Monday, March 31, 2014


First off, here is my progress on my various projects.  A Parrot A Leopard A Lion first.

And here are all 11 of my Tula Pink blocks so far.

And here is my Fussy Cut Friday star, a straight copy from Temecula Quilt Co's version of this Judie Rothermel Peace and Unity fabric.

Now for the wow part of the blog.  Last night, the father type and I went to Tarrytown, NY to the Tarrytown Music Hall to see one of my favorite groups.

I have all of the Punch Brothers albums, but seeing them live is an experience all its own.  Wow!

This is  a lousy picture of the group, but you get to see the gorgeous stage they were on.

Here's a better pic of them -- all members bowing to the brilliance of the bassist during his solo.  lol!  I kept wishing the boy child were with us so he could hear this bass player perform.

What a spectacular band!  I know I'm gushing, but they really were amazing.  If you're wondering about their music, well, it's a mix of bluegrass, classical, and folk -- impossible to describe.  AND, they always throw in an arrangement of a classical piece played by their blend of instruments to perfection.  This time it was a piece by Claude Debussy.  Imagine classical being played by mandolin, banjo, guitar, violin and double bass.  So cool!  (I have a video of them playing a Bach Brandenburg Concerto that's mind blowing.)

Oh, and if you like Bach, Chris Thile, the mandolinist and sort of the leader of the group, has an album out of Bach.  All on mandolin.  Amazing!

Before the concert, the father type and I had a yummy dinner at a local restaurant in the town.  I had a salad followed by the sea scallops with butternut squash risotto

and for dessert, strawberry cheesecake (?!).  (I admit, I was wondering if they'd brought me the right thing.  But it was delicious!)

So yummy!

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!  And that spring is here to stay!

Monday, March 24, 2014

busy busy busy!

First off, here is A Parrot, over three pictures.  Getting a bit wide for one picture.

And here's my Fussy Cut Friday star number 12.  Using the same Savannah fabric by Jo Morton as last time, just a different stripe.

I also started the Tula Pink City Sampler quilt, also known as the 100 modern blocks quilt.  I got 4 blocks done.  I'm using a variety of Tula Pink fabrics.

It's fun to do a block a day.

It's been a busy week with the boy child home.  The boy child has been celebrating his twentieth birthday since his actual birthday on Thursday.  lol!  On Saturday, it was a gorgeous day so we went to Cold Spring, NY to enjoy the warmth and sunshine.

Cool hose holder on side of a house

Saturday evening, a certain other member of the family showed up, so out we went to our favorite diner to have dinner.

Sunday, we trekked to the boy child's favorite mall to have lunch at his favorite place to eat.

But we had to take the girl child to the train afterward so she could go home.  Today, the boy child returns to college.  Spring break is too short.

I will leave you with a couple of pics of the boy child blowing out his candles.

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The end of an era

He's been saying it for nigh on a year.

Every chance he gets.

He's ready for it.

Even if I'm not.

So I guess I'd better get used to it.

Cause it's true as of today.

My boy is no longer a teenager.

Happy birthday, Mr. Twenty Year Old.  How did that happen?  I love you.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Spring break

I got more done on A Parrot.

And I got the 11th fussy cut star finished, using Savannah by Jo Morton.

But the big news is that this happened on Friday.

He's hiding from the camera, in case you couldn't tell.
Our boy child is home for Spring break.  Hooray!  Mia is happy.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  Have a good week!

Monday, March 10, 2014

A Parrot has appeared -- and framing

A Parrot has appeared on my PLL.  He/she is a bit stripy on his/her body, but I still like him/her.

I finally remembered to put a quarter in for size reference.

Here's my fussy cut star for the week, using a fabric from the Vicksburg collection by Judie Rothermel.

This Saturday, I went to pick up my framing from my LNS.  I'm very pleased with the pieces.  I actually chose the frames for a change -- although I have to say it was just luck.  lol!

Here's the first piece.  The Mary Allen Sampler by Samplers Remembered.

I stitched this a few years ago -- finally getting around to the framing.

Frame detail.

And here's Dame's Boarding School by Examplars from the Heart.

It's hard to tell, but the frame has the perfect light blue to match that in the design.

Here's Mia enjoying my framing as soon as it touched down.

Silly girl.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!  Here's to NO MORE SNOW OR ICE!!!  Fingers crossed!  :D

Monday, March 3, 2014

Flowers take forever and a visitor

I made some progress on A Parrot this week.  That red flower seemed to take forever.

I forgot once again to put in a quarter for size.  Next time maybe.  It's on 50/62ct fabric.

And here's my fussy cut star for the week, using an Andover by Jo Morton fabric.

We had an unexpected visitor this weekend.

My girl needed a little loving from her parents this weekend so she turned up and it was a very nice surprise.  I wheedled her into taking my red Bugga lightweight pullover sweater that I knitted.  It fits her too!  (Good thing loose fit is in.)

We ended up going out to see The Wind Rises by Hayao Miyazaki (of My Neighbor Totoro fame).

I stole the selfie the girl child took of us at the theater.  So cute, my girl.

Then we went for dinner (I had udon noodles with veggies).

And we had yummy ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery for dessert.  And ogled the other offerings on display.

It was a fun day.

For once, the big snow storm we were expecting didn't happen.  We didn't get one flake from the storm.  So bizarre!  The girl child's area got more though.  I'm hoping she will get to work safely this morning.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week.  (Here's a sneaky pic of Mia as she was 5 minutes ago.)