We’re baaaack! We have just returned from a very long trip to the Great Plains states, with a small detour into Texas. For those of you that have never been to that part of the Midwest, it is…big. There is really no way to describe the feeling of looking into forever – even picturing an ocean scene doesn’t do. You really have to give our pioneers credit. Can you imagine walking for days and weeks on end with no end in sight?
And very little water. Here in New England, there is water everywhere. Ditches, ponds, puddles, lakes, streams, *something* every half mile or so. In the southwestern states, ponds are man made and lakes are miracles. A bit of a culture shock for me:-))
I was impressed, though, on how every inch of land is used. If it wasn’t used for farming, it was used for grazing. Or wind mills. In Texas, I saw a oil well in the median of a highway! Not those big huge things you see on the ocean platforms, but the little ones who go about their business 24 hours a day. I could go on and on, but I don’t want to bore you.
New Gadgets – I rarely get excited about a new gadget, but having just finished designing several mysteries which use fussy cut blocks, I was delighted to see this new ruler set from Quilt in a Day. They have come up with a set of rulers (3 ½, 4 ½ and 6 ½ ) which help you square up blocks. No numbers on these rulers – just a line for the seam allowance and two diagonals. That’s all you need! You can order the Fussy Cut Trio Rulers here: http://www.quiltbus.com/QIAD-Rulers.htm
Last but not least – Electric Quilt 6 has arrived. If you have Windows XP or Vista and you use the program a lot, you will love the upgrade. A lot of the little annoyances are gone – honestly, I have worked around them for so long, it took me a while to realize it. I was so enraptured with the improvements – over 1200 new blocks, plus the ability to make a quilt using a particular blocks layout. New border styles, over 5000 new fabrics (which now scale to the quilt), and what really makes me happy: a more accurate yardage estimate.