Thursday, September 12, 2019

September

At the rate that I am getting posts created these days, I might as well just title them with the month.  Here we are into the middle of September already.  The grandchildren are all back in school and fall is quickly approaching.

The last few weeks we have had our dear friends from the U.K. visiting us.  The days were packed with activities which included lots of shopping, golf and quilting.

While the guys golf, Irene and I set lofty goals as far as how much quilting we can get done.  We tried for six quilts, but only managed to finish five.  If we hadn't got carried away with the grand opening of the new Home Goods store, I'm sure we would have made our goal.  lol

The first quilt we made was for their daughter and we did the Scrappy Majestic Mountains in gray.  Irene loved it so much that she was afraid that she would not be able to part with it.  So...we did another in blues.




Then we did a couple of twin quilts for the grandsons which I realized too late that we did not  photograph before they were packed away.

We finished the last one yesterday, just in time to pack in the bag for today's departure.  This last one was a beauty - a chain pattern using Kaffe fabric.  All three of these were queen sized quilts so you can imagine how the machines were humming.


I have been out of the loop on what is happening in blogland, IG land and all else so am looking forward to catching up with everyone.

Monday, August 19, 2019

End of Summer

It seems way too soon for the kids to be heading back to school.  It also doesn't sound right to hear about Labor Day sales on the television and radio.  How can the summer be coming to an end so soon? 

The college grandchildren have started to leave for their schools.  They rest will depart throughout the week.  Some of the younger grandchildren have started back to school this week and the remainder will go back next week.  I'll miss having them around and stopping in all the time.  However, it was a great summer. 

I had some fun fall sewing to do before school started.  A friend of mine is a teacher.  To encourage creative writing with her students, she uses a book titled Letters From Felix.  She has used a pathetic looking "Felix" stuffed rabbit that gets to go home with the children.  I promised her that I would make a new one for her before classes started. 

Felix may have overeaten this summer so he may need to go on a diet this fall, but he is definitely an improvement over the one that was being used.  lol






He even has his own backpack for the start of school (and for carrying his notepad and pencil).



One of the granddaughters stopped over this past week because she wanted to "make a dress".  This was her first dressmaking attempt and I think she did a great job on it.  She loved it and can't wait to come home for Thanksgiving so she can sew some more.



I managed to get my Scrappy Radiant Star quilted.  I'm looking forward to getting the binding on it and having it finished.



It was my block choice for my month of the Gridster Bee.  Each of my beemates included an extra block so the construction of the quilt went quickly.  They were all stars in my book and I included their signature blocks in stars on the back.




Lastly, this week has seen excitement with several of our tortoise eggs hatching.  It's always a fun time to watch the progress.  



Monday, August 12, 2019

Alaska

A trip that we have always wanted to make was a summer cruise to Alaska.  We decided to do it instead of a party to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.  The best part was we also took our children and their spouses.




The weather for the entire trip was picture perfect and we were told over and over again from the locals how we "nailed" the weather.

We decided to start in Seward, AK and cruise down to Vancouver, Canada.  It was just a dream come true.

I was amazed at the sounds heard while visiting the Hubbard Glacier - the largest in North America.  The sounds of thunder as sections calved, or broke away, and the popping of the ice in the water was something that I never imagined.




We did white water rafting below the Mendenhall Glacier in 33* water.




We saw whales and "rafts" of otters.




There was the historic rail through the Klondike White Pass trail, crab fests and off roading.



There were colorful villages to be seen.



Most of all it was a trip full of laughs and memories with all of our children.  We have been so blessed.





Monday, July 29, 2019

Gridster Bee Blocks

For the month of June, I was the queen bee our Gridster Bee.  It was such fun to see blocks arriving in the mail all month.  Having them all assembled together, I can now show you my finished top.

This was a free block from Wombat Quilts.  In finishing it, I created a border that completed the stars.  My beemates were incredible in that each member made not one, but two blocks each.  The quilt came together so quickly with the additional blocks.

We are now creating blocks for our August queen.  These were such fun to make and I love her block choice.


Friday, July 19, 2019

Another Try

I am excited about posting this new post because I have made some changes in my settings and am eager to see if it has worked.  I created a g-mail account and have heard from several people that they are now receiving my blog comments.  I hope that means that I will also be receiving blog comments.  Fingers crossed here.

My sister who lives in Alaska and I have been working on a secret project for our other sister's special birthday.  It was given to her last evening so I can now show what we have done.  We made her a Temperature quilt using the temperatures, year and location of her birth.  My sister sewed the first six months and I did the last six.  Amazingly, when she sent me her section to add to mine, they fit together perfectly.




The back of the quilt is an incredible wine bottle print and so much fun to read.  The back includes the label and the temperature key.  







The past week found us in the Sierras for our annual fishing trip.  The lakes and streams were so full this year after all of the rains.  Of course, with all of the snow this year, spring blooms are just now happening.  Ski season is still open in Mammoth.  It really was gorgeous.




Our daughter's family has been watching a cocoon for the last few weeks and today their wait paid off.  The little ones were able to watch the whole process.  She sent me the video and I am amazed at how quickly it happened.  Nature is incredible!



Friday, July 5, 2019

July!

June is now only a memory.  July has arrived.  I didn't get one post done in the entire month.  I have contemplated giving up my blog with the changes Blogger made.  I enjoy blogging and I really love the rapport between bloggers.  Many "friends" have followed me for years, and I them.  Without getting notice in my inbox of incoming comments, it has become so time consuming to reply to them.  Maria has sent me e-mails with all sorts of hints for settings, etc.  Nothing I seem to do will change the situation.  I can only see comments if I sign in to my account and may times I cannot retrieve an e-mail address to reply.  I just do not feel it is right to not reply to all of the kind comments that I receive.  Thus, Blogger has been a thorn in my side when life is busy.

I haven't accomplished a lot of sewing for the month.  I have one near finish that I will show when I get done, but my fun quilting this month was receiving the blocks from my bee mates.  June was my month to be queen bee and it was great to see exciting mail arrive along with all the adds.  The block that I selected for my month was a freebie found HERE.  I made out a master plan and mailed it to my beemates.  Although I only expected one block from each, every person did TWO blocks!  Our Gridster Bee has been an amazing group of gals.  My blocks finish at 12" so the quilt went together quickly.  This is where I was earlier this week.


July means there is a new queen and these are her blocks.  I love all the scrappy goodness.



The beginning of June was for family celebrations.  Our children took us out for a day of surprises, end with a lovely dinner for our 50th anniversary.


The same weekend we celebrated the wedding of our eldest granddaughter.   This is a phot of our son and his family.


What would summer be without preserving?  The apricots, nectarines, peaches and plums have produced a massive crop this year.  I have been lucky to have these two delightful helpers to assist with canning.  We have done it together for so many years and I am sure they could do it without any guidance, but we so enjoy our canning days together.  One day we just baked without canning.  Their favorite was a Nectarine Vanilla Bean Scone.



We've also spent many hours at baseball fields and equestrian cross country meets.


There was also Father's Day and a well deserved celebration for the six great fathers in our family.


Finally there was July 4th.  We had around 80 people this year for the festivities - lots of great food and laughs.  I didn't get many pictures so I hope others have some to share.