Wow, the time has flown since my daughter graduated from high school. I still have projects from that time that I haven’t posted yet, so shame on me. Life has been a little crazy recently. We just returned from a 8 day vacation to sunny (and yes very hot) Florida. For our 25th wedding anniversary (June 16th), we decided to take a family trip to Disney World and Universal Studios. We are big Harry Potter fans so we had to see the Harry Potter World at Universal Studios. I had two misconceptions – #1 it will be nice weather in Florida in May. Yikes, it was mid 90’s most of the trip. #2 – It won’t be as crowded since school-aged children should still be in school. Wrong again, Disney had tons of little kids too young for school and Universal Studios had tons of school groups. Lots of crowds and very hot temperatures, but it was still a fun trip. We walked our feet off. We did 3 days at Disney and 3 days at Universal Studios without a break in between. Yes, that was my ambitious scheduling. Here’s a fun photo of me and the hubby having fun at Disney.
At Disney we stayed in a Royal room at the Port Orleans Riverside resort. That was a great place to stay and we had so much fun. Here’s a photo of my daughter and her best friend in the princess-themed room.
We moved my daughter home from James Madison University where she completed her freshman year as a music education major just three days before leaving for our vacation. The boxes are still all over the house. Not sure where they will go until she moves back in August. I’m so proud of her…she made the Dean’s List both semesters. She’s going to be working at a local grocery store as a bakery-deli clerk and taking 7 credit hours at the local community college.
OK, now back to the business of sewing and quilting. I have a lot of projects to catch you up on. I had been having trouble with my Bernina 830 and broke down and took it in for an overhaul. I’m happy to report after replacing a few small parts and a thorough take apart/cleaning my baby is doing very well. I haven’t put her back on the quilt frame yet, but plan on doing that once the excitement of moving my daughter home from college and vacation wear off. Can’t remember if I shared this or not, but in November 2014, I became the proud owner of a Bernina 750. I absolutely love it! I haven’t found anything it can’t do yet (except the dishes…darn!). I traded in my work horse Bernina 440 which made me sad, but it was time to move on.
These projects are from last May, so here goes. I did a Bernina retreat at my local quilt shop, Cottonwood called Sew-A-Palooza. It was so much fun and we got an embroidery design to make these little in the hoop wristlet bags. I have made close to if not more than 30 of them. I used them as gifts for my guests at my daughter’s graduation party last May. Here are some of the bags. I finally start making some for myself and have made a bag for every month October through May (yes I really need to get started on my June one since it is coming very fast). It is fun finding cool fabrics, ribbons, etc. to make these. I also made two JMU ones for my daughter and her first year college roommate.
Last project for this post was a gift for my daughter’s best friend. She loves to bake and always wears my Girl Scout Cookie apron I made a few years back when she bakes at my house. I made her a similar one and embroidered her name on it for her graduation gift. It was such a fun project and she really liked it. Love that Girl Scout cookie fabric!