Saturday, October 3, 2015

A lovely Weekend....

It has been a lovely weekend so far (I'm including Friday in since I had the hubby home so it felt like a weekend day). Nice cool temperatures in the low 70's. I am in heaven.... much better than that 90+ stuff we normally have.

It got me to feel like hand quilting on Friday afternoon so I pulled out the Hugs and Kisses quilt and started hand quilting on the border. It felt soooooo good to be hand quilting again.
I know - I do lots of other hand work but there is just something about hand quilting that just feels so satisfying. I also had a black and white helper (Maxie cat) while I was stitching in a quiet house on Friday. (Greg offered to take the kids to his Moms for their sleepover after I picked them up from school so I got 2.5 lovely hours of peace and quiet.) When he got home he mentioned he'd like to see a movie - The Martian. He never plans dates so I jumped and we went to see a 7:30 showing of The Martian thinking we would do dinner after. We nixed the dinner idea (good thing we did soda and popcorn at the movie) when we got out of the theater well after 10PM! The movie was 2 hours and 20 minutes but what a wonderful movie it was. I highly recommend heading to the theater to see this one.

Saturday was a nice sleep in day and then a run to the girl scout store to pick up a few things. A quick drop into work to send in the order, check on my manager who has been out for a couple of weeks and finish some paperwork. A gas fill up at $2.01 a gallon for the car and it was back home for the afternoon. I did make a stop at The Marion Market - a local weekend flea market and vendor site to hit the veggie and fruit area. I had to call Mom and let her know I was doing that too (just to rub it in with all the fresh veggies!). I got a cabbage, a huge romaine lettuce, peppers, sprouts, 5 limes, beets and greens....... perfect for fajitas for dinner Saturday evening and meals and lunches for the rest of the week with the salad things I had already. I am cooking up a batch of black beans on one burner and the beets are boiling on another while I prepped all the veggies and got them settled into the crisper. Two huge bags of lettuce processed from one huge head for $1.50. Just amazes me. The chicken has been marinating in the fajita seasoning and I just need to cook that up with some onions and peppers and make some rice and guacamole and dinner will be set. I'm going to pull out the margaritas I made last Friday from the freezer and have one with dinner tonight too =)

Sunday will find me doing some gardening, bringing my FIL out for a birthday lunch with our family and generally enjoying the day with the kids and Greg. I will be able to get some slow stitching in as well with my Hugs and Kisses quilt and some hand work adding orange to the trip around the world block. I am itching to start basting those 30 inch blocks for quilting... but will wait for them to all be done. Two in progress (orange and dark green at the bottom of the picture) and one more to go in teal will give me my 9 blocks. That green one will change a bit and have more dark green heading out from the white round I think. Not too shabby for staring the blue one last December and stitching all the 2.5 inch blocks by hand. There are 225 squares in each 30 inch block below...that's a lot of squares!

Head on over to Kathy's Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday and Oh Scrap on Sunday morning for their link parties.



17 comments:

  1. You had me at frozen margarita! Hand quilting is beyond me but I admire greatly those who can. Your rainbow TOTW blocks look fantastic and hand piecing 225 squares nine times is a real labour of love.

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  2. Hand quilting season is starting around here even though I am not ready yet :(. We turned on the heat today for the first time. It was just too cool in the house (low 60s) to hold out any longer. I think I will join you for a beverage now that the house is warm - I am having a G&T with dinner. Your TATW is coming along wonderfully!

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  3. I have to tell you that those TAW blocks are just gorgeous--I am totally jealous...they just have to be my next hand project....simply gorgeous..I love that white ouline on each one....hugs, Julierose

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  4. Wow, look at those TATW blocks! I know ... hand quilting is so different than any other handwork, isn't it? Glad you've gotten some cooler weather to enjoy your hand quilting. Your dinner last night sounds so good that I think we'll have chicken fajitas for dinner here tonight! Yum!

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  5. Your trip around the world blocks are looking fab - not far to go now and you'll be at the end of your trip! BTW - wow -your fuel is so cheap!! A gallon of petrol here costs about $7.50!!! (Around £1.11 per litre!)

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  6. The Trip Around the World quilt is going to be stunning! I'd be happy to send you some orange scraps for the orange block if you need 'em!

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  7. Those blocks are just gorgeous ! Sounds like a super weekend thus far and how is that I just ate breakfast an hour ago but you have me craving fajitas??: )

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  8. Glad to hear the Martian was good! Your TATW is looking fantastic! I too am so glad to be hand quitling today.

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  9. Great scrappy project! Wow, so many little squares! Kat @ katandcatquilts.blogspot.com

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  10. Great scrappy project! Wow, so many little squares! Kat @ katandcatquilts.blogspot.com

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  11. I am so impressed that you are hand sewing all those squares together! That is going to be beautiful! And thanks for the movie recommendation, too. We have been wondering about that movie, and now I know we will go see it!

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  12. Your quilt is looking great. Sounds like you had a really wonderful weekend.

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  13. Your trip quilt is going to be gorgeous! That is a lot of squares to hand piece. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  14. Sounds like a delicious weekend at your house and a fun sewing project too!!! Looks great!

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  15. I came back for a second look at your TATW Very very tempting!

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  16. Those are beautiful blocks--can't wait to see the finish!

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  17. You have me totally intrigued about that movie now :)
    So glad to see hand quilting the border already!
    And your TATW blocks look fantastic!

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