Friday, December 14, 2012

Little Christmas Projects

My daughter has promised not to peek at my blog posts between now and Christmas. I have been making some cute little Christmas gifts for her and my granddaughters. They are so cute I could not wait to share. These were fun projects to make. Think I'll make some more tomorrow. 

What have I been making? I've made snappy bags and tissue holders. I used this tutorial here for the tissue holders. There are lots of tutorials online for the snappy bags. They use pieces of cheap metal tape measures for the closures. 

M's favorite color is red and she almost 18. I thought the red, black, and white was sophisticated enough for her. Here's a close-up of her tissue holder.
S loves the combo of brown and green and she loves plaids. I love plaids. S could not believe the brown/green combo is not one I care for. But, I found these prints in my stash. I think she'll like this. 

Months ago (maybe longer) I bought some batiks. I was just interested in the colors mostly. But, later I was looking through my stash and realized that one was of a blue, sunflower design. My daughter loves sunflowers. Remember this wallhanging I made for her? Anyway, I used batiks to make my daughter a bag and tissue holder. I made her bag shorter and wider than the others. The rosy red is the perfect contrast.
What fun things are you making this holiday season?

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Loved, Not Perfect... and Slow Sunday Stitching

Do you remember the first quilt you made? Has your quilting been influenced by another quilt maker? Over the years I have made a stab at becoming a quilter. It is only this year that I really consider myself a quilter. Why? Not from a lack of trying, I can assure you. I've made a couple of crib quilts years ago. I would really hate for anyone to look at the machine quilting very closely. This was before I discovered the use of a walking foot. Anyone been there and done that? But, these quilts are loved. You can view two of them here.  My granddaughter took a Sharpie marker to her Sunbonnet Sue when she was about 3 years old. But, at nearly 18 years old, she still has and loves that quilt.

My mother's quilts were my first knowledge of hand-made quilts. My family has always loved my mother's quilts. They are strictly scrap quilts made from our left over dress fabrics. There were four of us girls so there were plenty of scraps. I recently inherited a few of her quilts. They are much loved. They would not win a prize at the fair, but I am thrilled to have them. The fan quilt shown below is my favorite. I love the royal blue and sunny yellow. One of the fans says "Vote". LOL

My first try at making a full sized bed quilt was back in the mid-1990's. I thought scrap quilts were passe'. (I laugh at that now.) So, I went to Walmart and bought fabrics just for that quilt. They are not great fabrics, but are 100% cotton. So, that was a plus. I'm pretty sure the seams were more like 3/8" rather than a scant 1/4". I machine-pieced the quilt and started hand-quilting it, just as my mother did. The backing was solid white, cheap muslin...just like my mother always used. And I was intending to just lap the backing over the edge of the quilt to finish it. My mother never used an actual binding on her quilts.

Some where along the way, the backing shifted just enough that I wasn't going to have enough to lap over. I became discouraged and stopped. I put it away and eventually it found it's way to a mobile home on my husband's family home place that's used for storage. Friday I went and retrieved it. The fabric really is cheap and the mice had nibbled at the edge of it. There was a couple yellow stains on the backing. The safety pins I used to baste it were rusting. I was shocked to realize that 2/3's of the hand-quilting was done. Believe it or not, I washed that unfinished quilt.yesterday. I took out all the rusty pins after it was dried. I then re-pinned (new pins) all the unquilted parts. The batting is polyester... like my mother used. I intend to repair and finish quilting this quilt. It was my first and deserves love. Even if it will not ever win a blue (or any color) ribbon, it will keep someone warm at night.

Here is the quilt. It is a Rail Fence pattern set on point. Colors are pink, med-light blue and navy. I'll bet someone in my family will love it as much as I love my mother's quilts.
This is a bad photo of the side of the quilt I apoligize. It is of one of the set in pieces. 
This will be my slow Sunday stitching for a while. You can see what others are slow stitching on Kathy's blog. Link up what you are slow stitching.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Slow Sunday Stitching and a Finish!


Today I hand-stitched the binding of the Hugs and Kisses quilt. Well, actually I began last night and finished today.  I decided to go with the lavender 1930's print for the binding. What do you think?


Here is the entire quilt spread out on a full size bed. This quilt is 50"x50".

 I still think it is too big for a crib quilt. This quilt seems more toddler size than crib quilt size. My new great-grand baby will have a half sister who is less than 2 years old. I am thinking of giving it to her and making another crib quilt. What little girl wouldn't love a quilt with lots of pinks and purples and bunnies and kitties? here is the backing.

Today I suddenly remembered a crib quilt tutorial I saw during the Dots on Dots blog hop a couple months back. It was designed by Julie of The Crafty Quilter blog. It is a pinwheel quilt, but she has a unique way of making the flying geese pieces. Plus, I love the bright colors she used along with a dotty black. I hope I can use some Dilly Dally fabric I have on hand for the pinwheel blocks. It has the same colors in the collection. We'll see. But, I can't wait to try out her technique. You can check out her tutorial here.

You can check out the slow Sunday stitching at Kathy's blog here.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hugs and Kisses

This month I have been very busy. I drove down to west Tennessee to visit with my mother and have a Thanksgiving lunch with her at her assisted living facility. I think she really enjoyed my sister Karen and me eating with her. Mother didn't recognize me when I first arrived, but soon realized who I was. I know the day will come when she no longer knows who we are and that will be a sad time for us all. Momma smiles all the time...except, of course, for when we were trying to take this photo. That's Karen on the left and me on the right.

Then, I came home and cooked Thanksgiving dinner for my hubby, son, and myself. This was the first time we were home for Thanksgiving in several years. I enjoyed cooking all our family favorites. We had chicken instead of turkey, which was fine with all of us.

I have done a lot of sewing, too. I made a tee shirt pillow for my step-daughter. It was a super bowl tee that belonged to her late husband. It had special memories for her. I loved how it turned out and then forgot to take a photo. Maybe later.

The bigger project is the Hugs and Kisses quilt I'm making for my first great-grandchild. She is due to arrive in January. These blocks have been so easy to piece. I like how they turned out. But, I must say, after using the 1930's reproduction prints for 2 quilts in a row, I've tired of them. I may save the floral and geometric prints and give away the "kiddy" prints.

I was not at all sure about the size of this quilt. It's about 50" square. But, I decided to just go ahead with it. I am leaving off the border. I found a pretty pink printed fabric for the backing. I am debating whether to bind the quilt with some lavender 1930's print or use the same pink as the backing. what do you think?

Here is the top spread out on a bed. See the row in the top left corner. That's actually the bottom. I thought the bottom row was too bland. So, today I took out the yellow print in the center of that row and replaced it with the square pictured below. I like it much better. All the other rows had a mix of pastels and vibrant colors. Now, this row "pops", too.

This afternoon I have put the sandwich together and it is waiting to be pin basted. I hope to have this quilt finished before next week. Lots of other projects waiting!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

I Won! I Won!

There is always some type give away going on in the quilting blog world. I have tried 100's of times to win in the past year. But, this week I got very lucky indeed! I won a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, vol 6 magazine. It goes on sale this Tuesday. Last Monday I was checking out the blogs of quilters who had blocks featured in the magazine. Sonja at Artisania asked for us to tell her a joke or funny story to enter. Mine was chosen! You can check it out here. And, I didn't realize until today that I had won. I can't wait to get my hands on my copy! This is the cover.
Last month I was very unmotivated. But, after my Music City Quilt Guild meeting this past week, I could feel my creative juices coming back. We always have so many gorgeous quilts displayed. This time members brought in quilts that were designed by Bonnie K. Hunter. She will be teaching classes at my guild next April. Hope I can get in one of those classes.

I spent the last couple of days kitting up some quilts. One is Spools by Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms. I have seen lots of spool quilts, but really love this one that looks like a child (or I) stacked them. I am using scraps from my stash for the spools of thread. The one I cut out is a 50"x63" throw size. Here is a photo of it from Camille's website. Don't you love it!
By the time I finished cutting out the 140-1 1/4" squares of white background fabric, I decided I wasn't ready to tackle that quilt just yet. So, then, I cut out a baby quilt that should go pretty quickly, I hope. I used some of my 1930's reproduction fabrics for this special quilt.  It will be for my first great-grandchild. She is due to make her appearance in January, 2013.

That was a lot of cutting, especially the white backgrounds on both quilts. Guess I better start stitching this week.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Simplifying My Life

Lately I've been giving a lot of thought to simplifying my life. Of course I've tried to do this before. Usually I would start with trying to declutter my home. But, my husband is a pack rat, bordering on being a hoarder. (He disagrees with that assessment. LOL). This often makes decluttering an unpleasant task. Plus, I have lived in this house since we married 21 years ago. He has lived here twice as long. It's an old house with little storage. I do what I can.

I have come to the conclusion that the best approach for me right now is to declutter my mind. How?

Smartphone. I'm starting with my smartphone. Do I really need to see my email or the internet or Facebook no matter where I am? Just a couple years ago I didn't realize that was a necessity. Now it is always at the ready. I do like the convenience of the cell phone.

And, why do I feel that I can't just print out a coupon for Michael's or Joann's? Not long ago I drove 15 miles to Joann's to use an awesome 60% off coupon on my smartphone. I had accidentally left my cellphone on my desk so, no coupon. If I had printed it out and put it in my purse as I do other coupons I would not have had to drive home and back to Joann's again. Like my friends and many family members, I am going to downgrade to a basic phone. No bells or whistles. However, Verizon is charging me $30 for the "upgrade" fee.

Facebook. I wish I could just give that up, but I do love the photos of grandkids and trips. It's the best way to keep up with family now. If a lot of family and friends need to know some info, you only have to make one post and everyone knows. What I do not like is that some people push their political or religious agendas. Some ideas are better discussed face to face. I feel that Facebook should be fun and bring people together, not make people feel bad. I may weed out a few "friends" who more like just "acquaintances". I am certainly going to limit my access to Facebook.

Internet. Luckily, I have not become an addict of Pinterest. I do stay on the internet waaay too much. I am going to try to find a way to limit my screen time. We will see how that goes. I've been addicted to the internet for 20 years, so this could take a while. Hee!

Blogs. First of all, I "follow" too many blogs. Many blogs I follow because it was a requirement to try and win a give-away. I never won anything, though. I am going to pare down the list of blogs I follow. Some blogs I do really enjoy!

My own blog. I considered giving up this blog. I find myself pushing to find something to blog about. I feel bad when I don't have a new project to showcase. I need to stop stressing over it. For now, I will try to post something at least once a month. It may not be a project. It may just be something random. If I am still stressing in a few months, I will just let this blog go. It should be fun and not a chore. 

I will continue those activities that I enjoy. I am so inspired after my monthly quilt guild meeting. And, I love, love my book club. There are only 3 of us in the group, but we have met each month for 2 years. I would not miss that...and I never have.

How do you simplify your life?


Monday, October 1, 2012

October Already?

Where did the month of September go? I can not believe it is October already! It is raining and gloomy here in Middle Tennessee. The hummingbirds have gone or maybe they were run off by the honey bees. Our hummingbird feeders occasionally have a wasp or two. But, for the last 2 weeks the honey bees have taken over. We have had the feeders every summer, for years. This is the first time the bees have come in such great numbers. This photo is a small sampling. Some days both feeders were nearly covered.
Have you ever worked on a quilt you loved while piecing and then just wanted to stop? I have been working on the Dresden Plate quilt. I loved the cutting and the piecing. But, I truly hate stitching these to the background. I tried different approaches. I am now just doing a straight stitch near the edges. But, all the stopping and turning is driving me crazy! I think I am going to just have to set a goal of stitching one or two a day and that is all until they are finished.

I decided I needed a second quilt project to work on in between the DP. I began to cut fabrics from my stash on Saturday. These are 2.5 inch strips. I love working with these. This is for a throw-sized quilt I'm making for myself. I am not ready to reveal what I'll be working on yet. But, here are some of the fabrics. I need to cut a few more strips and the background fabrics. I know I have the perfect fabric for the background, but where did I put it? 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Slow Stitching On the Go?


Today Kathy of Kathy's Quilts asked, "Where do you stitch "on the go" and what are your tips for successful portable hand stitching?" Well, after I thought about it, I can't really say that I ever stitch "on the go". Since I'm retired, I usually am only on the go when I am running errands or traveling. Usually, when I'm traveling, I am the driver. I do need to come up with a project I can take to sit and stitch group meetings. I've only attended one and had a binding to hand-stitch. I am looking for a small project that I can just grab on my way. Any suggestions would be welcome.  Maybe I'll kit up a small quilt that I can hand-piece. I tried hexagons, but they make my hands ache if I do more than a couple at a time.

This morning I was able to get some more redwork done on my Trim the Tree pillow top. For the most part I am liking the Cosmo embroidery thread. It is already 2-ply, so I don't have to divide the threads like with DMC embroidery thread. The Cosmo has a nice sheen to it, too. I finished the ladder.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Quilt History

Last week I went to a Fall festival and while there I signed up to have a quilt evaluated for age and care. The event was free and held today. We have a quilt that we found in my mother-in-law's things after she passed away about 12 years ago. We have no idea if she made it or if it was made by another family member or if it was given to her. The pattern is A Trip Around World. 


As I suspected, the fabrics are from the 1920's and 1930's. The backing is made of ticking that may have been used on a mattress. There are some stains on the backing and a small patch. The front looks good. It is not nearly as worn or stained as some of the other quilts that were brought in.  Here are some of the fabric squares in the quilt. 
The backing, while all the same fabric, is pieced together. The hand-quilting is not excellent, but just straight lines from top to bottom. I'm pretty sure it was hand-pieced, too. 
For years I have just hung this quilt on a quilt rack (made by my Dad) and refolded ever so often to prevent more wear. I do need to repair a few seams. Most of the frayed seams are on squares that look like striped overall material. It will be fairly easy to repair since they are just on the seam line. 
I was really tickled when I realized that my Dresden plate quilt that I am working on has the same pink and lavender checked fabrics. Of course, mine are reproductions. I do wish I had seen this quilt before my M-I-L died and gotten more history. But, I do love it. If there are old quilts in your family, please, try to get some of it's history before it is too late.

I will be labeling this quilt with as much information as I can come up with. It is an awesome find.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Work In Progress Wednesday

My WIP is the Dresden Plate quilt I recently started. I have been devoting a good bit time on it. The machine piecing has gone very quickly. I got a shoe box lid and set up rows of blades for each plate. It was like a little assembly line. Went very quickly. Fun, too!
I now have quite a stack of plates to show for it. Love those 30's prints!
Then came the time to put the plate on the 14 1/2" white on white pin dot squares. That's when I had a problem. I tried to machine stitch one on with a stitch on my machine. It was straight for a couple stiches and then a zigzag. I did not like that, especially when I tried to put on the yellow center. 
It was a mess and hard to control. So, I hand appliqued the next plate to the background. Loved it! But, it takes so long to do that. Today, I finally tried a tiny zigzag stitch on my machine to attach the plates. I am hand appliqueing the centers on. I think I can live with that.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

How You Like Me Now?

For the last several days I have been following a blog hop called Dots on Dots. It is sponsored by Madame Samm from Sew We Quilt and Corrie from Quilt Taffy. If you haven't been following this blog hop you should start with day 1. They are up to day 8 now. There are some very talented quilters out there in blog land.

I'm not a participant of this blog hop, but it was a great time to give my blog a new look that includes polka dots and cute little birds, too.  It looks so bright and fresh. I love it!

I even have my own matching grab button now. Just grab the code on the right sidebar of my page and put it on your blog and link back to my blog. How you like me now?

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Fall Festivals and Slow Sundays

Fall is my favorite season. One of my favorite things is the fall festivals. Yesterday I went to a folk festival at the Buchanan Log House located in the Donelson area of Nashville. Sorry that the photo is a little fuzzy. There are several log buildings on the property. It was my first visit there.

They had blacksmiths, women making corn shuck dolls, music, folk dancing, candle-making, and more.  And, of course, there was quilting. I guess I didn't win the quilt raffle. Oh, well. I did see a hand-operated sewing machine. I had never seen one before and it made a great stitch. 
Don't know if you can see it, but there is a  banty rooster sitting on the banjo picker's shoulder.

Today I was a little late with my slow Sunday stitching. I had to go visit a neighbor in the hospital. But, I have made some headway on the Trim the Tree pillow. Because the pattern says to put two pieces of fabric together, I was afraid it would be difficult to stitch. But, it is going very well. I just love redwork.

Drop in on Kathy's blog to see what else was being slow-stitched this Sunday.


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Slow Sunday Stitching

On Labor Day I took my 50% off Michael's coupon and bought myself a light box. Half off was a really good deal, especially since I'd wanted it for a while.

I have several projects that I needed it for. I used to have a glass top kitchen table and used a lamp under it for projects that required a light box. That's how I made Sierra's redwork crib quilt shown here in a post. 

So, I decided to join my friend Teresa at A Quilt and a Prayer and Kathy of Kathy's Quilts and others for Slow Sunday Stitching. I've had a project on my radar for a while now. I ordered the pattern months ago. It is this cute pillow by Crabapple Hill Studio called "Trim the Tree". I love anything with snow people. Don't you?
The pattern is NOT a transfer. You have to trace it onto your fabric. This morning I traced it onto this white on white snowflake fabric. Not the easiest to work with, I must say. I am using the red Cosmo thread for the embroidery. I've never used it before and it's very expensive. The star is filled in with Cosmo sparkle floss. The balls on the tree are cut from red pompom fringe and sewn on.

Now, I'm ready for the Slow Sunday Stitching!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A New Project On the Design Board

Last week I de-stashed and tried to organize some of my fabrics. I put all my 1930's reproduction fabrics into one drawer. I think I bought the first ones about 15 years ago. I had never cut into them. Part of them are pictured below. I love the bubblegum pinks and jade greens that were so popular in the 30's. I have a lot of Aunt Grace fabrics. They remind me of the aprons of my childhood.
I wanted to do a traditional block with them. I just could not choose a pattern. Then, one day I saw a YouTube video by the Missouri Star Quilt Company. I love their videos. This one was how to make a Dresden Plate quilt. It looked so easy. You can see it here. So, when I was at JoAnn's last week I used a 40% off coupon to get the Easy Dresden tool. 

In the video she uses 5" blocks to cut the pieces from. I just simply cut a 5" wide strip and then used my tool to cut the pieces. The directions that came with the tool also cut 5"strips. The cutting went very quickly. 

Yesterday, after my quilt guild meeting I started the piecing. (I am always motivated by the beautiful quilts shown at my guild.) The blocks really are as easy to put together as it appears in the video. First you fold and sew across the wide end of the piece. I chain-pieced a lot of these, snipped apart, and turned. Then, I lined up the 20 pieces I needed for each Dresden plate. Here are some waiting on my sewing table ready to stitch together.
And, here was the result:
I made a couple of plates and they both laid flat. I was so excited that they turned out so well. My husband loved that they looked like neckties. I plan for the centers to be cut from a solid yellow fabric I found in my stash last week. The background fabric is a white on white pin dot. The sashing will be from the 30's prints and the cornerstones will be from the solid yellow. I am trying to calculate how to make this a bed-sized quilt. I love it!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Stash Enhancement

This past week I spent some time trying to organize my fabric stash. In the process I also discovered some fabrics I had forgotten about. Some were perfect for upcoming projects. Yeah! 

But, of course none of that stopped me from picking up some great deals to further enhance my stash. JoAnn's emailed me a coupon for 60% off a single cut of fabric. It could not already be on sale. I found a beautiful piece of 108" backing that was not marked as "on sale". When I got to the cutting table I was told it WAS on sale. I complained and they gave me the 60% off. The non-sale price was $14.99 yd. I got 3 yards for a total under $18. How's that for a bargain?
It's the white on ivory print shown below, but the photo is not very good.



Then, I went to The Quilter's Attic in Goodlettsville, TN for their fat quarter sale. If you bought 20 or more fat quarters they were $1.25 per each or batik fat quarters for $2 each. You could mix and match as long as you bought at least 20. No problem with that!


I fell in love with these greens. I have no idea what I'm going to do with them. But, aren't they pretty?
I added some more plaids to my growing collection.
Over the years I have collected 1930's reproductions. I added these 2 this week, bringing the total to about 60 fat quarters and a jelly roll of these fabrics. Today I am going to finally cut into them for the first time.
Just added these because I liked them. 
And, of course, I had to add to my growing collection of batiks.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Button, button, Whose Got the Button?

Do you remember playing that game as a child? One day last week I spent the entire day de-boning the plaid shirts I told about in a previous post. Boy, did I get a lot of buttons! Some of the shirts even had two  or three extra buttons sewn inside them. 
When I got done with the shirts I had quite a collection of buttons. Amazingly, no shirt was missing a button.

I also learned a few things about using shirts for fabric stash. First, unless you want to have to pick out darts, stick with men's shirts. I only had to pick out darts on 2 shirts, but the plaid design and colors were worth it. Plus, women's shirts are smaller, so less fabric to claim.

Also, a man's xxl or xxxl will give you lots of fabric. One shirt I had was a xxxl size from Jos. A. Banks. It was a gray with white windowpane stripes. That fabric is beautiful. I may use it for something besides a quilt or maybe the main focus of a quilt. Loads of nice fabric for pennies. 


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Plaid Bargains

I have really been a slacker since the end of June. Well, all my travels are over and I'm ready to get back in the swing of things. Last week I visited my mother and my sister Karen. Mom is doing great at her lovely assisted living. Even with her dementia, she still knows who we are. That's always a relief.

Karen is the queen of bargains. On Friday she and I had a nice lunch with just the two of us. Then, she took me bargain hunting. I'm not much of a shopper. We went to the Essex Bargain Hunt in Memphis, TN. We didn't find anything we wanted that day. Then, we went to a Memphis Goodwill store that she had heard about. Around the back there is Goodwill Bargain Barn. They had a few toys and nick-knacks. But, the real bargains were on these large rolling carts. They had clothing piled on the carts for $1.45 per pound. When I saw all the men's plaid shirts in good condition, I went crazy. Here's a sample :

I have the rest in the washing machine. Those include some beautiful purple plaids. There are a few stripes, too. I never realized that so many men's shirts were made of 100% cotton. The shirts I bought look hardly worn.  I bought over 11.6 pounds. And, no, my DH will not get one of them.

Last year I saw an awesome plaid quilt at the top of Julie's blog at JulieKQuilts. She told me it was in Evelyn Sloppy's  Strips and Strings book. The book is out of print, but I finally located a copy. 
 The quilt I love is called Plaid Passion.
I plan to de-bone the shirts using Bonnie K. Hunter's instruction video on YouTube. Lots of good buttons, too.

I also had gone to Hobby Lobby and bought some permanent press, unbleached muslin for $1.99 yd. They accepted my JoAnn's 50% off coupon. Six yards cost me $6. I plan to use it in this quilt.

Oh, and by the way, Karen got a few baby clothes and a pair of Coldwater Creek jeans for herself. She spent a little over $5.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Where in the world is Prima Donna?

This is my first post in a month. I have been busy traveling. I've been on both coasts in the month of July. Not much in the way of sewing has been going on. I'm really behind on that.

I previously told you about my trip to San Diego, CA to visit grandchildren and my daughter. At the end of July I took a road trip to Savannah, GA with my soon to be college freshman granddaughter to visit her Dad (my son). I had been to the area once years ago, but didn't really get to experience Savannah. What a fun place to visit! Loads of history and beautiful architecture and awesome food!


Granddaughter in front of fountain in Forsyth Park (Savannah, GA).
We spent an afternoon at Tybee Island beach. We ate at Paula Deen's restaurant The Lady and Sons and The Pirates House for some great buffets of Southern cuisine. I think our favorite activity was a ghost tour in a hearse. Even my granddaughter, who swears she hates history, loved the tours.

So, am I done with travel? Well, I'm traveling to the Memphis area to visit my mom and sister. Then, I'll be finished with traveling and back to sewing...until October. The projects are starting to stack up!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Winning!

Sorry Charlie Sheen! I just had to borrow that line. But, I'll get to that later.

Last Monday evening I returned home from San Diego, CA. It was fun spending time with my daughter and grandchildren. The two older Grands are 23 (TJ) and 22 (Spencer) years old, so we may not have many more times like that. Mikaela is a senior in high school in the fall and Sierra is a freshman. On Friday night it was just me and the Grands all loaded into my rental car. We went to Stir Fresh Mongolian Grill in Rancho Bernardo for dinner. It's one of our favorite restaurants and their mother is not a fan. After we got our bellies full, we drove about 9 miles north to Escondido, CA for a classic car show. I pointed out cars that were like my parents' first new ones and those from my high school and early marriage days. I think they all learned some new things about their family. One grandson was worried when realized that he and I both love Chevy Impalas  from the late 1950's. 

Even though I was somewhat jet lagged on Tuesday morning, I dragged myself to my quilt guild meeting. We were having a Chinese auction fundraiser and even though I was sure I would not win anything, I didn't want to miss it. Plus, I had already made an item to contribute. (See it here.) Well, I won not 1, but 4 auctioned gifts. I was almost starting to get embarrassed. But, I soon got over that! Hee! Here are my winnings. 
 I won 3 yds of cotton  flannel (top left), a table runner (center), a quilted wall hanging kit (top right). The red and white print item is made to hang around the neck and has large pockets that hold scissors, thread, etc. It was with the wall hanging kit.
 The kit includes everything, even the batting. It is cheater cloth, but I love anything "snowman".
 This cute pincushion will come in handy. Nina says she keeps one next to her sewing chair, one by the sewing machine, and one on the ironing board. The back looks like denim, but is velveteen.