Monday, December 5, 2016

The Last of the Polyester Quilts

Someone donated several boxes of polyester fabric already cut into squares to our church.  Another person took it upon herself to organize a group to sew these squares into quilts, to be tied.  (This has been a year long project.) Tying these quilts proved to be very difficult - you almost needed power tools to accomplish it.  I was roped into quilting a couple of the last batch.  I was able to get them done last week and I truly hope I never have to quilt a polyester quilt again!  These were not a joy to work on, but if they keep someone warm, it will have been worth it :)

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Pinning, Pinning and Pinning

I said that three times in the title because I pinned three quilts today!  I have a terrible cold, so all I wanted to do was sleep or curl up with a good book, but I pinned, so when I'm feeling better I will be ready to QUILT!

Have a great day :)

Friday, December 2, 2016

Wool Gatherers

Yesterday I went to a Wool Gatherers meeting at Hi Fashion.  I finished the English Paper Piecing on my little Tumbling blocks quilt (this is about 9 inches by 7 inches - without the borders).  I want to do some wool appliqué and/or embroidery in the border.  Lorraine was giving me some good ideas.

I mostly worked on some Christmas tree ornaments which I will share a picture of later.

The ornament below was made by another gal in the class - so cute!  It was fun to see what everyone else was working on, and nice to sit, visit, relax, and stitch :)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Visit With Santa

We topped off the Thanksgiving holiday with a visit to Santa!  She was very cute with Santa, not afraid of him, but she did not want to sit on his lap.  She was happy to sit on Dad or Mom's lap and look at him though :)

She wore her hat and carried her candy cane all around the Mall.  What a sweetie!!

"There are men who object to Santa Claus, because he does not exist! Such men need spectacles to see that Santa Claus is a symbol; a symbol of the love and joy of Christmas and the Christmas spirit."
John A. Widstoe

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Epic Escape

Probably the funnest thing we did over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend was go to Epic Escape in downtown Grand Junction.  They have these all over now, where they set up a room with clues and you have to try to solve a mystery or puzzles to get out of the room - you have one hour to do it.  It was SO much fun!  It's also very family oriented, something the whole family can enjoy.

This team was in "The Hunted" game and were "locked" in a cabin.  They were able to solve the clues and puzzles with seconds to spare.
Our team was in "The Missing Manuscript", which is apparently the beginner room for those who've never played before.  I still thought it was hard!  We were able to get out with a couple of minutes to spare, so we beat The Hunted team by a minute or two.
There is a phone in the room and get three free clues to help you as you go along.  Our granddaughter even helped us find a clue, as she moved a rug that we probably wouldn't have otherwise moved - and there was a clue hidden underneath.

Here is our happy group afterward.  I really can't express how much fun we had.  I'd love to get a group together and go back and do the other two rooms.  They are adding a fourth as well.  So, so fun :)

We had to top that fun activity off with some gelato from Gelato Junction and a nice walk around downtown :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Fun Family Weekend

I have been busy enjoying family!  I thought I would recap a little of our fun weekend the next few days.  I have some work to catch up on so it will be a couple of more days before I get back into the sewing room.
We started off Thanksgiving Day with the Turkey Trot - 5K - in downtown Grand Junction.  Over 1600 people participated and raised over $50,000 for the GJ Fire Department's charitable foundation. It was a beautiful day and we had a great time!

Baby rode in style and got a nap along the way.  My son's girlfriend competed and came in 8th place in her age division.  The rest of us were in the "casual" just for fun category.... trying to burn off some calories before the big turkey dinner!

We played a game called Kubb in our backyard while awaiting the cooking turkey.  It was such a nice day!

We used my daughter's selfie stick to get a good group picture at the table.

And we set the table with my Polish Pottery :)

We had a great day and of course, ate too much, but so enjoyed spending time with family :)

I hope your Thanksgiving was awesome!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving a day late!  I hope everyone had a wonderful day. I am so enjoying having our kids and their families home for the weekend.  What fun! Nothing better!!
Here is one of my favorite dinner roll recipes.  I was a little worried they weren't going to turn out yesterday, but they did and were delicious!
Ann's Roll Recipe
1 pkg. dry yeast
3 T. warm water
1/2 cup margarine
1 tsp. salt
1 cup boiling water
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups flour
soft butter
Dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. Dissolve margarine and salt in boiling water and set aside until lukewarm. Beat eggs and mix in sugar, yeast and 2 cups flour - mix well  Add remainder flour and the water/margarine mixture and mix well.  Place in lightly greased bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight.  3 1/2 hours before serving, roll out dough in 2 rounds, 1/2 inch thick.  Spread with soft butter, cut in pie shape wedges. Roll, starting at the wide end. Place in baking pan and let rise 3 hours.  Bake at 400 degrees for 6-10 minutes.