Aaron and Christa were on a much-needed weekend away, so the grandkids were with us Friday afternoon through late Sunday afternoon. On Saturday, Charlotte was babysitting, and Gabe and Ella were at a birthday party, so Mark and I took Levi to Cold Stone, his favorite for ice cream. I tried to sneak a photo of him. You really have to be sneaky because he doesn't like his photo taken. This is what I got.
Thursday, April 28, 2022
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
It seems like I have been doing a lot of sewing in the past week. Here is what I have to show for it.
I had a crazy idea for the Color Commotion quilt, the one with the colored center squares. Turns out it was a hideous idea! Even though this batik contained all the colors in the blocks, once I sewed it on, I absolutely hated it.
Even Mark, who always gives me very good feedback, said, "Are you sure you like that?" at which point I knew I was on the wrong track! So I got out my trusty Jack the Ripper and took that border off, and added a solid black border. Whew. SO much better.
Thursday, April 21, 2022
I enjoyed these big billowy clouds on one of my walks last week.
And though you can't really see them, for the first time (that we know of, anyway) we had yellow finches on the seed sock in the back yard.
Easter was a lovely day. The service at church was very good, and like last year, they had a photo op location set up.
We had our traditional Easter lunch of crepes, just the eight of us again this year. It was a beautiful afternoon.
Easter egg hunting...
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Progress was made this week on a couple of things.
This is Block 13 of the Riley Blake Designs challenge 2022, Double Cross, designed by Sue Daley.
And Block 5 of the Block Heads 4 by Moda Fabrics, Two of Five, designed by Barbara Groves of Me & My Sister Designs. I always find this interesting as I'm sure it is just a new name for an old block. But it was nice to have a block that went together so quickly.
I worked for several days on Jettstream 2.0, the version with all-black center squares.
These were two of my favorite blocks out of the 20 new ones.
Then came the hardest part for me, even though I enjoy it--trying to place the blocks in such a way that the same colors aren't too close together. It's a toss up sometimes.
You fix one problem but create three more problems. I'm willing to move things around once or twice, and then I just leave it alone.
I'm happy with this version. I have a wild and crazy idea for the first version.
Now to get busy and write up the pattern...
Thursday, April 14, 2022
Last Saturday, after two (two!!) years of virtual sales due to the pandemic, the West Coast Mennonite Relief Sale was held in person at Fresno Pacific University. In case you are wondering what this entails, it is a sale that supports the work of Mennonite Central Committee, which works in over 50 countries. MCC helps to meet immediate needs of survival during times of crisis like hurricane or war, and also works to provide better access to food, water, health care and education. Given what is currently happening in the world, it is of note that it began in 1920 with its original goal to provide food for Mennonites who were starving in Ukraine. It is a wonderful charitable organization where the majority of donations go to relief rather than admin.
Anyway...there were some changes this year in how the sale was run. It is usually a two-day event, 4-9 p.m. on Friday, and then 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. There is a huge quilt auction held in the gym, and lots of food booths outside. This year the entire sale was held outside and it only took place on Saturday.
I feel like I hardly took any pictures this year.
Aaron was in charge of handing out the bid numbers.
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
It is spring break here in Fresno, which doesn't really make much of a difference in our daily schedule for Mark or me--although he has umpired six softball games in the last two days. But yesterday, since Christa and Aaron were both working, and the kids were out of school, they came over for a bit.
Charlotte and Gabe (and ultimately Aaron as well, I think) want to learn to crochet. So I set out to accomplish that. Gabe got as far as learning the foundation chain and then he moved on to something else.
Charlotte kept practicing the foundation chain, while Gabe sewed a Tubby Wubby, cute little felt creatures (and Levi was either playing a game or texting a friend).
I didn't realize that Mark snapped a picture of us during the crochet lesson. Definitely not the most flattering picture of me, but I kinda like it anyway.