On the Go and I spy Baby Quilt

I have wanted to make an I Spy Quilt for the longest time.  When my nephew was born I had my chance.  So glad I found a pack of I spy precuts a local quilt shop so that I didn’t have to search much to find that many different fabrics which would work well for an I Spy quilt.  – Made the I spy for the back and then On the Go quilt for the front.

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Purple Diamond Quilt

Loved how this quilt turned out..

Great pattern by Sassafras  here is a link to the pattern.

Quick and easy, but having the right ruler makes all the difference in the world.

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Ten on Tuesday

1.  Life has been busy.   I haven’t made much time for blogging.   Will try to do a mass catch up on all that we’ve been doing.

2.  Owen has jumped back into Microsoft and has hit the ground running.  No honeymoon period, he is back and busy.  Mostly importantly he is happy and loves his job.  Which makes the rest of us happy!

3.  I have been staying very busy with a couple of different things.  Adventure Tuesday’s are back up and in full steam.  We have had a lot of new women this year and our number have grown.  Lots of new friends to do things with!

We have hiked…

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rowed on Lake Sammamish …

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hiked some more..

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biked along the Sammamish River Trail, ate lunch and biked back…

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4.  I have had the chance to photograph the departure and arrival’s for Puget Sound Honor Flight.  Love spending time with these WWII vets and their families…

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These are 2 brothers and 2 brother-in-laws who all served in different branches of the military and they were going on the trip together.

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5.  Brock has been making sure that the social activities in the Bellevue/Sammamish area haven’t dropped off once many of the summer kids left for school.

6.  Lindsay is working hard and we love seeing her when we get the chance.

7.  Brett was so excited to go to his homecoming dance.  He was very particular about what he wanted to wear.  He wanted a bow tie, (we talked him into a vest vs a tux jacket), black pants and black church shoes were very important.   His class met at Red Robin for dinner and then they took them to the school for the dance.  Brett danced until they turned off the music at 11pm.  He can’t wait for the next dance.

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8.  The bowling tournament is this coming weekend.   Basketball starts after Thanksgiving and he is very excited for it to start.  He was even practing shooting his basketball into a box last night to get ready for the season.

9.  Outdoor soccer is wrapping up for Becky next weekend.  They have had a great season and she is signed up for indoor soccer which starts next weekend also.  School is going great for her and she has a piano recital in a couple of weeks.

10.  Owen and Kris have been playing lots of volleyball and enjoying it a lot.  Lastly I’ll add a couple of pictures of random things that have been happening around here.

My first outdoor Halloween decoration in a long time.

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Double rainbow in the sky the other day..

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New license plates that just so happen to have my college on them.  Looking forward to what happens on June 3rd (06/03).

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Ten on Tuesday

1.  Lots of fun on the last couple of Tuesday with Adventure Tuesday – Paddle boarding and Biking the John Wayne Trail.  Although I’m finding Tuesday’s can get very busy hence why sometimes I miss a Ten on Tuesday.  Trying to get it done I promise.

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2.  Brett is so funny.  Love how he perceives how a high schooler should act.   On Wednesday, I drive him to school, because my job is a mile or two from his school and I go in while they are at school.  His classroom is at one end of the building and the main entrance is at the other end.  Last week one of the EA’s was waiting at the door near his classroom to let the kids getting off the bus in that door. I asked him if he wanted to get out.  He told me that was for when your ride the bus.  He wanted to walk in the front door so as not to be confused with the bus riders.  Love his way of thinking.

3.  Owen got on his lumberjack skills on last weekend.  I have been wanting a change to my front entrance since I started working in the front yard last spring.

Can you see the difference?  Here is before…


and after….

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Love the openness of the front.

4.   I HAVE MY CAR BACK!!!!!   Brock did it.  He bought himself a car.

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5.  Oh the things we have done with having a car again..

Batting cages on a Friday afternoon with Brett.  Brett was in heaven to have a consistent pitcher.  I was in heaven for not having to pitch for a half hour straight.  I’m sure we’ll be back soon.

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6.   Brett was living his dream of driving a go-kart.  We headed there last Friday after school.  Brett was so excited to go – he came and found me at my friend Tamie’s to bring me home (I have been know to spend a bit of time chatting with Tamie in the past).  We got to the go-kart place and we were the only ones in the building, just what I had hoped for – private race for Brett and Becky.

I was so surprised that Brett could steer and press the gas as well as he did.  Straight a ways and gas are not Brett’s friend when a turn is needed.  He loves speed.  Good thing the Go-Karts were battery powered and they had the ability to limit the speed he could go.

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7.  We went on Saturday to play Foot Golf.  It is golf using a soccer ball.  Needless to say Becky destroyed us even getting par on a couple of holes.  Lots of fun and we had a great afternoon.  We played it on a par-3 golf course (9 holes) and the just had the foot golf tee’s off to the side of the golf tees and the Pins were located in a different area than the golf pins.  Lots of fun.  I am sure there is one in your neck of the woods – for example for all my AZ family – Shalimar Golf Course has one – bet you didn’t know that!

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8.  Becky decided that she was ready for a change in hair lengths.

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minus this…

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gives you the cutest 12 year old around.

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8.   Owen started yesterday back at Microsoft.  He spend 8 years then 4 years ago left to try new adventures and we are so happy and grateful and blessed to have him starting back again yesterday.  He is working as a sales engineer for Sharepoint.

9.  Tried out a supposed no-fail carmel apple recipe from a good friend…  Looks like it was a success…

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After eating them – they were delicious!!!!  Total success and a no fail – until you leave them out of the fridge overnight.  The caramel melted a bit.  But still tastes wonderful.

10.  Love when I’m working on family history and I discover pictures of very distant relatives.  It so fun to put faces with a name and history.  For example, I have relatives who were from Ireland/Scotland and their first 4 kids were born on small islands in Greece during the 1810’s.  Looked up and realized that was during the Napoleonic  wars.  How cool is that.  Here is a photo of the younger brother (not the parent) whose older 4 siblings were born in Greece’s.

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Ten on Tuesday

1. Summer is over and the kids are back at school so I have no more excuses why not to post. We have had a great summer. Yesterday I posted all the quilts I made this summer. Have more that I’m working on. Will try to be more regular with my postings.


2.  Will catch up on a few activities we did during the summer.  Surry Bikes on Alki Beach – this time we brought Brock along with us.  Love the Seattle Skyline.

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3.  Visits from our favorite people.  Robin and Jana Bell!  We miss you guys!


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4.  I tried a new diet.  It is an app called DietBet.  You bet money that you can lose 4% in 28 days.  I discovered that money is a huge motivator.  I didn’t change what I ate, but had the self control to stop snacking from 3-8pm.  Liked it so much just signed up for my second.

5.  Hood to Coast was amazing!

View from the start of my first leg..

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6.  View from the start of my second leg.

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7.  View looking towards the start of my third leg at 2:30am

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8.  Finish Line with my team.  This is our 9th year running together.  3rd Hood to Coast.

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9.  New Day Northwest with the kids.

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10.  First day of school and first Seahawks game day photos.

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Twin Boy Nautical Quilts

My good friends daughter is having twin boys.  I knew that her nursery was going to be nautical themed.  I saw a quilt which used the alphabet flags for boats as the theme so knew I wanted to do that.

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Had fun with the chevron print for the quilt back.

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Wanted to make a second quilt, but that would be the same but different.  Came up with the alphabet (same) in Morse code.  So each letter is a different material.  Lots of fun but turned out a bit longer and skinnier than I had expected.  Should be a great race track someday!






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I kept the back the same but with a slightly different color for the chevron.

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Now to sit back and wait for those cute babies to come!

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Diagonal Modern Quilt



This was a fun quilt to make.  Found a quilt like this on pinterest.  Had some amazing fabric that I knew would be perfect.  I just love empty space that this quilt has to offer.  I love the pops of color.    I am learning the I love Modern Quilts over traditional styles.quilts b-1  quilts b-3

I wanted something fun for the back so I came up with this (from another quilt online of course).

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Love how you can really see the quilting on the back – I did not quilt the solid color strips o the front and you can really see it on the back.

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Log Cabin Quilt

We have an incredible friend who has been so nice to us this summer.  This was a thank you gift for all the kindness she has shown.  She asked for a log cabin quilt with red and khaki.   Loved how it turned out and it was fun to check off another quilt pattern that was on my list of quilts to make.

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This quilt I sewed with a diagonal straight line (okay mostly straight line – don’t look too close) with red thread (suggestion from a good friend).  Love the contract with the red thread.  Will have to do that more often.

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Boise State Quilt



I was trying to figure out what to give my Boise State Fan for her birthday.  I saw this pattern from Thimble Blossom and knew it would be perfect college quilt.  I emailed my favorite quilt shop (SisterQuilters) and asked them to pick out blues and oranges that would match Boise State colors.  I think they did a great job!  Love their customer service!!quilts a-7 quilts a-6 quilts a-5

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Nine Square Patch Quilt

The past few August’s have had lots of baby being born.  I love baby quilts.  It is a fun way to try out a pattern on a small scale.  My friend didn’t know what sex she was having so she wanted a neutral gender quilt with bright colors.

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This is another stitch that I learned in my walking foot quilt class.  Loved how it gives so much more character to the quilt.

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Love the kites on the back of the quilt.

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