Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday Finish: Range Backpack

I don't do a lot of "3-D" sewing--in other words, things other than quilts.

The Range Backpack, an excellent pattern by Noodlehead, has been on my radar since last summer when I saw the one made by Amanda Jean. I promptly came home from the quilting retreat in Minnesota and ordered waxed canvas from A. L. Frances Textiles, which then sat in a corner in my sewing room until this week, nearly a year later!

The canvas felt stiff as a board, literally, and I was quite intimidated at the thought of sewing through something that stiff. But I followed Anna's pattern, and with a size 16 denim needle, it was actually a breeze to make.

The only thing I changed was the closure--it called for a D ring but I used a clasp instead. You can't see it very well because I need to shorten the bottom strap, which I will do the next time I make one of these. And you can be sure there will be a next time--I already have fabrics chosen!
I love the lining fabric--a Suzuko Koseki print in coordinating colors with lots of fun artsy items, purchased from Sunnyday Supply.
I even made my own little leather "handmade" label.
And included a "live a colorful life" label on the side.
The back of the backpack.
I couldn't resist photographing it on my coordinating sewing chest.
I'm thrilled with how it turned out. It will get some good use on our upcoming trip to Yellowstone.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts, TGIFF and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Really Random Thursday, 5/17/18

A week ago today, our daughter-in-law entered a new decade by celebrating her 40th birthday, with dinner as a family.
Mark was in charge of the gift from the two of us. He went to the bank and got lots of coins, then put them each in separate boxes with little notes
40 pennies
40 nickels
 40 dimes
 40 quarters
Our bank does not stock 50 cent pieces (who knew?), so he substituted a $20 bill
 40 one dollar coins
And then to her disappointment, the next box did not contain 40 five dollar bills...

(Christa was surprised the next night by Aaron, who had arranged a fun evening at a local winery with a lot of their friends). When I told Aaron I couldn't figure out who that person was with the hat on, second from the left, he said it was just some random person from another table who photobombed the picture. Ha.
While they were partying, the kids spent the night at our house.
 Gramps (Mark) made breakfast, as usual. I'm not sure what the kids were watching, but at least Charlotte smiled for the camera.
We went to watch her basketball game later in the afternoon.
We had planned to take my mother out for dinner on Saturday night for Mother's Day but she wasn't feeling well, so we will have a delayed Mother's Day celebration this week. But since we were in Reedley anyway, we decided to try a place we hadn't been before, The Pub. I highly recommend it if you are in Reedley, California, and looking for some good food.
Mother's Day was a good one. Levi was handing out flowers in church.
We had girls' time in the afternoon at a flea market. I hope this becomes a tradition.
Debbie (Christa's mom), Charlotte, me, Christa, Stacie

Later in the evening, Aaron spent time with me at Starbucks--I value any time alone I have with him. Should have taken a picture, but later he sent me this. :)
I had missed Charlotte and Levi's choir concert at school the previous week, but they performed it again for the students on Monday morning and I was able to attend. Charlotte even had a short solo.
Mark continues to spend hours and hours at the thrift store, with a soft opening planned for this coming Monday. His optometrist son was not thrilled to see this picture--sparks flying and protective eyewear on top of his head. Hmmmm.
I love this display unit. 
This used to be used for quilt book storage in my sewing room. Now it has been repainted this great yellow color and hung on one of the walls.
I happened to be present when an 18-wheeler pulled up with all of the racks for clothing. Yikes. So many things to put together.

Things are really coming together. As I've mentioned before, this will not look like any other thrift store in the area.

Everyone wants to buy this not-for-sale clock, including me.
The used book section is one of the first things you see when you come into the store. But even before that, you will see these books hanging in the window. Isn't this a cool idea?
The manager has made strings and strings of these newspaper flowers. 
They are now hanging in two windows on the other side of the front door.
With the upcoming royal wedding this weekend, I'll leave you with this short conversation.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Really Random Thursday, 5/10/18

I need to make a note to do this every week--it's so much easier to remember what has happened than when I put it off for longer than a week!

Putting together a race track.
Mark is continuing to add interesting details to the MCC thrift store that is set for a soft opening on May 21.

Saturday was the end of baseball/T ball season. Levi and Gabe played practically simultaneously. Fortunately their fields were fairly close together.

Levi ended his season achieving his goals: pitching, hitting at least a double, and playing third base. It's been fun to watch his remarkable improvement over the years.
Gabe finished his first year of T ball. And ended the game playing catcher.

He says he will play again next year--as long as there are snacks, a tunnel to run through and lots of high fives.
My Flower Bubbles quilt top is sewn together, with thanks for the name suggestion from my friend, Robby!
I'm going to quilt it myself. My plan is to use 12 wt thread on my Juki machine. Finger crossed that the plan in my brain actually works out.
A recurring dream of mine has been to photograph my quilts with classic vehicles, and then maybe print a calendar called Quilts and Classics. Mark said in order to achieve that goal, I needed to start going to car shows. So Sunday there was a car show very close to us. There were some beauties there! I approached the car owners, and without hesitation each of them were happy to give me contact information when I told them of my plan.

Now I just have to coordinate the quilts with the right vehicles.





Janice and I went to the Bay Area on Tuesday because she needed some fabric to complete her fabulous La Passacaglia quilt, which will be part of a quilt show in August. What a fun day we had. First we went to Bay Quilts, where she auditioned fabric for the border.
A bird's eye view from the loft in the store--it was very helpful in determining which fabric looked the best.
We also stopped at Stone Mountain, which was a great store! And I might have made a purchase or two there.
Finally, we stopped at Lacis, which was a museum of fine lace and all kinds of lace-making and hand sewing items, along with vintage dresses.



And then we headed home. Sigh...so.much.traffic.
Yesterday I stopped to buy some strawberries. Seriously, palm-sized.
Or for another point of reference, an extra large egg.
Sometimes when we get strawberries this size, they are pulpy and without flavor. However, these are so sweet and juicy.

I have been experimenting with iPhone photography. This was taken using a macro lens. Can you tell what it is?
I'll give you a hint. It's a close-up of Ella's glittery jelly sandal.

And I'll leave you with this question. Do you ever feel like this?