Saturday, October 7, 2017

Binding...check!

I found a couple of quilts hanging in the closet that had been quilted but not yet bound.  I finished one today (woohoo) but would NEVER have remembered when it was made or who quilted it for me.  Fortunately on these two, I'd made the label and pieced it into the back prior to quilting.  I really need to do that for all that I make since I'm so bad about labeling my quilts.

It's been washed and is laying in the yard drying as we speak.  I'll bring it in before it's all the way dry and finish it up in the dryer.  This one was made in 2010 entirely from my stash and I could easily probably make 30 more just like it without making much of a dent 😕  This one as well as any others I finish will be donation quilts since, sadly, my kids couldn't give a flip about my quilts.  Oh well, their loss I guess.

State Fair of Texas!!

I took my two great nephews (the rugrats) to the fair a couple of days ago and it just about wore me out!!  It was VERY hot and the fair is HUGE!!  But then I'm also outta shape and really need to do something about it.  Maybe when it cools down some, I'll make an effort to step it up.

Of course a couple of goofy photos


There were some really pretty garden areas with sculptures in areas of the fairgrounds.  This was made entirely of railroad spikes (ruggies obscuring most of the sculpture).

 

#1 rug played a game and won a drone for his brother.  How sweet!
#2 rug didn't quite make it up the ladder before it flipped on him!
Getting ready for the day they turn 16 (Lord help us all!).
Chilling while Aunt Beady was looking at mattresses.

Cute display of lots of umbrellas over an eating area.  Mostly I was too tired to take many photos and it was so late in the day before I found the bldg. with the quilts and such that I didn't even want to look.  You KNOW it was bad when that was the case.  Oh well.....


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

NEVER fails!

There's always something that causes me to take longer than it should to finish putting the pieces together 😕 and usually it's because I sew something wrong.  I had two rows in upside down (one of the rows included Mickey's face!!) and had to take it out and re-do it.  Well, now it's put together correctly and I need to pick out a border.

When everyone was doing the 365, I wasn't interested initially.  But then at some point, I decided I would do it but probably not 365 and NOT small blocks.  My backgrounds are 6 1/2" and it's 10 X 12 so I guess I did about 1/3 of a year's worth.  And I knew I wanted to finish this as a donation quilt so I used lots of  "I Spy" type fabrics.  Pretty happy with how many different prints are in there although not all are worthy to be called "I Spy" type (LOL).  Hopefully some kid will enjoy the heck out of it.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Circles, rows and fall

Have been working (very) slowly on my row by rows and made a quick 90 degree turn back to the circles.  I had finished the applique on the last few circles and wanted to begin the assembly.  The circles are on 6.5" squares and it will be 10 x12 so 60 x 72 before border..will be a good donation quilt I think.


And then I decided to put a fall quilt in the entryway (not sure why I bother since probably no one will see it).  But at least there's a little fall in the house.



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

No clever title

but then I don't think I ever have one of those.  I 'finished' two more rows today so making progress but no pix.  Hopefully soon.  Just posting a couple of photos here so I can find them later (maybe).  I went to get ice cream and saw this on the way home..

I thought it was pretty.  Spotted this guy before I left...
he doesn't think I noticed him.  LOL


Monday, September 18, 2017

I AM

still doing a little quilting but most of it at the moment is working on my row by rows.  It WOULD be nice to actually get one quilt made from all the kits I've ordered over the past 2-3 years.  UGH!  But until I get a grouping that appears to maybe be a decent size, I'm not showing them.  Currently it looks like maybe my first group will be hot air balloons since I've been getting several of them to a workable stage.  We'll see.

Today was our monthly birthday lunch at the antique mall tea room and everything there is decorated for fall (even though outside it's still in the upper 90's which is fine by me!).  Some beautiful quilts were festooning a few booths so of course I had to snap some photos and I'm sharing with you!







Tonight is bunco night and last month I won with 5 buncos!!  So exciting.  Maybe I'll win again tonight (though I seriously doubt it).  Wish me luck!  LOL

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Halifax

Our final port of call was Halifax, Nova Scotia.  I was really looking forward to visiting and seeing this beautiful place but the weather didn't cooperate.  We had an excursion to Peggy's Cove on tap and I had hope that the weather would clear but it didn't.  We spent pretty much the entire time in the bus and the short time we got off to see the lighthouse was QUICKLY cut short when the rain began coming down in sheets and 8 busloads of tourists packed into the small gift shop.  NOT FUN!!  But I did get some decent pix out the bus window (and a couple before the bad rain).







And I did get a really cute hooded zippered rain jacket from the gift shop!!  I had a jacket (not rain repellent) and an umbrella (that turned inside out a few times due to high winds) so the beautiful purple rain jacket will live in my suitcase and be there for future trips.  I had checked weather.com multiple times prior to the trip and NOTHING showed like what we actually had.  DO NOT believe weather.com--they lie!!  LOL

Monday, September 11, 2017

9/11


When this day rolls around each year, I am reminded of what we were doing that morning as the news was reported about the first then second planes hitting the towers.  My DH was an air traffic controller and was working that morning at Fort Worth Air Traffic Control Center.  The controllers were charged with the task of emptying the skies in record time (but then of course, I don't think that was EVER done before).   It was extremely stressful for every controller working that day, even more so than what they did every day.  The victims and first responders are remembered every Sept. 11 and they should be.  But there were others working that day to protect the citizens of the United States and I always think of one in particular each year.

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Cruising continued

We left Cape Liberty in Bayonne, NJ which is just across the water from the NYC skyline.  Our balcony was on the starboard side so we had a beautiful view of the skyline AND lady Liberty..always a gorgeous sight!  There is a BEAUTIFUL memorial from Russia that was gifted after 9/11 so if you ever cruise from there, go see it just prior to boarding.  We were kicking ourselves for not visiting the NYC memorial prior to the cruise but it didn't cross my mind til we were on the ship.  😕


We were in a balcony on the starboard side so we enjoyed the NY skyline and the lady before departure (she's a little hard to make out but maybe you can see her if you enlarge the picture).


This was a little disturbing..LOL  Not sure what they were looking for!  Not sure you can read..it says FBI Dive Team.


This is a beautiful 9/11 memorial sent from Russia and it was just at the front portside of the ship.  If I'd known it was there beforehand, I would've stopped to look before boarding..ugh.
http://interestingamerica.com/2011-03-04_Russian_Tear_Monument_by_R_Grigonis_37.html


We are going under this bridge as we leave and I'm pretty sure the captain said we had like 5' clearance.  Uhh, sounds a little close to me!  (Sorry, pix was taken through the glass from the solarium).




Sunday, September 10, 2017

Cruising

I've been on a 9 day cruise and just got back yesterday.  The ship was a beauty--Anthem of the Seas.


A GIGANTIC giraffe up near pool area (served no purpose, just decoration..LOL)


Rock climbing wall (YIKES!)


Northstar..we did this and it was a little scary but super cool!!


This cool chandelier that would flash different ways.  There was a place where you'd put your palms and supposedly it added your heartbeat along with others before you and that changed the rhythm of the pulsing flashing (not sure if I believed that).






Monday, August 14, 2017

Now it's done!

These are the two little quilts I won in the silent auction.  I talked to the gal today and asked about the necktie quilt and she said I was outbid by $5!!  Ahh, such is life! But I got two little cuties!



Last of it

Of course, this isn't anywhere near all the quilts in the show..just the ones that REALLY called to me.


The following are Dear Jane blocks (which I've done) but loved the setting and the lighter to darker setting in the center area as well as the border (NO TRIANGLES!  LOL).



This small beauty included just a few of the Dear Jane blocks, triangles and all four corners.

 This one was made by a lady for her husband on his retirement from the McKinney Police Dept.  Beautiful!!

 And this one was just colorful, wild and crazy!!  What's not to love?!!



Sunday, August 13, 2017

Silent auction

The quilt show had lots of little quilts hanging in their silent auction area.  The one my friend and I liked the best was a tiny quilt with 4 rows of dress shirts and neckties.  TOO CUTE (and yes, I bid on it)


There were two other tiny things that were Halloween related and one that had 4 leaves on it.  I THOUGHT I'd taken pictures of all of them but guess not.  😕  I bid on these 4.  They did have a buy it now option but I just left bids.  We'll see if I hear anything..probably not.  (PS-I DID get a call saying I got 2 of the 4 I bid on but couldn't understand her message.  Pretty sure the bowties wasn't one of them but that's OK).

And just a few more beauties from the show!