Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Prepping for Portland

Inside the Vera Bradley hanging travel cosmetic bag (which is perfect for carrying sewing around, by the way), you'll find:
  • 4 printed sashiko of which I started on the cruise
  • a dozen leaves needing applique cut out centers (from a 2012 Karen Kay Buckley workshop)
  • the center medallion from the Jingle quilt, which is 2/3 finished

I also kitted 12 applique Dear Jane blocks...marked the blocks and cut out the shapes.

And if that isn't enough, I pulled out the Vintage Trick or Treat quilt and traced out designs on 4 blocks and spent quite a bit of time trying to match the DMC floss specified in the pattern with my 18wt Aurifil.

Not sure it's enough to keep me busy to/in/from Portland. If not, I'll be spending lots of time on Facebook and the blog.

When all was said and done, I did finish 7 Dear Jane blocks the other day, plus....

three more pieced blocks that just need a tiny bit of applique (that I packed for Portland).  Patting myself on the back for making my DJ June quota. Those other 9 applique blocks I've packed are a good head start for July's quota.

Well, it's Wednesday--the one day I have to go into the office (yuk!). Super hot and humid here with thunderstorms forecast--a perfect hair day for taking a staff photo to be used in a presentation at the meeting next week (not!).

My sister brought over a table quilt she needs done so I need to do something fast and easy and finish that after work tonight if I'm going to get it done this week.

Happy Wednesday!  One more day to the long weekend (woo hoo!)

Monday, June 30, 2014

Striving for Normalcy

 (One of my 'repurposed pincushion' finds from the ladies trip to the beach a couple weeks ago)

With the beach trip followed by Florida/cruise/Florida trips, June has been exhausting.

The hubs was gone for a softball tournament all weekend (yes, he's nuts....unpack Wednesday to repack and leave again on Friday, not to mention he played ball Wednesday and Thursday night).  WIth the house to myself, you might have thought I'd have done some serious sewing, but alas, between cleaning, grocery shopping and enjoying the solitude (except for a neighbor's party on Saturday night), there was little stitching going on at House of Entwistle..

In 10 days, I'm headed off to Portland for business, so again, not much time for play, but I MUST squeeze in some time to prep handwork to take on the trip (6 hour flight each way, 5 nights in a hotel with no sewing machine...must have some kind of hand sewing to amuse myself.).

Once I get back I've got to put the pedal to the metal and get that Kaffe scrappy quilt sandwiched and quilted so I don't miss the deadline for entering it in the County Fair.

Today I managed  to complete 2 of the 10 Dear Jane blocks I've committed myself to do each month. (Hmmmm....tomorrow's the last day of the month and I've still got 8 blocks to go...sigh...I knew that afternoon nap was going to cause trouble.).

Okay, it's almost 3 am and I'd best get to bed (yet another reason I shouldn't do naps). Happy Monday! Hope to get at least 3 more DJ blocks done tomorrow. (Better to be only 5 behind rather than 8).

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Goodbye Florida, It'll Be Good to Get Home

It's been a busy June.  Surprise birthday party the first weekend, followed by a long weekend in Ocean City for the Wine Festival the next, and then off to Florida for a little 3 day cruise to the Bahamas (that's Glynda, above…our bartender for the evening martini tasting, and some down time at the beach.

We had an afternoon in Nassau where we aimlessly wandered the 'shops' in town, bought nothing, and took no photos.  Now we're winding down the last couple of vacation days spent at my sister in law's beach house. We fly out this afternoon.

Normally I'm very sad to leave to go home and back to work, but it's freakin' crazy hot here. So hot I'm not even sitting on the deck with one final martini, whittling away at one of the numerous appliqué/sashiko projects I brought along.  There'll be plenty of time for that in the 2 airports and the 2 flights it takes to get home tonight.

Tomorrow morning it's back to work--lovely….and it's the one day a week I have to work from the office :-(.

I did manage to visit 3 quilt shops this trip, pick up a little fabric, tighten up some wrinkles, lose enough in the ship's casino to satisfy any urge to gamble for a while, and enjoy some time spent with family. (Oh, and did I mention that the hubs and I entertained the ship's passengers as contestants onstage in 'the married game?  That's a story for another post.)

Now for a couple of weeks at home to maybe play a little catch up on Dear Jane and my other BOMs, get a start on quilting the Kaffe scrap quilt that needs to be ready for the Fair in early August, and then I'm off to Portland, OR for business for a week. Guess I'l have to squeeze in some appliqué prep for the take-along projects I'll need to occupy myself in my hotel room for 5 nights.

Be home from Florida tonight around 10 p.m. Really looking forward to hugging the dogs!  Enjoy your Tuesday afternoon!