Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

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& this hopefully is a video. I can finally get flickr to process them again. So there are a lot more over there for your viewing pleasure.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

This is what 6 looks like

Everyone smiling & in focus!

We went to Jacob's classroom for birthday festivities, a snack, & Michael read a book. It is always so great to go into his classroom & see all of the smiling happy faces. They don't have a lot of structured learning time, but you can tell that they are learning. I love how in circle time they look at each other and greet each other. Today, they all gave Jacob a birthday wish or just wished him a Happy Birthday. (Communication skills!)

Happy 6th Birthday

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6 years ago today, this little one made his grand entrance. Happy Birthday Baby Boy!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Skyline Drive

While it is still fall...
We got up early & drove to Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, we started at the top & drove all the way south. (We've been there several times before this was out first time driving the whole thing.)
Sunrise on skyline drive
Sunrise.
Hike on skyline drive
We always hike, this time we hiked to Lewis Falls it had an 800 foot change in elevation over the course of a mile - you go all the way down, then all the way up - so it is a 2 mile hike. (My son was right when he said it was like the Kaibab trail in the Grand Canyon.)
Lewis falls from the observation point
The falls from the Observation point.
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Just a flashy fall picture.
The 2 mile hike round trip had an 800 foot change in elevation.
On the way back up.
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My little hiker.

How I make a scrappy quilt (at least 1 way)

Charm quilt - it is the safest (I was going to say easiest, but keeping track is tedious & gets tricky) to go about getting scrappy.

Traditionally a charm quilt is 1 shape, no repeated fabric. There aren't any quilt police, so if you choose to use multiple parts of 1 fabric - go for it! (I added setting triangles - that might nullify my "charm" quilt status - don't know, don't care.)

I've done two king size cat charm quilts.
Cat charm quilt
This just shows the best "on the bed" shot. (This is quilt 2, that orange print has fish on it - cats like to eat fish...)

Also many of the fabrics repeated from quilt 1 into quilt 2. (Seriously, I purchased the fat quarter or bigger piece, I can use it in more than 1 quilt.)

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Quilt 1 has that yarn print as the setting triangles. Kitties like to play with yarn...

I pieced both of them randomly. I have seen charm quilts done where all of the yellows are kept together, etc. I really like them, but it is not in my nature to make a quilt like that.

I am about to dive into the minutia of the charm collecting.sorting.
If there is a print in orange, red, & purple - I probably bought some of each.
In the resulting quilt that works like this:
Another trio of halloween kitties
Where the same part of the print is cut from each piece.
or like this:
different fabrics different scenes
That garden print came in 3 different colors, the red one is a kitty in the grass, the blue one is a kitty behind the urn, & the yellow one is a kitty at the bottom of a bird bath.
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Trying to sort - with one of my helpers, RB who is not longer with us.
Back when I was buying for my cat charm quilts, I'd buy a farm scene for the 1 barn cat. (Officially I traded a lot too.) Or in the case of this one a pig print - I love how that piggy is holding a kitten.
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I still occasionally buy a cat print...

See how the bright ones play with the tan ones & the dark ones play with the light ones (I'm not thrilled with the WOW ones, but the quilts are done.) it is the scrappy theme that holds it all together!
Only 1 link up per person... (I previously linked with my Burgoyne Surrounded quilt.)