Saturday, May 7, 2016

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2015 Travels with Sandy

In 2015 I turned 66 years old, so for my birthday Gary and I decided to drive Route 66 (along the way we took a few detours as we're also trying to visit all the National Parks.  The entire trip took five and one half weeks, we drove thru 15 states and visited  34  National Parks, Monuments and Historic Sites.   Here are a few of the highlights of the trip.  This is my first time trying to create a smilebox slide show, so I hope it really works.

I plan to start with the year 2016 with my next post - getting closer to getting caught up!!! YAY!

Happy Quilting

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

2015 Family Celebrations

2015 was a busy year for family get-togethers - birthdays anniversaries,  Rocco's Bowl-a-Thon to fund raise for NOAH (National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation) and of course Baseball! We love our Cardinals.  I'm posting just a smattering of pictures from these various events.

Rocco at the Bowl-a-Thon

Jaime and Max at the Bowl-a-Thon

Gary and Aunt Rosalie

Shelly, Lena and Alice

Nathan and Aubrey

Max's 5th Birthday Cake


Chantel had a 30th birthday party

The theme was Carnival!

The birthday girl

Great nephew Graham was in a play (The Addams Family)

Graham was also in a little league tournament in blistering hot weather!

Great Nephew Clayton was in Beauty and the Beast 

Rocco had a 5th birthday party

My cousin's daughter Courtney got married

Another cousin's son got married.
And Baseball, of course

I think I'm caught up with 2015 quilting and family get-togethers,  Once more post about travel in 2015 then I'll be caught up with 2015!

Happy Quilting, Sandy

Friday, April 15, 2016

2015 - additional quilt finishes

These 4 quilts are all Charity quilts pieced by others, but quilted by me.

The quilt below is designed, pieced and quilted by me for my newest great nephew Oliver James Rhodes

I thought for sure I have more finishes than that, but if you read my next post you will understand that I was a little busy with work and travels!

Happy Quilting, Sandy

2015 Quilt Finishes

My mother passed away more than 10 years ago, as we were cleaning out her closets my siblings and I discovered embroidered quilt blocks she had done.  I intended to make them into quilts for each of my sibs and have them completed by Christmas the year after her death, but couldn't bring myself to work on them. There were only 14 blocks, not enough for all 5 of us to have a bed sized quilt, so I designed the quilts below, I have the two remaining blocks but have yet to piece them into a quilt or wall hanging for myself.   The quilting in the border is done with thread my dad brought home from the publishing company where he worked (how I ended up with it I have no idea) but now the quilts have memories of both my parents.  So without further ado - here are the quilts.

This is my sister Ruth's quilt just off the machine the cross stitch embroidery is hearts done in pink.

This is my sister Alice and her quilt.

This is my brother Gil and his quilt (the boy's blocks are yellow cross stitch roses)

And last but not least, this is my brother Ray (on the left) with his quilt.

I hope they enjoy them as much as I enjoyed working on them.

This is my favorite picture of my Mom and Dad (I put this picture on the quilt label).

I'll continue with more 2015 finishes in another post.  Thanks for reading and Happy Quilting.


Quilt progress catch-up -

No postings since May of 2014!!!  What the heck have I been doing??  I have no excuses, so will attempt a catch-up with my quilting progress.  These are quilt finishes from 2014 and 2015, please forgive but there are a lot of photos.
Machine quilted Placemats for 2 good friends and a SIL
These are round napkins folded to look like christmas trees that go with the placemats

Charity Quilt made from scraps
Fresh off the machine

Christmas table topper
Modern quilt made for a charity raffle

Remake of Kalei's baby quilt

Small charity quilt

Antique quilt top, quilted for charity

another antique quilt top quilted for charity

Our guild (The Uncommon Threads Quilt Guild of Memphis TN) had a challenge to use the characters designed for a new children's hospital in wall quilts for the hospital.  This is the one I came up with.

I think that's most of the quilts that I made, but lots more were pieced by others and just quilted by me.    I'll try to get the 2015 finishes posted and family gathers for 2015 posted before too long.  Happy Quilting!, Sandy

2014 Family catch-up

I'm going to try to finish updating the almost 2 years worth of quilts and family celebrations, so here goes.  I'll start with the family celebrations and handle the quilting in another post......Let's see, my last post was the first part of May 2014, the end of May we celebrated great nephew Max's 4th birthday, here are a couple of pictures of the birthday boy.

Enjoying his birthday cake!

In June we took our "Girl's Trip" - usually the trip included sisters and sister-in-laws (3 sisters, 2 sister-in-laws).  Since my sister Ruth had recently relocated to Norman Oklahoma we decided to visit Oklahoma City.  We included 2 additional folks to our party - Aunt Rosalie, so she could visit with Aunt Alma who had relocated to Oklahoma after the loss of Uncle Sonny and my niece Lena who was feeling a little left out of our preparations.  Here are some of the pictures of the trip.  

Lena and Aunt Rosalie

 Left to Right Kathleen, Alice, Aunt Alma, Lena, Ruth, Me, Marsha and Aunt Rosalie kneeling.
Marsha made our awesome T-shirts with embroidered logo 

Lena and mom Alice

Aunt Alma and cousin Gail

We dropped Aunt Rosalie at cousin Gail's to spend time with Aunt Alma, then headed to dinner with the gang.  We spent a fun 4 days visited the botanic gardens, the Museum of Modern Art, the Cattlemen's Steakhouse, the dog show, we found a cute cupcake and candy shop next to the train station, visited the canal district.  Here are more pictures from the trip.  We took in the Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Botanic Gardens, the Oklahoma Museum of Modern Art (they had a Dale Chihuly exhibit that was awesome! and Union Station.

Thanks for reading.