Saturday, September 24, 2016

More Exciting News...

Sooo, before I left for my cruise, a quilting friend called me and suggested I put the three quilts I had in our show in March into the Jacksonville Quilt Show that was being held mid-September.  A large show with entries from all over.  She said she was entering as well and she was going to be going up to St. Augustine to drop them off and would pick them up as well.  Since I wouldn't have to mail them, it was much more appealing to me than taking a chance on shipping them. There was a $15 entry fee per quilt, which I thought was quite reasonable for such a large show. There were also monetary prizes given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Well guess what?  My Kylie's Kite Quilt won First Place for Small Quilts ($300 prize and a blue ribbon), and my Savannah Quilt won an honorable mention for Miniature Quilts (a pretty yellow ribbon)!



Color me happy!
Suzy

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sock Monkeys? Oh, My!

Before I left on my cruise, I finished another charity quilt top. This time, it's sock monkeys. I bought this fabric while visiting my sister in June/July. It was just too cute to pass up. So I scoured pinterest for ideas to use it to it's full advantage -- something that wouldn't cut up the sock monkey fabric too small. Here is the final result...



I think it turned out too cute!

Eee Eee Ooo Ooo,
Suzy

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Playing Catch-Up

Hi, all!  It's me again!  I've been back from my trip-of-a-lifetime Mediterranean Cruise with Bonnie Hunter since September 1.  Almost three weeks already!  Where has the time gone...?

To say it was an amazing adventure would be a total understatement. And I have a gazillion pictures I still need to go through.  I can't even explain into words the things I saw and experienced, so I won't even try.  The weather was perfection (although hot -- after all, it was the Mediterranean in the summer!), and the architecture and scenery were breathtaking.  I could go on for pages and pages, so let me stop now.  

Bonnie and I look so tired in this picture.
This was taken toward the end of the cruise, obviously.  LOL!

Below is a picture of our itinerary and the ports of call, so if you want to learn about the areas, you can always Google them. . . or even check out Bonnie's blog, or even my new friend, Mavis's blog, at Dayspring Quilter.  They paid for wifi connection so could blog on a regular basis.   

Susan enjoying a cappucino in Barcelona.

Me and my new Canadian friend, Mavis.
We got along like long-lost sisters as soon as we met.
Susan and I opted to spend several days prior to the cruise
and the day following the cruise in Barcelona.
So glad we did!  What a beautiful city!

When I got home, besides overcoming 4 days of jetlag and catching up on snail mail, e-mail, bills, grocery shopping, laundry, etc., during the past three weeks I have managed to finish the tops of the two projects we started working on during the days at sea.  I love them both!

"A Little Bit Hexie"
"Spanish Rose"

Close-Up of "Spanish Rose."
I was the renegade quilter and fused my appliques rather than doing them by hand.
I wanted to eventually finish the quilt.  *grin*

So there you have it.  The short and sweet low-down of our trip.  I'll leave you with a photo of our dining room table and all my new friends, as well as a group photo.



Arrivederci for now,
Suzy





Thursday, July 28, 2016

Top Done! -- Williamsburg Stars

I finally completed my Williamsburg Stars quilt top. Took me a while, but since I only worked on it sporadically between other fun things, I'm happy to see it done.  Although I'm not liking that one dark brown corner that seems to stick out like a sore thumb.  Should I change it out for a lighter brown? Thoughts anyone?


Not sure when I'll get it quilted.  I'm hoping to quilt it myself as it's on the smaller size -- about 40 inches square.  I may put it in our next Seaside Piecemakers Show in March 2018.  It should be quilted by then...  LMAO!

Slowly but surely,
Suzy

Two More Charity Quilts...

While visiting my sister, I did some sewing while she and my brother-in-law were away at work and made two quickie quilt tops.  One is made using two charm square packages and the other was made using half a batik jelly roll package.  I cut the whites for each from two different whites.  The batik one was little tone-on-tone dots and the other was tiny white swirls on a white background. They were fun and quick to make.



I will take them with me for our monthly community service day this coming Wednesday where either I or someone else will quilt them.

Many hands make light the work,
Suzy

Spiderweb/Star Charity Quilt Completed!

The community service quilt that my Wednesday quilt gals and I worked on is now complete. It turned out wonderfully and was so much fun to piece and use up some scraps!  :o)

Front

Close-up

Back

Share the love,
Suzy

Vacation Highlights - PA and NJ

This post is a long one.  Grab a cuppa...

June 24th I headed off to my sister's, who lives in Honey Brook, PA (about 30 minutes from Lancaster).  I drove (not the first time); but let me tell you, it will be the LAST time.  Flying from now on!!!  What was usually a 14-15 hour drive, took me 18 hours.  From Richmond through Washington was ridiculous!  Never again!  Never again!  Yes, I know I could have spent the night somewhere, but it's not so easy when you have a dog with you. She's a great traveler, though!  And that was one of the reasons I wanted to drive -- to bring Tasha with me and also have a car, as I planned to do some visiting and didn't want to rent one.  Like I said, never again!  LOL!  Although coming home, I had no problems...

Anyway, on to the good stuff.  I hadn't seen my sister, brother-in-law and niece in two and a half years, so it was a joyful reunion.  My sister took off a few days from work, so we could spend quality time together.  I won't bore you with the details, but here are some pictures to share...

10th Annual Chester County Balloon Festival


My niece, Morgan, and my sister, Meg.






Me and Dad.
My sister and I share "joint custody".  *grin*  I have him from October-May, she has him June-September.
I only saw him a couple days as he and my youngest brother were going to be heading off to Eugene, Oregon for 12 days to see the Olympic Tryouts.





A fire pit evening in my sister's backyard.

The sunsets were breathtaking!


Doggie friends -- Heidi and Tasha

I also was able to get together with many friends.

On July 6, my NJ quilty friends (whom I haven't seen for 5 years) met me at my sisters for a day planned in Lancaster.  Can you say "Quilt Shop HEAVEN!"  I just love Lancaster.  But before we headed off, my sister had mentioned a wonderful lunching spot called Wyebrook Farm.  The place was a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e and the food was amazing!  If you click on the link above, you can read more about it...

My girfriends, Jackie, Bonnie, Adriana and me (l to r) enjoying our surroundings and our meal.

Stunning views!

Ambiance can't be beat!

An additional eating area.

Entrance (looking out)

Exploring the farm.





With our bellies full, we then headed off to Lancaster and requisite fabric shopping.  We even enjoyed homemade ice cream in the village.






It was a wonderful day spent with wonderful women.  I will miss them terribly until we can meet up again.  :o(

On another note, the following evening I met up with a NJ high school girlfriend whom I haven't seen in 35 years...not since my elder daughter was an infant.  I didn't even realize she lived so close to my sister's area until I posted about my upcoming trip on Facebook.  She contacted me and we met up for dinner and reminisced.  It was like the years melted away as we caught up with each other's lives.


Brenda and I

The following day, I traveled to Trenton, NJ to meet up with my co-worker friends.  I spent the night with one of them so I didn't have to drive the hour and a half back to my sisters afterwards (don't drink and drive!).  I can't believe I've been retired for over 8 years!  What a blast we had!  There were probably 20-30 of us total, as some sporadically came and went during the course of the evening.  If we look like we were melting in the pictures, we probably were.  There was no working air conditioning at the nightclub!  Crazy but we had fun anyway.  :o)

I have a few pictures to share, but was too busy hugging and talking to really take any myself.  Still waiting for some others to share the ones they took.  ;o)



Bonney was my partner in crime at work. *wink*

I was also able to meet up with my girlfriend that I'm going on Bonnie Hunter's Mediterranean Cruise with while she was touting about in her new RV. She has a brother who lives near my sister.  It really is a small world we live in!

Got home safe and sound around midnight on July 11.  New memories made...

Family and Friends are Forever,
Suzy