Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Scrappy- ness

I keep a tote of scraps right next to my machine, and when I am cutting scraps I feed the tub.... they are all widths - and approximately 10 1/2 inches long....

We had a little sewing retreat this weekend and I finished all my planned projects - so - yay me, I had taken my scrap tote!

and it was awesome - I could stitch away and listen to all the conversations and not have to concentrate.... and ta da!




50 scrappy 9 1/2 inch blocks!! Whoot Whoot - I am so happy - my light pile was completely used up!

The next day was Fathers day - we headed out to the golf course... got 3 holes in an immediately got drenched, hung out in the gazebo for a break in the rain, and got a rain check for another day!!

The best laid plans - right?   Weather wins.


Oh and ps - we didn't mind getting wet - it was the extreme lightening that scared us - and the Very extremely loud thunder!


Monday, June 17, 2019

Graduation

I am not sure if I bragged on this one or not yet.....

But this happened!


I think that if I don't download the photos, and I don't admit it happened... then I get to keep him right?  Ha ha!! He is very worried already...

about me taking over his room for quilt storage!!!



This is him with one of his basketball idols... Jason Smith - he is a graduate of our school system and went on to play in the NBA - my kid is catching up to his height.... crazy!!


Saturday, June 15, 2019

Photo Challenge: NightTime Photography

Night Photography:
I live in the country where oil and gas seems to abound. On our east property line they have been drilling natural gas wells for about 6 months now. Living in the country it is relatively dark.... except for this... Out my bedroom window. 
I didn't know if I could capture the intensity of the lighting, and the way it blares into our house - but I think I might have!




and another one just for good measure!



PS - just in case you were wondering.... this is about 3/4 of  mile away from my house....

Friday, June 14, 2019

Progress, QOV's and more

What a busy crazy week - did you know today is Friday?  I can not tell you what all I did this week - but ... I was surprised to see that it was Friday!!


My latest group of amazing Veterans. I LOVE all of these Quilts of Valor - it was so cool to see these Vets wrapped in some of my favorite. The Vet - Third in from the left - his Quilt had Eagles ALL over it - so we made a deal. I get to make him a steak dinner, and I can visit the quilt- haha!


This one was a few years ago - but the family sent me these photos just recently. Their father is still loving his quilt, and even in the summer uses it. He was so amazing to talk to - Sometimes when I do the home presentations they don't really encourage you to stay a long time - but this gentleman... I remember didn't want us to leave - we enjoyed him


This is the project I am working on now - I have a ton of others in process - but I packed them all up in my to go box... as I am "to- going" to a sew day and needed projects that I could sew, not think to hard , and be able to chit chat!!! Catch up on all my quilty friends' lives!!




This is the block my QOV group is doing for the summer months. I designed it so you could use a jelly roll ( or just 2 1/2 inch strips - but I had a jelly roll)
 I thought I had shared the pattern - but can't seem to find it... so here you go - just in case you want one too - two blocks take 3 2 1/2 x wof strips!



and just because
Every one needs a little mountain time!



Quilt on!!


Sunday, June 09, 2019

Photo Challenge : Joy: and a Flags for Sue

My photo challenge Theme this week was JOY 


This is two fold for me - 1: I have such joy making these Patriotic Quilts ( they are called Quilts of Valor) and this one is a favorite of mine.



2: I was able to award the Quilt to a WWII Veteran as a thank you for his Service in the Military. The look on his face makes my heart so happy - to know that he loved the quilt, and better yet, to know that his service was appreciated.



Thursday, June 06, 2019

Quilting Finishes

Whoot Whoot!!! They are quilted!! and now in the pile for Binding.... gotta love that progress!!

Plus - its starting to get warm here ( you know - over 70) so the basement is my friend!!
I had fun quilting this one - don't you just love to put the music on and quilt away 
without a care in the world??

This quilt was made by Sheree 
She decided the pattern is called a pinwheel!




This one was made by the University of Northern Colorado Softball team
We used the Kevin the quilter pattern to make it




and this one.
well I am a tad embarrassed that it took me so long to get to
but it was made by 
and she sent it to me to quilt for a Quilt of Valor


Isn't it awesome?
And the backing!!
I love it!



and in all of that - 
I even got a book read!

I am not the biggest reader anymore

I used to be - I had swim practices and ball practices
and roping and all that stuff

But now that they don't need me to drive
I find myself occupying my time with activities for me!

and this time
I chose a book!
Its a good one!!!



Linking to:
Can I get a Whoop Whoop

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

More Flags for Sue QOV's

Gina - an awesome QOV quilter... took a few sets of the Flags for Sue Quilt blocks and she worked her magic!!!



Don't you love the extra little red in the border?  This one was quilted by her friend Julie



And you all know how much I love gold!! That just makes these quilts pop!!!
Gina Quilted this one!


Thanks ladies - and all the quilters who submitted blocks!! Can't wait to award These Quilts of Valor!

( 18 have been awarded so far!!)
You can research all the Flags for Sue Posts  if you are interested ;-)

Thursday, May 30, 2019

A Cute Scrappy Quilt

I showed you a little glimpse of this fun quilt
and now - here is the Whole thing

Isn't it cute?



Every once in a while I get a call from someone clearing out, or cleaning up, or even throwing things away... this dear sweet gal called and asked if I could come help her sort through some of her quilting things.

Being ever curious - I went. She had a lot of thing that weren't really of value, but could help different charities - so we sorted and delivered to the charities.

Then she pulls these quilt tops out, and she tells me they aren't worth anything - but she sure had a good time making them. So I unfolded one and she proceeded to tell me about each and every fabric.


She could remember the clothes she made, the ones she wore, the ones that were scraps from quilts she had made.   It was just so sweet.  and so sweet to see her with her memories.

She said she just wanted them to go to a good home, and she wanted me to keep one, for all of my hard work.  ( She doesn't know me well - fabric is not Hard Work for me! Ha Ha)

This is the first one I have quilted, and will get the others into my cue as time goes on. I loved the Springy ness of this one.

It wasn't all that small by the way - it measures 72 x 96 ;-)


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Steppers Progress

Liz - over on my Stashbusters Yahoo group is leading us through a Fun Pattern she created called Steppers - and she just posted the layout

So you know I had to lay them out right away!!


I like it!!!  I will add a border to it I am sure - but first I will start *Topping* these!!
I am so excited - and I love these plaids!!

On another note - in between Thunderstorms I quilted this cute quilt.  Once it is trimmed I will take a full photo and tell you my story about how I got it!!





Happy Quilting!!



Linking to:
MidWeek Makers

Monday, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day



This brings tears to my eyes - to see the Respect, Love and Admiration.
I was so honored to witness it.


Arlington National Cemetary
Washington DC


Friday, May 24, 2019

Flannel Pastels

On that fateful day..... when I was organizing..... I found a bundle of Pastel Plaid Flannel - Given to me by my friend Lois and her quilters.... and I decided that that day was the day to try something with them....

a little bit ago I had received Dianne Knotts Book - Strip Quilt Secrets - and being one to love looking at pictures - I saw a ..... can you guess it..... a.....

Log Cabin Quilt in her book - and I thought - wow these would look great in a Log Cabin

So I proceeded to cut them all up!

and this is what is where I am as of last night



The Pastels actually turned out darker than I thought they would - thank goodness !!


and because I am sure you want to see the babies....

Momma Mares


And their mini Me's



Aren't they s0 cute?

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Going Scrappy Blocks are all finished

Done!!  Finito - and now they are pinned and next to my machine to start *topping*

Whoot Whoot!!



I should have taken a photo of our snow too - Its the latest Snow in Colorado in a few years ( the news man said that - I just listened)  I worked in Montana for a while - the first summer I was there - It snowed on the 4th of July.... nothing surprises me now - ha ha

But I went to shake the trees  - and puppy and I got soaked!!

Oh! The blocks on the left - the pattern is here:
Jelly Roll Blocks from Quiltygirl

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Hands 2 Help Final Check in

Over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict - Sarah has hosted Hands2Help 2019

You will have to check out all the Lovlies!!!

Hands2Help Finale

I decided that I would quilt up these cute little Tops and get them to Jacks Basket - and they will go there.... however - I have had a tiny delay....


I did something to the ligaments in my thumb/hand area - My husband listened - I grumbled.... so it has hampered my ability to finish certain things - things that you use your whole hand to do.... *sigh*

But I have the quilts quilted, trimmed, ( cuz I made my kids do them!)
and ready to be bound....

I even have the binding prepped.... but my hand wears out.... and if you see any typing mistakes... ya


I am not a left handed typer - and have been  pretty grateful for spell check this last week.....


These will get there tho... I promise ;-)


Linkingto:
Monday Making
Main Crush Monday
Design Wall Monday
Moving it Forward

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Going Scrappy

and having a blast!!

Remember how I decided to Organize

I had some log cabin blocks in process from our sew day, some that I had made - and my design wall was empty.... - so.....




Here is my progress so far....


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

My Eagle Visited Again

Fred visited us again... and he showed off...

I love it when he does that!!







He's quite the show off - isn't he?  

Monday, May 13, 2019

WWII Quilt of Valor Recipients

Saturday Morning was awesome!!!
We had the opportunity to Honor WWII Veterans - and it was so cool!

Sadly one of them got sick the day before and didn't feel he could make it, so his will be awarded at home.

There was a gal sitting to my left when I was making the presentations and I gave her my phone. She took some great photos - and of course - my sweet husband was there helping me, so he took this top one.





Isn't he beautiful! He had such a happy smile when we wrapped his quilt over him. and.... he wouldn't sit down until I hugged him.... love it!


This young gentleman will be 96 soon. He fought in the Battle of Okinawa....

He was so cute, he talked about his service - and then he looks at the crowd ( all about 15-20 years younger than him) and says - was anyone else in the Battle of Okinawa? 

A young man in the back said - no Sir - you are the only BadA$$ from that battle here today. 


This one said I was sweet ....


This gentleman will be 103 on Flag day this year - Notice his Quilt? A Flags for Sue!!  I think that was perfect - when we showed him his quilt he was tickled about the Flags for a Flag Day baby!


Oh Man - and his awesome gentleman - His stories!!  I know people always call this group the Greatest Generation - I am pretty sure these gentlemen are part of the reason why!!


it was an awesome morning - and a great way to start the weekend!  I enjoyed these gentlemen so very much and was so honored to be a part of Honoring their service. 

PS - this was the 18th Flags for Sue Quilt awarded so far!

Friday, May 10, 2019

California Day 3

So the "Real" Reason we went to California was for my cousins wedding.  but you know - you have to make things all about you first - ha ha

The morning of her wedding we went to the Newport Aquatic Center and learned to Paddleboard.

It! Was! Awesome!!  I highly recommend it

BUT! Since my friend ( who was teaching us) said there was a pretty good chance I could fall in the water - I left my cell phone in the car - so... no photos!

We did however take a groupie at the end  - to prove that none of us fell in!


we went pretty early in the morning so we could get back, eat lunch and take showers. But see all those boats in the background? As we were getting out a TON of these things started launching - it was practice time!!


See! The boys clean up nice! This is them giving their undivided attention to their Grandpa
I am sure he is telling an amazing story ( he has lots of good ones)




And the Happy Couple!! My Cousin ( in the wedding dress!!) had a beautiful outdoor wedding. It was so fun - all of my cousins except one made it- and all of our kids made it - so it was pretty cool.

Their *officiant* was his brother. He is one of 3 boys - and each  boy has taken a turn - officiating for the others. and I tell you - that was just the BEST!  there was a LOT of humor in their vows, and we were left laughing a LOT

See!
The wedding photog captured this one and we died!

I have no idea who the lady in orange is - but the rest of us!

are related


The party lasted late into the night
and it was so fun

What a great time to catch up 
Altho.... It's kinda weird being the adults

Just sayin'


Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Some Quilt of Valor Inspirations for you

Here are some fun Quilts of Valor that our groups have worked on recently

This one was made by Sue and Mary
We support a Womens PTS group
so this will be going to one of thsoe Veterans





Don't you love all the scrappy goodness in this one?



Bernie, Charlene and Dianne had us make the half square string blocks when it was their month to do the blocks -and this one turned out so great - Charlene put it together!



And of course - the real reason why we make the Quilts!!  These are all Vietnam Veterans - and it was so awesome to honor them this way!!


Enjoy your Wednesday!