4/1/17

MARCH 2017

This will be a long post - lots of pictures!

As usual, the month started with the Quilt Guild meeting -
with Jules and Lu
The following day, Dave and I went to the Antiques Fair in Fort Worth and to the Montgomery Street Antique Mall (looking for art for the living room), but the only things to catch our attention was a "heraldic" lamp
and a Russian Navy hat (complete with ribbons down the back...
Dave was tempted (since it fit) but decided they wanted too much for it!

March 10-12 was the Dallas Quilt Show - I had a great time!

I spent my Volunteer Time either selling tickets...

 I'm with Cindy Matthews, Czarina of the Volunteers
or at the Volunteer Table

It was cool to see my mini-quilts with all of the others...
with my Wooden Buddha in Scotland
My What Dreams May Come
next to Lu's Karl's Red Truck #2






with my Orange Scottish Flower

and it was fun to watch my minis go up for auction
my block entry!
Of course, I took far more pictures than this, but I've put them into a book for myself rather than post them here.  Better get started on making mini-quilts for next year's show!

Spring began to show itself on the 10th -
On the 16th, we drove down to Round Rock, where Dave was giving his "Finding New England Ancestors" lecture to the Williamson County Genealogy Society -
On the way back, we stopped to see Rob's good friend, Buc-ee...
 When we got home, Spring had definitely sprung in our backyard!

And Reid and I had fun at the DAFA meeting -

As for Art - I finished a 6"x8" piece for the Studio Art Quilt Assoc (SAQA) Spotlight Auction -
Crossing Boundaries
two postcards -










and a 12"x12" for another SAQA auction -
Soft Wings

All in all - a great month!

3/1/17

FEBRUARY 2017

me (with both my chins), Jules and Jeff
Dallas Quilt Guild:  met Jules (and her husband, Jeff) for dinner and then we joined Mary at the Guild meeting - kudos to me for donating all of my quilting-related DVDs (more stuff out of the studio), turning in the block challenge (my first time), and donating three of my mini-quilts for the show auction.

Finished up a mini-quilt:  In the Garden 17.5" x 5"; The peltex (foundation) is still a little curvy, so I am contemplating various methods for making it flatter.  But, I liked the design so much, I may have to do a few more on the theme.  I'm not sure I want to sew all my yoyoes together (it's soooo tedious); using them on mini-quilts might be the answer!

Spent at least an entire day down the rabbit hole of ancestry.com.

Dave's mother, Dorothy, passed away peacefully in her sleep only a few days before she turned 89.  Dave was fortunate to be able to spend that last day with her.  

He flew out before I did, so for once I had a window seat on the plane...I hope to use some of the pictures in my artwork...
And, even though we will miss Dorothy very much, it was wonderful to have such support from the family - and, though the reason was sad, it was wonderful to see almost all of the kids, some of the grandkids, and even a great-grandbaby.

After the memorial service, we went to celebrate Dorothy at Mimi's Restaurant -
And, the next day, after the internment service, we spent more time visiting with each other
Jeni-Josh-David-Matthew
Jo-Ceithlinn-Aimee
Grandma Jo, Aimee, and Daphne
Jeni and Dave
Jeanette, Richter, Dave, and Jim
Dave and Jim
Dave, Christian, Blaine
Jo, Tiersa, Shera, Megan
Ceithlinn-Matthew-Josh-Christian-Blaine-Scott-Megan-Dave-Judy-Jo-Maryann-Mike-Hailey-Daphne-Shera-Tiersa-Patty
Melanie-Aaron-Autumn-Kelsi-Sheldon-Richard-Aimee-Jeni-Aimee-Jeanette-Richter
And then went to an Italian restaurant, where it took two pictures to get both tables!
Proof that it's possible to be sad and happy at the same time - I know that so much family support meant the world to Dave and I felt proud to be part of such a beautiful family. It was especially wonderful that the kids helped Dave with things that needed doing and hugged him as much as possible!

Dave and I stayed the week and left the following Monday - and, to be honest, I hope these are the last pictures I take in Vegas (not my favorite place)...
on the side of IHop...happy face!
After returning home and recovering from colds, our life went back to normal (for us).

Had pictures made of my entries into the DAFA Art Show and the Obtainium Show:
 BEACHCOMBER I (8"x8")

 VESSEL II
VESSEL I (for Obtainium)

Had a blast at the DAFA meeting/tea party -
Ruth, me, Carolyn and Reid
And I patiently survived my driver's license renewal, so rewarded myself with lunch at The Cotton Patch Cafe!
 BLTA and Fried Green Tomatoes - YUM!!

Looking forward to next month!