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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Checking In

Boy, once you get out of the habit of blogging and posting almost daily, it's hard to get back into the swing of things.  Life has certainly been a journey for me the last few months.  I knew you were wondering what was going on so I thought I'd better pop in and bring you up to speed.

We FINALLY closed on the house on 5/12/16 in Texas, after numerous delays.  It's hard to deal with closing when the owner is out of the country and we are out of state.  It seems around every corner there was a little riffle, and lots of mis- communication between seller, title company, 2 realtors, lender, and buyer!  But we did it!!!

Then there was the moving fiasco.  I hired a local mover from our home town in Nevada, MO as he came in the lowest; however still shot the heck out of my moving budget though!  He got there and filled the truck .... and I still had lots of stuff left over that didn't fit!  UGH!!! (It wasn't his fault, it was mine for mis-judging how much stuff I had!  The King and William had to rent another truck; there goes the moving budget down the tubes again!  Then they had to load it and drive it to Texas from Illinois.  What a mess!  When they arrived, I thought I was going to cry when they opened up the back of that moving truck.  It looked like they had literally just chunked everything in.  There were only 2 broken items, some nicks and scratches, but I was reminded by my sister that I really was blessed.  After all, it was just things, and they made it safely!  She is so right.

I missed the King and William more than I ever thought I would.  It is so nice to have them both under one roof, even if it is short lived.  I take the King back to the airport next Tuesday (sad face and maybe a tear drop too).  William is here to stay though.  My parents are planning to come soon and my sister is coming to help me decorate the Queen's Rustic Retreat in late June.  We have a target date to open July 1st, and we even have our first workshop scheduled.  You can read about it here.

There is SO much to do with the house to get ready for guests for the retreats.  Nothing major, just lots of stuff.  Yesterday we finally made a decision on the tables for the workroom and purchased them.  They will be delivered next week.  Today we made a decision on the workroom chairs and have them ordered.  This weekend we hope to make a decision on the beds.  Then all we'll need are linens.  I think I have enough quilts for all the beds.  I'll post pictures as soon as things are picture worthy to post.  Keep popping in for the latest updates.

Oh, and Queeney is set up and and ready to quilt again.  It didn't take my customers long to figure that out.  One has already dropped a quilt off, another is coming on Saturday, and the mailman brought me three.  I'd better get busy!


Monday, May 9, 2016

April Longarm Challenge

Just for the record, the year 2016 is now one third of the way over, done, finished!  Where did that time go?  Deb, Barb, and I have challenged ourselves to complete at least one of our UFO's in 2016 each month.  At the beginning of each month, we have to send a photo of a UFO, in whatever stage it's in, to the other 2 members. We have all month to complete it (quilted, bound, labeled, done, finished).  No later than the last day of the month, we have to send another photo of the completed project.  If we don't finish, we have to complete a UFO from each of the other two.  Now that's an incentive to complete a UFO.  I have enough of my own things to do, I don't need to be adding to my pile, not that I would mind doing something for either of these two!

This month I finished way early.  I knew I had a cruise that would take up almost 2 weeks of the month and when we returned I would be hitting the ground running trying to complete the last of the packing, getting ready for a garage sale, and packing for one last minute fling with the King.  I finished my Kiss in the Corner UFO that I started at the retreat last July with Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.  I love how it turned out.  I modified the borders to make it a little bigger.  You'll soon see it on one of the beds at The Queen's Rustic Retreat.

This is Barb's April UFO.  It looks very similar to her March UFO but it's a little different.  Same fabrics and outer border. They are quilts that are going on twin beds in the same room.

And this is Deb's April UFO completion.  The quilting is beautiful!  

We've done it for 4 months now.  Can we keep it up?  We can do it, Yes we can!  May will be particularly challenging for me with the move but I'm confident I can do it.  I need the quilt for a bed at The Queen's Rustic Retreat!  


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Northwater Quilts Trunk Show

Coleen Merte of Northwater Quilts was our guest speaker for the DeKalb County Quilters Guild.  She spoke about "How Not to Start A Pattern Business" and presented a truck show of her quilts and patterns she has designed.  You can find the patterns for the quilts shown on her website Northwater Quilts.  I hope you enjoy the truck show as much as I did.  


Friday, May 6, 2016

Charity Quilting and Friends

Wednesday I shared with you my adventures in Minnesota.  If you missed it, you can read about it here.  Day two was a much less adventurous day with some great friends.

I met Barb and Deb on the retreat I went on last July in Oelwein IA with Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville and Jo and Kelli Kramer of Jo's Country Junction.  These two ladies were the life of the party.  We've kept in touch and in January started a Longarm challenge with the 3 of us that I've been posting about.  You can read about the March Longarm Challenge here or the February Longarm Challenge here.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Polar Plunge

The King had a business meeting in St. Paul Minnesota at the Mother M headquarters.  Since my time with him is limited, I decided to go tag along and spend as much time with him as I could before the move.  I also had ulterior motives to tag along.  Our very best friends live just an hour west of St. Paul (he's a 3M'er too)  and two awesome, wonderful quilter friends live about an our north of St. Paul.  It was my chance to kill not 2 birds with one stone but 3 birds with one stone!

We had dinner with Jeff and Denise when we got into town on Saturday evening.  We ate at a little spot called "Matt's" in Minneapolis that has been featured on Man vs Food TV and is famous for their Jucy Lucy burgers.


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 13 Tour

Hello all and welcome to The Quilting Queen Online and Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 13 Blog Tour.  If this is your first time here, Welcome.  I hope you check out what's going on at the Quilting Queen Online.  Right now posts are a little sporadic during our transition of purchasing a house and bringing it life for a Quilting Retreat near San Antonio TX.  You can read about it at The Queen's Rustic Retreat and/or follow the progress here. If you're a faithful reader, welcome back!

My block is such a simple block, I didn't even think it would stand a chance to be featured in the Magazine this time.  It features two of my all time favorites, a nine patch block and a churn dash block all rolled up into one.

You can find it on page 55 in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 13 Issue.  It is block #1291.

But despite the simplicity of the block, there are so many possibilities!  

Flip the strip set blocks...

Flip the corner half square triangle blocks

Flip the strip set blocks and the half square triangle blocks...

And if you think the block layout possibilities are endless, wait till you start playing with the quilt layout....

No sashing, just blocks....

Add a sashing with another 9 patch block as the corner stones...

Same sashing and corner stones, just a different layout of the block....

I hope I've triggered your creative juices and they are flowing freely by now.  Make a block or two and play with it.  Use a different alternate block.... the possibilities are endless...

But don't forget to go check out the other designers and their blocks on Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 13 Blog Tour.  You can find the full schedule for today and the rest of the week over at Quiltmaker's Blog, Quilty Pleasures.  Quiltmaker is also having a giveaway for some fabulous prizes.  You can register for them at Quilty Pleasures.  You can also win your very own copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 13 Magazine.  Just leave me a comment and use the Rafflecopter gadget to enter to win.

Thanks for stopping in and have a great week.  

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Cruising 2016

One of our favorite vacation getaways is to go on a Cruise.  We feel like it's the most bang for our buck.  We love the ocean, water, sunshine, sand and tropical places so it just makes sense for us.  Normally we go out of the Galveston port but this time we picked a different port.  We sailed out of the Ft. Lauderdale port.  And since we had never been to Ft. Lauderdale, we took a couple of extra days to take in the sights there too.

We took a dinner cruise on the "Jungle Queen" that was very nice.  They took us to a private island for a BBQ dinner and then entertainment.  Along the way they pointed out all the famous people's homes and their private yachts.  We were in awe of all the breath taking homes and gorgeous yachts.  

Saturday we boarded the Carnival Conquest Cruise Ship.  Our destinations were Grand Turk, La Romana (Dominican Republic), Curacao, and Aruba.  We had never been to any of these destinations.

In Grand Turk we didn't do anything for an excursion, we just went to the beach that was adjacent to the cruise ship.  Of course, the water is so crystal clear and the white sand it beautiful.

This is the King and I and our feeble attempt at a selfie.  Needless to say we need more practice!  

A view of the beach from the Cruise Ship.

The second port of call was La Romana in the Dominican Republic.  We toured a Cigar Factory (guess who picked that one!) and the historic Altos de Chavon.  

Matilde Cigar Factory

A worker rolling the cigars (and smoking one too)!

The amphitheater was magnificent at Alto de Chavon

And the view of the river below was majestic.

We did not care for La Romano too much!  It is a very poverty stricken area, lots of garbage in the city everywhere and even more motorcycles and scooters.  We had a very uneasy feeling just driving through the streets on the tour bus.  I'm glad it was a unanimous decision NOT to stop at the city market by all the passengers on our bus.  I don't think I would have gotten off if we had stopped.

Curacao was our third stop.  It had a very quaint feeling with all the dutch influence in the architecture.  Sadly I forgot to turn around a take a picture of it.  This is the floating bridge that we walked across to get to the shops.  

In Curacao, we took an island tour that was very informative.  Our first stop on the tour was a slave museum.  Our guide "Babe" (in the green dress) spoke of the life style of the slaves before and after being freed. 

Notice the quilts on the bed in the slave's bedroom...

Another attempt at a selfie....

The last port of call was Aruba.  We really liked it there.  We took another island tour that concluded at the beach, our favorite place.

The King at the Natural Bridge (which fell into the ocean in 2006)

This is a small part of it that still remains that they call the "Son of A Bridge".  

Our next stop on the tour as a rock formation.  The King went to the top and took this photo overlooking Aruba.  You can see the cruise ship in the distance.

I thought it was interesting that the mosques in the cemeteries are painted the same color as the house that the descendents live in, and every 5 years bodies are rotated out, the bones are crushed and placed in an urn inside the mosques. 

We were disappointed that we couldn't go up in the lighthouse due to maintenance and refurbishing being done.  

Sadly, all good things must come to an end and it's back to reality!  Until the next one....  Cruise On.  

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