Saturday, May 31, 2014

A Little Flood


As you can see, I'm a little out of sorts at the moment.  
Last week I walked into my fabric closet and found the carpet wet.  That's never a good sign.  We were worried that we had ground water leaking in from somewhere but when the leak detection guy came out, he figured out that the drain tube from our water softener had come lose and was causing the flooding.  Phew!  
Leaking ground water is bad news but this will be an easy fix.  


However, this is the current state of my quilting room.  I guess I'm out of commission for a while.  

Then it makes me doubly happy that I finished my camping quilt before it all happened.


Not to brag or anything, but I LOVE IT!  I love the scrappy, wonky blocks.  I love the dark denim strip on the pieced back.  


I love the  neutral look and nubby texture of the linen background fabric.  

I love the masculine color combination.

I love the car-camping themed focus fabric.  



I love, love, love the little bits of selvedge I was able to work in.  

The fabric I used for the binding is one of my all-time favorites.  I mean, 'lil chairs! Simply charming.  


And while my quilting may be interrupted for a while, I still have access to my sewing machine so I whipped this up for my favorite grandson.  Mason loves to help his mommy with the baking and lately has been asking for his own apron.  I used this pattern.  It's a very easy pattern to make and the apron is the best kids apron I've seen.  With it's elastic neck strap and velcro waist strap, a toddler can easily get in and out of it without any help.  

Here's a close-up of the fabric. Last year,  I found it at Jo-Anne's and have saved it for just the right project.  It's just the thing for my little monster.  

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Family and friends

The last few weeks have been eventful ones.  Nothing serious, just the usual family stuff plus a vacation thrown in the mix. Hence, not much activity on the blog. Let me remedy that.

First the vacation.  We attended a family wedding in DC.  Since Matt has family close to Philadelphia, we decided to extend our stay to visit them and see the city.


Just our luck, the day we decided to sight-see, it was pouring down rain.


But, what's a little rain?  We just put on our rain gear and hit the bricks, (literally).  



To be in the very rooms where our country was founded was more amazing that I imagined.  

This is the table where Thomas Jefferson sat and that is his actual cane.  If I included all the photos from that day, this post would be 10 pages long.  Suffice it to say, we visited the Liberty Bell, The National Constitution Center, and the house of Betsy Ross.  
We even had an authentic cheesesteak sandwich for lunch.  For the record, not impressed.  I don't see the big deal.  

We spent the next day at the museum. 



 Yes, that museum and no, I couldn't resist.  The tiny person in the white jacket is me doing the Rocky up the steps.

Although, I had was some pretty big shoes to fill, I'm proud to say I ran the entire 98 steps and didn't even get winded.  Not bad for 52 years old if I do say so myself.


I've never spent an entire day in a museum before.  I found it quite inspiring.  I saw some old masterpieces...





and even found some quilting inspiration.
It was a great trip.

This week, I had another really fun experience.  I got invited backstage at Studio 5 to watch my friend, Jodi, film a segment.


Here she is getting miked before she went on.  


I hope she wasn't embarrassed at how totally uncool I was about the whole experience.  It was all so fascinating to me, I was taking pictures like a star-struck groupie.  

I've known Jodi for 19 years.  She is one of my oldest, dearest friends and a truly inspiring woman.  If you don't believe me, just check out her books and her blog.
As I was driving home from our girls day out, I heard this song and it got me thinking about how blessed I am to have such wonderful and inspiring friends.  
As if to drive the point home, today my other "oldest" friend called me and we talked and laughed for over an hour.  


Cassie is my college roommate.   Here we are then and now.  
When these two ladies came into my life those many years ago, I didn't understand what a gift God was giving to me. But, I do now.  
Sometimes, your truest sisters aren't born into your family, but through God's grace you find each other.  These ladies are my heart sisters. They've been with me through all the good and the bad.  They' re who I would call in the middle of the night.  I truly adore them.  

And just to show that I'm still quilting, here's what I've been working on.  
I made these squares when I was in California for the retreat.  I didn't know what I was going to do with them at the time but I think they came together nicely into a modern, scrappy quilt I'm going to use for car trips and camping.  

Here's the back.


Since it's a utility quilt that will be getting a lot of use, a simple meander stitch will do just fine.  
What I most love about this quilt is that I didn't use any new fabric.  Every bit of the fabric came from what I already had.  I'm making great progress on my goal to use my stash.  I'll be sure and post better photos when I finish.