Back from the family vacation near Spokane, WA. It was a very relaxing time, got a lot of fabric buying in (doh!) and lots of knitting done too, but I apologize for the lack of any pictures.
I was able to visit 3 quilt shops on the way into Spokane. The Buggy Barn was amazing, and having my DH & DD go in with me kept my spending in check. I only bought a small bundle of neutral colored FQs. We also stopped at Pacific Crescent Quilting in Spokane. Usually one of my favorite stops, but their shop seemed a little bare compared to other times I have visited. I hope they aren't failing, but was really disappointed with the selection.
The best stop was a new little place on the way out of Spokane called Cozy Quilts - they had some really lovely stuff, lots of Lakehouse Fabrics in frosted dots, which I love. I collected a number of reds and blacks for my AP&Q quilt. And, being the first Monday of the month, their precut FQs were only $1.50! Such a deal!
My daughter fell in love with a cheetah-print Minkee fabric stuffed cat they had on display in the store, so I wound up buying that pattern and the Minkee to make it. My mom and I were able to cut out the kitties while I was there - I cut and she marked - and we made a great team.
My mom retired last year, so it was nice to visit her without her having to worry about going to work, too. We spent Thursday doing a lot of knitting, as I accompanied her to a morning, and then an evening knitting class! I got most of a Rick Rack bag completed. I'm working on the handles now. I finished the Odessa hat for my daughter and she barely took it off - she even wore it to bed! I started the second hat on our car trip home, but it won't fit my head, so it looks like DD will get a second hat. It looks way cuter on her, anyway.
I've missed being away from my house and my sewing room. This is a busy week as I start my Tri Swimming class tonight. I'll be taking 4 exercise classes a week for the next month (swimming Monday & Wednesday, kickboxing Tuesday & Thursday). But I've been having a great deal of neck pain off and on, so I'm not sure how my chiropractor will feel about me doing that. The swimming class is mandatory (for me!) I really need the practice!