Monday, June 30, 2014

Maniac Monday 6~Long Time No See~Picture Heavy!

So after a very busy 7 weeks plus two weeks of just relaxing I finally feel like myself again. I have had so many things back to back that I just kept trucking with my mind set on the next big thing. What needed to be planned next, what was my part in those plans, what were the deadlines. Finally from now until the middle of September I can just roll with the small bunches and enjoy the summer. There is only a few birthday parties that I am not in charge of, one holiday, 4th of July, and a few small town quilt shows to go to. I can handle this. 

Here are a few pictures to show what I have been up to!

Old Fort Boise Days is our small communities summer celebration. It was so fun! Here is our float we put into the parade. You can see my daughter and a niece. All of the quilts you see are mine. The one standing up is the quilt we raffled and the quilt show. We made about $75.00 on it. 

The PQA Quilt Show went so well. We had 67 quilts. For our first quilt show that makes me so happy!! Here are a few pictures of some of the quilts we had and some of the fun ways we hung them.
 One of the things we had was some art made out of just a piece of fabric wrapped around a board. It is a cool way to show off beautiful fabric!!

I also made two wedding cakes. One cake for practice and let me tell you my family and extended family was very happy!! Yummy cake!
 Then I made second on for them for the wedding. HA HA on the day we were setting up for the quilt show! What a busy day that was. Here is the cute couple. I made a very small cake for them to cut up and feed to each other. 

 At my church we just had a craft night. A very large group of ladies got together to make a bunch of fun seasonal crafts. I was in charge of making quilt tops that we could tie. I was able to bring 5 and we tied 3. I still need to bind them. (sorry the colors are off a little but I will take better pictures when they are done)

THEN...We got a new kitten. My husband found it at work and was afraid it was going to be killed with all of the big equipment moving around there. So we went and picked it up. She was about 3 weeks old. We had to bottle feed her. now she is all grown up and feisty!! But she fits our family and we love her!

Now just a fun picture of me. I love that I am able to do what I have done. Now time to get back to quilting for me.


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

2014-H2H Third Quilt

So here is the third quilt.

A boy's quilt going to Hurricane Sandy Survivors. Same pattern but with dinosaur bones in it.
 A black back.

Thank you Sarah for doing this again. I love being able to use what I know to make someones life better. I think about how much I have loved and prayed over each quilt. I hope that when these people receive these quilts that they will be able to find a little peace. Even if it is only a moment in what ever they are going through. Sometimes when things are tough the best thing in the world is a moment to cuddle and stop and BREATHE!


2014-H2H Second Quilt

I wanted to be able to link up each quilt on Sarah's blog so I gave each quilt it's own blog post. HA HA 

Here is the quilt for a girl that I am sending to Quilts of Compassion. I love it. So bright and fun.

 Bright pink back.


2014 H2H

My life has been one big whirlwind of activity. Holidays, graduations, Family get-togethers, and birthday parties. And it is not over. I have Father's Day, another birthday party, a quilt show to help run, a parade float to oversee (construction, display, and take-down), plus my first three tiered wedding cake to make. Lets just say I have been in an almost constant state of planning. Just as I came up for air I found an email from Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. It was time to link up our quilts that we are donating. WHAT!! NO!!! I am not ready!! HA HA! Well I had made two tops and had plans for the third but I had not even bought the fabric yet. So off to Joann's I went and had my third quilt cut, sewn, quilted, and bound in about 15 hours. Of course it is a very simple quilt with easy straight line quilting but I still love it. I think a man will love the simplicity of it. No fussy "woman" things. 

The man's quilt that is going to Happy Chemo!
 A pieced back.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

My Granddaughter Turned 1!!

Wow, where does the time go? My sweet little redheaded granddaughter turned on this last week. She is such a sweet little thing. She has brought great joy into our family. We got together Sunday to celebrate. We had a wonderful time. All I can say is my heart was 10 times to big that day!!

She is eating dinner.

Here she is with mom opening presents. 

I was too busy filming her destroying the cake and forgot to take any pictures. But it sure was funny. Here is what her cake looked like when it was done.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Maniac Monday 5~Trip Around the Rainbow

I have been working hard to get a few projects to the next step. I have finished the top of my Trip Around the World quilt. It is a huge quilt. I LOVE IT!! I love rainbow anything so this quilt is a visual feast for me. I am going to work at getting this quilted this week.  

HA HA It was a very windy day. Look Chompie is in the picture also.

My daughters are holding the quilt up for me. As you can see they are standing up on the very top of our picnic table. That shows how big it is. Their arms were getting tired of holding the quilt so they had to take a rest.


Saturday, May 17, 2014

A Non-Quilty Post~The Ocean

Over spring break in March my family went on vacation to the Oregon Coast. We used to go almost every year but stopped after my husbands parents passed away. It was to hard to go so soon after they were gone. There are 8 children in his family and it was a family destination. Mom and dad would pick a time to go then as many children and their families that could go would rent one or two houses and make it a huge caravan to the coast. Well some time had to pass to make the trip not so painful. Four families got together and decided it was time to go. We rented a house near Newport and made the trip last for 8 days. It was WONDERFUL!!

Trees at Multnomah Falls.

Grandpa (my husband) and Abby.

Rhododendron at our house that we rented. 

THE OCEAN!! I love the ocean. It refills my soul.

Big Foot, my husband, DD#2, my son, Abby, and DD#1.

Not sure what these flowers are called but they were right outside the front door.

A chair on the back porch. Look at all that moss.

Hubby and me on the beach. Yes it was raining and yes I have no shoes on. No matter the weather I always get my feet in the water.

Last but not least, the sun and the ocean. I am having this picture made into a 20" by 24" wrapped canvas to put in my bedroom. I took this with my iPhone. It turned out perfect.

I hope everybody has a chance to see the ocean. It is amazing this plant that Heavenly Father has made for us.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Local Scout Auction

In PQA we have been working on quilts that we donate as Charity Quilts to groups that are trying to raise money. So we donated a quilt to our church that just had a Boy Scout Auction. Actually we donated two quilts to two auctions. The first quilt raised $75.00. Here is a picture of the quilt I put together and quilted. The group sewed the rows together before I did my part. I love this pattern. It is so fun and easy to make. I do not not know how much this quilt raised.

As I was quilting this quilt I had major problems with my thread. The outside of the thread broke and slid up the shaft of the thread. So I ended up with this interesting bunched up thread. I had to unpick so much quilting. But I worked through it and got to were I would quilt for a bit and the thread would do this "thing" and as soon as it did it I would stop. I did finally get it all done. After I was done quilting that quilt and went back to piecing I did not have any more trouble with that spool. Weird!

One of the ladies that is in PQA asked if I would quilt a wall hanging for her for the same auction. I love the way it turned out. I thought of many different ways to do it but I finally used a brown thread that I borrowed to out line everything.