Sunday, October 15, 2017

Westies & Quilts

Flat as a pancake ... Derby

 I decided to take a break from working on fall and holiday
fabric so I pulled this collection from my stack of fabric.
 I had the top ready to sew to the bottom but had to wait
until Julep decided to get up.
 She is so cute I just don't have the heart to make her move.
 When she did decide to move I quickly picked up the
two pieces to sew together.  This is the completed top
which was nicely pressed before they decided to have play time.
 Julep can be pushy and a little rough when playing with
Derby.  He is hiding from her and I can't blame him.
 While I wasn't feeling great with my head cold I
managed to sew together about 14 tops as well as
made the backs for these quilts.  So .... it's time to
roll out the batting for the next step in the process.
 Can you spot Julep?
 It's unusual for Derby to lay down on a quilt I'm working on.
 This one is for Kaitlyn.

All 14 quilt tops are quilted.  The next step is to trim up
the overhang then make the bindings for them.  I'll be taking
my Bernina in for service this week while I'm away in
Lancaster with my sister.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Julep & Derby

This afternoon I looked up from my sewing machine only to
see Derby on my desk looking for the packages of kibble
I moved off my desk yesterday.  
 Christmas is right around the corner.
The array of blocks you see Derby sitting on are now
sewn together.  This pattern is so simple and takes no
time whatsoever to make up. 
 I couldn't get a good photo showing all the sparkles in the
fabric no matter how I tried.  The combination is very rich looking
and this is another one I'm going to have trouble parting with. 
Last night I with playing with an app I have on my iPad
and this is the result.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

I'm Still Here!

 Yours truly hasn't been feeling the best since last week but
I'm getting better.  I'm blaming this sickness on Wilson because 
I think [actually I'm pretty darn sure] germs attached to me
in the two hospitals I spent time in with him.
 The pet food store gave me a few samples of kibble so I put
them on my desk until I can give to our neighbor [since I don't
feed my westies a kibble-based diet].  How in the world
Derby knew they were sitting there is beyond me.  

 Obsessed he became so I had to move the packages to a higher table.
He was ready to tear them open and have a little feast. That would
 have made a nice big mess in my sewing room not to mention
the intestinal distress that would cause him.
 Sarah {Wilson's daughter} and {Kaitlyn and Cole} will be spending
Thanksgiving with us.  I'm making the kids quilts for their bed.  
 This is for Kaitlyn.  I'm searching for just 2 yards of quality flannel
for pillowcases.  The stuff at JoAnn's is cheap so I may have
to order on line from Hancock of Paducah if I don't find 
anything in Lancaster next week.  My sister informed me that
she's going without me if I'm not better!

 I'm not sure if this is right for Cole.  I'll be looking around
for something else next week that has more of a Xmas
feel to the fabric.
 I made ten stuffed mini-terriers for the Little White Dog Rescue 
to sell at a holiday fair in December.  This rescue is in Omaha, NE.
 Taking advantage of Derby being my back drop.

 Who knows why he does what he does!
A few more terriers.  I'm out of stuffing so I'll be
watching JoAnn's for a sale.
Well, that's it for today.
Happy Fall

Monday, October 2, 2017

From My Sewing Room to Chestertown, Maryland

 The westies have an appointment with the groomers this week.
 My mom needed new dishtowels that she could hang
from the handle on her stove door which is next to the sink.  
Since we couldn't find any pre-made I downloaded the top
pattern piece from the Internet and made these for her.
 My neighbor asked me to make a pillowcase and tooth fairy
dog for her grand daughters birthday this month.  I simply added
a tiny pocked on the dog [right] that is large enough to
hold the tooth and money from the visit by the tooth fairy.
 I've been working on simple Christmas quilts - nothing 
complicated just 8-1/2" blocks.  Two tops are made so far
and that's as far as I got in the process.  In one of the blogs I
follow I read she has 30 tops made and when she wants
 to give one away she then finishes the process.  I really
thought that was an interesting thing to do - finish as needed.
 This is the first time I had trouble with my machine skipping
stitches while sewing on the binding ... so I had to re-sew
areas on this quilt.  I'm donating this one to Outreach
since I'm not comfortable adding non-perfect work like this
to an auction where money is involved.  
Note to Chris:  This is complete including the made by
Bayside Quilters sewn in a corner.
 Sweet Julep
 The dog fabric is part of what my Facebook friend {Lee}
sent me from her stash clean-out.
The Trailer of Horses.
 On our way to Chestertown  yesterday afternoon to pick
up a photo Wilson had in a gallery exhibit of eastern
shore scenes.  This was taken in stop and go traffic on Rt. 50
which is a nightmare during weekends in from spring up to fall.  
It's one of the major ways to the beach/resort town Ocean City.  
 Yesterday we timed our trip just perfectly to get stuck
in a big traffic jam!  We were stuck in stop and go for 8 
miles before we made the turn off to Chestertown.
 I didn't get a photo of the top of the trailer but
the horses must be trotters.  Wilson pointed out the
buggy strapped to the top of the trailer.  All 5
horses seemed to enjoy hanging out watching
the cars slowly going by.
We didn't take our cameras and we should have.
There are homes in Chestertown that are very quaint & charming.  
This is also a college town so there are several restaurants
and a few little shops in the town center.  I used my 
iPhone app called RoundMe and found Fish Whistle
on the Chester River which had good reviews.
The food/service = very good.
.  .  .
Yesterday morning I woke up not feeling great and I
told Wilson he might be going to pick up his photo
on his own but ... as the morning progressed I was 
feeling better.  Even thru lunch I was feeling great
but ... by the time we got home I was sick again.
Yuck - Yuck - Yuck ... with a sinus infection.  Didn't
sleep well last night and so I'm going to put myself
on antibioitcs to clear this thing up.  I have what
you would call a love-hate relationship with this
golden rod time of year.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

My Review: Bas Rouge, The Restaurant

 Wilson and I did something we hardly ever do which is
to go out to lunch at a fine dining restaurant.  We have been
wanting to try the new[ish] restaurant in Easton
called Bas Rouge.  The hours are very limited:
Thursday and Friday for lunch & Friday and Saturday for a 
pre-fixed dinner [& that's it!].  Prices are pricey and
unless you've got deep pockets this is what I would
consider a special restaurant for a once-in-a-while meal out.
Sorta like the Inn at Perry Cabin minus the waterfront.
Now we've been following Chef Harley Peet through
all of his various restaurant moves ... so we knew
what to expect from his style of cooking.
Let's Get Down To The Food
 Wilson started with the Smoked Salmon appetizer
and we both ordered the prime burgers.  The friends
we were lunching with had the Smoked Salmon 
appetizer and the Daily Quiche.  All was excellent.
 Formal place settings and I have to say I loved 
the long thin stems on the glassware.
Bas Rouge is what I would consider one of those little neighborhood
gems.  Exquisite in design and impeccable in service
you can't get any better than this in Easton [or elsewhere].
Wilson and I love the fact that the burger was
made using prime meat.  That is something you don't see
much in Talbot County and with a price tag of $23
it should be prime and nothing but prime! 
The condiments ... perfect placed in tiny bowls.
No sharing - everyone received their own.
 Just me!
The restaurant did fill up during lunch with only
 two open tables and that was it.
 Enjoying a cup of decaf with one of the house
made desserts.
Apple Crumb Cake
Would we go back?  Yes, is the answer to that question.
I have to say I'm not crazy about a pre-fixed dinner menu
and I'm not crazy about a lot of items on the dinner
menu.  For a once in a while dinning experience 
I would not hesitate to go back.