Sunday, July 25, 2021

More Trip Photos

We've been home 2 weeks now and I think I am finally getting organized (somewhat)!  I got all my photos transferred to my computer and want to share a few more.  The first week we went to Kansas to visit DS#3 and his family.  We specifically went for his retirement "ceremony" from the Air Force.  He had retired last year, but because of covid there was no official ceremony, so his colonel had one this June in his home - very casual.  Here is a picture of the cake:

We had fun with our 2 grandsons and went to numerous baseball games and swimming events.  Below is our 10 year old DGS practicing pitching.

I really messed up and didn't get very many good pictures of our 13 year old DGS.

 They also have a dog who is very friendly and has adopted me as his "grandma."  I get up early in the mornings and was sitting near the patio door reading (in the walk out basement) when Olaf was let out into the back yard.  When he saw me sitting near the window he pestered me until I let him inside for a bit.  He likes to get close and thinks he fits in my lap, but that wasn't really possible.

My latest "wild life" pictures are below:

The moth picture was taken in Kansas (he was about 3" long),

and the frog (who was only 1 1/4" long) was taken in Florida under the outside grill.

This little guy was seen this last week on one of my morning walks.  This is only the 2nd time I have seen a raccoon in my neighborhood.

And yes, I have been sewing, but mostly trying to get the sewing room organized as well as making list of what I need to get when I do my birthday shop at the LQS.  Not much to show except these panels of selvedges that I have sewn together.  I didn't know what project to work on, so I just started sewing these together as I do want to make a couple table runners out of them.  I have a lot more sewn together and was trying to sew pieces that were approximately the same length together as well as making separate ones for Christmas fabrics, reproduction fabrics, etc.  I am going to appliqué sun flowers on a table runner and for a Christmas one, I plan to appliqué a santa on each end of a table runner.  I also want to make some other things with the selvedge fabrics but haven't quite made up my mind exactly what yet,  Probably bags and maybe zip pouches.  I still have 2 more bins full of these - I have been saving them for years.  Do you save yours to make things with?  And if so, what do you make?

Hope you are staying cool (or comfortable if you are down under) and able to work on your quilting projects!

Monday, July 12, 2021


I had some hand work ready for the long drive from Oregon to Kansas and Florida - and for the long drive home!  I had received this book for my birthday from my sister a few years ago and decided to make the baby quilt pictured on the cover.  My favorite movie is "Miss Potter" so I was excited to get something that has her drawings to use to make something.  I had cut the hexagons before we left and traced the pictures onto the fabric.  I'm lucky to have a DH who looks for quilt shop signs along the road and the first shop that we stopped at was in Wyoming - in a small town in the middle of nowhere!

The shop, Valley Fabric Shop, Urie, Wyoming (population 262 in 2020), was amazing and I could have spent a much longer time perusing their wonderful displays.


I wanted to find fabrics to use for the Peter Rabbit quilt and I found the fabrics in the picture below.  

This is some of the embroidery that I did while riding down the highways.  I haven't finished all the stitching - especially the eyes on some of them.

After leaving Kansas we were on our way to Florida.  I think I was reading and I felt the car turning around.  I asked DH why he was doing that and he said he wanted to get some coffee - we were in Missouri at the time.  He did get coffee after he dropped me off at this quilt shop.  Look at the caption under the name of the quilt shop.  I did not scream because I didn't see the sign that he saw.

They were having a sale on patterns, panels and books.  I found 2 patterns.  The apron looks easy to make, but the Diamond Log Cabin looks very hard.  It is a 26 1/2" square wall hanging (and there was one hanging in the shop).  That's what I saw and I loved it.  It's all paper pieced, but I'm pretty sure I have enough scraps to make it.  Blue Top Quilt Shop in Lamar, MO is also a wonderful shop with a large variety of fabrics and quilting supplies.

This is the panel I bought.

I got this fabric to make the apron.

And got this fabric just because I liked it.

I will close with this picture of me with Abby, my granddaughter (age 12) and my DIL, Vizo.

 We had a wonderful time on our trip, but are very happy to be back home!  Thanks for visiting!