Monday, June 30, 2014

Staycation Day 1, Sewing with Sue!

I've got a ton of vacation time left this year and no burning desire to do anything special except NOT go to my office. I took this week off with the intention of playing in the sewing room.

Today I spent the morning with my friend Sue. We got our day off to a great start by having breakfast at my favorite place, the Fifties Diner.

Sue and I both love pancakes. She had blueberry and I had chocolate chip (bet you didn't even have to guess!). After our delicious breakfast, we headed back to the Studio for a few hours of sewing. Sue finished the top of her nautical themed Lemonade quilt. Sue bought these adorable fabrics as a layer cake from the Fat Quarter Shop.
I worked on a quilt that will be a gift for my sister-in-law Susan. I'm using 15 different shades of green batik. I started this project at my May quilt retreat in the Berkshires.

I need to make 240 blocks in total for Susan and Paul's king size bed.
I'm going to sneak a piece of Boston Bruins fabric on the quilt back for Paul.
I'm assembly line piecing the blocks, rather than cutting the sashing to size. I think that it's easier.
I also started working on a Scottie dog for Anna's little boy Logan who will turn one next month. I accidentally "super-sized" it. First, I thought I was using my box of 2.5 inch squares, but they turned out to be 3 inch squares. Then, even though I thought I was following the pattern, I managed to add an extra row to the body. I don't think that Logan will complain.

Romeo was sad that he had to go to daycare even though I was home. Don't be fooled by his sad face, the pugs have a great time. There is even a swimming pool!
At first, LarryPug seemed happy to go for the ride...
Next, he contemplates the distance from car window to the ground... fortunately he decided to go to daycare.

I can't resist showing you another photo of my gorgeous clematis climbing the fence. I'm thrilled to see it doing so well. I had to cut it back to the ground this spring and I wasn't sure it would come back.

Mike made this delicious Greek-inspired quinoa salad for dinner on Sunday and we had leftovers tonight. I contributed by cutting up the cucumber and tomatoes and opening the can of chick peas. Then Mike worked his magic and made it all taste grand!

Joannie came over to sew with me tonight and I worked on the Scottie dog some more. There may be a trick to the side gusset panel. I will have to consult Kim.

Tomorrow, Linda is coming over to help me hang artwork in the Studio. We are also going to shop for day lilies with Kim. Should be a busy day!

Linking up on Tuesday to Freemotion by the River. Linking up on Friday to Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Richard and Tanya Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts. Thanks for visiting!

Pugs and kisses,


  1. Enjoy your stay cation! I am more than a month into mine and love it.

  2. You are staycationing, and I am going to retire from my current job until my new one starts so sewing room here I come. Love it that the boys go to daycare! You are a good pugmommy.

  3. Staycations can be a really good thing, you get lots done and not so tired out at the end like real vacations can be. Lovin' your green quilt.

  4. Sewing staycations are great! I take day trips to my sewing room. I send my two kids (real ones, not pug ones ;) ) to the sitters too when I staycation for the day.

  5. I love greens and batiks - that sounds like it will be a great quilt! Whoop whoop!

  6. Wow 16 shades of green and batik at that. Were they hard to come by????Must say my favorite color. Love your picture in this post.