Monday, November 24, 2014

........and then there were twelve.

Last week I joined the 2014 4th Annual NICU Charity Challenge to make twelve newborn/preemie hats in twelve days and donate them to a local hospital.  Since I lIke making hats and love all those precious little newborns, this seemed like a natural project to do.

Earlier I had purchased two skeins of Deborah Norville's Everyday yarn in Christmas red and a skein of Bernat's Pipsqueak with the intention of making a scarf.  Just enough for twelve little Christmas hats.  The fluffy soft Pipsqueak adds that special touch.  As I was running short on the red yarn I used two rows of the Pipsqueak instead of the one on the last two hats.  Wouldn't you know I like the last two hats the best.

A new pattern is offered each day of the challenge but I needed to make mine early and get on with the other three projects in my basket waiting to be finished.  If you are  interested in this project you can find the site here.

Yesterday I finished the last four and after Thanksgiving I will deliver them to the Baylor Grapevine Texas Hospital.  Wish I had more to give, maybe next year.

Until next time....

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Just Having Fun with Pixlr

Last night I was playing around on my IPad and download Pixlr, made banners for my three blogs and then did this little collage.  Most of my pictures are on Picasa so had to make do with what was available.

I can see lots of fun pics that can be made with this app.

Enjoy all the pieces of your life,

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Morning With Bee Girls

Yesterday my Bee friends and I spent a lively morning at Adrianne's lovely home sharing summer happenings, sweet treats,  and of course our latest projects.

Carolyn's Strip Pieced Quilt
Carolyn once again wowed us with one of her scrap quilts.  She has the amazing gift of color selection.  Loved the way that a simple strip quilt is morphed into a stunning design.  Sorry ladies, no pattern, this is another Carolyn original.

      Showing off Adrienne's superb machine quilting
Adrianne showed off the vintage quilt that her 92 year old friend had made.  She struggled with some of the piecing but Adrienne's custom machine quilting always makes a showpiece of every quilt she does.  It was fun to look at the fabrics in this quilt as their was everything from heavy cotton hosiery 
to a piece that resembled a girdle.  

Carolyn brought some books and  magazines that she no longer wanted and I took home Rosemary Young's The Civil War Diary Quilt.  It is a bit more than I would tackle in a quilt but love reading the stories in the diaries written from 1861-1865.

Every quilt has a story,

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Can't Take the Mountains Out of the Girl

You can take the girl out of the mountains but you can't take the mountains out of the girl.  Hubby and I just returned from a trip to Northern California, a place where we lived for ten years and vacationed some twelve years before.  This is the scenic area between Mt Shasta and Mt Lassen along Hat Creek.
Mt Shasta, California
We flew into Reno, stayed the night and then drove to Burney for the first part of our trip.  As soon as you leave Susanville and start to climb in elevation and your surrounded by the majestic pine trees,  realize this is a place where you left part of your heart.

For the first few days we stayed in the mountain town of Burney, for the July 4th celebrations. Visited with friends, went to the parade, watched fireworks, tasted some of the local cuisine, and went to services at our former church on Sunday.  All the time seeing old friends, of course all you really need to do is to go to the local Safeway, the only grocery in town.  The joke has always been, you go to Safeway to pick up a few groceries and it is a two hour trip.

Checkers Giessner's Barn
Hat Creek, California

We drove out to my dear friend, Checkers G. to see her barn quilt.  Apparently Checker's children asked her what she wanted for her 90th birthday, she hurriedly ran to her bedroom and got a picture of a barn quilt.  To celebrate her 90th, this is her barn quilt, designed just for her.  Love the way the checker board is in the center of the star.
Fish Inn, Old Station, California 
After church on Sunday we drove to Old Station, population 51 and eleven miles from the north entrance of Mt Lassen.  We stayed at Fish Inn right along Upper Hat Creek for six more wonderful days and nights of  cool nights and warm days.  No air conditioning, just Mother Nature gentle breeze.  There were a couple of afternoons that it got a little warm but nothing we couldn't handle
Hubby did a little fly fishing in Hat Creek, dinner with our friends Ray and Joann, went to Rotary with Bud, met the people who bought our house.

My quilting group had a luncheon in my honor and we all had a chance to catch up on things since I moved seven and a half years ago.  The time went all too fast and I wish I had taken a group picture.   Fifteen were there and miss each and every one of them and the Wednesday afternoons we spent together.

Saturday morning we drove back to Reno to fly back home, all the way silent tears welled up in my eyes as I knew we were leaving this special place but I did take a little bit of the pines with me-------I put a pine cone in my carry-on baggage.

Many thanks to all our friends that made our trip so special.

Hugs and stitches,


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