Monday, July 24, 2017

Visiting Colorado

We have just returned from a one week semi-vacation in Colorado.

We met our newest family member,
our Grand-doggy "Oakley"
a rescued Siberian Husky two year old.

With his new mommy; our daughter-in-law "V".

We also went there to help with some home improvements.
They wanted to lay some wood flooring 
to replace some carpeting.  My DIL Vanessa and our son James.

While there I revisited some cross stitch pictures I had made previously for my son.

Above is the Wolf cross stitch I made for my son;
and you can see her beautiful wedding bouquet she had made for their wedding.

Above is another wolf cross stitch I had previously made for my son.

The project above was one of the hardest ever cross stitch projects.
It was on linen and had lots of half and quarter cross stitches.
The places to stitch were so small.  I got lots of help from my 
other DIL "M"; she did more than I did I am certain.  
I am afraid that they received this gift a year or two after the actual wedding.

I also got to see the photo we took and had framed when we visited 
The Roosevelt National Park when we first came to North Dakota.
This is the actual cabin that Teddy Roosevelt lived in as a child.
It was moved to and is able to be visited.

One day during our visit we took the day off from working and went traveling.

The water was sparkling clean and the sky so blue.
And some of the wild flowers; so pretty to see.

We saw this Castle.

We could see the mountains all around us.

The air was quite a bit harder to breath way up here.
We were at Mount Evans.
Elevation 14,130 feet.

Some of the wild life on the mountain.

We stopped in an old mining town for lunch on the way home.
We were sitting outside where they welcome dog owners to sit and eat with their pets.
This was the view from our table.

We wanted to walk through the town and take pictures;
but a storm started and there was thunder and lighting
and it started to down pour rain.  People were dashing for their cars.

This is the flooring when completed.
We actually helped with the tile work on a previous trip
a couple years ago.

We had a personal escort at the Denver Airport 
that helped us get through more easily.

Our daughter-in-law the Pilot.

She did not fly the airplane we were on.
  She was on her way to work and just helped us find our way around the airport.
Someday we hope to fly on one of her flights!

It was a wonderful week away.
Visiting with family and meeting "Oakley".
Seeing such wonderful sights!

~ Sandra ~

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

~ Autumn ~

I call this little quilt "Autumn".
It reminds me of the colors of leaves in the fall;
gold, greens, browns,  and rust.

Here is the front view.
Blocks are called log cabin variations.
I had to piece together some tiny scraps
to make this little quilt.  I don't mind.
I like to use up every last piece of fabric I can.

The back view.
A piece of fabric picked up from a yard sale.
Loved the fall scene with the dogs and pumpkins;
had to add a strip of fabric at top and bottom to fit the quilt top.

Here is the quilt as a table topper;
before being put into the washer.
It lies flat and thin.

After being washed the little quilt has shrunk in size
and is all lumpy and soft.

I know it is Summer; but we have so much overcast
with clouds that this morning seemed more like a day in fall.

Autumn Quilt
Machine Sewn - Hand Quilted
19 inches square

~ Sandra ~

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

4th of July

~ Sharing some Red, White and Blue ~

"Lone Star Quilt"
Hand Pieced and Hand Quilted
made sometime in the late 1990's?

and below "Pinwheels".

I have shared this before; but thought I would share again for the
4th of July celebrations!

We have firecrackers!

Some stars!

A feathered center design!

And the overall design of four Pinwheels!

"Pinwheel Quilt"
52" X 52"  ~  Red, Cream & Blue
Machine Pieced & Hand Quilted

Wishing all a Happy 4th of July!

~ Sandra ~