Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rush Hour

I live in the North East USA.  One of several locations in the US with hideous Rush Hour issues.  I live at exit 8A of the NJ turnpike.  Anyone in the area listening to the evening traffic reports is very familiar with that location.  I literally live and breathe Rush Hour. Pretty much nightly it’s backed up and in the summer it stops completely. Well the time is coming very quickly when I will be leaving this ever so congested area and retiring to  Florida.




Before I go on with this saga I want to take the time to thank both Mdm. Samm and her ever so creative mind for master mining yet another creative adventure and Carol from http://www.justletmequilt.com/  for being the event coordinator and chief cheerleader. There is so much behind the scenes work going on and those of us who participate truly appreciate your  efforts.

I now also need to apologize for not sticking 100 % to the guidelines of this hop.    I designed this piece all by myself which was a relatively new adventure for me. I actually heard about this hop and a Brilliant idea formed in my head and then onto the fabric.  I told my mind that this was a red, white, black and gray hop but my mind insisted that I had to have some green thrown in for the proper effect.  I hope you will excuse me.

On with my story… We are retiring to The Villages, Florida sometime next year.  The Villages is something like the 7th largest city in the state.  It is an adult community of over 100,000 residents.  It is also a community of over 70,000 golf carts.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Get the Picture : )






Our new home actually came with a 2 car and 1 golf cart garage.  There is still a rush hour but it’s very, very different.




They rush for Tee times,  for exercise  classes, for pretty much anything you can think of.  They just do most of their rushing in Golf Carts.  The carts are a year round mode of transportation if you want.  They come with various enclosures.  Ours has roll down sides and back that zip shut.  We were there last winter and discovered that even in Florida there is a chill in the air and on the legs.  MJ asked for a quilt for the cart and Mdm Samm and Carol asked for something  for Rush Hour.  Timing is everything. 

So here is my new view of Rush Hour.






We were at the house in late August. I had to have the quilt finished so I could get the photos taken with the proper backdrop.  Left the quilt there and came home to NJ with my pictures.  While looking  them over and choosing several for this post I realized with a chuckle that my golf carts must be state of the art since they are riding down the road without the benefit of a driver (OK there are probably "drivers" mixed in with the clubs, but seriously)







So I hope you can see the need for the green.  I tried to do the roadway without it and it was just a striped quilt with carts.  

Now speaking of a quilt with cars.. Can’t you see this quilt without the golf carts but with a couple of stuffed cars for a great baby quilt gift.    I think I need to find me a pattern for a stuffed car (suggestions are welcome).

Thanks for stopping by and joining the Rush Hour Fun.  Not too often you can put those 3 words together in a sentence.  Please stop by and visit the other participants today as well as yesterday and the days to come. Such talent is not to be missed.  Here are the links to all of the other presenters for this hop:

                                               Tuesday, September 23

Wednesday, September 24

Thursday, September 25

Friday, September 26

Monday, September 29

Tuesday, September 30





70 comments:

  1. Oh!!! That is ADORABLE! I vote this for the WOW of the day!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this!

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  2. My Aunt lived in the Villages - she moved up here to live with her daughter when her husband passed. And she talked about the golf carts (she hated them). This is just so clever and what a great addition to your new home.

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  3. Love your golf cart quilt! I love mine and think it needs a quilt! Thank you for sharing.

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  4. I love it!! The little golf carts are just a kick. Love the one with the large tires, made me giggle.

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  5. Sew fun! Thanks for sharing! Beth @ Words & Stitches, pbstrand@msn.com

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  6. I love your new rush hour. Your quilt is just so precious and will keep legs warm in a golf cart commute. I saw a special about that community on the Sunday Morning Show on CBS not too long ago. It looks like a great place to live.

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  7. Your golf cart quilt is really cute.

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  8. Lovely golf cart quilt, and you gave me a new perspective of Rush Hour! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. You are the BOMB!
    June-NC

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  10. You made me giggle! That quilt is amazing. I love it. It is going to be a whole new lifestyle for you. And that quilt should keep you nice and toasty, well maybe even roasty....... Thanks you for sharing, both quilt and story!

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  11. My darling man would love this kind of community...he loves his golf cart and a retired community filled with them...welll it is like a ...well i don't know what to compare it to...what a great plan to retire there...and your design and lap quilt really is striking....GREEN meaning go....meaning no rush hour traffic....smooth carting all the way...yes you are a treat....a lovely addition to our hop ...

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  12. What a lovely quilt. I think it is sew very cute. I hope you truly enjoy your non-rush hour life in Florida.

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  13. Your quilt is so cute! and that pop of green is perfect!

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  14. What a fun quilt and a great post. Happy golf cart cruising!

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  15. Love it Selina!! I think it is just the perfect choice

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  16. Very clever! Cruising around in a golf cart is much preferable to being stuck in absurd traffic every day; ongrats on the coming retirement & move!

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  17. Oh what a wonderful retirement home! I'm so jealous! ;-) Now complete with a perfect quilt too! I love it all! Great job!

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  18. What a fun idea! I'll just bet people will be stopping you to see that fabulous golf cart quilt!

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  19. It looks like a great place to retire to and ride around in that golf cart all day. I like that kind of rush hour! Your quilt is so cute with all those carts...my husband would love it!

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  20. Very cute idea to depict Rush Hour. The quilt is darling too.

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  21. There are plenty of Quilt Guilds in your new neighborhood, as well as, in the surrounding counties. Fabric shops are far and few between, but there is a magnificent shop in Trenton FL (not NJ). They converted the old Coke plant into a wonderful fabric shop with a café too. It makes for a great day trip. Enjoy your new home and lifestyle.

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  22. Your quilt is adorable, and it was very interesting to read about all the golf carts!

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  23. You are so funny - what a wonderful post! I have another blog friend who lives in the Villages and shows lots of great quilt guild/class pics. I love the quilt and the addition of green just was perfect for the side of the road. :) blessings, marlene

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  24. Your quilt is super cute! I love golf carts and constantly ask my husband if I can get one even though we don't live in Florida.... I actually live in NJ too and found your blog thru one of the girls doing this 1 hour thing with you!!!
    I live in Lanoka Harbor, which is exit 80 off the GSP! I retired as a secretary from the Lacey Middle School back last December when I turned 59. I was tired of the rush rush rush and the terrible parents! The kids we can deal with, it's the parents.

    I'll be following your blog now to see your adventures. What town do you live in? I'm up by your area a lot since my daughter lives in Deal and I shop at Mouse Creek Quilts often.....

    Peggy

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  25. A morning chuckle. Thanks. I love your quilt. Enjoy your new life in Florida. My husband has a friend that teaches bowling at The Village. Perhaps no Rush Hour, but lots of activities for your retirement.

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  26. What a cute quilt idea that is! And too, what a cute man to ask for a "quilt" for the golf cart rides in the chilly weather. I Love it! It sounds like you've got a great retirement plan in place. Enjoy!

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  27. Hi!!! Too sweet!!!! I love it!!!! It would be great for a little boy and for bigger boys too!!!! I bet a lot of older gentlemen would love it too!!!! Hope you have a lot of fun in Florida!!!! Thanks for the fun!!!!

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  28. What a fabulous quilt! You've earned a more serene rush hour and this quilt will keep you toasty and stylin'! Love it!

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  29. Great kwilt. I have been to the Villages. Tis quite a place.

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  30. Love your rush hour quilt!!! It is so much fun,!!!! Thanks for sharing it!

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  31. I STILL SUPER LOVE LOVE LOVE your little quilt...Just saw it on pinterest again and I still love it!!!

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  32. Never thought of a rush hour for golf carts and the fact that the cart would need its own garage. Enjoy retirement especially now that it can be cozy with your sweet rush hour quilt. Cute stitching project.

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  33. Well, you may have not followed the guide lines but you made the perfect quilt to a tee! There are parts in Georgia where everyone drives golf carts everywhere. Enjoy your retirement, It looks like a fun place to live. Wonderful job on your quilt and thanks for sharing.

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  34. Yeah, I've been in Florida in some of the campgrounds for snow birds and visited friends in some of the retirement/adult communities. Golf cart rush hour is for real. Cute quilt.

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  35. You are funny! I did not know such places existed, and you are so lucky to be retiring there! Love the quilt...perfect for your purpose. What an imagination you have! Thanks for sharing, and happy retirement...

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  36. Very creative. Thanks for sharing such a great quilt.

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  37. Oh my goodness! This is so much fun!! You did a wonderful job. I love the pictures of the golf carts too and cannot even imagine that many carts in one community. Enjoy your retirement!

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  38. Such a cute quilt and simply perfect for this next chapter in your life. We have some friends who retired to the Villages and they LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! Their grandchildren love to visit and drive the Go Cart!!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  39. Your design and implementation of Rush Hour Golf Cart Style is perfect. Best wishes on your retirement and move. Thank you sew very much for sharing and hopping. Creative Rush Hour Bliss...

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  40. How fun is that! Great design and yes, the green is needed. :)

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  41. What a wonderful quilt. State of the art, yup, wonderful. quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  42. Love the gold cart quilt. Happy soon retirement.

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  43. Your quilt made me chuckle! I actually thought that the golf carts were just parked on the road while the driver zipped off somewhere quick! You do know that in some Florida cities, those snowbirds are apt to do just that!! Enjoy Florida and the change in Rush Hour!!! In the little town closest to me, rush hour is 3 cars, a tractor and a pedestrian!! Love it!

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  44. Great quilt and those golf carts are just cute (even if they don't have drivers!).

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  45. Cutest quilt ever! Made me smile.

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  46. What an adorable quilt! I love your interpretation of rush hour with the golf carts - how cute. I didn't even notice there were no drivers...they are probably just stuck in traffic and are out visiting with the other drivers. :)

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  47. This made me smile! And what an amazing place to retire to. I hope you enjoy it x

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  48. What a cute quilt. My hubby would LOVE it! And I didn't notice no driver, well not people driver, just a golf club driver. lol

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  49. I envious of of your retirement village, I wish you the best and your quilt is great, others will want one. May you will start a new craze.

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  50. Your retirement locale looks idyllic and looks like you are ready to roll and get away from the epitome of Rush Hours. I cannot imagine how people deal with that day after day!

    Your quilt is adorable and of course you have to have greens with all the golf carts! Perfect for tossing over your laps when whizzing down the fairways.

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  51. Perfect rush hour quilt. It is so cute. No apology needed for the green.

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  52. Hi Tink's Mom! I live in FLA and my BF's mom lives in The Villages. We go down to quilt with her all the time. You are going to live in quilting nirvana! Anyway, love your golf cart quilt. I'll wave at you when I pass you on the sidewalk!

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    1. Abi, Thank you so much for your post I received notice of in my e-mail of this Rush Hour blog hop. So many cute ideas! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

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  54. How sweet! I like your lap throw. You are going to be asked for another one! We too bought our home, in the Missouri Ozarks, a year before moving when we retired, to be in the middle of our children in three states. We love it here in our home on a hilltop! I am amazed at all of the ideas ~ and my thanks to apple blossom for inviting me along! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  55. Love your quilt! You did a great job of it!

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  56. Oh this is so sweet and so appropriate for the Villages!! You will be in Golf Cart Rush Hour Heaven!! Thanks for sharing your Rush Hour Project with us!!

    Huggs, Nancy

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  57. I never never saw one golf cart live, and soooo many? waouh, I did not know there were so many on earth, LOL!
    Great quilt, thanks for showing!

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  58. I can just imagine the rush hours in those golf carts, the Shriners come to mind when they do their little scoot around during parades and such! Fabulous quilt to go with your cart!

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  59. I can relate to your "Rush Hour" at your house. My husband has family in that area and when we would visit, well, let's say nobody sat still! I like your quilt. Those golf carts are adorable! We traveled to FL and spent a year down there. We got to see "the Villages" and I know you will like it there. Everyone is so friendly. And golf carts...everyone has at least 1. Some are truly uniquely. Congratulations and Good luck to you and your hubby.

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  60. The green is PERFECT!! I laughed out loud when I saw all of the golf carts. Hmm. Do you have any problems with road rage in the community? LOL!

    Your quilt is fantastic. i think you should write a pattern for this, it'd be a hit I'm sure!!

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  61. What a great idea. I just so happen to be in NJ right now. Trenton! I love your quilt, and it will be a perfect reminder that you won't have the "Rush Hour" of up north. What a fun quilt.

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  62. What a fun quilt! Love the green and those carts are so fun.

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  63. You will be the envy of everyone. Very Fun. Bet you are counting down the days. Thanks for sharing . Janita

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  64. Great quilt! Love the picture of all the golf cars and your quilt goes perfect with them all!

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  65. Very cute quilt Selina. Congratulations on your home in The Villages. You'll be a Floridian like me :)

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