Archive for August, 2009

Making up for lost time

A second top loaded and quilted today –  pieced by San (Gypsy Quilter), it will be donated through Quilts of Valor when I’m done with the binding.

It’s quilted with the pantograph Ebb and Flow, a favorite of mine for patriotic and *water* quilts and I used a backing sent to me by Tish. I know I’ve mentioned it before but having backings made for these HeartStrings quilts really helps and I appreciate Sheree, Tish, and Nancy making them for me!


It’s Monday

The blocks on my design wall haven’t changed since last week but I did get a HeartStrings top quilted this morning. I used a backing sent to me by Nancy and got it loaded and quilted with Baptist Fans. Unlike the last ones I quilted that went every which way, these are quilted in rows.  The top was pieced by Sue and her Oroville/Chico California group.

For more information on how I quilt my freehand Baptist Fans see this post on quilting Baptist Fans.


Judy asked another good question on her blog about how long it takes you to feel antsy when you’re not sewing/quilting. For me, just a day or two is usually enough to make me want to be back in the sewing room and although I don’t always take a project with me on my trips — I did take some crochet this time. I didn’t get as much done on it as I’d have liked but I have another trip in a few weeks so I’ll take it with me on that too. It’s just a simple ripple pattern but the yarn is a cute variegated one.



The long drive home

Somehow it always seems to be a longer trip home but we made it. Chesty was happy to see us but not so happy when Keith put him right in the tub!!

Keith heads out tomorrow for work and I’ll get settled back in and start sewing/quilting again.

Usually I respond to most comments by email but I’ll just thank everyone here for all the comments on our South Dakota trip,  it was fun reading about the places we visited from other’s persepective. We all had such a great time visiting a new part of the country.

Our last day

We started out in Deadwood and then drove through Spearfish Canyon stopping for a  short hike to Roughlock Falls.


Then we drove into Wyoming to see Devils Tower.



We head home tomorrow morning.

More sightseeing

You’re probably tired of seeing photos of my family but I like to go back and look at them on the blog so here are a couple more of us. We visited Jewel Cave and had to kill about an hour waiting for our tour so we walked around a bit.


I like this photo of Keith and I better than the one the other day.


Surprisingly flash photos were allowed during the tour and I alternated between no flash like this one and flash like the next one with the boys.


Neither really capture how the cave really looked.


We also went to Custer State Park but somehow missed seeing the buffalo although Adam and Becky claim to have seen one in the woods. And finally, we ended our day at the Crazy Horse monument. I’m afraid my favorite photo from there was the one below with the bottles filled with beads.


The Badlands

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

Definitely the highlight of the day was driving through the Badlands.

One of many amazing views throughout the park

One of many amazing views throughout the park

I warned them about the snakes before we went but they weren’t concerned.

Luckily no snakes were encountered!

Luckily no snakes were encountered!

I loved the flowers growing alongside this path.

I loved the flowers growing alongside this path.



The kids arrived

It’s so nice to see and spend time with them. Can you guess what was on the agenda today after they arrived? I took lots of photos of the mountain but I’m going to share photos of us today.


Chris, Becky, & Adam

Keith & Mary

Keith & Mary

Adam, Mary, Chris, & Becky

Adam, Mary, Chris, & Becky

OK, maybe just one more.

Mount Rushmore at night

Mount Rushmore at night

We drove west to Rapid City, SD

Corn Palace

Mitchell Corn Palace

Sunflower fields

Sunflower fields

Driving west

Driving into the sunset

South Dakota

We’re leaving shortly for vacation. We’re driving to Rapid City where we’ll meet the boys and Becky tomorrow. I’m excited about exploring a state I’ve never visited.

mt rushmore

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

Photo from

Chinese Coins #??

I’ve lost track of what number Chinese Coins quilt this is but the top is done and it’s ready for quilting. It’s probably the last bit of sewing I’ll get done before we leave tomorrow for South Dakota.


Chesty posing with the finished top