Monday, July 30, 2012


Summer time travels...

Perhaps it's a sign of needing a break from sewing...
when I see quilty inspiration everywhere,
even the broken TV screen at the airport!

Once in upper Michigan...
it was time for cherryade and...

cherry PIE!
(ala mode - of course!)

Cool stuff seen on a road trip to the very cute town of Glen Arbor...

After a relaxing  (and HOT) week we continued our way east!

My youngest son was nominated by his teacher to attend
a wonderful leadership camp in DC!

We spent a few days exploring the city before and after his camp.
Here's a fabulous folk art lady made of bottle caps
in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

And a fabulously whimisical chandelier!

What a surprise to see this sidewalk art!
It covered a whole wall
and was made entirely of door knobs, door handles, and keyholes!

During the camp I took my oldest to NYC!
(my middle son went home with his dad
because all he wants is a break from brothers!)

It was a second trip to NYC with family,
but as a teen I spent five summers working
in my uncle's deli near Wall Street.
I absolutely LOVE the energy in this city!!!

We spent four glorious days
(getting along!)
and riding
the subway
from Harlem
to the Statue of Liberty
and from the High Line
to 2nd Ave
loving all the
and all the people
in the

Every single

On the last day my oldest's horoscope said,
you have spent the last few days with one who talks too much (ha!)
but you have developed great patience.

Here's some of my favorite pictures.

(LOVE Project Runway!)

Chairs with wild Betsy Johnson fabric!

Merimekko flagship store!
Freddy makes here flower collage quilts with Merimekko!

The fabric is outrageously expensive,
but I found these two in the remnant basket...

and started cutting like Freddy!
These leaves are already up on my design wall!

City Quilter...

with an exhibit of Sylvia Einstein's quilts.

We ate a lot of fantastic
Ukrainian, Italian, Persian,
organic and fresh
folded slices of drippy greasy pizza goodness,
hotdogs from the corner,
deli deliciousness,
and even the trendy noodle bar Momfuku,
but the rice pudding-only place called
Rice to Riches
was too much fun!


four favorite window displays

We've been back a day.
We are pooped, but all is well.
Here's a "little" that needed to be made this morning.
I'm looking forward to getting back in the groove
(and not feeling so hot!
one night it was 94 degrees in DC at midnight!)

Nothing left to do but smile smile smile...
What has you smiling these days?


  1. What a wonderful trip and great pics. Can't wait to see what you do with the Marimeko fabric.


  2. What amazing things you saw! Wheeeee!

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