Monday, November 26, 2012

It's SO GOOD To Be Home!!!

Easy Street is on my Design Wall today....  

Well, it will be once I get these strips sewn together and make a ton of 4-patches  :*D

We just got home last night from our 9-day marathon trip to visit with family in North Carolina for the Thanksgiving holidays!  Whew!  We had SUCH a great time, but we are pretty exhausted.  It is always a joy to spend time with our family, and we treasure every minute together!  But afterward it is so nice to come home to our own home, with our own bed and our own things!  Dorothy was right, There's No Place Like Home!!!

I do think this little fella is going to be missing us though....  =^..^=

This trip, we even took our 17-year-old cat, Gypsy, with us because I would have worried about her too much to enjoy myself, even with someone coming in to feed her twice a day.  I just felt that even for a cat, being left alone that long would not be a good thing.

We were pleasantly surprised at how patient and quiet she was during the trip out there and then back and forth to different homes.  She was a real trooper and behaved like the royal princess she is =^..^=  She was not named Little Egypt for nothing!!!  But on the way home, she had had enough I guess.  About 2 hours into the trip, she began letting us know in no uncertain terms that she wanted out of that darn cage!!!

So we decided that as long as she sat still we would try letting her sit on my lap for a while.  This was my view the rest of the trip!

I was surprised at how interested she was in everything out of the window!  She loved the mountains and was just amazed at the semi trucks as we passed them.  She was fun to watch!

But I can tell you, she was one tickled little kitty when she got to her own house!  She kept looking around as if to make sure she wasn't dreaming!  I actually think we all felt that way :*)

As soon as we got in the house and unpacked the car, I happily trotted up to my sewing studio and dove into the first clue for Easy Street!  Remember I told you yesterday that I found this wonderful gray .....

 .... to use instead of this one I had in my stash?

Well, I could hardly believe it, but when I put them with the background black-on-white (BOW) prints, I decided I like the original gray better!
New gray with the BOW prints

Original gray with the BOW prints
I felt the new one blended in too much with the white prints, and the original gray seems to have more contrast with them, so I went with it.  The new one will go in the stash for another project.

I cut my strips very quickly tonight with my Sizzix 2" die cutter - wow does it make fast work out of that job!  This is 6-1/2 layers of fabric, each cut into five 2" strips.  One swipe of the cutter and I had all the gray strips I needed for Clue #1!

And very little waste too.  That was something I was concerned about with using the cutter, but I've found that I don't have enough waste to worry about at all.  This is all I had left over from the cuts!

Then I layered up the cutter with these cute BOW prints to pair up with the gray strips and make 192 four-patches!

I'll get as many 4-patches as I can sewn up today during my Monday sit-n-sew with friends.  Several of us are doing the Mystery, so it will be fun to work on it together.  I'll try to update this post later today to let you know how far I get :*)

And just because I missed you all so much, I want to share a funny picture with you....

Have you ever seen a plane being transported by truck before?  I HADN'T EITHER!!!  It was the most ridiculous looking thing hanging out of the back of that truck!  But I suppose if you've gotta move a plane and it doesn't fly, you don't have too many options :*D

I hope you all have a fantastic week!  I'll be linking up with Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville for her Easy Street linky party and with Judy at Patchwork Times for her Design Wall Monday post.  Be sure to go by and check out what everyone is working on!!!

Fresh Poppy DesignAlso linking up with:

  WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced 

Hugs & Blessings,


  1. Welcome home!! I love your story and pics of Gypsy. She looks so much like my Lucky that I did a double take. Of course their personality are WAYYY different. My little girl would not have been so good on a ride, I'm sure.
    I am amazed at how far you have gotten on your Easy Street with just getting home today. I'm still trying to decide which grey and IF I should start something new. I'm itching to do it though because I love the colors. You have some great looking BOW.

  2. You're posting that cat fabric just to make me jealous, right? I love it.

  3. Glad all three of you got home safely.
    Good call on the gray piece. It does give more contrast, although I love the new gray you bought.

  4. It does feel good to be home again. Glad all your travels went well, but nothing beats the feeling of coming back to your own space again. Your Easy Street fabrics are looking great -- enjoy your sewing.

  5. have fun with easy street, I still can't decide on colors- have ideas on my blog if you didn't see already. that's TOO funny about the plane and doesn't seem very safe hanging on by a little cable like that.

  6. Welcome home! Love that you were able to take Gypsy with you and that she traveled so well.
    Love your Easy Street fabrics.

  7. I have some of that same cat fabric ordered, waiting for it to arrive before I finish my 4 patches. I think your new gray is lovely, but like your original gray better for this project. It reminds me of kitty whiskers!

  8. Loved the pictures of your cat. We once traveled with a cat on a two month camping trip. We also had a 6yo, a 2.5yo, and 6 month old twins(we were very young and foolish. How nice you have others to do Easy Street to work with. But there seems to be a lot of us who follow DWM who will be sewing along with you, too.

  9. So glad that you are home safe and sound! What a trip!!! Easy Street looks fun! I love your fabric choices!! Have a blessed day!

  10. Welcome back! Glad you found such nice lovelies at Mary Jo's. It's been years since I was lucky enough to go there I'm so jealous! Jane

  11. Glad you had such a wonderful trip! Thought it seemed a little quiet from your direction.

    I agree that the original fabric looks better (at least in the pictures). It is fun to see so many joining the fun.

  12. How funny! I used the same cat print in some of my pieces for the mystery.

  13. I agree with your choice of gray fabric. I love, love, love the black on white kitten fabric!

  14. Aren't cats just the greatest? Such a great car companion. :) Also love that cat print fabric. Good luck with the mystery!

  15. I positively LOVE your kitty print.

  16. I bought that exact black/white cat fabric the other day, not for the mystery as my colours are different, but it will make a fabulous background on a brights quilt for my young son. I agree with your grey choice, but the swirly grey fabric is very pretty.

  17. Love your post! Especially love seeing all those beautiful fabrics for Easy Street...and of course the plane in a truck...awesome!

  18. I'm so glad you're home ... I *missed* you! LOL! Looks like your *Queen* took to traveling with royal dignity! I love the photo of the plane (glider?), hanging out of the back of the truck!! AWESOME! And all those pretty fabrics ... yummy!!! Hey -- I'll be in Nashville at Opry Mills mall on Saturday, December 8th!!! (Hint, hint!) :)

  19. I had the same problem with choosing my grey! I thought I had the perfect one til I tried pairing it with the black and whites. Now waiting for my new choice to arrive by mail!

  20. Gorgeous fabrics for Easy Street. I can't wait to see what Step 2 involves.

    I've never heard of a Sizzix cutter. Is it like the Go! line of cutters? I'd love to get a cutter ... cutting is such tedious work. ;-)

    I'm your newest follower!


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