Friday, November 1, 2013

Last roll of the First half

Last night I quilted enough to roll enough to get to the edge of the first half of this quilt. I better get going! It has taken 6 months to get this far. I need to put "spend time quilting on my to-do list everyday."

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Quilt Update

After all the football yesterday, I was able to roll the quilt. One more small turn and the first half will be done.

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Quilt Update

I have been quilting an hour or so most days lately. I turned the quilt twice last week. I was so excited to see the triple stripe at one end of the quilt on the last turn. That means I am almost to the end of the 1st half.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Lyon Air Museum Again - A Really Old Post

The Collings Foundation was at the Lyon Air Museum again yesterday. (May 11, 2013) Jeffrey wanted to see the planes again. We went over and looked around again. There were not as many people as last year. I learned that the man who started the museum and it is named after, General William Lyon lives in Coto de Caza. 

 While Jeffrey was walking around looking at the planes I had to have a rest. I sat down on the chairs in front of this plane.

 There was a man in a wheelchair being pushed by a caregiver and his daughter was following them around. He was talking to a girl probably about  20ish. I joined the conversation. What a privilege it was. Tom was a pilot of a B-17 During the later part of the war. He was just going to have his 90th birthday.  He said that he was supposed to fly this plane but Truman was washing them all out because he said they only needed 2 planes for atomic bombs.

When I told him that my in-laws were married right after high school just before Pearl Harbor  he said, "Oh that was the time we would sing I love you truly,dear; See you in a Year" 

He told us about getting 1000 planes in the air at the same time. A cave of bats were the inspiration for  that. They would have the first level come out and circle then go up, another level of planes would come out and do the same thing until all the planes were in the air.

Hap Arnold was in command when Tom was flight. Hap had learn how to fly from the Wright Brothers. It has been a very interesting thing to look up and read about. 

I am writing this to remember.
Tom was born in Pasadena, When he was 3 months old his parents moved from there to Salt Lake City. His father was with International Harvester. They were shipping trucks out of L.A. to build Hoover Dam. They stopped and started shipping the truck out of Salt Lake, so this man moved his family. That is all the story I got. The people that were picking their party up were there to take them home. It was such an honor to get a few minutes with this man.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Getting back in the Saddle

Last week Jeff went to Santa Clara to pack up a lab to be shipped back down here. He has his project all over the garage. I was able to take my quilt to the church cultural hall with the help of Ricki and her long car. I'm not sure I could make it work in my little Corolla.  Carol also came and helped us pin the sandwiched layers together. We rolled it up put it back in Ricki's car and brought it home. This is what it looked like. I was able to get it upstairs and set up in my dewing room that evening.

These are the choices I had for quilting thread. Everyone I asked liked the dark green better. So did I. That is what I am using to do this quilt.

These are the first stitches. I am using the same pattern as I did on the other quilts. I found at the end of the last quilt, it goes faster when I go across in a line rather than doing squates. That is what I am doing this time. I almost have the first half of the first line done. More pictures later.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Top is Done

The quilt top is finished al of April 12, 2013. i will be pinning it in the church cultural hall. The garage ti full of Jeff's reloading stuff. I hope to pin it on Tuesday with the help of my friend Rickie.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Where I am Now

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Celebrating Grandma Hart's 90th Birthday

The weekend of March 16 -19 we went to LasVegas and met Grandma Hart while she was staying with Shirl and El Dora in their time share there. We were able to get a room in the same place. It was so great to be there with family without a 12 hour drive. I love the colors on the flowers on the table. Now I just need to take pictures that are not fuzzy. It was a great room.

Sunday we went to the buffet at Caesar's palace. We spent the rest of the day visiting with family. El Dora cooking us a wonderful dinner with veggies and rice. Yum!

 Monday we went to the Venetian. What an incredible place. That is where the indoor pictures were taken. This is the group of us. We walked along the Grand Canal, had lunch at an Italian place along with gelato, saw amazing photos and the Lik gallery. I also got to pick out an early Anniversary/Mother's day necklace.

Looking down the great Canal. It is all inside the building.

Watching this statue was fun and interesting. It is a man all dressed in white with gloves on. It you stand there, you will see him move. When Grandma got up close, he waved, slightly, at her to show he was a real person. I'm not sure anyone but us saw him move. He was still very much in character. It ws fun to watch.

I loved the patterns on the floors as we walked around.

We had to be out of our room by 10 am Tuesday. There was a little hiccup in the door as we were loading our stuff in the Jeep. The Security guy just happened to be driving by as we needed him and got us back in so we were still out on time. After we said goodbye to the family. Jeff and I drove out to the other side of town to the Red Rocks Canyon. It is a BLM site. It was a perfect day, not too hot and a cool breeze. It is a very rocky place. We went on a 4wheel drive trail for a ways and then headed home. It was 4 hours door to door. It sure beats 12 hours.

 It was a great trip! So glad that we could meet up and spend time with Grandma, Shirl and El Dora. I am sure that Grandma would appreciate notes, cards and calls on her real birthday. Love you Grandma!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Paiute Trail Adventure

I know this post is out of order. It should go right after the one where there are bottles of apples sitting on the cupboard. Some how I downloaded the pictures and then forgot to make the blog. I was going to clean out my downloads this morning and found them. so here goes.

When we were in Utah for Labor day, we stopped at the Purple Turtle to see Steven. He invited us to come up to the Paiute Trail camp they were going on. He said there were cabins. The whole family was going to be there. He and his family were taking their trailer. Amy's family was renting a cottage that was there. Gloria and her family were coming too. Sounded like a family reunion to me. Jeff was about to take 2 days off, so we went for the major part of the week. October 11-14.

We left home on October 11, 2012. It was a longer drive than we thought. We called ahead the they taped our key to the cabin on the door of the office. took a bit to find but we did. 
rained most of the day Friday. not in the afternoon. rode with Steven. Beautiful day Saturday. We all ate together. We  took most of the fruit. So Cal does that well.

Entrance to Lizzie and Charlie's

Gloria, Steven and I

Jeffrey and I
It was raining the first morning we were there. I gathered all the children and did some "Bees" finger play and Jumbo Elephant song. We also read a few stories. It was great.

James, Marjorie, Jeffrey, Steven, Breanna and Gloria

Toys and trucks

The eating area

Amy, Gloria and Steven in front of the cottage of the Gray family

Jeff and I in the 4 wheeler

pumpkin painting

Our cabin The white you can see is just canvas covering the boards that are inside.
The only heat vent
It was quite cold at night at least for me. It was about 35 to 38 degrees over night. If I slept in the line of the heat vent I was able to stay warm enough to sleep with a sleeping bag unzipped covering the quilts that were on the bed.
Entry and the table
This picture was taken very early in the morning showing the cracks between the boards. The only thing between us and the outside were those boards and the canvas on the outside

Chelsea and Myah 

Brittani and the girls

It was a GREAT trip! Such good times! We would love to do it again.

All Sewed Up

This is where I am now on the quilt. I have put it on hold for a bit to do a couple of birthday projects for Scott and Johanna. I will do blogs on those later so as not to ruin the surprise.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

First shots of the Dinosaur quilt

Today I have made 7 of the 9 patch squares. I was curious to see how the parts would look together. The stripe part is just laid together but is close to how the finished square will look. That's how it looks for now.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Color Catchers

I washed the fabrics that I am starting the quilts with. I put in the color catchers so the colors don't run together. I love the color they came out. So glad is not on the other fabrics.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Here we go again

These are the fabrics for the 9 patches and stripes in the next set of quilts.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

My Jacket

I have taken a break from quilts for a bit. I decided it was time to use the fabric that Grandma Hart bought last year when she was here at Christmas. It was originally for a skirt and jacket. I already have  brown and black shirts. I thought this piece would make a jacket that would go with both of them. I have not sewed anything for myself in many years. The last thing was probably a nightgown.

I chose this jacket pattern because it had pockets. Neither of  my skirts have pockets. Pockets have become a must these days. As with many other sewing projects I have chosen, they are bigger than I had planned. This one had a lining that I have never done before. My friend, Leah, said it is just like making 2 jackets and putting one inside the other.

When I was a girl sewing for myself you have to adjust the size you measured to the sizes on the pattern. They have fitted that now. so I made this jacket a size smaller than measured. Next time I'll know they have fixed that. I wish it was a size bigger. maybe that could be encouragement to stick to the plan. I still have to hem the back. I think it turned out pretty good.