Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Thornberries

Before I went to the glorious mountains,  I went to my monthly Thornberries meeting.  it was great to see everyone, since I hadn't been there for 2 months! 

my show and tell was a picture of Belle's quilt. 


Sue had 2 quilts finished!!! 

 
this first one was a block we all did.  at Christmas we played a game, whoever won, got all the blocks!  I am still so jealous of that quilt.  I love it!!!!


this one was a swap a few years ago.  we each did one block for everyone.  I believe mine is still just a top.  I really should get it out and quilt it.  I still have time! 

Sue made chili and it was soooo good.  yum! 

Thanks gals.....

hugs...



Monday, October 20, 2014

Stash Report 28

Hi everyone!  I am home!  yeah!!  it was so wonderful up in the cool air of Williams.  The Aspens were starting to change their colors.  it was beautiful!  Thank you Vicki!!!! 


bobbins used this week: 3
bobbins used year to  date: 74
Thread spools emptied this week:  0
Thread spools emptied year to date:  14
Fabric used this week:  0
Fabric used year to date:  52 3/8
Fabric added this week:  5
Fabric added year to date:  37 yards


when I arrived at Vicki's this black cat greeted me! 

 
And we both had a witchy Barbie to watch over us!
 
 
We did start one new project.  pumpkin table runners!  The tops are done.  just have to be quilted! 
 
 
Now do you remember those 5000 2.5" Halloween squares I was cutting?  we have talked about making this quilt forever.  Last year, Vicki bought the background for it, and I took it home to cut bricks - 2.5" x 6.5". 
 
Well........  I thought Vicki took the fabric to cut, she knew I took it home.  But neither of us can remember what the fabric looked like!  oh my..... so off to the quilt store.
 
We looked and looked.  how would this look, hmmmmm.... no, how about this? 
Finally we found some ombre green from moda.  OH. MY.  GOSH!!!!  perfect.
 
 
there are 11 vertical rows.  I am at 5.  by the end of the week it should be together. and I will take a better picture.  the green goes from dark to light in the middle to dark again.  The pattern is called In Grannies Dream.  In person it looks awesome!!!! 
 
we also started our 16 patch blocks from Aunt Polly's Blog Wicked bits.  I so love that quilt.  I made 32 of them.  I need 90. 
 
we have more than enough squares.  But not enough yellows.  So we are cutting more squares!  We have already started conspiring what to do with the extra squares we will have. 
 
We had the best time.  laughed a lot.  sewed a lot.  and relaxed.  Just what we needed.  Thanks Vicki!
 
 
 
Oh, BTW, hubby said you guys must not have sewed a lot this time.  Why, I asked.  He replied you don't have a lot of things finished!  Oh my dear, I replied, do you realize how long it takes to sew 2.5" squares together?  he replied, Apparently not! 
 
 
hugs......
 

Monday, October 13, 2014

stash report 27

Hi everyone!  not much this week.  I have been getting ready for my retreat with Vicki!!!  By the time you read this, I will be on my way to Williams to quilt the week away.......  oh yeah!

bobbins used this week: 2
bobbins used year to  date: 71
Thread spools emptied this week:  0
Thread spools emptied year to date:  14
Fabric used this week:  0
Fabric used year to date:  52 3/8
Fabric added this week:  0
Fabric added year to date:  32 yards

Last time Vicki and I were together, we had a whole sack full of scraps of Halloween fabric.  I cut those all up and now not much is left of that pile. 


see these two bags?  there are a lot of 2.5 squares, a lot.... together over 5000 squares.  mercy me!  there is enough for 2 quilts each, we are planning on making and still have squares left over...... 

I also made Hudson a batman cape! 


Now off to finish packing so I can go to the cool mountains.  lovely!  I can't wait....

hugs.....

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mail, wonderful mail!


Hi everyone!  I love reading blogs.  I love to enter drawings on blogs.  sometimes I win, and usually I don't.  But today I can say I WON!!!!  yeah!!! 


Joan at moosestash quilting had a give away.  I love Joan's style and everything she makes.  I have gotten so many ideas from here.  I have joined several groups she has recommended.  She has never steered me wrong. 

Well, this time I was the lucky winner!

  
 
Joan made this wallet so that it is light weight, so hands can be free,  stylish little bag.  There is a place on the front for my phone.  slots inside for credit cards and such.  I a place for my driver's license.  all the necessities.  It will be wonderful to use next time I go to a quilt show or shopping trip.  she also made a couple of little tags. she suggested to hang them from my rotary cutter, scissors and such.  great idea!!! 
 
Thank you Joan.  it is very much appreciated.....
 
Now in another group, Scrappy Happy yahoo group we signed up for birthday block exchange.  we could pick our month, and 12" block.  I picked pink 30s bowties.  Now my month isn't until December.  I am the last one.  I have enjoyed making all the different blocks for everyone.  I have just one more to make and that is November. 
 
 
In the mail the other day was a large envelope from Donnelly.  It was my birthday block!  Wow, 3 months early!!!!  thank you Donnelly. 
 
 



Won't my quilt be lovely?  and thank you Donnelly for the 30s fabric.  I don't have that one.  love it!!! 

hugs.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Stash Report 26

Hi everyone!  not too much to report today....

bobbins used this week:  7
bobbins used year to  date:  69
Thread spools emptied this week:  0
Thread spools emptied year to date:  14
Fabric used this week:  7 5/8 years
Fabric used year to date:  52 3/8
Fabric added this week:  0
Fabric added year to date:  32 yards

like I said, not much to report. 

Vicki and I are getting together at her home in Williams really soon.  I can't wait!!  so I am trying to get things organized to take up there. 

So, in saying that, I have squared up 444 3" half square triangles!


that's not all of the half squares, but it is all of the leavings from squaring up!  I am proud of that little pile!  LOL.....

Over the last couple of years, I have been making the evenings star block in 30's.  In fact I love the block so much, I was in a swap with my Thornberries group AND my Scrappy and Happy yahoo group.  I haven't counted, buy I know I have A LOT.  My plan was, and still is to share with Vicki and make a quilt with it.  One of the ladies from the Scrappy and Happy group put hers on point!  oh my!  I loved it!!!


Didn't Nola do a fantastic job?   Now, I need to do some counting and figure out my game plan..... 

For several years, I have been working on I done my best blocks.  I think I started this one with Cyndi about 4 years ago.  Cyndi and I had gone up to Payson for a retreat and saw this quilt.  Our hearts started beating fast, I think we I might of gotten dizzy!  it was such a sweet quilt. And the class they were having, we couldn't go to.  Sigh...  Well, we talked about that quilt for a couple of months.  One day we saw someone who worked there, and that quilt came up again.  She told us,she was sure the lady who taught the class could help us out. 

the book was no longer available, but Dorothy said she would trace it out onto fabric for us.  we had to pay for the fabric.  hmmmmm, YES!!!!  so I worked hard and finished January through June.  I got about half way done with July.  and there it sat for a few years.  I HAVE JULY DONE!!!!!  yeah!!!!


Now that feels good.  I have already started August.

Another project I have been working on for several years, is a Dear Jane quilt.  I have a friend who has made at least two of these quilts and probably has enough blocks for a couple more.  She has been in swaps for years.  Those quilts are so beautiful, I love looking at them.  So many moons again, I started my Dear Jane with several other people.  only not quite the same.  I am embroidering the blocks! 

I just finished  block F-6.  I trace one row at a time.  I have been trying to as soon as a block is done, I square it up.  and sew it into the row.  so off I go to do that......



 I am on a roll....  Wish me luck....

hugs......

Friday, October 3, 2014

Yuma Territorial Prison

Hi Everyone,  on our way to CA, Lee had to stop in Yuma to do a inventory at one of our stores.  So, Lexi, Zoe, Gunner and I played while Lee worked. 

We looked up things to do in Yuma, AZ.  We all voted for the prison.  Last time I was there, was a LONG time ago.  in 1960 it became a national park.  Can I just say, things have changed a lot! 

The Yuma Territorial Prison was built by the prisoners in 1876,  it was open till 1909.  It is rich in history.  Things have changed so much.  down by the Gila river (which flows into the Colorado River) are picnic table, benches, walking paths.  Really beautiful. 


See how green it is!  It was a warm day, with a cool breeze....

The kids all got to try on a prison outfit and get there picture taken.  I told them to look mean! 



 
Several of the cells were open and so I locked up the kids!  not really, but we had fun.....


Go to the website to read about the dark cell.  kind of creepy.  prisoners were put in there for slight things.  no windows, no beds, no ventilation, no bathroom. nothing but a dark room.  one of the prisoners was in there for 104 days. 


The workers there were so nice and helpful.  If you go, put on your walking shoes and make sure it's not in the summer.  Temperatures in Yuma can get really hot!  like around 115 degrees or hotter in the middle of summer.  All the kids really enjoyed themselves.  and I think appreciated there lives a little more. 

afterwards, to Mc Donald's to get a little bit of ice cream to cool off, while Lee finished his work. 


Then back in the car for the last leg of our trip.......

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Baptism Day

Hi everyone!  Our Belle chose to become a member of The church of Jesus Christ of Latter - Day Saints  In our church we belive that when a child turns 8 years old, they are old enough and can be accountable for their actions. 

Belle was so excited!  to make this day even sweeter, her brother, Jordyn came home from his mission! 



Here is her daddy, Michael and Belle just before she was baptized. 

this picture was taken at home, just before we left for the church.  Belle was going to have a birthday after the baptism.  Lots of aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and friend came to both! 


I have to say, that I take lots of pictures, and everyone is always so excited to have their picture taken! NOT!!!  anyway, a few of my grands...... 

It was a magical day.......