Friday, August 28, 2015

Finish It Up Friday...Grandma's Butterflies.

My grandma had a set of these butterflies she painted long ago.
She used to sell the paints and do classes on the painting.  She loves butterflies and mentioned that she'd like to have them put together into a quilt.
 Her birthday was Saturday and I got it finished just in time.  I didn't have quite enough of the purple to do all the sashing that color, but I made it work.  The back is a green with yellow flowers.
 Unfortunately, she was in the hospital on Saturday and then got moved to a larger hospital right after lunch.  We took her the quilt and a bit of watermelon with an unlit candle on top :)  She should be coming home in a few days to enjoy her butterflies.
Alissa

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WIP Wednesday...Flannel Camping Strip Quilt.

I've got some other projects that will soon take over my sewing time until Christmas.
So, I thought I'd get a head start on this gift for a young man.
 I really liked the kit Connecting Threads offered with this flannel line, but it wasn't really big enough.
 So, I bought the flannel and used my quilt program to come up with a similar pattern.
 These aren't the colors, but the pattern idea.
Linking up to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday!
Alissa

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I'm Going On a Camping Trip and I'm Taking...

...my little siblings!
It was time for a fun activity just for the three of us.  Quinn went camping earlier this summer with a friend and thought it would be a good idea.  Mom and dad aren't too keen on the idea of sleeping in a tent, so a sibling adventure it became.
We drove up to the reservoir about an hour away and found the cheaper campsites.  It was lovely to be there mid-week, only a few other people there.  We got our tent set up with the assistance of the campground host's hammer.
After managing to make enough fire for some hot dogs we headed to the beach.
These two are so much fun, I love them so!  There was a lot of mud slinging that happened.  You can see a bit on my face there, I was not immune from being hit.
We brought Scotchie along since she is so calm.  She hung out under the lawn chair on the beach.
It was so beautiful and so nice to just be and forget all my worries.
We took a walk down the cement pier thing.

It was fun to walk through the trees along the shore.
They would normally be in water, but with the time of year and irrigation happening we got to explore.
Selfie with Scotchie...she is not impressed.
She was uber excited to go in the tent when it got late...straight onto Brenna's bed.
It rained in the wee hours of the morning and kept raining and blowing for quite awhile.  Needless to say, we spent most of the morning hanging out in the tent and eating granola bars.  Our wood we saved to cook our eggs and bacon over was outside...in the rain.
Once out, we decided to explore another area of the shore until it warmed up a bit.
Pretty.



The sun did come out and by then it was time to eat some lunch.  We did have a bag of charcoal, so we fired up our grill and made our burgers, more hot dogs and coffee!
It was my first time grilling and it went pretty good, yay!
I made them take some historical marker pictures just for reminiscence sake.  In getting this marker, back in the day, I received my first and only speeding ticket...awww memories.

We went back to the beach after lunch.

Scotchie has impeccable timing.  She chose our walk across the beach for her pooping time both days...
We made a sand "castle."
Then we buried each other.

This is me, begging Quinn to scratch my nose!!

I had a meeting that night, so mid afternoon saw us packing up and heading home.
I stopped here at this back road little memorial before we left.
Yay!
Alissa

Friday, August 07, 2015

Finish It Up Friday...VBS Quilt Week!

Yay for a finish!
I'm going in to sewing/quilting withdrawal and it makes me so sad.
 My little brother helped me hold this one.  He took a few sand burrs to the soles for his time.  Sorry, Quinn!
 This is our quilt for this year's VBS at our church.
I love how it turned out.  The design was all my mom's idea, I just brought it to completion.
 I also got the top done for last year's week of VBS.  It is a lot bigger, now to just get it basted and quilted.

Alissa

Monday, July 27, 2015

Oh, The Average Days of Summer

Summer has flown by once again.
Working straight through sure makes it go faster.
Some highlights of the last few weeks.
Sunday afternoon at the byway barn: 
 We worked out Quinn's 4-H photography.  We were doing shadow fun and trick photography.
 They have some lovely flowers at the barn.
 And a lovely reminder of the prairie.  You're good as long as you don't turn around and realize there is a town right behind you :)
 Brenna and I braved the heat and went to the top of the hill again.
We played some War.
 There is quite a view from the top.
 Enjoyed an evening with K O-J in Kearney.  There is a new historical marker right outside of town.  Someone's last name was Bearss, so we posed as bears.
 Tis the 4-H season, we managed not to do too much this year.  Brenna did finish her quilt she started 5 years ago :)  Go, Brenna, go!

 We had a mini family game night after Quinn's horse practice last week.
He requested this pizza dip that he saw on facebook.  It turned out pretty good.
 Mom tweaked her back last week so she played Apples To Apples from the chair.

And now the county fair is upon us and things actually are slowing down.

Alissa