Thursday, September 5, 2013

Labor Day Week

The week slipped by so quickly.  I think the long weekend really snuck up on me.  I find I am still thinking I have a lot more of the week left.  Hmmm.  Anyone else feel that way?

Summer has finally hit with a vengeance here in So. California.  I really don't mind the heat, but I could live happily without the humidity.

With a stack of unquilted tops a mile long, I have been playing around a bit with some longarm quilting.  It has been really fun and it is nice to have some finishes so I can start more quilts!!!

A simple pinwheel design for our guild.



This is actually from Christa's String of Pearls QAL.  It looks completely different in the colors that are used in it, but I am happy with the results.



I had the best time last week meeting a fellow blogger. Beth made her way through the L.A. traffic and out to visit. We had the most wonderful time chatting and the day went much too quickly. She is every bit as awesome as she comes across in her blog - talented, creative and charming.  She has a picture on her blog.  Look at all of these goodies that she brought along with her.



I love them all, Beth, especially the wonderful tote and dishcloth which I am using all the time. 

Do any of you follow Rhonda?  Every Thursday she gives away one of her mug rugs that she creates.  The details on them are amazing.  I won last week's shoe mug rug.  Isn't it cute?  If you haven't joined in on the fun yet, you need to pop over for a visit with her.



I also won these wonderful Windham Fabric Scrap Bag from Debby during the Hexie Blog Hop that was happening.  She also has the most beautiful new header on her blog.



We are in the process of redoing the front landscaping.  After 25 years, things have died or gotten so overgrown it looked tired and unappealing.  We have had a bench on the front deck that was also tired looking.  This week, I stripped it all down and water sealed it.  Then I made new cushions for it.  It is definitely an improvement, but what a job that was!



Reversible pillows


I managed to get my Friendship bag off to my swap partner in our Sewing With Friends swap.  I think she has probably already received it or will shortly so will show it now.


The last of our babies also hatched.  We called him Tiny Tim because he is small and feisty.


So .... that's been my week.  How was yours?

24 comments:

beth said...

That redo on the bench is SO impressive! YOU did it?? Wow!!!

Terry said...

Your quilts are so pretty! And I love the new cushions on your bench! :0)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

You have been busy this week Mary!!
Everything looks wonderful; I love your quilts, your bench turned out really great. I love that shoe mug rug!!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

The bench re-do is fabulous! And I am just amazed you hatch turtles, too.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

The bench re-do is fabulous! And I am just amazed you hatch turtles, too.

Lesley said...

What a great post! Love those pinwheels and Christa's QAL quilt...beautiful! Congrats on your winnings...that shoe mug rug is awesome! You are very talented ...that bench looks fabulous!

Fiesta said...

Wow Mary you sure made some awesome things. The bench is wonderful as well as your quilts and prizes.

Nat Palaskas said...

Phew, you have been busy Mary. I'm glad you met up with blogger friend. I have seen Beth around blogland. Will hop over to her blog next. I love that bench - Hugs Nat

karen @ badlandsquilts said...

Love the quilting! Fun wins!

Maria said...

lovely quilting you did Mary..
How nice to meet Beth and sit and chat.
Nice mug rug and goodies you won.
Love the redo of your bench and new cushions.. Looks great.

barcord said...

What a lovely newsy post. I really enjoyed reading it, and will certainly have a wee peek at Rhonda's blog. The mugrug is so different. I want to see more. You did a great job on the bench Mary. It looks good. Thank you for sharing. Bx.

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

how you do all you do PLUS take care of the Grandkids amazes me! Your new finishes are beautiful and just look at that magnificent bench! WTG!

andsewon said...

Pretty quilts! You are the lucky one. Some great prized there! How nice to meet a fellow blogger! Sure you all had a grand time. Now that bench is wonderful! I bet it was indeed quite a job but so worth it! Tiny Tim is so cute!

Mary said...

I love the friendship tote you stitched up and your new arrival is so cute!

Wacky Woman said...

My, you have been busy. Love all your projects. I finally finished my secret project. I post about once it is in its new home. Beth and I belong to the same guild.

Bonnie said...

Love the bench. And the turtle is so cute.

Candace said...

Great work on the bench, Mary! Love your quilts,too! Isn't it fun to meet up with other bloggers!? The little baby is so cute, too. Have a great weekend!
Cheers!

N.C.Fabric Junkie said...

ohhhh girlfriend of you don't like that humidity run don't walk to get you a dehumidifier. we have one here in n.c. and would never dream of being without it. makes such a difference. we empty a gallon of water a day sometimes two. love all your projects.

Connie said...

You have really, really been busy! What neat quilting and I can't believe how different that unique bench looks now!! Tiny Tim is a cutie!

Quilt Hollow said...

How fun you got a longarm! What kind are you using? Sweet little turtles! We finally have Summer, can you believe it?

Teresa in Music City said...

Wow - that bench looks like an entirely new one! Great job!!! And I love your String of Pearls quilt - you're right, it looks completely different, but it totally works :*) You've been very lucky lately - isn't that fun?!?

em's scrapbag said...

You have received some great goodies! Lucky girl! Love the bench! It turned out awesome!

Michelle said...

I don't know what I'm drooling over more -- the quilting on that second picture, or the mug rug, or that BENCH!

Barbara said...

25 years you have done well to have your front garden last. Will look forward to seeing the new look. With your brilliant sewing I bet there will be lots of great cushions.

busy week, well I have to say it has been an extremely busy summer and now there is so much catching up to do.