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Post cruise

Yes people, there is life after a 16 day cruise/vacation!!!  At first you think you are never going to sleep past 4:30 in the morning, but after a few days that jet lag thing is over and you are back in the swing of things.  We had a fabulous time, but I am now looking forward to a vacation to recover from my vacation!!!  We only had 2 days at sea and I think we were up every other morning and off the ship as soon as it docked.  We even set an alarm – who does that on a vacation!!!! Two good friends (with the help of Trip Advisor and Cruise Critic) arranged all of our tours for us, so we never had more than 12 people in a tour group – this was fantastic!!!  We saw the Coliseum, the Forum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, the National Museum, Palatine Hill, Borghese Gallery, Pantheon, Gesu church and that was only in Rome.  Once on the cruise we visited, Naples, Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii,  Malta, Athens (Acropolis, Partheon, Agora and Olympic Stadium), Mykonos, Ephesus, Rhodes, Santorini, Crete, and finally Venice. I am not the photographer (Peter’s job – 1300 photos), but I did manage to get some pictures on my iPad as we sailed into Venice.  They recently built a new pier in Venice and basically you sail into Venice and pass all of the canals, etc.  Impressive to say the least.  Here is my one photo and I believe it is St. Mark’s Square.

Venice - St. Marks

And so now it’s back to the real world!!!  I’ve been busy getting the Hampton Ridge shop kits ready to ship out to shops.  Do you remember the picture I posted of that gigantic pallet of fabric in my garage?  Well, all of that has been cut, labeled, folded, bagged and made into 100 shop kits!!!  On Wednesday and Thursday, I shipped 93 of those kits off to various quilt shops!! This means that you should start hearing about the program in your local quilt store and maybe even see a block or two as the shop makes their sample. I hope you are getting excited about this program!!!  You are going to love the quilt.


Assembling these kits was a daunting task.  The girls’ guest room (Peter likes to call it that) was filled with all of the “pieces” for the kits.  Folded finishing kits on one of the beds, plastic bins of monthly fabric on the floor and other bed, Star Singles, cardboard boxes, totes and posters spread all over.  I assembled the kits in my sewing room, but had to walk back and forth between the guest room and the sewing room with all of the components.  I did this for 2 days and let me tell you, I was exhausted!!!!  But I can happily say: IT”S DONE!!!!!  And now I have to get ready for more fabric so I can make another 50!!!!!  Let me share some pics!!!!

My guest room - not looking very welcoming!!!

My guest room – not looking very welcoming!!!

Shop kit contents - yes, it all has to fit in that tote!!!

Shop kit contents – yes, it all has to fit in that tote!!!

The finished product!!!  Binder didn't fit in the tote - oh well!!!

The finished product!!! Binder didn’t fit in the tote – oh well!!!

And here’s my dining room/front hallway as we wait for the USPS carrier to come pick up all of the boxes.  Oh and that’s my dog Jake.  He’s old and probably a little senile and didn’t quite understand that I wanted him to move while I took the picture.  He likes to watch out the front door, especially if Peter isn’t home.


And now I getting ready to leave on another trip.  New York, this time, to visit family.  We’ll be back in Syracuse (Peter’s brother and wife) and then on to Ballston Lake to see Brett, Meredith and our granddaughters – YAY!!!!  Megan and Caitlin will be joining us, so it will be a family reunion of sorts.

Paula’s been busy and spent some time earlier this month at Jeanne Horton’s Country Sampler store in Wisconsin. She taught a new quilt she designed for their Grand Old Flag Celebration.  Check out the pictures on Jeanne’s Blog.  Later in July she will be traveling to Happiness Is…Quilting in McKinney, TX to lecture and teach a class on our Star of the West pattern.

That’s all for now, so until next time, happy quilting,

Mary Ellen


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