Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Spring Again!
What a difference a day makes. It is spring today.
 I am going to lunch with some of my high school friends, one has moved away and is visiting for a few days. I have missed her through the years. There is something special about friends that know your history. Some one who knew about my parents divorce when I tried to pretend everything was all right at our house.
 We walked by the boys houses that we liked, because we did not have cars of our own then. When we did have a car we sang the popular songs and spied on the boys again, but we could get a way faster. 
I'm getting off track, but some times it is fun to think about how silly we could be when we were young.

I wonder, have you ever pieced together blocks for a quilt, using the same template, seam allowance, etc. only to find that 1 or 2 of your blocks are too small?
I have been quilting for many years and I was so excited to show you my quilt I have been working on for a few months. I have been sewing the blocks together and 2 blocks have been 10 inches instead of 11 1/2 inches.
I was so happy to be finished with the blocks, now I need to make 2 more.
I think I will not sew for a day or two.

I started a few blocks while I was in Hawaii. My friend wanted to learn how to applique, so I cut some out for both of us to work on. I now have 4 small baskets. I think I will design a new quilt. I will let you know how it goes.

This needle turn applique is fast and easy. If you like to do handwork, you would enjoy this method. I'll show you how to do it next time.
Right now I'm off to lunch - Good by for now,

 Hi again,
Today is June 17th and it is cold. It has been raining all day. It is the kind of day that I want to curl up and read a book under some of my quilts.

I have been binding my neighbor's mother's quilts. They were made in the 70's and it is interesting to see how different the fabric looks and feels. The fabric count is not very high so the fabric is not as soft as we use now.

Instead of my quilts, today I will under my neighbor's quilt trying to finish the binding. Tomorrow I will be under mine if it is still winter in June.
Good by for now,  

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Life's Experiences

I have not posted for quite a while. I have had a lot of life experiences this past month. Some wonderful, some that I have been expecting, but not looking forward too.

I was lucky enough to spend 2 weeks in Maui, Hawaii. My husband was there for work, and I was able to spend time with a cherished old friend and strengthen ties with other newer friends. Of course the beauty of Hawaii helped to make our trip unforgettable.

This was the view from our room. The weather was warm and a few days were very windy, especially one day that my husband was golfing.
I saw whales while we drove around the island, a pod of dolphins one day as I was walking down the shore. They were swimming in a line with their fins above the water, then they would take turns jumping out of the water.
Another day my husband and I were walking along the ocean and watched turtles swimming around the rocks on the shore.
Hawaii is so different from Utah that is makes the trip seem magical.

We came home to the usual rush and the time it takes me to get over the “Red Eye” flight home. I did not go to see my father right away. He had been doing so much better lately. He seemed happy to be in his apartment at the assisted living facility. Before I was able to visit him we heard that he had fallen and this time he had broken his hip.

He has been through so much this last year and a half, he had fallen and broken his neck, spent weeks in the hospital at a time, and acted as if he had had a stroke, but he all ways bounced back some way. 
He did not bounce back this time, he died on Friday, May 16th.

My dad - Jonathon Douglas Davis Blackhurst

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dissapearing Pinwheel

Happy Easter!
Well next Sunday it will be Easter. We are having a quiet Easter at our house, my daughter and her family will be spending Easter with her husbands family. That means that the children will not be at our house. Easter Egg hunts are not the same with out our 2 darling grand daughters. We will look forward to next year.


 I just finished a quilt for spring using a method that was fast and fun. I think the women that came up with this pattern were brilliant! 
All you do is cut 10 inch squares of the two fabrics needed for each block, sew around the edges, then cut across the block 2 times to make a large pinwheel. Sew them together and cut 2 1/8 inches from the center seam 4 times around the center pinwheel. Rearrange the block pieces and you have this fun block.You can watch on You Tube with the Missouri Quilt Company, here is where you can find their Disappearing Pinwheel demo.

I am excited to have my quilt, quilted so that I can use it at home. I am going to teach you their method at Mormon Handicraft in Murray, Utah, if you want to see it in person.

I am finishing my Broken Wheel quilt this week also, I have posted this quilt before, but here is a reminder of what I am doing with this quilt. I wanted to use this block for a long time and I love the fabrics I used, so I know this will be one of my favorites.

My husband and I are leaving for Hawaii on Monday and I am taking with me a new quilt idea. I have been piecing my quilts a lot lately, but I am going to applique this quilt. Some of you that know me well, know that I usually have applique in all of my quilts. If not applique at least some embellishments. This quilt will have baskets of different sizes and flowers, WOW, I have used those ideas before!
I guess I am going back to my roots.
I will show you how it looks when we come home. I hope you will like.

I better go work on cleaning my house and finding clothes for warmer weather.

Good bye for now,

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I hope the luck of the Irish was with you today.
I am part Irish and I still forgot to wear green today. I was reminded by my 2 darling grand daughters. Pinches from a 2 1/2 and a 5 year old are fun when they realize that Grandma is not wearing green.

I am busy this week with a painting seminar. Once a year we paint beautiful items for our homes. This year it is a box designed from an antique box that sold for over $2,000.00. I will show you how it looks when we are finished. I showed you my project from last year, I changed the colors and the design to suit my house, but this year may be different.

Last week I was in Ivins, Utah near St. George, Utah. I went to a fitness resort and I really thought that I would not be able to walk or move after a 2 1/2 hour hike, and 2 more hours of working out. But I found that I back felt better and I could push myself father than I thought I could.

I needed a little Advil, bandages for my blisters and a change of shoes, and I was able to keep on moving.

I met some wonderful people from all over the country. All of the people there were friendly and supportive of each other.

It was a good week after all, even if I wanted to go home at the beginning of the week. Now I have to remember to eat right and exercise to feel better and to be able to keep up with the life I want to live.

Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Valentine Quilts

Hello again!
February has flown by, half way over and then March. My birthday is in March and it has all ways seemed that I had a long time until my birthday after the New Year.
I don't think about my birthday very much, and I don't think about my age unless my someone ask me. Luckily not too many people ask me how old I am.

One year I thought I was a year older than I was, until my sister told me she was not as old as I thought she was. Does that make sense?

February of course is the month of hearts. My mother's birthday was on Valentines Day so we celebrated Valentines Day a little different than the usual romantic way.

Since it is the month of hearts I am posting my heart quilt.

I am only 1 month behind. I love hearts anytime of the year.  See you soon, 
with love, Laurie

Friday, January 31, 2014

Happy New Year & the Rose Parade

Happy New Year!!
Well I am a little late in wishing you a ‘Happy New Year”. So many things have been happening at my house.
I was the one to catch the flu this year, it has been a long time since I have felt completely well.  I hear that from many people. If you are one of them, I hope you feel better soon.

The flu made it so that my Christmas decorations were very late this year, We put up the tree in our family room the Saturday before Christmas. That was cutting it too close for me.

We had a wonderful holiday season even though it was short. Right after Christmas I went to see the Rose Parade. We stopped off in a little town in California before the parade that was a miniature version of Denmark. The town is called Solvang. I think anyone who loves to create would like to visit this area. All of the buildings in the middle of the town are based on Danish designs. They have 4 windmills and storks nesting on the top of the buildings.
(The Danish people believe that it is good luck to have a stork nest on you house).
There were bakeries on every street and a wonderful chocolate shop. If you were hungry and you went at the right time of day you could buy an Aebleskiver (round pancakes with raspberry jams and powder sugar) right out of the window of one of the restaurants. (If you went at the wrong time the line was down the block).


Rose Parade 2014

The floral arrangements on the cars and trucks were amazing!

The next day we where off to see the floats as they were being finished for the parade.
I love flowers and I have been amazed through the years by the floats they make using only organic materials. Flowers, seeds, leaves, small green tomatoes, and many more materials that I could only guess at.
 New Years Day we left our hotel at 4:30 am to drive to the parade. I am not a parade person, but this was fun. The floats go by so fast that I could only take 2 pictures and the floats were gone.
The days were beautiful and warm and I will all ways remember our trip, but I think that once is enough.

Now on to my new quilt – I have wanted to make a quilt using this block for a long time. One of the names for the block is Broken Wheel.
Here is what I have made so far.
I think I will add another row and sashing, a stop border and then the border.
I am excited to finish this because I have 2 more ideas I want to start.
Have a good day,