Riding the exercise bike to retreat!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Quiltville Mystery Quilt Parts 3 & 4

I'm still catching up, but I'm getting there. I'm really loving the colors in this quilt and the black and white makes everything pop!

Here is part 3 of Easy Street. The shadow block.
And part 4. Some purple geese with teal wings and then putting some geese together.
I'm almost caught up. I've still got part 5 to do and part 6 will be posted tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas All!

We celebrated on the Solstice this year, since the kids were flying on Christmas Day. It was so much fun having the kids home for the holidays. We had a great time!

Here we have Paul, Roger, Heather, Cinder, Will, Rachelle and our newest family member, PEPPER!
Have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy and healthy New Year!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Quiltville Mystery Quilt Parts 1 and 2

I finally got a start on this mystery quilt. I'm only 2 weeks behind now. Yeah!  Everything except the black and white is from my stash too! Love being able to shop in my own quilt room!

Step one was to combine the gray and the black and white prints into 4 patches! Check!

Step 2 was to make flying geese with your chosen purples as the goose and the black and white prints as the wings. Check!

My purple chicken pin cushion is enjoying the making of this quilt too! On to steps 3 and 4!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

When my quilt group, Cactus Patchers,  started this round robin quilt way back in February, that was the song that kept spinning through my head while I was trying to think of a start to my quilt. I finally came up with this bright sunburst block and sent it off on it's journey to 5 other quilters...

Well, last night the Cactus Patchers met for our annual Holiday Party and at the end of the night was the big reveal! We finally got to see all the quilts we had worked on over the last 10 months.
I absolutely love the way mine came out. And I'll treasure the little note each person wrote in the traveling journal that went with the quilt on its journey. This was so much fun and very outside the box.
Jane was the first to get the quilt and she added the piano keys in the lower left of the center block. Next, Monica added the flying geese in the upper right corner. Betty, got the block next and added the thin purple border and wide tan border. Pam added the fuzzy vine and leaves to the top of the wide tan border. And, finally, Donna added the mountain border. Now it's my turn to add any additional borders and finish it up. And it definitely still sings to me about the bright side of life.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Life Goes On

It's been quite awhile since I posted on my blog. We had such a great end to our salmon season catching 6 fish in the span of 3 days. Did some smoking and canning, plus several portions for the freezer. And then less than a week later my dad took a turn for the worse and then suddenly he was gone. Words can't even describe how sad I am or how much I miss him, but life does go on and I have some absolutely wonderful memories of him. And that last weekend I got to spend with him, showing him the pictures of our great salmon catches and he got to enjoy the little searun cutthroat I caught as well.

I'm back in Arizona now and getting ready for the holidays. Both my boys will be here and I can hardly wait. Got a full slate of cookies to bake, leg o lamb is in the freezer for Christmas Eve dinner and I'm starting to get crafty again. Found a new mystery quilt to start, which I will post here as I get the steps done and I have my Retreat in a Box projects to complete from Club Scrap.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures of my dad. I'm going to miss your smile!