Monday, October 27, 2014

Views from a Hammock

Ah, to be home and relaxing in the hammock in the woods with husband and Leviticus. All of us love swinging in the sweet autumn breeze with the warm sun shining down on us.

A Week in the Outer Banks, NC

Taken out our cabin back door. My favorite pic of the week.

Every morning greeted us with the most amazing sunrises. The colors in this one took my breath away.

From a walk up the beach.

My first living contact upon arrival.

Visits to local lighthouses.

Lane and me on our first hang gliding attempt. No pic of me available as Lane isn't the best photographer and a pic of my feet, the back of my instructor and a pic so far away, I couldn't be identified doesn't really give you an idea of how well I flew.

Ready to say goodbye.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

So what do you do at a quilt retreat in Shipshewanna? You ride your bicycle 15 miles through the beautiful countryside. What a beautiful day it was! Saw a black cat, 2 garter snakes, Amish kids playing baseball, and almost ran over a squirrel.Saw a black cat, 2 garter snakes, Amish kids playing baseball, and almost ran over a squirrel. If it is raining tomorrow as predicted, I may actually get some quilting done.

In my defense, I did have to spend some time looking for and buying socks, which I forgot to pack.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Square One

Sometimes it is just better to go back to square one, back to the beginning. This shawl has been a pain from the very first stitch. I've got help 3 times and recently made another mistake that would take help to fix. Well, this morning around 3:00 am I couldn't sleep and just got up, grabbed the offensive shawl and unravelled the whole thing, reskeined the yarn, soaked the crinkles out and now it is drying before going back into balls. Sometimes it is better just to admit failure and move on. I have another shawl in mind so am looking forward to a new start.

Boy and Frog

How cute is this quilt a customer brought me? Too cute for words. It is so perfect for a little boy.

And an all over leaf and ribbon design on a simple Chevron quilt.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

They're Back!

I heard a familiar cluck today and raced outside to check my suspicions and sure enough, the wild turkeys are back, 11 of them this time. I guess they aren't too afraid of a vegetarian.

Antique Quilts

More antique quilts, always a challenge. The rectangle quilt was the easiest but oh boy, the triangle one was like quilting a bag of marbles. The blocks were on average 2 inch square, although there were few actually square blocks, some being 1 1/2 inch at the top and 2 3/4 at the bottom. Needless to say, there are a few puckers in that one. Still, it was fun seeing everything from feed sacks to silky dress fabrics. Gotta love 'em!