Thursday, December 30, 2010

After Christmas Fun

I took my sister Kathy and my friend Pat on a road trip a couple of days ago.  Originally I wanted to go to Jalama Beach, but it is at the end of a 14 mile long, narrow winding road that climbs up and down hills, and with the recent rain I was not sure it was a great idea.  So we went to Solvang instead.  I showed a few pics of Solvang when Grant and I passed through in February on our anniversary weekend.  It was a lot more crowded this few days after Christmas!  We looked at a lot of shops, ate lunch, did a lot of talking and laughing, and generally had a great time.  I did not get my camera out once while in town, though there were hundreds of other folks talking photos!  On our way back home, we stopped at a lookout:

This is Lake Cachuma.  It has not been this full for quite some time.  The hills were starting to green up. The peaks in the distance sometimes sport a bit of snow. They are part of a vast State Park.

Here's Kathy--I'm so glad she's here with us from St. Louis!

Yesterday Kathy and I had a sewing day.  She looked at my usual ironing board set up, above, and said, "Oh, you're left-handed", to which I replied that I am not.  She said I should turn my ironing board around so the iron rests on the "cone"...


...and leaves the larger area for ironing.  I had not thought of that!  Here is MY quilt that she started for me four years ago.  She worked on it yesterday and it is becoming a throw size.  I love the colors.  So excited!   I worked on Erica's quilt and have to say that the Supreme Slider Kathy gave me really did make a difference while I was quilting the fleur de lis motifs.  So much easier to move all that weight of the quilt over the machine bed.  I have 9 more fleur de lis to stitch but am making progress.  There's a deadline in a few weeks, as I hear from Erica every time she passes by me sitting at the sewing machine!
 
Here's Mini holding down the cutting ruler for Kathy.  Cats are so funny!

7 comments:

Shay said...

Ok I iron just like you do and could possibly turn the board the other way for quilting but for shirts and clothes I just cant iron the other way . Maybe I am dense?

I need to get some RL friends that sew so I can have a sewing day.

Beautiful pictures of your getaway.

Kate said...

Looks like you had a great time. Very pretty quilt by the way!

Michele said...

Sounds like a fun road trip! What a nice time with family and friends.......love the ironing board idea! I never thought of that! Now I use a "Big Board" on my ironing board to give me more surface area. Have a Happy New Year!

Joyful Quilter said...

Sounds like you had a great day.

Kitties are so helpful!

quiltingnana said...

I am going to turn my ironing board around right now...Happy New YEar

Sherrill said...

Looks like a fun little day trip..and such a HELPFUL kitty! Wish mine was little more helpful. LOL

Tanya said...

That's a lovely bright quilt on your ironing board! Looks like it would be difficult to figure the piecing though. I'll look forward seeing it done (Tell your sister you have friends waiting to see it!)