No, I didn't make the trip up to TN to see my friend and my family after all. I awoke to pouring down rain that according to the hourly forecast projections on both I-59 and I-24 showed no sign of lessening. It would not have mattered if I had waited a few more hours to leave either. My friend confirmed that my drive would have been rainy, possibly heavy and thunderstorms on the TN side as well. I don't drive much in the rain at average speeds let alone at 65 or 70 mph.
So I stayed safely at home and will make the trip up at a later date--to be determined later. I decided to make good use of time that afternoon and get the borders on the little nine patch top I had left hanging for several days. DJ came in and asked WHY was I sewing---if I HAD gone on my trip, I would have taken the day off! I said, I had already piddled away Weds and Thurs that week and I was getting back to "work" He said "you act like it is a 'job" sometimes and it is supposed to be fun!" Well, that t-shirt quilt WAS a job, of sorts and as much as I am not fond of putting on borders, the process of piecing and sewing is still "fun" overall or I would not be doing it. I sew--that's what I do-- and he just doesn't get it. I don't know what he thought I should be doing instead of sewing.
I started sewing some of the strips I cut last evening while I watched Game 5 and chatted with Pam. I thought I might as well devote part of my weekend to what I had planned to do with Cindy and Jan and their guild friends--sew a couple of tops for the Domestic Violence group. I got all initial strip pairings together and then went to watch the rest of the game with DJ.
Yesterday was DJ's grandson's 14th birthday. Joshua had called Papa D to thank him for his birthday gift and told him that he was having the best day of his life that day. He had been honored with "student of the month" at his high school, had been "partying" that day at school, the Cardinals were going to win the World Series on his birthday and they were ordering pizza from his (our) favorite pizza restaurant. I assume his best friend was coming over as well---Scottie is Cards fan too (though his dad is a Cub fan--makes for a lot of good natured ribbing between the families) Well, turns out Josh was right---they DID win. DJ and I are thrilled along with a lot of other Cardinal fans.
So what are you looking at here? DJ went up to the Gadsden quilt show with me this morning. I drove and he paid for lunch, LOL. Given a viewers choice ballot, he got right into the spirit of picking out his favorites. Actually I had pointed out one of my own quilts--a Slither top that I had finished up earlier this year. Smart man, noted the number and started filling it on the category though I told him he should only select it if he thought it was one of his 3 favs in that category. About that time someone came up to me after they pointed her my direction and wanted to know the pattern source. I had submitted that information on all of the entries but Gary edited it off due to space concerns, he said. Anyway the woman she said she voted for it too---what else could you say but thanks for the vote of confidence?
The quilt at top left if Carolyn's mystery quilt. (Ignore the fabric at back as that is the quilt behind it on the racks. ) The stack and whack is Ada's from a long ago quilt class that several of us Belles took together we think in 2000 or 2001. The other at lower left is a neat-o cat quilt that I know was folded up at the bottom. I did not recognize the makers name. I DO recognize the cat head pattern as being one from Quiltmaker magazine as I have a few of these blocks made--and more from the Belles that can eventually be turned into a top. I would have taken a few more pictures but the batteries in my camera quit working about 6 pics into the process.
I DID finish up the 2 snuggle up tops just a bit ago and will send them onto Cindy---question being, quilted or not. I know they were planning on tying some. Probably birthing them first. I prefer doing the standard method and binding them--that's already cut anyway. Answered my own question, LOL.
Guess that's it for now...........