Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

I Like Thursday #24 -

Happy Thursday Eve, friends!  I didn't use to like Thursdays, back when I was working.  They seemed like a long day, which needed to be gotten through, in order for Friday to come!  We sometimes referred to Thursday as "Friday Eve."

But now I like Thursdays - it's the day I've chosen to post about things I like, the good things of my life, what gives me pleasure, what I am thankful for.  

This week, I like my daffodils even more than I liked them last week, because they are just blooming like crazy!  I'm really enjoying Spring!

I like discovering books that continue stories and characters that I have enjoyed in the past.  When my dad was alive, we shared a lot of books, and one of our favorite series was written by Tony Hillerman. These books always took place in the Navajo country of New Mexico and Arizona.  The main characters were Navajo Tribal policemen who always had a mystery to solve.  These books also have a lot of Native American culture and beliefs woven into the stories which I always enjoy.  The last book in the series was written in 2006, and Tony Hillerman passed away in 2008.

I just found out that Tony Hillerman's daughter, Anne, has begun writing a new series featuring these same characters, so I checked the first one out from the library last week, and enjoyed every page of it!  It was like meeting up with an old friend.

I quickly finished this one, and now I am on the second book in the series, called Rock with Wings.

I like a freshly painted room!  (Although I have to admit, I don't enjoy the actual painting...)  This week, we decided it was time to get started painting the inside of our house.  We started with the stairway hall, because it really needed some work.  Painting a stairway is not necessarily easy, but oh, it does look so much better!  

I like making small, but useful items, like cloth napkins or drawstring bags.  They are quick to make and fun, plus they make great gifts for friends.  If you're interested in making something like this, you can find a tutorial from In Color Order here.

I made this drawstring bag as a gift for a quilty blogger friend who I got to meet in real life!!!!!  It is LeeAnna from Not Afraid of Color - our muse for I Like Thursdays, as well as many other quilt-related inspirations, who came to Colorado, and got in touch with me about getting together.

We met up at my favorite quilt shop, and enjoyed lots of fabric related conversation, among other things. This was my first opportunity to meet a blogger-friend, but definitely not my last, as it was great fun to find out how much we have in common.

Which brings me to - be sure to check out LeeAnna's blog, Not Afraid of Color, because she is the original I Like Thursday girl, and hosts a blog hop there every Thursday for anyone who writes a similar post.  

Thanks for visiting today, and Happy Thursday!


Libby in TN said...

I'm so jealous you got to meet LeeAnna before me! I am also a fan of Tony Hillerman; now can't wait to read daughter's book. Have a great weekend.

Vicki in MN said...

Thank you for sharing your daffy's in bloom. mine are just getting their buds now. My crocus popped out of the ground without me knowing, can't wait to see the beautiful purple.
So cool you got to meet up with LeeAnna-love that you picked a fabric to match your jacket!

Mary in Peoria Handmade said...

I love your drawstring bag and of course the daffodils! How sweet you were able to meet LeeAnna- I am a fan of hers also.
Enjoy your day! mary in Az

LA Paylor said...

Hee hee! And I bought more fabric than Dian who showed great restraint! She and her husband are terrific. Dian, isn't it fun to see the varied likes each week? We are forming a community and need a convention lol! When I wrote my like pre-trip frenzy, i forgot the links but they are in place now! Great to meet you! thanks for sharing your quilt store and lunch place, and great conversation. LeeAnna

Janice Holton said...

Flowers, books, paint and fabric. What more could you ask for? You've been a busy gal! So fun meeting a fellow blogging friend. I haven't had the chance to do that yet but might possibly get to next month if I can make it to a quilting class that is scheduled in Idaho! I'm hoping so!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

What? More Jim Chee mysteries? You just made my day!

PaintedThread said...

I love the daffodils. Looks like you've been doing lots of fun stuff!

Unknown said...

I'm liking daffodils this time of year too. Their cheer is undeniable! How wonderful that you got to meet up with Lee Anna! It looks like you both had a great time in that fabric shop!

Michele McLaughlin said...

Dang! Wish I could meet LeeAnna! Thanks for the great post! What daffs that are blooming here are not doing too well. Have a wonderful day!!!

Kate said...

What a fun opportunity, to meet up with a blogging buddy.

Preeti said...

I had to come visit your blog to see your side of the story after reading LeeAnna's. Meeting quilty friends is the best. That is exactly how I spent my weekend, so I know. Bet LeeAnna loved her gift. You two make a pretty picture.