Saturday, September 11, 2010

Albuquerque, NM

Boy, am I behind on posting. I need to put up a calendar reminder to post more often. I should have posted my visit to Albuquerque a couple of weeks ago. I’m so sorry for not doing this earlier.

Since the last blog, we have visited quite a few national parks. I found them all to be great, but I would love to go back to the Arches and the Mesa Verde NP again someday. The colors of the earth and the deepest blue sky ever, the rock formations and the old ruins were all so inspiring for quilting ideas that I am at a lost as to where to begin. I’m afraid most of my ideas will never become a quilt.

Darline modeling donated fabric

On to Albuquerque! Well, I can tell you that I felt like I had come home as we came in from the west side on I-40. What a wonderful sight! I could not wait to see all of my friends and to do a little shopping. We only stayed for a week so my week was going to be a busy one and of course, the time went way too fast.

Cher - always has time for a smile

I want to thank my friends for taking time out of their busy schedules to visit with me. I really enjoyed our time together and I hope to do it again in the future.

I made sure that we would be visiting during the second weekend of the month so I could spend the day with all my friends – The Material Girls during Project Linus. What a great day! The quilts during show-n-tell were amazing and there were so many that it took us almost two hours to see them all. Each quilt was unique and very creative. The ladies in this group are extra special with the loving care they put into each donated quilt.

Heather and Colista busy, busy!

I had to do some shopping. I really miss shopping at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. I got myself one of Whole Food’s delicious fruit tarts. Yum! Okay, I bought two of them. It’ll be a long time before I can have another one.

Pat and Jeana - new ideas?

I also shopped at two of my favorite quilt shops: Quilt Works and Southwest Decoratives. Quilt Works was only a couple of blocks from my old home. Yep, the location was a little dangerous for me. It took a while to train my car to stop turning into the parking lot every time I drove by the shop on my way home.  Oh, and Quilt Works now has their own blog:  My only regret was not making it to Quilts From the Heart – another favorite quilt shop. Yea, I know I have too many favorite quilt shops.

All too soon my time in Albuquerque was over and we move on to Lawton, OK to visit our daughter, Misty and our two granddaughters. We stayed at Ft. Sill’s Family Campground near a lake. On Saturday, Misty brought out Bry and Vi for a day at the lake. They did a lot of swimming and ate lunch with us. I showed Misty Violet’s quilt in the frame. I am keeping the quilt in the living room to keep it from becoming a UFO. With the quilt being in the living area, I am reminded everyday that I should be working on it instead of being on the computer. Sooner or later, I will get tired of moving the frame from the living area to the back during travels and I will finish Vi’s quilt. Hopefully, before she graduates from college!

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