Friday, July 12, 2013

Just Monkey-ing Around

This is another quilt I recently finished. It was so easy I cut it out and sewed it together in a long afternoon.  I did this on Mother's Day when my two Grand Junction friends came for a wonderful weekend visit.  My friend, Deb, had purchased some cards with quilt patterns at a local shop.  This is one of the patterns.  I loved it because it allowed me to use some larger squares so I could showcase this great monkey flannel I purchased a while back. 

I made this quilt for the new grandson of a friend and guy I work with.  The quilt is so soft since it is made with flannel.  I also used flannel for the backing.  A new quilt store in Loveland machine quilted it for me.  They did a great job at Atta Girl Quilts

The two quilts I recently finished have certainly gotten me in the mood to do more quilting.  If only I didn't have a job -- it sure cuts into my crafting time.  I guess I am happy I have a job and something fun to do when I get home.

Have a great weekend. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Pretty Pink Quilt

This is a picture of the baby quilt I made for a special little girl born yesterday.  The pattern is called "Yellow Brick Road."  I took a class in Fort Collins at The Sewing Circle.  I really enjoyed the class.  It has been a while since I pieced a top and I think every teacher has new ideas or techniques to make quilt making so fun and easy. 

On this quilt you may notice the machine quilting. I was able to use the long arm quilting machine at The Sewing Circle as well as receive a hands on lesson on how to use the machine.   It was great, but gave me a real respect for anyone who works with a long arm.  It was definitely work to get it in the frame, set it up, quilt it and take it out of the frame.  I learned a lot thru this process and am so glad I had the opportunity to do it. 

I can't wait to meet this new little girl and see her new little room.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Homegrown Memories

It has been a while since my last post, but I will be sharing a lot in the next week. 

This past weekend took my husband and I on a one day trip to eastern Colorado -- the land where I grew up.  It was a bittersweet day as we celebrated the life of a dear lady I have known all my life.  Esther was a relative, but I will remember her best as the mom of two gals I shared my passion of music.  We played our string instruments and sang a variety of songs in church with our Grandmothers looking on.  As we sang "Mansion Our the Hilltop" and "My God and I" at the service this past Saturday, I felt my Grandma so close to me.  They were songs she taught me and we girls then shared these songs with our church family so many years ago.  As for the picture -- we were heading east early this past Saturday and I felt like our ancestors where peaking thru the clouds looking on us as we faced the day ahead of us.

While it is difficult to loose a special person in our lives it brings family members together again.  I felt so blessed to reunite with so many relatives, some I haven't seen in years. The service was at the church where I was baptized and confirmed. I spoke with many people that I haven't seen in years. 

While we were in the farm area we got to meet our new great nephew, Mason.  He was born July 1st and he and mom are doing well.  We also got to see our great niece who didn't seem to mind this new little guy was around.   Maybe she hasn't figured out he is staying!!! LOL

Anyway on the way home we saw many fields of wheat waiting for the harvest.  I did not see my brother and nephews as they were busy cutting the first of their wheat crop.  Looking at the wheat and just celebrating 4th of July it reminded me of the phrase -- "Amber waves of grain!" 
Have a good day and I'll be sharing more in a couple of days.