Thursday, May 16, 2019

Play Day!

Hooray!  I'm off today for a play day.  I'm taking a Round Robin in a Day workshop.  Here is my center starting point.
I pulled out bright and happy prints.  I have no idea what to expect, so I have no expectation except that it will be fun!
Coco has been a real sew room buddy lately.  Maybe because I have been eating breakfast and lunch in here....
in order to finish this!  It is not sewn into a top yet. I am so glad I made 16 blocks.  I for half a second thought, maybe 25 would be even better, but then I moved on.
I can put my bins and tubs of strips away.  I've tucked in a few eye spy moments.  Not easy with a 1/2" string.
A Baltimore Oriole couple have been visiting.  I got a photo through the kitchen window.  Isn't he gorgeous?
Yikes - now I know for sure who has been drinking and knocking off my hummingbird feeder at night!  Little Thief!
I hope everyone had a nice Mother's Day.  Andrew brought me a Portillos' Chocolate Cake all the way from Illinois - 940 miles.  He knows what an awesome surprise it was.
Hanna sent me a sweet quilt related Mother's Day card.
On Saturday I got to pretend for the day that Summer is on its way.
 Trust me, it didn't last.  It's been cold and rainy.
Yesterday I popped into Michaels.  My heart still sings when I see this display.  As a young girl I ADORED a craft kit of any kind.
I thumbed through a couple of coloring books.  I love how they smell and have fond memories of coloring and doing the dot to dots.  Maybe I should start a little secret collection for "someday" grandchildren.
Thank you so much for leaving me messages here on my blog.  I really enjoy the connection to quilters.  I respond to them if possible.  If I don't respond just know it means a lot to hear from you.


Thursday, May 9, 2019


Howdy!  Back from Dallas with a full report.
Thank you to all the friendly and talented ladies in Dallas for such a welcoming visit, especially my hostesses Pat and Sue for all the rides and wonderful dinners.  They introduced me to Fried Green Tomatoes - yum!

Hex Vex workshop (notice those sliding design walls!)
 I always love to see what fabrics students choose.
 Look at Sue's pre-pieced hexie. It would make a perfect spring or Easter table runner.
wee - that bee block!
 After me own heart Pat.
My two workshops were held at the Best Little Retreat Center in Texas.  Owner Pam (she works with her husband, Chuck) they are very warm and generous and passionate about quilters adn quilting.
Here is the main workroom (not my class).  Each student gets 2 tables. with a center outlet station.  It is fabulous!

They have a kitchen
A cute lounge area where I got to watch The Kentucky Derby.  (no comment)
Just down the way is a quilt shop, how handy!
How cute is this display at the quilt shop? 
My House Party Workshop Group!
Here are some of the builds
Notice the tornado roof :)

this one is fun.
 As you can see Ragi, who had never done this, really took to the process.
It was Nancy's Birthday and her Mom brought balloons and delicious baby bundt cakes for us.  So fun.
 These are nancy's blocks.  Alice's tower is so charming!
I did a little stitching at 20,000 feet.  
I spent 12 1/2 hours at the Dallas airport on Sunday due to multiple delays and missed connections.  But I still love you Texas.
I treated myself to a bagel- big carb cheat for me! and later a great dinner and a glass of contentment.
 Pineapple update.  This is how it looked monday.
Each round takes this long.  I'm usually not a counter, but I was curious.
Here is how it looks this morning.   My goal is to finish them by 5pm tomorrow. 
Okay, that is more than enough for one post. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019


My sewing room is crazy and maybe I am too!
I was going to stop at 9 blocks because these take forever. 
I was doing three at a time.
While I was getting my car serviced I did a mock up of how 16 blocks would look and there was no looking back. 
Now my room looks like this!
Strips are everywhere
Coco can't even look at me.
My sewing friends are talking behind my back.
Oh My Gosh...she is crazy!  She thinks she can do 7 at a time now!
Thats right.  I'm doing 7 at a time, but when these babies are done....I'm done.
In other news:
Wendy (of The Constant Quilter) sent me the sweetest note and little fabric book ala Gwen Marston. 
The little pages are so charming.
 Thank you Wendy for your thoughtfulness.
We had our first humming bird on April 26th.  He is hard to see.
While practising Mah Jongg online, I got the highest possible hand for 2019.   I plan to start playing at the senior center soon.
Okay, I'm off to Dallas tomorrow where I'll be giving a presentation and  teaching 2 workshops.
I hope I get a chance to watch the Derby.

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Happy May Day!