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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Boy does a month go by fast!

Hard to believe it has been just over a month since my last post!
So much has happened!


 Winter Days in Shades of Taupe traveled to AQS week Paducah
what a thrill to have a quilt accepted two years in a row!
She didn't come home with any ribbons but just the fact that she was accepted 
and hung around with some of the Big Girl Quilts was awesome!!



Funky Garden on Red traveled to the HMQS in Utah
where she received a Third Place Ribbon for Applique!!
Wha-Hoo!!! SO excited!
She has really exceeded all of my expectations!

Finished this quilt that will now be known as "Aquarius" 
Don't ask why but she reminds me of the song!!


May was a travel month!
Visiting my son Matthew in Tavares Florida
where he is the Airport Manager of 
"America's Seaplane City"!

All though there are no regular airplanes - 
there are plenty of Seaplanes, Boats and a Water Park 
that he is in charge of! Wow!

Had a great day walking the beach in New Smyrna Florida!
Great Mom and Son day!


Then on Mothers day after having breakfast with my son I traveled to
Corpus Christi Texas to have dinner with my daughter!!


We spent some time walking the beaches of North Padre Island

Stella with her watchful eye making sure every stitch was perfect!

Victoria at her work place - the Athletic Training room
of Texas A&M Univ - Corpus Christi

Getting ready for the Master's Hooding Ceremony

Have to have a photo in front of the HUGE school sign!


 Graduation Day!!

 Proud parents!


It was a RAINY day….
 walking on the USS Lexington
 and visiting the Texas Aquarium


Stella not to happy about wearing 
Victoria's Graduation Orchid flower lei

Still managed to do a good amount 
of stitching during my two weeks of travel!!

Phew!
What a month!!




Thursday, April 14, 2016

Sew many things are a happening!!

Finally the kitchen renovations are DONE!!
Hubby and I bought our house over 30 years ago,
and I always wanted a lighter and brighter kitchen.

The kitchen went from being dark and dreary


to light, bright and VERY cheery!

here is the other side
(you can see where paint colors were being tested!)

 Finally the Cape Cod kitchen I've always dreamed of!!


Went to a paper piecing workshop
taught by Jackie Kunckle!
Awesome - she is just a ball of energy!
two blocks done just a few more to go!


Then there was MQX in Manchester….
the show was fabulous,
it had a special and awesome vibe - loved it!


Here are a few of my favorites









My MQX experience also included CLASSES!!

the first was a Fabulous class by Lisa Calle
"Divide & Design"
my attempt at creating a design!
Lisa was great - very positive and creative

then...
Judi Madsen taught
"Modern Quilting Meets Traditional"
This gal is spunky!
and incredible!
so open and sharing of her designs and ideas
truly refreshing.

and a lecture with Timna Tarr
displaying and discussing her fabulous quilts.

and there were Quilty Friends!
Diana, Kathy and Michelle

Wrapping up all the quilty fun this month...
was a wonderful lecture by Alex Veronelli of Aurifil Threads
after seeing his presentation of raw cotton to the spool
I now understand the cost of thread …
totally worth it!

and best of all … going home with a door prize!!
 YUP!
10 spools of 12 wt threads!
Perfect for my embroidery!

 Also finished up blocks #12 and #13
of my appliqué Flower Garden by Kim McLean


 OH! the herd is getting larger!
decided to make this quilt a bit bigger than originally planned…
so only 21 more to go!

It's been a busy past few months!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Paducah vs. MQX and a quilt retreat

torn between two quilt shows…
MQX vs Paducah
such a dilemma 

This quilt 
"Snow Days in Shades of Taupe"
(due to a paperwork snafu on my part)

was accepted into Both shows!
Unfortunately she can not be at both.
So after talking with the gals at MQX (they were very gracious),
"Winter Days" will be going to Paducah!!!
I am thrilled beyond belief!


Attended a fabulous retreat on the Cape two weeks ago!
Stayed at the Sea Crest Hotel (Fabulous!!)
this was the view at breakfast every morning!

My beach walk Day one

Sunset from the dinner table

Beach walk day two
I'm in Heaven!!

Light in the hallway
There is a modern quilt there for sure!

Yes … soon quilting was done!
Finished this top
I'm calling her "Aquarius"
because it reminds my of the 60's and
I just can't get that song out of my head!

it comes from a panel by Alyson Glass
plus a fat quarter stack

and 5 owls were made for my
Fancy Forrest quilt
pattern my Elizabeth Hartman
another happy quilt!

and when I came home this
beautiful bouquet was waiting for me!
Hubby did good!

Having Quilting ADHD can be a hazard!
Starting another appliqué project wasn't on the agenda…
by just could not resist this cutie!
The elephant stencil is from Laundry Basket and 
the fabric is the layer cake  "Mon Ami" from Moda.

here is block one done!

the other appliqué projects in the works are 
Ladies of the Sea by Sue Garmen
and
Flower Garden by Kim McLean

make me happy to have a project for every mood!!

Should get a lot done today as it's snowing out!
That's New England weather for ya!

Happy Quilting!