Saturday, December 19, 2015

Christmas 2015

When I think back to where we were last year at this time, I am so grateful for our health, our family and our friends. 

Winter is here and we're approaching the shortest day of the year.  Time to curl up with a good book or some quilting.

Time to gather with friends and family to celebrate.

Time for a trip to Minneapolis to see George Winston at Orchestra Hall and enjoy a meal with our son and daughter-in-law.

Time to enjoy the beautiful holiday music and share it with others caroling with hospice friends.

Time to plan for the New Year....
what shall I work on? 
Read more, finish UFO's, knit, maybe just be and enjoy life as it comes.

What are your plans for the Holidays and the wonderful New Year to follow?

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

This is the time of year that I like to remember all the things I’m grateful for as we celebrate Thanksgiving.

"Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude." A.A. Milne

  "Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful." Buddha

"This a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before." Maya Angelou

“Always there is something worth saying about glory, about gratitude.”
Mary Oliver, What Do We Know


For the times we celebrate!

For friends and the things that make us laugh....

and cry......

for food......

for our homes....

"Live your life so that the fear of death can never enter your heart. When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light. Give thanks for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. And if perchance you see no reason for giving thanks, rest assured the fault is in yourself."

Chief Tecumseh, Shawnee Indian Chief

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?
Wishing you many blessings this holiday! 


Friday, August 14, 2015

Nana's Summer 2015

This summer we went to Los Gatos, California for my cousin Terry and his wife Linda's daughter's wedding. 

It was a beautiful June day and the reception was outdoors in a park.


They left the reception in a shower of flower petals and will make their home in Rapid City.

At an open house at the groom's parents, I was surprised to find the house full of gorgeous quilts.  The one shown here was made for the bride and groom and is the floor of a church in Italy.  How appropriate for the Italian bride who was heading to Italy for the honeymoon.

We headed to San Francisco for a few days  where we took in the sites. 

We especially enjoyed the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park as well as the deYoung Museum. 

What trip would be complete without a stop at a fabric shop. We found this one near Union Square.  One whole floor was devoted to cotton fabrics.

When we got home, I stitched up a quilt for my cousin JoAnne using the Disappearing Hour Glass pattern from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

The back of the quilt is flannel and it's quilted with stars and loops.

Now I'm just trying to hold onto summer as tightly as I can, enjoying every single day. 

Hope you are having a wonderful summer!


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Doll Quilt Exchange 2

This is the doll quilt I made for Tammy who lives south of Calgary which is not too far from here as we drove it in one day last summer.  However, it seemed to take quite a bit of time to get there and had me worried for a while when we were on vacation for a week and I didn't always have a connection to my email.

It's made from a bundle of indigos I bought at a quilt show which needed special washing before use, so it languished in my stash for some time. 

I found myself checking out the quilts in many of my books to find just the right blue and white design. The amount of fabric I had was very limited (a fat 1/8th of each blue) so that also influenced my choice.

There is machine quilting around the blocks and I hand quilted the windows and border.

The binding was finished and I added the label on our screened porch, something that I love to do in the summer since it's so relaxing on a nice day. 

Finally here's a picture of the label I made for the back.  What a fun project for all involved!  I hope you have many lovely days this summer and enjoy stitching in the outdoors!


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Doll Quilt Exchange

Last weekend when we returned home from Memorial Day at our son's, I found a package in our mailbox and I could hardly wait until I got into the house to open it!  Inside was the beautiful doll quilt on the left from Martha Gray, completely hand quilted with the tiniest of stitches.  All the different fabrics were a feast for the eyes.

On the back of the quilt was an embroidered label shown on the right.

At first, I thought I'd hang it in an area near the kitchen but somehow it was on the dining room table and I thought I'd display it there for awhile.  Don't worry, we're eating on the porch for the summer.  No chance of spoiling it with any goodies or food.

This was from a Doll Quilt Exchange set up by Lori over at Humble Quilts and I'm so glad I signed up for it, especially since I'm a "deadline" girl and just finished my quilt for the exchange to be mailed today.  Thank-you so much Lori for setting this up <3

Check out Lori's blog as she will eventually have links set up for the Doll Quilt Exchange participants and you'll be able to see all the quilts.

Hope your summer is starting out with good weather and lots of fun stitching.


Sunday, May 3, 2015

A New Stash

It's been awhile since I've blogged so I thought I'd let you know what's been going on and what I've been doing! We had to postpone our Mexico trip in January because of some medical issues, so I started knitting which is more portable than quilting and quite stress relieving.

 I bought the yarn and needles over a year ago and totally forgot about them!  Luckily, a friend reminded me :)

 The first pair on the left was for a friend and the yarn made the lovely pattern.  The second pair below was also for a friend.

Of course, I had to have a yarn stash and I bought 2 or 3 skeins of every color in the store except for the solid colors. They don't knit up very fast as they are on size 2 needles and I used some tiny circular needles to make them. 

Notice that the stash is in a basket in plain sight!  I won't forget I have this yarn.

This is the pair I'm working on at the moment.  Thankfully we aren't dealing with any medical issues at the present time so I'm not in too much of a hurry to finish these.

I did manage to put together a small quilt kit of star blocks.  I like the way the stars float, don't you?

And, machine quilted a doll quilt top that I had for a long time.

We did make a trip to Mexico, later than usual, where we relaxed, read and enjoyed some warm, sunny weather.

I've pulled some fabrics for an "Out the Door Quilt".  Not in any hurry to cut into these.

On the right are some indigo fabrics I've been washing for a doll quilt swap.

When we returned home from Mexico, we put in the dock.  We enjoy catching crappies and sunnies off the dock in the spring.  Next weekend we'll have a full house (kids and grand kids) for the opener, so there won't be much sewing getting done!

That's about it for now!  Hope your spring is going well!