Always in Stitches

Location: Algonquin, Illinois, United States

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Derby Day ‘07

I just love the first Saturday in May! Kentucky Derby Day! And this year promises to be quite the event: A little ceremony in the winner’s circle between the 6th and 7th races to honor last years ill-fated winner, Barbaro, the Queen in attendance along with all the other celebrities, all the ladies in the requisite grand hat, and of course the horses. All I need now is my Mint Julep.

Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. —W. C. Fields

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Spring Fever

With the change of the season here it has become increasingly difficult to stay inside. This sort of weather just begs for a road trip. So my friend Judy and I set out. Destination: Judy’s Quilt and Sew in Hampshire, IL. Now I have to admit that I have known about the existence of this shop for several years, but somehow I have just never managed to get out there. I guess that is the danger when you have so many quilt shop within easy driving distance… you tend to overlook a few.

Any way, Judy’s Quilt and Sew is a really cute shop and I managed to get into some trouble there. You see about a year or so ago I was over at Michael’s and as I was digging through one of the sales bins I found some outrageous trims for about a buck each. I bought them without a clue as to what I might ever do with them, brought them home where they sat in a dark corner.

They came back to haunt me at the quilt shop, whispering in my ear that they wanted some new friends to play with. Oh the guilt! How could I have let them languish for so long in the dark so alone. At least I could buy them some new playmates to hang out with. So here is a part of my purchase.

And here are the new friends. Don’t they play so nicely with one another?

My friend Judy of course made a very sensible purchase. On a beautiful spring day with the temperature near 80, she bought mounds of flannel.

A little Madness in the Spring Is wholesome even for the King.—Emily Dickinson