Monday, July 28, 2008

It's that time of year...

with only a few days left until Canoe Carnival we'll be working furiously all week to finish our float. I'll be back next week with pictures...

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Show you love quilting...

I received this adorable tee shirt as a birthday gift this year. Unfortunately, it doesn't fit me, so I've placed it in my Etsy store. It's a large Hanes Her Way tee and would make a great addition to some lucky quilter's wardrobe!

The design is embroidered and embellished with buttons. Please go take a look! Thanks! :o)

Monday, July 21, 2008

Stashbusting? Not so much...

I had a nice visit to the local quilt shop today! I decided to make a quilt for my son's girlfriend and her favorite color is yellow. The yellow floral will be the focal fabric, the blue and green will be accents and the leaf print will be the backing. Yes, I even bought backing fabric! I love this line of fabric, it's Amelia from Timeless Treasures. I'd never seen it before and once I did, there was no going back.

Except for the shopping, I've been taking it easy because my dear husband gave me a concussion on Saturday. We came home from Target on Saturday night and he grabbed some of the bags out of the back of the car. He asked me to get the last one, so I leaned in, got it and when I straightened back up he slammed the tailgate on my head. Yeah, that hurt. I spent some quality time with an ice pack and except for a little blurred vision and a killer headache, I'm doing okay. Although, if the headache doesn't ease soon it may warrant a trip to the doctor. Good thing I have a hard head!

I need a mindless project right now since I can't seem to concentrate (wonder why???) so I cast on a little ribbed knit cap for Newborns in Need. It's very cute, I may have to make a few of these! Pictures when it's a little bigger...

Friday, July 18, 2008

This and That...

If you are interested in Cross Stitch, I've put some vintage (late 80's, early 90's) magazines and books in my Etsy Store...take a look!

Viv finally allowed her daddy to take a picture of her with her quilt...I think she likes it!

I received a wonderful Pay It Forward gift from Tami at Getting Started. Thanks Tami, I love it!

I've spent the last week creating a few friends to be part of our Canoe Carnival float...see anyone you know?

And I've joined the Stitchers' Angel Swap, you can read about it here, or by clicking on the picture in my sidebar.

Too bad I didn't mention any quilting going on here! Maybe next week...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Divine Providence

The last week has been a whirlwind! The boss and I took Ellen, our older daughter up to Johnson and Wales in Providence, RI, for Freshman Orientation. With the way the 2 day program was set up, we got a lot of time to explore the city which will be her home for the next few years. What a great little town Providence is! The area where the campus is located is a nice part of the city, with great restaurants, a small theater and plenty of shopping within walking distance. My favorite part of the city is Federal Hill, which is the Italian section of town. The nicest shops, restaurants and delicious dessert bars are located there! I can see myself visiting Ellen at college a lot...not that she'll be thrilled to have me camped on her doorstep. :o)

This past weekend also marked my parents' 50th anniversary. We surprised them with a family dinner at a local Italian restaurant, then went back to their house for cake and coffee. Happy Anniversary, Mom and's to another 50 healthy, happy years!

I'm not sure if my partner for the Four Seasons Quilt Swap reads my blog, but if you do...your quilt is on its way to you! You should have it on Thursday...I hope you like it!

Monday, July 07, 2008


Over the years I've had friendships that need a great deal of tending to and friendships that come naturally. Last Wednesday, we had a chance to meet up with our friends from when we lived in New York. We met Debbie and Rich through the school our children went to. It was always a comfortable friendship...we attended their family events, they attended ours. I watched their kids after school when Debbie returned to work. We'd get together for birthdays, just to hang out, for playdates, and most often for a cup of tea or a beer. After leaving NY, we stayed in touch, but didn't see each other for almost 10 years. I missed them...they missed us, but life went on. When we saw them on Wednesday, it was like we'd never been away. We fell right back into the easy friendship...and there is no way we'll let 10 years pass before we meet again!
Debbie and Grace

Rich and Andrew

Their daughters, Brittany and Katrina

And in case you think there's no quilting going on, I did finish Viv's quilt...but forgot to take a picture. I also finished my Four Seasons Quilt Swap quilt. I'ts overcast and I couldn't get a good picture of it, so here's a bad one. I hope my partner likes it...once I make the label it will be heading somewhere in the US!

I've also started playing catch up on my Dear Jane quilt. I've missed 11 blocks and one triangle, so will spend the next few days trying to get them done. Last night I put together H-13...the easiest of the blocks I missed! I also had another guitar lesson last Thursday. I'm enjoying it, but have found I get very frustrated when my fingers won't move the way they're supposed to! I'm working on it...

Tuesday, July 01, 2008


has been delightful so far. We're enjoying some time on the lake as we cat sit for friends. We've been out in the canoe...

(Andrew, his girlfriend Liz and Grace)

We've watched some beautiful sunsets...

And I've found time to do a little quilting. I finished piecing this top this morning, then quilted it and sewed the binding on this afternoon. Tomorrow, we're heading to NY to see friends that we haven't seen in the 10 years since we moved back to NJ. I'll be hand stitching the binding to the back of it as we drive...hopefully I can finish it and get it washed so I can give it to a little girl on Thursday night...I hope she likes it!

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