Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Arizona

 
  So I know this has nothing to do with quilting but...... I just went to Arizona and it was absolutely wonderful!!!!  My father in law has been talking about Arizona for years because he was a snowbird and had a vacation home there. Since his health is failing my husband, daughter and I went down to close his house and sell his cars etc. I was excited for the trip because we haven't been able to travel much but I had no idea what a wonderful adventure we were walking into. We spent the first part of our trip in the Phoenix area closing down my father in laws place and I even thought that was fun. All the trees were blooming and there are so many varieties it was beautiful.






  We went down to Tombstone because we are a fan on the movie...it was a little deserted but still really cool and they have lots of people dressed in character.  


 

  For the next part of our trip we went up to Sedona.  We visited all the national parks along the way.  It's nice to have some time to explore.  The Montezuma Monument is cool because it's crazy that people lived like that or were even able to build it.  Tuzigoot is a little uneventful but still a nice stop.




  Next we went to Jerome and to the Douglas Mansion Museum.  I found it very interesting and was glad we made the trek.


  Coming into Sedona you can't not be astonished at it's beauty.  It is unreal how beautiful those red rocks are.  We decided to spend a few days in it's beauty.  We rented a jeep and took it off on some trails.  I would highly recommend this, if you don't feel comfortable off roading yourself they have pink jeep tours that will take you.  You get to see the most beautiful sights.  You seriously are in aw how beautiful it is, I can't even explain it.  It's also really fun climbing over rocks :)  We also checked out Red Rock State Park and Slide Rock Park both highly recommended.


 

  Flagstaff was next then off to the Grand Canyon.  It's amazing the natural wonders in Arizona and only hours apart.  The Grand Canyon was beautiful of course.  Someone even proposed while we were there.  But I really thought the most beautiful views of the canyon where further down the road at the scenic view turnouts and not the main point.  Also the scenic turnouts were far less busy.  Oh and the desert lookout was very nice as well.





  After the Grand Canyon we made our way up to Page, Arizona.  You pass by the Painted Desert which looks almost unreal.   There is so much geological wonders.




Page is home to the Glen Canyon Dam as well as Lake Powell.  Page is very close to Utah so you get in kind of a badlands terrain.  We went to Horseshoe Bend which was the most beautiful for pictures but not very toddler friendly :\  We ended our day at Lone Rock Beach where our rental car got stuck in the sand... it was quite embarrassing but some of the people who pushed us out invited us for supper and it ended up being a highlight in our trip.  They even took us out in there buggy off roading in the sand dunes.





  You know it's a good trip when everyday you keep topping the day before on how much fun you had.  We are definitely going back because there was a lot of stops we couldn't make because time wouldn't allow.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

My Mom's Quilts

  My mother, who is my inspiration and who got me into quilting in the first place has made some very beautiful quilts.  She's a bit of a perfectionist and if you look at her work you can see everything is very precise.  For years she had quilt tops just piling up because if she couldn't finish them right she would wait.  Now that she has her long arm she finally got the opportunity to finish them, and it was good practise. 

  This beautiful king size leaf quilt was made using batik fabric. 

 


 
















  Recently she has decided that she will make all of her grandchildren quilts, all 7 of them(so far).  She's the mother of 7 children so I think she has taken on quite the task because who knows how many more grand kids she'll have.   So far she's finished 3 quilts all very distinct to the child, and their interests and tastes.




 

Riley's Quilt
Austins Quilt
 


Zoe's Quilt 

  This log cabin quilt was inspired by my Oma.  It was intended for her cottage home.  She has since passed away but I think she would have loved it! Did I mention my Oma was a seamstress.  Sewing really runs in the family.  I can only hope my daughter takes a liking to it, to pass on the sort of tradition.





  Even though I don't have pictures I'd like to mention that for one Christmas my mom made her parents and in laws all rag quilts.  My dad helped cut all those stinkin' tabs.  They may not want me to mention it but my dad cut too far on some of the tabs on one quilt, so my mom made a whole new quilt for my grandpa.  So she made 5 rag quilts that Christmas.  Since then she's made 3 more rag quilts.  Maybe she'll make another one soon now that I have my accuquilt rag die, it'll make things a lot easier.

  I'm so happy my mom got her long arm machine.  It has brought us closer together.  It's nice to share this creative hobby with her, both quilting and long arm stitching.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Sideways Tumbler Quilt

  So here's another quilt that can be made with the tumbler template using my accuquilt Go! cutter.  A customer came to me with this beautiful fabric and after going back and forth with her we agreed on this cool pattern.  I have been wanting to try out putting the tumblers sideways instead of up and down, so I was really excited about the project.  I started out with two fat quarter bundles of 15 and couple meters of matching fabric from the same collection.  So because I didn't have the same amount of tumblers I couldn't do a definite pattern more of just an all over pattern.  After it was all said and done with the borders it ended up being around 90 x 92 perfect for a double or queen bed.  I have been so busy with renovating it was nice to get back to quilting and top stitching.  I got to sew my first quilt in my new sewing room. 



  Top stitching went very smoothly and I chose a very nice flower swirl edge to edge.  I am always amazed at how top stitching brings the whole quilt together.  I hope she likes it :)