Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Parallel Lives

We’re back from another long, whirlwind weekend at the Squash House. Driving the 300 miles over mountain passes in the winter is always a challenge, but we only encountered some white stuff on the east side of Snoqualmie Summit for about 20 miles and the rest of the way was free and clear! We accomplished a lot - bought the new kitchen appliances which will be delivered on April 3rd, made a trip to Costco to pick up (many) boxes of flooring for the family room downstairs, met with our builder several times and even had time for a little more exploring of the area. We couldn't find wireless internet in the neighborhood again, so we were woefully without the internet otherwise I would have posted while we were gone.

A while back I discovered that Monica over at Happy Zombie and I were leading somewhat parallel lives! She and I both had two homes, hoping to sell one, and we both had recent experiences with stacking firewood - and lest we not forget - we’re both quilters! She posted to her blog not long ago that she finally sold her second home - a joyous occasion after being on the market for a long time - and I just had to send her congratulations! Monica emailed back that she wanted to send me something, so I said why not? Hello Joe-Joe arrived just before our trip this weekend to the Squash House! What a wonderful surprise! He is a newer version of her St. Joe-Joe a Go-Go. Hello Joe-Joe is meant to bring us good luck! Monica’s instructions stated we must tell him specifically what we want and he must be kept inside our house in a place we love. As you can see below, he is happily situated next to the place I love the most - my sewing machine and he has been given specific instructions! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Monica!While we were exploring this weekend, we wound up in Pendleton, OR on a rather large, unintended circular drive! Although it was Sunday, I thought it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t check to see if Pendleton Quiltworks was open - and luckily, it was! Rachelle and her staff have a wonderful store! So while Mr. Squash wandered over to Hamley’s, I did a little shopping! I’ve mentioned before that I just love Zippity Do-Dah by Sandy Gervais for Moda. I bought a layer cake of this and Piece of Pie Book which contains the pattern "Roll On" for the quilt. I haven’t yet decided on the background or border yet, but will have a lot of fun buying it with my birthday gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop!

This is just the first 6 layers of the Layer Cake:
Roll On Quilt:

Tomorrow I’ll show you a little of the “happenings” at the Squash House. I’m still behind reading blogs and commenting, so bear with me - I hope to catch up soon!

15 comments:

Stephanie said...

Sounds like great progress being made! Good for you. Cute and thoughtful gift. What's not to love about a book called Piece of Pie?

Linda B. said...

You always amaze me with your fabric selections. And what a cute good luck charm. May your house sell as fast as mine did.

CJ said...

Ah Candace, I do feel for you! Moving, and having 2 places at one time (especially in this economy!) is SUCH a royal pain.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a very productive weekend! I feel I must clue you in though...St. Joe needs to be buried in the front yard upside down..for anything to happen. Worked for us very quickly in Mammoth Lakes. It was our parish priest that told us about this..I thought he was joking!
You can always put your cute little Joe Joe in a zip lock back to keep him clean...luck with that.
Louise

Libby said...

Sounds like a productive trip. Hope your home sells quickly so you can get on with the business that is Squash House *s*

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

What a fun time you had, work, exploring and shopping. why did you have to show that fabric, i now have to go and get it!!!

Jackie said...

I'm confident that you will sell your house soon! St. Joe will surely see to it!

Can't wait to see you use your new fabric! Cute!

randi said...

Great fabrics! So much fun to play around with!

Gran said...

What an adventure! Cute fabric too!

Karen said...

Good luck selling your house. I love the "Roll On" quilt. I started something similar but had the colors wrong for it, so it didn't get finished.

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims and Gardens said...

What fun getting out and about, sounds like a great weekend. Best wishes with Jo Jo and the house selling. Won't be long now....

Mel said...

Fun stuff Candace!! I love Jo-Jo and the concept behind him!!

How fun to be collecting for a new house!! Does it have a special place for your sewing??

Best wishes!

Darlene said...

That's going to be one fabulous looking quilt!

happy zombie said...

You've tickled my timbers, Candace! I'm not really sure what that means... but you've tickled me and we both have all that firewood! xoxoxo-m

PS... my word veri is "woodst". Que the Twilight Zone music.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Your big huge job is starting to come to an end I hope. This is so cute from Monica. I saw it on her blog. I wish you all the luck with it Candace, you deserve it.