Tuesday, October 27, 2009

International Fabrics

This is what I got on my trip to Nassau, Bahama this past week.  We, my husband and I, were there for almost a week for my step-daughters wedding.  I'm glad I can say I saw The Bahamas, but I have no desire to go back.  I did, with the help of my in-laws, find this fabric shop that sells these Bahama Hand Print fabrics.  At $29 per yard for this cotton poplin, these two small pieces were all I could afford.  I think I'll make a nice pillow for Kelly (step-daughter) with these fabrics and I'll embroider their names and wedding date on it as well.  It's perfect because their house colors are aqua and brown. 

It's not that I didn't think The Bahamas weren't beautiful, because it was, but I am not a sunbather and my husband is not a touristy kind of guy so we pretty much didn't do too much except walk around the resort and drink.  It was nice the first 3 days because there were wedding things planned (rehearsal dinner even though there was no rehearsal) and then a meet and greet the first day.  The people of The Bahamas were so friendly and no matter where you were you also got friendly answers.  My in-laws and I got to see the real Bahamas on a bus ride home from the fabric store - we are calling it our great adventure. 

Here's a picture of the bride and groom, his parents, me and my husband.  I have to admit that it was a very humid and hot day.  Luckily every now and then a breeze would come up to keep us all from dying.  The wedding was beautiful and Kelly, her mom and her new mother-in-law did an excellent job in all the organizing.  It was an idyllic setting, casual but beautiful. 

And for the title, international fabrics, I have these to add.  These are the fabrics that my mom and sister bought for me while they were in Holland.  I just asked my mom to get me a yard of fabric.  But look at all the goodies they brought back. 

Such beautiful fabrics.  I just have to figure out exactly what to make with them.  They are so special so the project has to be special too.    Any ideas for these fabrics would be appreciated. 

Monday, October 19, 2009

Loose Threads and I'm Off

We had our Loose Threads meeting tonight and we played with the color wheel.  Adena, the teacher among us, made little cards to label our blocks.  The blocks above are mine.  When I had them up on the wall, everybody asked me if they were trains.  I said no, it was a design I picked up from a scrapbook page.  However, looking at them all together they do look like a train.  Adena took then and will make a train quilt out of them.  Love that they will be put to use.  I would just have them in the pile of the other blocks from the other projects. 

Here are the rest of the girls blocks. 

Deolinda and Sara actually made complete tops/quilts with their blocks already.  (Deo's on the left, Sara's on the right.)

Adena (original GREAT design), Grace (boomerange blocks)  and Anna's (own circle design) blocks.  (Oh yes, those are wine bottles in each of the shots.  We do imbibe a bit at our meetings.)

And the best news, we leave tomorrow for the balmy, Bahamas for my step-daughters wedding.  So excited.  Was busy today at work getting stuff done and now after the meeting, I did a little more packing.  I feel very comfortable with our house/dog sitter - I left her enough instructions --I hope I haven't gone overboard.  But,  each dog has their own quirks and with one mostly blind, another partially blind and another very hyper dog, they each need special attention.  Good thing she like dogs. 

So no work to show for a while.  I will miss reading everyones blogs though.  I will have a lot of catching up to do when I get home.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Another finished project

but I can't show a picture because it's the guild's mystery quilt and the rest of the group won't be done until next June.  I spent way too much time quilting it but I like what I did.  That's 3 quilts that I've finished in the last 2 months that I can't show because of challenges and mysteries.  I also finished the project for my Loose Threads friendship group - it's the fiber art group and we're going thru Fearless Design.  We did the color project this month.

However I didn't show last months project for Loose Threads - it was Exercise 4 - Identifying the Value in Color.    These are my blocks.

These are Barbara Sawyers blocks.

Sara Kelly's blocks

Anna Koelewyn's blocks

Adena Joseph's Blocks

Grace Hoya's blocks

We're having fun - but can't wait to start making projects that I will want to do something with.
Going to Pacific International Quilt Show in Santa Clara this Saturday with 4 other girls from my friendship group.   Tuesday we're off to the Bahama's for Kelly's wedding.  Getting really excited now.

Time for bed.  Good night.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

So Ready for Fall

A finish that I can share.  This is one of the projects I worked on at our friendship group, Material Girls, retreat at Pismo.  I quilted it and bound it today at the local quilt store Thimble Towne's 6 to 6 sew day. Today I finished the top of another fall bed sized quilt - but won't show that until it's quilted.  But right now I have two good sized quilts pinned and ready to go.  Now I just need inspiration for the quilting design.

This week I also broke a bood vessel in my eye.  I was at the dentist getting my teeth cleaned and when the doc came into check my teeth out he blew air at a tooth and it made me cough - and after he calmed down because my head bucked up and scared the ??? out of him, he said what happened to your eye.  I didn't understand what he meant until I got to the office and everyone kept asking me what was wrong with my eye.  I kind of freaked when I saw it and then went on line to see what it was or if I needed to call my regular doc.  It says it should clear up in about 10 days - so it should be cleared up before Kelly's wedding. And yes I have a picture of it but it kind of freaks people out.

Our retreat last weekend was great.  11 ladies sewing all day in the wonderful town of Pismo Beach.  We all got so much done.  Did I get any pictures of any finished projects?  No, but I did get this group shot with most of us in our aprons that our dear friend and Anna made us and she wasn't able to make it the retreat.  I do have one more picture but Sue would kill me if I put it on the internet.  Let's just say she has learned a lesson about leaving personal clothing items hanging around her sewing area and leaving for a while - you never know where it will be hanging when it comes back.  Good thing she has a wonderful sense of humor but I think Debbie's husband was a wee bit embarassed. 

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend.