Catching up!

Hello friends,

For the past few days I have been trying to catch up! You see, we took a little short vacation up to Canada to see our families….I think the post I wrote about Canada Day on July 1 st made me a little nostalgic! Anyway, when a chance popped up to go for a quick visit, we decided to go for it!Border crossing Life is short and you have to take advantage, right?!

My husband and I are lucky in that both our families live in the same town so it was pretty easy to shuttle between houses and even bring everyone together for dinner two times. ( I did indeed finish the table runner for my mother in law so was able to gift thatfinished table runnerand she in turn gifted me these old wooden spools that belonged to my husband’s grandmother! I love wooden spools, don’t you?!)old wooden spools

We also tried to do lots of touristy stuff to keep our boys entertained!Guess what town we were in?? Isn’t it funny how you don’t tend to do tourist stuff in your own surroundings but you will do them when you visit? Anyway, we enjoyed dinner and lunch at our favorite restaurants, had delicious ice cream and frozen yogurt at the BEST place to get that, and enjoyed a Ghost Tour

and a tour of an old prison.

We of course had to visit the beach ( yes, there is a beautiful beachy place nearby that is right on Lake Ontario, with beautiful sandy beaches and some dunes!), and we got to take the ferry across the lake two times! Glenora Ferrythey drive young in Canada!

( and no, our 9 year old did NOT get to drive, but while waiting for the ferry he decided to pretend!)

While driving around we also discovered that the Tall Ships were nearby so had to stop and take pictures of those!

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There is something so fascinating about these big wooden ships to me, and I especially love all the flags!

I did bring a quilty project with me, IMG_2931thinking that if I had any down time I would get to do some hand quilting, but we were always on the go. I didn’t even think to check out any quilt shops in town, however, we did spot some barn quilt blocks so I had to jump out and take some quick pictures of those!

On our drive back home I did remember that there was a quilt shop in Syracuse, NY so looked up the address and hubby and boys obliged by making a quick pit stop there. I was very, very good and only bought 3 half yards of fabric and this book :The Splendid Sampler book and a few yards of must-have fabric. I did not sew along with the Splendid Sampler when it was happening last year. I was busy doing other stuff and didn’t want the pressure of trying to keep up, but I have been seeing all the cute blocks and do want to make some version of that quilt. So when I spotted the book in the store it had to come home with me! Maybe I will have a chance to make a block or 2 sometime soon and I will have that to share with you.

What’s on the horizon? I am busy working on the first block for the I LOVE HOME block of the month that will be starting the beginning of August. I have my applique finished but need the rest of the block still. I am also working away at finishing the quilt that Wendy over at Four Peaches so kindly sent me the pattern and fabric for. She will be giving away a bundle of that pattern and fabric right here on my blog, so stay tuned for that!

And finally, I am sure you are all dying to know who won the set of red and white fat Quarters that I was giving away in my July 1st postred and white fat quarters….and the winner is…..Diane aka Lookoutmountainquilter! Please send me an email with your full name and address and I will get those out to you ASAP!

Until next time, happy creating!


24 thoughts on “Catching up!

  1. How nice you had a family vacation……neat tablerunner and I love the wooden spools. I have quite a few that were my grandmother’s. I think I need to display them in my sewing room. Enjoy the rest of your summer.

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  2. So happy you and your family were able to have a vacation together. I do like the wooden spools but don’t have a clue what to do with them. I only have a couple of them. Your table runner is so cute.

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  3. How nice that you and your family were able to get together for a nice vacation. I like the tall ships and love the wooden spools. I have a few that were my mom’s. The table runner came out really cute. Glad your mother-in-law like it.

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  4. Love following along on your adventures Monique 😁 how awesome do those barns look, and with the quilt blocks on them 😃, and I do like looking at sailing boats, my son does too 😃 as well as historical buildings – even prisons 😁 Lovely to hear about your family get together, and your swapsies with your mother in law xxx (love the different things people wrap around their spools) and I can’t wait to see what blocks you choose to do from the splendid sampler – also loving that wordy fabric 😁 ooo and can’t wait to see how those other fabrics go together in the other quilt you’re doing 😁 gee you’re a busy bee 😁

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  5. What a wonderful adventure! I’ve always wanted to go on a ghost tour, they have them in Savannah. Maybe one day! I love the wooden spools too & find them at yardsales & thrift stores sometimes. I do use them from time to time in my projects. 😉 I started the Spendid Sampler last year but only have pieces cut & none sewn. Luckily I downloaded all the blocks the first time around & have them on my computer!

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  6. Sounds like a wonderful holiday to catch up with family. Love the barn blocks and the barns, wish we built them that way here. Your mother in law obviously loved her present and wow the present in return is awesome. Really like your purchases, my favorite being the red and white fabric. Glad you are back and looking forward to seeing your completed projects.

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  7. Hi Monique,
    Awkward! I realized yesterday that, although I did say “Thank you!” to you in my email, I had not publicly thanked you here on your blog for choosing my name as winner of the red and white fat quarters. For this, I greatly appologize! And, want to add a great, big “THANK YOU!!!!!. I’m so excited! I already have a project in mind for them! I’ll email you pics when I’ve finished it. Thanks again!

    Diane (Perhaps I should change my name to theawkwardquilter, or theincrediblythoughtlessidiotquilter.) 🙂

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