Saturday, July 3, 2010

Vacation, week 2

We left Martha's Vineyard last Sunday and headed to Amherst, MA to spend a week with my twin sister and her family. We make this trip every year, and it is one of the things I look forward to most in life. My husband and my oldest spend the week at Amherst College basketball camp, and my sister does her best to wear me out with all the activities she plans for us and the three younger kids. We went swimming, we rode bikes, we took a road trip to New Hampshire, we went to a playground, we had FUN!

The camera missed most of the action, but it didn't miss the train ride at the park,

(my twin sis and my beautiful niece)

(Donald - no, you don't need a helmet to ride the train, but we had been riding bikes)

(my nephew and Donald - so glad it isn't my son making the face this time!)

and it didn't miss the visit of my college roommate and her son, who hopped in the car to come down and visit from Vermont.

It also didn't miss all the quilts I have made that are hanging on her walls - gotta love seeing your stuff in other people's homes. In my nephew's room (the first quilt I ever completed),

in my niece's room,

and in my sister's room.

Now I just need to get a completed quilt in MY room! I did get quite a bit of quilting done on my Bright Future quilt - it should be done this week, I think. I also picked up my new nephew's Bright Idea quilt to use as my fair entry this year, but it looks like some of the red has run! Ideas, anyone? The woman at the quilt shop told me to get Color Catcher from the laundry aisle for when I wash it, but does anyone have ideas about how to get out the small red stain? (Yes, I pre-wash, but this was a string quilt made from scraps from lots of people, and I can't guarantee that all scraps had been pre-washed.) I don't think I can enter a quilt with a stain, and I certainly don't have time to finish another in its place. I'm going to do my best to get this out before the quilt has to be turned in later this month.


Anonymous said...

I have been catching up on your vacation. So glad that you are having a good time with your sister and feeling better. It is always good to be with family. Enjoy the rest of your vacation and good luck on the stain.

Cheryl Willis said...

I love this time of year getting to see family and friends. Enjoy your vacation. cw

Quiltluver said...

Sounds like you and the kids are having lots of fun. I'll be interested to see if anyone has an answer on your stain. I have the same problem :(

Shirley said...

Sounds like a great vacation. It's always nice to see that others appreciate the quilts we give them. Sorry I have no idea what to do about your stain. I'm going to keep checking to see if anyone else does either.

Shay said...

I'm pretty sure red is the absolute worst colour to get out of I have no suggestions. Oh! I just remembered Suzanne over at Colorado Lady posted a stain remover recipe for old linens recently. It was for rust and other unknown stains . If I can find it I'll send it off to you via email.

P.S. Looks like the family is having lots of fun!