Monday, December 15, 2014

Blue--a December quilt

This weekend I needed to do something constructive, something to balance out the craziness, so I tackled the mound of presents to be wrapped. And I finished a quilt. I can now walk into that room again!

This is the quilt for my son. So far he has liked what he has seen so I don't think I will have to stick this in the for sale pile like the other one!

His main requirement was that it was blue.

I saw a rail fence style quilt by Luke Haynes and it helped me figure out what to do with "blue."




Even found some blue with soccer balls to mix in.
He also picked out the backing (I was looking for something more patterned--glad I asked!).

Another quilt done--and another present under the tree, well, once I add the tissue paper and take it there.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thanksgiving week

I've never really considered or thought about Thanksgiving being one of those week long holidays, like Christmas, but this year it was. It started on Monday with our church's Thanksgiving Basket Party. We had tons of helpers this year, which truly made it a party!




Then midweek my son went hunting with one of his grandpa's, his first hunting trip. I got a text mid-morning with this picture:

Both kids were gone for the day and I was also off of work. It was AMAZING how much time I had.
I made pies.
and I worked on two quilts.


I didn't clean the house, which in hindsight should've happened. Maybe later. 

The next few days we spent with family. I didn't remember to take many photos, and sometimes really, people don't want me to take so many pictures, especially if I'm going to put them on this blog.





And then Thanksgiving was over and it was time for Christmas.
Big brother gets to put up the star next year, since he will probably be able to reach from the ground. Well, maybe he will still need to stand on a chair if we don't want the tree knocked over.

So thankful for my family, the opportunity to visit with many of them, and a restful Thanksgiving week (after that Monday evening party).

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

last weekend pics -- before the next weekend shows up

We began our weekend super early. My son was in a soccer tournament here in town and we had a 7:30 game. 7:30 a.m. Which meant get to the field by 7 and leave the house by 6:45. Not really when we typically wake up at any time of the week, let alone a Saturday. And to make it even better, the temperature for that first game was around 25 degrees or so.

I took no pictures for that game or the next one later in the morning. It was really too cold to take my real camera, and it's super hard to get a decent picture in a game with a phone. Especially wearing gloves. The guys played hard but were outmatched, especially in the first game.

After that, the rest of the weekend got brighter. We headed to the end of the season soccer team party that evening. We all had a blast--especially the kids. Isaac brought home lots of ideas for ways to remodel our house.


We headed home late and awoke the next morning to snow that came down more and more as the day went on. Enough that we got a snow day three day weekend! I went to work in the morning but came home for lunch and stayed to play in the snow with the kids before it all melted away.


He was a little grumpy about the lack of snow at this point. I just loved that we had snow AND fall leaves.

doing her best to sled

Looking forward to the weekend ahead and the holiday next week--and the 60 degree temps again!



Friday, November 14, 2014

more Oklahoma Summer--November quilt 2


the first one
My cousin bought the first of these quilts and then sent me a text later. Her daughter LOVED the quilt--could I make another and in time for Christmas? It was a scrap quilt so first I had to survey what I had left. It looked pretty close so I said yes.

After piecing that last quilt, this one FLEW through the machine. Scrappy improv is the best. Today I tied the strings, finished the binding, and washed it. Unlike when I finished the first one, it is decidedly NOT summer so I stuck with indoor shots. The sun is out, but it's about 30 degrees out there.
Some of the fabrics are the same but I did get to add a few new ones in from some recent quilts.




So a Christmas gift is ready. Not one on my list of course, but it will help fund some of those.
Now I'm off to go cook a turkey I bought last Monday on impulse, since the per pound prices are way better than any other meat in the store. That should make the house feel (and smell) warm and cozy, just in time for weekend weather craziness (and a soccer tournament just to make sure we don't miss it).

Monday, November 3, 2014

Laney's Twin--a November quilt

According to the hoards of people leaving voicemail on my home phone, I am supposed to vote tomorrow so I have been doing a bit of cramming. I've found a few surprises (and disappointments) in all my choices but decided to take a break to post the latest quilt.

This one is the twin sized of the same quilt I made for Laney back in July.
It's folded over the top a bit to fit (and hang without falling).
I stuck with this name because if you know Laney, you know that she is the middle sibling between two sets of twins. Now she has one, and she can boss it around all she wants.



Up next in my quilt world is a quilt like this one for my cousin's daughter so they won't have to fight over it.

And another try at a quilt for my son, this time lots of blue:
I've finished 20 blocks and have 25 more laid out on this flannel board. They won't be in these spots once I sew them up. I just needed a place to lay out all of the strips and see how many I had. I need 88 blocks to finish it so I have a way to go. I'm aiming to finish by Christmas. My daughter also reminded me that I haven't been working on her butterfly quilt so maybe they will both get one for Christmas.

And I just realized, as I sat here thinking of what other quilts I could work on, that it is NOVEMBER. I need to work on these! Yikes!

Monday, October 27, 2014

loss

I am learning that I don't do well with goodbyes. I knew this really, but when they stack up on me like now, it is difficult to deal with them. They are all starting to meld together in my brain into one blubbery mess.
First there was one of my close co-worker and friend, who retired.


Then my grandpa passed away in August.

A few weeks ago I learned that another close friend and co-worker would  be leaving, along with his family, for a new job. This Sunday will be their last at our church.

And last week my dear sweet friend Sue passed away after a two year fight with cancer.


Tonight I read this post, which also talks about dealing with loss and the struggle of her week. She ended with Isaiah 61:1-3. I usually read this in light of Jesus reading it (at least the first part) in the temple, and that this is something that we who are his disciples should also be doing.  But as I read the full text tonight, and her followup comments, I realized that sometimes we have to let Jesus do this for us. It's not always about the others. Sometimes the brokenhearted is me.

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
    and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
    instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    a planting of the Lord
    for the display of his splendor.”


Saturday, October 25, 2014

field trip

Well, I went to work for one day and one hour the next and then headed off for a field trip. Last year I realized how many pictures I had of Isaac and his classmates because I was able to go on so many of the field trips. My schedule is a little less flexible now, but I was able to go to Orr Family Farm this week with my daughter's class. They have done a great job of rebuilding since the May 20th tornado--they were in the direct path.










We enjoyed a beautiful fall day with her friends. Yeah field trips!