My DH was diagnosed with a brain tumor last Wed. which took us ALL COMPLETELY by surprise!! So needless to say, I have more important things on my mind right now and will most likely not be blogging for a time. If you're so inclined, please remember him in your prayers. His surgery is tomorrow morning. Thanks!!
Just a few items from last night's show & tell. First is Eileen's colorful quilt that she made for a friend's son's graduation. Must be a really good friend--LOL. Then there's Ruth showing off a quilt using one of Bonnie Hunter's patterns (Pineapple Blossom?) that she taught in a class in her neighborhood. Shawn's nearly finished with her Labyrinth quilt she made in a workshop with Debby Maddy and Rachel with two ITTY BITTY quilts she's finished. The Storm at Sea was a laser cut kit by John Flynn's daughter (NOT paper-pieced..WOW!!). Not sure about the other but both were fantastic!! Kathy's got a wedding quilt finished BEFORE the wedding (fancy THAT!) using a Judy Niemeyer pattern and Sandra has another beauty that was a BOM. Nice job, ladies!!
This was the oh so pretty bear paw quilt that was put together by the lovely Kayleen Allen for our guild anniversary. I did NOT win the quilt (what's NEW?!! LOL) and my name did not even make it on the label as a contributor to the quilt!! I was not a happy camper as it really made me question if my name was even in the drawing. Hmph! Well, I know next time who NOT to give my blocks to (and I'm not namin' names). I'll have some show & tell tomorrow.
Oh BOY!! My bowties are multiplying!! Today I made 19 more (and think I counted a total of 51). I've used all the stuff I'd cut so will have to get busy and cut some more. I also got two patriotic pillowcases HALF made (hence, no pictures! LOL).
Tonight is our guild's 20th anniversary celebration. I've been a member for around 14 years so I'm a 'long-timer'. We were asked a few months ago to make bear paw blocks (that's our 'symbol') and they would be put together in a quilt and given away at our anniversary meeting! So I'll hopefully have a picture of that (and maybe some additional show & tell) tomorrow. We're having a dinner which is always a good thing! HA
Whoo wee! I've really been busy today. I went to the grocery store first thing this morning, trying to be out and about BEFORE it gets so hot. That way I can stay in the rest of the day! LOL I'm having the family over tomorrow and am making pulled pork. I decided I'd do it in the crockpot today instead of tomorrow so it's been cooking (and smelling REAL GOOD) since about 11am.
I finally got all the rows in this sucker sewn together. Think I'll put one border on it and it'll be ready for the longarmer! YAY!!
Then I picked up the BOM Thur. when I was up at the LQS sewin' with the gals. Got it put together today (but did a pretty crappy job on it). I may just hafta re-do this one.
AND I did some more of these bowties (thanks again, Betty Lou!!). All the ones I did today had to be done twice though! Ticks me off I wasn't paying more attention!! I have lots more waiting to be done.
Last but not least I got one extra pillowcase done. Two down, eight to go. Probably won't get much done tomorrow with the company comin' over. I still have taco salad and ice cream to make ( and putting away all this sewing mess!!!).
We had a fun day today sewing away..but I was in a bit of a stupor due to lack of sleep last night (NO sleep to be exact! LOL). That's my excuse for not getting more of my quilt sewn together. But half of it's together..maybe the other half'll get done tomorrow (if I can get some sleep tonight).
And that JoAnne's been a busy bee..she finished putting one QOV together and was working on putting another together.
And last but not least, Sheri was busy putting together the squares from another swap that she'd done. It's gonna be another beauty using the pretty civil war fabrics.
See this quilt? I know I've shown it before and it IS in my header but it's just been blocks--until NOW! I've been working on trying to get a couple of UFO's finished up. The one I showed last just needs the two side sashing pieces sewn on and probably one more border and that's finished. This one needed quite a few more blocks to get it to the size I wanted and they are DONE. I'm having a sew day tomorrow with a couple of buds and plan on getting this puppy sewn together!! I started this in a workshop with Lynn Roddy Brown when she came to our guild ?? years ago. YIKES!
OK, I got both my little rag quilts finished, snipped, washed & dried!! The little one on the left is for the county hospital and the one on the right is for Camp Crucis, a camp for kids with cancer. I just absolutely love the rag quilts--hope the kids/babies like em!!
This is a UFO that's been in the works for some time now. I've always loved this block, the one I've made a gazillion times before in the making of the HOB quilts and QOV's. I decided to use some of my voluminous collection of civil war fabrics to make my own. These blocks are smaller than I normally make--9" as opposed to the usual 12". I have one more row to add to the right side then will most likely add the sashing and cornerstones around the outside followed by one more border. Ooo, I LOVE it!!
Just thought I'd post a couple more pix from the trip and then back to quilting!! We got home last night around 9pm--a LONG ride home. So nice to be back in my own little bed! Yesterday morning early, I took a couple of things out to the car and the sun was just coming up over the mountains. I didn't have the best vantage point from which to take a picture so there are a few things in the way but you get the 'picture', right?!! HA
Then, on the way out of town, I stopped to grab an earthcache. If you're not into geocaching, you have NO clue what I'm talking about but I kinda describe it as a scavenger hunt using a GPS. Boyscouts used to do it and called it orienteering (don't think they used GPS's though). I love it and it often takes you to the most interesting places and you see things you might not have otherwise. This is the mineral hot springs formation in the middle of downtown Pagosa.
I've been working on putting my civil war cross block quilt together today and hopefully will finish it off tomorrow and have a picture to show you (we'll see how that works out!!).
Well, we've been in Colorado for a couple of days now and have already gone on a river rafting trip...
this is NOT our raft, merely a representation!! LOL We didn't have to wear helmets either cause it wasn't that rough. But the water was DARNED cold AND it started raining and hailing on us the last mile and a half or so. We were frozen by the time we got outta the water! But it was still fun and I saw some BEAUTIFUL birds. A Western Tanager, a golden (not gold) finch and a cute little American dipper. Oh yeah, and a red-headed merganser (sp?).
Now today, we drove over to Durango and did the Durango-Silverton train ride. We've done it many times but the family with us had never done it before and I think they really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, as we got into Silverton, it started raining (AGAIN) and was pretty chilly up there. So we really didn't get to stroll the streets and visit all the cute shops up there. We've always taken the train back down in the past but this time we took the bus. I was SO glad cause we'd been in an open air gondola and that would have been really chilly going back with rain at least part way.
Tomorrow, we're going to the parade in the morning and HOPEFULLY no rain tomorrow night so we can watch the fireworks!!
I've gotten a few things finished up (or NEARLY finished up) today and there are still hours left in the day! WOOHOO! Got the box of Home of the Brave quilts mailed this morning so hopefully they'll arrive safe and sound. I ALWAYS worry til I hear from Robin that they've arrived. I put a rag quilt together for the county hospital (this one's NOT for Camp Crucis..it's next) but have not done all the snipping yet.
Then I got busy and polished off the luggage tags that I'd prepped. We have a nice little batch going with a few more to come. And last but not least I did the last two quilt tool caddies (thinkk that makes a total of 8 right now). They're pretty easy to crank out.
Think I'll go cut and press the binding for my neutrals BOM that I just got back from the longarmer last week!!
I've been working on one of my many, MANY UFO's in addition to a rag quilt for Camp Crucis, binding a couple of quilts and putting labels on 7 more HOB quilts that were finished up by my church group. These ladies have been BUSY!! These quilts are boxed up and ready to be sent on their way--now I just need to get my butt to the post office. UGH! The picture is just all of the quilts together AND a picture of the super-cool label I put on each quilt (it's super-cool cause I actually figured out how to do it on the 'puter and designed it myself!! LOL).
Obviously this one's not stitched on yet!
Tonight is our night once again to serve dinner at the Ronald McDonald house here in Ft. Worth so I've also been cooking this morning. I'm making a chicken and black bean enchilada casserole. I haven't been for the past couple of months so I'm really looking forward to it!!