The QUTI team rests, while Brian makes a culinary treat!

Yummmm… Sushi night!  I don’t know if this is your idea of sushi night, but this is what I came home to tonight!  What a treat!  What might I ever have to complain about…?

Blessed… here it is… an enhanced iteration of sushi night with a tempura twist!

The last photo was Ella’s contribution-of course… Kinda like the twilight zone that I call home!  And… fade to black…  Peace out…

Cheers!  Linda at QUTI

Friday night coaster

I realized that I was officially hooked on quilting when I got home one Friday evening after a very long week of work and I felt a craving to turn on my machine and do some sort of quilting to help me wind down.

For a moment I thought about just randomly sewing fun stitches onto scraps of fabric, but it seemed a bit wasteful and unsatisfying.

So I got an evening cocktail pondering what to create to relax myself and immerse myself into the soothing quilting zone. While my husband cooked dinner (his fantastic cooking is one of his many talents) and my son was busy reenacting a Thomas the Train story, I decided to make one of the most simple, relaxing projects possible. A coaster. Within a half an hour I was able to pour one more glass and now had something to set it on!

Cheers, Kelly at QUTI

PS: Coaster works with a variety of beverages.  This was a quilting under the influence of a latte day.

Dear Brian-I am having an affair…

Her name is Eva, I met her online and one day she arrived on my doorstep.  I love you but I am totally obsessed with her.  I think of her all of the time and can’t wait to spend time with her whenever I can find the time… early mornings, evenings and weekends and more!  I owe it to you as my husband to disclose her full name, it’s Eva Bernina.

You see, I am obsessed with my new Bernina Aurora 440 Quilters Edition (QE) sewing machine!  I dreamed of her for a long time before I put a pretty penny down to bring her home.  I named her that same night-it was love at first sight!

I hope you will find a way to forgive me.

Cheers,

Linda

“Honey, I ruined your Tommy Bahama shirts”

Wait, wait, let me explain!

We went through a Dave Ramsey money management course and we were on a roll. Brian, my husband, and I started cutting our spending habits left and right. It was invigorating!

Here is where it gets interesting. I figured we were spending too much on dry cleaning and that I could be a “good wife” and start to wash and iron Brian’s work shirts. I figured I would not only feel like a righteous wife, we could save a bundle on our dry-cleaning budget.

Well, in Hawaii, business professionals wear aloha shirts and my husband loves his silk, Tommy Bahama shirts. He has collected many over the years and I must say he looked dapper in them. “Looked” being the operative word.

I wash my first batch in the delicate cycle, hung dried them… off to a good start, I thought. Well, kinda. Feeling righteous, I decided to overachieve and iron them as well. I sprayed my first panel and ugh… I stained the shirt!

I thought, oh it must just be this color of shirt, so I moved to the next one. You would think I would learn with the first $150 dollar shirt, but no…

The next one stained as well. Geez! Yep, it was confirmed that I wasn’t the domestic goddess I thought I was. Duh! I should have stuck to banking!

Back to others… So I learned not to spray the shirts first and kept laundering the others. Yes, my drive to complete all of his laundry resulting in over $1,000 in damage since “NOTE TO ALL” these silk shirts don’t launder well and all changed their shape. Oh, by the way, yes… these sequence of events all happened under a sober state (maybe this is where I took a wrong turn…)!

With my tail tucked, I shared the disaster with him.  Yes, he is such a loving man that, yes… we are still married today!

So, I decided to “make lemonade” so to speak! I took my first cut, which was my most expensive cut to date! Then, I kept cutting and cutting, and check this out! So, since I took the process challenge, here is my half finished, $1,000+ quilt rows… It makes me nervous-what will I back it with? How will I launder it? Any ideas would be welcome. I will keep you updated on my progress.

Cheers, still married Linda