After work Friday Kathy, Bug and I drove north to spend the day with mom for her birthday. We got pedicures again (usually I wait more than three weeks, but it is fun to go with mom!) and then we met a few of my mom's friends for drinks and eventually met up with my dad and sister and more friends to dance at the Station. I had never been there, but the band was pretty good and it was nice to see some of mom and (step) dad's friends again. We spent the night and dad made us all breakfast and then we headed home. On the way up there we stopped off at Olde World Quilt Shoppe and I bought the only three double pinks they had for Hawaii Sunset 1848. I also couldn't resist the fabric with the anchors on it..it was on clearance (along with four others from that line--I made a Schnibble in it awhile back) and I thought it would make a good background for a QOV down the line.
On the way home we stopped at the rug store that has fabric for 2.99 a yard to see what they had. This pictures isn't so great, but I got one yard each of two light fabrics and two yards of the one with the blue flowers...thought it looked like a shirting and would wind up in a Bonnie Hunter quilt. All for under ten bucks, yay. Notice I didn't tell you the total for the earlier purchase, lol.
I could hardly wait to get home to start working on the bindings for the quilts that Joanne quilted (over at http://insanelycheapquilting.blogspot.com/
) which came in the mail the end of last week. I am SO excited to get all three of my Dad's memory quilts (Mourning Crosses Quilts) all bound and labeled and in the boxes to be mailed! WHOOT. This first one is for my Uncle Jim in Minnesota. He is going through some medical stuff right now and so the timing of this couldn't be better. I also decided to send him my yellow Flock of Triangles quilt that I made the beginning of the summer two summers ago. It is the quilt I was making when DJ and several other Deaf people were staying at my house (long before we got together) and it has alot of sentimental value for me for some reason...it was also the quilt that almost hung in the quilt show the first Christmas DJ and I were together and so I have resisted getting rid of it. I decided my uncle needs a blanket of sunshine because he is truly the light of our family. My Dad was a better Dad because of him and his unwavering faith has been an influence in my life. I hope it helps heal him and lifts his spirits. For this I can let it go :)
The back of his quilt has a camping theme and is one I bought just after my dad died in the Trego quilt shop. My Uncle Jim and Dad took me, my sister and my cousins, Carla and Tricia to the Boundary Waters several times when we were kids and we have so many good memories from those trips. Learning to dig a trench (in the rain since us girls didn't think we really needed one) while our Dads watched from their own two man tent was one of the highlights. They let us set our tent up on a hill with a slight incline once and we rolled downhill and kept taking turns being at the bottom of the tent all night too. So anyway, that is how I decided on his backing fabric.
This one is Margie's. She is a serious flamingo collector and so that and bits of one of my Dad's shirts is on the back of her quilt. So this little quilt is soon on its way to Spooner or Trego--wherever Margie decides to hang it.
This one is for my sister. Next trip North I will pass it one to her. I love that the pocket is there from one of Dad's shirts and know my sister will love that too!
Here are all three of the labels, they are now all handsewn on too. You can see the camping fabric a bit in this picture. I used some of the leftovers to make a bow tie too.
Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll is also quilted...still needs binding (the only one that didn't get done in the box of six completed quilts!). Just had to add a picture of it though.
I also did the binding for Kathy's NYE Mystery. We used the backing fabric for binding and it looks great. Not sure, but this may wind up being a Christmas gift for Kathy's niece Ayla.
Here is Lincoln Schnibbles all quilted and bound. This one will be a Christmas gift for someone. I really like this one, but I have a red, white and blue one already so may have to part with this one!
Here are the four boxes and Rachel's baby gift to go to Norway (still needs a box, but this one also got a label). One of these boxes has Kathy's Irish themed mystery quilt for her dad. She actually sewed her own label (dog) on too. Her dad is in ICU in Mass. so hoping this quilty hug comforts him. There is a Monday trip to the post office here! So happy to be able to truly cross so many close finishes off my list!
I managed to make one bow tie block...have a whole stack of the little bow ties just waiting to become another row...if I get to sew tomorrow that is what I am shooting for. August is almost over...where does the time go?
Tomorrow we are supposed to go to a Hunger Games movie party with some fun friends. Is it awful that I almost just want to stay home and sew? I think it just recharges my batteries in a way nothing else does. Kind of crazy, but right now I live to quilt!