Quilting

Adventures in Texas

I know you’re all dying to know what we were up to over the days that we were out of town. We visited one of our timeshares in New Braunfels, Texas.

The room was delightful.

It was so much more than a room really. It was a townhouse. It was much larger than our typical condo or resort because it actually started out as a townhouse development project but the builder left the project partway through and WorldMark by Wyndam (our timeshare company) picked it up and finished it for a vacation resort.

We had two bedrooms, as well as a loft, and three bathrooms. It was huge. Far more space than anyone needs for a five-day vacation. It’s great to feel spoiled.

We have been WorldMark owners since 2002 and it’s the best decision we ever made. No regrets. We regularly enjoy the benefits of vacationing because we made travel a lifestyle priority. WorldMark runs off a points system and we have enough points for two full weeks of travel, or many smaller mini-vacations, every year – for life! More on that another time.

As for this trip, during our stay we visited with cousins and other extended family.

We enjoyed a hike at Panther Canyon Nature Trail

 

and a stroll through Landa Park.

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We went swimming at Canyon Lake.

We also floated both the Guadalupe River and the Comal River

Picture courtesy of RiverSportTubes.com

 …enjoyed some culinary delights at Gristmill, saw the movie the Green Lantern in 3D (pretty good but not a major WOW for me), stopped by the Guadalupe River State Park for a quick look-see…

toured the Cave Without A Name

…enjoyed sleeping in until about 8 am each day, and generally just enjoyed getting away from our regular routine and exploring some new sights.

Also noteworthy, we visited cousins who recently welcomed a new bundle of joy, and they loved the quilt that I made for Baby Eli.

The hubby must be credited with the design inspiration. He declared something in camo was a must. I knew I could find various camo fabrics, but didn’t think I could find fabrics with various wildlife animals. I was pleasantly surprised to find bears, deer, elk, ducks, all sorts of huntable animals to include. I had my doubts about the design (initially) and about whether they would like it since it wasn’t a traditional looking baby quilt, but again, my man’s instincts proved true. Fancy that. He must get tired from being right all the time.

One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.
~ William Feather

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It’s Official!

I have posted my first listing on www.Etsy.com!

It is the sixth quilt that I have made. First one that I am trying to sell online.

It’s made from the scraps of a few previous quilts but there were also a few new fabrics that I picked up here and there when I found something on clearance or in the remnant pile. I like bright, bold colors. Hopefully someone else out there will like them too. It’s lightweight and just shy of 45 x 45 square.

Please share with your friends and neighbors! I’m happy to do projects by request too.
Contact me if you are interested!

Don’t worry about being worried. You’re heading out on an adventure and you can always change your mind along the way and try something else.
~
Tracy Kidder

If I could be doing anything right now…

I’d be snorkeling somewhere tropical with Don. Crystal blue waters. Sun warming our backs. Tropical fish and sea turtles swimming by. Dolphins playing in the surf in the distance.

But, since that’s not going to be happening anytime soon let’s be more realistic. Hmm, I’d be at home working on my latest quilt. I’ve just taken up quilting a little over a year ago. I didn’t start to really know what I was doing until within the last six months. (At least, I hope I know what I’m doing. 🙂 ) I’ve made five quilts so far. Four were gifts and one was commissioned for sale. They are all baby or toddler sized. (45 inches x 45 inches or smaller.) Good for children’s beds, play space on the floor, or laps on the couch. My designs are fairly simple block designs, some scrappy, some with a design pattern. I really enjoy coming up with color combinations and patterns. I’m still ridiculously intimidated by designs that require more intricate piecing than simple block pieces but I have some patterns set aside that I am eager to try when I’m ready to take that next step into more daring territory.

Here’s a look at the quilts I’ve made so far. (One is not pictured because it is a gift and it hasn’t been gifted yet. I don’t want to spoil the surprise.)

My latest is another simple block, scrappy design. I am thinking about posting this one for sale on www.Etsy.com. If you are interested in it let me know. I’d love to save myself the time of listing it on Etsy if someone puts a claim on it now. When finished it will be about 45 x 45, maybe an inch or two smaller.

 

I have SO many ideas for more quilts and I have to remind myself that I can only do one at a time. Most fresh in my mind is an idea for my niece and her husband who have asked for a quilt. My goal is to finish their quilt in time for Christmas. It shouldn’t take me that long to make but it is going to take me some time to buy the new fabrics. Until then, I have tons of scraps leftover from these earlier projects to keep me busy making scrappy designs.

Don has also decided that I need to make something for us to keep and his idea is naturally more advanced than anything I’ve made so far. Typical. Now I have to learn how to sew zippers for his fancy, fan-dangled design. More on that later when I understand it better too.

If YOU could be doing anything right now, what would it be?