Cherry Blossoms, Quilts, and a Ramble

I'm still working when I can on my panel quilt for my quilt guild, and I've also got some class prep I'm doing for a ruler work class while getting some practice in with the Westalee Ruler Foot. Speaking of classes, Craftsy is running another great sale on their classes this weekend. (My favorite so far is Kimmy Brunner's Machine Quilting with Templates: Creating Design Perfection since I can use my rulers!)

The quilting is giving these flowers on the panel some dimension. Today it feels like Spring has finally arrived and flowers and new green growth is busting out all over. After several dreary days, I'm glad to see blue skies.

This sashing design is a variant of the traditional "egg and dart". This is a table runner ruler work sampler I am working on. It makes a great secondary design with a circle around the block.

My parents and I took the kids to Washington DC to "see the cherry blossoms" but I think the kids are at an age where they were like, "meh, trees".

They all loved the train trip, especially my 5yo. My oldest really liked the Jefferson Memorial. It was a rainy day, so it wasn't too crowded.

Here's a shot of the Washington Monument and some of the cherry trees. They were in pretty much full bloom, but the gloomy skies spoiled the effect a bit.

We did a lot of walking. It was pretty hard on my 5yo, so that resulted in being rough on me. But the rest did very well. Nobody got lost, so that's a good thing. Somebody kept insisting that we'd find some place to eat besides the food carts, so we ended up eating at the USDA employee cafeteria. It was pretty good, a lot like eating at a mall food court, but I would have preferred a meal without armed security guards checking us in, showing our ID, and a metal detector. I may have been pretty irritated with our self-appointed leader at that point.

After the cherry trees, we hit the Smithsonian, where lo and behold, they had cafes in each building. Of course, you have to go through a metal detector to get into the Smithsonian too, so I guess the USDA building wasn't so unusual (though while open to the public, it wasn't really a great place for kids and I felt like we were someplace we shouldn't be).

Ian loved seeing the trains in the Smithsonian. I wish we had enough time to see more of the Smithsonian buildings, but we had a train to catch. I really enjoyed the train ride myself, looking at some beautiful scenery and reading a book after dark. It was relaxing.

We've got some beautiful cherry blossoms here at the house too! My lilac bushes are flowering too.

That's it for now. I hope you have had a great weekend so far and enjoy the rest of it.


  1. Cherry blossoms, lilacs and the Smithsonian. It doesn't get any better!

  2. What a trip! The cherry trees are lovely, and what a great opportunity, though a little difficult. I live on the west
    coast so I probably won't get over there, so thanks for sharing the experience.

  3. These quilts are way too awesome. Thanks for the pictures. My mom just loves quilting. Lately she took part in the quilting contest that had been organized at some domestic event venues in NYC and won first prize. Now she is working hard for the next contest that she’ll be attending in Dallas.