Saturday, October 4, 2014

Summertime






Looking back at some of the crazy fun of this summer. Rachel and the kids came for a visit and we spent as much time as we could together with Draper and family.  Bunnies were bought-more than we had planned on-it was hot so we spent a lot of time in the water.  I got stung by a bee, Olson got stung by a wasp. I went to Alaska to visit and to babysit, Calvin joined me and had a great Alaska ATV adventure. We had an awesome bus trip through Denali, saw grizzly bears, caribou, wolves, red fox, sheep. I got lots of snuggle and reading stories on Grandma's lap time.  I missed them as soon as I was through security.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

pink

I have a lot of excuses for why I haven't blogged for months: I don't have a good camera, I have a pretty dull life, my computer died, I'm broke, but I'm sure no one is interested in the excuses (I imagine there aren't a lot of people who are interested in my blog to begin with, but that won't stop me). I went into Sprint to complain about my service and came out with a free tablet, so until I am no longer broke and the computer is fixed I will tap away on this little keyboard, trying to document our life.
I've been slowly but steadily making quilt tops from mostly scraps.  They tend to all look alike, and I seem to have a lot of pink fabric. I don't remember ever buying pink fabric on purpose,  but there it is, all throughout the scrappy quilts. Kind of makes me think about other things in my life that keep popping up even though I don't purposely go looking for them-good and bad-and I don't notice until later when I look back over my life, "oh here it is, and here, where did that come from? Here I am in this situation again, or look here and here this is where I was off track or this is when I was listening to the Spirit. "  That's one of the reasons why I love quilting,  it connects to life in many different ways. It's not just about cutting up fabric and sewing it together,
 Here is my first Swoon block. I love this pattern by Camille Roskelly "Thimbleblossoms".
 My first try at a String quilt. I paper pieced, using mostly scraps-see all the pink?

 
St. Nicholas cross stitch to add to my Santa collection.  It's not completely finished,  I still need to find smaller beads for the snowflakes,  these look like snowballs. Then it needs pressed before it gets framed. Or put in the "someday these will get framed" box.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Number Eight

 Tucker Bradford arrived in July and I was able to fly to Alaska to see him and help out for awhile.
 His quilt-
 He has this concerned expression quite often, I think he knows what's ahead with 2 sisters!
 Mama and baby looking beautiful.

 Oldest Sis Meg, she is a big help!
 Gosh I love that baby face.
Rachel is taking it all in stride.  I had such a great visit in Alaska, I'll show more photos soon.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Number Seven


Announcing the happy news of the arrival of Grandbaby #7, Holden James Robinson. I was able to be there for the delivery, it was amazing.  This is boy #4 for the Robinson household-can you imagine the grocery bills?  Oh how I love these stinky little boys.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

House Hunt

 A few weeks ago we had a visit from my cousin and her son, while they were here we were digging through old pictures and documents, elbow deep in family history.  I ran across these old letters addressed to my Mom in the 40's, I had forgotten that they lived here in Vancouver for awhile after the war and I was so excited to go on an adventure to see where they had lived.  We only found one of the three houses because two of the addresses have changed over the years.
This little place is not too far from where we live.  It is in a neighborhood of homes that were built during the war for ship yard workers.  I wish my Mom were still here to tell me about their time here.  I'm sure she would love the plastic palm tree in the yard :)
A couple of the addresses were in McLoughlin Heights, an area that was built during the war, I found a web site about that time period, it's great to know a little about why these areas were built.  It can be found here: McLoughlin Heights

Monday, June 17, 2013

Days of sunshine and rain

The days seem to be flying by, and I have to keep reminding myself that it is summer, well technically not till later this week, but this is the season.  I need to be doing the summer things.  We spend most evening and weekends in the yard and we love it.  I've been a tad bit obsessed with following total strangers on instagram-English ladies with lovely rock-walled gardens and bunnies and hedgehogs roaming about.  I have a vision in my mind of creating that here-the corner cottage (I'm calling it a cottage now, not a house) in Vancouver USA.  I'll just keep dreaming and planting.
 The beginnings of the baby quilt for grandbaby #7 who will be here next week.  I used 3 charm packs of "Hometown" by Sweetwater (Moda).  It is at the quilter now .  I've been obsessed with triangles lately, but now that I've done a few quilts that way I may lay off them for awhile, they aren't as easy as squares to line-up.  Grandbaby #8 will be here next month, his quilt is also triangles, I should finish it this week.
 Calvin's veggie garden: carrots, beets, peas, beans, zucchini, peppers...
 A new spot he dug up this year, tomatoes and corn.
 This has been done for quite a while, I needed a little island in the kitchen so we used an Ikea cart, took off the back and repainted it yellow-use to be red (needs some touch-ups now).  It works great for holding more stuff and another prep area. 
 Maybe put it on wheels?

 She saw that I had the camera out...just posin'
 The Morning Glory is moving inches each day.
 The finished Trip Around the World top, now to get it quilted.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Scrappy Trip

 I've been slowly working on the Instagram sensation-Scrappy Trip Along-I don't know how those other quilters get done so quickly, most of them are young Mom's, I guess they stay up late and they are faster sewers than I am!
 I am using mostly scraps for this, I bought a few new fabrics.  But I'm really trying to work from what I have.

 I've never made one of these so I'm not sure how the finished product should look, I'm going with the red/coral/pink as my outside diagonal.
I have 21 squares to finish, and then for the fun part-putting them all together!