Sunday, February 26, 2012

February Basketball

Kevin's 6th grade basketball team finished 2nd in their end of the season tournament. apparently they are a little disappointed in their finish. The boys played a great game and are fun to watch. Now they have started baseball practice, off to a new sport.
I made this yummy wonderful desert. It is from the Clean-eating Magazine website. Raspberry Coconut Macaroon Tart. Find the recipe here. The boys and I ate it all on the first day.

Jeff and I went to Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago. This is photo of the inside of a mall. It rains every half hour. It is very impressive. We haven't been here in 20 years. To see all the malls and special attractions was really cool.

I took a lot of pictures. Here is the tile floor in the Paris Hotel Casino.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

This is what I have made so far this year.

This is what I have made so far this year. A Roman Stripe quilt set up in an arrangement that was pleasing to me. I did not care for the traditional set up with all the stripe points facing the same way. I saw it on a blog somewhere and then lost it. Sorry for not giving credit. 

I started with 5, 1 1/2 inch strips. Sewed them together and cut them in triangles the cut black triangles to match. Voila.... a striking colorful quilt for my wall in my treatment room. It measures 65"X65" or there about.

 The next undertaking was this snowflake quilt. I have had the idea rolling around in my head for sometime and decided it was time to put it into life. I used chambray fabric from clothes I bought at a thrift store a while back...4 years ago. 12 inch blocks and then I folded white fabric squares like I would for paper snowflakes and cut. I did go through a few of them before I Googled snowflake patterns and got an idea how to make them interesting. A simple raw edged applique to stick them on and away I went. It measures 65"X85"This quilt also hangs on the wall at my office.

Quilts not only provide easy decor, but also some sound absorption.

December all wrapped up.

We had our annual bowling adventure last month for my birthday. I would like to say I won but that would not be very truthful. Here it looks like Eric is taller than me but it is all perspective or tiptoes. He may be 16 and too big for his britches but not yet taller than his mother. Alea(10) is catching Kevin(11) very quickly and may pass him by summer. They are 17 months apart. Nicole is a lovely young 14 year old lady. With a mind of her own, bright, thoughtful and passionate. As for Jeff and me, we are amazed to watch the transformation of our children. They are growing into funny, independent, joyful individuals.

For Christmas we got the kids a trampoline. I may live to regret that decision. They are having the best time on it. They are having their friends come over and jump on it with them. While we are enjoying the mild weather they are outside at night too. Jeff installed a spot light on my Quilt Shack there in the background.
I made a gluten free lemon cake with butter-cream frosting. My favorite, I try only to make it on special occasions. Otherwise I would make it each week and we all know where that would lead. The recipe is from