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Second Saturday is a technique day at my LQS. Our February project was a Hunter’s Star pillow. I only have one block done, but I think it’s lovely. What do you think?

Hunter's Star

Hunter's Star

This past weekend, 7 of us trekked out to Joshua, TX, for a stay at Batik’s Galore’s retreat house. Barbara, the owner, is lovely. Her store is stocked with so many beautiful batiks. The retreat house was perfect. I didn’t get as much done as I’d intended, but I am happy with what I did get done. In fact, I even got a surprise quilt top pieced…Diane brought my Sisterhood bin with her. With the help of a Bold Over Batik from BG, I did everything except put the border on. Here’s a few pictures from the weekend:

Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley

My January folded flower applique wall hanging.

Sunbonnet Sue meets Marvin the Martian

Sunbonnet Sue meets Marvin the Martian

My contribution to Sam’s next Sisterhood project…Sunbonnet Sue in Outer Space. (Sam: if Diana shows this post to you, act surprised when you see it in March!)

As-yet-unnamed...My Sisterhood Quilt

As-yet-unnamed...My Sisterhood Quilt

Oh, my heck! Every time I see this quilt, I love it more! Big thanks to all the Sisterhood ladies for such fabulous blocks.

Barbara

Barbara

Barbara said everyone took lots of pictures of her dogs (Molly and Gus – they are great dogs!) but never any of her. So, here’s Barbara.

Sew We Laugh quilters

Sew We Laugh quilters

Back row: Mae, Diane, Cindy….Front row: Kay, Me, Gerry, Kris

The two quilts behind us were Diane’s creations. The left hand one is a kit/pattern she got at BG called “Dancing Diamonds”. The right hand one is from the book “Happy Hour”.

I’d be able to figure out how to get a flickr badge over there on the right side of my blog.  I spent a bit of time this morning setting up a flickr account, importing quilt pictures, adding descriptions, and now can’t figure out how to add it to my blog.

It’s Wednesday, and that means a new episode of  “Lost”.  I love this show.  But, while I’m waiting and watching pop-up “Lost”, I thought I would go ahead and join the Quilting Bloggers at http://www.quiltinggallery.com .  So, if you found me through there, welcome!

Yay, me!  Last night while watching “Storm Track 11”, I finished beading this little mini-quilt.  It was the January 2nd Saturday project at TQW.   From the book “Dream Landscapes” by Rose Hughes.  So, here’s my little wall hanging.

I hope to add a couple pictures before bed tonight…

While waiting for TQW to relocate, my quilting friends and I are a little – out of sync, I guess.  So, when Cindy called me on Friday night and asked if I wanted to meet her and Diane and Gerry’s house for a sew-in, of course I said “yes”.

I went with 3 projects in hand – some tote bags, my “Lily of the Valley” folded flower applique, and some blue and white swap blocks from an international swap that Jennifer Chiaverini hostessed a couple years ago.  I nearly finished one bag, came away with some fabric for a second bag; cut, misty-fused, zig-zagged all the leaves for the lilies; and cut spacer blocks for the blue/white project.

Today, I’ve put down the stems for my flowers, and hope to get the flowers made.  We’ll see.  I’m giving myself a stopping point as I’m also doing laundry, haven’t yet showered, and have bowling tonight.  I also need to only hand-sew the binding and add some embellishment to my little January 2nd Saturday landscape project.

I am.  I admit it.  I always have good intentions.  So, here are a few things to share.  I’ve seen this floating around in a bunch of different places, and thought I’d post it here:

99 things

· Things I’ve done in bold
· Things I haven’t done but would like to do in italics
· Things I haven’t done and never, ever want to do in plain text.

1. Started your own blog.
2. Slept under the stars.
3. Played in a band — or musical.
4. Visited Hawaii.
5. Watched a meteor shower.
6. Given more than you can afford to charity.
7. Been to Disneyland (I’m counting DisneyWorld).
8. Climbed a mountain.
9. Held a praying mantis.
10. Sang a solo.
11. Bungee jumped.
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch.
15. Adopted a child.
16. Had food poisoning.
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty.
18. Grown your own vegetables.
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France.
20. Slept on an overnight train.
21. Had a pillow fight.
22. Hitchhiked.
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill.
24. Built a snow fort.
25. Held a lamb.
26. Gone skinny dipping.
27. Run a Marathon. Okay, I walked, but I finished one and made 24 miles on another.
28. Ridden a Gondola in Venice.
29. Seen a total eclipse.
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset.
31. Hit a home run.
32. Been on a cruise.
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person.
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors.
35. Seen an Amish community.
36. Taught yourself a new language.
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied.
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person.
39. Gone rock climbing.
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David.
41. Sung karaoke.
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt.
43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant.
44. Visited Africa.
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight.
46. Been transported in an ambulance.
47. Had your portrait painted.
48. Gone deep sea fishing.
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person.
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Okay – it wasn’t the top because they had the top closed for repairs or renovations or whatever, but I went as high up as allowable.
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling.
52. Kissed in the rain.
53. Played in the mud.
54. Gone to a drive-in theater.
55. Been in a movie.
56. Visited the Great Wall of China.
57. Started a business.
58. Taken a martial arts class.
59. Visited Russia.
60. Served at a soup kitchen.
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies.
62. Gone whale watching.
63. Gotten flowers for no reason.
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma.
65. Gone sky diving.
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp.
67. Bounced a check.
68. Flown in a helicopter.
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy.
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial.
71. Eaten Caviar.
72. Pieced a quilt.
73. Stood in Times Square.
74. Toured the Everglades.
75. Been fired from a job.
76. Seen the Changing of the Guard in London. It rained the day I was there. No Changing in the rain.
77. Broken a bone.
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle.
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person.
80. Published a book.
81. Visited the Vatican.
82. Bought a brand new car.
83. Walked in Jerusalem.
84. Had your picture in the newspaper.
85. Read the entire Bible.
86. Visited the White House.
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating.
88. Had chickenpox.
89. Saved someone’s life.
90. Sat on a jury.
91. Met someone famous.
92. Joined a book club.
93. Lost a loved one.
94. Had a baby.
95. Seen the Alamo in person.
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake.
97. Been involved in a law suit.
98. Owned a cell phone.
99. Been stung by a bee.

This past weekend, I hung out in Houston with Lisa, Marco, and Tracey (with appearances by Curtis and Cindy).  We went ice skating on Saturday afternoon.  It has been probably 20-25 years since I’ve been on skates.  Goodness, it was fun!  No blood was let, no tailbones cracked, no little children were run over.  Here is our proof:

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We accosted some stranger to take our picture as a group (me, Lisa, Tracey, Marco).  Tracey hadn’t really ice skated before.  She did well.

And, then, going all the way back to “last year”, here’s a couple pictures from Christmas.  Kristie and I met MaryPat for breakfast at Hell’s Kitchen in the Canal Park area.  The breakfast was yummy.  We shared a caramel roll.  Then, Kristie had lemon ricotta pancakes, I had breakfast bread pudding, and Mary had Eggs Benedict.  Excellent food, six thumbs up.  Great prices and Kristie and I had the leftovers the next morning for breakfast!

Yummy Caramel Roll

Yummy Caramel Roll

The rest of our food

The rest of our food

We made lefse.

Grandma and Grandpa would be proud.

Grandma and Grandpa would be proud.

And, I finished the year by finishing a quilt, which I gave to Kristie for Christmas.

Cherry Cordial with a Shot

Cherry Cordial with a Shot

Well, if you stuck with me this far…I have a lot of things on my quilting “to-do” list.  I re-organized my stash last week.  I’m about to list out my UFOs and hope to actually get a few things worked on this weekend.  Now, I’m off to see who’s going to be kicked off the Biggest Loser tonight.


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