Monday, May 13, 2013

Finding Time to Quilt

I recently read an article on "10 Things NOT to do on your Blog". One of them was DO NOT do a recap of your Instagram feed on your blog. Well too bad, because that's what you get this week. I have been spending every free minute trying to Free-Motion quilt but there has been a lot going on this week.

The last 10 days has been full of a lot of social activities. We are usually not such social butterflies, but this was a special week starting with the wedding of our dear friend's daughter, on May 4. Lindsay was an absolutely beautiful bride and Scott was her knight in shining armor. Our two youngest sons were able to attend along with their girlfriends and our daughter in law, Jenny. Lots of friends were there too and we loved celebrating this special day with everyone. The nuptial mass at the Mission San Juan Capistrano was reverent and touching. Then we got our party on the rest of the night.


I went to my first Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild meeting and got to hear the very talented Alexia Abegg speak and see some of her stunningly beautiful quilts and clothing projects. 
This Circle of Diamonds quilt was my favorite and I have ordered the pattern.

I also got to see the Marcelle Medallion quilt that caused a whole cult following on Instagram. It's even better in person.


The garden has started really growing and we have been enjoying a few of the crops we have been nurturing. The bees were caught doing their work in the zucchini flowers.


My nephew and his family are visiting from Pennsylvania, so my sister and her husband hosted a lunch so we could all get together and visit. I love seeing my nephew and his lovely wife parenting their sweet little girls. 


Mother's Day started with a Mother's Day tea at my mom's Senior Living. It was nice to see all the residents with their loved ones enjoying finger sandwiches and tea cakes.



My own Mother's Day celebration is postponed until next Sunday when #1 son will be in town. Due to work and travel schedules no one could get together this weeekend. It's all good because Mr. Romance started the day with this gorgeous bunch of flowers.


We then went to breakfast at the beach and for a walk on the foggy Newport Beach boardwalk and pier. Later we met our son and his family for dessert at Yogurtland.



This post is titled "Finding Time to Quilt" for a reason. I am desperately trying to finish my Stitch Tease quilt for Blogger's Quilt Festival. It has been close to a nightmare for this novice Free-Motion quilter. My thread has been breaking and I have been crying and swearing a lot. Thanks to my Instagram friends I have tried every secret, trick, and advise given and I am still having some difficulties. But, I can say this...it is a learning curve and I am getting better. I won't be winning any awards for quilting. Thank goodness I plan to hang this quilt because no one should ever see the back of it! I would say Pebbles are my best technique because they are very forgiving. Hopefully I will finish today so I can get this quilt bound and ready to show in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.




Wow! That was a long post. Thanks for reading to the end. 













20 comments:

MB in MI said...

Nice post! Your quilting is looking good!

Sarah said...

Wow what a busy week! Love the foggy pier photo especially.

dutchcomfort said...

This looks like an exhausting week, with some wonderful highlights with friends and family!
Thanks for sharing the photo’s!

capitolaquilter said...

A wonderfully full post and I'm glad you don't listen to advise about not recapping intagram on your blog. Good job hanging in there with FMQ, can't wait to see it all done.

Sara said...

The wedding looked very elegant and so well put together. Love your harvest pics of flowers and veggies!

Annabella said...

What a wonderful week. Sure looks like you had to take some advice from the words on the quilt while you were doing the FMQ. Glad it's just the binding to do which will hopefully be more relaxing :)

Geri said...

The wedding looks beautiful and I love your dress!!!

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts said...

What a stunning wedding!!

I'm in the same boat as you - madly trying to finish FMQing my quilt ready for the Festival too! My first quilt of FMQ too. Good luck to us both!

Darcy said...

I am terrified of FMQ and I think you are doing an amazing job for even attempting it on a quilt this big and sticking with it! You go!

Valerie said...

I am always amazed at all you do! I look forward to seeing the quilt when it's all done. You're on the home stretch!

suemac said...

I know what mean about pebbles.

Lesley said...

You definitely had a busy week. I think you are doing an awesome job with the FMQ!

Chase said...

Oh.. you have been busy! Lots new memories and old memories~ You looked so great in your lovely dress~ :)
Have a great post-mother's day celebration this incoming weekend. I won't be able to read any post after the Sunday, so will do all the catch reading later~ xc

Canadian Abroad said...

Busy life Mrs!! I love the way you are quilting that quilt and good luck getting it done. I know you will manage.

Dianne Neale said...

I thought you'd been a bit quiet this week. The stitch tease quilt is looking fantastic. And it's so special that its your first big FMQ project.

heart of charnwood said...

Busy times indeed, and some beautiful pics, hope you get time for a little relaxation this week. :o)

Cindy said...

You have been busy! I know you were so looking forward to that beautiful wedding. You and Mr. romance looked great.
Can't wait to see your finished quilt when you post it for the festival!

Katy Cameron said...

Ha, no wonder you were struggling to find time to quilt! Glad Mr Romance managed to make your Mother's Day even if no-one else could!

Flying Blind... said...

What a special week I always love seeing your mum - she has the best taste in clothes!

Laura Lochore said...

wow! so jealous about the LAMQG meeting! Looks like you've been having LOTS of fun but will be glad of a break!