Christi and the kids will return from Hawaii on Monday. They have had a wonderful time, laced with some bittersweet moments. Tomorrow will be hard....Father’s Day and the six month anniversary of Rob’s passing.
I had an incredibly fun day on Thursday. I got together with several of my Grady Memorial Hospital Nursing School friends....most of whom I hadn’t seen since graduation in 1969!
We chatted nonstop...as though we had just seen one another the day before. We are doing it again soon.
This month’s OMG will be to finish the Shortcut Snowball quilt that I am making as a QAL through the FQS.
These are my fabrics....
A 1/2 yard bundle of these Christmas cuties
And this as the background. Just seemed right to do a Snowball quilt in Christmas fabrics.
This is where I am now...
On my design wall and ready to assemble and add the borders. My deadline on this is 6/22, but my personal deadline is 6/15, as I will be leaving for Caraway Rug School in the 17th (can I say that I can hardly wait??).
One of the few things I am not behind on now is the Kaffe Mystery quilt....
Three months’ worth of snowballs that showcase his beautiful fabrics. Hmmmmm....seems to be a trend with the snowballs here.
This is the rug I will be hooking at Caraway...
Wilton Rose Heroic by Lib Callaway. My teacher will, once again, be Jeanne Benjamin. Love Jeanne and have never done a rug with her that I didn’t like.
The Force came in 2nd (out of 32 teams)in their big tournament at Pigeon Forge.
And these guys are taking a well deserved vacation in Hawaii (despite the volcano; they’ve been assured it won’t affect them).
We had the opportunity to take a class from Ali Strebel prior to our hook in. Ali likes to add interest to her rugs with different techniques and fibers. I will admit that I really didn’t think I would be particularly interested in doing that....but I had a pattern of Ali’s bought many years ago when I first started hooking. Wanting to support the guild by taking the class, I signed on. Within thirty minutes of starting this class I was totally on board with what Ali was doing...LOL.
Here are a few of Ali!s rugs...
This pattern and some cool neutral fiber came home with me.
This was a free Karen Kahlee pattern that Ali used her techniques upon in a guild challenge.
I love that Ali was able to add these techniques and still end up with a prim rug.
This is my rug....
The handle is made of roving dreads that are couched and needlefelted. The bunny’s eye is a quillie with a needlefelted center. The strawberries are needlefelted onto the hooking. The pink flower was needlefelted and then added to the rug.
Lesson learned...never say never.
Jackson (4th from left) got several awards today at his Honors Day.
On Saturday we joined together for one of our three yearly ATHA Dogwood Meetings and Hook Ins. Because our members are spread out all over the Atlanta area out into TN and AL, we don’t meet as guild but four times a year. However, we have multiple small groups who hook together informally in individual locales. It is always fun on Hook In days to meet with distant friends....and, of course, shop!!
Following are some of the rugs from our rug show.
Aren’t these great? More tomorrow.
Rob has been gone from us five months yesterday...it seems just yesterday and yet forever ago. I miss you, my sweet boy. Grey Matters.