I finally finished the second block for Rose, this month's bee queen. As soon as I get her mailing address, she'll be getting two squishy envelopes from me. ;) I finished this appliqué today, sitting on the living room sofa during a thunderstorm.
That thunderstorm raged on right overhead for about two hours. Our power flickered several times - the storm has moved off now so I figure it is finally safe to post. :)
The past two days has been full of errands, driving and adventures (not all of them pleasant ones). :P
Yesterday I started off at my lawyer's office, collecting checks to mail to my sister. Second stop, the post office to overnight same to Kansas. Our closing is scheduled for 1 p.m. (CDT) on Monday. Down to the wire, here, with attendant tensions. Anyone who has ever been through buying a piece of property in the US knows all about this. :)
After the post office, I drove up to Columbus - maybe 2.5 hours north of the farm. I got an early (for me) start yesterday at about 9 a.m. ... by the time I got to Columbus, it was maybe quarter 'til 12 noon. I decided to visit one of the two quilt shops I know about before I went to the hospital. I am sooooo glad I have Maps on my iPhone to help me find things! I chose to go to Dabble & Stitch (great name!:) as it is closer to the hospital.
The neighborhood it is located in appeared to me to be student rental housing; the shop is on the near north side of Ohio State University in Columbus. It was easy to find but there was no parking nearby. The street front for the shop is a bus stop - no parking. You have to find a spot on a side street - which I was lucky to do. No such thing as handicapped parking ... and I pity anyone who wants to lug stuff into the place. :)
The shop itself was small but wonderful. The whole place was full of very 'modern' fabrics as well as a sewing studio (you can rent a machine and make your own projects there, with help from the friendly staff person). When I came in, there were two young girls (elementary school age) learning how to hand sew drawstring bags. So cute! :)
The shop is on the Row By Row route ... the customer in front of me was from Utah, making the rounds of east coast locations while visiting her children. Very friendly. :) I managed to buy about three times my usual 'take' in a shop. :)
Here is their RBR free pattern - a skyline of Columbus:
I will have to do some research to find out what each building is. :)
I bought some of Heather Givens' (of Crimson Tate in Indianapolis) new collection:
This is a really bad photo - the white area on the left is a white-on-white print of paper airplanes. I absolutely love the notebook paper print on the right. I have spent many, many hours of my life looking at and writing on paper exactly like that ... plus, the lines are printed on the diagonal and will make great binding. :)
I bought an assortment of random fat quarters that appealed to me:
I think I might make myself a new wallet from those leaves. :)
I also snatched up some Charlie Harper prints:
I just love those fish! I think the triangular ones are called Triggerfish? :) I am saving my patience for a quilt made with CH fabrics sometime in the near future (fingers crossed).
After I visited the shop, I found my way back to the hospital to see my brother. I was pleasantly surprised to find him without the ventilator tube, sitting up in bed watching television when I walked into his room (in the surgical intensive care unit). He was hoarse (from the tube) but talking and seemed his usual feisty self. I have hope that he will improve enough to leave the place next week, maybe.
The drive home yesterday was long and tiring .... my cruise control would not turn on so I had to muscle drive homeward. Tiring. Sigh.
Today I went out yet again to the lawyer's office ... then to the DMV. Finally got the title to our van transferred out of my mother's estate and into my sister's name (and mine). Also got it registered to legally operate on Ohio roads and got tags. Another goal accomplished. :)
Then I went and tried to wire my niece some money via Moneygram at Walmart. That was a nightmare which required two different trips to the store and quite a lot of intrusive, seemingly irrelevant questions in the name of fraud protection. Sigh. I have not been so angry in ages. My poor brother, Kevin, was very patient with me, fortunately. (I never snap at him - one thing I do know how to do is to be assertive and direct my ire at the correct target:) It took almost three hours to get the delivery successfully finished. Don't think I will ever send money with that company again!
By the time Kevin and I got home around 6 p.m, I was exhausted. He introduced me to one of his favorite tv shows - Treehouse Builders (I _think_ that was the name). It was a fun program about people who design and build professional grade structures in trees. Way cool!! :)
I intend to take tomorrow off and vegetate, if at all possible. Sew some bee blocks, do a little embroidery. Relax.