Thursday, March 6, 2014

Really Random Thursday: 3/6/14

A week ago today I was at a quilting retreat about an hour away, sponsored by our local quilt shop. Hours and hours of uninterrupted sewing. It was glorious. And to top it all off, we had RAIN! We barely recognized all that moisture coming from the sky. This was the view from our hotel room. We were hardly ever there.
This was the view of our hotel, from our corner of the large sewing room.
We always get a table that is right in the corner, with floor to ceiling windows.

I shared a table with friends. We took this picture during a sunny break in the cloudy weekend. You might recognize Vicki from A Quilter's Mission, in front there on the left. And there is Deborah from Simply Miss Luella peeking out on the top right.

I worked on blocks for different projects, never completing a single quilt top. First, I completed blocks for the friendship X and + block exchange with my partner in crime, Carla.The fussy cutting on this block makes me pretty happy.
Then I made a few of these wagon wheel blocks.
And coordinated my beverage container with the orange one.
And finally started Gabe's baby quilt. He is nearly 2 1/2 years old. Oops.
If you are wondering that this is, his quilt is a series of animal blocks all made from different configurations of the drunkard's path block. Genius. You can see what the finished quilt will look like here.

During the weekend, I received an interesting text from our son. Always trying to wrangle an extra birthday present (his birthday is not until July).

Not quite sure about the link he sent? Here. Let me enlarge it for you.
Um, sorry. He did not get a present for being 13,000 days old.

Terri tagged me in this picture. Those are my pincushions, and the seam ripper is made by Amy's husband. I have one of the seam rippers too--they are great!
Jessie went to visit her sister in Dallas and came across this interesting ATM machine.
I saw this in the grocery store next to the sewing room. No explanation needed.
There were a couple of bags of fabric that were free to anyone who wanted to take them. I got some fabulous home dec weight pink leopard print. I'll use it to make something for my granddaughter. I left this one in the bag.
And then I came home and could hardly wait to see these three.
Your turn. Remember to add at least one "random" item to your link, and link back here in your post.


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Celtic Thistle said... #

How could you leave that fabric behind Cindy!! You have to admire your son for enterprise, and the cupcake atm sounds like a winning enterprise too :)

Selfsewn said... #

Love the fabric you left in the bag!

Nadine said... #

Sounds like your getaway was perfect! I can't believe you left that fabric behind--think of the Stack'n'Whack possibilities!!! ;-)

P.S. The linky thing isn't active--just so you know!

Lucy | Charm About You said... #

Sounds like a fun time! That animal quilt is just gorgeous, argh now I want to make one too! I could really do with one of those atms ;)

Needled Mom said... #

It looks like you had a productive AND fun time! I love the fussy cutting on the x&+ quilt. The animal quilt is darling too. I may have to try that one.

Carla said... #

Soooo looking forward to my mail ; ) Hope yours arrives. I've never been on a retreat. I'm too shy. Hubby says I snore.......

Mrs Flying Blind... said... #

So glad you got that weather I sent you! xxx

edeenut said... #

Love your blog, and your randomness has inspired me to do my own. Thanks!

Katy Cameron said... #

Alas, I had to do a giveaway today, but I enjoyed your random :o)

Carla said... #

I'm so happy that you got to sew all weekend, Cindy! Thanks for sharing your randomness...wish I had that ATM in my neighborhood!

FlourishingPalms said... #

A charming post, Cindy. I am pea-green with envy that you went on a quilting retreat. I still haven't been on one since before moving here. So it's been three years... and counting. There's a modern retreat about 2-1/2 hours south of here, in May. Trying to find someone to go with so I can bum a ride! The blocks you made while on retreat are great! Love the X-plus and the wagon wheel. And I'm tickled that it rained while you were there. Perfect sewing weather, and I've heard over and over on the news how badly California needs rain. I'm afraid we'll soon be seeing price increases in fresh foods. Love the funnies you included too. Your grandies are precious, and I'm glad you get to see them fairly regularly. (I wish.)

Sarah said... #

It is a beautiful spot for a retreat, even with rain. I understand California has been in drought. So glad you got some. Us Australians know drought too well. My family are farmers. It's heartbreaking. Your middle grandchild has the deepest eyes! Very thoughtful and beautiful.