Wonderful lunch at Giant Steps and more

September 5 or 6th
Hum, I have a little dilemma, my camera was on US time and zone while we were down under, so not sure what day this way, either Monday or Tuesday after Quilts in the Barn.
Lunch with some of Linda’s quilting friends, it was a little drive away, but so fun.
The girls all brought Show and Tell.
Russ was there, just not in the picture.

All too soon the weekend is over

September 4th — the Raffle Quilt was won by Viv, many friends congratulated her.
It would have also looked very lovely here in Nebraska, but alas, it resides down under.

Quilts in the Barn

September 2 -4, 2011
Just a few quick snaps . . . .
lots and lots of people having a wonderful day
lots of lots of beautiful quilts to see
time for a cuppa
cakes and sandwiches
shopping
visiting
sunshine
What more could you ask for?

Australia! Dandenong Ranges National Park

As promised, the first of a post about what has been happening the past three months.
Linda took us here to the National Park, it is maybe an hour or so from Melbourne, this was taken August 29th.
The birds are wild, but can legally be fed, so they kind of hang around waiting for food.
Pretty cool to be able to get so close, so very beautiful!

One tried to land on my shoulder, but flew at me from behind and when I heard the noise I ducked and missed the experience of having one on my shoulder.

Happy Thanksgiving – belated

The cooking is done and nothing was omitted or forgotten or left behind.
We spent Thanksgiving Day with Russ’s family, this time we went to Omaha to our nieces. The weather cooperated and actually reached an all time high of 72, smashing the prior high of 64, the ‘smashing’ part is quoting the weatherman. I think they use interesting words these days in their forecasts and reporting.

Friday we had my family here at our home, it was still a really nice day although not as warm. I’m grateful my cousin Bill from Wichita drove his mom up for a visit, Nina Mae turned 90 last spring, my mother turned 89, so they had a chance to visit, and we all had a chance to get caught up! Haven’t seen Nina Mae since her birthday party last spring. I told her that part of my reduced travel schedule would allow us time to drive down to see her, no excuses.

Both were wonderful days with our family.
I hope you all had the same good time.

I enjoyed the cooking I did this year, not sure why, it did give me time to mull over some things we have to be thankful for . . . family and friends (near and far), pretty good health, a good year with my business, and some time to make plans for 2012. Part of this plan is to leave ‘time’ just in case something fun comes up, we can go!

I cannot believe this year is almost gone, seems like it was just the 4th of July and now we will be getting out the Christmas tree this weekend and begin to decorate.

I’m also planning some stitching time, maybe in the evenings, I have some projects I want to do, need to do, and the only way I’ll get them done, is to dedicate time to do it. Maybe I ‘ll add an hour in the early morning, start the day stitching, then shower and go to the office . . . I like that idea. Years ago when I sold my small quilts, I would get up and begin quilting at 5AM and quilt for 2 hours, then shower and get on with the day, that added up to 14 hours of quilting each week, besides what I could do in the evenings, you can really move small projects along with that schedule. Some days that is easier said than done, why does life have so many unexpected interruptions?

I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!
Hugs from Nebraska

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 4

I know it is well past time to get back in the swing of things and Blog again!
I’ve decided it will be impossible to play catch-up, so will begin with ‘now’.
As I Blog I will also give glimpses back over the past 3 months as we go into the Holiday Season.
Our trip to Australia was the trip of a lifetime, so many beautiful memories – thank you Linda! You should also read Linda’s Blog http://quiltsinthebarnaus.blogspot.com/2011/09/behind-scenes-at-qitb-2011.html as she has some wonderful pictures of ‘Quilts in the Barn’ the event that got us to take a vacation, it has only been 10 years since we have had a vacation, I know we won’t wait that long for our next one, that is an important lesson in itself.
After we returned home, we hosted ‘Sewing at the Orchard’ Retreat, final editing on ‘Prairie Flowers Encore’ book, then get ready for Houston, drive to Houston, recover, now finishing up ‘Jo’s Little Women’ Club 11, still a few hours of editing while cooking for Thanksgiving, then off to the printer.
After Thanksgiving, decorate the house and many other things on the unending ‘to do’ list, just like you!

I’m going to start with this:

I submitted this block to ‘Quiltmaker’ for their 100 Blocks, Vol. 4, as you can see it is actually nine blocks sewn to make one block. You ‘know’ I love small pieces, this seemed to be the best way for me to accomplish a 12” block. Could be a small doll quilt if you add a border.

OR . . . drum roll please . . . click on the link below to see what my friend Carrie Nelson (Miss Rosie’s Quilts) did with the block, it is beautiful! You will need to read her blog and scroll down a bit to see her version and completed project.

http://lavieenrosie.typepad.com/lavieenrosie/2011/11/mice-and-men.html
Mostly I want to wish you all safe travels and of course a very Happy Thanksgiving with your family and friends!!!