Friday, January 31, 2014
Recently I made this quilt and was going to donate it to a program called Quilts of Valor which is an organization which gives quilts to veterans of our armed forces. Then I remembered that my Dad was in the army reserves so I decided to give this quilt to him. After talking to my Mom I found out that he was in the army reserves for 9 years. I also found out that he was in two army reserves units- a truck unit and also a sharpshooter unit and that he received a sharpshooter medal. He always told us stories of being in the trucking unit and how scary it was to drive the trucks without lights during training in the Colorado mountains. He also told us that he and several buddies from Brazilton would play cards on the train on the way to Colorado . I did not know about the sharpshooting unit or that he was in the reserves for that long until recently. He always told us that he was two old to serve in WWII and that he was too young for the Korean war. He never was called into active service but he did do battle with one very bad foe- A spider! The story goes that he got bit by a spider right before he was the to go to training camp. When he got to camp they sent him on a twenty mile hike and by the time they finished the hike he was in the hospital! He said he was afraid that they were going to make him redo training camp that year but they didn't. He has a scar on his back that proves this happened. I am very proud of my Dad for doing this and I hope he enjoys his quilt!
Monday, January 13, 2014
What everybody needs, a box full of grandkids.
I think that the pattern is called the Tree of Life, or something like that. We made this wall hanging for our parents' 50th wedding anniversary. Guests were encouraged to sign the leaves. It was pretty fun to make. My friend Marilyn did some fabulous custom quilting on it. Notice the initials "carved" on the tree trunk.
We have been experimenting with taking photos of our quilts. Here I am up in the hayloft.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
|This one is Kay's.|
Lorri finished it the next day. The big ones are 4'by 4'. The little ones are 2'by 2'. We had lots of fun.
|Lorri is painting the one we made for our friend and machine quilter Joan Westoff|
|This is Lorri's; Flying geese|
|This one is for our Aunt Kay Huning.|
|Here is a shot of the one we made for my parents barn. The pattern is Flying Geese.|
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Sherry gave our mom a really nifty book about barn quilts. So, our mom wants one to put on her barn. Which we promptly volunteered to paint it for her (and Daddy, of course). We decided to practice making a few smaller ones first, to work out the kinks.
Here's how it went:
|You can purchase pre-cut 2 foot by 2 foot plywood squares at the home improvement center. I lightly sanded them, and then rolled on three coats for exterior white paint/primer. |
|After I choose which block I wanted to paint, I used colored pencils to test drive which colors to use.|
|Quilting grid rulers work really well for marking the lines. I used a regular pencil for this.|
|This is actually a different block, but similar. I found it was easiest to use foam brushes for this project. Clean up is easy with the foam brushes also.|
|Two completed barn quilts. The one on the left is the Sawtooth Star block and is going to Kay's house. The block on the right is the Variable Star block and is staying in my backyard.|
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
|A mug rug for my friend Kate|
|Sunflower wall hangings for Kay and Sherry's birthdays. Because sometimes we make stuff for each other. And, the red barnwood frames were made by our dad.|
|Pillows for my little granddaughters, the kitty for Charlotte and the puppy for Vada|
|And, the little girlies with their pillows|
|And now, school has started again, so back to work. We teach CPR and First Aid for for whole week to the coaches, bus drivers, secretaries, etc. before the students return to school.|