Whatever Happened to August?

Structured plans were made for Summer Break: tidy the house, plant the yard, plan for the new school year. I had the whole summer to accomplish all of my goals. Well. Here it is August. Time to go back to work/school. I never made a dent.

In fairness; back to school use to commence after Labor Day. What ever happened to August? *sigh* Oh, well. Goals un-met. It was difficult. We were just able to squeeze in beach days, camping glamping, lake life, . . . 🙂

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lake life
dining out
glamping

It was a very good and much needed Summer Break with family. I don’t mind a bit of a scramble getting ready for the first week of school. Here’s to planning for next June!

Have a good week! — Joanne

#VBStrongQuilts

Many know of the mass shooting that occurred at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center on Friday, May 31. Twelve people were fatally shot; eleven city employees and one contractor who was at the building to obtain a permit. Four people remain in critical condition at area hospitals. This senseless tragedy leaves behind grieving families and friends and community. Virginia Beach is a sprawling suburbia/rural community that feels like a small hometown. Everyone knows you, or knows someone that knows you. We are in shock. We are hurt. We are sad.

Virginia Beach Modern Quilt Guild members have been asked to create #vbstrong quilts for the victims and grieving families. The quilt blocks consist of a low volume background with a blue plus in the center. If you would like to help create one (or more) of these quilt blocks, please contact the VBMQG or leave a comment. The guild would like to gift the quilts as soon as possible. Sewing information on the blocks may be found here.

Gun control in the United States is a sticky, contentious, controversial mess; with every acrimonious discussion. I have family and friends on both sides of the issue. Today, let’s set aside our differences to create something for these families, small as it is, to let them know they are not alone.

We quilters are a community and when needed this is what we do.

Thank you for your help — Joanne

They Weren’t Saints. But…

I spent a cold snowy weekend having fun in Washington, DC celebrating a dear friend’s cancer survival and milestone birthday.  

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Birthday Wish

It just happened to be a President’s Day weekend, too.  We spent a very cold day visiting some of the monuments honoring these flawed, but two great men: Washington and Lincoln.

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It Was a Very Good Christmas

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Inis Oírr (Inisheer), the smallest of the three Aran Islands is about 3km (1.8miles) long and 2km (1.2miles) wide and has an approximate population of 250 people. Our travel to Inis Oírr involved a grand time vaulting the raucous troughs of the wild Atlantic. Many passengers crawled toward the tweendeck to sit in silent, stiff huddles; hands covering mouths. Our taking motion sickness prevention beforehand was a wise decision. 😉 Upon departing from the Doolin Pier, we sat topside enjoying the salt spray and wild 30-minute bronco ride. As the captain stated, “A good splash of holy water so be sure to bless yourself.”

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My Happy Place

I just realized that I’ve been quilting for three years.  I am currently working on two and have just completed quilt #31. I’ve educated myself by joining a modern quilt guild, attending conferences and sew-in days with friends. This from a woman who swore that she would NEVER try to quilt again after the very first fiasco. My schooling continues.

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First Quilt, 9-Patch

Back in February, my friends and I flew to QuiltCon East 2017 , held in Savannah, Georgia for an opportunity to network, try out new tools, attend seminars and classes, purchase directly from vendors and to view award-winning modern quilts.  Our hotel overlooked the historic section which is quite lively at night; reminding me of a mini New Orleans with street musicians, alfresco dining, and people of all walks of life strolling (or dancing) with drinks in hand. 

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What is it About the Game of Thrones?

My family and I recently visited a few Game of Thrones film locations in Northern Ireland. Three members had never indulged in the series; however, we all still had a great time! There may even be a few converts.  We had great fun visiting the different locations.  A humble photo log of the GOT film locations:

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Cairn Castle as fields of Westeros

This beech tree hedgerow (below), planted in the 18th century, is the setting for the haunted Dark Hedges of the Kingsroad; where Arya Stark, Gendry and Hot Pie escape King’s Landing and head north. 

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The King’s Road, The Dark Hedges, Ballymoney, County Antrim

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