Friday, October 24, 2014

Gee’s Bend Under Glass!

Hello Atlanta!  This was the October Morning view as we touched down and taxied to our gate yesterday morning.

We pulled into terminal E, and of COURSE – I had to go all the way to Terminal T, the furthest away I could possibly need to go as far as one terminal to another is concerned.

I really like the Atlanta airport…So much to see and do, and a great opportunity for adding some steps to my fit bit.

I had enough time so I decided to hoof it!

There are great exhibits about the incredible history of Altanta though turmoil and triumph, and I could take the time to go slowly, read the exhibits ((I had always been in a hurry before!)) and really take it in.

Galaxy-Gram! Rollin' with the Cotton Boll

Lunch time post from Stitchin Heaven in Mineola, TX!

We are actually down the plaza at Ranchero for lunch and I am tapping furiously while everyone else is busy eating yummy stuff!

Show & share to follow and a bunch of String piecing from neutrals this afternoon!

This evening we are headed to the Sweet Potato Festival in Alba/Golden!

Gotta love small town Texas!

The Last Show & Share, El Cajon Style!

I had such a great time with these ladies!  They are just so fun to be around!

I had stayed with Sandi two times previously, my first and second trips to San Diego, and she was so kind to shuttle me around, feed me, take care of my laundry and even encourage me to do something I needed to do for myself even though I was feeling pretty worn out – an evening deluxe pedicure after our workshop day was over!

True friends know just what you need…..and boy did that feel good!  Thank you, thank you, Sandi!  For taking me in and taking such good care of me during my all to short visit.

Here is the show and share from the LAST two workshops we held at Memory Lane Quilts in El Cajon!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Galaxy-Gram! Big Time at Big Smith's!

How about a road trip for nine--

Two from Garland, four from Arkansas, two local and me from North Carolina!

Operation Beef Ribs was underway and we made the 38 mile trek from Mineola to Sulphur Springs with mandatory stops along the way to view the solar eclipse through special view finders.


Here is Big Smith's in all of its glory and the ribs were every bit as good as I remember!

And yes I ate them all and enjoyed the company immensely!

Early to bed tonight---Roll Roll Cotton Boll on deck for tomorrow!

Cruisin to Memory Lane Quilt Shop!

Bright and shiny yellow, California style!

I took this photo of “The Thing” by Volkswagen on our last morning in El Cajon –driving to our workshop at Memory Lane Quilts!

I absolutely love the color of this sweet ride, and it reminds me so much of my jr high and high school years growing up in San Jose and having Santa Cruz a short drive away over the mountain.  Things were coveted for their friend hauling and surf board toting ability.  Buckets of fun, and ugly enough to be cute!

We don’t see these in North Carolina – at least not in the midlands where I live.

We lost this guy at the light when we turned left and made our way to class!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hearts Breaking for Canada

I don’t know if you are like I am ---busy busy busy – with no news from the outside world until you happen to check into facebook ---

Someone on our Quiltville’s Open Studio group had posted the lyrics to O, Canada and I wondered what was up!

I scrolled down, was reading all of the “We are so sorry”  “we support you”  “you have our prayers” comments and I got frantic.

Canada is near and dear to my heart.  My ancestry flows from England and Scotland over to Canada and finally down into Minnesota on my dad’s side of the family so I’ve always been consciously aware of what is going on across that border.

A Bit of Quilty Overload!

You guys DID catch the photo of this purple beauty with matching troll mascot in my photos from last week, didn’t you?

You didn’t??  Well here it is….in all of her grape glory!

She was a special gift to our quilter from her dear friend ---I tell you what, if someone gave ME a purple 301 I’d love her forever! HA!

Yes, we are still in show & share land as far as our San Diego adventure went.

Are you ready for another installment?

Photos upon photos of gorgeous quilts and I have to thank everyone for packing them and bringing them along…I know for a fact just how heavy quilts are, I travel with 100 lbs all the time!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Quilt-Cam 10/21/2014

Karen sent this photo taken during an early Quilt-Cam evening  with the following caption:

I found the perfect phone stand to watch Quiltcam while sewing along!!
From Karen in Nixa, Mo :)
Hahaha! I love it!  And how your phone matches the machine…good planning there, too, Karen!

Tablets, Iphones, laptops and desktops ---big screen TVs, however you view it…it’s time for Quilt-Cam!

Can you believe it’s been 3 weeks since the last time we were here to sew together?  I don’t know where the time went --- but I’m glad to have the chance to sit down, put some stitches in, put everything else on hold while we enjoy some time this evening.

More San Diego Show & Share!

And the scrap quilts go on and on and on!

But I just wanted to look at these ocean photos one more time.

See that wave just crashing?  Can you hear the roar?

And that sun as it sinks lower and lower until it is beyond the horizon.

They say there is supposed to be a green flash – I thought it was just my eyes playing tricks on me after staring at the thing for so long….what an awesome evening!

This was on the beach at Del Mar, and if you have a chance to go eat at Poseidon, you won’t be disappointed. 

I had pistachio encrusted salmon over garlic mashed potatoes with seared spinach or something….oh my word.  It was so good!

The following photos were shown at show and share during our Virginia Bound workshop day!