Monday, July 25, 2016

Morning Musings

Still traveling - left home last Wednesday, flew into Baltimore. Traveled with my dear friend Donna to PA (Quilt Odyssey!). 

I'm back in MD for the week, staying with the Cute Husband (hurray), my brother-in-law and his wife. 

My sister-in-law is quite the backyard farmer. Last night's dinner included a medley of vegetables right off the vine. She grows pretty flowers too. 

No idea what these are called but they are so pretty and they're so big. 

Navigating through someone else's house can be tricky. Everyone has gone to work. I've been here many times but never alone - the lights were all on, table set, food prepared ... You know ... I was a guest. 

This morning I have tracked down coffee filters (these barbarians ALL go to work to get coffee). I fussed with the coffee pot for awhile until I realized - it was NOT plugged in, finally figured out what switches controlled the lights, managed a shower with no difficulty. Now the hardest thing ... I could not get out the back door. There's a cute patio with table and chairs, pots of growing stuff, pretty flowers, birds chirping. I really wanted to sit outside and drink coffee and knit and chat with you guys. The little dog door was working perfectly but do you think I could get the people door open? NO!

I gave up - twice. I think the little dachshund was mocking me. I tried again and discovered a secret secure latch at the top of the 2nd half of the slider ... victory!

And - it's only 9:00 in the morning. I wonder what other fun things the day will bring.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Alive and Well

I know, I know ... It's been forever. Absence makes the heart grow fonder??!!

There's been landscaping and house repairs and furniture delivery and Mom's many doctor appointments - she just fine!  And in between all that ....

I quilted my 1st Bargello 

I found a quilt group - Free Spirit Quilters. 

I finished my Primitive Gatherings "Everyday Crazy" table mat. I LOVE It!

And of course - knitting. There's always knitting. 

This weekend I'm in Hershey, PA. I'm teaching at Quilt Odyssey - great show, big vendor mall and fabulous students. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

First Blush

I've been stitching!  This pretty quilt will soon be a BOM offered through Spring Water Designs.  Make sure you are on the shop mailing list,  you don't want to miss this one.  The sewing is easy! The quilt - sew pretty!

The photos aren't great.  The top isn't quilted yet and it was a bit breezy ... It's not really so ruffled.  I will be quilting it at the shop when I visit next month.

And ...
I've been making friends at the beach ...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Sewing Mojo

I was feeling sort of blah about my sewing.  Nicholas Backstrom fell off the shelf.

No worries ... We happen to have 2.

That's a weird start to this post but it made me realize - I'm done unpacking! We still don't have livingroom furniture or curtains but we will before the summer is over (and it did just start yesterday). 

Handiquilter Academy was sew-inspiring. I've been home for a week, brought Kid#1 back with me for a visit and I've been sewing (and loving it!)

In a week, I've managed to complete through Month 7 on a new BOM being offered through Spring Water Designs.  Well ... it will be offered, sometime, not sure when.  I'm making the sample and Dawn is ordering fabric and Ashley, Letitia and Carrie will be cutting kits. Stay tuned!

The quilt is pretty.  All quilts are awesome and this one will be too but it's also a pretty quilt and I'm excited to be back in the sewing room. (And really glad to be unpacked - not organized yet, but unpacked.)

Sneak peak ...

Today is a Beach Day with Kid#2! Snacks are packed, chair (with awning) is in the car and I now own 2 bathing suits ... apparently there's a rule about owning multiple bathing suits when one lives 15 minutes from the beach. 

Beach in the morning, sewing in the afternoon ... I live a charmed life.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Thursday, June 16, 2016


HandiQuilter Academy! I spent 5 days in Utah being inspired, learning new techniques, practicing, meeting new friends, and eating ... a very busy 5 days. The hotel was lovely and the food was great (and plentiful).

There was a little bit of shopping and lots of give-aways.

And stitching ...

My HandiQuilter is set up and waiting. I'm itching to get stitching.  And - my plan has been to focus on smaller quilts with more decorative quilting.

BUT ... my first project in my new sewing room ... a big quilt!

Between Utah and Florida, I stopped by Spring Water Designs in MD and these lovely fabrics just managed to fit in my suitcase.  Oh darn! I have to (get to!) make a shop sample. It's a new Block-of-the-Month.  

I've got some stitching to do.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

More Binding

The last thing I did in my sewing room before leaving MD was to quilt 2 tops.

Friendship Rings - DONE.  Ignore the blue tape on the floor, I was measuring for new furniture.

And Birch Trees.  The arbor did come to FL with us.

It was time to bind.  I really wanted to do a scrappy binding. I have a bin of leftover binding, all prepped and ready and hidden somewhere in my house.  I looked and looked and looked.  There was only one place left to look.

The scary closet

I was never going to show this with the doors open ... but ...

There's the binding bin.  Naturally, it's the one in the bottom.  And I really wanted a scrappy binding. So - unpack the closet and dig out out 375" of assorted green binding.

Here's my view while stitching. I do have a few pincushions.

Hurray for D.O.N.E!