Sunday, April 13, 2014

Just Be Done Already

I totally missed the sign up for the first quarter of the 2014 Finish Along so of course I had two complete finishes.  One was my Night Candy quilt and the other has yet to be fully revealed.  I plan to have a least two finishes this quarter as well - or well, at least one, I really really really want to finish my Weekend in the Country Quilt.  It has been with me the longest and it takes up the most space in my UFO pile - and, I just really want to finish it.  It's soooo big and I just want to see it fully realized.  I haven't been able to wrap my head around a design for machine quilting and part of me is leaning toward hand quilting, I think it would really lend to the feel of the quilt that I want.  However, with the size of the quilt and the backing still needing to be pieced this could take every last minute of Q2 of the Finish Along - but it will be worth it.  I'll add a few others to my list just so they are not forgotten but I make no promises about finishing them.

Finish Along 2014

Q2 Finish Along List

1. A Weekend in the Country
This is it.  I have the backing planned, it just needs to be pieced, then quilted and bound.  It is possible.

 

2. A's Quilt
I've decided on a plan to make the quilt larger since A is no longer a baby and thus no longer needs a baby size quilt.  The plan is simple and should make for an easy finish.


 3. Irish Breakfast
Again, I came up with a plan for the border.  I just need to do it.  Should be an easy finish for a future quarter.
 

4. Milk
This little quilt is barely more than an idea but I'm kind of getting motivated to work on it again.  So hey, I might even have a completed block by the end of the quarter.



Lastly, I have two new projects to add to the list.

5. Gypsy Yo-Yo's This is going to be a yo-yo quilt made of Red/Orange/Purple/Rust/Burgundy type colors. I decided this morning that I'm going to vary the sizes of the yo-yo's and make it organic and free form instead of rows upon rows.


6. Flighty Woman's Sampler My own sampler quilt for the woman who can never quite make up her mind. At this point is is just a pile of fabric and a sketch, but hey, it's a start. P.S. Doesn't Leeroy look handsome modeling the fabric?

Truckin' Awesome: Shelly and Eugene Visit Key West

So , you know, it's only been a month and a half since my last post, but it is only because I've been recovering from all of the fun I've been having.

Why have I been having so much fun?  Eugene and Shelly came to visit.  Yes, Eugene and Shelly.  It was super fun.

They rolled into town the afternoon of February 20th in their awesome red rig and we headed downtown for tacos at Amigos to catch up.

 

 Eugene and Shelly were "camping" in their rig in a little campground on Stock Island that came complete with giant iguanas.  Since Mark and I still had to work during a majority of their stay they used our bikes to get around.  They even road several miles in the middle of the night after an evening on Duval St!


The campground didn't allow pets (lucky for us) because Roo (or Roodles) as I like to call her got to stay with us.  Once she and the cats determined their respective corners I put her straight to work modeling my latest quilt.



Saturday morning we headed to our favorite spot, Ft. Zach and had a good old fashioned grill out.

Eugen and Shelly even introduced us to some new non traditional treats - bacon wrapped bananas.  YES.

Eugene roasted a pepper.  Though since it didn't finish until after we ate our meal, we cut it up for dessert.


Mark opted for a Nutty Bar.


Eugene explained to Mark that peppers are better than Nutty Bars.


Eugene's pepper had a small weird baby pepper growing inside of it. So desserty!


After our morning in the sun, we retired back to our place to have some cafe con leche and chips and queso.  Eugene used this time to show me some of Roo's more advanced modeling techniques. In this photo she is modeling my Leaf Peepers quilt.

Sunday morning we headed back to Ft. Zach this time joined by our friend Johnny and his special friend Emi.  Emi whipped up some traditional Japanese style grillin' food.









 While we were waiting for the delicious Asian spread to cook it appears that Eugene heard evil, Shelly smelled evil and Mark, well, Mark saw evil.




 I pretended to be dracula.

 Later that evening as we strolled down by the Bight we stopped at a cigar shop where we picked up a few mini's.  Eugene also picked out a few extras for the next day's big adventure.  Oh, and we also met some random guy and his wife who wanted to be in our picture.  They were very nice.
 

On Monday, while Mark and I were at work, Eug and Shel chartered a fishing boat and went out to catch some grub.  

They were successful!


Don't worry Eugene, someday you will catch a fish as big as Shelly.

Her's was huge!

When Mark and I stopped after work to meet them at the rig I had a little fun being a pretend truck driver.   TOOT TOOT


Later that night we stopped at Dante's where they cooked up some of Eug and Shel's fresh catch for us and we all drank fancy drinks called Teenage Dreams or something. 

We also made several trips to Vino's, a wine shop owend by childhood best friend of a friend.  There may or may not have been a secret note left for when said friend visits the shop of his childhood best friend.

After our few days of fun, Eugene, Shelly and Roo(dles) all hopped back in to the big red rig and headed out of the keys and drove on to new adventures.  Hope they come back soon!