Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Running.... but not me ....

All three of my boys are running cross country this year - the oldest in college ( acckk!!) , one in High School and one Middle school.... so while I am not physically running... I am running around like crazy trying to see them!!

 Here!.... I have saved you the trouble of running around trying to see them....



Unless of course you see that oldest of mine running. I don't have photos of him yet.....


To the left is the High Schooler....





This is little bit.... however - I may be looking up at him real real soon.... He is still smiling - how does one run and smile?

High school new uniforms... I am still learning to pick them out of the crowd ;-)




I have decided that I get to credit my chasing them as exercise - and they have to share the calories burned ( free weight loss right?)



Saturday, September 20, 2014

RSC Scrappy Saturday - Orange

Orange is the color of the month for the RSC Scrappy Challenge... and yep - I am behind ;-)

I think that when school starts it takes me six months to getback in the swing of things! Oh well...  My progress - ... I found my Orange Scraps! That means the work can begin.

Here are the two projects that my scraps came from:


I won't even begin to tell you when I made it - as it is still not quilted......

And then from the scraps of that quilt - I made this one:


And yes - I did quilt this one! I even put a little butterfly in the corner.

For more RSC challenges head over to:http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/  and see all the wonderful Orange projects..

I leave you with another wild animal we found on my Moose hunt.  This time when I yelled Moose... this little guy froze ...So I shot him ( with my camera - scared you didn't I?  tee hee)



Have a great Saturday!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Quilts of Valor 2014 - Pillowcase edition

Welcome to the Pillowcase edition of Quilts of Valor!!!

A lot of the Quilts come my way either by our local groups. block drives, or our wonderful supporters - however a lot of them don't have pillowcases.... ( which is NOT a complaint mind you!)

There are some wonderful groups that make Pillowcases for our quilts - and our Veterans LOVE them!!! They are one of the first things that get put on their beds. The quilts usually stay around their shoulders for a long time.

I put out a call for pillowcases as soon as Middle Bit told me I was down to 5.... And I am proud to say - the call has been answered!!

at our August Sew day - Mary and Carol went to work on the fabrics and made a LOT ( I forgot to count!) of Pillowcases..... and then I came home and there were two boxes from the Pueblo Quilt guild .... check out these pillowcases ( 40 I think... you all should know by now that Statistics are not my favorite things!)


And then the next day there was another box!! This one came from Laura - she is in California - as a matter of fact her town has made the news ( Weed) for the fires - pray for them - last I heard from her they were ready to evacuate but safe.

 For those of you who have been following my nature hikes - and wanting to find a moose.... well there you go ! I got a Moose in a pillowcase!!!  I am sure a soldier will love it - but in the meantime.."Moose!!!"

and then!!!  I received another box from Zoe Ann... she and the Columbine Bee made pillowcases!!



And then..... Kathy - the president of ACQ (Arapahoe County Quilters) called and said.... I have a few things for Quilts of Valor..  Just so happens we met up when I went to the Combat Veterans Cowboy Up fund raiser.

Now... she said a few things - OH MY Gosh!! There was more than a few things!! 130 Pillowcases! ( she had them counted for me)

Wrangler man grabbed the bag thinking it was quilts, and Middle bit grabbed it too.... it was heavy!!
Above are some of them laid out.  Below.... this is the rest of the stack!!
PS - ACQ also had quilts and tops in another bag - but I will save those for another day!!

Hope you enjoyed seeing all the pillowcases!  I just love how they wrap everything together for our Veterans, and how much fun they are to see!

Monday, September 15, 2014

DWM and CVCU

I feel like the military - acronyms for everything!!

DWM - Design Wall Monday:  My design wall hasn't changed all that much! There are a few things that are sewn together now, so that means some decisions were made.... right?


I am not 100% sure where I am going to end up with this one, but I am proud to say.... I have made a TINY dent in some of my scraps!  ( please note I said small dent!)

We did however.... go someplace!

CVCU:  Combat Veterans Cowboy Up!  


 CVCU is one of my favorite places! They are an Equine Assisted Therapy program for our Combat Veterans. It is a fantastic programs filled with the best people! This weekend was a fundraiser at 4 mile Historic Park in Denver.  Wrangler Man and the boys and I headed out!

He really wears that hat well doesn't he?!

We took a little tour around the park. It is gorgeous there. This was the last stage stop 4 miles out of Denver - so it is very historical.

Little Bit thought he needed some ice cream 


They checked out the corral's - and we so excited they were not on the chore list for the day!


Middle Bit was glad that this was not the only mode of transportation available.
 He sort of likes his truck!!
Hope you all had a great weekend!!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Finished.... the Blue and White quilt

It sort of needs a name though... It sort of reminds me of those Dutch Dishes that were blue and white?

Thanks to Hettie My quilt now has a Name... "Delft Blue"   Thanks Hettie!!

It is bound! That is the first thing I would like you to notice please ;-)


The sun was shining for it's photo shoot!  Which is good, since yesterday when I was going to take it's photo - it was raining ( or snaining - there was snow mixed in there!)

I can't remember exactly how many blues are in this - but I had such fun digging in my blue bucket to find just the right color.

The quilting was fun and crazy!

And of course - the back. I actually had this awesome blue ready for this quilt, before the quilt was finished!!!

It finished at 42 x 54 and is for sale in my Etsy Store :https://www.etsy.com/listing/203246660/blue-and-white-lap-quilt-made-by?ref=shop_home_active_1


Linking up with Confessions of a fabric addict
Crazymomquilts

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Still looking for Moose

I am determined that there is a Moose for me to see somewhere in all of these woods!!  So I drug my family to another wilderness area... good thing they are easily persuaded to hike!

After mile two - I found a tree monster! He reached out and grabbed me and I was sure he was going to show me a Moose... alas - he just laughed when I tripped over my own shoe.



And then I saw where the Moose had rubbed his head.... he must have been large - both trees had rubbings!!

And we found his... well.... his scat ( he was at least a little discreet)

About Mile five - we met this cute little thing. Just so you know - I did yell Moose and make everyone stop. But then they laughed at me. Cuz he was such a tiny little "Not Moose".


at Mile eight - we encountered..... *the Grinch* - oh come on - you see him too! I know you do!!


But alas - no Moose... foiled again.... No worries..... I'll be back!  ( that may be two movie references at once - crazy!)


On a more serious note - please hug your loved ones today. This day holds a lot of memories for many, and things we can't even imagine. I know it changed they way I saw my life going.  Hugs to you all, my friends.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

2014 Quilt of Valor

Good Morning!!!
Some of you are up and at em VERY early in the morning.... so I hope this post gives you some inspirations!!!

Are you ready?

This top was pieced by Harriett and Deb from our Block Drive Blocks. Deb did some embroidered blocks and they look so cool.

This one was pieced by Cheryl M - I am not sure who quilted it - but it is LOVELY!!



This one was pieced by Connie from block drive blocks and quilted by Loretta E in Colorado Springs/




This one was pieced by Althea ( I think of COlumbine Quilt guild) and quilted by Nancy O in CO. Spgs.

It is a lovely quilt!

Nancy also quilted this one, it was pieced by the Columbine QUilt guild QOV bee. They do a fantastic job!



This is another one that Connie pieced from block drive blocks. I wish I liked statistics better - I could tell you exactly how many quilts we have made from the various blocks. But I don't, so I can't!

It was quilted by Bonnie K in the springs.

I can tell you that our Quilts are SO LOVED!!  I was called in to a meeting with a Colonel - I was a little worried, you know, the big wigs and all that. There were 10 guys in the meeting, and each of them had received a QOV at some point over the last year.



Anyways, they called me in just to tell me that our quilts are SO very important to them, and they wanted me to pass on a huge HUG to all your block/quilt makers!!  So {{{{{{HUG}}}}}}

This is another quilt by Connie and quilted by Bonnie ( that rhymes!!)

Jane H in Monument quilted these next two quilts! The first is pieced by the Columbine Quilt guild.


This one was pieced by Connie.  I LOVE that center!!



What is your favorite Quilt pattern right now?  Where are you going to find your favorite patterns? Have any that would make great QOV"s that you want to share the link of?

This could start a whole 'nother bucket list for me.... but I love seeing what quilters like.

Enjoy!!

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Rocky Mountains

We headed up to the mountains to see what we could see. I have my heart set on a Moose.... but the Moose don't seem to have their heart set on me..... *sigh*  

I see a few more trips in my future.

Here is what I did find:


We were up SO high , we looked down on the birds!


This little guy was out. Of course, I hollered - MOOSE to make everyone stop.
He is not a moose.... but I liked him anyways!


And then we came around the corner and I saw this and I yelled MOOSE to make everyone stop.
He is not a moose either - but boy was he awesome.
He had a whole herd of his own!


And because I called him a moose.....
he yelled at me.....



The end.