Friday, July 29, 2011

Pillowcase Day

A while back my Monday quilt group made pillowcases that we donated to the Air Force Hospital here in San Antonio.  The lady that is our contact recently asked if we were thinking of doing it again anytime soon.  We kind of have an open agenda on Monday... pretty much everyone works on their own project unless someone comes up with something that we need to do as a joint effort.  Our group is not just quilters, we have some ladies come that knit or crochet, or do other crafty things... but sometimes just visiting with everyone is all that is accomplished.  When we make pillowcases, everyone can get into the works.  There is cutting and pinning and ironing, so those who don't sew can feel that they have contributed.  Someone has to take them home and wash them and bag them.  So if we make lots of pillowcases it becomes a fun time for everyone.  This Monday is designated as "pillowcase day".

With all that said, I decided today that I would make a pillowcase to freshen up my pillowcase making skills.  One of my grand-daughters has a birthday coming up and I thought I would make her a pillowcase.  I figure that she might have a reason to take her pillow along to a slumber party or on vacation, so I put her name on the trim.  I didn't want it to be too obvious that her grandmother made it, so I concealed my signature on the inside of the trim.
Today was our day to head into the big city.  We didn't stop in the city, but headed through and continued on to Castroville to one of our favorite little restaurants.  There is also a really great bakery in town and a wonderful quilt shop.  I found a perfect piece of fabric for the border on the quilt I am working on from the $5 quilt class I'm in the middle of at another quilt shop in SA.  The quilt is an on-going 6 month project, and 99% batiks, but I can see the end and there was a table of batiks for 50% off.  The stripe colors were just perfect.  I was very pleased that I just happened to find that piece of fabric.  I will be sure to post a picture of this quilt once it is complete.
I'm sneaking up on the completion of the borders for my Baltimore Country Cousins quilt.  That will be such an awesome quilt when it is done.  I'm not getting too excited about it yet... it's hard to say what could get in the way of getting it done... but I'm real convinced I can get it done soon.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

July is half gone

It is amazing how time just seems to fly away.  We have been doing alot of traveling lately, but this past week was our last scheduled trip for a while.  That's not to say we won't find some place to travel to in the near future, but it will be good to have a few weeks at home.  Anyhow we found Homer along the way and brought him home to live in a friend's garden.  I know he will enjoy becoming a Texan.  Homer has a gift in his bag.

Last week we were in Kentucky with a group from our church.  I was the organizer for our group to visit the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY, located just south of Cincinnati, Ohio.  There were a few from our group that drove into Cincinnati to have a look around and be able to go home and say they had been to Ohio.  I don't drive the bus that often, but there are times when having my CDL license comes in handy.  I didn't have to do all the driving, but I surely have a few driving stories to tell during my time at the wheel.

I learned alot from the experiences of last week in regards to organizing a trip of this sort.  Actually I have never planned a trip of this magnitude before, so everything was a learning experience.  I am already considering a similar trip next year, but doing things a little different to enhance everyone's memories of a great trip.

The Creation Museum even has a petting zoo.  Although you might think of petting zoos being a children's kind of thing, it was really cool to walk through the beautiful gardens and be able to find lots of really neat animals at the other end.  I think everyone enjoyed the variety of presentations, starting with the planetarium and on to the speakers, special effects and many displays that helped enhance the learning experience.  Alot of museum to cover in one day, but I am sure that more than one from our group will go back and bring others along.

Quilting has been on the back burner for more than a week now.  I will have to get back into the swing of it and get busy finishing the backlog of quilts I have listed on my slate.