I Can See!!

January 31, 2011

It's amazing!  I still cannot believe how clearly I can see now!  I can see so much detail.  Everything looks so sharp and almost thinner.  Regular television looks like High Def used to.  I love my new eyes!!  Scott and the girls love my new glasses too.  They're so sweet.  They give me compliments all the time on how I look with them.  I think they are worried that I feel bad about having to get glasses.  Actually, I am just so thankful I finally listened to Scott and had my eyes checked!!

Now with that being said, it did take until about Sunday for wearing glasses to feel "normal."  Thursday was a little rough with the pupil dilation.  I did not care for that one bit!  It lasted quite a bit longer than the doctor told me to expect.  My favorite part of the dilation were the sweet not so much glasses they gave me to drive with.  I'll need to post a pic of me in those!! LOL!  Plus, my depth perception was off for about 3 days.  I felt as if I was walking around a Fun House.  The floors and walls looked as if they were slightly slanted.  It made me a bit nauseous.  I did have a headache for a few days too, but by Saturday evening it had gone away.  By Sunday, I felt great!  No headaches and no naps!! :-)  It was the first time I hadn't taken a nap in a very long time.  Doc gave me strict instructions to take it easy and limit time on the computer, so very little blogging over the weekend.  I missed seeing what everyone was up to!!  Hopefully, I can get caught up this morning on all my blog reading and commenting!!

I worked a little in my sewing room Sunday.  Those are my new sassy glasses pictured above.  They are kind of a pinky red with some rhinestones on the side.  I think they are stylish, but more importantly...functional!!  Now after seeing what a difference glasses make, I could have the most hideous looking pair and I'd love them too.  My glasses are pictured laying next to a huge pile of trimmings.  I'm trying to finish up January's Le Petite project, "Mon Ami" Schnibbles quilt. There are nearly 300 very small HSTs in this project that need to be squared up!  Good thing I have my glasses now because that for sure would have been a recipe for a headache!  Hopefully, I'll have a finished project to show you tomorrow!

Last, but not least...
 
the new me.

Hop To It Progress

January 27, 2011

I was able to get quite a bit accomplished the past two weeks on "Hop To It" during my Wooly Wenesday nights.    I finished up Block 8 - "Lily Dreams."
I love the rich color of the purple wool on this one!  With orange in the center, it makes for a nice contrast against the muted background.  I also finished up Block 9 - "Garden Grace."
Oh and I love the rich colors in this block too.  Seems I love all the blocks in this quilt!! :-)
TWO blocks in one week, it's a record.  I even started stitching around Block 10.  Not sure if I'll get the last three done before I go on my retreat next Thursday, but it'll be close.  I have a very busy week before I leave.  I'm not going to worry if I don't get them all stitched up before, I can always relax work on it while I'm there.

All this hand sewing has really taken a toll on my finger tips.  Unfortunately, I just can't get used to a thimble.  Does anyone have any good suggestions??

Today is the big day!  I have my eye appointment to get fitted for my glasses this morning.  I'm so excited!  I may see things I've never seen before!  How cool.  Hopefully, everything will go well.  Fingers crossed!

Roadblock...Where??

January 26, 2011

In yesterday's post, I mentioned that I felt like I've hit a mini "roadblock" with my practice quilting on Annie.  It seems I'm moving past it now.  I think maybe it had something to do with finally giving her a name.  I kept thinking about the scene from the movie Forrest Gump where a man was explaining to Forrest that his boat needed a name.  That it was bad luck to have a boat without a name.  Well...I think it's the same for a LA!!  :-)

I got back to practicing on Annie again last night.  Jamie recommended that I change thread colors and just quilt over my practice piece again instead of loading a new piece of muslin.  It's a great idea, but you can't see your quilting as well.  I changed my thread to an orange shade.  I had fun trying some new designs.
 
I doodled some deconstructed feathers.  I think they'll look nice in borders. 
I also had fun quilting some allover swirly flowers.  It's kind of hard to see them, but I really like how they look too!
I noticed when I first started that my stitches didn't look very nice.  Since I changed threads, I thought my tension was in need of some adjustment.  That thought was confirmed when I looked underneath my quilt sandwich...
Look at those loops!!!  I think my exact words were "#@!!&*%$@**!!"  Really??  Thank goodness Jamie went over in detail how to fix tension because after a few adjustments, it was back to perfect.
I'm home today until it's time to take the girls to dance.  I plan on loading a new practice piece so I can see my quilting better.  Tonight I will work on "Hop To It" while the girls are at dance.  Hopefully, tomorrow I can post some progress on that!!

Annie Is Her Name

January 25, 2011


After much thought, I have finally picked the name "Annie" for my A-1.  I've received several emails asking if I had named my machine yet??  I got the idea from my friend Kathy G.  I always look for little "signs" or coincidences.  While I was shopping LAs, I found it interesting that the machine I liked best, the A-1 Elite has the initials "A and E" just like Alyssa and Elaina.
Coincidence, probably...or not?  Trust me, that is not the reason I picked the A-1. :-)   So I was explaining this to Kathy when she was over visiting before I received my machine and she mentioned the name Annie.  It just kind of stayed with me and I think my machine looks like an "Annie" now.

I seem to be a little frustrated with my practicing or lack of.  I was getting a bit frustrated at the look of my quilting and have been avoiding practicing a bit lately.  I was told this would happen.  Scott keeps telling me  "Just keep practicing and you're doing great!"  I'm just going to have to work through this little "roadblock."

I have received several emails regarding my fabric stash.  It's small, but it does exist.  All the fabric I own has been purchased with a project in mind.   I rarely, if ever have purchased fabric just to build my stash.  My brain just doesn't think like that...too bad it doesn't think the same way about shoes!  All the fabric I have is leftover from a project, purchased for a project and then I changed my mind or it's been designated to a project I haven't started yet.  About 3 years ago, Scott finished our basement.  He did a wonderful job!  He has a Michigan State Spartan area with cabinetry and mini kitchenette.
Guess who stores her fabric in the cabinets on the other side of the bar?? :-)   That is the infamous window.
Just to give you an idea of the space, these cabinets are 12" deep.  Here is my stash...
Next cabinet over holds designated fabric for projects I have yet to start.  A few are wool projects...
Last, this cabinet holds some more leftover fabric, UFOs and tops waiting to be quilted...
That's it!  I hope I haven't sent anyone into shock. I wish that I could buy fabric without a "project" stipulation, but then I would be bringing the whole store home with me!! :-)

Scott and I came up with an excellent compromise.  He has a Michigan State Spartan area with Spartan bar stools and I have a place to store my fabric!!  :-)

Monday Monday

January 24, 2011

Last weekend went by so fast!  I feel like I just wrote Friday's post.  Saturday's Friendship strip exchange and sit 'n sew at the shop was so much fun!  Everyone was cutting and exchanging strips for different projects from Edyta.  I did manage to get some stripping done myself!! LOL!
These are some of the strip sets I will be cutting my farmhouse blocks out of.  Love the fabric!  Most of the fabric is from the kit I purchased from Edyta, but I did end up swapping out a few strips for ones from the exchange.
Pat, my co-host holding up one of her farmhouse blocks.  She cut her strips a little wider than I did.  I think I'm going to put a variety of sizes in my strip sets.  Adds to the fun!

Stephanie of Peas In A Pod joined us too!  She worked on Edyta's "Tree of Life" quilt.  Just beautiful!  Stephanie participated in a triangle exchange a while ago and used them in her quilt.  She worked on hand applique around the quilt.  Wow!!  I wish I would have gotten a better picture to show what a beautiful job she is doing!  Stephanie and I had such a good time chatting!  Made the day just fly by!  She had company coming to her house that day, so I am glad she was able to spend a few hours with us.
This is the Sizzix fabric cutter we use at the shop.  Makes cutting strips a dream!  It is so fast, easy and fun!
Look at ALL the strips I came home with!  I can't wait until next month when we exchange more.  There are a few projects in Edyta's book that I am thinking of making with all my strips.  I'd love to make them all, but sigh not enough time.

I wanted to thank everyone for all the wonderful birthday wishes to the girls.  They enjoyed each one of them!  They had a wonderful time this weekend.  Everyone  aka Scott and myself survived!  Yesterday we had grandparents over and my sister came home for the weekend.  We had one little surprise left for the girls yesterday.  We were all hiding cans of Silly String so as soon we sang "Happy Birthday" and they blew out their candles, we sprayed it all over them!!  It was so funny!  They SO were not expecting it!  They were covered!  They looked like Silly String sculptures!  Scott videotaped the whole thing and we watched it several times last night.  Laughing more each time!

Glasses update...I will be picking them up Thursday!  Yippee!!  I will be getting my eyes dilated as well.  Should be another fun appointment.

I'm off to the bakery to pick up THREE DOZEN strawberry jelly doughnuts for the girls' class today!  I love doughnuts.  I've never met one that I didn't like.  The girls are just like me!  Of course, all the doughnuts aren't for the class...I had to get a few for home too!


10 Years...Can It Be??

January 21, 2011

Tomorrow my babies will be 10 years old!  To help kick off the celebration, I made them some cupcakes...to hang in their rooms!
Aren't they just darling??  They are a free pattern design by the very talented Stephanie from Loft Creations.  I love a calorie-free cupcake any day!  Thanks for the cute pattern, Stephanie!  Carol from Carol's Crafty Creations used the cupcake pattern and made a cute little birthday topper with a cupcake and a candle on top.  So cute! I thought about putting a candle on these, but decided I'm going to embellish them with some cute buttons instead.  I will look for some cute buttons over the weekend.  Of course they are made out of the Bliss fabric collection by Bonnie & Camille.  They will match their new Bliss quilts!!  They look so cute in their rooms already!

The big celebration kicks off tonight with a sleep over.  Lucky me.  Tomorrow will be a family day when I get home from the shop.  Sunday is their birthday party with the rest of the family.  A whole weekend of celebration! With a lump in my throat as I write this, it's still so hard for me to believe that it's been 10 years.  It seems like just yesterday Scott and I were scrambling to get to the hospital because I went into labor 7 weeks early!  We were so scared.  We didn't even have a name picked out for Baby "B" yet.  We had the name Elaina already picked out.  We decided Baby "A" would be Elaina, but what about Baby "B"?  We were so not prepared for that early of an arrival! We decided we both loved the name Alyssa.  Well that was settled in a hurry!  We had a very brief stay at the hospital because I was rushed by ambulance to a hospital that was equipped to handle the complications I was having.  One very scary ride in an ambulance, scary few hours in the hospital and the girls were delivered...healthy and beautiful!  Unfortunately, due to my complications, I didn't get to see or hold the girls for two days.  Worst two days of my life.  When I did finally get to see them for the first time, they were the most beautiful sight I had ever laid my eyes on!!  Two sweet, tiny little angels.
 I also remember saying to myself "once we get them home, it shouldn't be too hard.  Seems like they sleep a lot."  I spent the next 9 1/2 months eating my words!!  :-) HA!  It seems like we went from that picture in the hospital to this...
overnight! 

Happy 10th Birthday Alyssa and Elaina!

Friendship Sit 'n Sew

January 20, 2011

Lots of exciting things going on this coming weekend.  I know two little girls that will be having a monumental birthday this weekend.  More about that tomorrow.  Saturday at the shop is our first Friendship Sit 'n Sew group with myself and Pat, a quilter and fellow co-worker.  Quilters can come and exchange strips, sit and sew or work on some of the projects From Edyta Sitar's new book Friendship Strips and Scraps.  I think it should be a super fun day!   I will be working on the quilt that graces the cover of Edyta's new book.  I was a little worried about gathering fabric for it because I have such a measly fabric stash.  I think I will share that with you soon.  I just love the way Edyta mixes her fabric up.  I happened to mention it to Edyta and she offered to bring a kit for that quilt up to the shop.  I was like "YES" that would be more than wonderful!!  I think some of the other ladies jumped on board and bought kits too.
This is the kit for the quilt in the photo called "Farmhouse Quilt." 
Look at all those gorgeous fabrics!  AND they are all labeled!  The kit included the backing fabric as well.  Best money I ever spent!!  Hopefully, I'll remember to take lots of photos from Saturday.

I'm pleased to report that my A-1 is purring like a kitten again!  Jamie came to save the day yesterday.  He fixed what turned out to be a very simple fix.  One look at my machine, Jamie realized the problem and started laughing.  When Scott replaced the cord for the stitch regulator, we plugged it back in backwards!!   LOL!
See the little white plug that now has an "x" marked on it, that was inserted backwards.  We had no idea which way was the front of the plug or that it would matter.  I had Jamie mark the x just in case, so I know for future reference.  I just felt sooooo bad that Jamie drove back to my house.  I'm so glad it was nothing.  Jamie was even more relieved.  He thought it was something very serious.  He said the drive was well worth it.  He is so sweet.  While Jamie was here we went over a few more maintenance items.  He also helped me pick out some threads out off a thread chart, that way I have an idea of what to order.  The tread chart has hundreds of thread colors!  I would order them all if I could, but that's obviously not practical.  Unfortunately, no time to really practice after Jamie left because I had to take the girls to dance.

I'm hoping I can get back to some practicing today!  I also hope my glasses will be here soon!

Oh, I also wanted to add that Kristin officially wore her white coat Tuesday.  She said she received tons of compliments on her patch!  The other PA students commented on how nice it was sewn on and how good it looked!  They all wanted to know how she did it.  She told them, "my sister is a quilter...she can do anything!"  Or something like that. :-)  I'm wondering if they attached theirs with superglue??
LOL!

Another Wooly Wednesday

January 19, 2011

We did end up getting a bit of a winter storm very early yesterday morning.  Lot of ice!  Jamie called me early yesterday and I told him to stay home and come today instead.  I was too worried about him driving.   I'm home today until dance time anyways.  The girls ended up having school canceled as well.  We had a very relaxing day together.  Jamie told me that I could still practice on my A-1, but not with the stitch regulator on.  I felt I needed a day off from practicing on the machine and chose to spend some time in my sewing room working on Elaina's Blissful "Toulouse."  Lot of piecing there!!  I did finish all the rail fence blocks.  I'm almost done with the little 9 patch blocks.  Whew!  I'm enjoying it, but my next quilt project will not have a gazillion 1.5" squares in it!!

Speaking of wooly Wednesday...I won a giveaway from Debbie over at Woolensails.  Debbie designs her own patterns for the most beautiful rug hooking, punch needle and penny rug projects.  I won two of her e-patterns!  I picked the ones I liked from her Etsy store.  Actually, she sent one to me and one to my friend Patti.  I've always wanted to learn rug hooking, so now Patti and I will have to take a class together!

I will be working on my wool version of "Hop To It" tonight while the girls are at dance.  I'll be starting a new block tonight. I just finished this one.
I love each block more than the next it seems!  Here is a recap of the blocks so far...
I don't have a designated design wall...yet. :-)  Alyssa is actually helping hold this up from behind!  I don't know, the bunny might be my favorite so far.  This has been such a fun and relaxing project.  I need to put myself into overdrive, though.  The first weekend in February I am going on a retreat and I want all my blocks done by then so I can work on the sashing and borders while I'm there.  Meaning, I want it all put together and ready for quilting by the time I leave the retreat.  That's my goal for right now.  It may change a bit, though! :-)

I met a customer, Karen, at the shop Monday that had heard about my blog through a friend and wanted the name so she could visit it.  How nice!  Anyways, she too is working on "Hop To It" but in batiks.  Her batiks were gorgeous.  I was pleasantly surprised when I checked my email Monday night to find that Karen had sent me a very nice email.  She also included a photo of her version. 
It's just beautiful!  She just has the borders left to attach.  I hope that I'll see her again at the shop soon!

Hopefully, today my A-1 will be purring like a kitten again.

Hearts Take Flight

January 18, 2011

My A-1 is taking a sick leave.  Well, it seems it's little hiccup doesn't want to be fixed.  The A-1 runs great, but the stitch regulator isn't always responsive.  This causes long stitches and a bit of drag while I'm practicing.  Kind of annoying and it doesn't look nice.  The fix was really easy with the replacement parts A-1 sent me.  Jamie talked Scott through the replacement over the phone yesterday morning.  I couldn't try out the machine because I had to work at the shop.  When I got home, I was really excited to practice to see if the problem was fixed.  Nope.  Seems to be worse.  I called Jamie again and he listened to the machine.  He instructed me on checking some possible reasons for it, but nothing worked.  Still has the same problem.  Now Jamie has to come back to figure out what the problem is.  I know Jamie will figure it out and it will all work out, but I just want to practice so bad!!  Of course we are under a winter storm warning and if the roads are bad, I don't want Jamie driving in it.  That will put off practicing for another day....

I did, however get a chance to practice a bit before the "fix it" drama.  Jamie has a really pretty design of a heart with feathers around it, "Hearts Take Flight."  I just love it.  I thought I'd try it out.  It was last minute, so I didn't advance my practice piece, but I did manage to find a couple of open areas for practice.
Pretty good for not drawing it out on paper first.  It's totally freehand.  I found a couple of more open areas.
You can tell lots of doodling going on!!
I will definitely be quilting this design on a real quilt some day!

On the bright side, with my A-1 taking a mini leave of absence, I have some time to catch up on some piecing.  I've been working on Elaina's Blissful "Toulouse."  I was working very hard on piecing the 9 patch blocks.  It was getting a bit too monotonous.  I just had to stop and piece another big block together.  So now where there was one, there are two!
Hopefully, the weather will hold off and Jamie can make a house call to my sick A-1. 

Seeing Is Believing

January 17, 2011

As you may have guessed after reading Saturday's post, I need glasses.  I need glasses BAD!  I still can't believe it!  I thought I had perfect vision.  I first detected a problem when I had to cover my left eye and read the alphabet chart.  Guess what...I couldn't even read the top line with my right eye!  You know the line with the biggest letters??  Yep, it was a complete blur!  As a matter of fact, everything was blurry, near or far.  I kept saying to the technician, "I can't understand why my eye is so blurry?  I could see just fine a minute ago."  She was very kind and humored me.  Well, now it was time to check my left eye...not so good there either.  MUCH better than right, but not great.  I still couldn't read the smaller letters.  Scott arrived just in time for the doctor to check things out and talk with me.  Apparently, I've needed glasses for a L-O-N-G time.  The doctor's exact words were "you've probably needed glasses since preschool."  I'm a little emotional at this point.  He asked me about headaches and fatigue.  Had I experienced them?  Yes and yes, as long as I can remember.  I've always had headaches.  Constant headaches.  Unexplained fatigue??  Yes!  I've been to the doctor dozens of times over the years and no one has ever mentioned that I should get my eyes checked.  I just lived with it.  I have a very strong astigmatism which left untreated as mine has been for the 30+ years was like a "leaky faucet" draining me of energy and causing headaches.  The doctor said "you'll be amazed at how your quality of life will improve."  Can you believe that???

Now for the fun part...picking out glasses.  I was in no mood to be picking out glasses at this point.  I had been in a hurry so I wore my hair curly, my face looked a wreck and my headache was back.  Needless to say I think I picked a cute pair out.  They're a bit sassy and fun!  I just can't wait to be able to see!  Scott was a big help picking them out!  Very supportive.  Scott has urged me for years to go to the eye doctor.  I should have listened to him a long time ago.  He never said, "I told you so!"  What a guy.  :-)

Now for class with Jamie on Saturday.  There were about 20 LA students there.  I guess I wasn't sure what the class was because it turned out to be an introduction to fabric painting for portrait quilts.  Jamie basically took his 5 day workshop and condensed it into a 10 minute explanation.  There were students from all over, even one from Canada.  I loved meeting all the other LAers.  I met a new friend Bev that has an A-1.  She was super helpful and I plan on visiting her studio soon!  Anyways, we had to pick a flower to "color" in with either pencils, markers or paints.  We had about 4 different choices.  I chose the Morning Glory.
I am not at all familiar with this kind of "portrait" quilting.  I love to learn new things, though.  I was really nervous or intimidated because I don't consider myself this kind of artist.  I don't know the first thing about painting like this!!  I was definitely a fish out of water!! As it turns out, this is a very long process.  Many steps involved.  It takes a lot of layering of colors to make the portrait come to life!  My first layers.
More depth added.  I'm starting to add the first colors on more of the leaves too.  You can see our work table.
Then Jamie walked around the room and held them up for critique from the class.  There were some amazing flowers!!  Some real artists in that room!  I wanted to sink under my chair when it was my turn!
Jamie critiquing a student's flowers.

The group of ladies I rode with want to finish our flowers, so we can put them in a show as a group.  I have so much left to do.  We all did.  There are many more steps to the process.  Not sure if I'll have the time.  We'll see...

Going Batty

January 15, 2011

On Scott's persistence, I finally went to the eye doctor Friday.  I almost canceled my appointment.  It's a good thing I didn't because apparently this should be my new picture...
I'll fill you in on all the details Monday.  After TWO HOURS at the eye doctor, guess what...my headache was back.  Grrrrrrr!  Not as bad as it was before, but I had a headache, yet again.

I did manage to get just a few moments of doodling in Friday.
I'm not sure what you call them, but I call them another good allover edge-to-edge design!  I tried it in different scales, small and large.  I think they look nice and will make a good allover quilt design.  I'm trying to develop and master a handful of freehand allover designs.  Everything that I've been practicing so far has all been freehand.  I try to draw them on paper first, well lately I've just been going for it without drawing first! :-)

Today I will be having my first "class" with Jamie at his studio.  I will be heading over with a group of friends and fellow LAmers.  Fun!!  We will be learning about thread art.  It's a drawing class.  No work on the machines today.  I'm very curious about how the class will be.  I'm sure it'll be very helpful and informative.  I've never taken a class I didn't learn something.  I'll take lots of photos and share them with you!

My new and very good friend Stephanie, aka Mama Pea at Peas In A Pod blog is having a very cute giveaway.  Stop by her blog and check it out!!  Stephanie's blog is awesome if you haven't stopped by there yet.  She has some exciting things going on.  She was just chosen to be a Creative Consultant on Amanda Herring of The Quilted Fish design team!!  I am so excited for her!!  Congratulations Stephanie!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Back In The Saddle Again

January 13, 2011

Wednesday ended up being a much needed day of rest for me.  Alyssa got sick during the night Tuesday, so she stayed home from school.  Yuck!  As a result, the two of us vegged out and had a total pajama day!  It was exactly what I needed.  Except for when the UPS man arrived at the front door for a signature and I was still in my pj's.  Don't you hate it when that happens??  By the time dance time rolled around, Alyssa felt well enough to go, which meant some quiet time in the library for me.  Yippee!!  I got quite a bit accomplished.  I finished another "Hop To It" wool block.  I'll share that soon.

By the time homework and baths were done and the girls were in bed, it was just about time for me to go to bed too.  I just couldn't go to bed after another day without some play time on my A-1.  It had been long enough!   So I went down to my studio and played for a bit.  I think the little break from practicing did some good because I just felt energized and creative again!  I worked on developing another allover freehand design.  Some of Jamie Wallen's "Chubby Leaves."
Or hearts in my case.  :-)
Then I tried doodling some smaller scale ones.
I decided to call it a night and advance my practice piece so it would be ready to go the next day.  Just as I was going to shut it down for the night, I thought why not try some feathers??  Jaime suggested waiting a few months to attempt them, so I didn't get discouraged.  At the last second, I said to myself "Go for it!"  My first feathers on my A-1...
Not too bad.  :-)

Forever Sunflowers

January 11, 2011

I did end up going to my doctor's yesterday.  I couldn't stand my headache for another second!  She suggested more sleep, relax, less stress, diet and exercise.  Even good stress...aka A-1 could be the culprit.  I think many of you suggested the same things because quilters happen to be the smartest people ever!  :-)  Since I was too deep in my migraine, any prescription meds would do me no good at this point, so guess what they did for me....I received 2 pain shots!!  Guess were they put them...I'll give you a hint...NOT in my arm.  Yep, you guessed it...my tail end!!  I haven't had shots there in years!  Boy did they hurt too!!!  Wow!  So instead of a pain in my head, I had a pain in my _ _ _...bottom.  LOL!  I will say they were miracle workers.  I took two pain meds before bed that rendered me unconscious and I woke up this morning with no headache.  I feel a little groggy, but no pain.  Yippeeee!!!

Since I haven't been quilting much, I thought I would share a quilt I made as a wedding shower gift for my SIL Heather and her husband Troy.  Heather is Scott's sister that lives in California and stayed with us on Christmas.  All four of us were in the wedding.  I had the honor of being her Matron of Honor.  I felt they deserved an extra special wedding gift.  They just treasure it.
It is a Eleanor Burns, Quilt In A Day Dresden Plate pattern from the book Egg Money Quilts.  I FMQ on my domestic machine.
It was my first attempt at quilting feathers.  I did all the quilting freehand.
I quilted and finished this quilt while I was on a weekend retreat in Shipshewana in March of 2009.  It was such a fun quilt to make.  As with all Eleanor's patterns, it came together perfectly.  I love it.  It's one of my favorites!

Thanks everyone for all the wonderful comments regarding my pesky migraines.  Hopefully, I won't have to blog about them again.  Oh and I did make an appointment with the eye doctor for Friday just in case...