Busy, Busy, Busy

October is here which means we have been in our new house for almost six months. Seems like one would have all the boxes unpacked at this point but nah… there are too many other fun things to do.

Ray and his mom on the beach

For instance, we had my mother in law here for a visit last week. She had not seen the house yet. It was super fun to show her the area. Like me, she is a fan of beach combing so we spent a lovely afternoon wandering at the water’s edge picking up shells and sea glass. The weather could not have been better.

It is finished!

Just before she came, I put the finishing touches on this mini. I worked in slow motion when attaching the binding so I could minimize any issues with the hearts. I just didn’t leave quite enough room for the binding. All is well though and I hardly touched the little hand quilted hearts.

With the backing.

It looks so cute on the wall. I already want to start a new mini. They are super satisfying because I can finish them quickly.

These photos make me laugh each time I look at them. Julia and her buddies at the swine unit were making a social media post to welcome the students back to campus. She was trying to pose with one of her favorite 500 pound boars, Leopard. He was feeling frisky and wanted to play rather than stand still. Hahaha.

Taking his girls for a ride

My son built an electric bike with two seats on it for the girls. The three of them love it and cruise all over with it. It helps for him to have a little boost of power to cart the weight of two kids behind him.

The coolest cotton candy ever!

Yesterday Andrew was trying to keep the girls out of the house. My DIL has to work nights for a couple of days so she needs to sleep during the day. They found a festival they could ride too. The girls waited in line for quite a while for this fancy cotton candy. It was huge so they shared it. Isn’t it cool though? I haven’t seen anything like this before.

My own sort of festival

I had my own bit of fun yesterday. One of the local quilt guilds held a fabric sale as a fundraiser. Fabric was $3.00 per pound so shoppers just filled their bag, it was weighed and then calculated. I told myself not to buy any small pieces as I just don’t need them. Instead I looked for stretch knits to make t-shirts and larger pieces of cotton for potential backings. I also needed some fusible batting for a project I am going to make (more on that later). I was so successful! I bought 20 yards of fabric, a large unopened package of fusible batting and a new triangular ruler for $27.00. I am in the process of washing the fabric now. What fun!

That is it for now. Today’s plan is a long walk this morning and a bit of yard work. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

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19 thoughts on “Busy, Busy, Busy

  1. Diann@LittlePenguinQuilts

    Any time spent beach combing is a good time in my book! Love your quilted hearts – that turned out wonderfully. Fun photos of your girls, too! Coming up with backings in order to finish quilts is always a big job for me – it would be great to find them at a sale like that. Enjoy your Sunday, Bernie!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Backings get so expensive! I love having a few pieces of yardage on the shelf for that. Piecing backings works too but takes more time. I was able to find two pieces of yardage I liked at the sale so I have those on the shelf for a future quilt.
      I know you are a beach fan too. We love being able to go for just a couple of hours. We used to drive to the coast when we were in CA which was an investment in time and we would stay for the weekend. This feels indulgent to live so close to the ocean!

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  2. Mari

    Oh, Bernie, so much to love here! Those girls are adorable! Julia is so cute herself, with the boar. If you were a wild animal, wouldn’t you rather play? And 20 yards of fabric plus batting? Winner, winner, chicken dinner! The mini is perfect and so is the beach combing. Hope this week is just as much fun!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thanks Mari – If I am truthful, I don’t think of 500 pound boars as playful. Julia would disagree though.
      I got the stack of fabric washed and ready to go. Time to do some sewing this week! Take care and happy Monday.

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  3. Tracie

    Bernie, what fun photos! I’m glad you’re enjoying so much family time in your new location. I *love* the photos of Julia and the boar.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Me too Tracie – She is a happy girl these days and spends lots of time at the swine unit. She works out there and is a TA for a couple of classes. That is her happy place for sure.

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  4. Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl

    Sounds like you are busy in the most delightful ways. The beach combing with your mother-in-law sounds like a wonderful way to spend time together, and I love the series of photos of Julia. The mini quilt is fantastic, and I look forward to seeing what you pick up to make next. Your posts are so full of joy these days; it makes me happy!!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      How sweet of you to say Yvonne! The pictures of Julia and Leopard are some of my favorites. Hope you have a great Monday!

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  5. Wendy

    What fun things you’ve been doing as you settle in to your new area and new home. Beachcombing would be so relaxing, the electric bike is a brilliant idea, and I thought that cotton candy pig was a balloon!?! The pics of Julia and Leopard are too funny (500 lbs!!??) So glad you are enjoying yourself – and rewarding yourself with all that fun fabric and other goodies!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      I thought that pig was a balloon too! The girls waited in line for 45 minutes for that treat.
      Life is good these days – I hope the same is true for you. 🙂

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Carole – he is loving the bike. The three of them cruise all over the place. It is so long though. I would think just balancing on it would feel strange. Fabric is all washed so time to use a piece!!

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  6. Kathleen McCormick

    You have been having a good time! Love the beach walk photo and the pink pig cotton candy is quite fancy. Good luck on your upcoming projects.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      We are loving it up here! I couldn’t believe that cotton candy… and the girls were so patient. They had to wait in line for 45 minutes which is an eternity for a 2 year old!

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  7. Rebecca Grace

    Your mini with the hand stitched hearts turned out fabulous! That shoreline looks so serene, and oh my GOODNESS I had no idea that pigs got that big. Leopard is HUGE!! Can’t believe it’s been 6 months already since you moved! Anything still in the boxes you probably didn’t need to pack and take with you in the first place, except for holiday decorations that will be coming out before we know it!

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