Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Finally - Another Finish!

This is my Grand Illusion Quilt.  It is from a design by Bonnie K. Hunter, who does a mystery quilt every fall.  This one was begun the day after Thanksgiving last year, and I worked on it thru the end of January.  It took me a while to choose the backing fabric and get it quilted.  The backing is a hot pink fabric with tiny white dots.  This fabric is in the front of the quilt.  I used the same yellow as the inner border for the binding.  By the way, it was quilted by Vonda Cochran of Liberty, WV.  She did a beautiful all-over design.  There are so many small pieces that the quilting is nearly invisible.  I did my quilt in the colors that Bonnie Hunter chose.  She picked colors from the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island where she spent some time teaching classes.
I have finished several things but not quilts lately.  I have made myself five pairs of shorts to wear this spring, and a camp shirt for my husband featuring cars from the 50's.  He chose the fabric at Mary Jo's Cloth Shop in Gastonia, NC on the way home from our cruise vacation in November.  I also put the binding on two quilts for my friend Debbie.  I am going to teach her how to bind her quilts as soon as we get a chance.
I quit my job at the Viking Sewing Gallery in Dunbar, WV last month.  I have been spending more time sewing, riding around in my new car, and just hanging out with my husband.  I have great plans for spring-cleaning my house (if I get around to it!) and making some new purses and probably some more clothing.  I have three more pieces of fabric Richard picked out for camp shirts so I had better get busy!   

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I Got a New Car!

My poor Mazda 626 is now fifteen years old.  She only has 78,000 miles on her.  I decided it was time to get a new car for myself.  About three years ago I was looking at cars and noticed the Kia Soul, which seemed like a nice small car that would be fuel-efficient and still fun to drive around town.  I didn't buy one then but I still thought about it.  When I followed a new Soul down the road here recently I was reminded of how much I liked it.  The 2015 version is even sweeter.  So without any more delay - here is my new car!

I bought it yesterday from Dutch Miller Kia in South Charleston.  I highly recommend my salesman, Mitch Stannard.  He worked hard to help me find the perfect car for me. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Even More Cruise Pictures

These pictures were taken at the Garden Cafe on Deck 15 on Norwegian Epic.  We ate here quite a lot because they had all kinds of food (and plenty of it!) and they were open most of the time.  It was easy just to go up there and grab a plate.  The first picture shows a lady (in the white shirt) who spritzed everyone's hands with hand sanitizer whenever they entered the restaurant.  They also had little stands of hand sanitizer everywhere.  After we got our hands spritzed we usually went to the right checking out whatever food they had out there.

 The second picture shows one of the many areas where you could choose what you wanted to eat. 
 Sorry this one is blurry.  This is where you get bread and fruit.
 This one is blurry too.  More food to choose from.
The last picture is looking out from the Garden Cafe (at the front of the ship) toward the area where people gather to dance at night.  On the right is a bar and on the left is where you get towels when you visit the pool area, which is straight in front where the orange is.  Actually, that is a huge bowl that you slide down into from high above, and then into a pool.  I would love to have tried it but I am not steady enough on my feet to climb to the top.  I don't know why Richard didn't try it.  We both got in the pool and we did quite a bit of sunbathing.  Well, Richard sunbathed.  I spent more time in the shade because I couldn't read my tablet in the bright sunshine.  Richard came home with a nice tan.  Neither of us got sunburned.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

More Cruise Pictures

This first picture was taken in the harbor at Georgetown, Grand Cayman.  It is a tour ship that looks like a pirate ship.  I would like to have taken that tour but we didn't see it until we were on our way back to the NCL Epic.

This picture was taken in the center of the Epic.  The LED chandelier behind me goes on for several decks.  It is a highlight of the ship.  It is difficult to get a good photo because all the light is behind me, leaving me rather dark.  One of the main restaurants is on the deck below me, and the casino is all around me there.

Here is me in front of the Bayshore Mall in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.  We shopped briefly there for souveniers. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Cruise Pictures

These are pictures taken during our vacation in November.  We cruised on NCL Epic, third largest ship currently out there.  It carries 4,000 passengers double occupancy, probably over 5,000 people actually.  It is truly a floating city.  This first picture shows Richard at Georgetown, Grand Cayman Island. 

The second picture is the Epic, docked at Ocho Rios, Jamaica.  We were on the beach at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, where, naturally, I enjoyed a frozen margarita.  Then while Richard enjoyed the beach I went shopping.  We had to have Margaritaville t-shirts! 

The third picture shows me on the tender returning to the Epic from Georgetown.  Grand Cayman doesn't have a dock for cruise ships so they anchor out and small boats called tenders ferry the passengers to and from the ship. 

We had a wonderful time and hope to go again in the future.  I will try to feature some more pictures from our vacation when I get a chance.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Three Finishes I Didn't Report

This pattern is from Blue Sands Patterns and is called The Barbados Bag.  I made the Blue Batik Purse to carry on the cruise ship during our vacation in November.  It was perfect for the cruise; large roomy pockets, and a nice long strap to wear over my shoulder.  I also made a blue batik wallet to match.  It is definitely a summer purse, so I put it away once we got home.
 I needed a new winter purse so I decided to make the same pattern in this pink and black fabric.  I love the looks of it, and I get compliments on it everywhere I go.  I made two wallets to carry in this one.  The main wallet is the pink and black harlequin fabric and the other one is the mottled pink I used for the strap. 
I made another one in purple to give my daughter Audrey for Christmas.  I didn't get a picture of it because I was in a hurry to get it made and under the tree.  Of course, she had to have a wallet to match, too.  She seemed to like it.  I haven't heard her say anything about it since I gave it to her.

I guess that is all the finishes I have for 2014.  I have several other projects in the works and I will report those finishes when they happen.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Home from Vacation

Here is a picture of me sitting on the Lido Deck the first night of our cruise on the NCL ship Epic.  It was in the upper 80's during the day but it got rather cool at night.  We had a wonderful time, doing all the great things you do on a cruise ship.  We laid by the pool during the at sea days and visited beaches on the islands.  I had a margarita at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville on Jamaica.  The ship fed us wonderful meals we couldn't wait to eat every mealtime.  We played the slot machines in the casino.  I won, Richard lost.  He never learned to quit while he was ahead.  We had driven to Miami so we ending up putting about 2200 miles on Richard's Dodge Nitro.  Not a particular comfortable car to do a trip in.  We spent a couple of days at Hollywood Beach before we got on the ship.  I'll show more pictures in the future.