These past five days have been absolutely the best. Nothing can top spending time with my grandson. We packed our days with lots of fun. One day included a visit to the Thinkery, thanks to my friend, Nancy, and her grandson.
One of the activities I had planned for my grandson was drawing. Drawing was a big component in my my lesson plans when I was an educator. I believe that drawing is one of the best ways to harmonize the brain, eyes, and hands. As part of my professional studies, I once read a book by Mona Brooks, Drawing With Children. In her book, the author encourages the reader to follow the exercises. After reading and working through this book, I incorporated more of the techniques into my teaching. Besides being a way to boost learning, drawing is just plain fun.
One of my grandson’s drawing was a zebra. We had checked out a how-to-draw book at the library. He thought his zebra looked like it was dancing…and I agree. It made me feel like dancing. So, I traced the photo of the zebra as closely as I could. Then I thread sketched it so I could keep a memento of the great time I had with my grandson.
There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.
True friends are blessings, and I am fortunate to have been blessed with beautiful friends.
This past month just confirmed how blessed I am.
First, I reconnected with Patsy. She was the para-professional that taught with me in my Pre-K class in Georgetown, Texas. As part of my Migrant Teacher duties, I would have to drive out to the farms to visit the migrant families and recruit students. Patsy would accompany me on these adventures. She was a great teaching partner.
Then, I was able to visit with Sharon. She and I have been friends since we were three. Even though we have not seen each other in ages, we were able to pick up as if we were still living across the street from each other.
This past week, I met with Nancy. She went to elementary school with Sharon, and we met when we were about 9. We both went to the same high school and the University of Texas. I love to meet with her whenever I am in the Austin area. She is one of the most creative and inspirational people ever!
Nancy brought her grandson over to swim with my granddaughter. My granddaughter enjoys his company. They had fun splashing in the pool.
I also got a chance to meet with one of my Meemaw friends and her granddaughter. Marti and her granddaughter met us at the Meadows Center in San Marcos, Texas. The two girls hit it off right away. They are the same age.
It was so much fun, seeing my friend’s grandchildren interacting and becoming friends with my grandchildren.
The fabric journal entry for this week just had to be about friends. I decided to use the Celtic symbol for friendship on this block.
Block #34~ Friday, August 24
Background: Gray cotton; floral gray, daisy print backing
Last week, my Meemaw friends and I drove to Camp Verde,Texas. We had a delightful lunch and dessert at the General Store. It was a breezy, sunny spring day.
After walking the grounds, we drove to Comfort, Texas. The chickens in the video were absolutely beautiful. I got a picture of a Longhorn, but he bowed his head just as I took the photo. We visited the Tinsmith’s Wife Shop. It has gorgeous yarns. Walking through this store made me want to take up knitting. The Treue Der Union Monument is in Comfort. This monument is in honor of German settlers who were established here. They were against the Civil War. They were followed and killed on their way to Mexico during the Civil War. One of the fathers of the slain settlers went to retrieve the bodies and had them buried in Comfort.
We also visited a very quaint little public library.
It has been a great three days!
My Meemaw friends and I went to Shulenburg, Texas for the Painted Churches Tour.
Shulenburg is known as being the “Gateway to the Rolling Hills”, and the country side is absolutely gorgeous right now.
The tour itself, was so informative.
We are nerds for history…well…maybe we are just nerds.
We had a great tour guide that provided us with plenty of facts and stories.
The last part of the trip was spent in La Grange, Texas.
I love to visit Texas town squares and court houses.
La Grange is also the home of the Texas Quilt Museum.
The museum is displaying quilts from the International Quilt Festival.
After viewing such inspirational quilts, I have so many things I want to try.
I was in quilt heaven, just studying and admiring the beautiful works of art.
Next to the museum is the Quilted Skein Shop.
Of course, I bought some fabric.
My meemaw job is to take photos and document our trip.
I only have a phone camera, so some of the photos in the video are not too sharp.
But, I hope you enjoy the video anyway.
* I added the corny music only because one of my friends finds the music I choose to be funny.
Since I am already packed for my Meemaw trip to Shulenburg, Texas, I decided I had time to start one more thread sketch block. The piece is still in progress, but the major thread sketching is done.
The itinerary for this Meemaw trip includes: the Painted Churches tour, the
Texas Quilt Museum, The Shiner Brewery Tour, nature hikes and bird watching.
Of course, we will look for a cafe that serves pie.
To entertain ourselves at the hotel, we will be learning how to play Canasta.
Yes, I have gone full circle and turned into my mother.
Spring Break is around the corner, and I have booked a B&B for my granddaughter and I to spend some days in Georgetown, Texas.
My husband and I lived in Georgetown back in 1976.
I wanted to scope out the town, plan activities for my granddaughter and me, and take a time travel trip with my husband. We spent a great day scouting new places and revisiting old memories.
The historic downtown area is just fabulous.
I dragged my husband into Handcrafts Unlimited.
There was a group of women hand quilting a gorgeous quilt.
They invited me to come up every Thursday!
I tried to convince my husband that we need to move back to Georgetown.
He wasn’t convinced.
We also took a tour of the Inner Space Caverns.
I wanted to make sure that I could still go down 70 feet into the earth and get back up.
Inner Space Caverns was one of our favorite places when we lived in Georgetown.
I know my granddaughter will love it.
I made a video to share the beauty of this cavern.
Blocks 10 (lantern) and 11 (star) are not my best blocks.
I don’t know if my lack of enthusiasm is because this QAL has gone on a bit longer than my nano-second attention span; or if I am too busy thinking of and making other projects.
The QAL has been fun, and I have learned some new skills.
So, I met my two goals for joining the group.
I also discovered a new community of quilters through Facebook.
Another plus is the number of creative people with whom I have been able to connect through blogs.
These two blocks (10,11) need to be revisited and improved before I add them to a quilt.
Today, I spent time cutting and piecing the keyboard borders out of the Christmas remnants.
I also cut the 4 large corner squares, and 16 end squares for the sash.
Tomorrow is craft day with the Meemaws, so I might not get to cut the sash until Friday.
Wednesday is our walk in Wimberley, Texas…can’t wait for this one.
The Village Quilting Shop in Bentonville, Arkansas, had samples of 10 Minute Table Runners in their Seasonal Room. Lori, the store proprietor, was very helpful in showing my friends and I how to make these. We bought fabric and made plans to meet for a Sewing Day.
When I was at A Sewing Basket in Salado, Texas, I was given a copy of directions for the 10 Minute Table Runner by LaRue Bunnell Clark.
This seemed easy enough, but I still looked up tutorials on YouTube.
So, today, I thought I would spend 10 minutes and make place mats as I saw on some of the videos.
After working for two hours in the morning, and two hours this afternoon, I finally finished a set of 4, “10 Minute” place mats.
Boy, do I feel like a dummy.
I still plan to make a runner, so maybe the next time, it will only take 10 minutes.
Set of 4
I think I might buy more of this fabric to make a Set of 6.
It takes 1/2 yard for the backing, and 1/3 yard for the center to make one table runner or two place mats.
Note: I often view YouTube videos by Jean Truelove.
She is very talented and creative.
Her videos are fun.
The one I watched today had a sad note.
Jean mentioned at the end of the video, that she had received a not-so-nice comment on her YouTube video.
To think that someone would take the time to be mean and negative to a person who is offering ideas and information on how to create, is something that really bothers me.
Life is too short to be negative.
And it is never acceptable to be mean to others.
I just felt I needed to say this.
“The language of friendship is not words but meanings.”
Henry David Thoreau
Thirty-two of my forty-two years of teaching was at my neighborhood school. I worked with many fine educators, and now I am able to spend time with three of my favorite people. There is another teacher with whom I had the pleasure of teaming teaching. Jeanne was the perfect teaching partner. We had the same teaching style and we had so much fun together. She retired before I did, and moved away from San Antonio. We kept in touch with letters, texts, and phone; but we only visited each other on occasion. Today was one of the occasions, and it was as if we just saw each other yesterday. We picked up from where we left off.
We spent the day in Salado, Texas, another quaint Texas town.
Of course, we stopped at A Sewing Basket on Main Street. The people at the shop were super nice and helpful. I have yet to have a negative experience in a quilt shop. The Fabric Fairies guided me to the seasonal fabric.
I puchased some Christmas fabric for a table runner.
It was a special day with a special friend.
My husband and I spent our 44th anniversary visiting Gruene, Texas.
Even though the weather was a bit warm, it was a day well spent.
These iron work pumpkins were in front of the Gristmill, where we ate lunch.
This is our view of the river from our lunch table.