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,

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,

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)




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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,

Vacation Highlights - Cape Coral, FL

Hi all.  I know I've been MIA for a while.  Between being away on a couple vacations, getting re-situated, living life, etc., I've been neglecting my blog shamefully.  However, you will now be inundated with a multitude of postings.  Me playing catch-up.  *grin*

In early June my elder daughter, son-in-law, granddaughters and grandson rented a gorgeous 4 bedroom pool home in Cape Coral, FL on the west coast about an hour south of Tampa.  Although my younger daughter couldn't make it due to school (college) conflicts, nonetheless we had an awesome time.  

It didn't start out awesome however.  We had originally rented a home in Siesta Key, FL, but the day before we were to arrive, we received a phone call informing us that the homeowners double-booked and the other party was already in the home.  Long story short -- it all worked out in the end.  Not only did we skirt the tropical storm in the area, we found an even nicer home to rent in its place in Cape Coral.  Air B&B picked up the price difference and the homeowners of the original booking is giving us all a free week at their beautiful home whenever we choose in the future.  Best thing out of the deal is we can now pick a time when even my younger daughter can make it.  Win, win.

I didn't take many pictures as I was enjoying myself too much.  In fact, although the entire home was drop dead gorgeous, I only have pictures of the pool area as that is mainly where we were while there.  LOL!  It was like a tropical oasis and we had a blast!

I'll leave you with some pics...

My dog, Tasha, enjoying the day.

My son-in-law, the Master Griller!

One of my granddaughters, and their little puppy, Murphy.

Our gorgeous poolside oasis also came with a hot tub!

We had a momma dove and her babies in our family room window.  A sign from God that my hubby and Heather's Dad was with us on our trip.

Checking out the local marina. 

There were some seriously expensive boats there!

Storefronts by the local marina.

The doggies got along famously!  They look so much alike you'd think they were truly related.

While Heather and Richard went off on their own for a bit, I took the kids to a local pizza joint.  Never saw a claw game like this before!  LMAO!

Family time rocks!