Sunday, March 11, 2018

Yearly Family Sewing Retreat

This years sewing retreat was in Mississippi 
at my sister Julia's house.

 Here are a few pictures from the week.
Sister-in-law Cheryl's dog wall quilt.

One of my projects was sewing my second 
Pinwheels quilt for bunk beds.

 Polly working on a quilt for a grandchild.

 Emily showing mother her cow quilt.

 Mother's project was making chenille pot holders.

 A birds eye few of our week.

 One of my projects was a Texas Long Horn.

What fabrics do I choose for the long horn?

Here I am cutting black fabric strips to outline the cow.

 At this point I am not sure it will turn our.  I was discouraged.

 By the end of day two Mr Long Horn was quilted.

Coleen made a wall quilt of dress scraps from her husbands mother.

We truly had a blast.

Back Home Again
This is a very special gift I received at Christmas from my son-in-law. He made this adorable sewing machine for me. You can crank the wheel  and the needle goes up and down. It is so cool.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Winter Fun

Ice skating on the river beside the home where I grew up.

Doughnuts, coffee and hot chocolate were served to those who enjoyed the Sunday afternoon of skating.

My brother Oren Jr. took me on an air plane ride in the airplane he built.

After our airplane rides we were served
 cinnamon rolls by Oren Jr's wife Cheryl.

The grandchildren over Christmas enjoying their cousins.

The children playing games over Christmas.

My Canadian grandchildren enjoying there stuffed toys.

Rebecca came and spent the day with me making doughnuts.

Autumn and Adeline came and spent a weekend with us.

Since the two girls came home we went to Cracker Barrel
 with the mommy's and the little ones.

Granddad roasting marshmallows with Rowen and Leo.

In November Terry and I went to India.  This is at an orphanage.

This is at one of the church services

Life as a Quilter
This winter I finished quilting Great Aunt Mary's Quilt.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Free Quilt Book

I am thrilled again to have my 5th quilt book
 published by C&T Publishing.

The technique is Magic Add-A-Strip. Here is an example of the Magic Add-A-Strip technique.  This quilt is a tumbling block layout, which is made up of all diamond blocks.

When you slice the diamond block twice on the sides and add two 1" strips you create a block that looks like this. WOW that is a strip-a-dee-do-dah wonderfully simple quilt that looks complex.

By rotating the blocks and changing the colors I now have created the quilt "Who Spilt the Crayons?" that is pictured above.

Each one of my sisters, daughters and daughter-in-law 
made a project and added their own flair to it.  They could 
change rotation, placement of the block and could resize the 
block.  They also could add sashing or spacer blocks
 between the blocks. This is my quilt.

Here is my sister Julia's version.
Ruby Stained Glass

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Family Traditions

Mother was thrilled to have a ride in the airplane my brother built.

5 of the 7 grands loaded up in the van to go
 visit our 8th grandchild that was born a few days earlier.

 Deacon was born on our apple butter boiling day.  We 
missed you Abe and Rebecca on this day
 but are delighted that Deacon is here safe and sound.

The marble machine was a big hit at 
Grammy and Granddaddy's house.

A highlight of the day is visiting around the apple butter kettle.

I had such fun playing with the grands.

The apple butter is done and we are filling the jars.

Skeet shooting is a part of this fun day.
As a quilter
This is a cool quilt pattern.  

I just love how this quilt looks like it would be so 
hard to piece but is very simple. For the pattern click on this link. Free Quilt Pattern
 A great day at the Mennonite Relief Sale. 
Thought you might enjoy this picture of my sisters 
and brother.  Can you guess which one I am?