Thursday, February 18, 2016

Really Random Thursday, 2/18/16

As you are reading this, I'm in Pasadena at QuiltCon West. I often get overwhelmed with large crowds. My friend, Deborah, sent this to me, as we are on the same introverted page.
I told her I was tempted to carry my tote bag that says "Please go away. I'm introverting." But that seems kind of counterproductive when you are actually hoping to meet people in real life whom you only know through a computer or iPhone.

After I put the Christmas quilts away, the quilt ladder has been waiting (and waiting....) for some new quilts to be hung. I love this ladder so much--made by my daughter-in-law.
Here is a sneak peek of a quilt I just picked up from Darby, my quilter extraordinaire. Don't you love the quilting pattern? I'm anxious for this one to be completed.
Mark and I have never celebrated Valentine's Day in a big way. However, three years ago, he took me to this hamburger place in a town about 20 minutes away, Big Mama's. For under $15 (for the two of us!), we had a really fun dinner. He even brought along a candle. So this is our Valentine's tradition now. It's a good thing that the weather is generally mild in the central Valley in mid-February because there is no indoor seating.
We worked together to make my new ironing board. Mark really did most of the work and I kept him company. It's a great size (18x48) and will make ironing large quilt tops and backings so much easier since there is no tapered end. I saw this on Janet Middlekauff's instagram feed (@simplypieced) and she answered all the questions we had.
This is actually in my office, which has a connecting door to the sewing room. I like that I have to get up and down from the sewing machine every time I need to iron something. And while I have enjoyed the apple green walls, in the next couple of weeks I will be painting them the same soft grey we have in nearly all of the other rooms in our house.

More blocks are arriving from my bee mates for the quilt I'm making for our granddaughter, Ella. I chose the "books for baby" block by Ayumi Takahashi from her book, Patchwork Please! Aren't they cute?
This happened the other day--photographing the quilt that will be auctioned off for Third World relief on Saturday, April 2. I'll show more pictures as it gets closer to that date.

Mark always says, "Don't make the redhead mad." I don't know why he says that...

Your turn.


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Lucy | Charm About You said... #

As always I thoroughly enjoyed your random post! I hope you have a lot of fun at Quiltcon :)

Unknown said... #

Great post. I love the randomness!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said... #

I want your new ironing station. I've been thinking about having the hubby make some kind of big board for me too but can't decide what kind will work best. Have fun at QuiltCon and just go hide once in awhile. : )

Robby said... #

Hope you are having a great time at Quilt Con, in measured doses. Love your 'quirky' Valentine's tradition. If we lived where there was an In-n-Out, I'm sure DH would try the same. We aren't big on Valentine's Day either. It just seems enough that we treat each other with love and respect all the time (or as all the time as two different people can manage).

Unknown said... #

Lovely post, thank you for sharing this with us. Whenever you have time visit me at: !! Have a lovely week. xXx

liz said... #

Have a wonderful time at QuiltCon! I've never made it in the past, but tomorrow a friend and I are going to drive down for the day. Several of our MQG friends are there already. :)

Kelli Fannin Quilts said... #

Have fun at QuiltCon! I was supposed to go but hub had to work last minute, and so I'm home with the boy. :) I wish I could have met you in person, and other quilty friends! I love everything in your post!! Gorgeous quilts, and that ironing station. WOW!

Christals Creations said... #

Loved this post. Hoe quiltcon was fun

Cathy O said... #

Glad you survived the drive! Enjoy your face to face time in the big city. I am in total awe of your quilt for the sale! Gorgeous! When I grow up I want to sew like you!

Archie The Wonder Dog said... #

I love the quilting pattern on your most recent quilt! Hope you're having a brilliant time at Quilt Con and that the crowds aren't doing your head in!

Linda said... #

Introverted? I relate - I've spent much of my adult life trying to hide that fact (why?) Yes I do love the quilting on the (swoon?) quilt! Did they leave your auction quilt behind the scaffolding or whatever that is?

mascanlon said... #

My brothers are all redheads....I will post this to their FB walls with glee! Thanks for the ' name game series' such fun to learn more about blog friends.

liz said... #

It was wonderful to recognize you at Rubio's during lunch and to say a quick hello! And now I have a Live a Colorful Life button! I found soooo much incredible inspiration at QC - and especially loved the vibe in Exhibit Hall C. Taaaalll ceilings, lots of natural light, hundreds of quilts and yet it felt so spacious. I could have spent the entire day in there!