week I finally bought a new washer/dryer.
It's been 20 years since I bought my last one. Not bad I suppose. My
washer/dryer live in my garage. You know that meant I had to clean out the
garage. Surprisingly, it only took the better part of a day.
have had a stackable washer/dryer combo for so long, that it suits me fine.
After all, one person can't have that much laundry, can they?
cleaning out the garage I ran across this among my mother's stuff.
brother's christening dress and my christening dress. And, those are my baby
sure there must have been shoelaces on them at one time. But, that is nothing
more than string. I know we lived in the country in Fresno; but,
did manage to get some sewing in this week.
table topper for the Talking Threads Opportunity basket. Nine members made a block each. All I did was sash it and put it together. Ready for quilting next.
And I sewed an apron and hot pads for the Wednesday Wackos Opportunity basket.
again, I have not been doing much sewing.
I traveled to Florida for my Granddaughter Madeline's high-school
graduation. We are so proud of her. She received a Florida's Brightest Future Scholarship award.
This is based on a combination of GPA,
SAT scores and community service hours.
is the short one in the center.
Maddie, and Dad.
Look at all the
flowers. She had fun passing out leis to her friends.
Grams and Madeline
And, you knew there had to be a quilt.
favorite picture of the fam is of the aprons I made for each of them (except
is nothing like a five-day retreat up in the mountains to get a whole heap of
stuff done and just plain ol' regroup. Unfortunately, I cannot show
everything. Some are gifts; but, they
will be given out soon and then. . . .
continued to sew for the guild's quilt show boutique.
Bags (opps, I snuck in Nancy's for the picture)
I did make something for myself.
small Cross-Body Bag.
best of all, is the wonderful group of women at the retreat. Just one fabulous
moment after another. They say laughter
is the best medicine. We must have cured
ourselves of all our illnesses.
Mother's Day today. My mother passed earlier this year and today is a bit
unsettled for me. My cousin sent me this picture of my mom probably taken back
in the late 70s. I think it is a fun picture. Don't you just love the glasses?
miss you Mom.
do you like my new German Shepard? I've named him Gunter. My daughter sent him
to me because I told her I had been thinking a lot about German Shepards
think she decided this was a safer way for me to deal with a large-breed dog. I
must say, I agree.I think he is very
love my gorgeous Mother's Day flowers.
Thank you Janet & Robert! What a delightful Spring bouquet.
been working on some small projects to donate to my quilt guild's boutique.
The boutique is for the Orange Grove
Quilters Guild's quilt show on July 29th and 30th, 2016. I love small projects. Probably because you
get almost an instant reward. So in between quilts, I am generally working on
projects this these:
Boo Boo Bags
Chicken pincushions; tiny bag; & lip balm holder
also made a couple more aprons for granddaughters.
I think most of
Southern California has had the creeping crud; but that has finally passed
now. My birthday block quilt is on hold
for another week at least. I did get a few
things done, however.
Back in October, I
think it was then, a member of my friendship group offered up a challenge. She presented it in a very fun way. She had
been traveling and picked up some quilty items as she visited quilt shops
throughout the middle part of the United States. She has a wonderful husband
who turns the car toward quilt shops for her. Yay Jim! In with the gifts was the same fat quarter
for everyone. The challenge (if we chose to accept) was to create
"anything" using the fat quarter and the color of the ribbon on the
bag. It was due at our retreat we have the first week in April. I took
a class from Joe Cunningham and used his technique for this pillow. Then I added some big-stitch quilting for some added texture.
Pretty cute don't
you think? Thanks Pat, it was a heap of fun! Here are those of
us who chose to accept the challenge.
It might be hard to see; but, the are a couple of bags, a pair of pajama bottoms, an apron, a whole quilt, and mug rugs. Pam made mug rugs for each and every one of us. Terri made a table runner; but, was unable to come at the last minute. One of the things
I accomplished at the retreat is an apron for my granddaughter. She requested one since she is now living and working in Salt Lake City. She and her roommate are doing some cooking for
themselves. Here is her apron. I think she likes it!
Number 3 has been selected for the UFO challenge due at our May guild meeting. My number 3 UFO on the list is a birthday
block swap from my Talking Threads friendship group. Each of us selected a theme we wanted and at our birthday month meeting we were showered with birthday quilt blocks.
I selected "What's In My Garden" for my July birthday. The block could be any size and any style. Aren't they all
wonderful? What a talented group of women! Next week I'll post my
progress. I have some ideas.