Monday, August 25, 2014

Hello again!

It has been a little while since I posted. I have been out of town a couple of times and now that we are at home it feels like I never left.

We did have a fun time in San Francisco. My husband had to go down for work, so we went down a few days early. We flew in on a Saturday and we know that the wharf is all ways busy on Saturday, but it was crazy! We tried to park, but found that all we did was drive around in circles. So our next idea was to go to the Italian restaurant that we like neat Coit Tower. It was crazy there also. I guess thousands of people have to go some place.

We found out that there was an outside concert going on and that someone had sold counterfeit tickets to hundreds of people. They could not get in to the concert and had to make other plans for the evening.

The next day we drove down to Monterey. I love Monterey and the weather was perfect. We stopped at one of the fruit stands and bought some strawberries, grapefruit and eat fried artichokes hearts. You could see the strawberries in the fields as you drive by and there was a hint of strawberries in the air, they were wonderful.

I found my new profession!
I knew that I loved Monterey, California!




While I had downtime on our trips I worked on my new block. Here it is, the 2nd block of my new quilt.
I 'm not sure if all of my baskets will be yellow, but as soon as I have time to sit down I will work on the next block.




I have to go now because I have my high school reunion tonight. Boy, do I not want to go. I'm only going because my friend talked me in to going with her. We are leaving our husbands at home so that we do not have to worry about them being bored.

Wish me luck,
Laurie


Friday, August 8, 2014

Good Morning!
We had a beautiful morning watching hot air balloons rise above our heads. All we had to do was drive out to a small park by my daughter's house with the sun shining bright watch as the balloons were laying out on the grass and them slowly fill with hot air, rise into the sky.





My youngest granddaughter still is not sold on the idea that it is fun to see, but by next year she will be as excited as we are to see the beautiful balloons go up.

About quilting, I showed you my first basket block and now I am working on the next. I am excited to show you as soon as it is finished. I am off to San Francisco this weekend for a short trip with my husband, but I will show you how it looks when we return.

See you later,
Laurie




Thursday, July 31, 2014

Family Reunions
We are having our Bird Family Reunion at home this year. Yesterday was our 1st day, we went to a small family fun park that has miniature golf, laser tag, arcade games, and more. Then we had our dinner at a park in Saratoga Springs, Utah. This park has some amazing swings, slides and activities for all ages. The main thing this park has is a 30 Triangle that any one can climb, even me!
I even had a little cheerleader climbing up a long with me. My nephew's 5 year old son was helping me by climbing above and then below me, telling me how easy it was. He was so cute, and a great motivator for me. I climbed to the top where my daughters were waiting for me. It was like being a little kid again.









Before I went to play at the park, I finished one of the blocks of my new quilt. I am going back to my roots, so to speak, I love baskets and flowers so I have both in my new quilt. Thrown in a couple of hearts and some embellishments and you have your a quilt that is truly you own design.
I will show you the rest of the blocks as I go. Have a good day and I hope to be back soon.
Laurie


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hello Again! 
Wow. What a month we have had at our house. Our 4th of July was pretty quilt, all of my children went away with either their friends or family. It was a nice quiet day with my husband. That does not happen on a holiday. The next day was busy with our boat. The whole family went to Jordanelle Reservoir for the day. I have to admitted that I love being on the boat with my family. We have no phones, TV, I-pad, etc. We have to have a good time with each other.







 I have not had a lot of time to finish my applique, but I have finished 4 quilts I have had waiting in my cupboard. Three of them were from Quilt Retreats that I have attended, I now have three more quilts to finish. I was feeling so good until I went down to my disaster room and found 2 more that need to be finished all so. I have so many quilts up stairs from my patterns that I really don’t know who to give these to. I’m sure I can figure it out.

 If you live in Utah you have another holiday on the 24th of July – Pioneer Day. It is the day we celebrate the Pioneers coming to our valley. We have a parade, races, and families have another day to BBQ before the fireworks again at 10:00. This year we took our family to St George, Utah to have a little get a way. It was great to be together again, all of us together. The only problem was that St. George was 110 degrees, HOT! 
My husband and our sons, and son in law went golfing in the mornings and we went swimming most afternoons. I of course visited the quilt shops in town. It was a wonderful time for us. Our summer is about over now, it has gone by so fast. But we will remember our short, Hot time together.
 See you soon! 

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,
Laurie

 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,  
Laurie

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