Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Snow Day, a Finish and I Found the HAT!!!

I waffled back and forth for about an hour this morning deciding whether to make the 45 minute commute to work.  SO glad I decided to be smart and just stay home!  The snow's worse now than it was at 6:30 this morning - and this is the "pre storm" apparently!  Yikes!  And, I just saw on Facebook my daughter-in-law crashed her jeep on the way to work this morning.  Thank God she's alright - the jeep, not so much (luckily she's married to the best mechanic in town o:) ).  Thank goodness for Facebook also - it's the only way I know what's going on with my kids sometimes - LOL!

I actually have a finish for 2011 already!  My son & DIL's friends are having a little one and the shower's this weekend - and this one I am prepared for!  Here's the Baby Dino quilt - it's simple but I think it turned out cute...I quilted with freehand loopies so it was quick and easy...


To jazz up the pinwheels a bit (and just maybe to cover up my non-matching points - LOL), I appliqued double circles in all the blocks, alternating between the plain green and fussy cut dinos in the middle.  It just adds a little something ...
I've also gotten all the blocks appliqued for the Nighty-Nite Will quilt.  These blocks are so stinkin' cute I can hardly stand it.  This quilt has been nothing but fun.  Glad I have enough of this fabric to make another one!  I think Baby Shane, who is now one month old, won't have minded the wait when he sees the quilt (I think his Mommy will think the same thing).  I plan to quilt diamonds in the borders, outline the appliques and do some loops in the backgrounds of the blocks.  I may be able to finish up the top today and get it on the frame with this surprise snow day!



My favorite fusible for applique is Lite Steam-A-Seam 2, generally purchased with my 50% off coupon at Jo-Anns.  I was out of yardage of it when I started this quilt so made a run to Jo-Anns to get some more.  And am told "Sorry, we don't have any - that goes really fast when we get it in".  Great.  I'm already behind on this quilt!  So, I bought the package of 8-1/2 by 12" sheets, but some of these applique pieces were really big, so yardage would have worked better.  I got by, but ultimately bit the bullet and ordered a whole box of it on-line.  25 yards.  Luckily, I got free shipping and it was on sale, but I think I'm set for awhile...
And, GREAT NEWS!  I found the hat (see this post)!  I couldn't believe it.  I tore my sewing room apart looking for this hat before Christmas.  I thought for sure our Lilly made off with it and it got hidden somewhere (although she usually doesn't chew on things that aren't hers).  Anyway, I moved my cutting table (which I did multiple times while on the hunt for the hat before Christmas) last week and, lo and behold, there it was sitting on a file folder on the bottom of the shelves behind the cutting table.  I swear I looked there five times before.  Anyway, I can now give my Mom the remaining doll to complete her set of my grandmother's crocheted Christmas Carolers on Friday.
I am taking her on a Quilt Shop Hop for her birthday (no, she doesn't quilt, but she loves me and is quite happy to accompany me to the three great shops near her house - then I'll take her to lunch - LOL o:) )  We're hitting The Little Shop, the Village Quilter, and Olde City Quilts - all in New Jersey.  Fun, fun fun!  I'll be sure to report on our trip!

For now, Lilly and I are going to go quilt!

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Long Cold Road to Florida

Yes, we made it back from Florida and, no, I didn't fall off the face of the earth.  2011 seemed to hit me like a ton of bricks!  I'm just now feeling like I'm caught up at work and at home and realized I haven't blogged since before Christmas!  Yikes, time flies sometimes! 

When I last left you we were super-excited about our after-Christmas trip to Disney World.  We were supposed to leave on Monday, 12/27, on an early flight.  When we have early flights, we usually leave the day before and stay at an airport hotel.  Well, on that day, 12/26, this is what it looked like as we made our way to the Philadelphia airport....


So, while we're very carefully trying to drive in the snow making the 1-hour trek to our hotel, I get a text that our morning flight is cancelled!  So after a 1/2 hour wait on hold with the airline, I'm told they'd be happy to rebook our flight - for THURSDAY ?!?#$!!  So, what do we do?  Do we cancel?  Do we try to go to the airport anyway and standby?  Do we just drive to Florida?  We certainly weren't going to turn around on the treacherous roads and try to make it home as we were almost at the airport hotel, so we figured we'd just keep going and see what happened.   The view we woke up to...

Well, this certainly isn't Florida....

And, hey, neither is this!....
Yes, folks, we went to Florida by way of Baltimore, then North Carolina until finally - a day and a half late - we saw this....

Finally, Mickey and Minnie!  Luckily, we were able to get what I swear were the last two seats out of Baltimore to Orlando - on Tuesday at noon with a three hour layover in Charlotte (they have a great Sushi bar in the middle of the Charlotte airport by the way).  I was in EPCOT in Mexico at the Tequila Bar by 7:30pm that night!  Luckily, we also were able to extend our trip by one day to come on Jan 2 instead of New Year's Day and fly back into Baltimore instead of Philly.  Whew!  We wound up having a great time, and spending New Year's Eve in Disney World was a blast.  But, since we were told at 9:30am on NYE that the Magic Kingdom was C.L.O.S.E.D. already due to crowds, I'd definitely think twice about doing Disney World between Christmas and New Year's again!