Monday, June 29, 2009

Bad Coffee??

Just how "bad" is the coffee? We passed this little coffee cafe in Santa Cruz.... interesting name and certainly caught my attention! LOL! Life is good....

Somewhere In Time...

Caffe Pergolesi ( an internet coffee house located in Santa Cruz, California. This would have to be the "most"unique cafe I have ever been in.  The service was great, the atmosphere creative and very much out of the 60's.  I would love to go back here and "mellow out" again!

This was the best place to just sit and relax with a latte. I worked on my blog and throughly enjoyed myself. 

By the way, Jim did too!

Life is good....

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Chopstick Mania

Dinner was at Sushi Ichiban Train in Morgan Hill. Excellent, fresh sushi and fantastic service. 
My DH provided the entertainment... a guide into the many uses of chopsticks. This is "The Mustache"

The Walrus... great for entertaining children in restaurants. 

Groucho Marx Impersonator. Available for group parties...please call ahead for reservations.

Hearing-aid antenna. Self explanatory.

Fire-starter... rapidly rub two chopsticks together to "spark" your fire. Handy when without heat, use for heating and cooking.

Leaving Town

We live in Wine Country... some of the many vineyards that we passed along the way. Central Coastal California is becoming well known for the wonderful wines that are produced in the area. Wine tasting is fabulous! Come for a visit....

Heading North for a "Weekend Get-A-Way". Monterey/Carmel is our destination but we are "winging" it , wherever we end up is where we will be. Wow, that sounds really "Zen-like"!! 

We are on our way.........

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Just Because Flowers

Flowers Jim bought for me this past weekend. No reason, just because! Not a great picture,but trust me they are just beautiful! Life is Good....

Sunday, June 21, 2009

"Little Blessings"

Another baby quilt for a special couple. The quilt is "Little Blessings", designed by Nancy Murty and Peggy Davis for Andover Fabrics ( and is a free download from their site. Fabric was also designed by Nancy Murty.
Blocks are all differently pieced and then randomly placed within the quilt setting. A "happy" quilt for baby with lots of bright colors and motifs! Baby shower is July 11th and still have lots to do!

Close up of border that will be around the entire quilt. Quilt will be "tied", not quilted. A fun quilt to piece!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Grandmother's Flower Garden

In the late 1980's I started on a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt. I really enjoyed making the blocks, it was so relaxing to just sit and stitch the hexagons together. Now I should really "do" something more with them ...there was lots of work put into these blocks! It seems like such a shame to just have them sit on a shelf in my sewing room!
A closer look at some of my Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks. I did 93 blocks, all done using English Paper Piecing. I made my own paper hexagons, a very tedious task! The fabric is not my favorite now...I would like them in Civil War reproductions much more!! Maybe one day I will make another... I am fascinated by the 0.25 size hexagon! Now that I have Inklingo, the process would certainly be faster. If you are not familar with Inklingo, please check out Linda Franz's website at for more details.

And the back of one of my blocks. This was my "take-along" project and it was done mostly on my lunch breaks at work... very relaxing for me to take time out to stitch! Like I said, now I just have to figure out what I should "do" with them! LOL!