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Hello everyone from cool and rainy Nebraska. Things are nice and green here. It smells so fresh and clean! The cattle are out on grass and calving is half done. Branding day has been set for the 19th of June.

My girl is back from her 2 week study abroad trip to London and Scotland. (Thanks to all who prayed for her safe trip.) She is not a huge fan of flying, but enjoyed her time. She wished she could have had more time in Scotland, which was her favorite part of the trip although she enjoyed the sights in London as well. A quilter from Scotland kindly dropped everything she was doing to spend the day with her and show her the sights. (Thanks Doreen!) I think she probably won't have a full appreciation for the total experience until a little time has gone by and she's had time to process it all. All that's left of that class is to turn in a 15 page report. She is slowly resetting her inner clock to our time zone. The first night she was home, she went to bed at 7 p.m. and when I woke up at 5:30 a.m., she already had the laundry going!

I just heard the oven timer go off, so she must be in the kitchen baking something. (...uh, I'm not sure I'll be able to let her go back to college next fall...)

She and I are preparing for next week's Vacation Bible School. Ours is a small country church and I don't expect more than 15 kids or so. We are a little short on adult helpers this year, but things usually come together in the end.

After the graduation quilts were done I found myself at an "in between projects" place. Yikes! How did that happen? Usually I have several things going at once. I finally have the binding on the Triple Irish Chain quilt. My husband is staining and finishing the pieces for my new Graceframe Z44. I'm excited to get it put together although none of us are quite sure where I'm going to set it up! I have a couple of quilt tops waiting to be hand quilted. One top will probably be basted so I can quilt on it in my lap frame, but I'm going to try to quilt the other one in the frame. I'm also trying to get a hand-applique, take-along project ready to go. I just need a few more fat quarters of those Mama's Cottons from CT...

Happy quilting everyone! PQ

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Comment by cellogirl on June 2, 2009 at 12:45pm
We miss your blogs!! Have a great Vacation Bible School and we'll wait "patiently" for the next entry on your adventures as PQ!!
Comment by Betty Royce on May 29, 2009 at 9:42am
Thank you for sharing your daughter made it home safely! Wonderful news. I'm supposed to move my sewing spot for a week today; have company coming. Newlyweds from Wis. Both lost jobs within 1st 6mo. of marriage. What a challenge. Somehow it sounds like 30's stories I heard from Aunts/Uncles while growing up. My comforting "fallback" is always sewing. My DH's new accordian came at last & he is in 7th heaven playing on it. I'm curious: where did you learn to sew? Take care & enjoy summer.Betty
Comment by Lori on May 27, 2009 at 5:23pm
Sounds like things are back to normal with a full summer of adventures ahead for you. I tried a quilting fram but felt to confined. Still have the frame. Plan on using it when we build the new house and it can be set up in new sewing room. Have a wonderful week with the family. Lori
Comment by Joana Simmers/GA on May 27, 2009 at 4:04pm
PQ--i bought a Z44 last year with no where to put it--thought we would be moving. it lives in a wall in my dining room when not in use. I leave it in the crib size right now--may not set up in queen again until we really do move. It stretched the entire length of our living room. DH didn't mind except that he couldn't see me in the evening because it was between us. I'm so glad your DD is home and baking away. My son is home for the summer. I'm so glad. really. I'll miss him a lot when he is gone again in the fall. PQ Slave Girl--glad you are home with lots of adventures to think about. What a great opportunity! Enjoy your summer.
Comment by ranchmom/OR on May 27, 2009 at 10:54am
PQ Slave Girl have a nice summer at home with your MOM she is a very special lady. Sounds like you had a good trip.
Comment by Ginger Anne Johnson on May 27, 2009 at 10:46am
I can understand your desire to keep your "slave daughter" at home, but believe me, when it's time for them to leaave home, both of you are happier when they go. Our son was home too long and we were all relieved when he decided to enlist into the Air Force. We missed him, but when he came home, he was happy to be there. Of course that was when our country wasn't at war. That's a different situation now. I'm working on a doll quilt for a little friend who is going to be 3 in a few days so I'd better get busy.
Comment by Pam/NY on May 27, 2009 at 10:46am
Hey slave girl...after that first month at school...you'll be wondering what the family is doing...enjoy the summer...you're an adult the rest of your life! Glad you had a wonderful trip...it's always the best to have some local show you around where it's states side or elsewhere.
Comment by Maryann**NY on May 27, 2009 at 10:20am
I'm glad your DD is home safe and sound. I am sure she has wonderful memories. How nice of Doreen to go the extra mile! Aren't Quilters the Best People!
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 27, 2009 at 10:16am
PQ's slave girl here: I will definitely be gone in the fall...SHE CAN'T MAKE ME STAY!! :)
Comment by ranchmom/OR on May 27, 2009 at 10:08am
I am so glad that your DD had a good time on her two weeks abroad. It is great she had the opportunity to spend the day with Doreen, this site is amazing, through it we have been able to connect and make friends all over the world with the same interest we have in quilting. I guess it just goes to show this old ranch girl that the world is indeed a smaller place then it seems at times to me. I can spend days on the ranch and see nobody but family, walk or ride two or three miles from the house and see no one, come into my office and turn on my computer and the world is at my finger tips just amazing to me.

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