Monday, August 31, 2015

Pink and Green Trellis--one more August quilt

It was a busy family birthday weekend but I FINALLY finished this trellis quilt. I have no idea how long I've been working on it, probably around a year. It has been in a box for most of that time. It had a lot of steps for each block so I needed to work on it a bit at a time.

It's a bit shady here but I discovered as I tried to take pictures that I had no where else to get a picture at the house. The pattern is called "Trellis Crossroads" and is from the book Modern Bee. As I think I mentioned before, this is an excellent example of why there are quilting bees (besides the social part). A few people can each make four blocks or so and get an awesome quilt. Doing it on my own was a bit more daunting.

One more quilt tackled on my 3rd quarter finish along goals! I have two more on the list that should get done, unless I get distracted by some new ones I've been planning.

One picture from the birthday lunch. He's sitting next to the birthday boy/guy but since he actually let me take the pic, it needed to be posted, glasses glare and all.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

August quilt 2--baby stripes

After a very stressful end to the week, I did a bit of cleaning, read a book, visited some family out of town, and started putting together some quilts. These are the things I do to make myself stop dwelling on something. The cleaning doesn't really help so much but the sewing, travelling, and the reading can derail a lot of mind chatter. And in the process--a new quilt!

Somewhere along the way last week I finally put 2 and 2 together and figured out a way to combine my job and making quilts. We have several expectant mothers in my ministry group, and what a great way to encourage them by blessing them with a basket of goodies, a kid's Bible, and a baby quilt.

I started with a pattern by Allison Harris, one I used in this quilt. But I didn't want to do the squares in it this time, and also chose to add the patterned fabric at the top and bottom rather than the patchwork strip in the original quilt. Comparing the two, I still don't miss the larger squares but like the look of the patchwork on the ends better than the plain stripe.

This one is for the first baby, a boy who should arrive within the next week or two. The backing is white with blue pin dot flannel. The picture was not worth posting--and also not worth retaking.

While messing around with this quilt, I also cut and laid out the squares for another baby quilt, this one for a girl. I did some digging through some leftover strips and pieces of fabric for this one.

I haven't forgotten my trellis quilt either. It is ready for me to have some free hours to quilt it. Soon.
I also got to spend a bit of time outside, just sitting and visiting with friends and watching a bit of soccer.  Since it was a scrimmage and I wasn't worried about making anyone lose the game, I took a few more action shots than usual.

I even ran a bit myself, especially on the days when I knew I had some nervous energy to burn. Thankful for these chances to take a break--and another quilt finish!

Sunday, August 16, 2015


On Friday Grace celebrated her seventh birthday, sharing a party with her grandpa and his 70th birthday.
I like big brother holding back her hair.

We like to stretch out birthday as long as possible here, and celebrated with her friends on Saturday at a party in our backyard.  She was old enough to plan pretty much all of the party and wanted a "Nancy Clancy" kind of party--which means lots of colorful fun decor. And a tent.

I worked on the cake beforehand, only letting her help add the finishing touch--the chocolate chips on the "G." I don't make these enough to let others help. I get too grumpy!

It was a beautiful day, not too hot thankfully.

It was a fun, laid back kind of party (although I'm still a bit worn out from the day) and I think the kids all had a blast playing together. She has one more birthday celebration next weekend and is looking forward to it!

Friday, August 14, 2015

little boy blue

I've noticed I haven't made many boy quilts in a while, so while planning what to make this quarter I pulled some fabrics from my stash to make one. I had been thinking of using a plus pattern, but after cutting the squares and laying it out---umm, no. It didn't look right. So I pulled them back off the wall and went with a random patchwork.

I already had all of the fabric, even the flannel backing and the stripe for the binding. It is great to put them to use. Even better, as is often the case, by the time I started working on the quilt, I had figured out who gets to keep it. It will be on it's way this weekend.

Now I'm off to finish the birthday cake for this birthday girl of mine:

Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 7, 2015

a little more progress

When I returned home from being away for two weeks, I was happy to see a full quilt of blocks, ready to piece into rows. I sewed a little bit in the evening and then finished up the top this morning while it was still cool in the room. The room is on the south side of the house and has lots of old windows--great for daylight but also let in a lot of heat this time of year. This was another reason I was glad to see I didn't have much to do to finish up the top!

And the trumpet vine and other weeds are taking over AGAIN. Ugh. At least it is a lush green landscape with all of the rain this summer.
So happy to get this far on this quilt top. It has taken me a LONG time to get here. I've set aside some fabric I had for the backing and hope to get it totally completed by the end of the month.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

And then in Branson

We've been back for a few days, but I am just now finding time to post a few pics from our family trip to Branson. My parents invited us to spend the week with them and three of us were free to go.

We visited the trout hatchery, always a favorite. I never bring enough quarters for fish food.

My dad and son got to go on a guided trout fishing trip and brought back 8 trout for us to eat. I wasn't on the trip so no pics!

We went to a couple of shows.

We saw a bit at the College of the Ozarks, the museum there, the Keeter Center, and the mill.

 We visited Silver Dollar City.

fabric from one of my favorite fabric stores (Miss Kate's) and it was on SALE

We also did a bit of clothes shopping.
And a lot of swimming.

And a bit of eating. Ok, a lot.

We had lots of fun and pretty much wore ourselves out. We are back now and I've been working to catch up from the two weeks away from the office. Slowly getting there. Maybe by the time school starts I will have it back under control--just in time to enjoy some child-free time on my days off.

Friday, July 24, 2015

In Watonga

A few people from my church gathered this week in Watonga to assist the First Indian Baptist Church there host a soccer and art camp. My son jumped at the chance to help lead the soccer camp, while my daughter and I volunteered to help a couple of days with art camp. One thing led to another and we ended being there nearly all week. As an added bonus, both of my kids got some soccer practice while helping with the camp. My daughter did not "lead" like my son did, but when she got there and started participating, several other girls joined in.

Brittany Harris of Simply Art led the art camp for the kids on Tuesday and Thursday.

We spent a lot of time hanging out with the kids on Tuesday and Thursdays, the days we had both camps.
Of course, I spent a lot of time like this:

 --behind the wheel of the van picking up the kids, taking them home, taking them to the Whirlwind mission for lunch, the art camp, and of course, the bathroom breaks.

Our youth worked hard at the camps, teaching and making sure everyone there felt like they were a part of the group. And when the camps were over, we checked out Roman Nose State Park (on a day when most activities were closed), local eateries, and even a free bluegrass concert. With all of the rain we have had in our state this year, the fields and park lands were gorgeous. I even got to witness some amazing synchronized swimming and a tough lip syncing/singing/dancing competition.

Town Mountain

I stopped by a local antique shop while on a break and brought home this quilt top to finish up:
 And there were frogs. All were released before we left.

We all had a great time--and are glad to be back in our own beds for the night! I am so thankful for the kind hearts of the youth who played with my daughter and endured a bit of pestering, the coordination of our CBF and FBC leader, as well as the hospitality of  Whirlwind Mission, our host site, and the First Indian Baptist Church. Looking forward to seeing how this partnership grows!