Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy September 1st!


We arrived home late last night from our vacation and today is filled with the post vacation activities.

For me: laundry and a trip to the grocery store.
For DH: a breakfast food trip to the grocery store (he's an early riser), wash of the minivan and bicycles followed by mowing the yard. Thankfully the weather is co-operating.
For DD: last day of summer vaca - she's on a Grey's Anatomy marathon.
For DS: business as usual… he manned the *fort* and kept the home fires burning for us!

The beginning of the vacation was a trip to Mackinac Island with an overnight stay! two actually.  This is one of my bucket list items…I always wanted to sight see at a leisurely pace.  Also DD took about 300 photos of the Island and Island life. We got soaked a couple times but all in all…I can't complain! We just did indoor activities when it was rainy. :)

Here are a few of her unedited pictures:

 A ferry bringing tourist over to the Island.
The view of Grand Hotel from the ferry.

We toured the Fort.

The view of the harbor from the Fort.

We watched the firearms demonstrations. This cannon is from 1842, I believe.

We toured one of the two Butterfly Houses on the Island.

 DH took us on a Carriage Tour so that I didn't have to climb the steps (like a million!) to view Arch Rock.

Mackinac Island is known for their fudge. What a better fudge shop to shop at than JoAnn's?

Did I ever share that my Mom wanted to name me Joan?!

We then headed to my in-laws cottage in lower Michigan. On the way there, my fuel pump died. Very luckily, we coasted to a stop at the only rest area between Mackinaw City and Grayling, Michigan (our destination). Very very luckily, my FIL was at his property in Grayling and came to rescue us! You see, my SIL was having outpatient knee surgery that day and my MIL stayed behind to help out.

The next day, DH and FIL took out the elderly neighbor's pontoon and FIL's.  I was able to eek in my pontoon ride of the season as DH drove it over to the boat ramp to take it out of the water to store for the winter. A few niece/nephews arrived later in the day…it was their Mom who had the knee surgery.

The next day, things went downhill really fast. FIL, DH and the kids were taking the SeaDoos out when my FIL fell on the slippery ramp. He landed on his head…ouch.  Concussion, 5 staples to close the head wound and a #6 rib broken rib…not a good thing.  :(  He's 75.

A good thing, more reinforcements arrived in the form of the two BILs/SILs. After getting Grandpa and SIL--knee--situated, everyone worked really hard to get the SeaDoos and speed boat out of the water. The boys were actually trailering the speed boat over to the storage shed after dark.

Sunday was the dock and lift removal day. So many helped from either side of the cottage plus all the brothers and their kids.  My other SIL scrubbed the boat lift canopy before it was stored for the winter. Many hands made light work! I was on Grandpa duty and I'm happy to report he only escaped once from me to get outside to check on the removal process! DH thinks he'll need to make a trip back in October to help with the leaves and get the cottages ready for winter time.

One sad note --- the quilt shop in town closed.  :(  Another smaller one opened so it was fun to look at her selections but I didn't buy any fabric or quilting related souvenirs.

Thanks for sticking with me and reading along. DD started school tomorrow -- 10th grade. I'm hoping for more time in the sewing room but this week brings QUILT EXPO to Madison!  I'll be spending a day there!  :)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Whoop! Whoop! 8.23.2014


Put the finishes touches on this beauty last night!

So Happy it is done!

Two's Company is a pattern I wanted to try and I wanted to use this yardage of basketballs. I only have a few 6.5 inch squares and various scraps left - whoo! hoo!  Slowly but surely I am working through the *why did I buy this* yardage…  :) I'm thinking about making a winter quilt queen size from this pattern. Although this throw finishes at almost 60 x 80, really generous and almost twin size. The blocks finish at 9 x 13 so plenty of room to show off the novelty fabric!

This is my August finish for the *A Lovely Year of Finishes* over at Fiber Sorts. (I was #26 on the August Goal List)

So again, very happy!

August seems to have flown by without a lot of time spent in the sewing room.  :(  Hopefully September will be a more productive sewing month.  Not sure if I will be able to link to the Finishing Party Linky as we (ok---me, DH and DD) will be going on vacation next week. And, get this, I'm debating about leaving the laptop and IPAD at home! DS will be home to man the station…so to speak, bring in the mail, etc…

pattern info:  Two's Company

panto infor: Bubbles by Lorien Quilting

Linking up today with:

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts

Monday, August 18, 2014

What I'm Working On...

I put together the blocks pretty quick for the Basketball Two's Company.

It took me a little longer to actually sew the top together and add the borders.

Today I loaded it onto the frame and pieced/loaded the backing fabric. The quilt measures 78 inches long and my back is 84 inches. Fingers crossed that it's long enough!  :)

pattern info:  Two's Company

Friday, August 15, 2014

Whoop! Whoop! 8.15.2014

Little SJS's quilt is quilted and bound!

Whoop! Whoop!

The front of the quilt.

The back of the quilt.

A close-up of her *SJS*

pattern info: Trip Around the World using 6.5 in cut novelties

panto info: curly hearts by Lorien Quilting

Linking up today with

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I worked on paper piecing the baby's initials to sew into the back of her quilt.

I think it took me longer to sew the *SJS* than to sew the entire flimsy!  I have to be ONE.OF.THE.SLOWEST.PAPER.PIECERS.EVER!!

I also quilted the quilt down with Curly Hearts panto by Lorien Quilting.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Design Wall Monday 8.11.2014

A good start to the week!

On the design wall is the quilt for my niece's baby…my great - niece! Hardly seems possible! The baby was born last Monday (8.4.2014) at about 6:30 pm.  I went to my trusty bin of novelties and pulled out as many girly fabrics as I could find.  Into the stash I went and found this subtle pink with white circles. I had cut out the pink last Wednesday but just sewed it into a top today. I already pinned it to the frame so next will be to figure out a backing.

I'm thinking I want to use the baby's initials - SJS - somehow. :)

I didn't double check the layout but I am kinda groovin' to the light to dark gradient. I put *Star Wars* fabric in the four corners as the new Dad is a BIG. STAR. WARS. FAN! did I say, "BIG!"?!

Usually I post before I sew…it's a good double check. Next time…I'll have to remember to *post before I sew*.  lol.

Well…that's my story and I'm sticking to it!  *grins*

Saturday, August 2, 2014

August Goal Setting 8.2.2014

Over at Fiber of All Sorts, Shanna is running a Lovely Year of Finishes Challenge. While I don't seem to collect many unfinished projects - I do tend to buy fabric with no particular quilt/idea in mind.  Sound familiar? So this month, I am digging into the stash and pulling out a fabric that is close to 8 or maybe 9 years old!

This basketball print was brought in Nagadoches, Texas when my niece was married. That was when we lived in Texas. I am quickly approaching my 8th year anniversary of living in Wisconsin. Now with my love of novelties, I tend to collect them but not the *go withs*. I did find the red in my stash but the green/blue were purchased for this project. *sigh* I originally wanted to use orange or yellow but neither of those stash colors were working for me. *another sigh*  I hope the end product doesn't look too Christmas-y. *double sigh* I recently brought the Two's Company pattern after seeing a QOV made from this. I think the print will look good in the larger squares. When my basketball quilt is complete I am planning on donating it to Margaret's Hope Chest for their Prison Ministry Outreach.

Housekeeping: I am number 27 on the August Linky Party list.

Did you hear?

The annual 100 Quilts for Kids has started! This year Kate of Swim, Bike, Quilt has handed over the reins to Heather at Quilts in the Queue!

Hop on over to Heather's blog to see what the 100 Quilts for Kids Challenge is all about!  There are prizes...