09 Mar

Austin

Where to start? So much going on, so little time. I could do things, or I could blog about them, but there does not seem to be time to do both (there’s hardly enough time to do just the “things”). Anyway, we went to Austin last weekend. My brother in law got married and he and his bride made a whole wonderful family reunion weekend out of it.

We explored Austin. We checked out the capitol building and I tried to get the kids to compare and contrast this one to “ours” in Honolulu, but they were enchanted by the squirrels! Yeah, we don’t have squirrels in Hawai’i.

Kids and I went horseback riding with hubby’s cousin at a local ranch.

We saw some cool street art to continue the theme from a few weeks ago.
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There was evidence of Hawai’i influence (though it’s correctly “shave ice,” not “shaved ice”). And by the way, the whole food truck thang seems to be quite popular in Austin. In fact food in general is quite popular in Austin. There was no shortage of interesting and delicious restaurants.
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I dragged the family to a quilt shop for “modern” fabrics (Stitch Lab. Charming), and a yarn shop (Hill Country Weavers) which had really, really great samples! This chicken photo is for Megan who doesn’t even read my blog but is knitting an adorable giant owl.
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The city motto is “Keep Austin Weird” and for being in Texas it sure is different. It reminded me of Melrose and Santa Monica streets in LA. I thought this medic turtle was wonderfully weird.
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Just about everyone converged on the boot store.
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Oh yeah, these came home with me!

Of course with a wedding comes a wedding quilt. As the couple lives in Texas, we thought a Lone Star was in order. My mother- and sisters in law settled on a pattern from “Material Obsession 2” and made it in the wedding colors.

I pieced the center and sent it to my mother in law to piece the smaller corner stars in their circles.

Then she sent it off to one of my sisters in law who hand quilted the whole thing in her gorgeous, tiny stitches. She finished it just in time so the best photo I have is in the hotel room!
Lone Star Quilt awaiting it's debut

It was well received (the bride LOVED that the grey fabric sparkles!) and I hope that it enjoys many years of use with the happy couple.

Cheers!