Wednesday, June 6, 2018

I'm back

15 days, 10 flights, 8 different cities, 5 hotels and I survived, but just barely, jet lag is real and thriving at my house. 

The Great Wall of China

Every year my daughter and I vacation together, some of my favorite days of the year.  This year we toured China and Hong Kong.  I flew to Los Angeles where I met up with my daughter so we could fly together to Hong Kong.  We normally plan and book our own vacations but given today's political climate, throw in some language barriers and the sheer volume of sites we wanted to visit, we thought perhaps a tour company would be worth a try for our China trip.  I cannot say enough great things about Adventures by Disney, the company we chose to  lead us on what turned out to be the trip of a lifetime.  Everything was first class and every detail taken care of, and I'm all about the details.  We were part of a wonderful group comprised of 25 other travelers and 2 guides along with local guides added for each city we visited.  We cried at our farewell dinner when having to say goodbye to our fellow travelers who had become friends.  There wasn't a rotten apple in the bunch, just the opposite, all fun, caring, polite and generous people and a nice variety of ages, young to old.  But not too young, we went with the Adults Only Tour, lol.  If you are considering a trip look into Adventures by Disney, I totally recommend the China tour but several couples in our group were on their  7th or 8th trip through AbD and said every destination had been amazing.

So while I've not stepped in my sewing room for weeks I do have some quilty updates to share, two quilts back from the quilter.

Bits and Pieces - Lifetime Quilt Number 209

The right amount of quilting and variety of designs that match the look and feel of this quilt top perfectly.

For the back I went with the extra wide diagonal print by Carolyn Friedlander.

Let's Go - Lifetime Quilt 212

Another great job, perfect style matched with perfect execution.

The back also has a travel theme.

This quilt is for my daughter but will hang on my quilt ladder until she decides what she wants to do with it.

And Bits and Pieces has such a Sumer feel I immediately threw it over the banister to enjoy this month along with my other summer quilts.

Both these quilts were quilted by Connie Lancaster at Quilts Plus in Indianapolis.  With the number of quilt tops I piece it's a full time job staying on quilting lists, finding new long arm quilters and sending the tops out for quilting.  Connie has been quilting my tops for nearly as long as I've been quilting and I'm always so pleased with the finished product.  Thanks Connie for once again bringing my flat quilt tops to life.

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  1. Thelma, may I ask where you got your lovely quilt ladder?

    1. Isn't that ladder beautiful, a wonderful piece of woodworking. I bought it years ago from a vendor while attending the quilt show in Paducah, KY. I am so sorry that I don't have the craftsman's name so I could give him credit and maybe some business. I just love it.

    2. Thanks, anyway! It is just gorgeous. Maybe you will bump into him again sometime!

  2. wowsa!!! China, huh?!? what an awesome experience!!! we are both the luckiest women ever because we have the best daughters ever...

  3. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip with your daughter. I've only had one trip with my daughter - maybe I can convince her to make it an annual tradition! You have a lovely home, and both of your new quilts are spectacular!

  4. Enjoyed following your trip and what a great experience. So great you are able to travel with your daughter and bet you already have the next one in the works???? Welcome back and your quilts are stunning.

  5. What a wonderful trip and so many special memories with your daughter. Thanks for information on Disney tours, we are looking for a good company to plan some trips with too! And as always, the quilts are beautiful Thelma!

  6. I love seeing where you go with your daughter, Thelma. Have a fabulous summer!!

  7. Adventures by Disney does marvelous daughter has done two of them with her Godmother. One a cruise to Canada and the other to Italy. I'm jealous, one of these days I want to do the one to Scotland! In the meantime, we're Disney Vacation Club owners and enjoy that. Love the quilts and your quilt ladder...and I'm so glad you enjoyed your vacation with your daughter!

  8. I love reading about your travels as I'm always looking for ideas for my own trips. I hope my daughter and can keep up the regular mother-daughter trips the way the two of you have done.

  9. What a wonderful life experience for both of you! Good to hear about a company you are happy with and that attends to details! Love the finishes!

  10. Welcome home, Thelma! It sounds like you had an amazing adventure. We'll have to give Adventures by Disney a try! As always, I love seeing your beautiful quilts. May I ask, Is the map fabric you used canvas? I've only ever seen that fabric as canvas, and just was curious to know if it might be out there as quilting weight. Or if canvas weight is totally okay to use in a quilt! Thanks for sharing your adventures in travel AND quilting!


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