Friday, February 20, 2015

Busy Life

Christmas was great, but a little quiet compared to last Christmas since we were missing 2 kids this year.  I've been to several states over the past couple of months for a wedding, baptism and a move.

I made this quilt for my new bedroom, to drape over the old chair in the corner, flannel on the back - perfect size and very cozy:
 Here is the quilt I made for the baptism boy - soft minky on the back:
 These two moved away to FLORIDA for a few years, their daddy is in graduate school (My heart is breaking, since we saw them nearly every day, we walked by their old house yesterday and it was so sad):
 Here's the piƱata skirt baby in Texas on a quilt I made her when she was teeny:
Still not done traveling this spring (I know it's technically Winter, but it doesn't seem like it here in the west). Headed to the Caribbean and Bahamas on a cruise soon!!!!! Then to Nevada for a fun Sister Retreat, I think we've been doing it for 14 years now.   But, unfortunately before I get to do the next fun things, I have to get the taxes together and go to our tax appointment, no easy feat when you're self employed. Wish me luck!
P.S. We welcomed the 9th grand baby on Christmas Eve - she is darling!

Friday, December 19, 2014

New Bedroom

I realize I was remiss in posting the "after" pictures of our newly remodeled master bedroom.  We are absolutely LOVING having a king sized bed! I still can't believe I live in this beautiful bedroom!
We are sharing a nicely organized closet:

 I've re-hung the pictures of my beautiful children and their families:
 Here is our ginormous bed! And I finally made the bolster pillow to go on it after months of procrastinating! (It was hard - there were curves!)
 And here is my favorite thing - the transom window!:
 Here is the closet - all covered in mirrors, which reflects the light from the 4 windows beautifully all over the room! Since we made 2 small bedrooms into one large one, we are benefitting from all of the light from the 4 windows.
We still have the ugly, comfortable chair in the corner (not pictured) and it may stay there forever !

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Dolly Quilts

I have 5 granddaughters and for Christmas this year, I made them each a "Dolly Quilt" out of scraps.

For the modified "drunkard's path", I used the amazing "Quilt Smart", a fusible interfacing, you cut most of it out, so it's not too stiff, and it's easy peasy, lemon squeezy!  The one with square patterns was made with leftover blocks I had in my scraps. I even had all of the border fabric in my stash.  One of them has little puppies and things on it, for my oldest, Austin, who is not much into dolls, but loves animals.
     I also made this pretty quilt for my beautiful sister, Heidi, out of a jelly roll and some white fabric. For her birthday.
     Christmas will be kind of quiet around here after last Christmas when everyone was here, the Texas kids aren't coming and my California boy isn't coming either. Jeff is going to Canada to meet the girlfriend's parents...
     I'm sure we will still have a rousing nerf gun fight and lots of fun and love to go around, but the others will be missed for sure!  Right after Christmas, heading back to California to go to my niece's wedding, then another granddaughter coming (here to Utah!) in January.
     Hope your holidays are merry!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cold Weather is Here and so are changes

Well it's been awhile, but I'm still living and quilting and enjoying my life (yay!).  One of the quilting groups I am in does lots of exchanges, we are starting a Row Quilt round robin in January, so I got my "row" done, because the holidays tend to be a little busy around here. I'm super excited about it and I love how working on others' quilts helps me grow as a quilter, because I am NOT a gifted designer, that's for sure:
 Here is our Halloween block exchange we just did, hopefully it will be a quilt soon:

 The weather has turned mighty cold mighty quick around here, we went to the BYU game the other night and it was about 15 degrees with the wind chill - brrrrrr! (We left before the end, wimpy, I know)
 We are also going to lease out our fun condo down south in Hurricane for the next few years and vacation somewhere else for awhile. Kind of sad, but kind of exciting too.

And the most sad change of all is that this sweet little family is moving to FLORIDA in January! I know it's a good thing, my son got into Nurse Anesthetist school, and they will be wonderful wherever they go, but we will MISS seeing them all the time, they live just down the street and we see them nearly every day.
Hope you are having a happy life and staying warm wherever you are!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Summer Breeze

     So I checked my blog and I haven't posted in like forever and I saw that 12 people checked my blog today and there was nothing for them! (And there hasn't been for a month or more!) So sorry! July was crazy busy and hot, which I hate, so that's probably why I didn't have anything fun/positive to say all month. BUT - now it's August, the month where the evenings start cooling down around here, especially as the month goes on. And it's almost my birthday!!! (September 5 - favorite day of the year!)
     Mr. Handsome also started working at home in earnest this summer, which is fabulous, except when I want to blog and he is talking on the phone, which is most of his business in the office. Yes, we now share an office.
     Here is the quilty-ness I've been doing between the busy-ness: This is a gift for a new baby in the extended family:
      Here is a "just because" quilt. I certainly did not need another project and was super busy, but I was able to squeeze this class in on an amazingly free afternoon last month. I need to make 13 blocks, so don't hold your breath for this to be finished any time soon! But I love it! Even though these are primary colors, the colors coming up are nice, saturated oranges, purples, greens, etc. Yummy!
      I also finally got started on my wedding ring quilt, it will also be in brights on a white background. I'm making it with "Quilt Smart", which means no curved piecing, but it still took awhile gather fabric & then to cut it out, and it's going to be gorgeous!  I am planning on hand quilting it, so I am going to call it "Something Old & Something New" (I know, so clever!)
     My quilting machine is on the fritz (AGAIN!), but this time it's either going to be fixed or I'm getting a new one! I have quite a stack of quilts to be quilted now - frustrating. (The guy at the shop who takes care of my machines had a heart attack (the nerve), but happily is on the mend, so soon...

     The other new project I've started this summer is learning to play the piano: Mr. Handsome and I are planning on serving a mission for our church in a few years, so I thought I might learn to play to help out at church meetings where no one plays. BUT, don't let this "Easy" book fool you, it's SUPER hard! My piano teacher says I will be playing it "soon", but I don't know, there is a heck of a lot to remember in this piano playing business! I took for a few years as a child, but that was a long time ago, and I've basically forgotten everything.
It is encouraging that I've learned to quilt, because I used to just think you were either good at something or not, but through quilting, I've learned it's all about practice, practice, practice. So that's what I do everyday - practice the piano. (It's quite motivating to practice when you're paying for the lessons, not your momma!) Happy Quilting!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

This Girl is On Fire...

So the chilly weather is gone, too soon. We've been going to the pool, but getting NO quilting done. My sweet daughter, Brooke has been into my stash and has made 6 or 7 quilt tops! She is giving me one to donate to our youth fundraiser next month. She keeps inviting me down to my fab quilt studio to quilt with her, but I just can't think in the messiness. The kids have their overflowing suitcases down there, and with all the other stuff down there, it's just a little messy for my taste. We are just a little cramped in this house with 8 people, but it's worth it!  Here is a picture of little Izzy at the pool:
She would not let her mom take her out of her little swim outfit all day, she just held on to her clothes and squealed! Hope your summer is going just the way you want it (mine is!)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Merrily, We Roll Along...

  Things are just moving along here, it went from really hot to quite chilly (yay!!) We are having a fun time with lots of grand kids here all the time.  There is some exciting news - our number 9 grandchild is on its way!  Here are the latest blocks from my quilt group block exchange, the theme was scrappy:
 Here is the "good deal" of a weight bench that ended up in my fabulous new bedroom while I was out of town: I have decided I will take a picture each time it is used for clothing and after so many, it goes! (Muhaha)
Speaking of our fabulous new master bedroom, it is FINISHED! It is gorgeous and each time I head in there during the day, I just want to sit down and stay! We still need a couple of chairs in there and a small table, but there is a comfortable chair in there, it's just a little worn looking and doesn't really match.  The office is pretty much done also, I am painting a little part of the built in desk and my wonderful daughter is here and she is going to refinish a couple of small things, then I will post pictures. Well, I'm off for a morning walk in this wonderful, chilly weather - hope you're having a great time, and if you're not, remember, it will pass! (That's what I keep telling myself!)