Tuesday, March 10, 2009

back from vacation..

wow... time does fly... i kinda got a bit distracted getting ready for and finally going on vacation.. and what a vacation it was.. a wonderful 5 day cruise to the western carribbean.. and the best part was.. we were upgraded.. to the Courtyard villas on the ship.. FABULOUS!!... i go with my mom and sister every year on a cruise.. the beautiful picture in my title... was one i took on Grand Cayman Island..

lol.. wow.. another few weeks have gone by.. i've just been so busy lately i haven't had a chance to even think about this blog.. in a few weeks.. 70 women will converge on Manchester NH for the HGTV quilting retreat!!.. and i have so much to do before i go.. there's a challenge project involving cows.. (i have NO idea what i'm gonna do with that!).. and a t-shirt challenge representing my state.. (ok.. i have an idea.. but not a clue how i'm gonna implement it.. lol).. and i want to finish my Australian Peacock quilt top to bring for show and tell and to send home with Quiltaholic for her to custom quilt for me.. i really think i must be crazy.. lol.. the round i just completed with the flying geese and pineapple blocks has nearly 1100 pieces in it.. i can't even fathom a guess as to how many pieces are in the entire quilt so far.. i have 1 more round to do on it.. and that will be the Peacock fabric.. and 4 more Australian blocks for the corners.. what do you think of it so far??.

i started this with a Nickel Roll that i got from Daisy the Chocolate Mouse.. then added many more Nickel Rolls and lots of yardage.. lol.. this was a challenge on the Carol Doak yahoo group.. the Yours Truly Round Robin.. each month she would tell us what to do for that round.. (ie.. only 2 colours.. pp blocks in corners.. ) and we had to use her blocks to do it.. there were some beautiful quilts made in that challenge.. i chose to add a couple more rounds to the quilt to make it bigger.. hence the flying geese border and then then the final one.. which i'm hoping to have done in the next few weeks..

i've also been working on lots of cross stitch.. i've recently completed the Rosy Radient star by linda myers..

this was fun to do.. and surprizingly.. she didn't have too many errors in the pattern.. i've done many of her patterns.. i love her patterns.. but there is almost always.. errors in them.. this is another one of her patterns i've recently finished.. Stained Glass blocks... i love the colours in it!...

and one more of her patterns that i've done.. the Christmas memories.. this one i submitted to the fair for judging and came away with a blue ribbon.. :) .. the awesome framing was done by Cathy Coggins of Needlecraft World.. in Kissimmee.. she's the best!!.. sorry for the glare on the glass..

ok.. well it's time for me to get back to work... i'll try to get back here soon and show you what i'm currently working on.. there are quite a few... lol..