Monday, September 13, 2010

Design Wall Monday

I've been making slow and steady progress on the baby quilt. I originally was going to machine quilt it with an all over meander but I tested the idea and another quilt and found I really need to practice more before I do that on a gift quilt. So, I've been hand quilting it on the diagonal. I'm really hoping to finish this by the end of the week.

This weekend we celebrated Eid. Friday morning was prayers as the mosque followed by an unhealthy but fun treat of sticky donuts, danish and cookies for breakfast. We had planned on going to the zoo that day but we were tired (had to get everyone up by 6:30 to get ready on time) and instead just went home, opened presents and relaxed. We got a slow start Saturday and didn't get to the zoo until almost one and it was packed. No parking anywhere. In case you've never been to the zoo in D.C., they have several small to medium sized lots that are gated. They don't charge admission to the zoo but you do have to pay for parking. Outside of the zoo it's almost impossible to find parking so we didn't even try. We just told the kids we'd make one more pass and if we couldn't find parking, we'd have to head home or maybe go to a park for a picnic. We had to circle around a few blocks before coming back into the zoo and lucked out when they opened one of the lots just as we got there. (The 10 or so cars in front of us missed it.) We had a very nice few hours saying "hi" to all of the animals before heading back home to freshen up and head back to the mosque. We were supposed to be showing a movie from Iran on the life of Jesus but there weren't many people so we watched a different movie and had a discussion afterward.

Now that Ramadan is finished it's time to switch gears and get to work on other things-like homeschooling. I still have to order a few more books and this year we're going to do some dissections so I have to order those supplies as well. I also need to get back into my exercise routine and start tackling some straitening and organizing that I've needed to do for awhile but haven't had the time.

If I'm going to get anything done, I'm going to have to get off the computer. I hope everyone has a great day and check out the other design walls at Judy's blog if you have a few minutes.


Charlene S said...

It sounds like you had a great weekend. Sometimes organizing is put off and put off until we have to do it. Good luck with the dissections.

Barbara said...

Hi Shellie--you left a comment on my blog, but I couldn't write back because you are a no-reply blogger. I wanted to let you know that you can participate in the Downy quilts program without using any fabric of your own. They will send you everything you need. If you're interested, contact me and I'll tell you more about it. If you'd like to change your settings so others can contact you, I can tell you how to do that too.

I've been to the zoo in Washington, D.C., and I loved it. I got to see the panda bear while I was there and I'd always wanted to see one. I love your quilt. I've always loved colors on black, and yours is so pretty. Take care. You sound like a busy woman.

Ms. Jan said...

Hi Shellie, I just found your blog, and I have to say that most people would consider a hand-quilted baby quilt lovlier than a just a substitute for machine quilting! LOL. I'm a long-time hand quilter who is struggling to learn the intricacies of machine quilting, so I feel your pain!

AnnieO said...

That's a lovely gift someone is going to receive--a lot more time invested for sure! My kids loved the DC zoo when they went with their grandparents. It was always top of the list.