Friday, July 24, 2015

Quilty Road Tripin'

Today was a most enjoyable day. Six members of our quilting group left town around 9am, headed for QuiltNebraska in Norfolk.

First stop was Tilden to take in their Prairie Days Quilt many beautiful quilts. (Wonder if any of my raffle tickets will win.)

 Next stop was Divots Devent Center in Norfolk to see the quilt display and make the rounds of the vendors. When we left the building my quilting buddies couldn't believe I hadn't spent a penny!!

 Next up was a stop at Big Red Keno for a very good lunch....the server asked if we wanted dessert and all we could do was laugh and say "no room."

 Let's see, then we visited the Norfolk Arts Center for another quilt display followed by a stop at the quilt shop, Pieceful Pastimes.

Next we made our way to the east end of Norfolk for a garage sale that advertised lots of quilting fabric.....I did spend a little money there.

Back to Divots for another spin past the vendors and then we hit the road home. By then we were all a bit parched so stopped at Sportsman's outside of Meadow Grove for cold drinks and then on home.

It was a really fun day. Here are just a few pictures I took of some of my favorite quilts from the various displays.

Click on the pictures to biggy-size them to see more detail.

Monday, July 20, 2015


Yesterday I had a nice, peaceful day at home doing laundry and canning beans while the hubby took his green '55 Chevy wagon to the Summer Fest car show in O'Neill. (You appreciate days home by yourself when you have a retired hubby who doesn't always know what to do with himself, but always expects you to set food on the table and invite him to eat.) He came home with these:

I have jars of green beans  and clean laundry to show for my day. You can't eat or wear trophies!!

Saturday, July 18, 2015


You know how we all complain about not having enough closets or cupboards?  Well after spending most of my work day today cleaning out one of the library's storage areas I'm thinking maybe we shouldn't have any more than the bare minimum of storage space. That way we would have to dispose of any leftovers from projects or things we just don't have use for.  It's truly amazing what I all threw out...some had been sitting there for over fifteen years and never been used. Some stuff was just outdated...why keep it? Some holiday decor was just plain shabby...I didn't want to use it anymore....why was it all crammed into a drawer??

While it maybe wasn't as bad as the picture above, it's so nice to see floor space! And a couple empty shelves!  And a sparsely occupied lower cabinet!  There are still some boxes of donated books that need to be gone through. I know they are all non-fiction, heavy on history and a lot of them aren't needed in our collection. Now that I've made a start maybe I can deal with them too. Even more floor space would be nice.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Big Finish For The Month!

Yep, here's my big finish for the month:

A mug rug made using last month's quilt club English piecing project. My sewing machine was being cranky when I was putting this together so it's certainly not my best work, but good enough to set a cup of coffee on.  Maybe the machine didn't like the batiks or the thickness or the iron-on fleece...who knows.

I just looked out the window and see storm clouds to the north. Earlier storms to the south of us moved off to the east. Those resulted in heavy rain and hail at Neligh and Oakdale, now there's a flash flood warning til 10pm. Hope it's not going to be a wild, stormy night. 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Great Day For A Celebration

Happy 4th of July!

It's a beautiful day to celebrate Independence Day. We'll be going to daughter's for grilling out and fireworks.