Monday, October 22, 2012

Designing Monday

I'm heading for the wire on my orange and black quilts.  I started with a pile of these

and a bunch of these

and now I have a whole lot of these.

By the end of the week I will have finished quilt #3 in the orange and black theme.  That will probably have to do for this year.  Halloween is around the corner and I have one more orange and black project to finish and then move on to other things.

We have been gone on a 3 week adventure.  My high school class reunion was the first stop. It was scheduled in conjunction with the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival -- a food fest and fair rolled into one.  I had my first Brain Sandwich.  It was so big I ended up sharing it with a dog.

This is half of my brain sandwich.  The white part on top is the bread that stuck to it.  Lots of breading and grease on this baby.

From there we went to Oklahoma to visit a cousin I hadn't seen in about 50 years.  We moseyed on down to Texas for lunch

 and New Mexico to see the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque.

We were advised to take the 4 am shuttle to the Balloon park, so we set the alarm in our hotel room to make sure we were there on time.  When we got to the hotel lobby, there was only the clerk and no other passengers for the shuttle.  He informed us we were plenty early as it was only 10 minutes to 3.  Apparently the clock in our room was set ahead for some reason.  The clerk blamed it on people from Texas who are an hour ahead.  The only bad part of this experience is that the wind was too high on that morning and the balloons could not fly, so we were up at 3 am for nothing.

We did see a Twinkle Glow in the evening -- that's when they turn on the burners and light up the balloons against the night sky.  Really beautiful.

The next morning we got to see many, many balloons take off. Everyone wanders around the field and talks to the pilots and crew and some hand out trading cards.  I even found one balloon with a quilt pattern.
We spent a few days in Arizona with my husband's family then headed north thru Utah, Wyoming and Colorado.  Such beautiful country.

That's all for now.  Stop by Judy's blog  to see more beautiful designs.


  1. You were in Utah and you didn't tell me? You probably didn't come as far North as I am anyway.
    I LOVE your Halloween pineapples!!! DON"T GET ME STARTED, PLEASE!! Okay, where did you get the foundation patterns? Did you draw them, download them or purchase them? I'm not sure I want to know the answer, but I'm asking anyway. Those are too cute!

  2. I'm with Janet... where did you find the pineapple pattern? LOVE the results with your orange and black blocks! So very cute!

  3. Love those blocks. I'm not really one for doing the orange/black 'thing' but those may have converted me! LOL! Those balloons against the darkened sky is breathtaking!!! Wonderful trip, I am sure!

  4. Oooh, I love that combination of orange and black.

  5. Hi Kris: Loving the black and orange pineapple blocks. Thanks for the comment on my "half Sylvia"! It's like giving birth!!

  6. Love your pineapples: they just scare me. But I recently bought a little side table and maybe I could make a couple as a table topper. How wonderful your trip sounds.

  7. Looks like you've been having a fun time. I love those pineapple blocks and all the rest of your little quilts.