Okay....I've been a slug about blogging the last week and a half. I haven't been just sitting around and eating bon bons either, though. In my usual inimitable way, I am also a slug about getting our Tri-County quilt done for the Quilt Tour later this month. Okay....it has to be done, quilted, bound and hung March 15th. I've had the idea for what to do since the first of the year. But, you know, there was the Anniversary Sale (which meant post cards printed, mail lists to the bulk mail guys and stamps and addresses for the Canadian cards). And then there was Fat Tuesday a couple of weeks ago (33 boxes of fat quarters cut and rolled). And then there was the pesky end of month/first of month stuff (newsletters, bills, payroll). I really had already started on the quilt way before that. I even took quite a few afternoons off to work on the blocks. And Tracey, Diane, Emily and Jan helped make blocks too! But, I had this *idea* in my head about how it should look. And
that's when the wheels came off the wagon. Usually, I can figure it's going to be about twice the time I think it will take, but this has taken five times longer! But, as Team Fab-Etc keeps telling me, "It can't be just a quilt, it has to be THE QUILT....OUR QUILT!" If it were just about me, it wouldn't be so bad, but Tracey is patiently waiting to get it so she can work her magic on her longarm quilting machine. Jan and Alicia even took part of their Sunday yesterday to help me get somewhere. Well.....I am happy to report to you (and to Tracey) that tomorrow is finish up day! Harriet, Diane, Jan and I WILL get this done tomorrow! Woohoo! We are absolutely thrilled with the way it looks and can't wait to share it with you all.
But, what are these pictures about? Not about fabric, you say? Nope....my daughter, Lydia texted Saturday night (as I was sewing on THE QUILT) that she needed some family time. Boy, so did I! Sew....we met all of the kids (except our oldest son Pete and the lovely Heidi who had other plans) at the halfway point of Red Robin in Smokey Point. I worked at the shop with Jan and Alicia until 4:00 and then ran down to meet them. What a fun dinner we had. And it was just what the Dr. ordered! I had new energy for more borders when I got home =)
In case you are at all interested, that's a partial picture of all of us. Lukas, who got a "clicky pen" from our waitress with four or five colors of ink! Mr. Cody double drinking his milk and water. And the retired guy "bonding" with his granddaughter, Ellie. (Look.....she's wearing the jumper I made her for Christmas!)
Sew....after tomorrow, I will try and catch you up on some of the new fabrics, etc that have come in. And then in a week or so, I will start "blogging" the blocks to our quilt. The Tour is March 21-24 and you can get free patterns, charms with a $10 purchase and a quilt show of 13 different quilts all made from the same blocks.
Okay...if we are going to finish up tomorrow, I need to get some sleep! Night all!!