. I’ve also seen it done on Sewing with Nancy, maybe by Betty Cotton? But I haven’t tried it myself. Looks like I’m going to add a new technique to my quilting tool box.

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Easter parade!

In the 14 years we’ve lived in Richmond, we’ve never had the opportunity to attend the annual “Easter on Parade” event held on Easter Sunday. From pictures I’d seen in the paper, I knew it had something to do with people wearing crazy hats (Easter bonnets) and decked-out dogs. Other than that, I had no clue.

Since Easter dinner was planned for later in the afternoon and it was a beautiful day, I decided this was the time to check it out and see what it’s all about.

It’s not a traditional parade, per se. It’s more of a street party. 4 blocks of Monument Avenue are shut down for several hours and people “parade” up one side and down the other (and in the grassy center divider, too). There are vendor and food booths, much like at the state fair.  And a main stage, where I thought there was supposed to be a dog contest at 3pm, but a band was playing instead. So I’m not sure if there really was a contest or not.

Here’s Joey with John in tow:

And some crazy hats:

And dogs:

And other sights:

(this was a life-size “sculpture” in the front yard of one of the homes):

(clown on stilts):

(I have no idea what this was all about):

It was a lot of walking, but fun and something different to do. Next time we go, Joey’s getting all dolled up so that people will take pictures of HIM.

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Charity project

I know, I know, I have 3 baby quilts to make. But  I got sidetracked with a charity project being put on by Quilting Adventures. I bought a kit with some of the fabrics required and then I added some from my stash. I will make 4 blocks and donate them to volunteers who will be putting them together in X-number of quilts to be auctioned off to benefit the Massey Cancer Center at VCU Medical Center. There will be a 3-day Quiltathon to get all this sewing done.

Can you tell what the pattern will be? The red square is your hint.

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