Thursday, March 30, 2017
I swear I have been stitching...just not enough to show. I am working away on the Fall Buttermilk Basin table topper. It is so fun to be stitching on wool...soooo relaxing, LOL ... as if I need more relaxing time! I did run across this wonderfully embellished bench and it reminded me of a quilt. Inlaid tiles with a message to share.
I shared this photo on Instagram and Facebook but I didn't share what it was...such an interesting drink. I wanted to have a margarita and this fabulous spot we found offered a specialty margarita. The rim of the glass is coated with turmeric & chili...yes, chili! And besides a traditional lime ~ tequila margarita mix they added cilantro, cucumber and a pickled jalapeno!!! I am hear to tell you it was delicious! Especially with my grilled chicken, crisp bacon, fresh avocado/jalapeno spread, tomato and fresh greens....wow...what a meal...back to cooking in the RV!
I had to revoke someone's bail because he was going to take me to a place where snow is predicted...no way...no how!!! After much discussion between the accused and the accuser it was decided we would stay in the Tucson area for a while longer. The weather is better and we have only seen the tip of the ice berg...or rather cactus! LOL
Have a wonderful rest of the week and weekend...since we are going to be hanging around I have found a couple more quilt shops to scope out, so stay tuned on the Quilt Roadies!
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
I know I am sounding like a broken record but not only did we have a wonderful family visit...I learned so much from G's Uncle Curtis...he is definitely the Professor of the Desert!!!
He really knew his plant life and one of the more interesting plants was what is known as the Jumping Cholla. It is a cactus which when brushed will drop round segments onto the ground. The ground is covered with them. You should never touch these cactus because all the spines are reversed barbed and are very painful....it is said that if you get to close, it will jump onto you. Don't believe me just view You Tube videos on the Jumping Chollas!!!
Ground chipmunks will some how be able to transport these balls and stack them around the entrance to their burrows so snakes can't enter!!! Truly an amazing desert!
It is a wonderful time we live in...when I think my mother would send a letter to her mother and it would take 3 months to reach her, I am so grateful that I am easily connected to events and people back home! Received an email with a beautiful photo of this years poster for Sister's Outdoor Quilt Show just lovely!
I have been missing the So 'n Sew Sisters stitch gathering and they have been busy bees! Linda finished her Yoko Saito BOM from Primitive Gathering. I love the changes she made to the border design!!! I still have 3 blocks to finish before I can even begin to think about the border!!
I hope you are having a wonderful week and that Spring has begun to show up!
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Isn't this the truth! We are now spending the week with G's uncle and aunt who we haven't seen in over 7 years and I can't say enough how glad I am we made the trip! Connection with family and friends is the most important part of life.
I have been squeezing a little time in here and there for some sewing..started my second set of quilt blocks using a French General Jelly Roll! We are going to hang out here in the desert for a few more days which means I just may get this quilt top done in between the 4 wheeling!!! LOL
Our visit to Hoover Dam was nostalgic for me because I remember when my mom and dad took there first "no kids" vacation and it was to The Hoover Dam. As we walked around I wondered what it had looked like when my parents were here? Much changed after 9-11. A Bypass was built so that large trucks and buses could not drive across the dam because of it's importance to our nations infrastructure. Hoover Dam has it's own police force and security department. You must go through security check points to visit the dam...as in G had to get out and open all the outside compartment for inspections and a security officer entered our RV for a quick check. Enzo looked guilty right away...and then the security officer started talking to him and it was tail wagging time, lol. I wondered what my dad would have thought about it all.
Definitely worth a stop and visit...considering it was between 1931 and 1936!
Keep on Keeping on...stitching!
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
...like a band of gypsies we go down the highway...(Willie Nelson)
Besides The Christmas Goose The Red Rock Canyon just 8 miles outside of Las Vegas is my favorite...so far, LOL.
The variety of terrain was spectacular and the weather was perfect! The only thing that was disappointing was the fact that I did not see one Tortoise!!! Although there were several signs warning about them crossing the road. How did the Tortoise cross the road? The same way as the chicken!!!
I have been fitting some stitching time in between all the outdoor time. Having the mobile Bee Hive aka a sewing room has made this trip perfect. The only thing missing is the girlfriends. But just so I don't feel too smug about stitching on the road I got this photo from my friend Robin...who has finished her piece from Sandra Leichner's Class at Empty Spools 2017...drats!!! I didn't even bring my on this trip. Isn't it adorable! Now I really wish I had brought it because seeing hers makes me want to work on it...oh well, I brought more than enough to keep me busy!
Best wishes on stitching...I am going to meet some of my March Goals...I am.. wishin' and hopin' and thinkin' and prayin'...Plannin' and dreamin' each night of my goals...(Dusty Springfield)
Thursday, March 16, 2017
It takes some planning to hit the road with a pile of quilting projects! I am more worried about forgetting a vital piece of quilting than clothing, LOL I have readjusted what I plan to work on while traveling. I received an email from Crabapple Hill Studio about new designs and I fell in love with the baby :) And, since I am expecting a new grandchild this summer I had to prep this one for the road using Meg's coloring techniques. I am looking forward to starting this sweet embroidery.
I finally finished Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. It took me 3 times of requesting it from the Library to finally finish it. I can't tell you how much I wish everyone would read this book. It challenges your belief systems. Having faced overt prejudice/racism in my life the first chapter almost made me stop reading it...but, I pushed myself to finish the book because I wanted to find out how each character grew or didn't...and, I can honestly say for a fiction book it challenged me so much and I am so glad I read it...and I highly recommend you give it a chance.