Show update

I wanted to share with you that the Ocean Waves Quilt Guild show 2017 was a huge success!  My little corner of the show was busy and we made lots of sales at the 2nd Time Around Booth.  Quilters loved the bargains and bags we filled at check out reflected that!  Lot of merchandise moved on to someone else!

My transfer of inventory has taken place, and my fellow guild member Lois is taking over following the quilt show.  I am “moving on” to another job in the guild.  (I truly believe that 2 years in any volunteer position is long enough.)  My next job is membership chairman , and I admire Melissa for doing it for longer than I have been a member of the guild.

As we wrapped up the show, I thought a lot about the more than 40 volunteers who worked with me in the lead up this week to the show.  Beyond that, in the last year and 1/2, probably another 40 have worked tirelessly preparing fabric for sale at the show and the guild meetings.  It has been fun, and a lot of work, and lots of friendships were made in the process.  My apologies to any & all if I was a tad short tempered by the end of the day today.  By 3 pm today, I just KNEW I needed some time alone and away from the booth, and I spent an hour walking the quilts on display; and admiring the talent and art that was exhibited by the show participants.

I spent a bit of time talking with the representative of the Fiber Arts Center in Denton Maryland after enjoying the 300+ quilts on display.  What an interesting organization!  They are creating a great directory of artists, teachers etc on the DelMarVa peninsula, and we had a wonderful conversation.   Their purpose stated is this:  “The Delmarva region is home to a thriving fiber arts scene! The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES) was founded in 2011 to preserve and nurture all forms of fiber arts. From the pre-Colonial era through the Civil War, to today’s modern and fast-paced world, fiber artists have created works that reflect Delmarva’s culture. At FACES, we’re working to preserve this tradition.

We’re also working to build a vibrant community of fiber artists and enthusiasts. Perhaps more than any other visual art form, fiber arts are often social in nature. For centuries, women have joined together for quilting bees, sewing circles, and “stich ‘n bitch” groups. As more and more of our communication moves online, the face-to-face sharing of talent and ideas has become more important than ever.

We invite you to join our community. Become a FACES member, subscribe to our e-newsletter, join our regional directory, or check out an upcoming exhibit or class on our regional event calendar. Happy stitching!  ”  Check out their website – http://www.fiberartscenter.com

I got pulled “away” from that conversation by the chairs of the show; and was delighted to be told, that my quilt “MITTENS” had won the VIEWER’S CHOICE award.   I was stunned, and overjoyed.  My thanks go out to all who voted for this art quilt. I’m so glad you took 6 steps back from the quilt and looked at it, as it was meant to be viewed.

Mittens wins Viewer's Choice at Ocean Waves Quilt Guild Show

Additionally – I received a 3rd place ribbon for “Addison’s Quilt“.  Now, I am sad to say, I never took a photo while it was hanging at the show with the ribbon beside it! (Insert shamed face here.)  I do have a few photo’s take at the time the quilt was made though —

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Addison’s Quilt” has an interesting reverse side, and I think that is what got it into a prize winning category!

Addison's Quilt back

So, that’s it for my show update.  I spent most of the show behind the cash register, while coordinating volunteers who helped customers during their shopping.

If you want to see more about the Pet Mosaic Project – “MITTENS”, I have a FLICKR album with a ton of photos –Pet Mosaic Project . I also have an album full of photo’s on the  construction   of Addison’s quilt — https://www.flickr.com/photos/92296158@N02/albums/72157666492829803

I’ve made multiple posts here on the blog in the last year on both of these quilts, and you can read more about them if you back track through the older posts.  🙂

Taking a little time off in the morning to head to Hershey PA for the quilt show there and looking for Bonnie Hunter’s exhibit. My reward to myself for hard work (and the hard work of my two friends riding along).

How is your weekend?  Tell me, if you enter a show and it is judge, what do you think about the report given to you????

 

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Twas the night before the show

and I wish I was asleep….The work has all been done, the entries are complete.  The quilts have been hung, the ribbons awarded; the 2nd Time around tables are overloaded.

Yes tables are loaded with merchandise galore.  The volunteers await the shoppers as bargains are explored. Those bargains await the savvy shopper, and the quilts will stand by as your flash cameras do capture!

The vendors, the quilts, the raffle baskets and lunch, the volunteers, the sponsors, the quilters, the crunch. We worked up to deadline, we sweated and labored, we primped and we labeled, we ribboned and smiled.

Thanks to the quilters and families who clear out a space; thanks to the shoppers who recycle the lace!

My 40 ft booth is overloaded with merchandise and deals, and now I just need you to come and complete the event!

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Come out, see the show – the details to follow — https://www.oceanwavesquiltguild.org/quilt-show

This weekend – on Friday & Saturday in Lewes Delaware!!

Oh; the quilts, 300 and more, and other vendors to delight your shopping , your senses.

Come see the ribbons and be so surprised, at what has won in the judges eyes!  No secrets-no previews, you must come out to see for yourself!  Parking is free, and abundant, and cool air conditioning is apparent!  See you on Friday at the quilt shore I hope.

My labors have completed, the work is all done, the volunteers so numerous, I dare not name one. My special thanks to the brave ones who ventured forth in the weather, when man nor beast certainly should be not out in the sun!  Brave quilters go forth with boxes, and dollies, and set up this booth without question of my folly!

 

 

Castoff’s turned to treasure

IF you are a regular reader, you will no doubt know that I have spent the last 2 years working with “other people’s castoffs” from their crafting and sewing rooms.

My quilt guild – Ocean Waves Quilt Guild, Lewes Delaware,  has a Second Time Around committee.  I took this committee on with a partner 2 years ago following our last quilt show.

In the course of 2 years, repurposing those “castoffs” has made nearly $6000 for the guild.  People bring things to the meeting they no longer want. I go pick things up from other people, often times filling the car or SUV to the roof.  One lady I know was downsizing from 2 houses into one, and we made 3 trips with 2 vehicles to take the things she no longer had use for.

All those things come home with me, and my helpers sort, press, trim, fold and make the fabrics look “new again”.  We have been given YARDS of fabric, still with the price tag from the original sale, tools, hoops, beads, zippers, scraps etc over these 2 years.

We fix it up, make it look USABLE again, and take it back to the guild meeting to sell back to the members as a fund raiser.  Those sales take place in the hour before the guild meeting starts and we usually fill up 6 or 7 tables full of yardage.  We set the price LOW, so the fabric and notions etc will be a great value to the person wanting to make a purchase.

With the upcoming   Ocean Waves Quilt Guild Quilt Show ; I have been prepping items 2-3 days a week for the last 6 months or more. Sometimes I have as many as 4 helpers doing this prep.  We have FILLED 40 bankers boxes and 10 plastic totes with fabric and other sewing items for the show.

One thing that crossed my mind many months ago was “how to merchandise” some of the items.  I have been collecting wicker baskets from friends, and purchased some small plastic baskets and have “run out” of ways to “display” things.  Two weeks ago, someone on a Facebook group I follow posted a link to a free pattern on the Craftsy . com website for a One Hour Basket.  Turns out, I had downloaded that as a free pattern a while back, and the size was PERFECT for what I needed.

I contacted members of the 2 quilt bees I belong two, and we got busy making those baskets.  I offered the bee members an opportunity to come pick ANY fabric they wanted from the 2nd Time Around stash; and they did.

I think they had fun making these baskets.  They get to take the baskets home after the show.

Check out the photo’s of the great baskets !

Queen Bees baskets

I think they look cute with patterns in them –

Basket full of patterns

I used donated deco fabric for the outside of the bags I made – fat quarters for the inside.

I even used upholstery fabric for 2 bags –

1 hour bag with upholstery fabric

Some baskets were made out of “stash on hand” at home.  Barbara lives near a beach community and did these cute ones with seashells.

One hour basket made by Barbara

Pam arrived at the Queen Bees gathering on Tuesday – ready to go!  She is marking her quilting lines on the In-r-Form before she starts to sew.  Most of us used In-r-Form between the layers of the lining and the outer part of the basket.

Pam marking the quilting lines

She was prepped and ready to work !  I am impressed with her efficiency!

Pams Stack

I thought it would be a good idea to “label” the basket with what the types of patterns-

My helpers sorted LOTS of patterns and gave me a great list to get busy making “labels” for the show.

Vintage clothing patterns

I have more baskets coming in, waiting to be filled when we set up for the show.

Yesterday I did the happy dance that ALL the donated items are prepped, boxed, and ready to sell.  No more “work days”.  Now, I need to get busy with my own sewing!

note- The basket pattern is now on for sale on the Craftsy website….for $1

The Ocean Waves Quilt Guild show will be held in Lewes DE on July 21 & 22 with over 300 quilts on display.  There are vendors and teachers and demos!!  Check out the website for more details! Ocean Waves Quilt Guild Quilt Show

When you come, stop by the Second Time Around Tables and get some great deals!  And say hi!

Make plans to come, bring your friends and share the show info with your friends on Facebook or your blog!

If you use Facebook, help us by sharing the show page ( https://www.facebook.com/Ocean-Waves-Quilt-Guild-presents-Quilts-in-the-Orchard-Quilt-Show-1243973002325463/?ref=br_rs )

Happy stitching!

EDIT – I want to give credit to the original designer of these baskets — Kelby Sews  .  We got the pattern from Craftsy as I mention above, but I first saw it on Kelby Sews awhile back.  Thanks for the cute project!

The Chemistry experiment in the back yard

June is almost over!  I can’t believe how fast it has gone by!  We jumped right into summer after Memorial Day with hot weather!  Air conditioning on, windows closed, pool opened.  Sort of….

I have a funny story about our swimming pool.  We have used a non-chlorine product called Baquacil in our pool since it was installed in 2010.  Hubby had always used that product in an above ground pool prior to the in-ground pool going in.  I had a pool at my previous home and for 16 years, always used Chlorine products.  So, when Hubby & I  got married over 10  years ago, we started discussing the pros and cons of pool systems.  We have been debating the good/bad/ugly of these types of products and the Hubby won the battles of pool products…..for a while.

4 years ago, our local pool store suggested “adding” a product to the water that was a “one-time” thing called Endure – a borax based chemical, that was supposed to “enhance” the other products and keep us from constantly adding chemicals …blah blah blah.  Well….it was a giant fail!  I won’t go into the details, just know that the manufacturer’s product rep and I spent all of July and August on the phone that summer, and our pool was one problem after another.  (This ended my trust of the local pool store too).  From that year forward, we have battled with our pool every summer. The end of that story is that the Endure and the Baquacil were incompatible, and the chemical reactions to each other really were ugly. (And expensive beyond reason!)

Last year, I had “had enough” of the big chemistry set in the back yard.  Swimming pools are supposed to be relaxing, right? My one daughter (the science teacher) and her hubby had converted their chlorine pool to a salt water pool, and the more we discussed it, the more my Hubby began to see the “light of day” or the “cool blue pool”.  Salt is supposed to be easier on your skin, less chemicals etc, the very reason he liked the Baquacil…..but much less expensive to run annually.  Initial start up with the purchase of the equipment not cheap, but ideally, it will “pay for itself” in 2 years.

So, fast forward to June 2017 and we FINALLY made the switch. Equipment was purchased in the spring, plumbing bits and pieces acquired,  electronic controller mounted and wired….and you would think – ready to go….well…not so much.

The “switch” from a chlorine to a salt pool is simple. The “switch” from a Baquacil pool to salt…….like everything else…not so easy.  You see…the premise is…a salt water pool has a “chlorine generator” …. “A salt-chlorine generator uses the simple process of electrolysis in combination with the water to separate the chlorine and sodium molecules and then reintroduces them into the pool as liquid chlorine. ” info from-   https://pinchapenny.com/info/salt-pool-basics

We knew diving in, that it would be complicated. We had prepared last fall by the way we closed the pool.  NO Baquacil in the closing process….ok, I started to trust the pool store again!  We added “non chlorine shock” in the fall; again in January and April, in order to eliminate any residual Baquacil in the water.  But, when we wanted to turn on our salt system, we still had “too much” of the Baquacil in the  pool.  We had 27 PPM of Baquacil sanitizer, and the goal was 0 PPM.  Early in June the “experts” at the local pool store had us use “non chlorine shock” just like we did over the winter and at closing last year.

We did that and were able to reduce to only 21 PPM.  The pool was crystal clear, but, after doing that for 2 weeks we still could not make the switch.  So, another water sample to the “experts” at the pool store.  The “experts”  said we “think” the only way to get it moving quickly was to introduce chlorine into the water. (The alternative was to continue using non-chlorine shock until the Baquacil stabilizer dissipated over the summer).

Chlorine shock would make a chemical bond with the Baquacil.  Oh, they also told me that I should enjoy the reaction.  Trust me, I took photos.  We had a crystal clear blue pool and the first sprinkle of chlorine turned the pool LIME green.  (I was REALLY glad they warned me it would happen the way it did!)

Adding chlorine to Baquacil

This looks terrible

Chemical reaction

Now, this was a bit of  a scary experiment, because I was not convinced we would have a pool this summer!!  However, as I read and read online forums, and knew eventually it would sort itself out. (This was a good read –Tired of Baquacil ) (And this – Pool Spa Forum ).  At one point in the last few weeks Hubby and I were CONVINCED this was going to be our daily routine all summer.

Watching the transition became our daily fun.  Basically, the chlorine acted like little PAC-MAN, eating up the Baquacil.  We spent 3 weeks, putting chlorine (3# at a time) into the pool in the evening.  It would “bloom lime green” ; and by morning, it was crystal clear and blue again.  The little chunks of Baquacil would get swept up by the turtle, and we would empty his bag.  Whatever went through the filter got back washed out every day.  (Sometimes 2 or 3 times a day near the end of the process.)

 Comment – we did determine that the chlorine shock from the pool store was a better investment than the stuff we picked up at Walmart for 1/2 the price.  The pool store product was a much higher percentage of actual chlorine, and it dissolved much better than the stuff at Walmart.  We figured we were “saving money” but it ended up not worth the savings. (So, that said, if you are buying shock at the local pool store, overall you are saving money because you are getting a better bang for your buck!)  I think that using the cheaper product slowed us down some.  Several forums direct you to use straight out of the bottle chlorine bleach from the laundry aisle, but I was not sure I wanted to take that route. I stuck to official pool chemicals.   

Each morning, the water was sparkling blue and swimmable. Each time we added the chlorine, the transition time from lime green to blue shortened.

On Monday, it cleared within a few minutes, and on Tuesday, there was little change in color at all. The last step was to “clean the sand filter” (more chemicals) and I did that overnight on Tuesday.

Wednesday morning, the filter was clean and we were READY!  The Hubby switched out the plumbing parts, installed the “cell”; and plugged in the business ends of things and flipped the switch.  He set the electronic controls, and we were ready to go.

Oh, I forgot….FIRST someone had to put 480 POUNDS of salt in the pool …. Those 40# bags just about wore out my arms.  (Ice on elbow all evening last night for me…..) I loaded them on a little hand cart and pushed it along the edge of the pool and cut the bags open one at a time and let the salt “sprinkle” into the pool like a salt shaker !  It dissolved quickly and if there was a bit of a pile in the pool, our little turtle floating around would “sweep by” and stir it up and help it to dissipate.

As the cell was switched on we had a little clouding initially, but it seemed to clear up quickly.  One bottle of “stabilizer” was added, and hopefully that will be it for us!  Of course, we have to monitor like we always did, keeping the various levels right (PH, Alkalinity, Hardness etc).  I will take a water sample in for an “official” test to make sure we are “RIGHT”, and our test strips are giving results that match up with the pool store.

Overall, it has taken us 25 days to make the switch.  I think I could have shaved a week off had I not bothered with the cheaper product midway in the transition. (I was trying also to avoid the 30 mile round trip to the pool store…..). 

I think it looks pretty good this morning!  Day 1 of the Salt water pool

Salt water startup

Day 1 of the Salt water pool  — Crystal clear, sparkling  and ready to swim.

Note – the turtle (Polaris Turbo Turtle) floats on top, runs off of a Polaris fitting we have on the side of the pool, powered by a  water line return. He skims the bottom and sides of the pool and I empty his little mesh bag every day.  Saves us from vacuuming the pool.  His name is Earl, our pool  butler!  Between Earl, and the salt system, I am hoping for hot sunny days of relaxing in the pool, in a lounger with a book.

How do you plan to spend your summer ?

PS….Hubby needs to spend his doing some serious yard work……right after he gets over his run of bronchitis.  I can dream of those relaxing hours, right after I finish getting my quilts ready for the show and the last of the 2nd Time Around donations priced and boxed up for the show. ….  wait…another shameless promo –

“Peach Blossom – Quilts in the Orchard”

Quilt Show

July 21 – 22, 2017

at: Cape Henlopen High School, Lewes, DE

over 300 quilts; vendors, nationally know speakers and classes….and of course my 7 tables of 2nd Time Around !!

https://www.oceanwavesquiltguild.org/quilt-show

Quilt Show coming to Lewes Delaware

You are INVITED !!!  

Come visit the lovely resort town of Lewes, Delaware and come to the Ocean Waves Quilt Guild Show – July 21 and July 22, 2017 at Cape Henlopen High School.     There are over 300 quilts registered and more than 15 Vendors!!!

Peach Blossom – Quilts in the Orchard”

Quilt Show

July 21 – 22, 2017 10AM-5PM

Admission:  $8 per day; $14 for 2 day pass

Venue – Cape Henlopen High School, Lewes, DE

 MAP TO Cape Henlopen High School

Show Judges:

Sandra L. Dorrbecker (NQACJ-NQACT)  and

Elizabeth Pauley Teletski

Featuring Guest Lecturers & Workshop Teachers:

Laurie Simpson, of Minick and Simpson   

and 

Terry Kramzar

Laurie Simpson  an internationally renowned guest lecturer, will be speaking Saturday and leading a workshop Friday. Laurie, fondly known as the quilting half of Minick and Simpson, is a lifelong needle artist.  She designs fabric for Moda Fabrics, in addition to writing and teaching.

Terry Kramzar  a prominent art quilter is an award winning fabric artist from Kennett Square, PA.  Her work is featured in private and corporate collections in the US and Europe.  Her quilts can be seen in numerous publications; she was recently featured in QuiltLife Magazine.  An intrepid explorer, Terry has traveled to Africa, China, Zanzibar, India and all over Europe.  She is giving Friday’s talk, and Saturday’s workshop.

Plenty of Free Parking – Judged Quilt Displays, Challenge Quilts, Lectures, Workshops, Demonstrations Merchant Mart, Raffle Baskets, Second Time Around Shop, Food Service on-site, and Community Service Projects.  

More details on the guild website – https://www.oceanwavesquiltguild.org/quilt-show

(By the way – My Pet Mosaic project – MITTENS – will be at the show……………

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 and Addison’s quilt will be there as well)

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And……….if you are a regular reader, you KNOW that I have been working for an entire year, prepping fabric to sell at the show, along with vintage sewing machine attachments, notions, vintage quilts, quilt racks, embroidery, cross stitch, candlewicking items and much much more! (BARGAINS GALORE)  We will a “Fill a bag with scraps” deal and “Fill a bag with TIES” too.   You won’t believe the BIG pieces of fabric in the playpen for you to dig into !  From 2″ to nearly fat quarter sized pieces and LOTS of Neckties too.  Don’t forget to look for me at the Second Time Around booth when you come to the show!! Tell me you are a reader of this blog! 

So, plan on a visit to the Delaware Beaches and come to the quilt show!  There are lots of hotels between Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, and Dewey Beach, Fenwick, Bethany Beach, Delaware and Ocean City Maryland.  If summer includes a visit to the Mid-Atlantic, this is a show not to miss.  When you look at the website, you will see some photo’s of the beautiful quilts from the 2015 show!  

This is an “unauthorized shameless promotion of the Ocean Waves Quilt Guild show”.  Feel free to SHARE this post on your blog, or Facebook!  

Gardens,Quilt show and Talkin’ Turkey

I spent 3 days in the garden this past week, working on 9 months of weeds! Yes, it is true, I gave up sewing time for working in the garden.  I made multiple trips to our compost pile in back in our woods to empty the trailer of the debris.  I still have “many” days worth of work in the yard.  I decided that I like quilting better than gardening.  I should be outside right now with a tool and a bucket working on some of that stuff, but then, who would write my blog post, or read yours?  Seriously, I have had to force myself to “schedule” yard work time on my google calendar!  But at least now, I can see the remaining tulips blooming, and know that the hostas are emerging from their winter sleep, and the sad looking azaleas will bloom once more.  The sedum have all been dead headed, and I started to split them for transplant in to other areas of the garden.

If you know a trick to rid my flowerbeds of the “mums gone wild”, let me know. Backstory – I planted several pots of “mums” one fall and they have turned into weeds, taking over the beds.  I have dug and dug and dug until I am crazy.  They never bloomed again after that first fall, and I just want them “out” of the garden.  The other thing I want out is the lighting system and soaker hose system, until at least I get the weeding done.  Over the years the lights have been damaged and the hose has felt the edge of the shovel when I was attacking some wild thing that sprung up.  Perhaps it was a great idea “way back when” but not today.   I’ve been ruthless removing sections, as I come to them, and will put the hubby back to work “laying fresh hose” once I have the mulch down.

More work to be done

There is still more weeding and mulching to be done!!  And, I have some time “blocked out” on my calendar!  

Meanwhile, between all the garden work, I went and picked up “more” donations for the quilt guild “Second Time Around”. Two trips, and two vehicles, and just when I saw light at the end of the tunnel, I have more “stuff’ to weed though.  I have had several workdays this month and lots of great helpers getting things pressed and trimmed and folded and priced to resell at the quilt guild and at our quilt show in July.  Gosh – if you are on the East coast in July you should plan a visit – details here – Ocean Waves Quilt Guild Show – in Lewes Delaware.  Last show we had over 200 quilts on display, and lots of vendors.  Of course, you can stop and say hi to me at the Second Time Around tables and get some great bargains!!

I did get a couple of opportunities to work on my Talkin’ Turkey project since my post about making those Flying Geese. This quilt pattern, is by Bonnie Hunter, in her String Fling Book.  By Friday of last week – I had a few blocks on the wall. — Do you recognize those flying geese from my last post?

Talking Turkey 19 to go

(Do you see the blocks all stacked up under the ones pinned to the wall?  Those are 4.5″ squares that were donated, and they are being sorted into “pretty stacks” for sale at the Second Time Around Table at the show!)

I got a bit of time on both Saturday and Sunday evening to sew, and I did LOTS of assembly!    There are 21 blocks up on the wall now, and lots of pieces “ready to sew” for the last 9.  I have all the units prepped and pinned on the blocks, and when I get an extra hour, I can zip right through them.  

21 done Talkin Turkey

Of course, at this point my brain has moved on to “other things”, like the next step in the assembly process.  (There are LOTS more steps to go in this project, with multiple pieced borders.  I saw a “finished” Talkin’ Turkey for sale on Etsy for $1200…… ) Anyway, I had to count out how many more neutral  and red squares I will have to cut, and check if I have the next neutral sashing cut yet or not.  I won’t start that step until all the blocks are assembled and I have a chance to really “arrange them” on my design wall so I get a nice balance of the “scrappy”.  I have several blocks that have “bright bits” that I want to spread out; like stripes in the center of the nine patch or polka dots (both black and white) that do jump out at me.  So, a bit of “design layout will be in order, and I will have to “clear my wall” to make room for the entire project. It is very satisfying to see it come to this point.  

A busy week ahead for me with a Quilt show meeting, 3 mornings with 2nd Time Around helpers coming over, an all day quilt bee and two days where I have ladies coming up to church to help “tie” quilts for our graduates.  (Hmmmm….when will that garden work happen or any more of my own sewing happen…..)

I hope you are having fun with your projects!

Travel and Scrap Dance Tango Step 2, Allietare updates

It’s been a couple of weeks since I have posted!  I have had a trip to see the grandchildren (and their parents) in Texas! What a great visit. We spent some time at a wonderful children’s museum, the The DoSeum . We adults had as much fun as the kids! We also took a day and went to the Riverwalk in San Antonio, took the “tour boat”,  and finished the day with a trip to see the Alamo.   The Alamo

More photo’s of the tour boat ride here –  Riverwalk photo album

After that visit to the Alamo, I spent an hour at a local library with my grandson, reading a little bit more on the history of the Alamo.

The week was full of fun, including a walk to the neighborhood playground, lots of time with legos and trampolines, magnet dolls, playing tiger and leopard with the littlest one, and topped off by a birthday party for the oldest.  The Batman Cape was a hit!  He seemed to enjoy it and fell asleep on his birthday with his cape on, along with his Batman Mask!  It was too funny!  He also “gifted” his little cape to his little sister!  She was thrilled.  The bathrobes were perfect lengths for everyone.  I had good sized hems in them, so they could be let down on a future visit.  A little sleeve rolling was necessary for the smallest child, but all in all, a good fit. Glad I had the mommy re-measure as I was constructing.

So, Texas was fun!  Great food, Tex – Mex, Mexican, BBQ, margaritas, wine, local beer, fresh tortillas, sampling at the HEB supermarket while we shopped, and wonderful conversations. I can’t wait to plan my next visit! The weather was great, 70-80’s every day, while there was a snow storm at home that dumped 7 inches the day after I left!

I got home late Monday night, hosted a new quilting bee on Tuesday. The new bee is called the QUEEN BEES, and the ladies are all new members of Ocean Waves Quilt Guild.  This was our second gathering, and I shared some tips and techniques about binding and getting that mitered corner with them.  Of course, I introduced them to my favorite binding – Susie’s Magic Binding!  That is my go to binding and I love to share –  Susie’s Magic Binding tutorial

I got to sew on Wednesday afternoon and evening, and on Friday and Saturday.  Thursday was occupied by a trip to the Hampton Roads Quilt Show. At the quilt show I stopped in at the Brother dealer and got the pens and pen holder for my Brother Scan n Cut machine, and I learned a little during the demos.

I completed all the blocks for Step 2 of Scrap Dance Tango.  If you want to sew along, it is not to late to start. Check out Carole’s blog – From My Carolina Home . This link will take you to step one and give you the specifics!  I do like that Carole gives you most of the “block building elements” in the first step.  I have spent my time making half-square triangles in January & February. As I indicated in a previous post, the project takes 1430 half square triangles (2.5″).  I am nearly done…with only  about 300 or so more to make.  But, because they cutting and “block building elements” were done in step 1, the construction of blocks in Step 2 was easy!  Before I went on my trip I made 9 of the blocks, as the instructions came out on Friday before my trip.

And we are starting step 2

And, this week,  since I got home, I finished constructing 144 blocks for my king size  project.  144 made for step 2 of the Scrap Dance Tango Mystery quilt

So, I will get back to those other 300 or so HST. I have a place in the kitchen where I sit and mark the stitching lines, while I have my coffee and watch the morning news.

I went to my library yesterday to meet again with a group of “cardmaking” and “scrapbooking” ladies. The facilitator of the group, Jan,  taught a class I took last November, and we are joining her monthly to make cards. She is so kind in sharing her crafting tools and equipment.  I bring some supplies, but have been privileged to use her die-cutting machine, embossing tools, stamps and ink etc. It is nice to try things out before you decide to commit to the craft and spend a lot of money buying things. I wasn’t sure if this was a project I would manage, and my first attempts look like kindergarten crafting.  I am pleased however that my 3rd effort resulted in a card that I could actually feel good about “giving”.  It is a learning process, and I am thankful to have such a willing teacher. Card making class

I am learning about tape runners, types of paper to use etc.  2016-02-27_01-32-17

It is fun to see what others are making, and the sharing of tools, glitter, paint, pens etc is wonderful!

After the morning of crafting at the library, I came home and started back to work on my Allietare Mystery Quilt.

Row 6 Allietare Mystery Quilt

I have ALL my rows constructed!  I hope to work on it this afternoon after church and get those rows together!

I think it is exciting to have an extra day in February this year!  How will you spend your leap year day?  Do you do something interesting once every 4 years??  Curious to know……. I think of it as a “bonus day” !

Have a great week!