Sunday, June 9, 2024

Sewing Room Update, 6/9/24

 I've been spending a lot of time in my sewing room lately, trying to sew my way through as much of my stash as possible. It could take a while but I'm really focused and determined.

I finished the Strawberry Jam quilt top and backing. I had a lot of fun making these blocks, choosing lots of fun fabrics and diving into my extensive stash of pink fabric.

These were some of my favorites, especially that pink violin!

For the backing I sewed 12" squares together. I was mildly surprised that with my extensive stash of pink, I had a hard time finding 48 different fabrics that were large enough or wide enough to cut 12.5" squares!

And seriously, how cute is this strawberry cottage block that will serve as the quilt label (pattern by Kate Basti). 
So now my job is to find someone who really loves pink. And strawberries!

After piecing 1,369 squares together, I needed a project that was a bit quicker. Charlotte had given me the t-shirts from her years of participating in plays at Roosevelt High School. Her school colors are green and gold, and I had this cool ombre fabric that was perfect for the sashing.

I'm in a bee group that is called Not a Bee. Haha. It's different in that you don't sent blocks to anyone. Each month someone is in charge of the block design. We each make the block for ourselves and keep it. The theme this year is triangles and June was my month. I chose a block I had designed a few years ago called Split Chain.

I got my color inspiration from this very quilty announcement.

Here are my blocks so far.
Sarah, one of the bee members, made this version of Split Chain. I haven't ever made the block with prints and her block is so pretty.


Charlotte has chosen to go to college at Oregon State University, so I made a couple of things to take along with her: a bowl cozy and a key fob.

A zipper pouch for an upcoming Central Valley Justice Coalition event.
In the evenings when I have time, I make more echinacea blocks, three of each colorway. This is Seaweed.


These templates that pop up on Instagram are so much fun.

I'm very saddened that my all-time favorite fabric company, Oakshott shot cottons, is closing up shop. The owner, Michael Oakshott, has been ill and has chosen to retire. Over the years, he has been generous and supportive, and I will miss him.
This photo popped up on the Fresno Arts Council website and I'm trying to find out if it is a real place or just AI. If it is a real place, wouldn't it be a great place to photograph a quilt??
And finally, Christa brought me this very cool wine bottle. 
And that's it for this week.

Friday, June 7, 2024

Anything but Random, 6/7/24

 Settle in. This is going to be a long one. So very much has been going on. I left off with Charlotte's dance recital. 

Next came Gabe's softball game. His team won, which meant they would be going to the tournament.

That evening was the band and orchestra concert. He and Ruby did a great job. It's hard to believe these two are nearly out of elementary school.

Ella joined drama club and they performed two songs from Seussical the Musical. She did a great job on stage and I really hope she participates again next year, as they plan to do a longer performance.

It sure doesn't seem that long ago that Aaron and Christa were graduating from high school. Here is the church youth group back in 1996. This was a great group of kids.
And now Charlotte, Violet and Kinnedy are graduating, each from a different high school.

I'm not sure when this was taken. Junior high maybe? 

Charlotte has committed to Oregon State University in Corvallis, and I think it will be a great fit for her! But we are sure going to miss having her nearby! Just to irritate her, which he loves to do, Gramps wore a University of Oregon tshirt. 
As I'm writing this chronologically,  next up was Charlotte's and Gabe's piano recital. They have an amazing piano teacher, Arlene Steffen, who got a little weepy when she talked about how she will miss Charlotte next year. She even mentioned how Charlotte got her start at the piano with her great grandmother (my mother, who taught piano for 50 years!), which made me a little weepy.

As is tradition, last Sunday there was a reception at church for the graduating seniors. They each put up a display. Charlotte had so many honors, including that of valedictorian. We are so proud of all she has accomplished.

Our grandkids are fortunate to have both sets of grandparents nearby.
Graduation was held Wednesday night.

I loved the fact that there was a mariachi band, folklorico dancers, step dancers and a Hmong dancing group. 

Valedictorians: Charlotte is on the far right.
She has a diploma!

She has such a support system of friends and family.

Silly kid...he sure makes me smile.

The next morning we attended Gabe's 6th grade promotion. 
He was chosen to be the student speaker and did such a great job. He reflected on different events during his grade school years, including "the time we didn't come back from spring break for over a year and a half...we look forward to who we are going to be when we leave this place. We want to be the person who notices the people being left out...we strive to be the people that don't change just to be like everybody else..." 
These two will go far. Seriously, how cute are they?!

We ended a busy week with Charlotte's graduation party. The weather was beautiful, and there were a lot of friends and family to celebrate along with her. 

These last few days have made me think how grateful I am for our family. To Charlotte, Gabe and Ruby, who have reached milestones, I know they have many wonderful things ahead of them. They are surrounded by family who loves them beyond measure and supports them as they look to the future. 2024 is just the beginning.