You know that whole saying of “Red Sky in the Morning, Sailors Take Warning??!”
Well, this should have been the warning for my day as well.
Not as a weather thing – the weather was fine, but anything and everything else that could hiccup did. And one hiccup lead to another and on and on…
We boarded in Greensboro. After sitting on the plane for an hour we UN-boarded in Greensboro due to something malfunctioning with the rudder. NOT GOOD, but they assured us they could fix it.
Meanwhile –we ALL missed our connections and there was little we could do about it.
The flight now connecting through Atlanta would get me to Dallas at 3pm instead of noon. That’s okay. There is still time, and I found a place to sit during my layover and stitch a bit.
We boarded the flight in Atlanta, to pull out onto the tarmac…..and sit there another hour.
There is a problem with a light. And the announcement comes that there is no way to fix it out on the tarmac, we are going back to gate.
And we sit. And we wait.
Keep stitching Bonnie, just keep stitching!
I am trying different methods. I have tried glue, I am trying thread basting. I am trying mitered corners, or just pushing dog ears over to the side. The jury is still out on what method I like best, but I do feel like I have more control (And definitely less sticky fingers) with the thread basting.
Hexies are easy. They have obtuse (fat and wide) angles at the corners. 60 degree diamonds? These are acute angles. NOT CUTE! and the sharper points leave dog ears and excess fabric to deal with . It’s a different dance.
My two test units, side by side.
This is a project I am working on as our hands-on workshop for our China and Thailand tours coming up in October! It’s not that far off! Have you considered coming along? You’ll find the info in the tab section at the top of the blog.
My goal is 7 stars, appliqued to a background of some sort, with borders. The stars are all batik, or batik like – and the neutrals are regular cotton for fun and interest. Somewhat scrappy, but still controlled…
And about the time I got the second star done, we were FINALLY leaving Atlanta for Dallas. Another 2 hours later than anticipated.
Wow! Texas is GREEN right now!
This photo is for my football fans!
This was my first time landing at Love Field. It’s a great little airport and very convenient if your destination is on THAT side of the metroplex.
The only bad thing? Yes. I came in at 5pm. Can you imagine what we were driving in to get us from the airport north to Denton? Stand still traffic. Barely moving if at all.
We got hungry along the way and Jill called up her grandson to ask where the best BBQ place was in the area we were “barely moving” at:
When the driving gets tough – the tough pull over for BBQ!
I swear, this was the best ribs and brisket I ever remember having. Item #1 of my “must have” foods whenever I am in Texas has been satisfied – WAY satisfied. That only leaves Tex Mex and I have until Saturday morning when I catch my return flight to do it!
Irene is here with me as well in a room down the hall where she set up to solo-retreat today while I am teaching a Split 9 Patch class to 50 quilters at the event put on by Minding My Ps & Qs Quilt Shop. It will be a HUGE reunion as many of these students are ladies I new from when I used to teach in Plano over New Years. It will be great to see them.
Tomorrow we head down to Rockin’ R Ranch outside of Temple for a retreat. I’m teaching Midnight Flight tomorrow –and the Texas fun continues.
The weather is spectacular. We should be hitting 84 by Friday.
I have been thinking a lot about our pursuit of perfection, especially when it comes to the expectations we put on ourselves when it comes to our quilting.
How many times have you become discouraged because things didn’t come out EXACTLY PERFECT the first go around? How many times have you felt put down because of the imperfections pointed out to you by OTHERS?
Take a good look at this video by Ricky Tims:
What a hoot!
The need for perfection can KILL creativity. It can halt the learning curve needed for increasing our skills. The need for perfection can stop you from even starting.
Just don’t go there!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Vintage applique quilt found in North Carolina.
The pursuit of perfection is crazy making! Keep life real!
Much love from Texas -