Friday, January 22, 2016

Gingham baby quilt for Kay

Sometimes we make items because the person who should be making them is no longer with us.  Baby Kay, named after her grandmother, will be the recipient of this quilt in honor of Grandma Kay who sewed some beautiful quilts for my granddaughters before leaving us too soon.

When Lori Holt shared her gingham block in her Farm Girl Vintage book, I just knew I had to make some.  I knew they would make a lovely baby crib size quilt for little Kaye.

I used mostly Fresh Aire by American Jane for the colorful parts and various dot fabrics for the white.  The gray and pink florals were special additions.

The back is the tiny Fresh Aire gingham fabric in blue.  This tiny gingham design in different colors was used in each block.

I machine quilted in a diagonal cross hatch and the squares are about one inch.

This is how it looked after a wash and a dry.

Now it is ready for delivery to a sweet baby girl in honor of her grandma.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Yes, we were frozen

It has been a cold and snowy winter in Utah which has been great news for the Ice Castle in Soldier Hollow.  Last year was warm and there was hardly a castle at all.  This year that has changed.

We got out our warmest coats, best boots, and gloves and braved the cold and snow for a great hour or so of a fantasy adventure.

There is creativity involved in this venture.  Different ice forms, a bit of sculpturing, ice slides, icy slot canyons, and fountains and streams of running water.

There was even a snack shack for hot chocolate as needed as well as sugar cookies and cinnamon rolls.  We got to witness the daytime version as well as the after dark version.  At night those ice formations are multi-light filled and dance to the music.  It was a great outing.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Family fun in Anaheim

This post is a bit behind its time but it is an important one.  We enjoyed a wonderful extended family vacation over the long Thanksgiving weekend in Anaheim, California.  Everyone drove on Wednesday and then we met up at the large, historical house I had rented in time for a birthday celebration and a Thanksgiving dinner courtesy of Mimi's Cafe.  Our birthday girl was very excited!

Her father made this photo collage of our fun Wednesday evening.

The next morning, early, we had made it to the happiest place on earth.  We spent Thursday in California Adventure and Friday in Disneyland.

It was so much fun to see all my grands and their parents having such a good time.

Or at least a very exciting time.

Part of my goal was to have cousin time.  Lots of cousin time.  I love that they enjoy each other.

Part of the fun was the prep my daughter and daughter in laws had done in advance.  Each grand had a lanyard and some Disney pins to trade.  They loved it and so did I, so before the day was over I had my own lanyard and some pins.  Seriously, so fun!


We went to California Adventure first partly because we thought it might be the better day to get fast passes for the cars' ride.  We picked up our passes first thing in the morning and rode and raced in the afternoon.

The little ones hung out with grandpa and grandma while their parents and siblings rode the big rides.

We all loved California Soarin'.

We also enjoyed how everything was decorated for Christmas.  The evening show was wonderful with Frozen themes of course, Christmas carols, and real snow flakes.  And yes, it was a bit nippy.

I love the Disney magic in this place.  That is my Glen on the main street in California Adventure where there were actual gray clouds but a different camera focus and it was a bright sunny day with the street seeming to go on forever.

I have a shot similar to this taken 25 years ago on a family trip to Disneyland over Spring Break.

It felt a bit like coming full circle.

It was Disneyland's Diamond Anniversary.  It is approximately my age.

Opal loved all the Disney characters.

And of course, the castle.

Warren spent some time with his grandparents.  Grandpa Glen and he had fun in the tree house.

Ray's Disney pins.

My son, David, wore a shirt made for his father by his grandma over 40 years ago.  My first trip to Disneyland came after I became engaged to Glen and he wore that very shirt.  Once again, we came full circle.

I think we can all say it was a happy place.

The home we rented was just a mile and a half north of Disneyland.  It was a very easy ride to the parking structure and had six rooms for sleeping and a big space for visiting.

It was built in 1908 and was a bit quirky but fun with a great backyard with lots of space to get those wiggles out.

The family with the newest baby did not join us, but there are 11 of our 13 grandchildren on the balcony.

On Saturday, Grandpa Glen led the way to Hawthorne and the California beaches where he spent his childhood.  They saw his home, his school and high school, his church, the corner store where his mother sent him for the missing ingredient for dinner, and the baseball and football fields where he spent so much time.  He told stories I had never heard before and the grands loved them.

Our final stop was the Redondo Beach Pier where the sun was setting while we ate fried clams, just like he and I used to do when we were newlyweds.

It was the perfect ending to a wonderful family vacation.

Meeting this man at BYU certainly led to new adventures for me.

As the sun went down I took pictures of my middle son's family.  One of these pictures is not quite like the other, but cousins are most always included :)

As we walked back to the parking lot I couldn't resist this one last shot of Grandpa Glen with his older grands as he continued to tell his stories.  It was a wonderful California Adventure and History tour!

Note:  This grandma borrowed heavily from photos shared and taken by her children.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Christmas Quilts

This was the year when I decided that I would make a Christmas snuggle quilt for the family of each of my five children.

It began last January as I began to purchase 2014 Christmas fabric at discount prices.  I loved this quilt in Quiltmania magazine and knew it would appeal to my oldest son's wife and the style of her house.  It required many, many tiny flying geese.

The middle section was a panel which included these name tags which I sewed into the back.  The fabric line was Pine Fresh by Sandy Gervais.

I saw this quilt on display in my local quilt shop, American Quilting.  I loved the cheeriness and color palette and felt like it would please my youngest son's wife and her style.  I purchased a kit for the quilt which included the fabric line, Merry Stitches.  It included panel pieces as well, but the flying geese blocks were very big.

I especially loved the Santa panel.

The art work is light and breezy.

I loved sewing it together while the snow piled up outside.

I put minky on the back as this quilt would be for a Utah family.

It went to this sweet little boy's house.

Light, bright, and fun!  And that quilt kit provided many leftovers in extra fabric so . . .

I made another for my second son and his wife.  There were extra panels and lots of large fabric pieces.

I purchased the same minky for the back and I will be sewing the binding down after writing this post.  I am trying to post it before the end of 2015 and hope to deliver it this weekend.

I made pinwheel blocks from the triangles I cut off from the first quilts flying geese blocks and used them on the corners of each panel section.  The quilt is some what the same, but different.

Solstice by Kate Spain was used for my middle son's family.  I knew that my DIL would like its more modern vibe.  I finished this quilt top last Spring, but didn't machine quilt it until November.

It is a sampler quilt with two of each different block and one of the center block.

I also used a Solstice print for the backing.  This will be an Arizona quilt so I didn't use minky.

This Santa quilt was also in Quiltmania magazine a couple of years ago.  I loved it and it was so fun to make it for my daughter and her family.  I like it so much that I am going to make one for myself.

The gray background was Robert Kaufman's line of Quilter's Linen and the reds and browns are from various fat quarters that I picked up here and there.

I ended up using a darker grey of the Quilter's Linen for the stop border.  The red border is from the Solstice line.  I originally thought I would use it for the back of the Solstice quilt but it was just too much red.  It worked perfectly for this quilt.

 I appliqued on the beards and reindeer ears, then embroidered faces and antlers.  I sewed the ric rac on before machine quilting.  A grey minky with small stars is on the back of this quilt.

I delivered the quilts to each family along with a copy of the book, "How to Catch a Santa" and a Santa tree ornament.

I managed to deliver the first four before Christmas and now I'm off to bring in the New Year while I bind away!