Thursday, April 23, 2015

Quilty Thankful Thursday #19

Hello all, I missed last week, not because I wasn't thankful, but because I was busy preparing for the weekend.  So be prepared, I have some really pretty photos to show this week, but I'm going to try and keep it to a minimum.

1.  Weddings.  I will admit I've not always been a big fan of wedding, but Callie (my niece) and Beau had a wonderful wedding. Not without issues, as always seems to be the case, but still beautiful. They wrote all of the vows, and they were funny and touching. A few tears were shed, but not too many. And no Watson (the dog) wasn't at the ceremony, but friends brought him in for photos.

2. Family and Friends.  Ok from the photo above you would think everything was wonderful. What you don't know is about 5 minutes after this shot was taken, Callie almost passes out. I don't think she had had much to eat, and was running on adrenaline, but when that ran out she pretty much dropped. She has the best friends and they all ran to help. They were trying to cool her off, because it was very humid. Luckily a family friend went and got some sugar packets and she up and going again. Then we took some family shots and just as they were finishing a heavy thunderstorm arrived. Everyone jumped into action and moved chairs, etc. and ran for cover. Even with the rain and the semi-outdoor reception, everyone stayed and had a good time.

3. Beautiful Flowers.  Callie picked out great flowers, and they looked wonderful. The arbor that they used, my brother Tom built and Callie and Beau collected silver vases and such for months. All of the flowers were arranged by us, which saved money, but also made them even more special. The running joke was about the boxes that were used, some were dynamite boxes and others were liquor boxes.

4. Laughter. It was either hot and humid or cold and wet, but that didn't stop the laughter. We laughed at each other, things around us, the weather, and so on. The best line I heard all weekend was on Sunday when Callie was talking about her dad walking her down the aisle. He told her she was beautiful and she told him to stop, if he said nice things she would cry. So he told her she had a fat ass....yeah that is so not true. But it made her laugh. She told him during the daddy/daughter dance that he could say nice things again. Also the one shot I think everyone got was Callie almost tripping as she went back down the aisle. The look on her face was priceless.

5. Love.  I really felt blessed to participate in everything last weekend. I saw so many instances of love, and all kinds of love. Everything did not go as planned, but no one let it get them down. They just kept moving forward, and you can't beat that. The love Callie and Beau share is special and I am very very thankful that she found that love. And I'm thankful that he joined our family and fits right in with the rest of us crazies.

And yes Watson caught the bouquet, well the doggie bouquet. All in all it was a great weekend, and when it was over we were all tired, but a good tired. Sorry that this post doesn't have more quilty content, but just so it has a little, here is the "guest book" table with the quilt squares laid on it.

I am linking up with Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl.

Friday, April 10, 2015

2015 Finish Along: Quarter 2 Goals

Ok it is time to make a list of what I want to get done during the second quarter of the 2015 Finish Along. Now to be honest I want to get a lot done, but I'm guessing that won't happen, but here is a list of what I hope to get done.

1.  Sharla's Box Trot quilt. It has been waiting to be quilted forever, and I keep putting it on the list and somehow it never gets done. But hopefully it will be done this quarter.

2. My Purple Quilt.  I want this one done, it has been waiting even longer than Sharla's but it was packed away for a while, so it wasn't on the list. I would like to donate this one to the Hand2Help Charity Quilt drive.

3. Memory Quilts. There are four of these and  I want them done. I feel bad working on other things with them hanging over my head.  But I'm so want to work on other things. I'm hoping to really be able to work on these in May and get them done.

4. Sharla's Machine Cover.  She finished the piecing late in February, but I haven't had time to quilt it and sew it together for her. I love the colors and it should be a fast finish once I get it onto the machine.

5. Sharla's Flirt Quilt.  I've not gotten a photo of this one, but the top is done and it needs to be quilted. It should be easy to do, once I can get it on the machine.

6. Sharla's Norway Quilt.  Another one that I don't have a photo of, but the top is complete and just waiting for me.

7. Table Runner.  It has been finished since December and needs to be done.

8. Callie and Beau's wedding quilt.  I'm not sure when I will get the blocks back for this, but hopefully in May and if so I would love to finish it this quarter.

9. My Class One Quilt

10. Sharla's Class One Quilt

Ok that is the list, and I know I want get nearly all of that done, but if possible I would love to get them all done. I figure it is better to make a big list and fall short, than not to plan on anything and get nothing accomplished. If I am being honest I would love to get more completed, I just don't think it will be possible. Today I'm linking up with On The Windy Side.

2015 Finish-Along

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Quilty Thankful Thursday #17

Howdy everyone.  Not sure where that came from, but I just couldn't help myself.  Today I'm going to recognize some things for which I am thankful.

1. Being able to give to others.  I'm just like everyone else, I love to receive, but I'm very thankful that I have the ability to give as well. I've signed up to donate a couple of quilts for the Hands 2 Help Charity Quilt Challenge and I've also created two blocks for Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl, which will be used to make quilts for two deserving children.  I am very thankful that I am in a position that I can help. Here are my two blocks which went into the mail this morning.

2. Decent Health.  Could I be healthier, yes, but went to see my doctor and eye doctor today and both said I was doing good.  We have some work to do on Sharla, she is improving health wise, but the eye doctor found an issue, and we have to go see an eye surgeon tomorrow morning.  They believe they can fix the issues, so I'm very thankful for that as well.

3.  Sale Fabrics.  Yes I know I'm a bit of a fabric hoarder, ok a lot of a fabric hoarder, but it is so hard to pass up a good sale.  Here are a few that I picked up last week.  I have no plans for any of them, other than to go into my cross quilt.  I love the colors and it was so much fun to shop for them.

4. A Good Forecast.  Callie is getting married next Saturday and the weather is supposed to be very nice...72 degrees and sunny, which would be perfect.  We can deal with rain, but it will be so much nice if it doesn't.  I'm keeping a positive attitude that it is going to be awesome.

5. Taxes.  Ok I'm not really thankful for taxes, but I am thankful that my taxes and complete and filed. I even get a little money back, and for that I am very thankful.  And to top it off, it isn't the last day.  I am glad that I live in the US and even though I don't like taxes, I do love my country and am thankful for all of the freedoms living here allows me.

That is it for today and I'm linking up with Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl!!