It took a few days to get my suitcase unpacked. My suitcase is still sitting in my bedroom waiting to be carried downstairs to be put away. I am a recovering workaholic but I have been getting a little better at maintaining a regular work schedule.
I finished block 7 of my Baltimore Bunnies BOM. I'm getting excited at the prospect of finishing it. My friend Jane is hand piecing her blocks together. I will be sewing mine by machine but I will probably hand quilt it.
I finished my veggie quilt. It was a UFO for a couple years. I machine quilted on my 30+ yr old Kenmore. Nothing fancy, just stitch in a ditch. The fabrics are so busy, I would imagine any fancy quilting would be lost.
I used a low loft poly batting that is supposed to be anti-microbial something that I bought from JoAnns. I hate JoAnns but will buy my notions or batting there when they have a sale and/or free shipping. In this case, a whole roll of batting was 50% off, plus free shipping. Couldn't beat that.
I did go to JoAnns a couple weeks ago to buy some heavy duty plastic. I like to keep a nice table cloth on my dining room table. My cats seem to think that it's a nice place to scrap and roll around. They even nap on it! I got tired of constantly uprighting things and washing those huge table cloths. So, I put a nice piece of heavy plastic over the table cloth and the kitties don't find my table so interesting anymore. YAY!
My Stitch and Bitch group was over a few weeks ago. Whomever hosts, usually prepares lunch. We have some folks who are vegetarian and one lady who does not tolerate gluten. What a job it is to come up with something everyone likes. Then there is the chocolate. Gotta have chocolate. Anyway, I made fritatta. One with meat and one without. Then I bought 4 different kinds of ice cream and a bottle of chocolate syrup.
When I have people over for a meal, it's nice to be able to use the dining room. The kitties were not happy that they were not welcome on the table. Simba sat on one of the chairs watching everyone eat, waiting for a handout.
Aside from work & trying to sew more, I did manage to read Knit the Season & Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs and then Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. Knit the Season is the third book in the Friday Night Knitting Club series. It was a pleasant read, not as fun as the first 2 but still good. Shanghai Girls was great. "In 1937, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia, full of great wealth and glamour, home to millionaires and beggars, gangsters and gamblers, patriots and revolutionaries, artists and warlords." I'm really interested in reading other books by Lisa See. Apparently, there are quite a few. I picked this book up at Costco because I thought the cover interesting. You can go to this website to read the first chapter.
I'm currently reading The Collector by David Balducci. It starts out with a murder! That guy gets right to the action.
Check out Bumble Beans, Inc. My friend is in need of quilts, fabric and/or blocks. She does a lot of charity work. A link is also provided on my blog list.
TaTaForNow :) Yuki