Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Family Vacation

Outer Banks, NC ... more specifically - Kill Devil Hill. There are 13 (6 kids, ages 6-14) of us staying in this house - with LOTS of bathrooms. 5 more adults in our family staying down the road. 

Right now - I'm the only one awake and enjoying a little peaceful stitching time. And a little chat with you. 

Good Morning

Friday, July 18, 2014

1 more DONE

Almost forgot about this ...
My first Custom Fit sweater - DONE!  Using Amy Herzog's Custom Fit techniques, this sweater pattern was generated using MY measurements and MY swatch.  Pick ANY yarn you want, swatch it, enter in the info and ~~~ presto ~~~ a perfect pattern.

More - done Done DONE

It's always a good day when it's a DONE day!

A little done is good too - a cute, cuddly flannel quilt ... the top is done.

My friend Starlyn's quilt - Science Fair - is quilted.  The zig-zag border is awaiting her very fine binding skills.

The big DONE ... Winter Birds, a Nancy Halvorsen pattern.  I just love this wall hanging.

Winter Birds hanging in my summer garden.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A Finish And A Start

Someday I will not have MANY projects in MANY stages of completion.  Someday - but not today ... maybe never!

A start ... quick and easy wall hanging - Winter Birds, from a Nancy Halvorsen book.  It still needs some machine appliqué and of course some quilting and binding.  I love the birds, the pop of color is perfect.

And ... a finish!
It's called Steeplechase from Essential Gems.  A nice couch quilt size with a really soft fleece backing.  Where is it going?  It will be on display at Spring Water Designs for as long as we have the fabric available.  Then?  Perhaps a Christmas gift for a certain Steelers-obsessed grandie.

The patterns, book and fabric is all available at Spring Water Designs - visit the shop or stay in your jammie's and order online!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Big One

This beautiful Dresden Plate quilt was pieced by Sharon.  I quilted it.  It's a big one.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

It's Been Crazy

Some years My Cute Husband and I watch fireworks on TV, maybe do some yard work and just hang out at home on the 4th of July.  Not this year!

It's been a wild couple of days ...
1.  Retirement ceremony in D.C.
2.  Visited 8 quilt shops in VA
3.  party with friends

4.  Walked
5.  Finished quilting a big (96" square) top
6.  Made lots of binding
7.  Packed up for a sewing day
8.  Dinner, laughs and fireworks in Baltimore.  Went to bed too late.

Today ...
9.  sewing (1/2day) with some fun gals
10. Anniversary pool party with husband's work friends

Tomorrow ...
Nothing planned!  Try and recover my quiet, peaceful life!

Oh yeah ... And somewhere in there I made a FAB-O dessert for the Baltimore dinner party.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Row By Row Experience

Yesterday, My Cute Husband and I found ourselves with several hours to kill ... in Virginia.  It was prime SHOP HOP time.

We attended a retirement ceremony for a friend - 34 years of service.

Haven't been to a Navy ceremony in a long time ... I've missed it.  Going up the gangway in heeled sandals wasn't bad , coming back down - I had to be really careful.

The cake - really yummy!

The ceremony was in the morning, the party was in the later afternoon.  
What to do?

Shop Hop!!

We made it to 8 ... yes, EIGHT quilt shops.  I collected 8 different free Row By Row patterns and 4 fabric license plates.  And, of course, a little retail therapy as well.

It was such a fun day!