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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Eating and sailing and tasting!

Three things to be happy about:
(1) Pat's secret crab sauce
(2) whistling a happy tune
(3) clear weather

You ever been to Burdock, Maryland, on the Eastern Shore??  Me either!

But yesterday Shirley, Pat, Charlene and I got there after a two hour bus ride, where we climbed aboard the Dorothy & Megan for a 3-hour lunch cruise on the Choptank River past Suicide Bridge.

There was corn on the cob - so sweet! - cole slaw, fried clams, Maryland crab soup, deep fried chicken and of course, CRABS!!
I like crab meat, but the girls all agreed I'm not a "qualified" crab eater - I told Shirley that if I had someone sit beside me and pick out the meat for me, I'd gladly eat all the fresh steamed crabs I could hold!  As Shirley said to me, "That ain't gonna happen!"

But all the twisting and prying and banging and digging you have to do in order to get a tablespoon's worth of crab meat?  It just isn't worth it to me!   No wonder I prefer Alaskan crab legs!

My total crabs eaten: 1.



I think Tina was the all time winner - lookit that pile of shells!


We've had short powerful thunderstorms the last 3 or 4 days, but oh my was the weather beautiful yesterday!



Such pleasant, peaceful scenes from the top deck!



After the cruise we were taken to Layton's Chance vineyard and winery for a tour and wine tasting...



Besides the more than 1,000 acres of grapes for wine, the winery also grows corn and soy beans, which they give to Purdue Chicken.

But we were there because of the grapes, though - vines and more vines as far as the eye can see!


So I got a chance to do something new that I've never done before!

All in all it was a good day spent with good friends.

Can't get any better than that!


That's it for now, have a great Saturday, smile at someone, sew forth and sew on til later!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A few more pages done

Three things to be happy about:
(1) scratching an itch
(2) fridge magnets
(3) singing in the shower


Yesterday I did more of this!

It's so hot in my sewing room, but I managed to get another good pile done; I didn't count the pages but I know that progress is being made!


In fact, I didn't count the number of blocks I need to make sashings for ... or how many blocks I actually have made and waiting!

I had to laugh at LizA's comment yesterday; she wrote - "Wow! I love what you're doing with those sashings! Now you're making me feel guilty about my scrap crystals ufo....hhhmmm, I wonder where that box got put?"

Liz, to be honest I was convicted when I saw Bonnie teaching the class at guild groups, when she taught it to us on the cruise before the book was even published!  Shame shame shame on the two of us, LOL.


When I was piecing the strips I tried to cover the entire page but it didn't matter if a small sliver didn't get covered, since I'm going to sew them end to end.

Also, if a piece did extend over the edge, I just cut it straight across the top!  

Trimming straight lines at the top and bottom, and along one side.




I'm cutting 3-1/2" strips, so the leftover isn't large enough for anything - to the trash with it!



Adding the green in with the blues makes an important difference since the blocks are mainly made of blue and green broken dish units.  

They seem to sparkle, don't they?  Looking good!

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Yesterday I took two tops to the LA, I should have them back next week, so today I'll go ahead and make the bindings.

Have a great Thursday, sew forth and sew on til later!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Work that UFO!

Three things to be happy about:
(1) corny movies that make you laugh
(2) bare feet on a tile floor
(3) fresh spinach

Today is my mom's birthday, she passed away 20 years ago - 20 years!!  If she were still alive, today she would be 102 years old.  Wow!

Remember this quilt?  I blogged about it after my Alaska quilters cruise, on this post.

Since I finished piecing the ID square dance quilt - I'm calling it "Idaho Star Dance" - I thought I'd pick up the Scrap Crystals project that I gently pushed aside over a year ago.  I wanted to do a slightly different treatment for the sashings but I didn't have any bright ideas.

After watching Bonnie Hunter piece together neutral strings on last week's Quilt Cam the light bulb came on!



I carried an old Verizon phone book and a bag of blue strips and strings to the bee meeting last Saturday.  I had a grand ole time piecing string after string, watching the pile grow...

Didn't take long to fill up more than a half dozen pages!





Cut into 3-1/2" strips and de-papered - looking good!




I pieced some long strips, enough to do a couple test blocks...



I like what I'm seeing so far!

After sewing these together I see that I can add some green into the mix.

I think I'm gonna like this version of Scrap Crystals!

Have a great Wednesday, sew forth and sew on til later!