Thursday, December 29, 2011


I was asked to create a baby quilt for a brand-new little girl.  I dug through my stacks of fabric but couldn't find anything that was quite right.  Then, I found Sunkissed
Just a touch of pink, but wonderfully playful.  I thought it would make a great first quilt.
I wasn't too sure about the border fabric, but once it was together I thought it pulled it all together very nicely.
The binding led me to choose a bright-yellow flannel for backing.
I thought that the butterfly trail would be a good choice of quilting.  Playful and suitable to the flowered prints.
Here is to little Layla.  May she grow up wrapped up in love.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Adventures in Fleece

First of all, be warned that when you see this blog post, it may not be complete.  As it is an ongoing project, I'm going to keep adding as I go. This will be the last update, so I'm going to let it stand after this.  No, really.

My friend found a great blog post about the Longcat scarf that looked like fun.  She created the pattern for the head.  My first try (I'm blaming the printer) didn't come out quite the way I expected.
So, I made another copy of the pattern and tried again.  I think after the next copy of the pattern I'll have it looking the right way.  We shall see.  (This is where I run away from my computer and try again.)
Third try and I think I've got it! (forgive the snaggletooth, sometimes my stitching goes awry)
Time to go cut out a body and a tail. (This is where I run away from my computer and try again.)
I got the rest cut out, stitched, turned, stuffed as needed and assembled. 

Here is a view of the back end of this really, really long cat.

Then we have the smiling bit.

I hope this captures the overall look of the scarf that was really just a whim. 
Now what do I do with it?

Friday, December 23, 2011

Charleston, South Carolina

 Our last stop was Charleston.
 I found these above the bar at Tommy Condon's and wanted to share.

 We did some holiday shopping on Market Street.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

New York City

 The last time I was gone, I went to places much closer to home.  New York City was the first stop.

 We stopped in this little park to eat our take-away lunches.
 I should have taken a picture of the pigeons that showed up when one of my mates thought it would be a good idea to feed one of them.  There was much scolding.
 We popped over to Central Park.  I couldn't resist taking a picture of the carriages.  I did resist the ride, though.
 Our return trip was an adventure in itself.  The subway.

 I'll have more about NYC when I get back around to crafting.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Puerto Rico

 Our last stop on the way home was San Juan, Puerto Rico.

We wandered San Juan in search of Mohitos and good food.  It makes me more than a little sad to admit that we ended up at Senior Frog's for dinner.  I'm not sure what that green drink was, but it was tasty.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


On our return trip, we paused in Bridgetown, Barbados.  
I snapped this right before a downpour.  This cat must have the best life.  I want to lounge about on an island all day, too.

 This scene screamed "beach picture."  I obliged.
 On our last night there, we went out for dinner.  Sorry I didn't snap this before I dug in.  Absolutely wonderful.  (Though, as I write this, I am hungry.  So I might not be a good judge.)
Let's not forget the most important part of the meal.  Sangria!