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I’ve been “out” of the studio most of this week… we took a long weekend trip to Florida and had a really wonderful, sunny, fun time… Sigh… I really didn’t want to leave!! The weather was perfect the entire time we were there. We spent the first part in the St. Petersburg area, visiting my parents who winter down there- some fishing boats were coming in at the marina and there were flocks of these pelicans waiting for scraps as the fishermen cleaned the fish. Can you see that huge group of them in the water in the lower right corner, waiting for their handouts? It was a real frenzy and so much fun to watch!

pelicansThen we spent a couple of days in Orlando. Our family from England are currently visiting all of the theme parks in the area, so we decided to go and have a little family reunion.

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The Disney Animal Kingdom park was amazing- we especially loved the safari ride- amazing that you can see the animals so close up and without a fence in the way!

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We also saw elephants, zebras, rhinoceros, warthogs, gorgeous birds… really amazing! I can’t recommend it enough- if you or your children love animals this is a fabulous park to visit.

Of course, all good things must come to an end. We came home to cool rainy weather and gray landscape- blech! (My son-in-law loves Florida as much as I do, and we are trying to talk the rest of the family into moving to Florida!)

I also came home to this: several boxes of Moda fabric!

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These bolts will be cut into kits for my upcoming free Block of the Month!! Woo hoo! I think you’ve going to love this. The kits will be available for pre-order sometime in March, and will ship sometime in May. Be sure you are on my mailing list so you find out when the kits and Free BOM Patterns are available!

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Of course, the BEST thing to come home to was this guy… We had a lot of extra snuggling time when we got back and picked him up from the kennel:

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IN the studio, a little work has gotten done… I handed off the BOM quilt to my long arm quilter, Danny. We had a “lunch meeting” and talked about the project (I love lunch meetings!!)

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And I’ve been working on another pattern for the Small and Sweet Mini Quilt Club (I’m trying to work ahead on these- I’ve got a lot going on in April and May with more travel and the launch of the Block of the Month.) I’m thinking about putting a fabric kit together for this pattern- your thoughts?? I LOVE the cherry print fabric, don’t you?? Find out all about the club here– it is a series of 6 monthly patterns for making adorable little Mini Quilts, and you still have plenty of time to sign up.

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Who’s watching the final season of Downton Abbey?? I’ve just caught up on this past Sunday’s episode- Oh! That Mary!! I just want to box her pretty ears!! I don’t care how “heartbroken” she is, she’s just plain mean. I DO hope that Edith finds happiness and that Tom Branson finds someone special too. Just one more episode left for the series!

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Check out the February Designer of the Month, Kari Carr, over at the Aurifil Blog and get the free pattern to make this gorgeous Lake Life block! (I will be the Aurifil Designer of the Month in June!)

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OK…. lots to catch up on! Hope you’re having a great week!

Lovely Day Lemon Art- Jacquelynne Steves