Saturday, May 7, 2016

Happy Mother's Day

to all you mothers out there.  My mom's been gone for nearly 16 yrs.  If you still have your  mom, give her a big hug and a kiss as she'd probably like that more than anything else!!  And tell her you love her!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Something new

And it's not quilty.  I know I've been basically a non-blogger (as far as quilting goes anyway) for quite some time.  And not sure how much longer it'll be like that though I have been having some pangs of regret for not quilting as I really need to get a bunch of stuff finished up, need to go through my stash and thin it out big time and get stuff donated!!!  But that hasn't happened yet.  Every time I see Diana's blog that she started as her girl scout program, it really makes me want to cut a TON of 2.5" strips.  I actually love the scrappy trips block and have made a couple of those quilts.  We'll see.

But I've just started a new volunteer activity that I think I'm going to really like.  My friend, Joanne, has done it for years and I've considered it for quite some time but just never quite seemed to get around to it.  We had two members of our Sunday School class require their services and that, I guess, was the impetus I needed.  So I filled out my paperwork,  did my training and have done two sub routes though I will have my very own route very soon.  I know, I haven't mentioned what it is yet.

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I really enjoy talking to the older folks and I know they appreciate what Meals on Wheels provides.  I volunteer once a month with my church group at the Ronald McDonald house providing the families there a yummy home cooked dinner.  And during this past school year, I volunteered at an elementary school our church partners with doing Kids Bible Beach Club once a week.

But I do hope to get back to quilting soon.  Maybe when it gets too hot to do anything outside!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter!

                     He is risen indeed!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

We did a shore excurion on our 2nd day in Puerto Vallarta that took us into the Sierra Madre mountains.  This was our travel vehicle--

it's a unimog and apparently from Germany (more info can be found here).  We visited a roadside bread bakery (I don't particularly like stops like that as they are only for the purpose of raising revenue for the particular vendor) and stopped by the road to eat a 'taco' which was a blue corn tortilla with a hunk of cheese and salsa eaten in hand (and, wouldn't you know it, a vendor selling wood carvings!!).

 We stopped at some botanical gardens and got a little tour.  These birds were SO pretty!  No clue what they are.
I think they said those blue flowers are hibiscus..I've never seen blue hibiscus.

This display was gorgeous!!

We then went to a tequila distillery.  They were giving shots of their various flavors (intended to sell you on the tequila).   I tried the first one and it was GROSS!  Then they had an almond flavored one and I tried it because I LOVE almond flavored things--but NOT tequila.  GROSS!

Finally we stopped at a small ranch where they had prepared a nice lunch.  The best part of the entire trip (thought I had at least a couple of photos but apparently not).   That unimog does NOT provide a smooth ride (with a little help from the poor roads) so we were bouncing and jiggling almost the entire time (we were not only seat-belted in but also had hand straps to hang onto!

Monday, March 21, 2016

It's been awhile

Haven't posted in quite awhile since I've not been doing any sewing at ALL!  Need to take care of that issue as there are things needing to be done!

Just got home a couple of days ago from a cruise so at least I can post a few pix of that (though I'm sure most couldn't care less).  We sailed out of Long Beach, CA and hit Puerto Vallarta (an overnight port) and Cabo San Lucas.  It was nice but I'm always glad to get home.

Me and baby boy (doesn't he look happy) at the back of the ship.

These two were some very cool sand sculptures along the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta.  Can't imagine doing that much work to have it last only a short while!!!

This was a bench on the Malecon..very strange sculptures (why two huge ears on a bench?!  HA).

Saw several bozos climb up the ladder as far as they were able then stick their hand up the lower one's dress for a photo op :-(

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Quilt show!

I went to the quilt show put on by my former guild.  It was a small show but very nice with lots of beautimous quilts and super vendors (though I bought nothing as I really don't need any more stuff!).  My buddy, Joanne, won several ribbons and Mona, who is my favorite longarmer, won several ribbons on her quilts as well!!  Way to go, girls!!  Took just a few photos but did NOT take notes on what belongs to who (very, very bad of me).

I know the one above was made by Joanne.  She told me someone gave her all these 'scraps' from a quilt she'd made and Joanne made this one from the scraps!  WOW huh?

I love the larger bullseye's.  Joanne and I both agreed this would be a fantastic donation quilt!

This beauty was made by Diane, a former member of the guild.

                     This little beauty was made by Ruth Lloyd--she does such pretty work.
Ooo, these blocks were SO tiny..Rachel Cowley made this beauty.

            Just LOVED this one but no clue who made it.  I kinda think Mona quilted it, though.
Just as I was wrapping up looking at all the pretties, it was announced that this exquisite quilt was voted Presidents Choice and was made by Loretta Brennan.