Easter get together…

April 20, 2014

Every year I get together with my family for Easter dinner and egg hunt here at my house…    Here’s a Sister Selfie:

IMG_2324And the obligatory torture picture with bunny ears!  IMG_3103Happy Easter!!!  Thanks for visiting!!!

Happy Easter!

April 19, 2014

I’m a day early, but I just wanted to share this little Easter treat that my friend Vivian made for my son…

She is a retired chocolateer!  Isn’t this the sweetest little Peep ever?!  I love spring!!!

IMG_3033Thanks for visiting!!!

It’s been too long!

April 13, 2014

Yes, I’m still sewing like a mad woman, but working on a few things that I can’t share just yet!

Today I finished a little quilt top that I started at the Bryce Winter Retreat that I went to this past February…  It measures appoximately 12 x 15 inches.

IMG_3035The pattern is by Carol Johnson…  She has a whole series of these landscape quilts.  I’ve always enjoyed her work!  I wanted to try this binding technique that has you use a phalange (however it’s spelled…  LOL!) sewn into 2 strips of binding.  It’s sewn onto the back of the quilt, pulled to the front and then top stitched in place.  It is machine bound…  You can see the thread holding it in place on the phalange.   I am going to stitch the corners in place by hand just to give it a little more form.

IMG_3038This is the one thing that I didn’t care for…  Where the start and finish join up.  Has anyone else done this technique and know how I can make it prettier?!  LOL!

I am a bit of a perfectionist…

Thanks for stopping by!!!

And here’s my “Wordplay” bitty block #2!

April 4, 2014

Bitty blocks usually measure 3.5 inches square unfinished.  Occasionally when we do a crazy themed side swap we can choose to do 3.5 inches square, or 3.5 x 6.5 inches.

That gives us a little lee way with our design choices!  I decided to use the awesome image of the sign that I got from “So Much Pun.com” when I “googled” pun images… I came up with the frogs sitting in the bug (Ha!  Pun intended) with the license plate “LV BUGS” showing two frogs “Parking”…  Hehehehehe…

That male frog is a cad.  Can you see him making the moves on the girl?!

IMG_3011Thanks for “hopping” by…

Quilting Overkill?

March 31, 2014

Welllll…  I just finished quilting my friend, Viv’s sweet little quilt.  I am incapable of doing minimal quilting!

(I think it’s because my mistakes are so much more pronounced if it’s minimal!

If you quilt the heck out of something there’s so much going on that the little gizmos don’t show up….)IMG_2981I didn’t end  up baby sitting today so I had some less-busy time for quilting!  (I say less-busy because I still have my own to deal with…  They’re not nearly as difficult!)

After a full day on the Bernina, Viv’s quilt is finished!!!  Such a sweet quilt.  I hope the quilting isn’t too overdone for her…IMG_2985Thanks for visiting!!!

“Wordplay” bitty block #1…

March 27, 2014

Here’s the first of 2…  I got the image when I googled “Pun images”…  I am making 6 of these, and then 6 of another set.  I love puns!!!IMG_2968Thanks for visiting!!!

Teacup Swap!

March 27, 2014

In the Layton Quilt Guild, we exchanged teacups with the fusible already on them…  Then we were challenged to make them into a quilt.

This is what I came up with!  I called it, “Tea With Friends”.  I added 3 fairies on the shelves because in my world, they can be found everywhere!

IIMG_2963Here’s a funny little story:  I showed my DH and he said, “It looks a little messy…  They should be hanging neatly- all the same.”

“Why wouldn’t I want it to look real?”  I queried.

It measures 28 x 33 inches.  Thanks to everyone who participated!!!

Bird Watching…

March 25, 2014

Yes, I’m becoming a bit of an Ornithologist wanna be…  I hope you enjoy this little trip to the Bird Refuge!  (I go frequently so I can see different Migratory birds.)IMG_2922Here are some sun tanning Pelicans we saw from a great distance!  (I’m feeling the same need.)

IMG_2867American Avocet.  Check out his pale blue legs!

IMG_2871And here’s another view of him…  That long beak is good for going after bugs in the water.

IMG_2876American Coot.

IMG_2877Cinnamon Teal (I think!)

IMG_2892Clark’s Grebe

IMG_2894There are 2 different species of Grebes here…  The two with black around their eyes are Western Grebes, and the one with white is a Clark’s Grebe.

IMG_2903Mr. Great Blue Heron, or as we call him, “You can’t see me…”  He holds really still and pretends to be a plant. Without seeing him move, at a distance you’d never know he’s there!

IMG_2918Okay, this one isn’t great, but it’s a Yellow-Headed Blackbird…  And those little spots are “Midges”.  Not mosquitoes.

(Supposedly they don’t bite, but I’d prefer not to test that theory…)

IMG_2932Hehehehe…  I really liked this picture!  3 California Gulls and an Avocet.

IMG_2951And on the way out, 2 Sand Hill Cranes!  They were massive!

I hope you liked visiting the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge again!!!

p.s. I’m an Ornithologist wanna be, so can not be held responsible if I’ve named any of the above birds incorrectly!

National Quilt Day Event 2014

March 23, 2014

Yesterday was our Second Annual National Quilt Day Event at Legacy Village in Layton, Utah.  It is a beautiful venue for a quilt show!  I hope you enjoy a virtual visit!  IMG_2738Coming up the stairs in the lobby…

IMG_2721Roy Pioneer Quilt Guild’s President, Midje sitting at our booth…

IMG_2722And here’s Layton’s booth…  Denise and Viv hard at work!

IMG_2762And here’s our fearless leader, Cindy, and Kay holding up a Resident’s antique quilt!

IMG_2725It’s always fun to see your quilt hanging in a quilt show!  This is my Dear Jane Heart to Heart Swap quilt.

IMG_2740Always love a quilt in these colors!

IMG_2734Applique heaven!

IMG_2733Denise’s snowman quilt!

IMG_2739I love the colors and movement in this one!!!

IMG_2831This is by Carol Johnson…  She provided on of our trunk shows!  I want to grow up to be like her!

IMG_2840Again, this is Carol Johnson…  She does the most amazing landscape quilts!

IMG_2726And last, but not lease, the mini quilt/basket silent auction table…  The Event raised funds for future teachers and activities!

Thanks for joining us!!!

Look at what came in the mail yesterday!!!

March 16, 2014

I have been swapping on flickr since 2009…  There are certain people that I love getting as a partner because their work is awesome…

Mamacjt is one of them.

Yesterday, I received the sweetest little quilt in the world…  That’s right, a pink and green row of houses!

(I’m moving into the one with the striped roof.)

IMG_2700Carol also sent an envelope full of goodies.  She is so generous!

IMG_2698Thanks for swapping Carol~  You are fabulous!

Thanks for visiting!!!


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