Saturday, June 9, 2018

Best Day Ever!

What a joyous day! Our sweet daughter, Hannah, and Danny Prindle were married on Saturday, May 26! It truly was the BEST DAY EVER! 

Hannah and her pretty bridesmaids!  Daughter Genevieve, daughter Emily, Hannah, friend Katie, friend Lindsay.  What a great crew she has of strong, confident women!

I love how this captured a moment! Hannah was such a beautiful bride! She is so sweet, smart, clever, strong, funny - she is pretty impressive!

And what a great match she found in Danny! They complement each other so perfectly! 

A great thing about weddings - the family gathers from all over! My brother Chuck and SIL Jean (in the green stripe top) from Burke, Virginia, and SIL Marlys from Bloomington, Minnesota.  We had so  much fun!

These three! (actually, 4!)  My daughters:  Emily, Genevieve (holding Emily's daughter Ella), and Hannah.  

Just before the ceremony - doesn't Hannah look like a princess?  I love how the girls wore matching skirts but tops of their own choice. 

My love! We will be married 40 years in September!!!

I do!  Beautiful venue - Lake Ellyn Boathouse, and the ceremony was officiated by Danny's friend, Lucas.  He did an outstanding job!
Congratulations and best wishes, Hannah and Danny!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Hannah and Danny's wedding shower, Walk for our Lives




  We had a pretty day in early March for Hannah and Danny's wedding shower, held at our local park district's golf course clubhouse.  The space is surrounded by windows, bright and plenty of space for mingling.  All of our daughters requested co-ed guest lists, and I must say, it's a great idea! 

Scott greeting some guests, and you can see the lovely room.


Genevieve and Lily, charming a guest. 

Cute group of Hannah's friends:  Katie, Rachel's husband, Michael, Lindsay, Rachel, Kate, and Kate's husband, Nick.

Danny and Hannah playing a version of the "newlywed game", lots of fun to watch! It was the only game we had, besides "gift opening bingo", complete with drinkable prizes.  :)

Sorry this photo is so backlit, somehow I didn't take any pictures of just Hannah and Danny! When I'm busy running things, I forget to take pictures. 

Hannah's good friend, Katie, helping out and enjoying the game.

Opening gifts!

Typical Hannah and Danny - Danny clowning around, and Hannah laughing!  They are so sweet, and have lots of fun together. It's great to see, as a  mom. 

Love!
Walk for our Lives - we participated as a family. 

My girl! Can't wait to see her as a bride in two months!
Last Saturday, I participated in our town's Walk for our Lives, walking alongside my family, community members, and led by the local students. 
Quite a lot of people showed up, on a clear but cold day.  Powerful stuff.  #thisiswhatdemocracylookslike, #notonemore. 
It was important to Emily that she bring Ella to her first march.  I agree.  

Sunday, March 25, 2018

More catch-up - Emily and Matt's baby shower, Ella's Tulip Garden quilt


We hosted a baby shower for our daughter, Emily, and her husband, Matt back in January.  We had fun decorating the house with some special family mementos, and fun shower decorations like the flag bunting. 
The quilt on the wall was made by my grandmother for my parents' wedding in 1944.  I thought the colors suited the baby shower theme.  The high chair in the background was used by me, my mom, and my grandmother!

Cutest cake ever!  Not only cute, but delish! White cake with lemon filling, and buttercream icing. (from Kirsten's Danish Bakery)

These are antique baby clothes I have. The beige one in the center was my mom's, so that dress is 100 years old! The picture in the foreground shows my mom wearing the dress. 

My lovely daughters!  Emily, Hannah, and Genevieve.  My heart is so full!

Mom and daughter.

Ella's Tulips - I had lots of fun making this.  

It looks so cute in their nursery!

Beautifully machine quilted by Sue Pawlowski.  


Baby Ella!  Born February 12, 2018. 


Ella and granddad sharing stories.  I have a feeling they will be great friends. :)

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Playing catch-up - Gen and Dave's Baby Shower, Liliana's Southwest Dreams Baby Quilt

Wow, we have been living life on "fast forward" lately!  In the course of about 6 months, our family has experienced or will experience:  3 showers; 2 births: and a wedding.  Very busy, but it's all good.  We are so blessed!

This quilt is Liliana's Southwest Dreams, modeled by Liliana herself.  More on this later. 
Genevieve and Dave at their baby shower back in November. We had a nice big group of family and friends, gathered to celebrate the upcoming birth of their little girl.  

Sister moms-to-be! Genevieve on the left, Emily on the right.  My lovely daughters!  (both have since delivered, Genevieve had Liliana Noelle on Christmas morning, and Emily welcomed Ella Karen on February 12)

Emily, her husband Matt, Danny (Hannah's fiance), and Hannah. You can see the nice bright space we rented at our park district rec center. 

Love this clever gift from one of Genevieve's good friends!

The two grandmas-to-be, and shower planners, Annette and myself!  We had fun working on this together!

The rowdy table (every party has one!):  our good friends, Diane, Paul, Andrew, Molly, Cindy, and Bill. 

This stole the show!  Scott made this "watermelon baby" himself! (modeled after many found on pinterest)  I think he did an AMAZING job!

This was some of my inspiration for Genevieve's baby quilt.  She wanted something with a southwest theme, and I love this squash blossom quilt block design.  Found this quilt on pinterest, sorry I don't know the source.  I did a LOT of searching for ideas, and went through several design choices before settling on this one.  I even started sewing one of the other options, but was not happy until I found this.

Quilt in progress.  I love the off center feeling of this quilt.  

Genevieve asked me to design the quilt color scheme around this framed artwork, but with a southwest theme.

Finished quilt and Lily.  Machine quilted perfectly by Sue Pawlowski.

Hello Lily!

And back to sleep.

I LOVE how Genevieve posed Lily for this photo!  
Sweet dreams, Lily!


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Quilts & Human Rights

Scott and I attended the Quilts and Human Rights exhibit at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, this weekend.  It was a stunning exhibit - excellent - and powerful. Highly recommend!  The exhibit has been extended through May 11.  Here is the link.   Quilts portrayed human rights issues of many types, including racial inequity in the US and around the world, discrimination, and acts of violence and hatred.  

I am sorry you cannot zoom in on the captions, the backstories were so powerful.  My own iphone died on the way to the exhibit, and my husband's phone's photos were not very sharp.  I am sorry I do not remember the makers of these amazing works.  I was hoping to have that information in my photos.  You could contact the museum for the details.  


This was about Native American issues in Minnesota. 


This was a photo collage of many (hundreds) of quilts made in response to the killings at the Pulse (gay) nightclub in Florida.  


The story of the Hmong people. 

About atrocities in Laos.

This museum is on the very site where 5 innocents were killed, and others were injured, in a campus shooting 10 years ago.  This is one of 5 memorial quilts made to commemorate the lives lost. 

About survivors of the holocaust. 

Making a statement about the garment industry, and unfair labor practices. 

One woman's journey, after being attacked - from victim, to survivor. 



American Civic Rights heroes. 

Made by Denyse Schmidt, the original was made in response to Barack Obama's campaign, and his message of hope and change. The original was won by a donor to the campaign, and this copy was commissioned by Michigan State University, and is part of their permanent collection.   

Made by Jacquie Gering, called "Aftermath", in response to the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

A powerful and important exhibit, about a topic so much at the forefront in today's news - and in all of our lives.  

Best Day Ever!

What a joyous day! Our sweet daughter, Hannah, and Danny Prindle were married on Saturday, May 26! It truly was the BEST DAY EVER!  H...