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Tearing Myself Away From My New Toy

I hope all my American readers are having a Happy Independence Day! I should be using this holiday off from my day job to be cleaning up this messy house around me, but instead I’ve been playing with my new toy that arrived just in time for this three day weekend.  I purchased a practically brand new Circle Lord , and a few extra templates, from a fellow longarmer, that has gone to a computerized set up.  So far, I really like the Squircles (the square templates you use to make circles), and I think I’ll get a lot of use from them.  I tried the Featherz template briefly, last night, and can tell that will take a bit of trial and error to get right.  The Gingko template is pretty cool.  I’m having troubles getting my stops & starts to match up neatly, and not look so messy.  Lots of thread snipping…I know some of that will just take practice, and getting comfortable with it. 

I’m hoping to find a way to use it on my Storm at Sea top, which I’m just about mentally geared up to quilt now.  Hopefully, I will start on it this weekend.  Cross your fingers for me!

I feel I must apologize to everyone who was offended by the snake in my previous post.  In my defense, I never even considered that it would be so upsetting to some.  I have never been afraid of, or disgusted by snakes, even as a small child.  In fact, they fascinate me.  Can I promise to never post anymore snake pictures, ever again, on my blog?  Hmmm…no, I can’t promise it won’t ever happen again…but I’m sure it will be a rare event. 🙂 But I’ll try to warn you not to look if you don’t like snakes!  And just out of curiosity, did anybody like my snake pic?

And, on that note, I do want to share with you some old pictures of me.  This first one was taken when I was 15.  The snake belonged to friend of ours.  It’s an Indian Rock python, measuring 6.5 ft.  (DO NOT SCROLL DOWN ANY FURTHER IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE A SNAKE) 😉



The next photos are one year later, I’m 16 and the snake is 7.5 ft.

If anyone is still reading at this point, have a great holiday weekend! Remember to be careful with those firecrackers!  And Happy 8th Birthday to my sweet Liberty Belle (Libby).

Now I must quit playing for awhile and do some actual housework.  Will I get it finished before I go back to playing with my new toy? I seriously doubt it!

11 thoughts on “Tearing Myself Away From My New Toy

  1. Randi, I enjoyed seeing your Circle Lord practicing.

    I am not comfortable with snakes and have never been close to a ‘big’ one. I wasn’t bothered a bit by your snake in the flower pot nor in seeing you, bravely, handling the python…..I do think you are incredibly brave though! :^)

    A happy birthday wish to your sweet looking dog…

    Happy 4th of July to you and yours!!


  2. lol I was absolutely NOT bothered by the snake pic!! I love the fact that you saved him and the toads!! But then that is one of the things that is just Randi to the core! Never change that!! Falls under don’t sit in someone’s house and complain about them….. kind of rude isn’t it…


  3. It’s your blog…post what YOU like.
    OK, now to catch up..hope the little girl is improving.
    LOVE your inchies!!!

    You will love the circle lord….I find it to be the most versitile set of tools I own.

    Happy Birthday to that cute pup!

    Have a great 4th.

    My son is supposed to be getting me an update on the baby girl today. I will keep y’all posted. I am anxious to hear some news, too!


  4. Nah…the snake pic didn’t bother me…I KNEW it was in your yard and NOT mine!!!! 😉 ROFLOL!!

    Love your inchies! I may have to try that the next time around.

    Have fun with your new toy…I’m still trying to figure out what I can and cannot do with mine. so far I’m loving it! 🙂


  5. Snakes don’t bother me as long as they aren’t poisonous. We have a pet snake but it is smaller. Mine is a red rat snake or otherwise called a “corn” snake due to the indian corn pattern on their underbelly. Ours was small like a earthworm when we got her but around 5′ long now. Worst thing I can say is they poop unexpectedly on you while holding them. I have learned to time my handling! (snake poop is really gross!) Also, it can be un nerving when they give you the “squeeze”.
    The circle lord sounds like fun. I am playing today too! Have a great rest of the weekend!


  6. Glad you like the Circle Lord…man you took to that like a duck to water…You have a lot more patience then me LOL

    Glad it arrived before the long weekend!



  7. The clamp and knob posted in one of your pictures; is that part of the template contraption or is that something separate yet? It caught my eye because we sell both of those at work, and as a quilter I’m always trying to see where I can use different things!!


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