Monday, December 20, 2010

Merry me

A few weeks ago, I received an award at work for a project that I completed earlier this year.  The project reduced our programming time on our components at our production facility by 50% and improved our drawing quality (I removed approximately 60% of the dimensions from a single type of drawing and we produced thousands of these drawings every year).  After I received the award, I was able to transfer the amount to Amazon gift cards, so I bought myself a Christmas Accuquilt Go! Cutter.
I haven't had a chance to take it out of the box yet, but I can't wait to try it out.  Other quilters have said they love it and it speeds up their cutting time AND makes their quilts better since there is less variation in the piece parts of the quilt.  Along with the cutter shown above, I was able to purchase some extra dies.  I bought the 2.5" strip die, tumbler die, apple core die, and a die with multiple sized stars on it.  The cutter also came with some dies, 2.5" square, some half-square triangle dies and a 4.5" square die.

I'm pretty psyched about trying it out, although I probably won't be able to open it up until after Christmas.  I have to work through Wednesday morning this week and then I'll have to prepare for Christmas since we are hosting Rich's family at our house for Christmas day, then traveling to my parents to spend a few days with them for Christmas.

On other good notes, Rich and I went for a nice walk at our property on Saturday.  The river in the back of the property was mostly frozen over, but there were areas where the water was flowing freely.  Since the ground was pretty solid from the cold weather we've had, we even found our way through the "swampy" area to get back to the front of our property.  It was really pretty out there and it was so quiet and relaxing.  Hearing the water flow was amazing and that's all you could kids/people.  We also saw lots of animal tracks.  There were rabbits, chipmunks/mice, deer, a fox or something like that and turkey tracks.  We think we may have seen coyote tracks, too, but we're not sure.

On Sunday, we did some Christmas shopping in the morning and were back at the house by lunchtime.  At about 2:30, we got a call that someone wanted to see the 3:30!  So it was a mad scramble to clean up the house in less than an hour.  We did as much as we could (put things away, cleaned up the kitchen, cleaned the bathrooms, swept the floor), but we didn't get the carpets vacuumed or cleaned the showers.  The real estate agent apologized for the short notice and we explained the few areas we didn't clean (there were a few dishes in the sink because the dishwasher had just been run a little while before that).  They didn't mind at all since we were so accommodating and letting them see the house on short notice.  Ultimately, they liked the house (as the agent thought they would) and they are comparing it to a similar type house in Clifton Park.  They are a little concerned about the taxes, but they are weighing it with the higher cost of a similar house in Clifton Park.  Hopefully it will turn out well for us. :-)

1 comment:

YarnKettle said...

Would you do applique with the odd shaped dies, like the stars? I am thinking about spending my Christmas bonus on yarn, but I may have already spent it earlier in the year at fiber festivals. Happy to see some posts. I know this time of year can be overwhelming, or any part of the year for you.