Mom came up for her annual visit early in the month and stayed for a whole week this time, Sunday to Sunday. We did some shopping and pampering of her (chiropractic visit, massage at the spa, hair cut, pedicure). By then it was only Tuesday!
Then we did an in-house shopping day – she went fabric shopping in my stash. At some point in the last year I had picked up a fat quarter pack that just had mom written all over it. Pinks, yellows, and greens with floral motifs are her thing. She wanted to make a quilt like one of the ones I have of two-inch strips. It would need a border, backing and binding, perhaps sashing. I knew I had the perfect fabric for both backing and border. Pulled those out and there was certainly enough of both. I didn’t think I had the right green for the binding then realized I did. It had been one of the options for the Candy Pop quilt. Over Wednesday and Thursday, there was plotting, planning, cutting and sewing. She loves using my old Featherweight. It does make the most beautiful straight stitch.
Friday was the start of MPQG’s annual Quilt Show. So many beautiful quilts and creativity. Some of my favorites are pictured here in the slide show.
Saturday is a kitty care day for Leo and I at AFRP. Mom came down with us for our two hour shift to play with the kitties. As the town’s Good Ole Days festival was in full swing, we left early in attempt to fin parking. Luck was with us that day, and a spot opened very near to where we needed to be. Between playing and loving on the kitties, mom visited the rescue’s supporting thrift shop next door and found some goodies. I went by to check on her and talk with Deb there. On my way out, I told Deb that if the Necci was still there the next day, I would take it home.
With new fabric and seeing all those quilts, mom was determined to get hers done. She kept going into the wee hours but finally had to call it a night. The only thing left was the binding. I handed her the thread and folded up the nearly done quilt then tucked it into a pillowcase to keep it clean. She packed it to take it home to finish.
We got her to the airport the next day despite crazy traffic, especially for a Sunday and got back in time to spend an hour at Good Ole Days before it closed until next year. Leo ran into a friend and they went on some ides together. Then we were both wiped out.
Oh, and the Necci was still there and did come home with me.
I have only been able to see if the motor ran, but have not spent any more time than that. The whirlwind was not yet over. Work kept me bsy the next four days on top of needing to pack. We were driving down to LA on Friday as my daughter was getting married on Saturday. Necessary work things were done Friday morning, then we all loaded into the car and headed south. My timing was awful as we hit rush hour traffic in Santa Barbara, Venture and Thousand Oaks/ Agoura. We grabbed dinner at Tommy’s and headed up to the folks. Unpacking the fancy clothes revealed a missing shirt that required a last minute dash to the mall before the shops closed. Saturday was the wedding and reception.
Welcome to the family, Jon. You’re in trouble now!
The following week saw another business trip and physical evidence of over doing plus allergies. But I’ve recovered mostly and hoping things slow down just a little. The most creative I’ve been able to manage is coloring in a coloring book.
Oh, and I almost forgot. Mom did finish the quilt! On Friday before we arrived! I think it turned out lovely!