Sunday, July 28, 2013

Another iPhone Post

This was the day we planned to celebrate my birthday with our local kids and grandkids. We got thrown our first glitch when #2 son got called in to work. (The schedule of a rookie fire fighter is never predictable.) We had planned to go on a party boat on our community lake but today the guard tells us only 10 people are allowed on the boat. We had 11! Somehow, they have never counted our group before.
So we came home, ate our "picnic lunch" at the dining room table and then went out for a Hawaiian Ice because #4 son forgot the cupcakes.



It turned out to be a really fun time. 
We even got in a game of Phase 10 with Kyle and Briana. 
After they went home, I picked the last of the summer garden. There are still a few peppers and eggplant, but for the most part, our garden is done.
This weekend it felt good to get back in the sewing room. I started cutting up the shirts of a special friend who died a few months ago. A St. Louis 16 patch seemed like the logical quilt pattern to best make use of these shirts.
It takes forever to starch and cut these shirts into the 4"x17" strips. I am getting 12 strips per shirt so I will have enough fabric to make a large memory quilt for my friend's family. And, I still have 5 more shirts to cut up. I should have enough for 39-14" squares. So a 6x6 layout will make a large quilt, with a couple of extra squares for the back too.
There is a lot of waste when cutting up the shirts. These are not fabrics that I would use again although they are really nice to work with and I will be saving the buttons for anyone who wants them.
I also received a phone call this afternoon that my McBook Pro is ready to be picked up. That means I can start writing my vacation and Fat Quarterly Retreat posts.

10 comments:

Leanne said...

Happy Birthday! Somehow I missed that. It looks like you had a great and colourful shaved ice, yum! And what a great looking group to hang out with.

mascanlon said...

Looks like a lot of fun and have family around just means flexible!

Geri said...

Do you eat that whole ice thing? Are there any non-fruit flavors???

Patchwork and Play said...

Your pretty dress matches the green walls!! I hope your birthday was a happy, happy one! (I haven't forgotten, I am just tardy about getting to the post office.....)

Canadian Abroad said...

I love that despite all the plans gone awry you still had a lovely birthday celebration. And a very happy birthday to you. The quilt is a great way to use the shirts and make a memory quilt for your friend's family. You are so lovely!

Dianne Neale said...

Well, it's not quite what was planned, but glad you had a great time anyway! It often works that way.

Annabella said...

It looks like a wonderful day Di! I love the shirt memory quilt - it's going to be stunning and sure to be treasured - you're the best.

suemac said...

That is sweet of you to be making a memory quilt for a friend. Looks like you had a great day with the family.

Katy Cameron said...

Oh dear, well it looks like you had fun anyway!

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