"Make what you want to make, and make it the way you want to make it." Gwen Marston

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter, FNSI, and Vacation


Although it is morning at my house, I know that many of my friends are ending their Sunday.  I hope you all have or had a lovely Easter, surrounded by family, friends, and love.

This promises to be a long post, so make yourself comfortable if you plan to stick around for our adventures.  I’ll start with FNSI results, for those who might only be interested in seeing if I’ve actually sewed or stitched lately. 

The answer is Yes!  On Friday night, I worked on this wool applique, which is a pattern by my friend Liz at Sunflower Fields Pattern Co.  I just have to make it into something now!


I had prepped this and taken it on vacation, but never found time to work on it. 

I’m taking a crazy quilt class, and I also worked on it Friday night.  I got behind while I was away, so I have a lot of stitching to do.  I’m really enjoying learning how to do this.  I had always imagined that the stitches were all done free hand, but the instructor is teaching us to use templates to place our stitches, which helps immensely.


More stitching has taken place since this photo was taken yesterday.

Earlier in the week, I finished a baby afghan that I started on our trip.  As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, crocheting is about the only thing I can do in a car and I was going to be in a car a lot!

I look for simple and mindless, and this was a perfect pattern for my needs.  I have another that is near completion, and I’ll try to finish it soon so I can take them to the NICU at our local hospital.


My eldest nephew got married last Saturday in Pensacola Florida.  It was a beautiful ceremony on a beautiful day.


We spent 3 days and nights with my entire family in a beach condo with a huge deck, and we all spent as much time outdoors as possible.  I had the opportunity to meet the lovely girlfriends of two other nephews ~ more weddings in the future? 

Mr. QD and I did some sightseeing and shopping the day before the wedding.  He is the shopper in our family, but since I was out with him and forced into the stores, I did purchase a few items of clothing for spring.  I insisted on a visit to A&E Fabrics in Pensacola.  It was a good thing I had dome my research before stopping, because the fabric is located in the back of a pharmacy!  They had a huge selection of fabric, but I was good and only bought a pattern and a Moda jelly roll.  I spent most of my time looking at books. 









My sister and I even slipped off for a few minutes on Saturday.










The other purpose of our vacation was to visit four states that I had never been to.  Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama.















I’ve now been to 47 of 50 states!  We spent a day in New Orleans, sampling beignets and chicory coffee in addition to some wonderful seafood.







We also roamed Bourbon street ( by daylight) and rode streetcars.  I hope to go back some day and see more of the city.  It wasn’t at all what I was expecting.

There was more to the trip, but I think this is more than enough for now.  I started a baby quilt yesterday, and I want to get back to it!

Thanks for coming along on my travels…..Sunny



  1. Oh Yes-- I see now that you did indeed have a lovely trip!!
    And you have to add to your list for your visit the 'templates' to the crazy work you are doing--so I can see them--I have always wanted to do a crazy patch--!!!
    hugs, Di and miss gracie

  2. Your wool piece is so pretty - love the pink you chose. I would love to take time and learn the embroidery stitches, sometime in the future. Lovely wedding, glad you had a good vacation. I think going to those states in the spring is a very good idea... Happy Easter!

  3. Very pretty, love wool works !!!

  4. It sounds like a wonderful trip. We lived in Pensacola for awhile - years ago!

    I love your wool project and your crocheting is beautiful.

  5. It sounds like the perfect family get together, I'm so glad that the weather was great for the wedding. I love your wool appliqué and your crazy quilting is looking fab too.

  6. What a great vacation. I always wanted to go to New Orleans...47 out of 50 States is pretty impressive. Love your project x

  7. You sure have been busy!!
    First of all I love the little pattern from Liz. In fact I love all her patterns. Please tell her she has an admirer from the other hemisphere!
    Your crazy patchwork looks great. The class sounds really interesting. look forward to seeing how it grows.
    And I love the little blanket. Gorgeous.
    You have certainly travelled around a bit. Great to see the wonderful photos of the wedding and the sights, too.
    So which states have you not been to??

  8. Love the afghan and your crazy quilt stitches are wonderful. Happy Easter to you Sunny!

  9. sounds like a fun trip ! Now that you are home ....let's try to meet somewhere for whatever.

  10. Wow what a great time you've had Sunny - lovely family time and some crafty shopping too - yep I need something to do in the car too, or else i am falling asleep very quickly!! xx

    When are you going to the remaining States?!

  11. Thanks for taking me along with you... it's great visiting other states I've not been to...
    THANKS! :)

  12. Gosh, 47 states, now that is something!! Your wool applique is gorgeous - such a lovely design. The afghan is so nice and will be well appreciated, I'm sure. I can only crochet in the car as well, so actually look forward to longer drives these days!!

  13. What an awesome trip....great photos and your afghan is gorgeous....


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