11 July 2011

Project Update - College Quilt

Hi, sorry I haven't updated in several days, I've been traveling way too much and now I'm off again this week!  Here's a quick post of the quilt for my son who is leaving for college next month.  Do you see the warm and cool color whilygigs?  It's laying on a queen bed so it's a bit narrow, but his bed in college should be more of a long twin.  He really likes it.  Now I just have to find a spot of bare floor to lay in out and sandwich it to start quilting!
See orangy whilygig at bottom left?  The whole quilt is made of cool/warm whirlygigs
See blue/purple whirlygig at the center bottom and green/blue one at top?
"Baby" was bored while I was sewing!

04 July 2011

Paris wrap up

Hey there - we've been home a few days, but I wanted to relate a few more Paris happenings.  We spent most of the last several days seeing family and friends in Paris. 

We saw my husband's god-son, who I knitted this chicken-egg toy for last Christmas.  If you look close, you can see how much it's been loved!  This is a mochimochi land design by Anna Hrachovec that turns inside out into an egg! 

This is a shop not far from the friend's apartment where we stayed in the 10th, and the sign is a play on words - it means Mona read (past tense).  :)  (pronounced Mona leesay)

Here are a couple of 'artsy' photos I took down alleys in Paris.  The first one was taken through a gate.  I love the red door and red flowers.

This was a tiny hotel in the 17th.  I love the flowers and the glass awning.

The French are just SO much more formal than we are:  

Example 1 - we're sitting in a restaurant in the 17th with some family, and sitting next to us are 2 guys having a nice dinner eating some very juicy looking hamburgers ----- wait for it ---- for a fork and knife!  OK, I admit, I ordered the same thing, and it was difficult to eat with my hands, but I can honestly say I've never seen a man eat a hamburger in the U.S. with utensils!  

Example 2 - next to us on the plane across the aisle was a French woman who during the flight sported socks and sweat pants.  But before the end of the 11 hour flight, I look over and she's wearing casual but nice pants, heels and LIPSTICK.  She simply couldn't be caught dead getting off the plane with sweat pants on!  

And one more story:
You can't be clumsy in Paris - I wish I had a photo of my toe bleeding all over the street.  Under no circumstances EVER step on the metal grates in Paris that surround the trees.  They're very beautiful and probably keep the weeds at bay, but they're supposed to be connected to each other with metal bands, and the one I stepped on wasn't.  Yikes.  My husband stepped on the one next to it at the exact same time and the two plates eclipsed on my toe!  There was a lot of blood and we found a pharmacy nearby.  (Yes, I was crying!), but it wasn't really a big deal.  I will not step on those again!  AVOID THE TREES!! 

I'll be blogging later today on my project progress since I've been home.  Happy Independence Day!!