Tuesday, January 6, 2015

December 2014 in my rearview

I can't believe how busy life has been.  It is all good...I just don't have much time to sit and visit on the internet.

December was filled with lovely times.  Lots of family and friends gathered together to celebrate the season.  Lots of time with my boys!

December 2015

I went on a retreat to Green Briar with my Mom and the awesome gang at Happiness is Quilting. I spent three and a half days eating and quilting and generally having a great time.  I didn't take many pictures.  I must have been having too much fun.  I did however work on  a few gifts, and this mini.

Top done. #schnitzelandboomimiquiltswap #makeaquiltmakeafriend

I am still trying to decide how to quilt it.  Any suggestions?  It is for my partner in the Schnitzel & Boo swap on Instagram.

All of this and I still managed to get 17 quilts quilted for my customers at Tops to Treasures.

December 2014

All in all December was a wonderful month...the end to a wonderful year.
  • A rough estimate of the quilts I quilted this year .... 171 .... those are just the ones I recorded.  I'm sure there could be a few more as I often don't write things down.  
  • 5 patterns published for/by Moda Bake Shop
  • 1 son graduated with an Associates Degree and on his way to a Bachelor's from Angelo State University
  • 1 son graduated from high school and on his way to a Bachelor's from Ouachita Baptist University
  • 1 son a Junior in highschool with an A average!  and he doesn't even break a sweat doing it.
  • 3 quilt retreats with my Mom
  • 1 week long visit with my brother in Kentucky
  • A wonderful visit to San Francisco with my beloved
I can't wait to see what 2015 has in store.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

from my studio to yours....

May the peace that is my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ surround you and yours this holiday season.

Monday, December 1, 2014

November in my rearview.....

Wow.....I am so glad that Thanksgiving gives me an excuse to sit and be still.  It has been a crazy month!

We got to travel to Arkadelphia Arkansas to see the infamous Battle of the Ravine.  A 80 some year old rivalry football game between Ouachita Baptist University and Henderson State University - both located in Arkadelphia.  They even share a parking lot. We were thrilled to get to spend time with both of our college boys (Noah drove up to Frisco on Friday, so he could ride up to Arkadelphia on Saturday and see his brother's team.)

B O T R 2014

Ouachita beat Henderson 41 to 20.  Finishing their season undefeated, and champions of the Great American Conference.  Way to go Tigers!!

I participated in the Flickr mini quilt swap, Little Quilt, Sew, Vote Swap.

Little Quilt, Sew, Vote, Swap Nov 2014

I made the crazy hats quilt and traded it for ice cream cones!  I love my new quilty.

And, as if all of this wasn't fun enough, I also quilted 27 quilts for clients of Tops to Treasures.  I have never, ever, quilted so many quilts in one month. I wouldn't be terribly hurt if I never do again either.

Tops to Treasures - Nov 2014

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and family.  God bless you all.

Monday, November 3, 2014

October in my Rearview

Photo taken by my brother, Richard Bradley in Lebanon, OH

October was as glorious a tree in full foliage, slowly turning to crimson and gold as the cold weather sets in.  It was long as a summer's day, and as exhausting as a holiday season in which a new child is born into the household....just after moving to a new home.  I wouldn't trade it for anything.

My October started out slow - I enjoyed a long weekend quilting with my friends from the Scorpion retreat group. There were about 12 of us enjoying wonderful food and friends at the Sunset Retreat Center in Sunset, TX.  If you get a chance to go take it.

Scorpion retreatx

I got home just in time to finish the last quilts in line for Sew Loved John 3:16.  A friend from church asked if I would help her complete 9 quilts for kids with cancer.  In conjunction with The Portrait Project, she was making a quilt for each kid. We made 9 quilts in 9 weeks.

Sew Loved John 3:16 Project

The quilts were presented to the kids on October 9.

Next up - a trip to the north to take in the fall colors - and love on my big brother and his family.

October Trip to Kentucky

The week was quiet.  We sat around and visited and enjoyed the cool wet fall they were having.  On the one day that did turn sunny we ventured out to Lebanon, Ohio.  I could be very happy living in that little town.  The photo of the beautiful tree was taken by Richard out of the roof of his truck, with his iPhone.  He definitely knows something I don't about photography - maybe that is why he is successful as a commercial photographer.

On the way home we got to stop and have lunch with my Johnny.  It was so very good to see my boy. We spent an hour visiting and then headed on home.  His team is now 8 and 0.  I'm not sure when we will see him next....I'm kind of sad about that part, but excited for the success of his beloved Ouachita Tigers.

Tops to Treasures plowed ahead  - finishing 10 quilts in between excursions. Three of which I also hand bound.

October 2014 at Tops to Treasures

And, last, but not least we finally got my youngest to go car shopping. I don't know what the deal is, but he really has no interest in driving.  I wonder what happened to the adventurous toddler he once was.  We had to keep a rope on Ben to keep him from jumping into the pool before we were ready.  I lost track of the number of times family members pulled him out of the drink.  At 16 he is more than happy to sit in the dark and play on a computer all day.  Too bad for him.  I think learning to drive and get around in the world are all part of growing up.  It is just something you need to be able to do (like swimming).  

I leave you with a pic of my youngest boy and his little copper colored car.  Don't worry, I made sure, before it was purchased that it would hold a full roll of batting! I can't hardly wait until December 22, when he will have his drivers licence and I can send him out on Minion errands.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

September in my Rearview

What a month it has been.  September was so full that it spilled over into October, at least the need for rest did.

Tops to Treasures quilted a record 21 quilts.

Tops to Treasures September 2014

9 of those included hand finishing, and only one of them was my own.  (That was a birthday pressent for my oldest brother...for his 50th birthday, which he celebrated 6 years ago. Thanks to my Mom for finishing the piecing.) having my boy home.

I also enjoyed a visit from my Johnny!  The wonderful stinker told everyone he was coming home for the weekend, except me.  He told them and followed it by "But don't tell Mom!"  I have to say it was one of a handful of times in my life when I was actually, and joyously surprised by someone.  I couldn't resist hugging my boy every few minutes just to make sure that it was really him.

The many faces of my Noah. Happy Birthday bud!!

I celebrated my Noah's 22nd birthday this month as well.  I have no idea how he got so old, but I am delighted by his friendship.  I can't wait to see what the years have in store for him.

And I got to see my quilts, 5 that I can see in the photo, displayed in the Moda Bake Shop booth at the AQS show.

5 of my quilts playing at the AQS show with Moda Bake Shop

I finished off the month with a well deserved three days off, at a quilting retreat with my Mum, and other quilty friends.  Thanks to the fine folks at Sunset Retreats for having us.