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Wednesday
Feb172010

Saturday Sampler

I see that I haven't posted about my Saturday Sampler progress in a while.  Thankfully, its not because I am behind, it's my slow picture taking.  This is the December block called "Crossings."  I did mine a little different than the pattern, but I like it better this way. 

The next block is Whirligigs.  It is a set of 3 blocks sewn together.

For February, we are starting the large center star block.  All we had to do was sew three strips of fabric together.  That is not too exciting, so no photo.  

Sunday
Feb142010

Road Trip

We finally got a date sorted out to deliver "The Quilt".  Not all of us could go, but that's kind of the way life is.  Brigitte, Kim and I drove down together.  Sally had already been planning a trip down, so we would meet up with her on Saturday.  By the way, "down" is the Washington D.C. area.  We arrived late Friday night and stayed up chatting for a while.  Then we tucked into bed. 

Saturday was our shop hop day.  We met up with Sally at G Street Fabrics.  I was a little disappointed as it was not like I remembered.  When I lived in the area, that store was packed with fabrics, fancy fabrics, patterns, trims, buttons and just about anything sewing related you could think of.  It still has a huge selection, just not as overwhelming as it used to be.  I guess people don't sew much anymore.  The second stop was a very cute store in Burke, The Artful Quilter.  My purchases there included clothesline (don't ask, but you may see it in a project) and a new marking pencil.  I try every marking pencil know to man searching for the perfect one. 

We were hungry and stopped for lunch at Aladdin's.  I had a delicious hummus sandwich and tried a green smoothie, which I liked a lot.  I may start juicing, we can go into that if I ever decide to share my odd eating habits.  We gave Cheryl her quilt and she was so surprised.  No picture because I still haven't learned to take pictures of everything. 

The best stop was the third stop.  We went to Jinny Beyer's Studio.  What a charming shop.  What fabulous fabrics.  We each bought a tiny charm quilt kit to commemorate our trip.  I also purchased "The Quilter's Album" by Jinny Beyer.  There are over 4000 blocks in there with both line drawings of the blocks and pictures of pieced blocks.  Each block is noted with the date and source it first appeared in print.  It really is an amazing reference book.  The shop started getting a little busy, so a few minutes later Jinny herself appeared to help out.  I'm not sure who was chatting with her, but she wanted to see the quilt we made.  How exciting is that!!!  Here we are at her shop.

That's me, Kim, Cheryl, Sally, and Brigitte.  Here's another picture.

Look, that's Jinny Beyer in the picture with us.  Just too exciting!  Thank you to the very nice lady that took these pictures for us. 

The last stop of the day was a knitting shop by Cheryl's house.  I don't remember the name.  2 balls of sock yarn and a pair of the shortest circular needles I have ever seen.  Then we went to Cheryl's house to rally for dinner.  Here is another picture of us and the quilt.

In case you don't remember who we are, that's Kim, Cheryl, Sally, Brigitte and me.

We had dinner at a crab restaurant, which was really tasty, but also a lot of messy work.  Then it was back to Cheryl's and off to bed.   Sunday was spa day and that was a real treat.  We went to Poplar Springs Inn.  I had a manicure, a Dr. Hauschka facial, and a Raindrop Therapy massage.  It would be very easy to do that every Sunday.  We had a lovely lunch and then it was time to go.  What a great weekend.  Maybe we'll do it again sometime.

Tuesday
Feb092010

More Quilt Blocks

Ok, more of the individual blocks of Cheryl's quilt.  Most of us are or were members of Turtle Creek Quilt Guild so Sally did this block.  A turtle dancing in the flowers.  It is just too cute.

Next up is Lois' block.  She's standing on a shovel in her garden.

I saved Brigitte's block for last.  It's because she is an overachiever.  She had her block done about two weeks after we started this project.  Umm, the rest of us weren't quite so quick.

Don't you just love those silver beaks.  She came up with the sunglasses idea too.  After all the blocks were done, we gave everything to Betty.  She is a master at putting a mishmash together into something wonderful.  She made a few extra blocks like these flowers and sunshine.

I did the quilting and Sandy sewed on the binding.  Kim and Brigitte made this label.

We were so pleased with ourselves when it was all done.  We couldn't just mail it off.  It deserved a road trip to be delivered in person.   And what a road trip it was!  That will be in the next post.

Saturday
Feb062010

Delivered

Whew, another secret project has been delivered.  It was quite a process, but we did get it done.  We used to be a group of 8 quilters.  Every Monday, we would come to my house (I actually didn't have to come because I live here) and work on our projects.  I'd make a pot of tea and sometimes someone would bring goodies.  We'd chat, drink tea, and stitch on our projects.  Then, Cheryl moved away.  I'm a little embarrassed to admit that it was well over a year ago.  So, since we are quilters, we decided to make her a quilt.

We each made a block using  Mickey Depre's "Garden Whimsy" as a guide and personalized the blocks a bit.  This is my block.  I'm balancing on the flowers in my garden with teacups in my hand.

Here is Sandy, napping in her hammock.  Can you tell that she has recently retired?

 

Betty was working on a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.  She paper pieced a zillion hexagons on Monday nights.

Kim made busy bees flitting around from place to place.  I think it's becasue she is always on the move.  Sometimes I just can't keep up with that girl.  One pair of sunglasses fell off a bee, but don't worry, I found them and they will be reunited with their bee soon.

Hmmmmm, this is turning into a long post with lots of pictures.   Look for the rest of the blocks tomorrow.

Friday
Jan292010

Wreaths

My Christmas wreaths are still hanging on the door.  It's not because I haven't tried.  They are so pretty that I don't want to take them down.  This is the inside wreath

It is very natural with lots of different greens, pine cones and pods.  You can't see the pods very well, but they are very cool.  And this is the outside wreath

My friend Kevin (who happens to be the father of baby Wade) made them in early December.  They still look fabulous and although they are very dry and crispy, they aren't shedding much and they are still very green.   The more I think about it, there's really no good reason to take them down.