Dancing Stars

Dancing Stars
Dancing Stars can be found on the cover of the American Patchwork & Quilting calendar for 2011. It's the month of February.

SPRING FLING is located in Volume 6 of Better Homes and Gardens Quilt-Lovers' Favorites.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas is almost here and it is time for me to write about this past year.

 I finally completed the jelly roll quilt, "Dreams and Wishes".  The colors were not my favorite, but I won the jelly roll and 5" squares at my quilt guild.  It took me a while to design something that I thought would show off the colors as well as making them more interesting.

 I took a class years ago with Terry Thompson and did get three 36" blocks appliqued over the years.  But I needed the fourth one to complete the set.  I have saved the fabrics over the years and it's a wonder they didn't either fade or rot, but I found them still in perfect condition and finally drafted the last block to go into the set.  It's not easy finding patterns that can be enlarged to be a 36" block.  I do hope to have the fourth one finished within 6 months and maybe by Christmas 2012 there will be a quilt hanging.

We had our children and their families meet us at Seagrove Beach in Florida in June after everyone was out of school to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.  We had a wonderful time just watching everyone enjoy the sun, beach and sand.

Remember the tiny little kitten we got last August 2010--well she got HUGE.  Hanging over a bit on my window sill,  She likes walking on my computer and opening new programs to surprise me when I come back to work.  Georgia believes she owns the house.

We had a great trip to the Black Hills and Colorado in September.
Mount Rushmore
In October we traveled to Iowa to be with my family for our niece's daughter's wedding.  The last time we are with my family was 2010 for my oldest brother's funeral.  This was a joy to be able to be in Iowa for a happy occasion.  It was his granddaughter who was married so it was sad that he never got to enjoy the wedding.

THANKSGIVING--we had a houseful.  Our oldest son and children and our daughter's family made the trip from Texas to celebrate Thanksgiving with us, our son and his family who live about 4 miles from our home and our daughter-in-law's mother.  (yes, there is some Christmas showing.)  I decorated before Thanksgiving because the Texas families never see Christmas at our house.

With 15 people, there was not enough room at the big table.  The four youngest sat at a small table beside the rest of us.  The two blonds belong to our youngest son and the dark haired to our oldest son. 
Our three children catch up with each other.
I love the tinsel tree which is on lone from Steven who pulled it out of our neighbor's trash when he was in 2nd grade inOklahoma City.  Has our first angel topper on it which we bought in California 1964!  I refinished the old oak desk and it holds old books and my Mom's Christmas post cards she received when she was a child in 1913.


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