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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Getting ready to get ready

Three things to be happy about:
(1) a bag of hot doughnuts
(2) favorite magnets on the fridge
(3) a peach smoothie

I've been experimenting with smoothies lately (bought a Magic Bullet thingie) and I really like how the peach ones turn out!  I use a cup of almond milk (frozen), a container of vanilla yogurt, a ripe peach, a handful of granola and a couple dashes of cinnamon.  Yummy-licious!

See these project boxes?  I got them yesterday at the new Costco in DC.

I think I'm going to like using these containers, they're 14x14 square and almost 3-1/2" high, so I can easily put 12-1/2" blocks inside without folding.  They're flat and will stack easily, and the colors are pretty kewl.  Can't see through em though, but at $20 I'm satisfied with the deal - it's like paying $4 each.

Can't beat that at Joann's!

A few months ago I mentioned that I'm going on Bonnie Hunter's Alaska quilting cruise (Quilting Under the Midnight Sun).  Bonnie is one busy lady - as I type this, she's in Alaska doing a workshop sponsored by the Kenai Peninsulsa Quilt Guild of Soldotna!

But time really flies, I can't believe we have two more weeks!  Renea and I are taking a 7:30 am flight out of Baltimore, changing in Chicago, then running like H-E-Double-Hocky-Sticks for the port!  It's all good though, we won't be the only ones.  :O)

Bonnie designed a quilt specially for the cruise, a scrappy two-color-family quilt with neutrals.  She gave us the option of choosing different colors from hers... with some input from Wanda (thanks, Wanda!) I've chosen these fabrics from my stash:

The greens and pinks will more than likely be batik fabrics and my neutrals probably will be also, I haven't definitely decided on that part yet.  I'm not looking to get the entire quilt pieced on the cruise, I'm only taking enough fabric for two or three blocks - fabric is heavy, and heavy-on-a-plane is extra $$!  You know the drill... classes will be held on the at-sea days, with the room made available all week if you want to do extra sewing.  Hmmm... extra sewing, or seeing the glaciers??  Extra sewing, or seeing a stage show??  Decisions, decisions!

Anyway, the quilt is all made from 2" strips, so I'll pull out my trusty GO cutter and it'll be done in no time flat - thank goodness for the GO!

Take care and do something relaxing and fun - it's the weekend!  Sew forth and sew on til later...


  1. Not to suggest "bypassing the rules" but fabric travels well in a carry on bag--this I know!
    Have fun on the cruise. I am sure you will.

    Wanda is a great source of color inspiration, isn't she?

  2. I love your three things today! And the 14" square, colourful totes are wonderful. Oh, I forgot your were going on the Alaska trip - take in some of the local flair, you can sew at home.

  3. Have fun! Those color choices are great!


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