Tuesday, September 27, 2011

New on my Design Wall

I think I need to lay this out on the floor. It is a pattern from Moda Bake Shop. I made the blocks at the spring retreat. Hmmm...Maybe just pull them out of a paper bag and not drive myself nuts.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Flowers, 2 Finishes, Saturday Thrift Store Finds

I finished 2 quilts this weekend.
Mary Beth's flannel moose
And Brice's Cowboy
 This UFO has been in my pile for a very long time. This is the first quilt I have made with mitered corners and that was why it remained unfinished until Sunday.

Saturday, I went to my usual thrift stores. I came home with a quilt book and a Thimbleberries pattern -- all for $3.18 (including tax).

There was a flower delivery Saturday afternoon. Thank you Thomas, Anne Marie, and Ross. I love them.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tumbler Quilt

I love Pampered Pooch by Moda. What better way to use my 5" charm tumbler ruler and brooklyn revolver. I do a few whenever I passby. I am getting ready for my retreat at the end of October. I plan to just sit and piece these -- mindlessly!!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Over the Weekend

I had a semi productive weekend. Went to the quilt shop for BOM. I did not take one of my machines since the Elna was already there to be cleaned. When I turned on the switch, it made a horrible noise. So I left it there - hopefully to be fixed. It is my oldest computerized sewing machine.
I managed to get some more of MB's quilt done.
Sunday morning I was searching for my Halloween/fall stash. I had purchased some fabric to make my grandsons pillowcases. I found the perfect piece to make myself this!
I  am in love with this king size feather pillow. I had only one pillowcase for it. Now I have two.The print is acorns and oal leaves.
Here are my Halloween projects for everyone---
If they look on my blog, they will know what will be in their packages.Still have 2 more dishcloths to knit and of course all the rug mats (candy corn). Do you believe I found kitchen towels to match?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Catching up - Texas

I love going to Texas and this visit was fantastic despite the record breaking heat and grasshoppers.
Mary Beth and Brice took me to my favorite quilt shop in Stephenville.
Brice was not that charmed about this stop.
But Mary Beth enjoyed herself.

In fact, she picked out some moose flannel for a quilt. I started working on it this weekend. The brown flannel was back in clearance at $4/yd!

Nana, Jane Marks (MB's mother-in-law) took Brice and me to Granbury for lunch and some shopping. Here is Brice in a nifty antique/vintage/gift store. He scored some Coke memorablia.
Afterwards, we strolled down to Houston Mercantile Quilt Shop and Nana and I dropped some $. I n all fairness, I bought yardage in clearance at $5/yard - Moda that goes with some of my quilts I am making.
I had to pack that fabric very carefully to keep my suitcase under 50 lbs.
I did work on my knitting - making hats for preemies and newborns.

Look how dry it is there. It did rain very hard early one Saturday morning.

We did a trip to Fort Worth and I got to go in Cabbage Rose. Again, I purchased Moda fat quarters on clearance. It was an awesome shop and I hope when I return I get to visit again.

Finally, it was time to leave. I think Brice was almost as sad as me.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Catching up - Boston First

I had the best 2 weeks in Boston this past July. I travelled there on the Acela in the quiet car - loved it. I finished knitting these place mats.

I got to take care of my grandson while my daughter was at Children's Hospital. Here is the view from her apartment. We were on the 19th floor.
Here is the tumbler table runner I made from a kit I bought in Michigan last year. We used it dress up the place.

.Thomas and I went everywhere--walking and riding the green line train.
Some of our stops included the Frog Pond.
Thomas and I loved the ride on the Swan Boat and came back twice to feed swans and ducks.

The three of us visited Boston's library. Awesome! inside and outside:

Highlights included trips to marketplaces and the most fascinating was the cemetery at North End

I did get some knitting done.

Some pictures of Anne Marie and Thomas:

Friday, September 2, 2011

Earthquake, Evacuation, Hurricane, Migraine

Wow, what a time last week. Let me tell you, I was so scared during our earthquake. I was alone in the office and thought the building was imploding. I left early and it took me forever to get home. The metro was jammed pack, single tracked, and only going 15 mph. Th entire commute took over three hours!
Friday, I learned that I was under mandatory evacuation from Hurricane Irene. AJ picked me up early and when we got home, we started to get ready to leave. We finished our preparations Saturday morning and took off for the Strasburg Inn in PA. They allow dogs (thank goodness!) I was suprised how well Scrappy handled the trip. He loved the new big bed at the inn:
I packed one my flannel quilts so we would be cozy. Almost every room had a dog. Most guests had evacuated from New Jersey.  The whole affair wore Scrappy out and he slept all the way home.

No damage from Irene -- just clean up, putting things in order and waiting for Direct TV to fix the dish.