Sunday, August 17, 2014

Beach Days Make Me Happy

Thursday was a beautiful day, and we planned a bike trip out to Cape Ann to see the water and eat sea food.  Every now and then I get restless and want to go to the ocean.  We only live about 30 miles from the ocean (as the crow flies), but don't get there as often as I'd like.  Life's obligations always seem to have priority, and DH isn't as big a fan as I am.  I don't have to actually touch the water.  Just seeing it and smelling the air is enough to satisfy the urge.

We traveled through Beverly, Rockport, Gloucester, Essex, Ipswich and other beautiful coastal towns, stopped for lunch at The Lobster Pool and watched a lobster boat pick up his catch.

OK, now I'm feeling calm and have had my ocean fix.  Life is good.

Let's catch up on what I've been doing quilt wise.

I haven't posted a shot of the frog quilt.  I looked through my photos and didn't have one of the completed quilt, but here it is about to be basted.

I don't know why I have a problem taking a picture of completed quilts.

I did, however, take a picture of the kitten I knitted.  Say hello to Knitten, my official motorcycle mascot.

She rides in my tank bag and watches the view.  She got a little dirty on the trip to TN, but she had a good time and is now sporting a new pink bow.

I've been working on completing the hand quilting on a charity quilt for the guild.  It was donated by a member who was cleaning out her stash before she moved out west.  She must have started the hand quilting and decided not to finish, so I volunteered.  It't going well, and I'm nearing completion, but am anxious to get to some of my own projects.

And then there is this hexie project that I am doing by machine.  The black and patterned pieces were a UFO from my husband's grandmother.  I don't really like the project, but it was a mindless sewing task to pick up.  I am trying hard not to have a lot of UFOs or projects going at once, so I will try to finish this before going on to another machine project.

That being said, I made this little wallet one afternoon to give me something more fun to sew by machine than the hexies.  It's done, so not a UFO.

And that brings me up to date on crafty projects.

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