I'm taking a short break here at work so I thought I'd write a quick post. My friend Sue was very happy with how the wedding quilt turned out. This morning she is adding embroidered names of the bride and groom to the center heart - the one with the rings - and binding the quilt. Many of her family members are coming to town from Minnesota and North Dakota on Friday, including the niece and her husband who are the lucky recipients of the quilt.
Last night at quilt group we celebrated the retirement of our friend Kathi. She's been a surgical nurse at a local hospital for over 30 years. Very little surgery was done there in the last few years as most of it was moved to the other hospital in town, so their group focused on eye surgery. She wasn't quite ready to retire, but all the docs are closing that surgery and opening their own eye clinic. They will use techs instead of surgical nurses, so there was nothing for Kathi. Anyway, we had a surprise celebration at Sue's. We sat on her deck surrounded by her wonderful plantings and with a superb view of Vancouver Lake, sipping the best margaritas I've ever tasted. (A very different recipe - I have the link at home and can post it later if anyone is interested.) Then we had taco salads - made with the freshest ingredients and some great homemade salsa and guacamole. They were so good we all had seconds. We finished it off with homemade poundcake and Sue's homemade fresh peach ice cream. What a treat! We were all absolutely stuffed. I have certainly learned to eat well in the years these ladies have been my best friends!
I'm also happy to report that I found the missing row of the Broken Dishes quilt! I was glad to learn that my math wasn't faulty after all. And for one time Murphy's Law wasn't working - I found it before I'd made a replacement! Somehow it had fallen onto the floor behind my machine. I know I looked on the floor several times, but it was jammed back against the wall. The only reason I found it is because I decided to move the little rolling cart storing my machine supplies from the left of the machine to the right of the machine. I pulled out the cart, moved the machine and table to the left, and there was the row of quilt blocks. I am so happy to have found that!
Still working on pricing things for the yard sale on Saturday. The weather report says it's going to be 105 degrees - which will certainly set a record for us. That type of heat is very rare here. Thank goodness the sale tables are on the west side of the little house where the quilt shop "lives", and that it starts at 8:00 a.m. I told my DH that I was leaving as soon as the sun got around to the west side and started hitting us. I don't care how much I have left to sell - there is no shade in the back and the afternoon will be miserable out there. I figure the serious shoppers will be there in the morning anyway to get the best selection - at least I hope so. It's going to be really miserable outside.