New Orleans House Project

Monday, December 30, 2019

Missing in Action

As usual, the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s were a blogging break for me.  I don’t necessarily plan it that way, but time and desire to blog seem to disappear during that time frame.  Lucky for me, my quilting mojo didn’t disappear, so I have a few things to report on before we turn the page to a new year.

Our oldest son (Andrew) moved to Denver, Colorado at the beginning of September.  When he left, he only took the stuff he could fit in his car, and left his remaining belongings and dog with us until he could retrieve them later in the year.  He flew home for Thanksgiving, and by Saturday morning we had packed his stuff into Dear Husband’s pick-up truck and headed for Denver (dog included).

I won’t bore you will all of our adventures, but I will say I look forward to flying to Denver next time around!  We came back to New Orleans using a different route in an attempt to avoid some bad traffic congestion along the Texas/New Mexico route.  All told, we traveled 2700 miles and passed through seven states!

Just as we returned, our youngest son (David) flew in from Dallas.  It just so happened to be the perfect time to celebrate David and Dear Husband's December birthdays.  David is also a huge fan of his alma mater's football team - LSU - so his Dallas friends surprised him with an LSU football-themed birthday cake. 

Dear Husband and Bailey
Right before Christmas, our dog Bailey, a black lab mix, succumbed to a rapidly spreading form of cancer.  Bailey came to us as a puppy twelve years ago.  She was left on our front door-step in a basket with pink toys and a pink blanket.  Since she arrived just before my husband’s birthday, he considered her the Best Birthday Present Ever, and they were bonded at the hip.  The house feels pretty empty now, since Andrew’s dog is gone, too.  Our sweetheart yellow lab, McKenzie, doesn’t quite know what to do with herself.

In between all that, I managed to do some stitching here and there.

Project Numero Uno was to finish the black and gold Endless Chain quilt I started for Andrew.  I completed the piecing before Thanksgiving, and Diane Knott (Butterfly Threads Quilting) was able to long-arm quilt it for me while I was adventuring out west.  I’ve been trying to get the binding stitched and label attached so I can send it to Andrew as soon as possible.

I also made some blocks for Barb Vedder’s Oh My Stars swap.  Oops!  I didn’t take any pictures before I sent the finished blocks to Barb.  I did the Modern swap this time, and I’m looking forward to playing with my blocks later in January!

Thinking toward 2020, I knew there were a couple of Rainbow Scrap projects that needed some attention.  I made a batch of yellow Ring of Stars blocks, but I still need red blocks before I can assemble my RSC efforts on this quilt.

I also cut up lots of scraps for Carolina Chain leader-ender blocks.  Some Christmas fabric scraps made it into the latest batch of blocks.

There’s more to share, but I’ll stop here for now.  I’m not in much of a mind to do a retrospective of the quilts of 2019, but I have been giving a lot of thought to what stitching projects will be under the needle in 2020.  Let’s hope it’s a great year for quilting!


  1. So sorry to hear about Bailey’s passing. Our furry kids leave big holes in our hearts. I love your black and gold themed quilt for Andrew. Will you remember to get a pic and share before you send it off to him? LOL. And I have to agree that road trips aren’t all they were when we were younger. Our annual one-day (14 hours driving time) trip to southern Arizona is now a more leisurely 2-day journey. Happy New Year, Angie!

  2. Such a BIG trip followed closely by highs and lows! Sorry to hear about your sweet Bailey. Looking forward to seeing what you are up to in the sewing room during 2020. Happy New Year, Angie!!

  3. It's 2400 miles round trip to our families in Texas. The older I get, the harder it gets, especially when I'm the only one. Sorry about Bailey. I know how hard it is to lose a special pet.

  4. Fun family times! Wow that is a lot of travel. What a nice pup! love black labs.
    Fingers crossed I get the swap blocks soon so I can return them soon!

  5. What a busy time for you and your family - a blogging break was most certainly in order (I've had one as well). Here's to what lies ahead!

  6. I love a good road trip, but it's definitely more fun when you have plenty of time and money plus a good idea of where some interesting quilt stores are.:) lol Sorry about your well loved dog. They can definitely leave a hole.

  7. I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved pet. Hard time of year for that to happen.

  8. Looks like you made it to Denver. Hope it wasn't too cold! I'm sorry to hear about your dear pup.

  9. I am so sorry for the loss of your dog. My dog is getting on in years and I am dreading that time. That road trip will certainly give you lots of stories to tell. I hope you have a wonderful New Year!

  10. I'm glad you are home safe and sound finally. I know that was an exhausting trip. I am so very sorry to hear about your sweet Bailey. They always leave us too soon. Hugs to you for a happier new year!

  11. Glad you're back safe and sound! So sorry about Bailey... such a wonderful companion.
    I'm in Barb's modern block swap too!

  12. Aww, sorry to hear of Bailey's departure. I had to have my 17 1/2 yo cat, Mr. Fang, put to sleep two days before Christmas so needless to say my Christmas was not merry. And your son's team beat my team, OU. BOO! I know how you feel with that drive--we had a home built in Pagosa Springs and did that drive a LOT! 12 hours one way..ugh!

  13. So sorry for the loss of your beloved dogs. Love your endless chain quilt, I am drooling over the fabrics!