Friday, September 23, 2016

Travel Time: Portland, OR

Last week I boarded a plane and headed off to Portland, OR. This was a business trip, but I did see some fun things along the way. I got to see the airport in Minneapolis.
 If my limited research on Google is to be believed, this is Mount Hood.
Here I am at PDX.
Where the carpet is internet-famous. If you don't believe me, just do a search for #pdxcarpet on Instagram.
I attended the ION GNSS+ 2016 at the Oregon Convention Center.
Oregon, where we don't care if you stand up or sit down to pee.
There is a dragon boat floating in the convention center. (Okay, not floating, it's on wires, but it does seem to float above the floor, way above the floor.)
On Thursday I headed back home. Isn't the sunrise pretty?
This time my layover was in Atlanta, GA.
Delta has these tablet-like things imbedded in the seat back so you can track your progress. It will show you position, speed, and the temperature. The most important for me, was the estimated time to arrival. Not that that time allows for the time it will take to deplane, find the baggage claim, claim your bag and get out to the curb for your ride.
On the ground in Baltimore. I didn't go on many adventures during my time there, my days were filled with conferences, and meetings, and running around for work. I did find my way over to a great little knit shop and I'll share that adventure with you soon.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Discovering Buried Treasure

I was searching for something in my sewing room and I found a shopping bag filled with wonderful things.
Look at this wonderful loot! Batik strips, the Add-a-Quarter I've been looking for when I decide to do some paper piecing, some patterns and plates from last year's Row-by-Row, and a scrap bag from Moda.
This is why I shouldn't buy more fabric. I have so many projects waiting to be done. I will never find the time to finish them all.
I've been doing some more cleaning up in here in an attempt to get a handle on the mess and to help me stay focused on certain things so I can finish them up and get them out to new homes. I think I have a plan for this fabric. Only time will tell.

Monday, September 19, 2016

In the Mail Monday: Thread is my favorite color

Okay, maybe it isn't my favorite color, but it is on the list
Another great package from Superior this week!
I will be able to retire to a life of quilting with all this thread. Purple and purple and a wonderful gray!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Charity Racing

I found a box of 2.5" strips that I had cut from leftover quilt backing and decided they should be made into some jelly roll race quilts.
I sat down at my treadly to race along to some quilt tops and found this fun tangle in the bobbin area. It was a good excuse to clean under the bobbin case and make sure there was oil in the guts. This machine is almost 100 years old and sews like a dream. Such a pretty machine, too.
I measured and marked the 1/4" seam allowance with a piece of washi tape and got stitching.
It wasn't long before I had a quilt top.
Quilted and ready for binding.
I raced to a second little quilt.
Quilted and ready for binding.

I have another one ready to go but I haven't found the time to sit down and race.

2016 Charity Quilt Count: 37