Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

I hope you are all having a blessed day!  We are in Redding visiting my daughter and her family.  It's Martina's 31st birthday today.  Is that really possible?  It wasn't that long ago that I was there.
She'll probably kill me for putting this in but it was just too cute.  
I made this bag for her to use when she takes the kids to the library.  I made them bags for their books but not for Mom's books.  It was a class I taught at Bolts in the Bathtub.  

Speaking of Bolts, this was March's Strip Club Quilt.  We show it on the first day of Strip Club so I was unable to show this earlier.  I'm in the process of piecing the one for May.  I have the center together but need to add the borders and quilt it.  I have another top together for a class I'm teaching but need to quilt it.  I'm also going to teach paper piecing so I'm developing a pattern for that.  I have the material and the pattern designed.  When I get back home I'll post the fabrics.

I'm starting to feel a little over whelmed.  Who would have thought a year and a half ago when I moved to Southern California I would be so busy.  I am so thankful for the wonderful people at Bolts in the Bathtub.  They are keeping me busy.  I just taught a beginning quilt class (last minute fill in) and I loved it.  We are working on a quilt for a Beginning 2 quilt class, too.  It's getting harder and harder to find time to make all the class quilts and try to keep up with my Loose Threads group. (forgot to take a picture of my last assignment)  Next week will be two days spent in the valley for the Best of the Valley Quilt Show.  If you get a chance to go it is so worth it.  Fabulous display of quilts and vendors. Then the next week will be the Needle Divas Retreat at my house.  So much to do and so little time!

Now to enjoy the little ones.  
Keira's birthday is next month, so we brought her present up (her new princess bike) early.
Ephram riding his bike.  I can't believe he will be 7 in May.

Pretzel hung out with me on the porch.

The kids slept in the trailer with us one night.  I think they are begging for tonight also.

Two more nights then on our way back.  I try to stay busy on the long ride home (it took us 10 hours to get here) by designing on my computer.  My brand new mouse died on the way up but thankfully, my wonderful husband is letting me use his.  It makes the ride so much easier.

Thursday, March 7, 2013


I'm on my way home!  I had a great time in Virginia but it's time to go home.  I miss my wonderful husband and I miss by studio.  May sound strange but I miss my space.  It's a part of me.  Of course, being gone for three weeks means I'm also behind by three weeks.  But I'm looking forward to the quilting busyness.  Miss my friends at Bolts in the Bathtub and at church, too.

Here is one project I finished while in Virginia, entitled "Peace".  This was a quilt project I have wanted to make for Serena for years and decided the only way to make it was to take it with me.  I didn't want to take it back home so it's done.

I also made Lexi this dress.  This is Lexi this morning getting ready for school.  I think she is still half a sleep.

Lexi and I also made sock bugs.

We worked on lots of crafts.  We painted, made puzzles, made butterflies out of toilet paper rolls, played games and watched endless Disney movies; sometimes the same ones over and over again.

The other grand kids got to get together in Visalia for a day at the park.  I miss them but glad they had a great time together.

Well, I guess I need to finish packing.  Looking forward to seeing some of you real soon.