Sunday, August 26, 2012

This Week in 2012, Week 34

The highlight of this week was meeting and hosting two young attorneys from Poland. We are members of Couchsurfing, so when they asked on Monday if they could arrive on Wednesday, we jumped at the chance to host these women from Krakow, where we had just visited. They were bright, considerate and lovely to talk with. We only wish we would have met them a few months ago, BEFORE we visited their homeland.
We enjoyed taking them to one of our favorite restaurants in Laguna Beach before going to see the Pageant of the Masters.

We walked on the boardwalk in Laguna after dinner before the show started.

They really liked the Pageant and if you have never been to this show it is truly amazing. Painting, sculpture and other art forms are re-created using real people and it is hard to imagine but you would swear you are looking at the artwork and not real people. If you are ever in Laguna Beach, California in July-August, make it a must see.
We also had a nice, relaxing dinner on our patio on a beautiful evening.

Our garden harvest is dwindling down to the last of the tomatoes and most everything else is finished except the carrots.

I made this drawstring bag for our granddaughter's birthday and added a few sewing tools to start her off with own sewing kit. 

I also worked on Helen's block for our Stitch Tease Bee. It's a secret so I can only show you this sneaky peak. Helen wanted wonky stars in bright colors with Kona Ash as the background.

If you haven't already left a comment to try and win this stack of Fat Quarters, you can do so on this post. I will draw a winner on September 1, 2012.

Here is my favorite iphone photo that I took this week using ProCamera and manipulated with the Kyoobik app.

I have decided that September is going to be the month that I learn to free motion quilt, so please help keep me accountable. I really want to learn to do a better job on finishing my quilts. I am going to use the exercises in Angela's book. 

Have you set any goals for September?

Thanks for stopping by,



Susan Snooks said...

Good to see you are serious about your FMQ ! I'm sure you'll be rewarded for your efforts! Love the draw string bag!

Mrs Flying Blind... said...

Good luck with the FMQ; I plan to get my mojo back in September and finish your Stitch tease strip!!!

Katy Cameron said...

Looks like a fun week with the visitors :o) In September I plan to finish everything that needs to be done before SS!

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

Wow, such nice pictures, thanks for sharing! Your granddaughter will be thrilled with the goodies! And how do you like the book? I think it's one of the best ones I've ever bought... Good luck with practicing, I'll be doing the same!

Jennifer said...

How fun - my friend took advantage of couchsurfing when living in san francisco and making his way back to nj -- what a great idea!

Dora, the Quilter said...

I'm freemotion quilting--and have promised myself I will post more tutorials.

Canadian Abroad said...

I am going to regain my sanity in September. My one and only goal!

Cindy said...

I so want to start FMQ on my machine as well. I have the same book and hope to start practicing after we are back from the wedding. Your granddaughters bag is cute. I bet she loved it and the sewing tools.

Beth said...

Oh my. I grew up in Huntington Beach and lived in San Clemente for many years. Seeing your pictures of Laguna brought waves of happy memories (and a tad of homesickness). Thank you for sharing.

Betty said...

Your pictures are so cool - thanks for sharing all those choices! September projects include more hexies, at least 2 paper-pieced mariner's compass' (fell in love w/them - so easy!), and finishing our Richmond Modern Quilt Guild challenge!

**nicke... said...

i am excited to see how you do with fmq. you will be a natural. i love that little drawstring bag. i am sure your granddaughter loves it!