Wednesday, June 25, 2014

One more wedding photo and some butterflies


One more wedding photo. This was taken just before the ceremony, where the girls were waiting in the bride's room while Paul and I dashed home to find the ribbon sash for Trystan's gown that had been misplaced. She looks pretty calm and confident, doesn't she? And, as a friend of hers said, she looks like a painting....Rachel took this using our digital camera.







We have had lots of tiger swallowtails butterflies the past few summers. They have been attracted to the day lilies here.....















...and the pansies here. I also often see them flitting around down on Main Street when I'm working at Grand Valley Books. There are lots of flowers in the planters downtown.

Trystan and Matt, married at last....

We celebrated the wedding June 7th, at Covenant Presbyterian Church here in town. Matt's mother is a Presbyterian minister and performed the ceremony for them, which made a special occasion even more special.
Here is Trystan's garter, complete with her favorite animal, a bat.
The wedding party included (L to R) Rachel, Evelyn the flower girl, Michaela, Trystan, Matt, Zack the ring bearer (or as he kept saying, the ring burier; we didn't let him near a shovel), Matt's brother Denis, Corbin, and Trystan and Matt's college friend, Graham.
The girls wore red shoes, each in her own style.
The guys in their cool "snapping" photo.
Paul and I in our wedding finery. The church was decorated for Pentecost, so much of the red d├ęcor wasn't done by us, and we didn't plan it that way; just a lucky coincidence.
The happy couple at the reception. I guess that arm you see on the right is Rachel, demonstrating that Trystan's wedding gown has pockets....
One of the things I made for the wedding that I was most pleased with was Trystan's fan bouquet. I made the fan out of a doily that my mother had crocheted years ago by adhering it to a fan frame I got at Hobby Lobby. The flowers were all silk, which was nice as they were purchased at Christmas time and I worked on them when I had time from then through June. I finished Trystan's bouquet after she came home for the wedding, so she could have more input on the details. Here it is modeled by Zack.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Grey/gray color study round robin

I waited a long time for this color study RR to come about, and it's been great fun. These are the last two blocks I've worked on. This one belongs to Hollie:
 And this one belongs to Tahlia:
And this one is mine! Thanks to Hollie, Tahlia, Jo and Rita for their great work! I had them leave the center patch blank for me to do, hoping that during the RR I'd get some kind of inspiration regarding what to do with it. I'm still waiting....and I'd welcome suggestions.

CQ hearts for friends

It's been a rough winter so far for my CQ friends. On the CQ for Newbies yahoo group, we send comfort hearts to our friends who have experienced a death in the family or a serious illness. Since the first of the year I've sent out 5 hearts. While they are a labor of love, I am aware while working on them that the recipient is in pain, and I'd like to never need to send another one.

An extra special crazy quilted cat

A very nice lady who ordered a specially-made cat for a gift for a friend last fall asked for one to be made for herself this winter. She sent me hand-made lace and vintage buttons to include on a tuxedo cat. The pink lace and the blue that is on the white part of the cat's chest are hand crocheted, and the extra pink that I didn't use along the seam was gathered into the rose at the cat's neck. I added a bit of vintage lace of my own, along with some buttons and leaves to make the cat's collar. The buttons she sent are worked into the pink lace seam.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Crazy quilt show and sale

 We had a show and sale at Grand Valley Books on Nov. 23rd. Lauri's quilt, titled "Janet's Fault" is on the right. It won many ribbons at the Mesa County Fair last summer! The quilt on the left is by Ethel M. She has a natural knack for CQing, by machine, as this quilt is done, or by hand.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Gearing up for a CQ show and sale!

 My small CQ group here is having a show and sale at the bookstore where I work! We'll be showing some items that we've made and can't part with, and making a few goodies to sell, including greeting cards, ornaments, and wall hangings.
These gold ones are some of the Christmas cards I've done. I was given this box of photo-insert Hallmark Christmas cards by Leslie E. Thank you, Leslie! They are "vintage", I would say, as they had a price on the box of $5.25 for 25 cards and envelopes. The worked just perfectly with little 2" square blocks inserted instead of a photo


 The next ones are either counted cross stitch kit cards or some that I ordered from the internet (wish I could remember where!).

 And some more of the Christmas card ones. The gold foil is really lovely in person! It makes any little bit of gold I used in the block just sparkle.

This show will be happening on November 23rd, here in Grand Junction! Join us if you can!