Sunday, November 10, 2013

What I Did On My Mini Vacation

SC fabric choicesToday I am showing my “design ironing board.”  Before we left for Biloxi I pulled fabric for Bonnie Hunter’s Celtic Solstice mystery that starts 11/29/13.  I had pulled blues and bright greens but all of a sudden I decided that I really wanted to do something with purple so I made a change in the green, too.  I think I am going to use the dotted fabric as the neutrals even though I originally pulled black on white prints.

Kenny GThen we were off to see Kenny G.  He was every bit as good as he is on my albums.  I think I grinned all through the 2 hour program.

shelves, copper, hatBoth on the way to Biloxi and back home we visited some antique malls.  The first thing I bought was this set of shelves.  I love that they have sides and that they rotate up and down.  I also got a copper coffee pot, made in Turkey.  I love copper and have started collecting items for my kitchen.  I hope one day to cover my kitchen island with copper…..someday.  Also on the shelves is a sailor hat.  I looked for one last April when I bought a Navy Middy Blouse for Fred, but I couldn’t find one.  Yesterday I found this one in a mall.  It was $25 but when we got to the register it seems it was 65% off.  Boy, Fred is going to look really good when he gets dressed up to celebrate my father’s birthday month in April.

MS fabricWe also visited two really nice quilt shops on the MS Gulf Coast.  This fabric is from a Northcutt line called Stone Chips (I think).  It was really difficult to choose which fabrics to buy, they were all so luscious. 

more fabricThe stripe fabric is not from the same line but goes well with it.  However who knows how any of this will get used.

Stubby-new sleeping placeJust when I was ready to move the shelves into the studio, there was Stubby, making herself at home.  I didn’t move her, I just started “walking” the shelves and she decided she didn’t need the aggravation. 

BOM filing systemAnd this is how the shelves are really being used.  I have put the three BOMs I am working on on the shelves.  When I go to make a new block I like to see all of the others up on the design wall so I can make sure the colors are different or a different mixture.  With them on these shelves I don’t have to thumb through other BOMs or blocks to find the one’s I want.  Also they are out in the open where I can see them and, hopefully, keep up.

Not too bad as a beginning of Birthday Month, huh?  There was one other highlight:


I got this on our way to Biloxi.  It was so good that DH bought me two more slices on our way home: there is still one in the refrigerator.  Breakfast?

That’s all folks.  Hope everyone has a great week.    GARI


jonni said...

freaky weird - I started collecting copper things for the kitchen this past summer

Bonnie said...

Your colors look great! And I either have those same polka dots or I've used them all up. Great colors. What a great post today. Lots of interesting things happening. Those shelves do look very useful esp for the boms. Let us know if they work really well -- after you used them a few months.

Nann said...

I see a Solstice quilt in the making! Great idea to use dots as the I will look at my stash to see what kind of print I might be able to use in mine. What a great score you made with that shelf-display!

kwiltnkats said...

What a terrific start to your Birthday Month indeed! I've seen Kenny G so I know you had a great two hours. Like what you are heading out to use for Bonnie's Mystery. Anxious to keep track of your progress. Nothing is better than pumpkin! Sandi

nobody said...

I almost bought a polka dot like yours for a background, and then I went with a white with grey dots. I really like the colored polka dot fabric, but I tend to prefer less busy neutrals. I'll watch your progress and probably regret not stepping out of my comfort zone!

Deb said...

Love Kenny G. also! Lucky girl. Love your choices for Celtic and I found a facebook group to keep me motivated and thought I would share.

Ramona said...

Your quilt will be gorgeous with the fabrics you have chosen. My birthday is this month, too, and I ask for a pumpkin pie instead of a cake. Happy birthday!

Melinda said...

I have been celebrating my birthday also. Happy birthday! Love your fabrics for Bonnie's mystery. I can't decide on my neutral but have all the others in a tote, ready to go.

John'aLee said...

Love your post! I love going to antique malls too.always come away from them inspired.

Kate said...

Looks like a great start to your birthday. Love your shelves. They look quite handy.