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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

All On A Monday!


It was President's Day yesterday.

That explains why the little red flag on my mailbox in front of the inn remained up.

It took me part way through the morning for that realization to kick in.

President's Day. Banks and Post Offices and Schools closed.

But the antique mall?

OPEN!

No, I didn't buy this sign, but I thought about it.  And then I thought better about it! LOL!

Monday, February 19, 2024

Quilting Through The Weekend!


It was a little blustery, but we got it done -

Bundle up girls, it's cold outside!

We started out retreat with the B.A.D (Bound and Determined!) Quilters in relatively warm weather for February - including a 9 person hike  - record numbers of willing participants, really - With temps in the low 50s.

From there it all went south!

Yesterday morning it was 17 degrees.  It finally reached 40 by mid afternoon, which was better than Saturday which only climbed to 30 at best.

I'm hoping this means we are on an uphill swing and will see warmer temps  - my daffodils are shaking beneath the surface!

Saturday, February 17, 2024

What's Next?


Now that Oopsie Daisie is in the comfy chair being bound - there has to be something else in the piecing stage, doesn't there?

So much of what was in the works was set aside late summer so I could get cranking out our Indigo Way mystery - getting that ready for the intro post on Halloween.

From there on it was mostly the craziness of string blocks in between writing mystery clues - and the pattern for Big String Quartet will be coming out next month.

That was my last finish before we revealed Indigo Way and I headed off to New Zealand where hexies were at hand to keep my hands busy on long journeys by plane, train, boat and bus.

So what's with the photo at the top of this post?

Friday, February 16, 2024

Bindings & New Quilty Friends!


This happened yesterday!  And I am so excited with how it turned out.

Oh, the random scraps in this quilt - both old and new, and some with some great memories.

I think that is the thing I like most about a scrap quilt.  It's not paint-by-number.  It's a carefully curated creation of bits and pieces from all stages of my quilting life.  Each piece tells a story - even if the story is only "I think that was in a scrap bag given to me by....."

Scrap quilts take a village!

Thursday, February 15, 2024

From Up Top to the Coast!


Our day trip around Christchurch New Zealand continued - this time by bus to get us a bit out of the main parts of the city and up to higher elevation where we could look at things from above.

I'd live here in a heartbeat!  

There are walking trails, and gorgeous views -

Also - a clarification on yesterday's post. Details were misremembered, if that is a word.

We enjoyed learning some of the history of The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora site, formerly used by Canterbury College (now the University of Canterbury), and Christchurch Boys’ and Christchurch Girls’ High Schools. There are 23 buildings on site, of which 22 are listed by Heritage New Zealand with 21 categorized as Historic Place Category One. It was still marvelous, and I think understandable that I got the name of the place wrong.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Out & About in Christchurch NZ!


Amongst the modern buildings in Christchurch that sprung up after the devastating earthquakes took down their older counterparts stands the beautiful and imposing structure of the Christchurch Art Centre.

We enjoyed learning some of the history of The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora site, formerly used by Canterbury College (now the University of Canterbury), and Christchurch Boys’ and Christchurch Girls’ High Schools. There are 23 buildings on site, of which 22 are listed by Heritage New Zealand with 21 categorized as Historic Place Category One.

I kid you not, we felt a bit like we were entering Hogwarts. Come check it out!