May 16, 2008

Back Again

I guess I have taken a break from the blogging world lately. We went away for a short vacation and I have had a hard time getting back into the swing of things as far as the blog world is concerned. We visited a few of our State Parks. We saw beautiful waterfalls, many different types of wild flowers, butterflies and birds. We had hoped to see some wild life, but the only thing that we saw that I can't see in my own back yard were Wild Turkeys. Not one deer! That seems unusual. On our hikes we only saw one deer track in two different parks. The State Park Inns that we stayed at had Internet access so I was able to read a few blogs here and there, but boy do I have a lot of catching up to do! I am looking forward to seeing what everyone has been up to lately. Some of you were surprised when I posted my photos of my trip to the AQS show in Paducah a couple of weeks ago. While I had bought patterns, notions and thread I had bought only one yard of fabric. There were three reasons why only one yard was purchased. Number 1: I only had one day at the show and I wanted to see the latest quilt designs and notions available so I didn't spend a lot of time looking at fabric. Number 2: I didn't want to have to carry the fabric around with me all day. That fabric can get very heavy quickly! Number 3: I knew this vacation was coming up and that I would have more time to look at fabric at quilt shops along the way. This is what I bought along the way! Lots of neat reproduction fabrics!


I guess I got the new patterns and notions out of my system as I only bought fabric on this trip. Not one pattern, spool of thread or needle. Patterns for tote bags and purses caught my eye, but I put them back on their pegs or in their baskets. I need to make some of the ones I recently bought before I buy another such pattern. I was able to visit three different quilt shops and enjoyed each one as you can tell.


I picked up one of my UFO's (unfinished objects for my non-quilting friends) and worked on it while on our trip. It is an apple core wall hanging. I forgot to measure the individual patch but it small! I am hand piecing this as the curve is not a gentle one that would easily be pieced on the machine. I am planning on making this little quilt have 12 rows of 10 patches each. I guess I have 9 more to go! I had only cut a few of the patches before my trip, and had a pile ready to be cut. I cut many of them while Hubby drove. I then was able to piece in the evenings and again on the way home. There are some things I can do in the car and not become carsick and sewing is one of them. Yeah! When there isn't beautiful scenery to look at along the way, sewing and listening to an audio book makes the time fly.

I will post a few photos of the trip soon! Now to catch up on all of the blogs that I have missed!

10 comments:

Bren said...

Wonderful fabric and I LOVE the Apple Core wall hanging. One of my favorite patterns.

Linda said...

Well I did wonder if you'd fallen off the face of the earth. A holiday, how nice, looking forward to I'm sure what will be beautiful photo's. Now that Apple Core quilt certainly shows patience.

Tanya said...

Wow, I have never seen that apple core pattern. Looks very complicated! And sewing in the car? I'd love to have that skill! Hope you get caught up and come back to visit!

Lea said...

OH!!!!! MY! your applecore blocks are sooooooo darling! I love it!!!
ad those beautiful fabrics! Lovely, lovely!

Marlene said...

Your vacation sounds like it was a nice break. Your new fabrics are beautiful and so is your apple core quilt; I love the fabrics in that too.

Charlene said...

Do I know about taking a break! It's hard to get back into it, but I think worth it! I'm finally getting back into the swing!

Rose said...

My, you've been very busy ;) Criss- crossing the country, going to quilt shows stopping to check out quilting shops. Sounds like a wonderful way to get away from it all. Love the fabrics and apple core blocks.

Sue said...

I love apple cores! I have a bunch cut and really want to make one, but the curves are keeping me from doing it. It looks great so far!

julieQ said...

Sounds like you enjoyed your trip and a little shopping didn't hurt either, right? :)

Lori said...

I'm just wondering if you are referring to the Indiana State Parks? I'm taking a guess since you were to Shipshewana and Paducah so that would put you in the middle. Anyway, we are in Northern Illinois but have had the pleasure of camping at Turkey Run and Brown County and staying at the Inn at Spring Mill. What a wonderful state park system Indiana has. Beautiful and well kept!