Most of my stitching time this week was spent on one of my long term travel projects, the butterfly medallion panel. I spent most of the week working on butterfly number 3 (out of 9 on the panel).
I keep planning to work on this while we are home, but I never remember to pull it out of it's case (hence all the folds and wrinkles).
Since we got home early Sunday afternoon, I was able to get a good start on the laundry, then go spend the evening in my sewing room. All the rows of the Christmas Angels quilt are now sewn together.
Getting this to the finished flimsy stage is my OMG for May. The plan is to spend most of today in the sewing room. My Guy is off on a 70 mile bike ride and the SIT has plans with friends. So I'll have the house to myself for most of the morning. Hopefully I can get the center all sewn together, finish the pieced border, plus add the two strip borders before the end of May.
That's all the quilty stuff for this post, so you can stop here if that's what you stopped by to see. You can read on if you are interested in seeing a few vacation photos.
Due to the changing dates of My Guy's business trips we opted for a close to home vacation this year. We spent some time in Missouri Wine Country to start.
A little wine is always a great way to start vacation. Stone Hill is one of our favorite wineries and we can highly recommend both the wines and their Vintage Restaurant. It's a must visit any time we are in the area.
We spent the rest of our vacation in the St. Louis area. Doing the expected things, like visiting the Botanical Gardens.
Yes, I have lots and lots of pictures of beautiful flowers, but I really loved these leaves. They look like someone tried to paint them green.
My Guy and I are both from Missouri. We were chagrined to realize a few years ago that the SIT had never seen the Gateway Arch. It's such an iconic part of the state, we really felt it was remiss of us that we'd never taken her. So we did that this trip.
Now she's been there, been up in it, so that's checked off the list.
We also visited the St. Louis Art Museum, but I don't have any photos from that visit. It's not hard to guess our next activity from the below photo.
I was amazed to find out the St. Louis Zoo is free if all you want to do is see the animals. We had a wonderful time, it really is a great place to spend a morning. Schools in the St. Louis area had classes until Friday. The zoo was really, really busy the morning we went. I can't imagine what it will be like this next week.
Our last outing was a place called The City Museum.
Yes, that's a school bus hanging out from the 10th floor of the museum. SIT said the listing for the museum said it was a place containing interactive displays of art. It really was a cross between an art museum and an amusement park. We had a lot of fun, but we were all a little sore that night from crawling around the caves and other exhibits. If you have older kids (tweens and teens) this is a great place for them to burn off any extra energy.
In between all the site seeing we ate a lot of great food (mostly, there were a couple of questionable meals), My Guy rode his bike on the Katy Trail in the mornings while the SIT and I shopped in Old Town St. Charles. It worked for all of us. Now to finish off all the accumulated laundry and spend some much needed R&R time in the sewing room.
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