Yes. Today, my Mom and I went for manicures. We both needed them desperately - and since we were out and about doing a few errands, it seemed like a nice way to finish the afternoon.
Yes, my Mom and I were "out" today. As in, she's "out" - not in rehab. While I'd considered a jailbreak or three over the past several months, I could never quite bring myself to go through with it because... well, the reasons are pretty obvious. But last week - last Tuesday to be exact - my Mom was finally deemed well enough to head home. She still has to gain some weight - can you believe she's under doctor's orders to eat chocolate? - and she'll still need some physical thereapy, but so far, so good. There are different routines to adjust to but everybody, including Rosie - maybe especially Rosie - is happy and doing well.
(But hopefully not well enough not to need her gastroenterologist. My Mom has a gift - a gift for finding incredibly good-looking doctors. Distractingly good-looking doctors. Now if only she could find one that wasn't married.)
So will you forgive me for forgetting about you?
What if I brought you flowers?
On my way home from the class/club I do at Olde World Quilt Shoppe last Saturday, I stopped at the grocery store and couldn't resist these roses. At $9.99 for 12 stems, it's a miracle that I didn't buy two bunches. According to the label, the color/variety is Cherry Blossom.
Hmmm... everything's coming up roses... okay, so I might need to do something about that "clear the decks" part.
Yes, life is returning to a little bit more normal-like...
It isn't normally this messy or cluttered but I was cutting strips for a Pineapple Quilt. And that meant going through scraps... pulling out the contents of my scrap jars... scouring long-forgotten boxes and bins for even-longer-forgotten leftovers, UFOs and so on. It's been a hoot but it's also meant cutting the necessary strips has taken significantly longer than it probably should have. Especially since these are just the mediums and darks.
The lights are a little neater... perhaps, maybe, almost a bit compulsively so. Hold on a second... I need to go mess those up.
This project came about a few months ago when the lovely ladies in the classes asked about doing a big quilt for one of our projects. After talking it over with Dee - the owner of OWQS - we decided to do a Pineapple quilt using the Possibilities Pineapple Rule ruler. While I had made several pineapple quilts when the ruler first came out in - aack! - 1989, I have wanted to make a scrappy version for a few years now. I have a specific setting in mind for my quilt so I have to make 25 blocks one way and 24 more another way.
This is my first block...
I have 24 more that need just one more dark strip and the corners to be finished. This one is done because I needed at least one completely, totally finished for class. My blocks will finish at 10 1/2" x 10 1/2" and the strips/rows finish at 3/4" wide. Since I really did pull strips and little pieces from the scrap jar, a few fabrics are only going to be used once.
In between working on these blocks, I've been playing with Comma and Boho for some little quilts. And some blocks for a little project I forced encouraged my classes to do. I'm a little behind with these so I don't think the quilt will be done by the last meeting next month... so I'll get to keep bothering them over the summer... long after they thought they'd escaped me.
I just might have to go get some more roses.
I know you won't believe me but I'll be back on Monday to show you my first ever table-hanging / wall-runner.
And the rest of my pineapple blocks.