Although I was not sad to see February leave, it passed so quickly I still can’t believe it. Here in New York, it has just been snow and ice and more snow and ice. Getting around takes much longer and is more frustrating in this weather. It snowed this afternoon but as I write this has become freezing rain. This will wash away some of the snow, but will mean a messy commute tomorrow morning. Like most everyone else around here, I can’t wait for Spring!
To help forget about winter, I have recently gone to a few indoor flower shows. The New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show opened last week and was a wonderful way to spend a winter day.
My husband and I then continued the quest for flowers and took a quick road trip to Philadelphia. It has been so cold here that parts of the rivers around NYC are frozen.
Our first stop was Longwood Gardens, to see their Orchid Show.
Of course, it’s my luck that the day we were there, the garden had to close early due to a winter storm. They were nice enough to give us tickets to come back another day and we did get to spend an hour in the conservatory, so it was all good.
Our next stop was the always fabulous Philadelphia Flower Show. One of my favorite displays was this garden with stone and wrought iron geese walking across the grass.
Unfortunately all this running around to flower shows has cut into my already imited sewing time. And, I’m working on yet another quilting project (technically it’s a UFO – I cut out the first few pieces last year…), Route 66 from a Quiltmania book by Di Ford, Primarily Quilts. In the book, the author mentions that she worked on her Route 66 quilt while driving around the US to see a Jimmy Buffet concert with her husband. My husband and I are also Jimmy Buffet fans, so I was inspired to start mine with bright, ocean themed fabrics from a Laurel Burch collection that came out a few years ago.
I decided to make the patterns pieces at 125% so it will be easy to hand piece. Also, this way I can have a larger finished quilt than that in the book. There will be rows of hexes and small diamond between these rosettes, but I haven’t decided on the fabrics yet.
I’ve also continued to work on my Kona solid EPP stars. I’ve made slow but steady progress stitching these on the train to and from work. I also took them with me to sew while on the drive to Philadelphia.
This brings my total to 18, and once the orange star has all its white diamonds, I’ll have 19. I like this project; it’s easy prep, very portable and simple stitching. I can see more EPP projects in my future!
I’m linking up to the Monday morning star count over at Life Under Quilts and also to the Small Blog Meet at Lily’s Quilts, so many new bloggers like me out there. It’s great to see all the beautiful work everyone’s doing!