Thursday, January 10, 2008

Surf's Up

Our son came home for a visit yesterday, and I finally got to give him his "surfer" quilt. Now that he has moved up north, it will serve the dual purpose of keeping him warm and reminding him of home. He loved it, although I think his favorite part is the "back" with pictures of surfers on it. You may not be able to see the detail, but the quilting is done in scrolling waves. It was fun collecting all the "water" fabrics and it made me happy to work on it.

The sunshine is back and the weather is beautiful, although still chilly. After only six weeks in San Francisco, Andy thought it was "warm". He will NOT be surfing as the ocean water always has a high bacteria level from run off for a few days after a storm.
Last night we invited the rest of the family over for dessert and a nice visit. Afterwards Andy went out with his cousins. He loves his new life in San Fran, but he was happy to be home. For my part, I enjoyed feeding him and giving him something to keep him warm when he goes back.

Quilting Fitzy asked about when to pick citrus fruit. Our experience has been that the easier it is to pick from the tree, the sweeter and riper it is. We have done a lot of "trial and error", picking just one or two and sampling before taking more. If it tastes good, we go ahead and take some for eating. If the fruit doesn't come off easily, we also leave some on to see if it will get even better, which it usually does. I do love having fruit grown in our own yard. We don't use pesticides (just soapy water if the bugs get bad).

Today I am off work and will enjoy spending time visiting with Andy. Tonight we get to meet the girlfriend, who lives in San Francisco also but has family here. Tomorrow he takes off with his friends for a snowboarding weekend so I will go to work on Friday. Right now a cup of coffee and a couple of hours in my studio are just the thing since odds are good my son won't be out of bed for hours.
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Debra Spincic said...

It is a very cool quilt!

Quiltnbee said...

I'm loving the citrus on our trees right now...I picked tangelos and grapefruit this morning, the lemons are getting there and I see some limes. I have a weird tomato plant that keeps on growing--this is the third year and it has never died completely back...there are lots of little green tomatoes on it and one big fat one turning pink...gotta love winter here...=-)

QuiltingFitzy said...

I'll try to be patient. It's SO hard, they're SO beautiful! Thanks for the soapy water suggestion, we'll try that for sure. Our orange has some curling leaves, we are scared something's wrong with it! (nervous parents!)

Gerrie said...

Nice quilt. I have been thinking of making quilts for my kids. Enjoy the time with your son.

Rian said...

Oooh, I love that quilt. What is that saying about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery? I really like the pattern and I may flatter you and imitate that pattern for a baby quilt for DGD#3.

We get about the same weather here on the central coast as SF and I can attest to the fact that it's a whole lot colder up here! But you do get used to it. We are having gorgeous weather, too.

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Granny Fran said...

I love all those wonderful blue, water fabrics together like that!
Great quilt for a surfer!