Monday, March 16, 2015

The Stupids step out

Today was the talk and trunk show day, and Mr Wazoo had me print out three different ways to get to our destination of Grayson, Georgia. He chose to take the 'super highway' route instead of the winding road through the mountains. Bad choice. From Cumming to Grayson there must have been 50 or more stop lights, and all of them were red. Add road construction and Atlanta rush hour traffic, and you have an adventure gone wrong. Fortunately, we left the house at 2:30, thinking that would give us time to get to Grayson with an hour or so to get supper before my 6:15 meeting. We arrived at 6:10! Whew!
The highlight of our arrival was meeting a second cousin I have never seen before! My Dad has done some genealogical research for his family and found the branch with Gigi in it. She came from Stone Mountain to see us and stayed for the presentation. Our family is so small, it is a hoot to meet another
Parker faction.

My 'new' cousin, Gigi

The talk went without incident, and the ladies were the perfect audience. This is a wonderful guild, a happy, chatty group of quilting sisters. At the end of the talk, I gave away a quilt to one lucky quilter, and it turned out this was her first meeting as a member!
Twenty quilts ready for their debut
The attentive audience
The winner of a Wazoo quilt!

We took the winding road way home and after two and a half white knuckle hours, arrived in time for a dish of ice cream and the news. Poor Molly got sick in the car on the trip down, but did fine on the ride home. Everybody is ready for a good night's sleep and a fresh start tomorrow in the studio.
Thank you, Quilters in Stitches! I had a great time.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Beautiful day in the mountains

Today was a truly beautiful day! Blue sky, light breeze, 76 degrees. Molly and I enjoyed a stroll to the top of the mountain, and then it was time to sew.
The top was finished, as you know, but I decided to use the leftover blocks and bits to spice up the backing. I really don't know what goes on in my brain to think this took an hour to figure out the math and sew all the bits into a useable piece, but after that, it went smoothly.For the quilting, I chose a panto called 'Fork in the Road'. It added just the right amount of texture to this modern looking quilt.

All done but the hand stitching!

Hobbs 80/20 batting adds nice definition. Plus, it washes nicely and wears well.

The funky bits back

Tim had a good day, too. Any time he gets to go outside and play, he is a happy camper. Today, he put in one of the new rhododendrons we got a couple of weeks ago. I had to smile at him working the hard clay and handling the bags of compost in order to have his new baby thrive. He does love to do yard work and gardening!

One bush in...working on the second hole.

The Christmas tree looks tiny in the big space, but it will grow.

Hey! I am also ready for the next guild meetings. Ta da!
This is my Misty Mountain badge. I made our barn quilt and sewed it to the side of the mountain, in a spot where our house would be. The pin is the guild pin.
This badge is for the Pieceful Mountain Quilt Guild over in Blue Ridge. it had to include a mountain, a tree and a bear. Thanks to Stephanie, I had a little bear with his nose in a can! Cute!