May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 NIV

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Summer Fun and Travels

Just saw that my last posting was in May.  I'm really slacking off of regular blogging.  
The DGDs finished school the middle of June.  Next year Makayla will be in 5th grade and Violet will be in 3rd.  I am so excited that Violet's teacher will be Jessica, the teacher that I have been volunteering with for several years.  She is moving to 3rd.  We managed to get in  some fun time together just before their family headed off for a three week trip to Kenya.
Makayla giving Violet a manicure for the trip
I took everyone to the airport and on the way back, I stopped in San Mateo to check out a couple of Quilt Shops.  There is a summer shop hop going on across the U.S. where you can pick up free patterns.  I bought two kits but after doing the one row, decided that I'm not going to get too gung-ho about this project.   
Kits from 2 San Mateo quilt shops

One row finished along with a couple "just for fun" blocks
I am still working on the row by row challenge that I did with the Loosies a few years ago.  I am now on the FM quilting.  Little by little it is getting done. 
Everytime I work on this, I remember how much I like it.
Pulled out  a fabric bundle and made a quilt top for community quilts.  Of course, it needs to be sandwiched, quilted and bound.
If the DGDs were younger, I would give this to them
Everyone came back safe and sound from Kenya.  I prayed fervently the whole three weeks.  World travel can by a bit iffy these days.  They had a great time, new adventures, animal safaris, and interesting foods. 
Dear son, Jon came home with a beard!  So handsome!
While the family was in Kenya, Lissa's dad passed away in Los Angeles.  We went down to help out with the girls, visit Jim's sister Cathy and attend the Celebration of Life gathering. 
Visit to the Autry Museum in Griffith Park

Arnold Green in his younger years
Jon and his cousin Cheryl Karton at the Celebration of Life gathering

Game night
And to finish off this post, pics of a recent trip to Grass Valley, California where I renewed friendships with long-time friends.
Jim and Carol Posthumus, me, Amy and Bert Spencer

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Best Friends Forever......California Version

So many joys, so many trials.  I have been blessed to go through life's ups and downs with dear friends.  Just recently, I spent 5 days with the "Hume Honeys".......friends that go back to pregnancy, child-rearing and days living in Valencia at our first home in the Fairways development.  These girlfriends have seen me through childbirth and have stepped up to being the other mothers in my boys lives.  Though our children have weathered childhood and have flown the nest, we "other mothers" have kept in touch throughout 40+ years.  We have survived the death of two sons and one spouse and there is a child's marriage that is having some problems.  Through it all, we laugh, love and pray for each other.  
I can't imagine life without these women. 
Barbara Dodson traveled from Granger, IN to be with us

At Sandy Scott's Condo in Lake Tahoe, CA

Beginning with food and drink...Sandy Scott, Mary Bentley, Leslie Sorenson, Barbara Dodson

Mary Bentley and Leslie Sorenson,

Sandy Scott and Barbara Dodson

 And just to make life interesting, it snowed the day we left South Lake Tahoe.....

Blessed Be The Tie That Binds!
Cinco de Mayo 2015

Sewing Project - Not a Quilt

While in Carpinteria last month, I stopped by Roxanne's Make a Wish Quilt shop.  Well, actually, I stopped by at least 3 times. I love her inventory of bright colorful fabrics.  There is always something new to see.  I couldn't resist this chicken fabric.  It helped that they had it made up in a reversible apron.  I felt it calling to me so I bought fabric and pattern and today I finished this.  It will be a present for Lissa and the girls.

While in Carpinteria, I worked diligently on several UFOs.   One was a Fall themed block exchange quilt from 25+ years ago.  I had started out hand-quilting it and I finished it up with machine quilting.  I know it is old because it has fluffy poly batting in it.  But here it is.....Finished is good!

I also worked on my Jackie Gehring project from two different Road to California classes.  It still needs to be bound but it is almost finished.  I have no idea what to do with it.  It is basically a sampler of techniques.  I like the fabrics and colors. 
Carpinteria was lovely as usual.  My niece, Cheryl and I enjoyed a home tour and a visit to an orchid supplier.  We visited, watched a movie and worked on puzzles.  I missed the DGDs and hope they can come next year.

I am truly blessed.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Drowning in UFOs

Today while looking for a certain UFO (which I never found!), I found all of this: 
Filling the dining room table with quilts, quilts, and more quilts

Bed-size, lap-size, wall-hanging, small projects, etc., etc., etc.

Love, love, love, all the quilty color

and this......this is the pile of UFOs 

Unfortunately, the missing UFO has not come forward.  And in the spirit of full disclosure, there are more UFOs hiding in bags and baskets around the room.  I also set aside a few pieces to give away. 
Making small sewing project at a time.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Winnings Project

I won a prize at this month's AVQ meeting.  It was a tin full of 2 1/2" squares of Jennifer Sampou fabric.  It gave way to this project from Heather Mulder Peterson.  The table runner is from a series that she did called Mini Charmers I.  This one is Woven Squares.  I found the pattern in Heather's blog on-line.
Lots of pretty colors

Neutral background
The project went quickly but it was a bit tricky.  You had to sew straight and watch that quarter-inch seam.  There were lots and lots of small pieces to put together.  Then there was choosing the colors and deciding where they would go.  I finally decided that there was no perfect lay-out and I stopped moving squares around and just began sewing.  It's not perfect.  Don't look too closely but when it is quilted, it will probably look nice on a table. 
Ready to sandwich and quilt.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Top For Quilt Day

Can't say that National Quilt Day is particularly on my radar but it just so happens that I've been sewing and it is National Quilt Day.  I finished up a top that is made entirely of left-over strips and stash.  WhooHoo!  I think it needs another border but I'll let it sit and marinate for awhile. 
Pattern is called Hashtag.  That's what it looks like to me.

Friday, March 20, 2015

A Little of This A Little of That

Halfway through March!  How can that be?  In fact, I believe this is the first day of Spring.  Definitely feels springlike here in No. California with lots of pollen flying around.  I doubt that the east coast is feeling too springlike quite yet.  

We have had a sad thing happen this month.  Our dear friend, Rick Scott passed away on March 1.  His wife Sandy is one of my "other mother" friends.  We met Rick and Sandy when we lived at the Fairways in Valencia.  Rick will always be remembered as a man who loved God, loved his wife and loved his family.  

March brings birthdays and anniversaries to our family.  Jon was first up with his 40th (mother lets out a big sigh.....) birthday.  As the saying goes "my how time flies".  We celebrated this first-born son with dinner at his house and letting him pick his favorite game to play.  He chose 21B Baker Street, a game with fond memories from childhood. I was finally able to present him with his quilt.  At Christmas, it was only a top.  He liked the music and science themed fabrics. 

Jim and I celebrated our 46th anniversary on March 15.  We went to see a movie at the Alameda Theater, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and then we had dinner out at the grill next door to the theater.  Jim gifted me a comfy cozy merlot colored sweatshirt that has a map of Alameda on it.  I gifted him a genealogy T-shirt that says "Genealogy....confusing the dead and irritating the living". 

This month I have been teaching a quilting class to 3 darling first graders through the 4-H program at EBI (The DGDs school).  It has been fun and they managed to hand-sew a four patch together and then finish it into a tiny pillow.  I was so proud of them. Next week I start a new group at EBI's other campus.
Taking a look at other quilt-related and sewing stuff, this is what you would see: 

Enjoying the longer days of Spring.  Flowers blooming.  Trees leafing out.  Birds singing.  If we could just get a little rain to come along.