Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Decision Made

After leaving my first row of the upcoming Row by Row hanging on the wall all week, I made a decision on the black row that was bothering me.  I did a little unstitching and applied a new spacer row.  I think I like this better.


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......

First fish!



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!

24 comments:

Teresa in Music City said...

Love your decision Mary! That gray checkerboard row tones it down perfectly :*) And I agree that those dark rows will probably work in nicely later on. Great swaps you received! Sounds like your summer has been busier than mine :*) LOVE the picture of your granddaughter in the drawer! Reminds me of my son who used to take out all the pots and pans, and then sit in the drawer with one of the pots on his head, banging on the others with metal spoons. No wonder I'm a little wacky today LOL!!! Visiting and hosting family is so wonderful, but it sure does tire you out and cut out quilting time! Enjoy having your house filled with love next week :*)

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Oh I like your checkerboard it helps soften the row a bit. Have fun with the grands. You will be busy!

Carla said...

I like your row! You have a beautiful family

Ramona said...

Your new row looks great. What a pretty mini quilt, too. Enjoy your time with your grands and I hope you get an extra share of energy this week!

Maria said...

Yes the new spacer you have decided to use looks great !!
Gorgeous Poatcard front Lin, great thread used for the edging...
Barbra sent you a beautiful mini and mug rug and such a special tablerunner from your friend....
Always love to see family photos while you are on holidays...how cute is the little one in the draw.
Enjoy the children AND dog...

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Ohhhh, great family pics, Mary. All of your works are gorgeous, and I love the new row piece...the darker pieces make it just pop!

Kathy S. said...

Have a great time with family this week. It looks like an awesome group! Love the swap items. Funny about the little one in the drawer. See ya next week!

sunny said...

So many pretties! Good choices for your row quilt. How nice to have such wonderful time with your family. And if there are lots of cousins involved, it's so much fun to see how they connect and have fun.

barcord said...

The grey spacer looks well on your quilt. Cant wait to see the rest of it. Lin's postcard is beautiful. I always love to see your family photos. You always look so happy together. You have a very good looking family. The baby in the bottom drawer is cute. Enjoy your week of fun with the g'children. xx

Quilting Babcia said...

I like your new row a lot. Enjoy your continuing time with your grandchildren. These are precious days.

krislovesfabric said...

Your row looks perfect now :) You do sound busy, love that little one in the drawer - how fun that doing that crosses generations.

creativity amongst chaos said...

I agree Mary, that new row sets it off. Love the before and after pics. Your life looks like so much joy full of everything that is important. Enjoy it Mary, it is so beautiful to see. x

Sheila said...

Your row looks wonderful , good choice . Love the postcard from Lin , she always makes beautiful cards. The min quilt is gorgeous too , lucky you with all this great mail .

PugMom said...

I really like the new spacer row! It looks great. What beautiful new treasures have come your way. And I always love seeing your kids and grandkids!

Average Quilter said...

You will have your hands full - but it's so nice to be able to enjoy them

beth s said...

Have a great time with the kids. You sure know how to get things done when you have the time!! Wondering when you DO fit it in....????

Carol S. said...

Your rows are beautiful and it looks like such a fun group of family members to hang out with. Enjoy your trip!

Michele said...

What a fun trip!!! You always have such nice family pictures! The change you made to your row looks great! The before looks nice to me, but I do like the after better. Have a great week!

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

I like the new spacer row very much! You got a wonderful bunch of happy mail. I have never made a fabric postcard. That one looks amazing as does the mini quilt from Barbara. The soft colour on the table runner from Hawaii is so pretty. He is very lucky to have such a caring person like you be there for him. Such fun photos from the trip, but the kiddo in the drawer has to be my most favourite. Enjoy the time with the kids and the dog :)

-Soma

OPQuilt said...

So fun to have that time with your family on a fishing trip, but who cares the reason--just the gathering is the best ever! I loved the photos of your quilt in progress (maybe I'll see it next month?) as well as the beautiful Hawaiian table runner/wall hanging. Have fun with the little ones--don't bother replying to this...you'll be too busy!!

Jeanna said...

You participate in some fun swaps. The postcard is fantastic.

I love your family stories. Everyone has a great time and it shows!

em's scrapbag said...

Family time is priceless. Fun pics! Your recent mail has been full of treasures. Love the postcard!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

I really like the new look of your row! Looks like you have been having a great time with the family, my gosh they are growing up!

Barb said...

I too like the look of the row, that black and yellow is just stunning. Love your mail and that Hawaiian runner is just wonderful...even if it is not handmade...