Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Graduation and England

Hello Friends

Hope you are all doing well.  I think it's time I caught you up on Sam's college graduation and our trip to England.  Just a warning, this is going to be picture overload. :)

My son graduated with a degree in English and Film Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Sunday, May 19.
For me the water works started at this point.  I am so incredibly proud of this kid!
Here's us with his girlfriend Iolanda.  She graduated with a degree in Psychology.  Very proud of her too!

That's me, mom, Sam, my sister Lisa, brother in law Austin, and Iolanda.

Then it was May 20th and off to jolly Olde England!  The company I work for gives us sabbaticals every 5 years of service.  This was my 2nd part of my 10 year. You can split the 4 weeks into 2-2 week sabbaticals. You just have to spread it out by a year and a half.  I have always just used the time to have off in the summer and spend time with family.  This time I decided a trip out of the country would be a great gift for my son's graduation.
Just Sam, my sister and I.
The dude in the back was my seat partner and was so rude.  I couldn't sleep at all because he kept grabbing my seat and touching my leg.  UGH! Gross! But on the way home, the 3 of us had seats together. :)

The first day in England was actually the 21st.  We didn't get in until after noon and our car was not there.  They waited as long as they could but our plane was late.  I called them and was able to get them to come back for us.  So we didn't get to our hotel until around 2.  We were exhausted.  Went to eat in the diner in the hotel.  Then it was rest and explore our area.  We were right next to the Waterloo station.  We made a 10 pm run to McDonald's. :)

The next day we had to be at EvanEvans for our tour of the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey.  We had a great tour guide named Trudy.  She was wonderful!  We rode on an old double Decker.  It was great!  I think the Tower was my favorite part of the whole trip.
Just to stand and walk where Kings and Queens have was amazing to me.  There were a few times that my sister came over and hugged me and asked if I was ok.  I was just standing in awe of it all.  I took 600 pictures but I could have taken 1200.  I just put my phone down and stood in the moment.  It was what I needed!  And I would suggest to everyone.  It's so great to take pictures, but everything we saw can be found on the internet.  Take the pictures of family in those places and then just be in the moment.
The London Bridge was beautiful!  These moments will never be forgotten.
The next day was Thursday already and we were seeing the Merry Wives of Windsor at the Globe Theater that night.  We took the tube down to Piccadilly and did some shopping.  We found the Harley store:
We also found Liberty of London.  It is a big store with lots of floors.  It was terribly hot in the store so I did not buy anything.  I just wanted to get out of there.  Then it was back to the hotel to get ready for the Globe Theater.  We ate along the Thames at an Italian restaurant.  Then it was time for the show.

It was a little difficult sitting in our seats.  We had cushions but the lady behind me kept pushing her foot into my butt.  At intermission we moved to a different place with no one behind us.  What a great show!  If you ever get here, I would recommend this one.
Then we decided to walk home along the river.  What a beautiful city!
Then it was Friday and the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace.
It was too hot and too crowded.  This is another thing that we can watch online.  So we left and explored the neighborhood.  Found a nice pub for lunch and finally had a Pimm's.
Yummy!  I have to thank my boss Linda.  She gave me a bottle of Pimm's for my birthday.  I need to crack that open and have some!
Saturday we did a walking tour of the city with the Shelock Holmes Movie walking tour.  It was a great tour.  It was really fun to see the movie locations for all of the current Sherlock movies.  Sam is a big fan of Jeremy Brett as Sherlock.  It was good to see some of the places from that too.
Then it was on to the London Eye.  We loved this!  I highly recommend buying tickets ahead of time so you can bypass the lines.  We only had to wait about 20 minutes to get on.  It's 30 minutes but it feels like 10.  The city is so beautiful!
Here is Buckingham Palace from the London Eye.

There is a park next to the Eye.  We stopped to people watch for a bit.

Then on Sunday we took a hop on hop off bus tour.  We had a lot of fun just sitting back and enjoying the scenery.  This is a great way to get around the city and see everything.  And hear some of the history of it too.
 Then it was our last day.  Monday we took another EvanEvans tour.  This was a tour to Windsor Castle, Bath and Stonehenge.
Our first stop was Windsor Castle.  What a beautiful town!
We toured the castle and picked up some souvenirs.

Then it was on to Bath.  What a disappointment that was.  Please don't waste your time looking at bio hazard water.  I really don't understand the draw.  Too many people.  I would have liked to have ventured out into Bath and really checked out the city.  Unfortunately, we only had 1 1/2 hours to tour.  By the time we got through the building it was time to go.

Then it was on to Stonehenge.  I could not wait to see this!  Sadly, we only had another 1 1/2 hours here.  By the time we got on a shuttle to get up there I had time to take this picture and head back down the hill to catch another shuttle.  We grabbed a bite and hit the toilets and back on the bus.  It was a wonderful day, just not enough time at each location.  Here I am at Stonehenge. :)

The next morning it was time to get to the airport for home.  As we were waiting to board, this storm rolled by.

I expected England to be rainy and dreary.  It was just the opposite.  We had one day with sprinkles otherwise it was beautiful.
We lucked out when we got to Chicago.  We were able to catch an earlier bus back to Madison and we were home by midnight. :)

Every day I think of something that had to do with England and our trip.  It was so wonderful!  I can't wait to go back!  Now I have to decide where my next trip will be.  I am thinking Norway and Sweden or a trip on the Danube.

If you had a trip paid for, where would you go?


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

7th finish of the year

Hello Friends

I am happy to report that I have finished my 7th quilt of the year.  If you remember, my goal this year is to finish the quilt tops I already have made.  I will do a year in review and show you all of them at the end of the year.  I think I may end up finishing 13. :)

So here is number 7.

This is a strip quilt made from my stash.  I used phone book pages as a foundation to make the blocks.  This top was actually put together 2 years ago.  I am easily distracted and did not get this to the quilter very fast.  I will post a picture of the back later.  It's in red dot Grunge fabric.
My long-armer has 3 more quilts of mine.  Hoping to get #8 back soon.  I need to put together my Vintage Christmas blocks and gather backing fabric for a couple more quilts.
This has been so satisfying.  Less truly is more!

Hope you are having a great summer!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019


Hello Friends

It's time to make my list for quarter 3 of the Finish-a-long.  Please check out this link.
I have been doing ok with my list so far this year.  Let's see how I can do for this quarter.

My list is as follows:

  • continue to finish a quilt a month.  I have enough tops made to finish 12 quilts this year.  I have 6 done.  Hoping to get 3 more done this quarter
  • finish the stuffed cow I am making for my bestie's new granddaughter.  She is arriving in September but I would like to get it done now.
  • I need to make the setting stones for my Vintage Christmas quilt and get that made into a top.
  • I would like to finish my Swoon table runner.  Needs quilting.
  • cut out and finish 2 Advent calendars.  I always say I am not buying them any more and then my local quilt store gets some cute ones I can't resist!

I think I will call this my list.  Wish me luck!


Monday, July 1, 2019

Finish Along Q 2

Hello Friends

How is everyone?  I am great.  Thankful to get back to doing what I love.  I have had a busy summer so far and it just started.  I will save the Graduation and England post for another time.  Today I will talk about what I have been working on.

If you remember, I am trying to finish items and link up to the Quarterly Finish Along.  I have been really good at finishing a quilt a month.  I can't believe another quarter has ended.  May was hard for sewing as we were busy with my birthday, Mother's Day and Graduation.  Then we were gone for 2 weeks to England.

My list for this quarter is here:

-continue to finish a quilt a month.  This is working well for me.  I have a bunch of tops made that just need quilting.  I am hoping to get a few off to my long-armer friend soon.

-make the borders and corner stones for the Vintage Christmas quilt.  The blocks are made minus 1 that needs rick rack.  Hopefully by quarter 3 I can have this put together.

-organize sewing room.  I am hoping to remodel the master bathroom this year and get my clothes out of the sewing room so I can actually get my sewing items put away.

-finish my small swoon table runner.  This was made last year and needs to be finished!

So how did I do?

I have finished 6 quilts already this year.  This is Norway and I have entered it in the Wisconsin Quilt Expo in September.  I will find out July 31 if it made it in.

I finished this baby quilt.  I had this in my stash for almost 2 years.  So glad this is finished.

You probably can't tell what this is but when I am finished, it will be a stuffed cow.  My bestie is going to be a grandmother for the first time in September.  I am making the sweet girl a cow. :)

So that is not a finish but the quilts are.  That is all that was done this quarter.
I am working on my list for next quarter and am linking up to the 2nd quarter finishes.

I am also working on house projects and will post about that soon.
What are you doing for the summer?  Do you quilt or is it too hot?


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

2019 FAL-Q2 list

Hello Friends

I am going to be working on some things for quarter 2.  I will not be sewing much for the month of May so my list will be small.

-continue to finish a quilt a month.  This is working well for me.  I have a bunch of tops made that just need quilting.  I am hoping to get a few off to my long-armer friend soon.

-make the borders and corner stones for the Vintage Christmas quilt.  The blocks are made minus 1 that needs rick rack.  Hopefully by quarter 3 I can have this put together.

-organize sewing room.  I am hoping to remodel the master bathroom this year and get my clothes out of the sewing room so I can actually get my sewing items put away.

-finish my small swoon tablerunner.  This was made last year and needs to be finished!

Well, that is my list.  I don't have pictures of these things but I thought I would share my Easter bunny.

Hope you all have a blessed Easter.
I am linking up to the FAL here.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

2019 FAL-Q1 finishes

Hello Friends

Hope you are all doing well.  I want to share my finishes for the first quarter of the 2019 Finish-a-long.  Here is the list I made for my finishes.  And this is how I did:

-Finish a quilt a month.  So I should have 3 quilts completed.  How did I do?
I did it!!  I made 3 quilts using my late father's flannel shirts.  These will go to my sister, brother and Aunt.  But that is not all, I have another quilt finished!

This is the Milky Way pattern and was made for the 40th Anniversary of the company I work for.  The owner loved it!
I also got a quilt back from the long-armer but it needs binding.  Will add that to the list for next quarter.  I also finished 6 smaller quilts for Project Quilting.

-Word of the year quilt.  I did that too! And here it is!

- 12 blocks from the Vintage Christmas book.  I could not have possibly done those too!  Oh, but I did!

I have over 20 of the 42 done. :)

-Lastly,  did I organize my sewing space.  I have been working on that slowly and hope to have pictures to share next quarter.

I also worked on a new hand sewing project.  I am going to England in May and wanted something to work on while on the plane.  I am making a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.  Here is what I have so far:

Also, I don't have a picture of it completed but I did put together my Missing U quilt top!

I am exhausted!  I did not realize I did so much!  What a great quarter!  I am hoping this continues on to the next.  However,  like I said, I am going to England for 8 days in May.  The whole month of May is going to be busy with my birthday,  Mother's day, Sam's graduation and our trip.  I am hoping to keep the momentum up!

Thanks for stopping by!
Linking up with the FAL here.

Edit: Note to self-read the rules of the FAL before making one big blog post about it. D'Oh! :)
I was able to enter twice but I should have entered every picture individually.  That is going to make me have to blog more. :)  Lesson learned for next quarter!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

PQ 10.6 Chocolate Craving

Hello Friends!

I have been sewing a lot lately.  Mostly EPP but I will share that with you later.  This post is about the last project for this season of Project Quilting.  The challenge this week was Chocolate Craving.  I really had no idea what to do.  I was actually going to skip this one because I am quilting the flannel quilts I made with my father's shirts.  I just Googled chocolate quilts and a chocolate bunny showed up in my search.  I was going to make a pillow but decided on a little wall hanging instead.  And here it is:

This measures 8x8 and was made in Monticello WI.
The bunny was a scrap piece from my stash.  The floral background was purchased at Blue Bar Quilts in Middleton.  I just loved that floral and bought a yard to put in stash.  I love quilting from what I have on hand.
I will edit this post to share when and how to vote.
Big shout out to Kim and Trish for a great Project Quilting season!!!  Thank you both so much for all of your hard work.  You inspire us all!