Thursday, March 23, 2017

Christmas Goose Quilt Shop

No Regrets



Isn't this the truth!  We are now spending the week with G's uncle and aunt who we haven't seen in over 7 years and I can't say enough how glad I am we made the trip!  Connection with family and friends is the most important part of life.

I have been squeezing a little time in here and there for some sewing..started my second set of quilt blocks using a French General Jelly Roll!  We are going to hang out here in the desert for a few more days which means I just may get this quilt top done in between the 4 wheeling!!! LOL


Our visit to Hoover Dam was nostalgic for me because I remember when my mom and dad took there first "no kids" vacation and it was to The Hoover Dam.  As we walked around I wondered what it had looked like when my parents were here?  Much changed after 9-11.  A Bypass was built so that large trucks and buses could not drive across the dam because of it's importance to our nations infrastructure.  Hoover Dam has it's own police force and security department.  You must go through security check points to visit the dam...as in G had to get out and open all the outside compartment for inspections and a security officer entered our RV for a quick check.  Enzo looked guilty right away...and then the security officer started talking to him and it was tail wagging time, lol.  I wondered what my dad would have thought about it all.



Definitely worth a stop and visit...considering it was between 1931 and 1936!


Keep on Keeping on...stitching!


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

On The Road Again....

...like a band of gypsies we go down the highway...(Willie Nelson)


Besides The Christmas Goose The Red Rock Canyon just 8 miles outside of Las Vegas is my favorite...so far, LOL.



 The variety of terrain  was spectacular and the weather was perfect!  The only thing that was disappointing was the fact that I did not see one Tortoise!!!  Although there were several signs warning about them crossing the road.  How did the Tortoise cross the road?  The same way as the chicken!!!


I have been fitting some stitching time in between all the outdoor time.  Having the mobile Bee Hive aka a sewing room has made this trip perfect.  The only thing missing is the girlfriends.  But just so I don't feel too smug about stitching on the road I got this photo from my friend Robin...who has finished her piece from Sandra Leichner's Class at Empty Spools 2017...drats!!! I didn't even bring my on this trip.  Isn't it adorable!  Now I really wish I had brought it because seeing hers makes me want to work on it...oh well, I brought more than enough to keep me busy!


Best wishes on stitching...I am going to meet some of my March Goals...I am.. wishin' and hopin' and thinkin' and prayin'...Plannin' and dreamin' each night of my goals...(Dusty Springfield)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Busy Bee

It takes some planning to hit the road with a pile of quilting projects!  I am more worried about forgetting a vital piece of quilting than clothing, LOL  I have readjusted what I plan to work on while traveling.  I received an email from Crabapple Hill Studio about new designs and I fell in love with the baby :)  And, since I am expecting a new grandchild this summer I had to prep this one for the road using Meg's coloring techniques.  I am looking forward to starting this sweet embroidery.



I finally finished Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.  It took me 3 times of requesting it from the Library to finally finish it.  I can't tell you how much I wish everyone would read this book.  It challenges your belief systems.  Having faced overt prejudice/racism in my life the first chapter almost made me stop reading it...but, I pushed myself to finish the book because I wanted to find out how each character grew or didn't...and, I can honestly say for a fiction book it challenged me so much and I am so glad I read it...and I highly recommend you give it a chance.




Hope you have a fun St. Paddy's Day and make time for stitching!  


Empty Spools 2017 PT 2

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Empty Spools

Although I attended Empty Spools to learn from master applique artist Sandra Leichner I was lucky enough to be sitting with a group of woman who are part of an applique group back home.  And, one of those  Karen teaches applique!  I really benefited by my investment in Empty Spools...2 teachers for the price of one. 


I also learned some interesting tips!...If you don't have any tissue paper to wrap your applique in for travel a seat cover works just fine! LOL...I love the ingenuity of quilters!!!


Sandra and the applique group from Massachusetts...truly it is the people you meet that make quilt workshops worth attending!


Enjoy a glimpse of Sandra's applique :)

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