Monday, September 02, 2013

I'd swear this used to be a quilting blog...

but it's become a little bit of everything.  With today being Labor Day, I was thinking back over where the summer went.  It passed so quickly!  I did little in the garden this year, chronic illness has a way of keeping you from doing the things you want to do because what you have to do takes precedence.

Summer started here with Andrew and Dayna getting engaged on the day before my birthday!  The wedding won't be for about 2 years, but we're delighted to welcome her into the family!
The happy couple!
Another highlight of my summer was driving Grace's car down to her in Orlando.  I hadn't expected to see her until November, but we realized that she really needed her car.  I took a few days off work and drove the 16 hours from NJ to FL.  I enjoyed the ride and was so excited to see her.  We were able to spend a full day at the Magic Kingdom, it was such fun!

Grace and Minnie
We arrived at the park at 10AM and left sometime after midnight.  After visiting the park so many times, Grace knew exactly when to go on each ride with the shortest wait, the best times to get fast passes and how to time things so that we didn't have to wait for more than a few minutes anywhere.  It was fabulous.
Cinderella's Castle
 It poured the whole day, but we didn't care, it just made it easier to get on rides! She wore her Minnie ears all day and insisted that I wear the tiara that she got me for my birthday...I got to be Merida from Brave.
Grace and I...with tiara of course!
We did have the most amazing time and I can't wait to head back down in November!  Since I've been home I've been working on my Milk Run Shawl.  I fell in love with it when Mollie was making it and needed to make one for myself.  I have about 40 rows on the body left, then onto the ruffle.  I only plan to do the ruffle on two sides and not across the top, so I hope to have it done before Disney in November.  I think it will be nice to wear on the plane! I'm using Cascade 220 in Silver Gray. I did make a mistake that I see, but don't know that anyone else will notice.  I'd gotten almost a full skein past it before I noticed and I was NOT going back that far!

Milk Run Shawl
Finally, I came up with an idea to hang my Grandmother's Album quilt that I finished several years ago.  We have wood trim around the top of our family room.  I took a 6 foot long 1 by 3, stained it and the Boss and I drilled into it, and screwed it into the wall with knobs so that I can change out the quilt.  I had another of this type of hanger than I won years ago and it never occurred to me to use the same idea using the wood trim in the family room.  What can I say, I'm a little slow sometimes!  But it's finally hung and I'm enjoying's much  better than just seeing the edge of the quilt, folded in my closet!

Grandma's Album Quilt
I've done some sewing, but it's handwork and doesn't seem to be showing much progress.  More on that next time...


Bev's Blog said...

Hi Carolyn, Looks like you have had a busy productive summer. I finished a quilt and have two more ready for the long arm. I copied your shawl pattern and will make it as soon as I finish the baby things I am working on. So thanks for that. Hope you and your family are well, Sending a hug, Bev

Thimbleanna said...

Oh How Fun! Having family connections at Disney has it's privileges -- you Lucky girl! You look great in your tiara and your quilt looks beautiful hanging in your family room!

Suzy said...

Looks like your Summer was great! Hope you are recovered fully from when you were out for the count. Maybe when you come down in November, we can meet up. I'm only 45-60 minutes from Orlando. Have a wonderful Autumn. I miss the Fall in NJ. It was my favorite season.