Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Tractor Show

Last week on Friday I took the day off and we headed to Ohio to a tractor show. 
 They had some of the antique threshers and steam engines.  It's not really my thing, but I know my hubby wanted to go and the friends he had lined up to go with fell through.  
So, for as many quilt shops he has gone to, I sucked it up and we went to the tractor show.  
It was a beautiful, summer day and I got to spend it hanging out with one of my favorite people! 
 We packed a picnic lunch and off we went!

We were greeted with this row of BEASTS!  LOL.  I just loved this view.


There was a giant cow!  Also a Flea Market of sorts.  You name it and it seemed to be there!


I even found this amazing Double Wedding Ring antique quilt with this 
unique prairie point type edging. 
 I am so regretting that I did not buy it, just so I could study this edge treatment!
  Limited funding now that we are a one income family though, so there's that. 
 Pictures will have to do.


Unique joining too.


Just a totally cool quilt.


 Oh, *finally* lunch time.  We set up our table and took out our lunch.  YUM.  
Healthy food and great company!


There was a tractor "pull" between some children and a steam engine.  So cute!


I especially got a kick out of the Amish kids participating.


Close up of the boys


 and the girls


It was a great day spent with a great man!  Have you ever gone to a tractor show?  

~XOP~


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

So Much Going On

I feel like I have a lot to catch you all up on. 
Over the next few days I will do that.  
Last week Monday we were invited out with a group of other folks with the investment firm we use to go out on a yacht, have dinner and watch the fireworks in Detroit. 
 What an amazing night!  
We had so much fun living it up like the rich and famous!  (of which we are neither).  
The yacht was called the Ovation and it was HUGE


We were handed a glass of champagne upon boarding the boat. 
 I only had a sip then switched to Diet Coke.


Not the most flattering photo of me but whatever!  It was super windy and so there it is.    


The fire works were amazing.  We cruised from Lake St Clair down the Detroit river.  
You can see the Detroit sky line in this photo and Canada was on the other side of the river.


Pictures don't really do it justice and I only had my phone, but you get the idea.


We had delicious food and there was a live band.  
Not much dancing but that would have been fun too.  
It was a little chilly (in the low 50's with wind).  
We rode a tour bus there and home. 
 I think we made it home around 1am!  
That is too late for this old bird!  
I have to get up at 5am for work.  

All in all a great way to celebrate America's independence!  
This weekend we will be heading to my BIL's house on the lake 
to celebrate the 4th of July with my husband's family.  Let the partying continue!

Tonight we will be heading over to the home my dad lived in until he passed away.  
There was a couple that lived there when my dad did, Maggie and Roy. 
 Their only son passed away, and their grands live in NV.  
His brother comes to visit but they don't have many regular visitors.  
We used to visit with them while visiting my dad.  
They panicked when he died, that we would stop coming to visit.  
We decided that we could not do that. 
 I was next to Maggie in the few hours before she passed away so now there is just Roy. 
 He celebrates his 94th birthday tomorrow so we are going over tonight, 
along with his brother and SIL to celebrate with dinner and (his and my favorite) Cherry pie!
The house has moved now and is around 45 minutes away so we don't get there as much as we did when they were just minutes away.  

We were just there last week and my daughter brought her baby peacock, Beep.  
Roy loves it when we bring the birds!



Happy Birthday Roy!!  

~XOP~


Friday, June 26, 2015

That Cat and A Giveaway

"I am so incredibly excited to announce that 
one of my quilts has been published in McCalls Quick Quilts magazine!  
The issue will be for sale soon, with subscribers already receiving this issue. 
 It is the August/September issue.  Here is the link to the issue.
That's my quilt down in the left hand corner!

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED


I participated in a guild challenge using a crayon color. 
 We drew a crayon out of a paper bag and then could add 
black, white or gray along with the crayon color.  I picked red-violet. 
 I had seen the amazing work of Donna Mibus and 
thought it would be fun to translate one of her paintings into a quilt.  
So I contacted her and asked her permission to do so. 
 She was great to work with and was excited for me to make her art into a quilt.
  Then I asked her if I could submit it for publication and once again she was so gracious and agreed.

So without further ado here is "That Cat".


You can find the issue here


If you do Facebook you can find a neat video showing the projects in the issue here too.
I hope you will run right out and purchase your very own copy of this magazine!
Just in case you want a chance to win your very own I have two to giveaway.

Leave me a comment, tell me what kind of things you like to see on blogs, or what you think of my latest project.

Please make sure I have a way to contact you!
If you are unsure, leave your email address in your comment.
I will choose another person if I can't contact you,

For another chance leave a comment on the McCalls site here, then come back here and let me know that you left a comment.
The place to comment is on the bottom of that page. You have to really look for it. 

I will choose a winner sometime on Monday.
Good Luck!

Winners have been chosen.  Numbers 3 and 43!
Congratulations ladies.  
Please send me your mailing address!!

~XOP~


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Father's Day Weekend

This Father's Day was a little bittersweet.  
I have the best husband and father to my kids ever, but I am missing my own dad...a lot! 
 We did a lot of things this weekend so we kept pretty busy though.

Hubby and I went out and helped on the farm a little bit.  
The peafowl pens are coming right along.  
There is still a LOT more to do though!  

Here is Blu.  He sure is a beauty isn't he?
  Have you seen Jurassic World?  *SPOILER*
The heroine in the story is a Raptor named Blu too!!


This is looking at the pen structure for putting up the fencing.  
You can see the existing coop and their pen.


Digging down to put the fencing in around the bottom of the pen.


Lots of digging!


Soooooooo much digging!


This was Blu and O2 showing off for the ladies.  "How you doin'?"


 The star of the weekend, by far was Beep.  Isn't he just the cutest little peacock?


The neighbors had a party on Saturday night so all of Saturday was a wash.  
Their son has a band so we even had live music!

Then for Father's day we took my hubby to the local airport for their annual pancake breakfast.  
They have a small fly in so lots of planes for him to drool over.  
The two kids that are local came with us.


Son looks a little rough.  too much celebrating the night before!


Then our daughter took us to see Jurassic World, which was awesome.  
One of the folks in the movie reminded me soooo much of my son (Chris Pratt).  
Love it!


I have more to share but am out of time and this is a lot to look at all at once!

How was your weekend?

~XOP~


Friday, June 19, 2015

Lizzy House Mini Quilt Swap

I finally got my Lizzy House mini quilt all finished!  I quilted it myself and I am so happy how it turned out!!


Here is the back side too.  


I didn't use any fabric that was not Lizzy House in making this quilt!  


I don't think my partner reads my blog so I think it is fair to show the name on the label.


The tracking says it has arrived but she has not posted anything up on Instagram yet so I hope it has.

I also made this pin cushion to send along as a little extra.  
It is not made out of all Lizzy House fabric.


But the back is.


I cut a full set of all of the Pearl Bracelet fabrics and sent a charm of each along 
with some Quilty looking chocolate from IKEA.  Here is what my little package looked like.


I sure hope she posts about it soon or I just may die of it!

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilt's Finish It Up Friday post.

~XOP~


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Emerge.Do.Good.Stitches

I am part of a new charity bee online called Emerge.Do.Good.Stitches. 
 I am happy to be a part of this bee and making blocks for charity every month.
  We only need to make 2 blocks each month and we use our own stash, which is great!

This month Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts fame, allowed us to use her pattern 
Birch Trees as our block for the charity quilt. 
 You can find the pattern here.

The head of our bee this month asked us to make the backgrounds in 
"manly" colors and to use brights for the "trees".  
I used Kona Indigo for the background on both blocks.  For the first one I did a variety of brights.


The second one I used varieties of greens and blues and I LOVE this one!!


This would be a fabulous way to use up your scraps. 
 If you have not checked out this pattern you should.  
It was super easy to make and I used it as a leader ender while I was doing some paper piecing!

I hope you are all enjoying your week.  We are trying to stay dry over here. 
 It has rained almost every day so far this week!!

~XOP~