February, My Birthday Month!

It has been quite awhile since I wrote a post, almost a full month since I posted photos from my annual Winter Quilt Retreat. February has come and gone. February happens to be my birthday month so I decided to put aside the to-do list  (like clean out some drawers, my Oz room and things like that) and just do fun stuff. Even if we’re a little off track with all things quilting, here is what I did in February.

1. Super Bowl Sonny
We begin on Super Bowl Sunday, the final day of the quilt retreat. A great excuse to just hang out and watch TV all day. Here is my puppy, Sonny, dressed up in his Rufferee shirt, ready to go to sleep after that boring game.
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2. Snow Sewing
Snow and cold continue to define our Midwest winter so what better time to sew more fun things. I worked on my Jitterbug and Log Cabin quilt. Jitterbug is a jelly roll quilt that I started at the retreat. I’ve now got all the blocks done, the sashing and borders made. Now to put it all together.

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Jitterbug Quit components

My Log Cabin quilt blocks are made up entirely of red and cream scraps, 30 blocks! I’m making myself promise to have this done by Christmas and then possibly take the holiday decorations to the next level upstairs. I purchased three awesome reds for the borders (see below #9)

Log Cabin Blocks

Log Cabin Blocks

3. Book Club
My book club meeting was at my house this month. We read Call Me Irresistable by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, a perfect choice for Valentine’s Day. I even baked heart shaped cookies – and if you know me, I do not enjoy baking. Luckily we had the dough frozen from Christmas, all I had to do was cut the hearts out and frost them.

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4. Valentine’s Day

February isn’t February without a Valentine’s Day celebration. Flowers, candy and dinner. I pulled out a lot of the red quilts, too. Sonny’s hanging out  with one of my faves, Stars Over Lundar Beach (Open Gate Quilts).

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Sonny and Lundar Beach

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Me and My Valentine!

5. Knitting Class

For my birthday month, I decided to join my friend Ginny and take a knitting class at Three Bags Full, a really awesome yarn shop. I’ve tried knitting on several occasions and never seemed to get the hang of it but I’m happy to say, class is going very well, we are learning a lot and hope to complete something awesome in the near future. For now, we are practicing.

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6. Chocoholic Frolic

My daughter Michelle is on the radio in Rockford, “Midday Michelle” on 97ZOK! She invited me to accompany her to an event her radio station sponsored, the Chocoholic Frolic benefitting The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties. She just happened to be the MC!

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7. My Birthday and Eataly

For my actual birthday, my family went to Eataly! Yes, Eataly, not Italy, a new two-story café/marketplace in downtown Chicago filled with Italian food, wine, coffee and dessert. We had a lot of fun sampling Italian meats and cheeses and had great pizza, pasta and wine. It was an amazing birthday activity and even the little boys had a lot of fun!

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My little girls couldn’t come to Eataly because Madeline had her black belt test, which she passed! Congrats to her, so they came by the next day so we could celebrate some more with a PupCake!

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8. Breakfast Club

Birthday Month continued with our Breakfast Club, a little quilt group that has been meeting for maybe 12 years, WOW! Anyway, not everyone could make it but we had a fun time working on wool, chatting and talking to our missing members by phone. Here is a photo of all of us at Christmas.

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9. Quilt Shop Visits

The birthday celebrations continued, once more in Crystal Lake with my two besties, Ginny and Pam. And we forgot to take a photo but we enjoyed the day with lunch and some shopping, which included Material Girl Fabric Shop and Welcome Stitchery in downtown Crystal Lake. I bought some adorable baby fabric, some purples and a white-on-white background for Ava’s big-girl bed quilt, coming soon. We also found pearl cotton for our wool projects at Welcome Stitchery.

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The Purple Collection

I have to add two more shops I was able to visit in Rockford, Quilter’s General Store and Acorn, Etc. during my Chocoholic trip. I found my reds for the log cabin at QGS and bought an awesome kit and more purples at Acorn. I really enjoyed visiting with the owners of both shops. We all have mutual quilting friends and it was fun chatting with them.

Awesome Red Border Fabrics

Awesome Red Border Fabrics

Yes, February was cold and snowy ,  but it was also lots of fun.

Coming soon: Flying Geese

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