Friday, July 20, 2018

Tornado Damage!

So, yesterday was sure something! My hometown, Marshalltown, Iowa suffered a severe tornado. There seems to be much damage but thankfully, no fatalities. The beautiful courthouse has sustained serious damage as seen in this photo from jackie/ The building with all the bricks in front of it looks to be a huge loss. It was Fantle's Department store when I was a kid-I think it was most recently a bar though.
Thankfully, the parents are all fine at their place and after a little power outage, they are all back to normal. It seems like all th emergency preparedness paid off, since people were able to take shelter in time. Now the hard work begins for all the emergency resources.
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Homeward from Florida-Fianl vacation Post!

 Gosh! I sure did have a great time with my cousins on vacation! I just need to wrap up my great vacation.MCK & MCR (MCR=My Cousin Robin MCK=My Cousin Kathy) stopped for a quick pic before we loaded the car and headed to the airport.  MCR was so smart she was the one who decided to have a rental car-EXCELLENT IDEA! we were able to go everywhere we wanted plus we didn't need to trouble anyone with getting us to the airport on time! Thank you Aunt Bev for all the wonderful hospitality!!
 I don't think I posted these pictures from the beginning of our journey. I thought the Delta flights were  good-look-they have video in every seat so you can watch a movie or follow the map. The seating is cozy-I sure do understand how some people get crazy, it's all pretty tight and if you have annoying people around you it could be tough-but I feel like it all went well. I din't have any annoying people around me!
 This was the snack I got in Minneapolis-we were a little ahead of time and thought we should have a little something before we take off. This food service system was sure new to me! Yes I paid $8.78 for some potato chips on a plate and a soda!! I still laugh about those chips-eight dollars worth of fun indeed!
 We weren't hungry enough to pay $40 for a Rib eye steak though.....
 People always make a fuss about the prices at the airport. I guess that's true, but the kiosks have everything. And once you've passed though the checkpoints, then you are kind of captured!
Anyways it was fun and an adventure for me who doesn't really spend time in airports ordinarily. Thank goodness I had my tour guide MCR! OK, so here we go, time to head home!!
 See here we are getting ready to head home! I wish I had taken a picture of the secuity checkout place. We had TSA pre check, so we didn't have to take off our shoes or anything-it was really simple and painless. BUT I did get stopped on the way  out though. They wanted to inspect my backpack after it went through the X ray scanner. They took almost everything out and looked it over, I had my purse in the backpack so I thought maybe I had some contraband that I forgot about, but they didn't see any issues. I got to thinking later that I bet it was the little anvil that I was bringing back to my Dad that made them look. The FLA family had found the tiny little anvil and gifted it to Dad. Can you imagine what an anvil looks like in an x ray?
 The Orlando airport is really pretty cool-look you can actually stay in the hotel INSIDE the airport...
 there are restaurants and kiosks-it's just about like going to the mall anywhere!
 And who needs a mall when you have Best Buy vending machines!?! Crazy-whoever thought of that was a genius!
 And away we go! Dramamine is my friend on take off and landing! That roller coaster feeling is not a good  thing!
 Bye by FLA.....
 Hello Home!
SO the cousins vacation was a great success I think! My FLA family members could not have been nicer or more accommodating! Staying at Aunt Bev's house saved us a ton! Plus it was great having a home base. My cousin Paul and his Wife Lillian were so sweet and had us to their home for supper-sooo delicious!! And the whole week was a dream for me! I didn't have to drive ANYWHERE! We had our wonderful tour guides-I can't over emphasize how nice it is to have people in the car who know where we are going!! Google maps is our friend, but humans in the car with actual knowledge are even better!!! SO let's see, where shall we go next year my dear cousins??!
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Rowing For The WIN!!!

 So I got my rows all done...Bob was helping me with the layout.
 I always have a hard time making things look good together, when they are all different. It was even harder this year because the rows were available in different sizes.

 I think I got it worked out. What do you think Bob?
 SO I went outside and used my garage door spray basting wall! LOL! I pieced the backing out of  fabric I got while I was on vacation.
 Love the spray baste! It works so well! I just used masking tape to hole the backing smooth, then sprayed and added the batting, then one more spray and added the top and TA-DA quilt sandwich is done!
 Looks good hanging there doesn't it!
 I do like how it turned out.
 Here it is all done! I went outside and pinned it to my clothesline-I just got it last weekend at a yard sale for only $3!!!
 The sun is pretty bright....
 But you can see the Amana block with the OOM-PAH! THe block below that is the one from over in Ankeny. Quilters Cupboard had this block for their row, but I just couldn't manage to work it out so I changed it to
a night time look!
I really like how it came out!The top block with the hearts and the bottom block are the ones from Minnesota.

 And here's the backside....
 And here's what I won when I took the finished quilt in to the nice folks at Heritage Designs over in Amana.
They are also displaying my quilt in their shop!!!!!! I'm so excited!!!!
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Rowing In FLA and MINN and IA too!

So, I got started on the Row by Row Experience last year, and had such fun I thought I'd try to get some rows from Florida while I was there. Luckily the event started on Thursday-we were flying out on Friday! You can see the map with all of the participating Quilt Shops Here.  ANd if you want to see last years quilt, that Post is Here. So my cousins are pretty wonderful people, but they are not big quilters...well MCR does a little quilting, but MCK...not so much and Aunt Bev, well she was in for a treat!!!
 This is waht their row block looks like. I got the pattern and also a little bit of fabric.
 They had such a cute shop-always nice to fondle fabric!

 Next Stop  THE SEWING STUDIO FABRIC SUPERSTORE 9605 S US HIGHWAY 17/92 in Maitland FL. Now remember that my lovely hosts had NEVER BEEN TO A LOCAL QUILT SHOP! So with the help of Google Maps, and careful navigation we made it!
 They had these wonderful old machines in the window on display. This is what their row looks like.
 Then on we wnet to shop number three on the Row by Row List. Wandering Stitches Quilt Studio
5818 HOFFNER AVE, SUITE 905 In Orlando Fl.This shop reminded me so much of the one I went to in N.C. last year.
Here's their row- they made their row into a big quilt!

 And our 4th and last stop was at  QUILTS & MORE 11601 S ORANGE BLOSSOM TRAIL in Orlando. Here's your tip-Google maps doesn't locate this shop well at all! Try searching for the La-z-boy store instead-it's right next door.
Here's what their row looks like!  They were very nice and were in the process of remodeling their store. Still I was able to find a few bits of fabric...Oh I know! It's a struggle, but I had to keep in mind the space in my suitcase!!
 After all of that it was time for a treat!!!
 See there, MCK is giving directions to those folks. I tell you, I would have never been able to make it to all those shops with out MCR driving and MCK and Aunt Bev navigating!! It was a real thrill for me to get the rows from all those shops!
 And here's the loot I came home with!
Plus MCR and me made a couple of quick stops in Minnesota before it was too late after our flight arrived on Friday.
We stopped at QUILT COVE in Eagan MN and got their row.
And we also got a row from QUILTER'S HAVEN in Rosemount MN. SO I have 6 of the 8 required rows and I picked up the rest when I got home to Iowa!
Here's the row from Heritage Designs over in Amana, Iowa
And the row from Fern Hill Quilts & Gifts also in Amana, Iowa. It's the only square one in the bunch.
I'm not liking that so far, but we'll see. More to come about the Row by Row as I get rowing!