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, 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. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

February Happenings

You would think that nothing has happened during the first two months of 2015.  I just don't get around to actually writing a blog very often.  But since I make a yearly book of my blog to have a yearly diary, I really should pay more attention to it. 
The last time I visited, we had celebrated the New Year with DGDs, apple juice, and champagne.  School  went back in session before we knew it with me going back to Wednesday volunteering with Jessica Inwood at EBI. 
Before I knew it, it was time for my annual trip to Southern California for Road to California.  This year was extra special because my good friend, Mary Moore Payne, came all the way out from snowy MD to attend the show with me.  We had great fun catching up and enjoying our love of art and quilting.
Mary Moore who can't believe that flowers bloom in January

Fringe Flower Class with Jodi Barrows 
Once I got home.......beginning of a wall-hanging idea
        Jacquie Gehring project from last year not yet quilted but new ideas for what to do            
My friend Linda Kussoy also joined us and we enjoyed dinners out and a side trip to Huntington Gardens in San Marino.  Mary Moore really liked the American Art Gallery and all the blooming flowers.   
February brought Makayla's birthday.  She is now officially "double digit".....10 years old.  She is such a thoughtful, caring and loving child.  She's a reader, a writer, a swimmer, and a friend to all. Her parents have struggled with school for next year and have made the decision to keep her at EBI for now.  Middle school will be here before we know it. 
Daring to go higher.  Rock Climbing was the theme of the party.

Happiness in accomplishment

Happy Birthday Makayla!

I seemed to find lots of time this month to quilt and sew.  Here are a few pics of projects. 
Community quilt

Looong time project finally finished.....It was a good practice piece along the way.

On-going paper piecing project that I take to groups to work on.

Community quilt in progress.

Jon's Christmas/Birthday quilt.  It is now finished (except for a label).
This last week, I began teaching a beginning hand-piecing class to four eager first graders at EBI.  What fun that was.  I'll be taking pictures along the way and I'll blog about it.  This class is through the 4-H program that EBI is now a part of.  After this class, I'll go to the San Pablo Campus to teach another 4 week class to 2nd and 3rd graders.  I love getting a new generation of sewers ready to enjoy the fun of quilting. 

And lastly, a cute pillow.  In 2010, I made a quilt that we use as a wall-hanging above our bed.  I played around with all the scraps from that quilt and eventually made a pillow top.  Of course, it sat around waiting to be quilted and made in to an actual pillow.  Finished it yesterday!  and here it is: 

I used what I had learned in Jacquie Gehring's class to do the quilting.  It is pretty easy with straight stitches and the walking foot but it is a lot of sewing.  I'm pretty happy with it.  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year 2015

We had such a great New Year's Eve and it did not involve dressing up or going out anywhere.  Instead, the DGDs came to our house to spend the night while their parents went out on the town.  It was a simple evening with dinner, Wii, watching "Peter Pan" and toasting in the New Year as we watched the ball drop in Times Square.  Amazingly, the girls managed to stay awake until midnight but they were in bed fast asleep very soon after.  We all slept in this morning. 

This afternoon, Jon and Lissa rode their bikes over to retrieve the girls.  They had brought the girls' bikes over the night before.  We snacked on guacamole, chips, cheese and crackers while everyone once again played Wii.  Then they hopped on their bikes and rode back home to the west end of Alameda.  Jim watched the end of the Oregon/Florida game at the Rose Bowl and now he is rooting for Ohio against Alabama at the Sugar Bowl.  
 It's a Happy start to a New Year!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Holiday Time is Here

It's New Year's Eve and I'm writing one last entry to my blog for 2014 before I set it up to be published in a book.  I've been using Blog2Print for several years now.  I like having a physical book of memories for the year. 

Our family celebrated Christmas Week with a photography session at Crab Cove in Alameda.  A local photographer kept us laughing and moving as he clicked away.  We are still in the process of sorting out the best of the best.  It's very difficult when the darling grand-daughters are so cute and photogenic. 
Just a couple more for the record of this year.......

On Wednesday of Christmas week, the family traveled by ferry to San Francisco to see Beach Blanket Babylon. It is a funny satire musical about San Francisco and current events.  It was a gloriously clear day and we had great family fun.

Next it was home to Alameda for dinner at our house and the reading of the Christmas Story and The Night Before Christmas......a family tradition.  This year the stories were read by Makayla and Violet.  My heart swells to see this family tradition carried on to another generation. 

Christmas morning brought Santa surprises, food, family frivolity, swimming in the afternoon (Hey, it's CA!) and Thai food for dinner. 

Now its time for New Year's Eve.  The girls will be coming over to spend the night.  The champagne flutes are washed and ready for some bubbly (Martinellis for girls, Champagne for us).  We go forward into 2015 praying for joy, happiness, peace and goodness to prevail.  Praise God for our many blessings.