Saturday, January 28, 2012

Snow Arrives

The kids worked hard with the little amount of snow we had to create a friend.

Rufus is unnerved by the newcomer.

Transformed into a snow girl!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Seeing Patterns

Our next Lorraine Torrence class is all about pattern.

Look around your many patterns can you find?

Bricks, wood, baskets...

Even piano keys are patterned.

Floors and windows

I can imagine this picture designed into a multi-color quilt!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Calvin's Birthday

Howard Calvin is 20 already!

We invited the missionaries to come celebrate since he will be one in 3 weeks!

We have no idea what he wished for, but it was probably cake and ice cream.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Marnie Birthday

Marnie's Party features Chocolate Fondue. At 6 days before Christmas, Marnie was thrilled to have so many friends come.

Games and Fun!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Collage Quilts

Lorraine inspects one of my collage trees. These are totally fused. The process is very simple:
1. Fuse yards of hand-dyed fabrics.
2. Cut random one-inch squares.
3. Fuse onto a background (batting or useless fabric).

This piece is blank, but has circles on it now. I just need to take an updated picture.

This one makes use of complimentary colors. 

Learning about positive/negative images has helped me develop this tree image.

Although this isn't a true Japanese Notan, it still is effective. I haven't been able to work in true symmetry. 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Jackson's Birthday

Jackson's 15th Party 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Quilt Design II

This is another Lorraine Torrance workshop where we designed our own fabric.

She does help so much by adding and removing parts.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sunset Pics

Marnie took these two photos of last week's sunset. 

Delicious color!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

New Skirt

After searching forever for a cute skirt for Marnie, I decided to just make one! Marnie picked out the fabric and it took just 2 hours to make. The next one may be quicker.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


We have an addition! He is Rufus and comes from the local shelter. He moves so quickly that it is a miracle that I even caught this picture. His perfect personality makes us so happy!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Row Robin

The unveiling of Row Robins are delightful. Everyone is so excited!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Marnie Concert

Marnie and Grace after the concert.

Marnie plays the clarinet in 7th grade Intermediate Band.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Temple Trip

Our trip's purpose was to take Calvin through the Rexburg Temple. What a wonderful day!

The sun was shining!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Trip to Rexburg

Paul and I went on an awesome trip this weekend. Our son, Calvin, was performing in a choir concert at BYU-I in Rexburg, Idaho. He is a Music Ed/Vocal major and in Collegiate Singers. The first impressive thing I saw was the organ. Apparently, it is the second largest the church owns (next to the Conference Center).

Here is a shot of the pipes.

And if you look closely at the top, you see these awesome horns!

Here are the boys after the concert. Then we drove to see the Rexburg Temple. It is so gorgeous at night. 

My favorite part of the Wheat windows like Frank Lloyd Wright.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Frazier's Senior Picture

We ran out into the front yard to take Frazier's senior picture! He's certainly my tallest so far, and super easy-going. A gentle giant.