Thursday, May 14, 2015

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggidy Jig

Well, fog and cancelled flights and connecting flights that are oversold, all make for a less than terrific day, but we did manage to make it home.  7 hours sitting in the Minneapolis airport was something.  Oh well - we survived.

I did have a "wild hair" and made cookies.  Can't remember exactly the last time I did that.  So we have one contained on the counter and a couple in the freezer.  Half of them are chocolate chip and half have peanut butter and butterscotch chips.  Pretty OK.

Haven't been doing any sewing but did get a package while we were gone.  A couple of books,

And some 10" squares - The Settlement Stack.  Nice, rather basic fabrics.  Not sure what they are for, but a girl does need to have choices:
Tomorrow I'll get together with Alayne and work on putting the binding on the RV group Auction Quilt.  Keeping busy.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan

Enjoying pretty terrific weather as we take in the tulips and all the celebrations.  TodY we took in the Quilt Show.
Also some great antique machines
Then some lunch at a very nice brew pub and then the first Volksparade.  Complete with street sweepers.
Tomorrow should be a visit to Dutch VilÅ‚age and in. The evening we have tickets to Second City Improv.  
Really looking forward to that!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Actually Sewing

Yes, I have been working on a number of things.  I hope that I have photos of all the projects to show you.
I finished this quilt made as a surprise for friend Barbara who has some health challenges.  I think she was quite pleased to be remembered with so much love.  AND it turned out that Linda who had provided most of the fabric and the five pieced blocks had a birthday and I was able to make her a table runner with the bits and pieces left over.

I finished a lap quilt for Sally, but no photo.  Sorry.  I finished a tablecloth for Karen, who sometimes reads this blog, so I cannot show you until I deliver it to her next week.

A fun block from Bonnie Hunter.  I have just been playing with it and seeing how I like it.  Kind of fun.

I had seen a pattern somewhere (I cannot remember or find it again) but it looked something like this, so I made a quilt for an RVing friend and her new trailer.  I hope she likes it.  I was happy with how it turned out.

I apologize for this being a bit blurry, but Yvonne do you ever sing the little song about the "Itsy Bitsy Spider"?  Well it is one of our favorites.
New adventures await.  Visiting family and friends.  Photos to follow.  Hope everyone is well.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

I'm Late, I'm late

Sorry.  I do keep thinking about updating my blog but somehow life rushes past and I don't get down to it.  So here is a bit of a catch up of what's been happening.

Working on the quilt that our RV group will sell at their auction in May.  Michele made the side triangles.  I added two borders.  We each made the squares.  I've made the back, so quilting is next.

Working on a thank you gift for a lady in our RV group.  She doesn't read here, so I can show you.

Still working on pieces needed for the Bonnie Hunter Mystery.  I know it was several months ago, but it's my "in-between" sewing project.

A week ago we had a 2-year-old's birthday party.  You know how those go.  GREAT FUN!

Latest project - this is something of a "hurry up" project.  A dear friend was just diagnosed with a rare cancer, so a group of us wanted to do something for her.  This was partially complete.  I put it together and added some fabrics.  It has one more border (I don't know why my latest photos aren't showing up - but you get the general idea).  Tomorrow I will head out and get batting and we should be all set.  I also have backing.
Things are hopping here at Casa Nana.

Friday, March 6, 2015

The past week's activities

Well, there was the Grandma day.  Lil' had her first "big girl" haircut.

I finished the red and black and grey pineapple blocks from my lesson at Sew Expo.  I think it is fun and I will enjoy playing with some color combinations.

I put together some left over blocks (with just a bit of re-sewing) from friend Ronda.  I think it will work as a long tablerunner.  I have left-overs made into binding, as well.  A fun little project combining our efforts.

While so much of the country is suffering, we are thoroughly enjoying a very early spring.  Daffodils (narciss), hyacinth and soon tulips (tulpen). Oh it is grand!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Just a "quickie"

I am an RVing fool - there is are no two ways about it.  I just LOVE, love, love, love being able to spend time in the RV and it's almost here.  Yeah.  This wonderful winter/spring weather we are having (seemingly the only folks in the entire U.S.) has forced everything.  Spring blooms, grass, sunshine and of course, for me, time to start some plans to head out with Saskia.

Other than that, there are a few things going on around here.  I bit the bullet and bought the first season of Broadchurch.  Oh my, that is an intriguing TV program.  I'm really enjoying turning that on while I sit behind the sewing machine.  I have continued to make blocks for my Grand Illusion mystery project.  I suspect one day I will finish - gosh there are a lot of blocks required.  Bonnie Hunter is NO slacker.


Two classes, at the Sewing Expo.
Pineapple Block

and two-handed FairIsle knitting.  (I have tried this before, and still not good)  Keep on trying.

More photos to follow.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Looking like spring

Don't know if this will keep going, but it sure is lovely.  Cold nights but blue skies and sunshine during the daytime.  Great!

Saturday night was a new adventure.  As a Christmas gift from my son and daughter-in-law, last Saturday we went to a Symphony Bach and Wine Tasting event.  It was all orchestral pieces - an orchestra sized as it would have been during Bach's time.  When the entire orchestra was on stage, there were perhaps 40-45 musicians.  Really excellent and lots of fun.  New experiences.

This week I am getting ready for the Sewing and Stitchery Expo.  An annual event.  Very exciting if you have never been.  The advertising says that there are over 480 vendors at this event.  There are classes all day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Sunday is a shorter schedule.  It is quite amazing.  While I don't need any fabric, this is THE place to go to find the latest notion, tool and gadget.  On Wednesday, the day before opening, I will take two classes.  More details will follow, but they are a Marti Michell class on making a pineapple block and a class on two-handed fair isle knitting.    Then on Thursday and Friday mornings I will "work" at the Expo as a CTA volunteer.  We help in classes (ticket taking, seating, assisting the instructor, etc, etc)

these are some of the classes offered

Thursday morning I am working in Room G.  Don't these look like great classes to get to audit.  And then my friend Julie from Maine is coming to meet me for lunch.  Won't that be great!  Friday I am working on a rotation as a substitute.  I'll take photos and show you.  Great adventure.

Happy days to you.