Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Take the long way home ....!

What a busy weekend it was! We headed out on Saturday morning to Massachusetts via Albany to attend my mother in law's 80th birthday dinner!

My little Pumpkin works at a boy scout camp for the summer and we headed that way to pick her up. Although it is always fun to take a different route, it did extend our driving time by 2.5 hours. We left at 8:15 a.m. and arrived in MA at 4:15 p.m.

We went to a wonderful Asian restaurant for dinner. And yes, my MIL was totally surprised to see us. We are the only ones that live "far" away, she didn't expect us to make it.  Here we are gathered at the restaurant table:


Now, I'm a big fan of sushi and apparently so is the rest of my family! So my niece, Michelle, ordered the Love Boat! Now that's heaven on a boat!


Presentation is everything ..... this is the best I've seen so far! It was all so yummy!

A great time was had by all of us. We returned home, via the long way again, Sunday morning as Pumpkin needed to be at work by noon. Although I enjoyed seeing everyone, by the time I arrived home I was beat!

Would you believe that last week I logged 1,300 miles (2,092 km) on my car?  Of which 900 was done between Saturday and Sunday! I think I'll stay put for a while! lol

Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Off on an adventure ... !

Sunday, I just had to get away and clear my mind. I get like that every now and again. So, I took off in my car with no specific destination except eastward.  As I drove through the Vermont country roads, a thought came to mind, "Hum ... maybe I'll head to Center Harbor", a mere 4.5 hour drive south east! As I drove in that direction, it suddenly became clear as to where I should have my adventure!

Have you ever been to the Vermont Country Store? I had heard a bit about it, even perused one of their catalogues. So nostalgic! They are known as purveyor of fine foods and nostalgia.

They have two (2) locations and the history is quite interesting. The original one is in Weston and a newer one in Rockingham, Vermont. I had time on my hands, why not visit both? They are just 25 minutes apart!

First stop was in Rockgham, Vermont.


It really does feel like a country store. I didn't think of taking pictures of the inside, I was to busy enjoying being nostalgic! So much to look at!

They have a covered bridge called the "Kissing Bridge". I guess you're suppose to kiss when you drive through. Since I was by myself, I just gave me a kiss! No sense not following traditions! lol


Afterwards, I took off for Weston, Vermont. It was approximately a 25 minute drive westward. I passed through the quaint town of Chester, VT. The drive was so scenic. Beats highway driving anytime! I so enjoy going through the winding roads, admiring the scenery! What a lovely way to be greeted!


The Vermont Country Store is quite large and takes up a couple of buildings.


They have a wide array of what is commonly known as "penny candy". But, let me tell you, they cost more than a penny now! lol I found my childhood favourite - Soucoupe Volante which translates into Flying Saucers!


I was a six (6) year old in heaven! What fun I had perusing the various products. I will definitely be going back!

Since, as of late, I've been on a cookbook acquisition mood, I bought their cookbook! Lots of wonderful recipes as well as history of the store. Such a lovely book to look at!


All and all, I logged over 400 miles on my car! What a great day I had!

How was your weekend? I hope you had a wonderful one!

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you later!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Life goes on ...!

Cheryl, a dear Aussie friend of mine, gave me the following advice "Illegitimi nil Carborundum" and she is right! Control is an illusion! Let it go and move on; life is to short!

Having been a quiltin' fool for a few weeks, starting and finishing new projects, I thought I would tackle my UFO pile.

As a quilt shoppe owner, your quilting project choice takes on a double duty - personal quilt and shoppe sample.  It's an efficient way to quilt! But, there comes a time when your UFO pile, you know the ones you cannot use as a shoppe sample, weighs you down. It's amazing how it can put a damper on your creativity! The remedy is to either rid yourself of those projects you are no longer passionate about or start tackling them! For me, I'm passionate about all of my UFOs!

Last night I worked on a quilt I started back in December 2014.  It was offered by Fibre as a mystery block of the month. It was the perfect quilt for someone special, whom by the way, is not getting any younger and for the record, neither am I. So, time to tackle it and get it done!

It's a gorgeous queen size quilt! Sadly, I cannot show you a picture because I think the mystery pattern is still available for quilt shops to purchase. I wouldn't want to ruin your surprise! ;) Here's a sneak peak!


The pattern was designed by Sherri of  Border Creek Station Pattern Company. Let me tell you, she is an amazing block of the month pattern writer. Her instructions are laid out in such a way that you can pick up right where you left off. Even after a year and a half!!!! No spending time trying figuring out where you're at! It made it so easy for me to get back into it!

Tonight, my goal is to put the last two border on the quilt and it will be a done deal! Let's just hope I'm not biting more than I can chew. It is a pieced nine patch block border. lol

Thank you so much for stopping by! Catch you later!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Monday .... started on a bad foot!

Have you ever found yourself in a situation that not only did you not create, but had no control over it? That's me on this Monday morning .... it's not a great feeling to have to rely on someone else to correct their mistake and make it right. Then, I read my daily inspirational e-mail from Neale Donald Walsch of Conversations with God and this is what it says:

On this day of your life
Carole, I believe God wants you to know...

...that how bad things may look right now means nothing.
It's how good you know they can look with God's help
that counts.

Life has a habit of changing itself completely around in
24 hours. Heck, in 24
Minutes sometimes.

Don't you dare give up on Tomorrow because of the
way things look Today. Don't even think about it...

Love,  Your Friend...

Neale

Coincidence?

On a brighter note .... I've been a busy bee. I finished Frivol 6 - Vintage by Fig Tree & Co.


You know what that means? Time to start a new project!

Since I'm on the Moda Frivol kick, why not continue? So, I started Frivol 10 - Sugar by Sweetwater! What a cute block .... and cute fabric!


Easy peazy to piece! The quilt was completed in no time!


If you need me, I will be in my sewing studio, my happy place, attempting to calm down and feel better about this situation that not only is out of my control, but hopefully will not ruin me!

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you later!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

two halves equals one!

The feet dragging for a week taught me a valuable lesson .... you're to old to pull an all nighter! lol Aging is not for sissies!

Learning from my experience .... I choose to slowly work on the Slice of Cake quilt! The other half was less time consuming than the first half!


It actually stood like that for approximately a week. Well long enough for the weekend to get here and .... for me to need my designer wall again!

Here it presently sits on Penelope, patiently waiting for me to tackle it!


Another project done! A perfect opportunity to start a new one! Frivol 6 - Vintage by Fig Tree!


It's a busy weekend, so I'm not sure I'll get a chance to work on the quilt! Catch you later!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Moment of insanity .... Part Quatre!

By Monday, I was proud of my accomplishments! Took some time off and enjoyed the day outside, doing a bit of this and that. 

By late afternoon, it was time to start another new project! I can do this ... maybe break some records. So I took a look at my next project;


Hum ... simple enough .... a layer cake of Grow and the pattern Slice of Cake by Me and My Sister Designs! Let's set a goal .... When half the quilt is pieced I'll head to bed!

Big mistake .... by 2:00 a.m. I had reached my goal ... 


I don't know what I was thinking!

Would you be surprised if I told you that I dragged my feel all week long. Did not get any other quilting done!  Definitely a moment of insanity! lol

Catch you later!  Cheers!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Weekend moment of sanity .... part trois!

By Sunday, I was ready to start a new project. I started Moda Frivol 9.  What a cute quilt! Have I mentioned how I enjoy working on Frivols! So satisfying.

I call this shot ... find Frivol 9! lol


I hadn't taken Snippet off the design wall yet! lol I was in the zone!

Moda Frivol 9 is called Olive and uses Little Miss Sunshine fabric line by Lella Boutique. Here is a close up of the quilt!


I just love how it turned out! That "Penelope" pile is getting bigger and bigger!

Catch you later!  Cheers!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Weekend moment of sanity ... part deux!

Once the table was clean, it was time to get down to business ... start a new project!

Well, you all know how I just love the Moda Frivols ... Seriously, you get to work with a new line of fabric for such a small investment.

With the design wall empty, it was time to begin project Frivol 7 - Heart!


Frivol 7 uses Lisa Bongeon fabric line Song Bird Gatherings!

Voila!


I just love how this little quilt turned out!

Another flimsy added to the pile marked "Play date with Penelope!" Catch you later! Cheers!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Weekend moment of sanity - part un!

I'm still on platet earth ... for now anyway!

Wow, almost a month since I've written a quilting post! So difficult to get good help around here! lol

I've been busy ... producing lots of quilt tops. I think I need to change my blog rule from only posting those projects that are completely finished, meaning quilted and bound, to posting flimsies! This may help me to post more often ... and not to forget to post projects I've completed!

Are you ready? I've been a piecing fool! Spent a whole weekend being focused ... in the zone baby!

I had these blocks and related fabrics sitting on my cutting table for a couple of weeks. All that was needed was to sew these into rows and my cutting table would be clean. So, I got down to business!


The pattern is called Snippet by Cotton Way. I used Bonnie & Camille's "Hello Darling" fabric line. I love that line! Voila!


And and the result ... feast your eyes on this!


Poof! It's gone! The cutting table is now a complete mess!

Catch you later! Cheers!
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