Friday, October 31, 2008

Away But Still Stitching and Posting

I am still vacationing in Houston, Texas with only about two weeks left until I must return to the cold weather in the Northeast. I have been keeping very busy stitching quilt blocks, and sewing on Deb's NRR and exchanges. Yesterday I spent the day at the Quilt Festival; it was wonderful. I have posted a picture of one of the many gorgeous quilts hanging at festival.

I participated in the Prairie Schooler Exchange (HOE) and received a beautiful Pinkeep from Karen K. I love all of the PS designs but am truly partial to fall designs, this one is absolutely stunning.

Karen included a great selection of extras including one of the older PS leaflets that I did not have. Thank you so much Karen, I appreciate everything that you sent!

HOE Prairie Schooler Exchange ~ Received from Karen K.

Wendy has received the Floss Tag Exchange (HOE) that I sent to her so I am now able to share pictures:

HOE Floss Tag Exchange ~ Sent to Wendy

I spent Thursday at the Quilt Festival in Houston and will be returning to the show on Saturday as well. I will leave you with a gorgeous quilt that was designed and stitched by Cynthia England of England Design Studio. She is an award winning quilter with an amazing talent; I encourage you to check out her website and take a look at all of her beautiful quilt patterns. Her latest patterns, Hens and Chicks and Barnyard Boss are wonderful. She offers a free pattern on her website if you are interested in trying out her Picture Piecing Technique.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Until next time...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

And I'm Off...

Saturday I will be flying off to Texas for a month where I will visit good friends and attend International Quilt Festival. This is a great Quilt Show with 1000+ vendor booths, hundreds of quilts on display, and an extensive class catalog. It is a Quilt Show like no other!

While browsing the Quilt Festival website I came across a great deal on a subscription to Country Living, 12 issues for just $5.00(click here if you are interested). Now if only I could find cross stitch magazine subscriptions for 5.00!

I spent the last two days making a baby quilt for my friend’s grandbaby that is due in early December. I really wanted to complete the top this week so that I could bring it in to have it quilted while I am away. It took me two days to piece this, I was up until 4am this morning but I got it done. I am pleased with how it turned out; even happier that it is now at the quilters. Once it is complete I will take a better picture of it, I quickly snapped this before heading out and it is not the best.

I have completed the stitching on three exchanges and I may even be able to do the finishing before heading to Texas, fingers crossed! I did join Becky's Let's Stitch group and have decided to spend Friday nights stitching on my VOHRH. I am on block #6, have been since the spring, and I look forward to finally removing it from the WIPs Project Basket and completing it.

This is where I left off~

Well, the house is very quiet. Misha and Lily left for PA with my DS yesterday. He eagerly agreed to tend to them while I am away, but I am not quite sure he knows what he is in for with Little Miss Lily! She is nothing like Sweet Misha who, at 11 years, is an angel and SO easy.

Apparently, my DS has plans for Halloween that will include Lily (hopefully no wild college parties). Here is a peek at her costume, cute huh? OINK!

Lily 4 1/2 months ~ 2.5 pounds

I am not sure how much blogging I will do over the next month; I will probably read blogs but will not be updating mine for a while.

Have a great month and I will leave you with this image ~


Until next time...

Monday, October 6, 2008

On The Move

My blog has been neglected but for good reason, we sold our house and have temporarily moved to the next town. Our plan is to purchase a permanent house in Vermont but after this move I need a break from all the packing and unpacking so, I will start my house hunting early next year. Given the depressed housing market I am truly thankful that our house sold and that we can move on.

Since I have had no time for stitching, I shall share a few before and after pictures of what I have been busy with:



(Notice the three boxes? These were used to "try" to keep Lily out but she managed to squeeze through the railing and leave me a little surprise!)

Although I have lived in seven states and nine homes, I have been fortunate in that I have not had to engage in the daunting task of packing and moving, our moves have been corporate moves…except this one. Having to pack up a 4400 square foot home, taking care to inventory each box, and moving many of them on our own makes me truly appreciate the benefit of a corporate move. We did have the movers come in to handle most of the furniture and heavy boxes. They lifted furniture with easy, toted large boxes with minimal effort but when it came to hauling the commercial treadmill, they truly struggled. I honestly was not sure how they would accomplish this task without dropping it, but they did. Even "the big guy" (actually huge guy) was straining, not to mention sweating.

Somewhat settled I have resumed my stitching and am busy trying to complete some exchanges before I head off for a one month stay in Texas on the 18th. I am going to spend a month in Houston where I will visit my good friends and attend International Quilt Festival. I am also hoping to meet up with an online friend, Anita; this will be the first time that I get to meet an online friend...there are so many of you that I would love to meet!

Well, little Miss Lily is adorable but I am still struggling to housebreak her. Consistency is what I am aiming for and she just does not seem to get it. Therefore, I must live with baby gates and hope that she will “get it” very soon so that we all can roam freely about the house.

Oh, what is that? I hear unopened boxes calling my name…Grrrr!!!

Until next time...