Saturday, March 14, 2015

A First Time for my Quilts

Two weekends ago I had four quilts hanging at our GLHQ Quilt Show at the King's Court Castle in Lake Orion.  This was the first time I had I entered any quilts I had made in any quilt show but decided I finally would get up the gumption.  It was great to see them hanging and I even heard some nice compliments from visitors to the show about a couple of them.

Here are two of them:

I missed getting a shot of my president's quilt, darn.

My fourth quilt on display was part of a mini-exhibit of my stitch group's recent red and white quilt challenge.  They sure looked nice hanging together.  Mine is the third one in the first pic:

These are probably the last pictures I'll post from my Samsung camera.  Loving my new Canon and it will go with me whenever I want to take 'good' pictures.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Stretching it out

My birthday is tomorrow but I started celebrating Friday with dinner out with my friend Sue.  We had delicious Italian food at Trattoria da Luigi here in Royal Oak -- mmmmm.  Sue gifted me with two new pair of scissors from Merchant & Mills along with coil-less pins -- looking for to using all of it soon.

Yesterday I had dinner with my son, using my free birthday dinner certificate at Lockhart's Barbecue -- mmmm, mmmm good.

I've been reading up on my new camera, a Canon EOS 70D, and played around a bit with the default auto focus setting.  There is so much to learn about this camera.  One really cool feature is that you can load the Canon app onto your smartphone, set up the WiFi on the camera, and actually take a picture using the camera by clicking on the app -- crazy!!

Today I had lunch with Holly's family at the Rain Forest Cafe.  My grandson is still not too sure about the motorized alligator or even the 'thunderstorms' that occur every 20 minutes there.  We all had a super time, though he did have a meltdown when he didn't get to take home every toy he picked up in their store.  Hard lessons to learn at age 3 1/2.

I got a few nice pictures in my first outing with my camera.  Makes me want to just click away.

Pardon the 'chewing with my mouth open' pic:

Miss Lilly is getting so big.  Over 20 pounds at 8 months, with at least 6 teeth that I could see.

One of the fish in the restaurant's aquarium:

My Mom was always the family photographer.  She adored taking pictures, going back to the Polaroid days.  I am really missing her on this first birthday without her.  She would love my new camera and the fine pictures it takes.  I miss sharing all this with her.

Friday, February 27, 2015

GLHQ Quilt Show -- Don't be late!

I've recovered from my wicked sinus infection/near death experience this week and am soooo ready for the second day of the 2015 GLHQ Quilt Show.  Today was the first day of the show and by all accounts attendance was great, visitors were loving the show and vendors, and I can't wait to see it all tomorrow.

If you live anywhere near Detroit please take a couple hours out of your Saturday and make the trek out to see a wonderful quilt show.  And if you come, please seek me out and say hello.  I'll be manning various roles, helping with the vendors and tabulating the Viewers' Choice Award, given out at 4 pm!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Chunky Monkey Lilly

I'm battling some sort of sinus thing that popped up yesterday.  Lots of sinus draining and coughing, which hurts my chest.  Loading up with a few OTC medicines and going to be early tonight.

Thought I would share a couple of pictures of my adorable granddaughter Lilly.  She's a real chunky monkey but oh, so cute.

Her first selfie:

She loves to take a 'bath' in the shower, with the water spraying on her.

She looks just like her brother -- I love them so much.  Just wish I could see them more often.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Get up and GO!

Whenever I have vacation time burning a hole in my pocket I love to travel.  I learned of a website that helps you plan hotels, attractions, and food stops along the route.  It's called and it looks pretty sweet.  How often do you find yourself in a place where you don't know where to stay, what to do, or where to eat?

You can choose from several categories to populate your map and where they exist, there will be ratings for the spot, too.

I think I'll be adding this site to my Favorites list on the right side of my blog for future use.

Here's a screen shot of my local area and a handful of the helpful things that could be found.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sesame Street Madness

Last Sunday I treated my daughter and grandson to Sesame Street Live at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.  First problem was I thought it was at the Fisher Theater.  We paid to park, hurried into the Fisher Theater and snapped several pictures of the wonderful architecture.  As we neared the theater entrance it was quite apparent we were at the wrong theater!!  Yikes!!!!

We hurried back to the car and made our way to the correct theater.  As we approached the parking structure a very nice man guided us to the perfect parking spot, close to the theater.  This was very helpful considering Denver's short legs and my poor running ability.

Once inside the magnificent theater we headed to the restroom, passing loads of kids with plastic Elmo spinny-light up toys.  Of course I had to buy one for Denver.  He was mesmerized.

The show was wonderful and our seats in row D afforded us a visit by several of the show's characters.

It was such a fun afternoon.  Denver was asleep by the time we exited the parking structure!

I was never able to take my kids to such a show when they were young -- no money for things like that and their dad would never agree to such an a 'extravagance'.  Now that I'm a grandma I won't hesitate to give my grandkids a fun time like this.  Looking forward to our next adventure!

I have to say though, that there was one very strange incident.  A couple of women and their kids arrived about 30 minutes late and took their seats adjacent to me.  Not 2 minutes after they sat down the woman next to me sniffed her infant's bottom and proceeded to change his diaper ON HER LAP.  EGADS -- why in the world would anyone do such a thing in a fine theater with loads of people nearby???

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Orange, orange, and more orange!

The past week and a half has been chock full of activity.  Mystery Quilt Day was last Saturday and I managed to sew the top and backing in one day (record for me possibly?!) for a quilt for a special soon-to-be 1 year old.  His father is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, hence the Volunteers fabric, picked up last April on my way back from their home in Atlanta.  Don't spill the beans!

The front:

The Back: 

I used a Weeks Dye Works variegated 40 wt thread in the bobbin and Glide 40 wt Cream thread in the top.  Had to keep re-filling the bobbin, argh, but glad to finally have a project I could use this thread for.  I think I've had it for about 10+ years, still in the original wrapper.  Sheesh!  I used MasterPiece 50 wt in orange to sew the binding on.  It's a bit brighter that the binding but I'm ok with that.

Back close up above and Front close up below:

I pieced this quilt using my Juki F600, aka Hazel, and quilted it using my Juki 2010Q, aka Queenie.  Hazel is a dream to piece with and Queenie does a fabulous job quilting.  I serged the edges using my Juki MO-1000 serger before adding the binding.  I sewed the binding on using Hazel and used foot D, the stitch in the ditch foot, to sew the back of the binding down from the front side.  It is soooo much faster for me to do it this way compared to hand sewing the binding to the backside.

And for the most part, you never see the stitches on the front edge of the binding.  Sweet!

I think I'll make a pillowcase from the remaining pieces of the quilt fabric.  I want to use it up and move on to the next quilt!  I'll be mailing these out to Owen after the first of the month.  Woohoo -- done ahead of time!!!  Such a good feeling.