Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Our Road Trip

note, this is a post full of family pics!

Our road trip was to bring our California branch of the Davis family home to be there for Mom and Papa's 50th wedding anniversary!

this is the couple that started it all...

Here are the grandkids (missing 2, one is deployed in Iraq).
I did not have a photo with the great grandkids (but there are 5 of them).
The whole family photo was taken by a great photographer, and I'll try to remember to post one of those later, since I don't have one yet!

Our trip included a visit to Mount Rushmore by some of the family (since it is only 2 hours north), and to Carhenge, the local attraction of our small town in Alliance, Nebraska.
Our Jeff (son in law to be) had never been on a road trip farther than San Fransisco
(about 8 hours from home). He visited 4 new states on the trip!

Jeff and Lydia went to see "Karate Kid" at the town's theater. I think Jeff thought the Marque was a bit like "Back to the Future"....

Papa has a few cars that they have restored,

(isn't this one amazing? Lydia and I were having fun watching people load in!)

we took turns riding around town and to church on Sunday.

We had almost three pews filled by just the Davises alone! It is a blessing to the folks to have a family that has not forgotten the way of the Lord.

So nice to be home, but we miss all the family fun we had.

We returned home on Wednesday, and here, it was the second week of the Southern California Quilter's Run. My BFF Beth and I have participated for 5 summers now, and we couldn't miss out this year, either. We visited 20 of the 43? stores together, between Thursday through Saturday. We had a great time and bought a few pieces of fabric... Now, we all have put a "fabric freeze" on further purchases until some stuff gets made *smile*~~~

I don't have any pictures of this year's run, but let me share one more of the quilt shop Gil and Barb took us to. It's called Pat's Creative, in Hemingford, NE. It is on a farm, out in the country, and I NEVER would have found this place by myself.

here is the outside...

and the view looking across the road, a dirt road, really! What I didn't get a photo of were the buffalo in the pin over there, really!! Such a city girl I have become.... But, look what's inside...

such a cool shop! Pat had a few fabrics that I had to bring home with me ...
(This is Mom, Lydia, and my Larry. Lydia already spies something! See, Pat is cutting it...)

Pat did not want me to take a picture, sorry Pat. But she was such a sweetie! We had taken the anniversary quilt to share with her, and had come on one of the store's "workshop" Mondays. Would you believe, this store in the country had 26 quilters there that day, representing 3 different states! Anyway, Pat pulled me into the group and shared my quilt, and the t-shirt I had made and was wearing! Actually, I would've loved to have stayed and seen all that was being shared by the other gals.

Now, I'll be working on finishing the edges and binding on Larry's quilt, and a few other things. I'll share as we go, I promise!

Happy Quilting,

Monday, June 14, 2010

Hexagon Quiltalong Completed!!

Quilted "love". . . can you see it?

I'm glad to have accomplished my goal. This one is a happy quilt!

It's quilted, but I haven't washed it yet.

another message of love in the quilting~!

I drew a lot of hearts, too. This is one of my favorites!

I have reached several goals with this quilt, actually:
  • This was from the "too good to cut" fabrics, my first jelly roll purchase and I kept putting off even opening it~!
  • It was also on my "ten finishes for 2010" list, check!
  • It is completed in time for our trip, and to give to the folks~ that's the best thing!
So, I'm a happy girl! I hope you all are feeling good about your sewing and creative crafting, too. It sure feeds the soul.

Happy Quilting,

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Afternoon Quilting

From this

to this

and then

Now, to find and add the binding. Did I mention this is the gift we are giving at the folk's 50th Anniversary this Saturday, after school is out, after we drive 1,500 miles? I'm glad it's completed this far!



While this one isn't quite finished yet, I wanted to share a bit....

Monday at school, we have Field Day. Expecting temps in the 90's. I'm stationed at a game with water balloons, that should be fun!

Monday night, quilt class. I'm hoping to have this one quilted before then. Here it is now:

Tuesday, it's our end of the year field trip and swim party, with life guards and a water slide, and just our class. The students really enjoy this day!

Then, it's home to pack for our trip to Nebraska, and hopefully a good night's sleep.

Wednesday, it's awards day, and shopping in the class store with their earned Davis Dollars, and school is out at noon. Whew!

Home, grab our bags and go. Sorry I've been absent, but I'll return soon. Hopefully with photos!

Ya know, I love summer!!

Happy Quilting,