Monday, November 30, 2009

Awesome Long Weekend!

We had an awesome Thanksgiving Weekend! It was so nice and relaxing. Wednesday I was off early to do some last minute errands before going home to start fixing the big Turkey Day meal and do some house cleaning. I was on a mission and didn't stop until it was all done. Then I set to putting my new Ott light together. It's a beautiful floor lamp that sits in our living room and I can do handwork or read under it. TSC is selling out of these beauties, so I got it for less than half price.
Thursday Paul was up before 6 putting the turkey in and baking the buns. I woke to the smell of the buns, so I got up and finished putting out the decorations. About 9, Leslie my MIL, and I started finishing up the cooking. Paul went up to a shooting spot and sighted in his rifle. We were ready when my parents and little bro showed up for lunch. After lunch Ed left for his friends house and dad, Paul, and Leslie took naps. Mom and I worked on several sewing projects. She helped me cut out the Crown Royal bags and put borders on a baby quilt. We had pie before my dad and Paul left to go to my parents hunting. After mom left, Leslie and I watched Survivor and the movie The Final Season. Later in the evening I loaded the OBW quilt on the frame, finished putting the mitered borders on the baby quilt, and made the backing for the baby quilt. I was up till almost midnight quilting and it felt awesome!
About 6 AM Leslie and I got up and went shopping on Black Friday. The one thing I wanted was gone, but I wasn't crazy enough to get up and stand in line. We found the other deals we wanted, had breakfast, shopped some more and were home by 11:30. We both took naps and after supper we went back to some of the stores and picked up the things we weren't willing to stand in line for during the morning rush. We had hot chocolate at Starbucks and visited my mom at Hobby Lobby. It was so fun shopping with her all day and very relaxing, very stress free!
When we got home she watched a movie and I started quilting the OBW quilt. I got about 1/2 done, but wasn't happy with the needles I was using, so decided to stop and wait until I could get some bigger needles. I pulled out the embroidery projects I needed to take to my parents and packed my suitcase. I still felt like sewing, so I went back down and pulled out the Christmas wall hanging I had planned to make in August! I finally figured out the measurements and everything was clicking right along for me to make it, so at about 1:30 AM I finished it up! I have to quilt it, but at least the top is done and I have enough leftovers to make a tablerunner to match.
Sat. I worked at The Sewing Center and it was very slow. I guess everyone shopped themselves out on Friday. My friend Jenn and her kids stopped by to see me, which made my day. They are both so super cute. After work I did a bit of looking before joining mom and heading back to my parents place. Paul and my dad hunted all day Fri and Sat. and didn't get any deer. We went to church Sat. night.
Sunday I worked on embroidery projects at my parents. Mom and I used to really struggle with the software and machine, but now that we know how to work it, I was able to just click along. I added names to a 3 fabric books I plan to gift for Christmas, made 4 labels for the quilts I'm making as gifts, put the name on a baby quilt I'm making, and embroidered my dad's name on his jacket.
Paul got his buck about an hour before the season ended, so we were later getting home than we had hoped, but he was super excited! It was a 7x5 point buck, so he was happy.
I'm hoping to finish up the quilting on the OBW tonight. I have accomplished a lot in November and with 33 hours worth of quilting on this long weekend, my November number doesn't look so bad.

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the Provident Woman said...

Glad you had a great Thanksgiving!

Jen said...

It sounds like you had a great turkey day!

BitnByAQuiltingBug said...

What a great weekend! You got so much done. Love that new lamp and what a deal!