Friday, June 29, 2012

{A Thought for Today}

A baby is God's opinion that life should go on. ~ Carl Sandburg

Monday, June 25, 2012

{The Countdown has Started}

This morning I pulled out my calendar and marked the number of days until we head back to Colorado. Seventy-four days from today we'll be on a plane, heading towards Denver and then on to the mountains. If I close my eyes I can already see them. It's a wonderful feeling when we get on the road from the airport and drive towards Estes Park. Soon,  the mountains of the Colorado Front Range come into view. I love the feeling I get when I see them, kind of like coming home.

          Brian on Bierstadt Lake March 2012

This year we'll be coming into town a few days before the Longs Peak Scottish Highland Festival. We'll be staying with friends in Loveland for two nights so the guys can play golf. Then, that Saturday we drive to Estes for the festival. We've been there twice before and it's a great time.

Then the hiking begins. This is not everyone's idea of a vacation. There's no lounging around or sitting by a pool sipping drinks with little umbrellas. We're up and out early each day, spend 5-10 hours out on the trails and come home exhausted. There's nothing like it. 

There are several new hikes on the list for this year. We'll be sharing the trails with friends who enjoy hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park. I'm hoping the summer flies. 

Friday, June 22, 2012

{A Thought for Today}

A miracle is something that seems impossible but happens anyway. ~ Griffin, MIB3
1980 USA Olympic Hockey Team

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

{Mystery Block of the Month: Month One}

I've been anticipating this since January when I signed up for the 2012 Mystery Block of the Month from Fat Quarter Shop.  My first 'Block of the Month' arrived last Friday, along with the backing and the finishing kit. The block is called {Laundry Days}, designed by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs. The fabric is {Vintage Modern} by Bonnie & Camille. I first wrote about it here

The backing fabric........

Here's the finishing kit, which includes the sashing fabric and the binding fabric. There are some flying geese between the blocks which will be more interesting than a plain sashing.

A special surprise was included with the block fabrics. A 'charm pack' of 2 1/2 inch squares. Maybe they can be incorporated into the backing somehow. 

I cut the pieces last night and assembled the block this afternoon. I present {Laundry Days}! It finishes up at 12 1/2 x 12 1/2.

Friday, June 15, 2012

{A Thought for Today}

All that I'm after is a life full of laughter, as long as I'm laughing with you. ~ Chris Daughtry
Thank you to my sister for always giving me something to laugh about.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

{Summer Sewing Contest}

Over at {Ellison Lane Quilts} the link up for the {Summer Sewing Contest} has begun. Summer really hasn't officially started so I really haven't done much sewing yet. I never thought I'd be saying this but, I have three  projects in the works and none are near enough to be finished in the five days left to link up. So, for the second time I will present the 'Baby Smith Granny Square Quilt'. 

I loved the process of making the Granny Squares. I had worked out  my own system for assembling and trimming that worked out great. 

I have plans & fabric to make at least one more before the summer is up. I only hope I can remember what I did on the first one.  (Maybe I should start making notes so I can refer back to them at a later time.)

This quilt was made as a baby shower gift for the newest addition to our family. I'm sure it will be used and loved. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

{A Thought for Today}

When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers

Friday, June 1, 2012

{A Thought for Today}

A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark. ~ Chinese Proverb