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, 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. 

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.