I finished another book two days ago, and when I entered my usual book summary in my Word document I keep on books I've read, I decided to count up just how many I'd read since we arrived here Dec. 1. Seventeen!!
We are taking a different route this year, as well as a more relaxed pace to go home, staying first in Savannah. and then in Charleston. I am just SO EXCITED to see these two classic cities of the south.
Today we spent a relaxing hour and a bit on Lido Key, soaking up some rays on that pristine chunk of beach on the Gulf of Mexico. Ahhh. The water was very refreshing, 71F, beautifully calm, and pale green. The beach was probably the most crowded we've seen, very unusual this late, we thought, especially since the dog beach was so vacant yesterday. We had a nice lunch out, nothing fancy, just our favourite local pub, Knick's Tavern & Grill.
Yesterday was the dogs' turn: fun times retrieving tennis balls at the dog beach on Manatee Avenue. This is part of Palma Sola Bay.
|Such good exercise for 7-year-old Naala|
|Rocco LOVES the water, but HATES sprinklers!|
|Throw it again!|
|See how narrow a strip is the beach and road? And how deserted!|
|Don't worry; she's already paying me back by lying on the new fabrics...|
My final fabric purchases arrived today! Here is the rest of my little stash of solids from Christa Quilts! That link takes you to her blog, where you can find her new store and tons of great information.
Five more Kona solids! They are only $5.57/yard right now and remember free shipping within the US. The bottom two are Amy Butler, and will grow up to become nesting fabric bowls aka "pails", a pattern I bought from Nova of www.acuppaandacatchup.com. I plan to line them with the olive. I have a modern slant Rail Fence quilt in mind for all my solids I collected from her this winter.
And I bought some more of Lizzy House's "Pearl Bracelets". Remember my December 31 goals post? One of my goals is to do a modern take on one quilt from a few American Patchwork & Quilting magazines from the past. These are going to be perfect for the first one I've designed, from a 2005 magazine!
|This brings my total to 9 colours in this line!|
And Hawthorne Threads had a great deal on some fabric, $4.49/yard, so I think it will be great for the backing for Over and Under, even though it's a little more blue than green. They also had the pink chevron from Dear Stella fabrics on sale, so I think it will be a great binding for my Summer Daze quilt!
I'm always in love with the colours of nature. Yesterday and today gave me some beauties:
|Newly planted trees at the dog beach, brilliant orange flowers!|
|Weeping Bottlebrush trees|