Sunday, June 4, 2017

Bella Skillbuilder, Month 5

Welcome to Month 5 of the Bella Skill Builder, sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop. This month's skill-building technique consists of two blocks made from half square triangles.
I have tried different methods for making half square triangles, but the one method I have never tried before is Triangles on a Roll.
It is an interesting method, and I'm glad to finally have taken the opportunity to try it out.

You can find all the information for the Bella Skill Builder Month 5, including videos and a list of other quilters participating, on the Jolly Jabber blog.

Even though it's Month 5, it's still not too late to start the Skill Builder. Find all the information here.
Also, if you want to try Triangles on a Roll, they can be found (in multiple sizes) in the Fat Quarter Shop notions section. Happy skill building. :)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Really Random Thursday, 6/1/17

Welcome, June 2017. How did you arrive so quickly?

I was reminded that I forgot to do a Really Random Thursday post last week.

Catching up means that first is a glimpse of Manchester G.A.T.E. open house.

First, Levi's third grade room.
Studying the planets.
An Eastern Lowland Gorilla
 Levi's "dream house," which includes a bank, a candy room, and a time machine. Standard features of all dreams homes, I'm sure...
 Letter to me from the planet Uranus
 Letter to my brother, Jeff, from the planet Jupiter.
Charlotte's fifth grade room, where they studied the states. Each student chose a state and had to make some food item relating to that state--yummy berry cobbler.
Gabe's carnival at Robinson Elementary School.
 Put your hand all the way down in the "gross bucket" and win a prize.

 Cotton candy. Yum...
 And a picture with Batman.
Ella has discovered a new way to watch TV...
Celebrating birthdays with two of our favorites, Jill and Christa. On a side note, Mark and I usually meet their husbands, Jason and Aaron, nearly every Friday night during football season at BJs Brewhouse, aa they referee high school football with Mark. I tag along and listen to them critique the game. So when it was birthday time, we decided it would be fun to go to the same place, but with the girls only. We had a great time.
Christa was at a week-long human trafficking conference in Wisconsin. While she was gone, Mark and Aaron put the play structure together. Too bad they did it on one of the hottest days we have had so far.

Ella really wanted to "help" them. As it turns out, a 3-year-old really isn't all that helpful. So she and I stayed in the shade and watched them work.
We also had a chance to play in our back yard and get a snack at Barnes & Noble.
I did some sewing, both on my large hexie project, and on Amelia's quilt, which I'm calling A Flamboyance of Flamingos, when I learned that "flamboyance" is one of the words used to describe a flock of flamingos. Such a fabulous word.

Can you see Amelia's name on this flamingo's neck?
Years ago, working with resin was a hot crafting phase. My grandmother made many grape clusters, among other things. Does anyone remember these? I have saved one for sentimental reasons, but when Aaron said he would like to have it, I gladly passed it on to him.
Mark and I spent a very enjoyable morning at the our zoo the other day, at African Adventure. It has a great place to hang out and watch the animals, and the food is really good as well.

Here is something you don't see everyday--a cute boy wearing a swim suit...and cowboy boots. He has worn these boots nearly every single day since getting them for his Halloween costume. His parents definitely got their money's worth out of this pair of boots.
I picked him up from school the other day and he requested lunch at a McDonald's with a playland. He tried every post with Ronald that he could think of.

Mark made strawberry jam. I can verify that it tastes wonderful!
Later this evening, we are both heading up the hill to Oakhurst, where I'm giving a trunk show for the Sierra Mountain Quilters. Now to get all of these in a couple of suitcases.
I checked the guild website and was surprised to see that I was listed in their Upcoming Events page. (I don't know why that surprised me.)
My good friend, Stephanie (@stephiepeterson on Instagram) sent me this roll of washi tape. For obvious reasons :) She is always so thoughtful.

Do you ever do those questionnaires on Facebook? I never found the actual questionnaire so I'm not sure how they came up with this assessment of my personality. But I think I'll just end with this.