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!

1/31/17

JANUARY 2017

Decided to do just one post for the month.  Even though it was low-key, and not counting various doctor and vet appointments, we managed to stay busy.

Per usual, I spent the first week or so finishing up the studio clean-up.  All of my containers (but 1) are now see-through or see-in and over the last few months I have given away at least 30% or more of my "stuff".  Everything that's left, has a place.
Ta-dah!

In between yard work and his own to-do list, Dave installed the new light in our master bedroom closet.  So pretty...
I love Amazon!

On the art scene, I have managed to start pulling the Scrapalooza squares together...
what I consider as plain 6" squares on the left (no stitching/quilting)
 stitching added to all seams, quilting as I go..
quilted and trimmed to size

...and eventually they will all be stitched together and I will only need to finish off with a binding!

Attended the DAFA meeting, where we made new nametags, practiced needle-felting, learned a Chinese knot, and made a flower from zippers.  It was fun and we laughed a lot!
 I made a nametag for Reid as well, since she's in rehab for her knee replacements

 he's a little dorky, but I liked the needlefelting

April says "Hi!" - she provided all the materials for the name tags

At the end of the month, I joined up with friends at a funeral mass for our friend, Flo. It was sad (for us), but she was 88 and went in her sleep, so I am grateful for that.  We went out to lunch afterwards so we could talk and take our time.
 Lu and Connie

 Carolyn and me

Suzanne and Lisa

And now I'm getting entries ready for the Dallas Quilt Guild (some of my finished mini-quilts and block challenge) and the DAFA art show in March.  Paperwork, paperwork.
Block Challenge - Home Dream Home

And, as always, Mr. R takes everything in stride...