and that's no small statement!
For the most part Craft Week was a great time. We had lots of food and beverages, great weather and great company. I picked up Denise late Friday night at the airport. We arrived at Anne's river house after midnight. The next morning we had a great breakfast and set up the sewing machine to commence sewing. Kim arrived later Saturday. This is a photo of the first sunset and we had beautiful sunsets like this every night. Kim took some great scenery photos during the week and I'll share some of those in the next post.
Things started getting dicey the next day. During the night Denise fell. She's not sure if she tripped or if she was sleep walking or what happened. Regardless, she fell hard. Chris took her to the hospital Sunday morning where she was diagnosed with 2 breaks in her arm. They just put on a brace until the swelling went down and recommended a cast when she got home Thursday. Her sewing came to an end. She read a book, relaxed and enjoyed this bag of fine frozen veggies. Frozen veggies make the best ice pack!
The really bad news is that after she got home she went to another doctor and she actually had a acute fracture - the bone was shattered. It was a mistake for the doctor here to not put her in a cast and now she may have to have surgery. Her husband will probably never allow her to visit me again. When she was here for work a few months ago she stayed with me and was complaining of foot pain. That turned out to be a broken bone too and she only recently got the boot removed.
Monday was looking good. We were sewing and my Chris (we had 2 there mine and Anne's) was cooking some great meals. For dessert Monday her prepared Bananas Foster - one with butter for the normal people and a dairy free one for me and Denise. Unfortunately there was a little contamination of dairy into the non-dairy. 5 hours and 15 Benadryl later and I was over the worst of it but I wasn't much use for my birthday Tuesday. Have you ever had a Benedryl hangover? A scotch hangover is much more pleasant!
We did go out for a little shopping though. I had decided that I wanted to bring something for everyone and you know that meant tie dye! I made a lot fo shirts before the trip and took them for everyone to pick their own shirt. We declared Tuesday as "Tie Dye Tuesday" and dressed for our trip "to town". Do you know that NO ONE commented on our beautiful shirts! Crazy locals. They don't know fashion when they see it.
Here are the photos showing the shirts that everyone picked, including the Chrises. Keep an eye on the blog for the next few weeks to see what I'm doing with the ones they did not choose.
Fortunately the bad vibes left on Tuesday and the rest of the week was incident free.
I worked on my reversible quilt and it's all done except for the binding. I'll share photos later this week when it's totally complete. I also got another 40 4" log cabin blocks done. There are 352 in the quilt and I have less than 80 left to make. I vow to get this done so that it's not the craft week project for next year too!
Kim worked on this quilt top that she is piecing for a friend. She was ON A MISSION! She arrived with about 16 blocks complete and she left with it about 90% complete. This photo was from early in the week. She was working on sashing and borders when she went home yesterday. I'm pretty sure that she is absolutely sick of these fabrics since it wasn't anythigng that she selected. It was a kit that her friend purchased and the finished quilt will be beautiful. I bet that her next quilt will actually have some value contrast to it.
Anne worked on 3 projects. One was a lot of time wasted trying to get audiobooks to work on a new MP3 player. We finally gave up on that one and she got these huge fish appliques fused and bordered. This is another project like my log cabins. She was working on this one last year at craft week and also wants to have it done before the next one. I think she spent about a million hours cutting out the large appliques. She's saving the fisuble backing paper so we can try to use it for sunprinting. She needs to be able to get some extra value from all of that work.
The next project she started were these monkey blocks. She bought the 5 Funky Monkeys panel a couple of years ago and we had a great time planning these wonky borders. This is going to be a really cute quilt!
Here are my purchases from the week. I got the yellow and dandelion fabrics on our Tuesday shopping trip and I picked up the yarns at the local yarn store. I like to go there to check out their great sale yarns. All of these were between $1 and half price.
Early yesterday Hanna came through. By the time it reached Virginia there was very little wind and some much needed rain. I snapped this photo just before I left to come home. Hanna and I left at about the same time. The sun was shining at home by the time I arrived.
I hope I will be able to do craft week next year but with this new project starting I'm not placing any bets. I'm pretty sure though that Denise will decline the invitation!