Friday, August 30, 2013

Sit and Sew Finish

Last Friday was the final Sit and Sew for this year sponsored by Melanie, the owner of my favorite quilt shop.  We spend the day from 9 AM until 9 PM sewing, visiting and eating together.  Melanie rents the community building for the Sit and Sew and we walk down to her shop to see what's new and bring back a few treasures.   Melanie's shop is called Fabric Chicks, click here to see her website and here to follow Fabric Chicks on Facebook.  She has always been helpful and encouraging to me as I learn to quilt and never fails to find the perfect fabrics in her shop for my projects.

The project below was something I had started a few weeks ago.  It is my first block for my "Baby Love" quilt from Camille Roskelley's Simply Retro book.

The fabric was cut and ready to stitch together so I decided to take this project to the sit and sew and see if I could get it finished.

The charm squares I used are called Hall of Fame by Emily Herrick. It was nice to have ladies around that were willing to  help with the layout, it is more fun that way too!

I am happy with the completed quilt top and it felt great to finish something.  I guess it will really be finished when it is quilted but to me this is an accomplishment.  I was able to spend a couple of hours at the sit and sew working on my spools quilt top., I hope to share that soon.  I am linking up with Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.  Visit her blog and see her finish and the list of other finishes.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Someone Special is 60 Today!

Patrick turned sixty today!  Where did the time go?  This was one birthday that made us pause and reflect a little. Turning 30,40 and 50 didn't seem to phase either of us much but this one was a little different.  I will be reaching this age in a few months, that gives me a little more time to get used to the number. 

We celebrated after church on Sunday with a potluck, so much great food and fellowship.  We put 60 candles on one of the cakes and wheeled it in to the front of the church after the service.

 We made him blow out all sixty candles in front of the congregation.  He managed to blow out most of them on the first try.  Just a few stayed lit so that he had to take another breath and try again.

After the party Pat and I packed up a few things to take on our trip over the mountains to a little town called Leavenworth.  We had a relaxing time, took a few walks, had locally made sausage and visited a few shops. One of those shops being a great quilt shop where I did find a few embroidery patterns I just had to have. One of the highlights of our trip was visiting a couple that we have known since high school.  Actually, Teri was my friend in junior high.  It was so nice to visit with Steve and Teri, we have missed these very special people and hope to see more of them in the future.  

 On our way home we stopped to see Pat's sweet mother, a very special person to both of us.

I am blessed with so many wonderful people in my life.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Happy Wednesdaisy

My Wednesdaisy block is complete.  It is the third block in Jenny's Daisy Days block of the month.
Now that I am looking at the picture it looks like someone has taken a bite out of the bottom of my fruit, I may have to fix that.

  How is your Wednesday going?

Monday, August 19, 2013

Vintage Quilt Top

Vintage from Camille Roskelley's Simply Retro book.  I made this quilt top using fabrics I had.  Some were scraps so I even had to piece one of the square blocks below.  I think once it is quilted it won't be to noticeable.  

The borders went on nicely so now I am ready to quilt it myself.  Finding the time is the biggest issue, I will share it when it is really complete.

I did a little survey in my sewing space of the projects that have been started, almost finished and the projects not yet started but all of the materials are sorted and ready to go.  I am going to count the projects in each category and  make a list.  Then I am going to post  about how I intend to complete and cross some projects off my list before the end of the year.  The trick will be to make myself stop starting new projects for a while.  Does anyone else have trouble with this?  
So much to do, so little time.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

40 Something Years Later

Pat and I met and started dating about 43 years ago.  At that time he was working at the Ranch Drive-In in Bothell, Washington.  I was working at the library at our high school.  So since yesterday was our 41st wedding anniversary we had dinner at the Ranch.  We then drove around Bothell to see if there were any new changes, some things have changed but some not much.  

We took some pictures of ourselves, one normal and the one below trying to look sillier than usual. 

Below is a picture of our yummy dinner.  I added a cherry shake and Pat had a "Boston cooler".  They don't offer them on the menu anymore but Pat shared with the young lady at the counter how to make one and she gave it a try.  I guess she did a pretty good job of it.

Just to let you know, we don't eat out like this too often at our advanced ages but it was fun and yummy and it was all about nostalgia, of course.