Sunday, July 23, 2017


My blog posts have gotten fewer and farther between in the last year, but recently I was reminded of why I started a blog in the first place. I began my blog as a way to document my creative life and family life,  to keep a permanent record of everything in one place. I began sharing my blog with you fantastic readers in September of 2010. 
The Instagram takeover has reduced my blog posts significantly, but I really want to get back to this form of record keeping. I cannot tell you how many times I refer to my blog for a recipe or a photo.

So here I go again. I'm going to attempt to do a little catch up post today.

Over the July 4th holiday we were able to have all our kids and grand kids together for a few days. When your family totals nineteen members, it is not an easy task to get them all together. As the grandchildren get older, they have more and more activities that keep them occupied elsewhere. 
We had a big beach get together on July 3rd. This photo was taken after one grandson took ill and he and his mom left to go rest at our house. 

Here are a few of my favorite photos from our beach party.

We celebrated two June and three July birthdays. 

Believe it or not, this was the first time we have had all nine of our grandchildren together, since Valko was born in January. There was always an illness or conflicting schedule that kept someone missing from our last few gatherings. How is it possible that our two eldest grandchildren are nearly adults? With our tenth (a girl) expected mid-October, we will round out the count at girls 5/boys 5!

Creatively, I have been extremely busy, mostly keeping up with my two bees and finishing quilts that were started a while ago. The quilts I will share soon. But here are the bee blocks I have made recently.
These blocks are for Rebecca in the Stitch Tease bee. She is making a cutting garden quilt and asked us to make the "sprout" portion of the blocks. You can find the full pattern for sale by Krista of  Poppyprint blog. 

Also for Stitch Tease bee are these blocks for Jennifer. The tutorial for these Dutch Treat blocks can be found on the Aurifil website.



It was my month to be queen bee in the Stash Sewciety bee for June. I asked for a twelve inch star block and four six inch blocks,  all of the maker's choice. My colors are lemon, watermelon, cantaloupe, light and medium blues. I'm hoping to make a happy picnic quilt. The blocks have been arriving and they are fantastic. These are the blocks I made to get the ball rolling.


Also for Stash Sewciety are these blocks for our July queen, Lisa. She gave us free reign to make what we wanted for her following these hints: beach, sunsets, sewing, cake and coffee,  vintage Pyrex, her black lab, and pineapples. I really had fun making my contributions.

I finished a dottie pouch for a friend. I made several of these a few years ago from a wonderful tutorial by Lee of  May Chappell.

One last "family" note; I lost a part of my extended family and life long friend, in June. I asked Pat to be my second dad when my dad died in 2000. He filled all the voids in my life when I needed a shoulder to cry on or some advise. I will miss him dearly. He lived a long, good 96 years. He will be forever in my heart. Here he is with the quilt I made him in 2015.

Pat Askay 1921-2017


Melody A. said...

I love reading your blog, so I do hope you will post more often. How wonderful to have all your family together, it is true once grandchildren get older there seem to be a lot of things always going on that make it harder to get everyone together. I am sorry for your loss, they are hard and it sounds like he was a wonderful person in your life. Take care from Iowa

Chookyblue...... said...

how wonderful you had all your family together......they are special times indeed when everyone is together.........the kids are all growing so much....
I like the projects your working on......
Sorry to hear you lost your second Dad.......special people in our lives.....