Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Second Thanksgiving

I know things have been a bit quiet around here of late. 
I seem to have been doing a lot of traveling in the most recent few weeks. 
 Last week we traveled to NC to visit our daughter and celebrate second Thanksgiving with them.  

We arrived on Wednesday and left for home very early on Sunday morning.  
It was a great trip and we had so much fun! 
 This was our welcoming committee.  
Nick and Kelsey.


Max


and Mitch


One day we went to Mebane, where she used to live and 
walked around, had lunch, then went to the outlet mall.  
So FUN!  



One of the shops had this stitchery.  
I thought it would be perfect for their home so I bought it. 
She asked me if I thought I could get it finished during our visit. 
 I just laughed and said I could probably finish it in an hour (and I did). 
 It still needed to be pressed and trimmed but at least you can see it finished.


One day we went to the place the rehersal dinner will be at, the Pit in Durham. 
 I took this video from the roof top.  
There are tables and chairs outside and inside too. 
 Really neat place. 
 It used to be a 7-Up bottling company!



We visited a really nice mall while we were there too.  
I think it was called South Point.  
We were shopping for a MOB dress.  
Isn't this fountain fantastic?




Kelsey and I went to spin class on Saturday morning.  
It as HARD and my butt bones HURT!

But...I did it.


We went home and showered and then we decided to go out and look at some of the hotel choices.  She wanted us to see three of the hotels that are not chains in downtown Durham.  
We went to Unscripted, 21c and the Durham.  
This is the lobby of the Durham. 
 It used to be a bank!  
All of the hotels were very unique. 
21c might not be kid friendly, so keep that in mind.  
The lobby is on the second floor and 
when we got there there were three gigantic photos of a completely nude man!  
21c has rotating art work throughout the hotel but still, 
if you had littles I would not choose that hotel. 
Anyway, back to the Durham.


This hotel has a rooftop bar so we went up there.  Pretty sweet.


 There is the sheltered part above and then there are tables out in the open.  
She wants to go here after the reception in her dress for a drink.  
Should be a lot of fun!


Finally home to cook "Thanksgiving dinner". 


Turkey, potatoes, mac and cheese and stuffing.  I was missing veggies but happy to stop cooking.


Marble cheesecake for desert.  YUM, one of my favorites!


They all seemed to like the cheesecake too.


It was a wonderful visit and can you believe it, not one single quilt shop!


I sure do miss this girl!

~XOP~




Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Ugly Sweater Mug Rug

I joined an ugly sweater mug rug swap. 
I know I know it is almost time for Christmas why join a swap right?  
Cuz, ugly sweaters ROCK!

The pattern is by Kid Kiddy and can be found here.  
I had the chance to meet Kerri at Glamp Stitchalot and see her original quilt.  
It was adorable and she was so sweet.


So, sign up I did.  I received my partner's name and preferences and sought out fabrics to use. 
I personally would have loved to make one from the first photo fabrics.


I thought this might be more to her taste.


But...cat snowmen were pretty cute too!


In the end I went with the second group of fabrics.  
I am pretty happy with how it turned out.  Matching (or trying to match) t
hat stripe on the sleeves was a pain, but so worth it in the end. 


Look at the cute fabric I found for the back too!


I HO HO Hope you are working on some fun Christmas things too.

~XOP~


Monday, November 26, 2018

Sew Beachy 2018

I was fortunate enough to attend the annual Sew Beachy quilt retreat again this year. 
 It is held at Saylor's Sand Castle on the beach in Ventura county California. 
 There is a large group of women that get together and hang out and sew.  
I brought a few smaller projects with me to work on in hopes that I would actually get something done while I was there this year 
(other than seeing my friends again).

Before we hit the beach I spent the night with my friend and her kids. 
It is always so nice to see them!



 My friend, Traci discovered Randy's Doughnuts.  
OM gosh it was Heaven!  
I have not eaten a doughnut in years, literally years.  


Then BAM, Randy's apple fritters appeared!


We arrived to the beach and this was the view to the left of the house,


and the right of the house.


So different from Michigan in November lol.  This is a view of the house, with my back to the ocean.


We also had the most gorgeous sunsets!


The one project I really wanted to get done was the make 4 first aid kits.  
I will fill them with first aid things and give them for Christmas to my kids to keep in their cars.  Believe it or not this took all day and all night 
(for me who is not a bag sewist).


 They turned out pretty cute but I am beyond happy to have them finished!


I also made thirty gazillion HST and trimmed them down.  
I managed to sew 9 blocks together from them too!

I was using the left overs from some other blocks that I made.  The pattern is called broken dishes.


I brought Jack and he was hanging out with my friends all weekend too.


He and Traci had a heart to heart.


He just loved working with Melanie.


Very chill with Jamie, (maybe she shared her rum punch with him?)


Michelle was sad to see us leave.  We were sad to leave too.


Paula gave him a cuddle.


I'm pretty sure the ladies in the hot tub loved having him around.  (Patti, Peggy Katie and Jamie)


Jack is a lover as Rachel found out!


This was the sunrise on our last day there.  So much fun!


I hope to be able to attend next year too.  Sew Beachy 2019 YASSSS!

~XOP~


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Meeting Some IG Friends IRL

On Friday I had an eye doctor appointment.  Not significant other than that I drove myself to work. 
 I usually take the bus.  
Normally that is an amazing thing, but when I want to stay after work to do something I can't. 
So on Friday I could.  
Glamp Stitchalot was happening in Ann Arbor this past weekend and 
some of me IG friends were going to be there.  
I decided that I needed to meet up with my friend, Mary (Quilt Genius) and have lunch.  
So her other 2 friends drove her to close to my work and we all had lunch at Angelos. 
 I then took them all on a tour of my lab.  I think, fun was had by all.

 This is Mary and I at Angelos right after lunch.  
She is such a fun person!  
She introduced me to her 2 friends that were equally as nice.  
Win-win!


They all convinced me I should go to Glamp and hang out. 
 I was unsure but because it was basically "free sew" time I decided to go. 
 I got to meet the lovely Kerri (@kidgiddy) 
who designed the ugly sweater pattern in the quilt we are holding.  
I am doing a mug rug swap using this pattern.  This is not the first of her patterns I have used.  


Next up was catching up with Amanda Jean (Crazymomquilts).  
I haven't seen her in several years.  
I can't believe she has a senior in high school.  
Wow, you are OLD, my friend (JK, LOL).

Then came Kathy.  All I have to say about this is OMG!  
Where has she been all my life?!  
We are very similar and it was so nice to actually be able to meet her and 
give her a big ole HUG!!  (or 2). 
She is one of the biggest Ohio State fans I have ever met. 
 It was funny we both had our school colors on and 
just happened to be playing each other the next day!  
She is also the QUEEN of the Ghastlies.


Her team killed ours.  Maybe this was a portent?


Anyway I had a great time meeting old friends and making new ones. 
 I am hoping maybe Kathy and I can connect next year and sew together.  
(Maybe in her gorgeous remodeled basement sewing area? 
Is there room in your heart for this Spartan??)

What a great way to begin a weekend!

~XOP~