Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Land Ho

Most of me is back from my Caribbean vacation, but it's going to take a few days to stop looking for the Lido deck.....

Before I went away, I sent this Birthday gift to my friend, Sheila in Illinois.

It was one of those "big" Birthday's so I decided to make a red and white in remembrance of her visit to the exhibit, just about a year ago.

Here you can see the scale better.  The blocks are 4" finished and there are 70, hhhmmmm, coincidence?  

I used this red and white toile' on the backing and apparently it goes with Sheila's dining room.

My favorite home away from home:  Holland America Line.
We were aboard the newest ship:  The Nieuw Amsterdam.
It was beautiful.

Top picks from the trip:

The Crow's Nest, we came everyday after breakfast, and then for team trivia.  The views are beautiful.

On Grand Cayman we took a submarine tour - it was incredible.  We went 115 ft. down, and hey, I didn't even have to get wet :)

There are some bright blue fishes near the bottom of the shot.

Here is a hut that we "owned" for a day at Mahogany Beach, Honduras.

One of our favorite activities on board is sitting on Deck 3, Promenade deck, and watching the ocean go by....

And now there are dishes to do, laundry to fold and a dog to be walked.  I guess I'm back in Jersey all right!

Hope you all had a great week and I look forward to catching up on my blog reading.


  1. The quilt is so nice, got to love a red and white!
    Your vacation looks awesome, love the hut how cool is that?

  2. Ah, I love your 70 block bow-tie. I"m sure your friend loved it.
    You are making me long for May and my cruise!!! Looks like fun Barb. Welcome home.

  3. I'm so sorry, Barb, but welcome back to reality! :o( Looks like you had a fantastic, relaxing time on the boat! Can't wait for mine in a month! Woot! And that bowtie quilt is so beautiful.....what a wonderful gift for her 70th! You rock!

  4. Welcome back! Looks like an enviable trip.
    Wonderful red & white! I know Sheila must cherish it...a nice remembrance of your experience last year as well as a commemoration of this *milestone* birthday. I love that photo of S,M&K. I miss everyone! (Happy birthday, Sheila!!)

  5. That is a beautiful gift! I bet she loved it!
    It also looks like you had a great time on the cruise. That hut sure looks inviting!

  6. Welcome home. Hopefully you can keep all that warmth and relaxation for awhile. Beautiful quilt and a perfect gift!

  7. The red & white bow tie quilt caught my attention big time. A wonderful birthday gift and remembrance of the show. That little red & white doll quilt is a good one too. You just can't go wrong with a red and white combo for a quilt.

  8. What a delightful doll quilt!! A wonderful way to remember the show you enjoyed together in New York! She will love it! The toile on the back is just perfect.
    It sounds like you had a fabulous trip. I must go on a cruise someday :0)

  9. Welcome back....darling doll bed and quilt!

    Your Birthday gift is perfect...she will treasure forever!

    Carolyn :)

  10. Such a fantastic gift! Your doll bed is a cutie; nice carving on the footboard.
    Your vacation looks awesome! It may be back to reality, but it is also back to sewing, right?!

  11. Ahhhh, you two look so happy and relaxed! Sounds like it was lots of fun. And you're such a sweet friend -- what a wonderful gift!

  12. I'm glad you showed the scale show of the Little quilt, it's soooo cute!!! Your holiday looks like a dream!! I'm glad you had a great time!

  13. Welcome back to reality - always the sign of a great trip when it takes a bit to re-adjust.
    Beautiful birthday gift!
    Love the doll bed too.

  14. the bow tie is wonderful as is that basket quilt. you've shown that one before and i actually have begun making some similar little baskets . . . (-;

    happy to hear that your trip went well and enjoyed the photos. you probably remember that i spent last christmas in honduras . . . but most of the trip was in the remote 'outback' parts of it. i did have a couple of days on roatan which was great too.


  15. Well HECK!!! I'll just go ahead and say it...I'm JEALOUS!!! Yes, just outright JEALOUS!! I'm jealous of that gorgeous red/white cute little quilt and jealous that someone else got it besides ME. Oh, and I'm definitely the ole green eyed monster of jealousy over your little Vay-Kay!
    WOW, what a doozy woozy fun time that must of been!!!
    Yes...I'm jealous....BUT...I've decided I STILL LIKE YOU!!! HA!

  16. Lovely red and white quilt.. your friend will surely enjoy it. Our quilting group just got back from a cruise as well... ours went to Nassau and there was a quilt show going on which we all enjoyed. Yes, now back to reality and the laundry.

  17. Ship ahoy! Sounds like you have had a wonderful trip and nice to see you other half.
    Great red and white quilt. One lucky friend, Oh what good memories of NYC.

  18. A belated Happy Birthday to Sheila! What a beautiful quilt you made for her. I love that toile backing fabric!
    Looks like you had a wonderful holiday.
    A submarine tour sounds great! I love the idea of being able to be underwater without getting wet!

  19. What a fabulous birthday gift! Sheila must be very pleased. THe toile is perfect for the back.
    Sounds like a great trip - a wonderful way to relax.

  20. Looks like you had a wonderful trip! Snow and rain showers today here so your sunny warm pictures are making me quite envious.

    Great birthday gift, too!

  21. Looks like a great vacation...I think my husband's favorite part of a cruise is the trivia...oh, well!

  22. LOVE HAL! We are booked on their Eurodam ship to the Eastern Carribean in March. Love the promenade, trivia in the Crow's Nest, Piano Bar Trivia and dinner in the Asian Fusion restaurant Tamarind. I NEVER EVER thought I would love a cruise but it is the most relaxing week of the year!

    I love your red and white quilt. What a lucky friend!

  23. What a wonderful trip and a gorgeous quilt for your friend. It's great to celebrate milestones in special ways to create those special memories.

  24. Love the bow ties...what a gorgeous little quilt!
    Now you didn't take fabric from your daughter's project did you :0)?

    Happy sewing

  25. Lovely little quilt, the toile is a great backing, and you know that Sheila will treasure it.
    I must tell you how much I enjoy seeing you prominently showing the labels that you put on your quilts. It's a great reminder (or a gentle push) for all of us to put a label on our quilts. They don't have to be lengthy or elaborate, unless we want that. Who, when, where, and why is so much better than nothing.
    Our quilts are our legacy. Why wouldn't we want to document that?

  26. Hey, that quilt just visited my house (along with our friend Sheila, of course). Lovely quilt. I can't believe Sheila is old enough to warrant all those bowties! Did you know Mary B also made her a red and white doll quilt? I'll send you pix.

    Your trip looked amazing.


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