Thursday, April 27, 2017

Really Random Thursday, 4/27/17

What a week. Last Thursday I had the pleasure of being at my friend's cabin just outside Yosemite for a glorious weekend of sewing. This is the 18th year for me. It's a small group. At first it was just the three of us, Dotty (who has the cabin), Ruth (who now lives in Washington State near the Canadian border, but flies down each year), and me. Over the years, several friends have come and gone. Maggie has been with us for quite a few years, and for Vicki it was her third year.
Maggie, Dotty, Ruth, Vicki, me
We were completely without internet access, and cell phone reception was spotty at best. It's amazing how many more hours pop up in the day when there is no Instagram or Facebook to distract you.

The first evening, we saw eight deer eating at the cabin next door.
We certainly did our share of eating, although we never ever ate lunch. We always had a midday snack that looked like this,
but let me repeat, it was not lunch. So we tell ourselves each day...

We were able to accomplish a lot, and as is tradition, we hang finished projects over the stair railing.

I took these pictures the morning we had to pack up, and Dotty had already taken down her very major accomplishment--a wedding quilt for her grandson. That border took her most of the weekend. It's amazing! So many tiny pieces...
Maggie taking a picture of Dotty's quilt

There is nothing on the railing from me. I worked ahead on my Bella Skillbuilder block of the month for Fat Quarter Shop. I was able to complete all the months except for Month 8 because I needed template plastic. 

And then I started on a new project called Cumbry Crossing, based on a photo I took of the man standing in front of me in church one Sunday. He was wearing the most gorgeous shirt. :)

While all that was going on, things were getting ready for the estate sale of the things my parents left behind when they moved to assisted living. So strange to walk through their house and see so many familiar things.

I'm not sure that I even want to go to the sale on Saturday. So many memories, all up for sale.

So that takes care of the last week in April. It's hard to believe that May is already around the corner. I sometimes take for granted all the gorgeous flowers in bloom at businesses all around town. I quickly snapped a picture of these when I left the post office yesterday afternoon.

Have a lovely weekend.


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Barb Neiwert said... #

So great to reconnect with friends at a quilting retreat like this! And the wild visitors seemed especially fun! I'm glad you got a little down time before tackling the estate sale. I know how tiring that can be. (((Hugs)))

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said... #

Wow, what a lot accomplished. Love those pinks you are working with and can't wait to see what you make.

It is hard to say goodbye to old things without crying. The memories are bittersweet...the joy of the time when you we all together, the sadness that comes when changes make that impossible. I hear of people who live in the moment and don't get sentimentally attached to possessions...wish that was me. I hope the sale goes well and will be thinking of you on the day. I hope all the treasures go to loving homes where they will be treasured again.

Needled Mom said... #

The retreat sounds like a perfect getaway after all of the work you have been doing to clean out your folk's home. I think I would avoid the sale too.

Your solids are so pretty together. said... #

Looks like a great time. Would love to have a group to do that with and share quilting and a fun weekend.

Nancy said... #

I enjoyed reading about your retreat. All the projects looked lovely. I can't wait to see your Cumbry Crossing quilt. It is hard to part with such memories and hope all the items find new appreciation with another person.

Robby said... #

I remember you and your sneaky photography! Looking forward to what results from that. Thanks for sharing those flowers in the last pic, a lovely garden, indeed.

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