Here it is, the last Friday of September.
Friday, September 29, 2023
Thursday, September 28, 2023
I feel like I just said, "Can you believe it's September already??" And now September is nearly over.
Last week, I volunteered with Central Valley Justice Coalition (where our daughter-in-law, Christa, is executive director) as they were part of a donor appreciation night for City Center, where the Fresno Rescue Mission has remodeled a building designed to be a “one-stop-shop” for individuals
and families with children suffering from crisis events, offering up to
20 nonprofit organizations and a school onsite. Eventually there will also be housing. The space has a food pantry where people in need can "shop" for the food they need, rather than just being handed a box. There is a "store" where you can shop for used clothing, toiletries and other items. It was really wonderful to see the services that will be available to families and youth.
Christa made this amazing charcuterie board. It was really interesting to talk to people from other agencies and learn more about different services that will be available to people in need.
On Saturday, Charlotte celebrated her birthday with friends. She did an 80s themed party. Think ABBA and the movie Mama Mia. Levi and Gabe both spent that time with friends, so Ella was available with nothing to do. We picked up Amelia, had dinner, and then played a round of miniature golf. It's been years since I've done that. It was really fun with these two.
Amen to this:
And that's it for this week.
Monday, September 25, 2023
With this quilt, I'm all caught up with completed quilts.
Here we are again with a third iteration of Friendly Faces. When I made the Bound quilt, I trimmed off large triangles from the roof of each house. They were large enough that I knew I had to find a use for them. I still had some of a favorite background fabric (by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, sadly no longer available--but I used it in three quilts so I figure I got very good use from it).
After using it with the triangles, I used the remaining scraps to surround more Friendly Faces. When I finally ran out of the background print, I made the rest of the squares using solid white in the center, surrounded by colorful solids.
It was definitely a "use it up" kind of project, which made me super happy. It needed a fun border and I found these colorful dots in my stash (I'm having the best time using what I already have rather than purchasing anything new).
Saturday, September 23, 2023
Our very dear friend, Jessie, got married in January 2023 to a really wonderful guy, Timothy. They are both Disney fans. In fact, their ceremony took place at the Disney Grand Californian Hotel. It was a very small ceremony (Mark and I would love to have crashed it, but we did not.) They even had their wedding photos taken inside the park.
I made the entire quilt top at our annual quilting retreat at my friend's cabin near Yosemite. We always drape completed quilt tops over the railing, and I can tell you that it has been years since I have had a finished quilt top to hang on the railing!
Friday, September 22, 2023
Let's see. Where did I leave off? Oh yes. I made four totes from the pattern by my friend Krista @poppyprint. I already showed the one I made for Charlotte's friend, Grace, so here are the other three. One is spoken for, but I'm not sure where the other two will go.