This was the before.
I may still add the darker rows - depending on what future rows look like.
There hasn't been much stitching going on here this week as we have been away, but I came home to some great mail. I participated in Sheila's postcard swap again and received my postcard from Lin (in France). It is just gorgeous with so many terrific techniques.
As well, my mini quilt from Barbara arrived from Ireland. This was from the ALQS10 that I have participated in for many years. I have received so many beautiful quilts through this swap and have met so many great blogging friends. Barbara actually received one of my quilts a number of years ago so it is a thrill to now also have one of hers. I just love this one and the quilting is beautifully done. She also included a mug rug and a little book about her area with the quilt.
Recently a dear friend of ours had surgery and complications from kidney stones. I was blessed to be able to help him a bit and in return he brought me a lovely Breadfruit table runner from Hawaii - his home state. Although he apologized for it not being "homemade", I will cherish it. I love the color he chose.
As I said, we were away this week for our annual fishing trip to the Sierras. Again this year, the fishing was uneventful, but the family time with all the kids, their spouses and all of the grandkids was priceless. Just a few pics from the trip......
|This little ones mom used to do the same thing. Her mom would pull my drawer out, remove all of the towels and climb into the drawer.|
|These three can make a golf course out of anything!|
It will be a quiet blog week for me as our daughter and SIL are off to Hawaii for the week. We will have the five children AND the dog. Life should be busy here. I'll be back next week!