Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Treasures from the Road

We just got home from a BIG car trip (2400+ miles, more on that later), GREAT to travel, but also GREAT to be home!  
Here are my treasures from the trip!
How fun is this lady-liberty-meets-andy-warhol panel? I could not resist it, found at Twin Cities Quilting in St. Paul - perfect for a fun wall hanging for the patriotic holidays.
And the Quiltfolk "Iowa" issue, picked up at the Iowa Quilt Museum in Winterset, Iowa.  We visited the covered bridges, too - which was great fun to do...so quiet and peaceful. 

More treasures  - found at Piece Works Quilt Shop in Winterset.  I have a baby quilt (for a girl) that I want to whip up quickly, but had no real plan, except for the mom-to-be's color scheme:  the softest pink - almost ballet pink, white, gray/beige, and the tiniest touches of a soft teal green.  Piece Works had ON SALE a baggie with (5) 1-yard pieces in coordinating colors:  the sweet lambs on a soft pink background, two tan prints to the right, and the two green prints in the background (which I am not using, as they are too bright for this project.  No worries, I will use them for something!) I added the three pink/beige prints across the top, and the store clerk found the white texture-y print underneath.  I'm set!

Another find from Twin Cities Quilting, I loved the soft, old-fashioned look of this Christmas panel - reminds me of the movie, Prancer.  I plan to make a simple pillow for the head of the bed, to coordinate with a Christmas quilt - which may of may not be done this year.  

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Inspired by Sujata Shah, and the book Unconventional and Unexpected, I am creating a new quilt out of my grandmas lovely but damaged quilt.

Detail showing damage.

Quilt top - this used to be a tied quilt, but was badly damaged, so years ago I removed the ties with the intention of repairing it.  Now I have a plan!

 I ripped apart the blocks on a long car trip, and now to play! 

Below are several inspiring quilts from Unconventional and Unexpected, giving me ideas for a layout.  










Not sure which layout I'll use yet, I love them all!

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Tree lighting, yard work, and sewing-oh my!

Yesterday was a first for us - we finally attended the tree lighting ceremony in our town. Downers Grove is a charming town with a cute downtown, and also great schools, parks, and services. 
Santa came to help out!


Ta da! The HS marching band performed, there was carol singing, Norman Rockwell would’ve approved.

The rest of the day was Christmas shopping, sewing (for me) and yard work (for Scott). Long weekends are the best!

Friday, November 23, 2018

Thanksgiving 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are grateful that Emily and Matt hosted Thanksgiving this year!  Emily is an excellent cook, and made the entire feast:  turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, glazed brussel sprouts, crescent rolls, charcuterie platter, and pumpkin cheesecake bars!  All I had to bring was an apple pie. 
This retro picture (c.1980) is my wonderful father-in-law, Don Hudson. Don't you love those '70s touches in the background? Orange coffee pot, green can opener, copper canisters? Don has been gone over 30 years, but his good looks live on in my husband.
We had fun recreating the old photo above.  Different time, different kitchen, but you can tell it's not 1980 anymore!  Insider note - after staging the photo, I stepped in and carved the turkey! We had lots of fun with food, babies, and football, of course!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Collin and Austin's wedding!

We were able to attend my niece, Collin's,  wedding in Fairfax, Virginia, recently.  It was held in a beautiful, historic town center - very sweet and charming.  My brother is father of the bride.  He did very well!
The wedding ceremony was officiated by my nephew, Nathan (Collin's brother).  

My family knows how to let loose and party! Daughter Hannah, niece Sarah, Hannah's husband Danny, and niece Lizz.

We are so enjoying being grandparents! Here is Lily the pumpkin.

Ella and grandma at the wedding brunch.  Good times!


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Thanksgiving week!

I am thankful the my eldest daughter volunteered to host Thanksgiving this year!  Emily is an excellent cook, so I am looking forward to tasting her delicious meal.  Not to mention, I will not miss making most of the food and hosting the gathering this time! 

She asked me to bring my skillet apple pie.  The pie is delicious, here is the story:  (I told it before but I don't care!)



Is that not the most beautiful pie?  Made by my aunt Marilyn (may she rest in peace).  Crafted from her homegrown apples in a black cast iron skilled, with a lovely layer of brown sugar and butter in the bottom, what's not to love?



Marilyn and Gordon lived on the family farm in Wisconsin.  So beautiful and peaceful there, we loved to visit them.  Now that Marilyn is gone, my cousin Julie moved up there with her son to live with Gordon.  



I am thankful we decided to visit Marilyn on the farm.  A wonderful recipe for delicious pie, but even better, special memories.

Happy thanksgiving!


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!

Treasures from the Road

We just got home from a BIG car trip (2400+ miles, more on that later), GREAT to travel, but also GREAT to be home!   Here are my treasur...