My Choice for the Mini Charm Chocolates Quilt


I was so excited to get a chance to participate in another Fat Quarter Shop Quilt-Along! This time the pattern is called Mini Charm Chocolates Quilt. How cute is that name?!?

The first step was to choose a fabric line. I love bold colors and clean (not too fussy) fabric. I selected Moda’s Authentic etc.. This fabric line is both bold AND clean–perfect for me! Every time I look at it, the more I love it πŸ’–!
Let the fun begin!



Lady of the Lake Quilt Block


The day has finally arrived that we get to show off our completed Lady of the Lake quilt block. What do you think?

I love it! It was so easy to put together, and I think it would work well with large or small print fabric. The complete pattern was released today as well at the Fat Quarter Shop. I have been chomping at the bit to get my hands on this pattern!

Nearing the Finish Line


All of my HST have been cut and sewn together, even the big one for the center. Using the Creative Grids slotted ruler to trim to size and square up made the process so much easier! Here are my pieces ready to be assembled!

So far, so good! I love how these two fabrics compliment each other and make each half of the HSTs stand out. Shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to complete the block (sure!), but it will be done soon. 

I think you already know that I want to use the fabric I bought while on vacation to make a whole Lady of the Lake quilt. Well, what you might not know is that the pattern is still being proofed and won’t be available for purchase for a couple more weeks. I will be first in line, uh, I mean first on the Internet to get this pattern!

A Work in Progress


As I was reading directions for the “Lady of the Lake” quilt block from the Fat Quarter Shop, I ran across the part where I should use half square triangle paper to make the block.


I have only ever seen half square triangle paper at a quilt show, and we don’t really have a quilt store nearby, so I had to come up with a plan b. My solution–cut the squares a little bigger and then trim the triangle square to the correct size. It worked!

This allowed me to make concise pieces for the quilt block. They came out beautiful! My Creative Grids ruler helped as well.

Oh, and as far as making a whole quilt out of this pattern–I think I am going to do it! I found the perfect tan-ish color to go with the fabrics I bought in Ireland. Now I just need to ahold of the pattern, iron all the fabric, cut it all out, etc., etc., etc.!

Wish me luck! 😁 & πŸ’–

My First Quilt-Along!


The Fat Quarter Shop is hosting a quiltalong and I signed up! I jumped right in without even knowing what all a quiltalong entails. But…in for a dime, in for a dollar my grandmother always said so here goes! Our first block is from the Fat Quarter Shop “Lady of the Lake” quilt pattern.

I have gathered all of the needed supplies. I got this material last January at the Road to California Quilt Show in Southern California with no particular idea of what to use it for. It came is a package of five fat quarters, and I really like these two fabrics. When I went back the next day to buy a couple more bundles, they were all sold out. So I thought this quiltalong was the perfect opportunity to use some of this fabric and become a master (cough, cough) of the half-square triangle! If all goes well, I have a bigger plan in mind 😁.

This is the fabric I found in Ireland while on vacation last month! I did get two fat quarter bundles (fortunately) and enough of the orange print for the setting triangles. I am now on the hunt for a light tan to use for the background fabric.

Wish me luck! 😁 & πŸ’–

Going Home


Today is the day we go home! It was sort of poor planning on our part to come home on the 4th of July–sorry Sid! But we are SOOO ready to get home. Jim says when he gets home he is going to lay on the floor and let the dogs lick him to their heart’s content. I might just join him on the floor!

The journey home, for me, is always difficult. I have already made the decision to be home, why am I not there? Our return flight is Dublin to London, and then London to Los Angeles. 

Dublin to London–piece of πŸŽ‚! It’s the London to Los Angeles that’s the killer. It’s 11 hours long! And of course they don’t want you roaming the aisles of the plane. But I make up for that by going to the bathroom about 100 or more times!

We took the bus back to the airport. It only costs seven euro each and the stop is just around the corner from our hotel. From here it only takes about 30 minutes to get to the airport, and they deliver you right to your terminal! We got to the airport at about 10:30 am.

Our flight from Dublin to London went smoothly, but I told Jim as we were landing that I wished we were landing πŸ›¬ at LAX instead of Heathrow! He agreed!

When we checked the Departure board, it said that the our flight to Los Angeles had been delayed just a little–about 25 minutes. 

I found these little shoes sitting in the window of the airport. They must have left in a hurry and not even realized their child’s shoes got left behind!

One thing that has become quite clear this trip is that when you put people in an airport line or bus line they lose their humanity. They forget all about the way of life–do onto others, wait your turn, etc.! People…you all have assigned seats in the plane! WAIT YOUR TURN!

That being said, we finally got in the plane going to Los Angeles at about 4:00 pm. This meant that our takeoff was delayed about 20-30 minutes. Hopefully during the long flight they will 1. Serve something yummy, 2. Have new movies to watch, and 3. Make up the lost time so we can arrive at our original landing time.

Well…we made to Los Angeles! A little bit late but better late than never! So of course we have to go through customs and lucky me–I get a giant X on my automated receipt! This means that I have to go through the customs line that takes forever!!! 

BUT…we made it through! We are now in the car, on the way home, with Sidney driving. I can’t wait to see Shadow and Rosie 🐢🐢!

Thanks! 😁 & πŸ’–

Our Return to Dublin


Our plan today was to take the subway to the train station, then take the train to the coast to catch a ferry to Ireland, and then ride a bus to our hotel. 

The first part of the journey went off without a hitch! We even had time to stop at Starbucks for coffe and a frappuccino! Just across the stree we caught the subway to the train station. At the train station I found a real, live copy of my favorite quilting magazine. I do have an electronic subscription, but it’s nice to have a paper copy!

Everything seemed to go well once we got on the train. It was to be a 3.5 hour ride to the coast to catch the ferry. A our an hour into our trip, they stopped the train due to mechanical problems at the next station and made us all get off! Between the garbled PA system and the announcer’s accent, it was difficult to understand WHAT we were supposed to do next! We just followed the crowd–sheople, that’s us πŸ‘!

So…we got on a second train to Crewe. From there we had to exit the train and get on another one to Chester. From there, we were literally crammed onto another train headed to Holyhead. I was squished into a jump seat in the luggage are between a bicycle, a rolling cart, and the back of the regular seats for about 30 minutes. Poor Jim had to stand in the aisle the whole time!

At the next stop enough people got off for both Jim and I to get real seats. I sat next to an older gray-haired gentleman who was a wealth of information! He and his wife have a little farm near the coast. He said he enjoys taking his granddaughters to and from school every day and reading medieval mystery novels. I really enjoyed talking to him.

Along the way we got to see lots of farmland. Cows and sheep dotted the countryside. They also had harvested what I thought was hay. Hard to tell though, as each rolled bundle was vacuum covered with light green plastic–my guess is so the rain doesn’t destroy the hay. 

They also had was appeared to be a healthy crop of solar panels–just like at home!

It was a long train ride, but the scenery was pretty amazing! 

The train route ended in Holyhead. It’s just a little station in the middle of nowhere near the coast.

There was not much at the station. Nothing to eat, and by this time (2:30 pm) both Jim and I were quite hungry! Outside the platform was a bridge that took us in to town. We didn’t know that when we started on it, but thought “What the heck!” We had two hours to kill and lunch to find. 

We found a little cafe for lunch, not of course they only took pounds and we didn’t have any! Fortunately there was a bank down the street so…problem solved. The meal was not worth photographing. It was edible and served its purpose. On the way back to the station to catch the bus to the port, Jim spied a castle-like building.

This is the kind of place I would like to spend more time exploring. On the was back over the bridge I saw this and thought it was interesting. It must be true of the people who live here as others described this area as a wasteland. I would like to think it’s a diamond in the rough, with a whole lot of unexplored potential.

At 4:30 pm they opened the ticket booth so we could board the bus to the port for the ship that took us to Dublin. Because of the broken train, we missed out original ferry and had to take a later one–sound familiar??? Anyway, it gave us a chance to breathe and realize we were no longer in England, but Wales!

But we made it on! Jim and I found a seat near a window so we would have something to look at for the next two hours. This was our parting shot of the port in Holyhead. Bye Wales!

Shortly after we left the port there was a community off to the left along the cliffs at the shoreline. I would imagine that winters are just terrible here, what with the wind and rain. But an interesting place to visit in the summer–one I would like to!

A mere two hours later we were pulling up to the Dublin port. They ushered us on to a bus and we were very quickly delivered to Dublin city center. 

As we were cruising through the city we came across this statue? Not sure what it is called or what it stands for, but if I had to guess I would say maybe their fight to gain independence? 

We ate at TGIFridays. It was weird–no matter where in the world you eat at Hard Rock Cafe, your food tastes as you expect. The same is NOT true for TGIFridays! 

And my last picture today is of a beautiful bridge that crosses the river that separates North Dublin from South Dublin. 

Thanks! 😁 & πŸ’–