Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Retreat, packing, promotions, goodbyes...oh my.

Warning, this post has a lot of pictures!  That's what happens when you don't have time to blog for weeks on end.  :)  

First, I'll briefly recap my recent quilting retreat.  This is the annual retreat in Indiana that I have retreated with for about 7 years now!  Unfortunately, we were missing one of our members, Laura, that you may recall passed away unexpectedly in March.  You'll see in this picture we are all holding a sock monkey.  Sock monkeys are our unofficial mascot at retreat and it turns out Laura had found these earlier in the year and was planning to give them to all of us at retreat this year.  Her sister knew of her plan, and after her death, she mailed them to our hostess so that they would be given to us anyway.  We were all very touched!  Thank you Laura!!

These are the pincushions I made for the swap.  I've been having some fun with selveges lately!  They're pretty good size (about 5") and filled with walnut shells...so they could also be used as a paper weight if you find you need one.  :)

I also made these "vitamins" for each of the girls...gotta stay healthy!

This is a wallhanging I made for my secret sister...it's the name of her blog...

Two of my retreat projects were these totebags.  They are gifts for a couple of co-workers in my husbands office.  I love this pattern..."Charm Party Tote."  It's sort of an oldie, but goodie!

This is a quilt for a nephew...it's made with woodsy/outdoor type fabric....this picture, taken with my phone, does not show the colors very well.  The reds, greens and blacks are much prettier in person!  The pattern is Yellow Brick Road.  Another oldie but goodie!

This is my "spot" at retreat...you can see another project I worked on.  The Calendar Quilt for August....I just got the top fused, so it's not finished just yet.

 After arriving home at retreat, I had one day left to prepare for the packers!  Here is my sewing closet all packed up! 

This is my longarm table all taken apart and crated for the move.  It was quite the process to watch the crew build this box.  I'm pretty confident no damage will occur to that table!  It's shrink wrapped, bubble wrapped and strapped down inside that box!

 Our kitties weren't quite sure what to do with themselves after the house was emptied...they followed me around like I was the Pied Piper.

Smokey found a get-away spot though....

The day after the house was emptied, my husband was promoted to Colonel!  I'm so proud of his accomplishment!  We should have a few more photos from the ceremony later this week...both our kids were able to attend, which was an answer to prayer!

We just got his new "official" photo today....lookit those eagles!

And just to keep things interesting...we got a new car!  We've been looking at this make/model of car for a couple of years...but really didn't want to pay the price for a new car.  This is a 2012 model...but we are the first owners and we got a great deal!

Whew...I think that is a pretty good recap of the last few weeks!  We'll be heading out of Delaware later this week and moving on to our next great adventure.  It might be a few weeks before I'm back with another update!

Thursday, May 09, 2013

It's that time again....

It's time once again for us to pack up and head off to the next great Air Force adventure.  This is move number 16!  The packers will be here in about 10 days, and there are a few things we have to do to prepare before their arrival.  One of those things is take down the longarm...

We're taking this, the "head," in the car with us...

...but these long poles and tables will have to go on the moving van.

And there it is...all ready to go!

I did get a couple baby quilts sewn and quilted before we took the longarm apart.  This is another Quick Strippie from MaryQuilts.  It was so hard to take a good picture of this quilt...the colors don't seem right in this picture....this one is for my son to give to a friend of his that is expecting a little girl.

I backed it with flannel...it was so soft after washing!

  This was another quick one...the nursery colors are elephant grey and mint green.  I hope this fits the bill...but I think it turned out pretty cute.  They want the gender to be a surprise, so hopefully this fits for either a boy or girl.

Not only are we moving in three weeks, I am going on a 6 day quilting retreat next week!  Aaack!  Hopefully I'll have some retreat pictures to share soon!