I drove from Ohio back to Maryland on Friday. It makes for a long-ish day (I take about 7 hours for the trip) but I am soooo happy to be home with my family! I had very good weather for this trip - mostly overcast and cool with a few rainstorms to drive through (quickly). There was clear, sunny sky for about the second third of the trip but back to heavy cloud cover by the time I got to MD. Easy trip (happy sigh!)
I feel like a stranger in my own home. Sigh. I haven't been here in six or seven weeks (because of the broken foot) and it was early spring when I left last; now it is definitely hot, humid summer and everything is GREEN. :) I am only planning to be here a week ... hard to focus on what I might want to accomplish while I'm here as I schedule various missed appointments and get togethers for the week.
Saturday I spent sitting quietly and reading while I watched my husband transfer the backup contents of my desktop computer to a new platform. He bought a new iMac so I inherited his old one - much newer than the one I was using. :) Took about eight hours but worked beautifully ... and the monitor I have now is much bigger and has better resolution than my old one. For a visual person like me, that is a particular blessing. :)
Today, Sunday, my Sew'n'Tell circle met and I went as usual with my friend Barbara B. I haven't been in several months so it was wonderful to see my friends and to sit and sew with them. We have potluck lunch always and that was, as always, delicious. Happy smiles! :)
While I was there, I hand pieced another block for my Patchwork City sew along - the photo above shows it (unironed), Emergency Exit. Meanwhile, at the same time my friend Barbara managed to sew 16 (!!!) of her string foundations from the enormous scrap bin she is dipping into. I think each block is about 6"x12" or so in size ... she brought along four finished String-X blocks with dark and light gray backgrounds and a turquoise/lime green on gray border print she has chosen. Nice. :) I'm pleased with my nice little pile of hand pieced Splendid Sampler and Patchwork City blocks ... but gosh, one versus sixteen??? Sure puts my slooow output in perspective. :)
Barbara and our mutual quilting buddy, Patty, went to the Quilters Unlimited annual show in VA on Friday (while I was driving 465+ miles homeward) and brought me a disc of the quilt photos...I'm off now to enjoy pretty quilt pictures while I eat my supper. Soooo nice to be at home!