Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Daily Grind & Baltimore

I started my new summer job last week and my life has been crazy ever since. Lucas and I are teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) to girls age 11-17. I really enjoy the kids and teaching English is much easier than teaching Spanish, but it is still fairly challenging to try and plan for the classes. Anyway, I think I'm beginning to get the hang of it now.

I've been meaning to show some photos of our trip to Baltimore a few weeks ago.

I managed to eat a lot of food, especially ice cream. This is Pitango's gelato and it was AMAZING.
Moxley's ice cream...also fantastic! Have you noticed I have a thing for ice cream?

Greek tapas at a restaurant called Mezze.

Dinner at a rotating sushi bar

Paddle boats at the Inner Harbor

Mysterious-looking butterflies around Towson, where we stayed.

Baltimore definitely felt like a nice vacation! Our hotel was great, I got to drive around and see the city and even crocheted during open knitting with some nice ladies at a nearby yarn shop, Black Sheep Yarn Shop.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Finally Back--And a Quilt!

Sorry I've been away so long! We've been out of town for most of the last two and a half weeks. We spent five days in Baltimore, 2 1/2 in D.C., and a week in Michigan. I have lots of photos to share and will be posting about them soon.

What I do want to show are a couple of recent finishes. Although I've said little about quilting over the last several months, I was actually working on a quilt. Our friends had their first baby in March and I just finished their quilt and gave it to them a couple of days ago.

I saw the Peter Rabbit fabric at my local quilt shop and fell in love with it. While I waited for (an excuse to buy it) some one of my friends to tell me they were having a baby (and I didn't have to wait long!) I thought of patterns I might use. I finally found what I was looking for in The Thimbleberries Guide for Weekend Quilters.

Here are close-ups of two of Beatrix Potter's beautiful illustrations that repeat on the fabric:

I used a complementary striped homespun on the back and it is really soft. Chiara wasted no time breaking her quilt in and rolled around on it a bit for us.

But before Chiara got to use her quilt, this little guy was finished and decided to take a rest on it and see how it was.

This little penguin I've named Paul and he is a gift for a friend in the Comparative Literature Department. I heard a rumor that she's a fan of penguins and I thought he might make a good companion for her while she's slaving away on writing papers in her office.

That's all for now...back with more soon!