Monday, July 22, 2019

50th REUNION

50 years ago, in 1969
I was a senior at Big Walnut High School
located in Sunbury Ohio
I grew up on a small farm 3 miles outside of this small country town.  
Today...its one of the fastest growing communities 
in Central Ohio.

THIS is my senior picture!


My high school still stands and is used as a lower grade school,
but a new bigger HS has been built close by.
  

This was my middle school, located in Galena, OH



My grade school is Sunbury Elementary.
and it is still in use.


My first grade class pic.
I think I am reverting to this look!

I have been to a few class reunions.  
The 20th was my fav...I belly danced to entertain 
the class who barely remembered me.
YES I was that shy, wallflower in school.
  Lets just say never forgot me again!

50 is a milestone in anyone history and
 I was very happy to be on the right side of the grass. 
We have lost 18 classmates that we know of.

One of the reunion organizers asked me if I would
make some cards to auction and help defer the event costs.
I didn't hesitate and made 6 Ohio State Note cards
and a fabric basket to put them in.


I also pulled 20 all occasion cards from cards already made.


A thank you note from the organizers.
Its nice to be acknowledged. 



The room was well decorated with
 the Eagles school colors
'Red and Gold"


Table setting offered a class picture and agenda for the evening!


Kudos to the committee who put this event
at the Royal American GC together.
Its doesn't happen without fierce people who never give up
locating the classmates.

Jan, Jerry, Estelle, George


Someone on FB mentioned they didn't realize 
I went to school with Santa Claus!
Mike lives in Virginia, is a preacher and 
does lots of work as Santa!
But the amazing thing...I am NOT on the Naughty List! 


Some of our Veterans who served in various military lines,
 during the Vietnam War.
They received a standing ovation for their service!


I saw many of my close high school friends.
Like Diane, who now lives in California. 
 We were inseparable in HS and apparently, still are!  
Seeing her was such a treat!


Then there was Nancy (from Oklahoma)
 and Toney who lives in Columbus, OH!
We really had a lot of fun in High School!  
I was a bridesmaid in Nancy's wedding!
(then after their divorce, I dated her ex, for a short time)



I felt like I looked pretty damn good this nite. 
I was happy that everyone was friendly,
warm and seemed happy to be there
and the cash bar was OPEN!
 I still can't figure out
what Phil was thinking about.   



and here we are, 54 of the original 123
....in all our glory, celebrating our glory days!



It was a fantastic evening and
 I am blessed to have been able to attend. 
 I hope the Lords blesses us all
 so we can do this again in 5 years!







Wednesday, July 10, 2019

OH POOH!!!

It was a spring for baby quilts.
My good friend asked me to make a baby quilt.
Her second niece is having a baby
and she wanted this pattern.

OK, its a traditional, but Debbie
always knows exactly what she wants.


Her niece has an interesting color scheme for
the new baby girl...cream, peach and sage.
Sounded more like wedding colors and I knew
finding baby print fabrics would be a challenge.


BUT we did it and this very modern take of
Winnie The Pooh fabric was just the ticket.
We found a few sage and peachy colors as well.


I made a couple test blocks because the block was
"on point" and the pooh figures had to be upright.
Well, by the time I got the blocks made...
I had 16 hours in the top alone.
The tiny pooh squares were 2 1/2'


I got the top all put together at quilt retreat in May.
Now there is 26 hours in this baby quilt.



I used the darker Pooh fabric for the backing and the border.
I had larger pieces of the Pooh prints
Sew I put them into the backing
Finally you can see what the prints looks like.


Very happy with the end result.


I used a FMQ meander again.
You just can't beat that design for a baby quilt.


Kathy Guenther, my quilty peep in crime
suggested I outline the horizontal strip of Poohs
with a peach...to frame it out.
GREAT IDEA!
I love this backing!


Aunt Debbie always comes up with
the best labels for the quilts
like this...


Here is the quilt on display at the baby shower.
I had never heard of this...
but all gifts were NOT to be wrapped
just put on display for all to see.
What a great idea!


And here is the beautiful family.
Two nieces on the left
Little girl in the middle has 
one of my hand made quilts.
Debbie on the right.
A very proud Auntie, indeed!



And to end this fun story...
not only did Debbie buy all the fabric,
She told me to keep what is left.
and give me a sizable tip!
I love it when someone understands how
much work goes into a quilt.
This 58" square quilt took over 30 hours to make.






Sunday, July 7, 2019

JULY IS NOT JUST FIREWORKS!


When I am not quilting...I am probably making cards.


I enjoy a card making group, named Stampeders.
We meet once a month, alternate homes
and the hostess makes lunch for all.
I was hostess for July...sew if you know me...
I go all out when I entertain.
I made everyone the 4th of July fabric coasters
and gave them the little galvanized bucket/candle holder.


My front porch welcomed all.


Antique picnic basket..thrift store...$4
and an old antique cutter quilt, perfect for a picnic.


Sit a spell...but only after the cards are made.


The foyer has fresh cut flowers from my garden.


As did my kitchen table.


When the card making finally began...
our guest and my sweet friend, Shannon Coil.
totally enjoyed this whole afternoon.
She was new to cardmaking...and now hooked!


Shannon was getting a 'hands on' lesson
while others enjoyed each others conversation.


Here are the cards we finished.
Everyone makes a card kit for each person attending.
and we assemble the cards together.

This was my card...beachy of course!


Connie's Card




Robin's Card




Vikki's Card



Debbie's Card...
A fun and unique little purse.
that holds a tea bag.



July has been a busy month...
next month keep an eye out for
all my "Christmas in July" sewing projects.

or in this case CARD ON!