Well, I'm sad to say I didn't get my Guitar Quilt quilted on Wednesday. When I got to the local quilt store, all jazzed and excited, I found out they were closing at five. Not enough time to get the quilt done. Turns out their normal closing time is five, but they stay open later for classes on days they have classes. When I booked the appointment, there was a class scheduled until seven that night but no one signed up for the class, so it was cancelled. Therefore, the shop closed at five.
The ladies were super nice and tried to help me out, even offering for me to get started and leave it on the machine overnight. But with work being what it is and my evenings being booked solid, that just wasn't an option. So, I'm signed up for July 14th now. There is a class that day, too, but it's the middle of a Beginning Sewing series that already has people in it, so I should be ok. :)
So - instead of finishing that quilt at the beach, which was the plan, I'll now be finishing Molly's quilt (the Above All Fabric quilt along) and Matt's Coffee Quilt. I was able to piece the back of Molly's Quilt and get it quilted on Saturday. Here is the back...no pic of the quilting yet.
Both are already packed in the car, ready to go. We'll be gone for two weeks, which should be plenty of time to get the binding done. I'm also taking my pile of hexies. I've been working on these since last fall but Kristen at K*D Quilts has inspired me to get to work on them again. I have about 150...but need about 1,100.
Tonight will be a fun night...girls night out to the Def Leppard concert in Raleigh. Can't wait. Then a day with the boys tomorrow, likely including Cars 2, and off to the Outer Banks with everyone Sunday. This is our ninth trip together and we look forward to it all year long. And I mean that quite literally - we start talking and yearning for "next year" the day that we leave.
If you've never been to the Outer Banks, you need to add it to your list of things to see. We are partial to the southern part, Hatteras Island in particular. You just can't beat it. Tiny villages full of houses, vast beaches, and gorgeous sunsets. Wanna see? Here's a google images search on "Outer Banks NC". No traffic, no noise, no hoardes of people. Sheer, wonderful, all-out peace. Island life is the life for me.
It takes forever to get there...nearly six hours from our friends house...but it's worth it. Because the islands are so far from the mainland, there are only two places to cross - Manteo/Nags Head has a set of bridges or you can take the Swan Quarter ferry to Ocracoke and another to Hatteras. We opt for the former as Ash gets seasick and the SQ ferry is about two hours long. In some areas on Hwy 12, you can see water on both sides, the island is so thin. Very cool...except in hurricanes.
So in a little over 48 hours I'll be unpacking and settling into what has now become our home away from home. I'm still trying to convince Matt that we need to retire there. Almost there. :)
Can't promise a lot of activity here, but I'll try. I'm sure you'll understand, though, if I make myself scarce. After all, someone has to watch the kids while they play. :)