Thursday, March 5, 2020

Camera, Ruler Quilting Program, and Favorite Book

It seems I have so many little things to share this week that I don't know where to begin.

Tuesday afternoon, my darling new Canon SX620 camera arrived.

The camera had a work-out as soon as I could unbox it and get the battery plugged in for a charge! I began taking photos to complete the Keynote presentation I gave to the Orlando MQG on Wednesday morning! I had a short amount of time to learn how to utilize the camera's ability to wirelessly upload pictures to the Canon Gateway... and then download the pictures to my MacBook, to insert into my presentation!

It worked though, and on Wednesday morning I happily shared ruler quilting on a domestic machine with about 50 OMQG members.

I gave my program in a big classroom attached to The Sewing Studio Super Store in Maitland.

Even though my Bernina 770QE is a large, I took it with me because I knew I'd feel most comfortable demonstrating on it.

The store has high-tech equipment, including a close-up camera to project my ruler quilting demonstration onto a big screen. I should have gotten a manicure!

Afterward I answered questions, and gratefully accepted positive responses to the program and demo.

Afterward I was given this aqua-colored Orlando MQG zip tote (on the left), filled with swag from their chapter - a drink bottle; can koozie; small zipper bag; notebook; along with a lovely thank-you note. I was certainly treated royally!

Following the meeting, I spent time browsing through the The Sewing Studio, looking through a big variety of fabrics and products. A garment sewist like me really enjoys considering all the possibilities. Fabrics and a few notions came home with me - Who can't use a new, sharp seam ripper? And have you ever seen  a disappearing marker with pink ink? Supplies are to make a special tote.

Also, The Sewing Studio is going to sell my Florida quilt pattern!

The quilt will be displayed, and patterns sold in The Sewing Studio booth at the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo in Lakeland on March 19, 20, and 21.

It's now time to get my sewing room sorted, put everything away including setting up my Bernina, and get back to quilting my temperature quilt. The MQG contacted me today, asking permission to show my temp quilt in their next e-newsletter. Of course I agreed. I must finish quilting it!

Boy, do I ever have a fun book to recommend! It has achieved the status of "my favorite book in 2020. "Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple was published in 2012, and released as a movie in 2019. Cate Blanchette starred, though I can't imagine the movie is nearly as good as the book. Anyway. I don't know how I missed this, but... oh my goodness, am I ever glad I listened. It is delightful!

Bernadette Fox is a former architect, and reclusive mom to a genius 15 year-old daughter Bee; and wife of Microsoft mogul Elgin Branch whose T.E.D. talk (according to Soo-Lin) is the fourth most-viewed T.E.D. talk on the Internet. By her unusual behavior, Bernadette manages to ostracize parents at Bee's private school, and next-door neighbor Audrey... who herself is slightly psychotic. "The gnats" talk about Bernadette. There's a mud slide. The FBI investigates. Bernadette disappears. Elgin's life changes when Soo-Lin becomes his admin. Bee believes her mom is still alive. Bee and her dad head to Antarctic on vacation. It's just a wild and funny story.

The narrator is actress Kathleen Wilhoite who enthusiastically creates believable characters and voices. One particular scene in which Soo-Lin composes an email to her friend Audrey, had me laughing out loud. Over and over. Of course, my hubs wanted to know what I was laughing about. Now I want him to listen to the book too. It completely tickled my fancy. (Profanity is used a few times.)

If you read it, please let me know what you thought.

Linda's score 4.9/5.0



Nancy said...

Well now I want to read the book instead of the movie I have saved to my DVR. Off to the library I go.

Farm Quilter said...

Congrats on the successful demo and talk! You certainly put the new camera through it's paces!! Love your Florida quilt and it's so cool that you are going to have your temperature quilt in the MQG newsletter!!

grammajudyb said...

It was fun to read about your visit with the Orlando MQG. Our granddaughter and her family have just relocated to that part of Florida.
As far as your book recommendation, I did read it several years ago. Not the audiobook, the print book. I hated it! Why? I just thought it was un believable, and I thought Bernadette was just weird! I must have been in a weird place of my own that year, because all the reviews online really liked it!
Maybe I’ll have to give it a second chance and try the audiobook! LOL!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Love the color of your new camera. We have a red Nikon but not nearly as fun and bright as your Canon. Sounds like a great set-up for your presentation. Glad it all worked out. in time. Great news about selling your pattern too. I bet you'll sell a lot.

Shasta Matova said...

I have the same camera. Good for you for learning how to use it so quickly!

Debbie said...

So cool to see the set-up for your presentation - up on the screen. I bet that was really enjoyable and informative.
And yay for the good book - I have only seen the movie but definitely enjoyed it.

Nancy said...

Glad your new camera was a help in your presentation. I can almost see your unpacking routine- always so many things to put away and sort. I often say to myself, after a trip to the quilt shop, "You are bringing more in than you take out!" Just a reminder and a warning to myself- ha!

Deb said...

So glad you got a new camera that you like. That's always a trick. Congrats on having your Florida pattern available in a shop. That's an accomplishment. And thanks also for the book recommendation. I'm always on the lookout for something new.


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