Saturday, July 28, 2012

Washington D.C., my last kid fix

Day 1, a trip to the butterfly garden.
There were quite a few I had never seen before. Some were resting and some were on the flowers and many were checking out the admirers.

There were way too many to show them all.

Day 2 was an outdoor concert for kids in Strathmore. I got a refresher course in Spanish which I haven't used since the Tokyo Olympics ... about 48 years ago.

After sewing five rows of the + and X blocks, we laid them out on the design floor and picked out some corner-stones. Not only is my son good at this arranging, he brought out his stash so I could cut pieces for the five blocks that were lost on the first flight.

Now, I would like to know how many of my blogging friends have a son with a stash to share ... or would be that concerned about five lost blocks!

Dinner celebrated on the quilted tablecloth made for son Jon's birthday two years ago.

Day 3 ... a trip in the afternoon, past the White House, to the DAR museum to check out the quilts. Many were on slide-out panels. The lighting was quite dim but the quilts were lovely.  A collection of the DAR quilts can be found at at this link ( .

The Museum was closing for the day so we didn't have lots of time to look but the shop had a wonderful book of Quilts of Lancaster that practically jumped off the shelf into my bag and will follow me home.

Day 4 ... I got my "Fox Fix". I spent the day with my good friend, Steve Fox, who I have known for many years through Boy Scouting in Tokyo, and his mom, Marion, who has been responsible for many of my quilting projects. Probably a good percentage of the pieces in the + and X blocks have hopped in from her stash and the quilt that I have been working on for the last two years was her offering to keep me out of trouble when the tablecloth was finished.

I took along the five rows I have managed to sew together since leaving home. (Just so my friend would know that I am not without a project for the road)

This is row 2 - 6, row 1 waiting for the five new blocks. Son Jon is behind, holding the side edge. It is very interesting to see how the blocks go together with cornerstones in place. A whole new look is beginning to emerge.
Having come this far, I look forward to adding more rows. Too bad I can't take Jon with me to add the cornerstones as I go.

(Also, as my computer guru, he has managed to rescue all my photos from the dying computer I brought along ... and don't ask me how those three pictures got lined up above, because he did that with a few taps on the keyboard.)

Somewhere in these pictures, too, you can see my grand-chicks Kaiea and Maile. Of course that is a bonus part of the trip, happy companions for my last few days of vacation!


  1. You really have been traveling all over and having a wonderful time with family, I am glad you are enjoying your trip, so much.


  2. Looks like a wonderful time with family and sight seeing. ALL THOSE QUILTS! Your blocks look great..Your son took good care of you!

  3. Sounds & looks like a lovely trip. Thanks for sharing!

  4. You seem to be having a barrel of fun and YOUR QUILT LOOKS AMAZING! How wonderful that your son has a stash :)

  5. I've heard it said that apples don't fall far from the tree. The cornerstones really give the quilt a much stronger diagonal element. You're missing some lovely hot, hot weather here on the Kanto Plain.

  6. so glad your trip has been fun... and you get to hug your family..esp the little ones x AND you got some sewing done xx love it that your son is a sewer... mine is very good at taking home the things I make xx.. and fixing my computer"problems" which mostly revolve around my incomprehension of the whole computer world! lol x Have a safe journey home x

  7. What a great time you are having. I love that butterfly chair in the first picture. No, my son doesn't have a stash and I can't think of anyone with a son who does, apart from you, good one! Enjoy the family and friends and be safe and well.

  8. I love the DAR museum! It's been years since I've been there but the quilts are wonderful. I can see your beautiful quilt emerging in this picture and am amazed at how it's changed with the sashing and cornerstones. I know you've had an exceptionally good trip and are taking home so many good memories to hold in your heart. I'm so glad. blessings, marlene

  9. What a grand time you are having with your family and friends. Your quilt is coming along. I love the way it is starting to look.
    I wish I had known about the DAR museum when I was in DC. I was there in 2008 and I searched for quilt exhibits and DAR never popped up. I'll be spending sometime looking through their website. Thanks for the link!

  10. Wow! Can I borrow your son - a stash and a computer guru! Handy! and precious!

  11. Well, you've been gone less than a week, but we miss you tons already! Hope you're settled in nicely, we're all looking forward to another update on your + & X quilt! Much Love! -Jon

  12. Well, you've been gone less than a week, but we miss you tons already! Hope you're settled in nicely, we're all looking forward to another update on your + & X quilt! Much Love! -Jon