Our road trip is over

I drove Mom home today. I don’t fly home until tomorrow so I had time for dinner out with my brother, brother-in-law, and Mom.

But, before and then after dinner I coached Maureen through making a Quick Strippie. I let her choose her fabric from my stash (FaceTime!) and then I cut and kitted the project to bring with me. She has made quilts in the past but it’s been a while so she needed help.

The top was done before I left for dinner and I’d gotten her started on pin basting it so she could quilt it when I got home.

I’m kind of shocked that she got it all made today but she wanted me to trim it for her before I left so she kept working until it was quilted. It still needs to be bound but lucky for her, she has Mom here to help because I head out early in the morning!

Pick Two

Mom and I head back to my sister’s house tomorrow and then I’ll fly home on Sunday so I’m starting to think about what I’m going to work on when I get home.

I know I want to get three more tops quilted this month so I was looking at my quilt photo album to see which ones were waiting. I love picking 2 colors (sometimes with the addition of a neutral and sometimes without) and making a scrappy quilt and brown and green are a favorite combination for me.

I have this Flock of Geese waiting for quilting but I haven’t decided yet if it’s going to get done this month.

Easy Flock of Geese instructions.

This Carpenter star also uses a neutral along with the brown and green and I love how it turned out. (This quilt and the next one have already been finished and donated.)

Carpenter Star instructions.

My Forest Bricks quilt uses all different shades of green with a single brown fabric and again , it’s one of my favorites.

Forest Bricks Instructions at MaryQuilts.com

What’s your favorite two color combination?!

Choosing granite

Nope, I’m not choosing countertops … I decided it was time to do some funeral preplanning. About a year or so ago, I decided I wanted our cremation remains to be interred at the cemetery in Newport News where my Dad is. Keith agreed and one of the purposes of this trip was to make arrangements.

They have separate areas in the cemetery for cremation remains but I kept asking about whether we could have a bench (it holds the ashes of 4 people) in the section of the cemetery my Dad was in. At first they said there was nowhere in that section that a bench could be placed but after some back and forth they came back and said there was a space. They said they will remove the bush in front of Mom, place the bench, and then re-landscape around it.

You can’t tell in this photo but Mom is looking right at Dad’s grave just a couple rows away (it’s hidden behind the bush in the photo). I’m so happy, I never thought I’d be able to get so close!

We visited Dad’s grave while we were there and placed flowers. My sister-in-law is buried nearby and we put flowers on her grave and my sister’s husband’s parents are there too and we put some on their grave also.

After we were done at the cemetery in Newport News, we drove to North Carolina and visited the cemetery where Mom’s parents are on the way to our hotel and left flowers at their grave.

Road trip day one

We drove to Newport News today … they upgraded my rental car and it was almost too big for us to climb into!!

…first stop after checking into the hotel was Joann’s to pick up a few things for Mom’s next projects.

Road Trip

I’m flying to Virginia today and Mom and I will be going on a road trip. Since she moved she doesn’t see her sister as often and we’ll be visiting her in NC.

I was looking through my photos of Mom and Aunt Dot and found these two of the 3 of us … this one taken in 2008

and this one taken 10 years later in 2018. I’ve been driving Mom to NC for a number of years and I’ve enjoyed the opportunity it’s given me to spend time with her family.


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photo from USA Today