A Quilt and a Shark

I recently made a new quilt for Sarah–a lap quilt for her couch.  My plan was to match her gray couch with its lime green pillows.  It turned out very nice.

She opened the birthday gift here, then took it home to Houston.  It wasn’t long before I received a Snapchat from her that was similar to this photo:

One of the things we both liked most about the quilt was the elephant fabric I’d found to use for the backing, which can be seen below:

I also did some sewing for Chris’ birthday.  I was looking for something related to sharks (since he’s been fascinated with them since he was a child).  Lo and behold, I found a pattern for a shark pencil pouch, and I decided to give it a try.  It turned out great!  Here is the link for the free pattern.

I think he was pretty happy with it, but he especially enjoyed lunch out with Mom and the dessert provided by the restaurant.

 

 

 

 

First Stop

Miami–the first stop on a cruise my husband and I took a couple of years ago in honor of our 40th anniversary.  I recently discovered that I had never posted about the cruise, so I’ll share the event now in hopes of encouraging some of you to do the same.  It was a wonderful cruise!

Sarah joined us in Miami for a few days before Paul and I departed on the ship.

How we loved the beach and all the crazy sights!

We enjoyed cuban sandwiches with plantain chips & mojito aioli.  Delicious!

The lobby and pool of our hotel was very inviting.

But what caught my eye was all the hilarious painted fish around town.

Sarah’s Quilt

My last blog featured a quilt I made for Jeremy and this post from the past featured Chris’ quilt.  I also made one for Sarah in 2010 that she absolutely loves.  She chose the fabric and it turned out real pretty.

As you can see below, I also figured out a way to make it into a duvet so she can put a comforter inside it.  The back side is a soft flannel that makes it extra comfortable.

I love the spirals Virginia Ohr quilted into the top for us.

 

Market Signs

Here are the final photos of signs from our trip to northern Spain.  I hope you have a feel for the culture and beauty of that country now.  We certainly loved our trip there, and will certainly go back again if we get the chance.

Signs on the Bike Path

Here are some of the signs we saw along the bike path in Spain.  I know that many of you, oddly, are very fascinated with the sign pics I post from trips, so here you go!  The Senda Del Oso is very well marked and easy to follow.  It goes through several villages as well as into the countryside, through tunnels and along mountain streams.

Railway Tunnels

One of the most interesting things about our mountain bike ride in Spain was the many tunnels we saw along the way.

There were many various types of tunnels.

This one was scary because it was nearly pitch dark in places, and other bikers were going past me quickly.

Some areas had beautiful rocky overhangs like this one.

Obviously, I stopped often to take photos of tunnels.

This was the original railway line for the mines, and I’m so glad they turned it into a wonderful bike trail.

I will definitely ride this bike trail again, if I ever get to go back again, hopefully with Paul next time.