Sunday, December 19, 2010

Practice in putting pictures on the blog for the new computer

I wanted some practice putting pictures on the blog. I know that there are already pictures of these in earlier blogs but it was good practice.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A New Way To Do Pictures

I had to have Dad help me figure out a new way to do this on the new computer. Here are some of the pictures I have done tonight. This one is Scott on his skate board. He had a little paper route on Thursday mornings for awhile. He saved his money and bought this skateboard. It looks like we took this picture on a Sunday. It is in front of the house in Kearns.
This is Alex sitting at the kitchen table in Kearns. It was his 6th birthday which must have been on a Sunday too. Gloria made the Batman cake. She was into cake decorating then.
This Picture of Curtis was taken on Marjorie's birthday 1986. What a cutie!This is one of my most treasured pictures. This is what I saw as I walked into the kitchen one afternoon. I think Marjorie was trying to make bread and got carried away. Instead of getting mad at the mess, I am so thankful I grabbed the camera.
I love putting this new hobby in blogs. You can keep the pictures and comments together. More to come later.

My new hobby

I have learned how to scan pictures on to a thumb drive and then put them on my computer. I have spent the last 2 Sundays scanning in some old family photos. Here are some of my favorite. This is another learning process. Dad has changed me to a Mac. This is the first time I'm trying it. Well I have them in there now I have to figure how to get them on to here. More later.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Quick Picture

I was so happy to get this picture of Aaron with his Halloween cowboy hat on. An instant later he took it off never to leave it on again.

Here are pictures of the rest of the family on that Halloween lunch. Sean has on a cute little pumpkin on his shirt. Jo talked about making their Halloween dinner in a pumpkin. I really want to try that. Happy Halloween.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Favorite Pictures of Alex's family

Here are some of my favorite pictures of Alex and his family at home.

They are such happy fun little boys to play with.

Love them to pieces!

Canceled flight

Here are some interesting pictures from the Denver airport. I spent almost 4 hours there when my flight to Utah was cancelled. I was also able to talk to Anna Sanford Low, from Marjorie's Young Women's class growing up. She was traveling back to her home after a long visit to her parents. This world is getting smaller all the time.
This picture is what it looked like out of the Quizno's sandwich shop. The other 2 pictures are of a courtyard in the middle of the concourse I was waiting in.

I set the alarm on my cell to wake up in time for my flight. I slept thru it for about 15 miutes. When I woke up and realized it was my phone that was ringing, there was a medic alert cart in front of me that left after I sat up and realized it was time to get in line to board my flight.
After we got to Salt Lake my suitcase was not on the luggage carousel. I took comfort in the fact I had 1 change of clothes and my diabetic supplies with me. It took an hour and a half to get someone from the airline down to the baggage claim to research where it was. After several suggestions to look in the back room that was right behind them, the door was opened and there was my suitcase. I was glad to be on the way to the rest of my vacation.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Showing Progress Again

I am learning so much by doing this blogging. I had 2 files of pictures I wanted to put together. When I was copying them, some of them had the same number. ('scuse me, I need help over here!) Jeffrey showed me how to put a little"a" after the number and they all transferred just fine. Now all the pictures from this quilt project are in the same file. Now I can update my blog much easier.
I put the pictures together once and at the very end figured out how to get them side by side. I didn't see a delete bottun, so I logged off and on again. When I started over I put "Again" in the title so they would be different from each other. Hopefully the first try is gone.
This picture is to show the sets of blocks that will go in the planned quilts. They are sitting on the background fabrics. The sets of blocks sitting on the table are the extra ones being made at the same time. They will be for future quilt projects.

With so many different sets of blocks, I was having trouble keeping track of how many were in each pile. I put the number on a post-it note and then on a tissue so the sticky from the note would not get on the quilt block. This has really helped me keep track of where I am in the project. This is quilt 1.

These are the extra blocks.
At the right, are the ones for quilt 2.

Each quilt needs 26 9-patch blocks and 32 stripe blocks. I put that on a note too so I didn't have to keep looking it up.

After I had been sewing awhile and had several block done. I was curious to see how the first row of each quilt will turn out. I laid them together just to see what it would look like.

I am still learning how to put this blog together. One of these days I will get it figured out. I have learned that you have to plan the pictures you are going to put on because they go on from the bottom up. Tonight I got them to go on side by side after changing the position. Now if I can just get the ones across from each other to be on the same level that will be another thing I have learned.
I am now down to figuring out how many more I need of each block and cutting just the right number of 8 inch strips into blocks to finish up. There might be a tiny light at the end of the tunnel of these blocks. Back to the sewing machine and ironing board.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me

On the weekend of my birthday I found a crochet pattern I wanted to try. I haven't done any crocheting. With the help of youtube, I found videos on how to do crochet. It looked easy enough so I started a scarf. The crochet hook and yarn are huge. The little whate card is a 3X5 card with the pattern written on it. It was fun to try.
Curtis and Christine invited us to come and see their new apartment. It is nice. We played Skipbo, Racko and Uno. They were such good sports. Then we did presents. I loved the sugar-free cookies. I, also, had my first lesson in new ipod touch technology. Curtis and Christine said if I could do facebook I could do this little thing. We have had bonding experiences. It is like being in my own little world.

Curtis and Christine made a lovely dinner. We had birthday cake for dessert. Mine was sugar free of course. It was a great a great birthday spent with my family.

A new quilt project

Here are the pictures as I start another quilt project. These will be 2 quilts when I am finished using the same squares with different fabrics and backgrounds. These are the original fabrics. The purple was out of place. In a later picture, it is replaced witha light green and looks much better.
This is the fabrics for the second quilt. They hit things off right the first time.

This is what the green looks like with the fabrics. I like it much better. There is a little green in a couple of the flowers of the background. In changing the purple to green I will be making an extra set of 9 patch squares. When I am done with the 9 patches and stripes, I will have enough for 4 quilts. There will be more pictures to come soon. Happy sewing.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Finishing up the quilt

I was able to find one of the fabrics on the front for the back of the quilt. It was on a good sale too. I had to take on row off each of the long sides. I was able to fit it on with enough for the binding on each side. I think the blue tied all the quilt together and finished it off just right. It was fun to make. I hope they enjoy it as much as I did making it.

Labor Day Weekend Trip

I wanted to recap the weekend. We saw alot of my side of the family when we went to Utah this Labor Day weekend. We were able to make it to the party for Logan after her baptism. It was great to see all the children. Gray's have a great back yard for relaxing and just hangin' out.

Later in the evening we went to Gloria's for dinner and hung out with them. Breanna, Marjorie and James played games for a bit.

Sunday morning I got up early and went to help/play with the boys at Alex's before the blessing. They are so sweet. Such a cute little family. Morning is the best time to play with the boys. I went back Monday morning also. They grow so fast and we were there such a short time.

Monday afternoon I helped Marjorie make curtains. I'll like her blog about that. Then for a family dinner before we had to go to the airport, We all met at In-N-Out in Orem for dinner. We had a bit of time so we went to the Golden Sponn on 800 North and 800 East. It was almost like home.

This picture is Sean after his nap in his Stanford onies for Curtis and Christine to see. Sean is a real cuddly baby.
Things have gone well writing this blog. I think I have figured out a few things. So glad we could go to Utah this weekend and see so much family. I love to spend time with family!!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Side note to pinned in order

I tried the pinned in order tonight. I did a whole section in an hour. Cool! Hopefully that will mean I can get the top put together before Friday. I would love that.

Difference in width

The sections in the center of the quilt are sewed together. Notice how much larger the section on the outside of the quilt are. They have not been sewn together. That is tomorrow's project.
Good Night

The perfect set up

This set up works very well. I sew on the sewing machine. Then I can swivel my chair and press the seams. There is also a garbage can right there so I can trim off threads and get them out of the way. It has really streamlined the putting this quilt together.

Pinned in order

Since the order of the strips is very important, I started safety pinning the top of the seams together. That way I could take more strips at a time. If you pin it right on the seam, it does not get in the way of sewing the one before it. That helped move the work along faster.

Sectional sewing

The picture above is a small section of strips after they are sewed together. At this point I was taking 2 strips at a time, sewing them together and pressing them. Then I took them back to the quilt and put them back in the pattern so it doesn't get mixed up. That is very important. Grandma Hart even does it that so she doesn't get confused.
This is the place the section was put back into the quilt. The blue square surrounded by 4 red squares is the center of the quilt. Since I put it together from the center out, that is the way I am sewing it together. I am starting with the center and working my way out to the edge.

Totally laid out

This is a picture of the whole quilt laid out ready to start sewing the strips together. If you noticed there is an extra row on the far side of the quilt. I took it off and now it is totally ready. Also note that it is bigger than the fabric under it.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Figuring size

I was doing some figuring for the final size of this quilt. The length is about the size it will be. I only have 4 small seams to put the center strips together. The width, however, is different story. I will take out a 1/2 inch for each seam across the quilt. It will be alot more narrow. I need to put on several more rows to make a regular quilt. So glad I thought of that before I started putting it together.

Friday, August 20, 2010

It is coming together

Here's a picture of the progress I made today. I can't decide if I want it any wider. Input would be appreciated.