Sunday, March 28, 2010

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Yes, it's true, at 6:45 EST tomorrow morning I will be leaving on a plane headed to Myrtle Beach. Afrter all the snow and cold weather, it's time for some relaxing! We'll only be gone till Thursday night because we want to be home for Easter dinner but it will be nice to get away and just do nothing for a few days.

I did do a little sewing today in between last minute laundry and packing. I need 2 charity tops, one for retreat and one for a group that's on the Air Force base where Michelle is right now. I made 2 the same since I had a lot of squares cut. I have them sandwiched and ready for quilting which will get done when we come home.
I'll be taking my Berry Pickin and also my Hocuspocusville stitcheries with me and a book to read....I'll report back with what actually gets done.
Have a good week.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Bunny Runner

Since today was National Quilting Day I thought I'd do my part and sew a few projects.

I finished an Easter runner I was making for my daughter's coffee table. It will replace the St. Patrick's Day runner I showed last week . I have had this pattern probably 2 or 3 years...and what's crazy is I made myself a kit at the time because I was able to find almost the exact same fabrics that were on the front of the pattern! What took me so long is anyone's guess, but once I started working on it the process went fairly quick.
I also finished sewing the borders on a charity top that I need for the retreat I mentioned earlier today. I got it pressed, sandwiched and pinned. I'm hoping to get it quilted until then, no picture!

Saturday, March 20, 2010


Yes...I'm going to retreat soon.....I know, I know, it's 51 days away but I can't wait.....I'm anxious to see the girls, do some shopping, some eating, LOTS of talking and laughing and just enjoying the time away.....
Robin and I don't actually have to put our stuff on the roof of the car, not yet at least, but we do pack the old Explorer up pretty tight!
We like to leave New Jersey at 6am, sometimes that doesn't work but we try.....then we drive it seems like all day thru Pennsylvania. I've said it before and I know I'll say it again...Pennsylvania is the longest state ever! We try to get to Indiana by 5PM so we can get Michelle at the airport but last year she had to do the old taxi cab thing :( Sorry Michelle! But this year if we get out of town by 6am we will DEFINITELY get to the airport for you.
We leave on a Tuesday morning and don't come back till Sunday night.... I am so excited!!!
I guess I will have to start getting all my swapping projects ready and then I can think about what projects to work on.....
I'm so excited!!!! I have to go find a blog counter that will count down the days...............
PS: The picture to the right of this post is us gals last year shopping the morning of retreat before we head over....

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Chocolate Bunny

I decided after lunch today that I was going to take down the darn snowman wall hanging and get something springy up there...but I didn't have anything made up so I pulled out the newest "Patchabilities" kit and made it up. How cute is this guy? It's only 6 x 20 which made it very easy to trace, cut, fuse and buttonhole in under 2 hours.
You can't see the hanger real well but each kit comes with it's own hanger so you never have to go searching for something appropriate. I just love it!
I need to make 2 Easter runners too but I think those will have to wait till next week....I have a few projects that need attending to.
Hope you are having a nice Sunday!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Two More Finishes and a fixed car

Yes, I've been a very busy girl today. I have 2 more finishes on my UFO list. I blogged about this top while I was assembling it and now it's been quilted, bound, washed and labeled and ready to be given to a deserving person. Each block is 15 inches so it finished up to be a decent size quilt.
Next on my UFO list was an Easter tabletopper. I did the embroidery on this one probably this time last year and don't even ask me why it took so long to put the 2 borders on and then just stitch in the ditch because it took probably 2 hours from start to finish today, and that included hand basting the binding down....but now it's done and ready for the table after I take up the St. Patrick's Day topper.

And last but not least....back in December my Explorer got crunched and ultimately spent 6 or 7 weeks in the body, not because it had a lot of damage, but because not only did the body have to get fixed, I decided that I didn't like the khaki greenish/gray color that it was so the shop repainted it for me in a nice blue. I am so thrilled at having my car back and also with the color. Life is good again here at Casa Aront! Now to make sure I park out in the open and not near any trees when we go to Indiana in May for retreat....We don't want a repeat of the hurricane damage like last year, right Conni?

Another Table Topper

I was on a roll last week with my St. Patrick's Day fabric....seriously though, how can a blue eyed Irishman NOT have St. Patrick's Day decorations? So, after I made my daughter her runner I took the scraps and made myself one
I have a square table and really like the look of a chinese coins topper so that's usually what I make for myself. No M&M's though for me, I tend to use a candle more often since I don't need the temptation of M&M's!!!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

St Patrick's Day

I know it's not St. Patrick's Day but I found some cute shamrock fabrics today so I made a quickie, and I mean quickie runner for my daughter's coffee table. When I went to put it on her coffee table I was pleasantly surprised to find a bowl of green M&M's so when she gets home she'll find a nice little surprise. Now to make myself one...

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Truly Scrumptious the 2 final borders on my "Truly Scrumptious" top. I am so happy with how it looks and even happier to cross it off my UFO list after working on it for 3 years or more.

Here's a picture of it before I fold it up and mailed off to the quilter. Please excuse the ruffly edges as I was in no mood to bend down and flatten them out. Also, I should have noticed how closely my fabric blends with the carpeting and took the picture on the hardwood instead...

OH, and just to explain why I was annoyed and wouldn't bend down to flatten the edges....The weatherbug says it's 51. I'm looking out the window at the beautiful sunny yard and I'm thinking I need to take the quilt outside and hang it on the line for a better shot.....

I didn't know it was that windy out...darn quilt would not cooperate!

PS: I can't remember if I put this out there last week, but my friend Sandi in Utah has her own longarm shop and is having a sale on all her quilting designs for the month of March. If you are in need of getting some quilts quilted, please feel free to email her at or check out her site Moose Valley Quilted Crafts..and please tell her PEGGY sent you :)