Apr 07

Wild Thing Quilt

Finally, another quilt finish!  I hate to admit this, but I actually finished the hand-quilting in late fall and it was just waiting for me to sew on the label to call it a finish.  So I did that this weekend and it’s officially done and hanging on my landing stairs to celebrate spring!

Wild Thing front

I used leftover fabric to piece the back.  I see lots of online examples of free-piecing the backs and decided to try it.  I like how it turned out.  It gives some variety rather than just a full backing of one fabric.

Wild Thing back

I took a class at my local quilt store on quilting basics 2 years ago and this was the quilt we started for that class.  I learned a lot of great tips and this was a fun pattern, plus my first time using pre-cuts, as this was done with Moda Charm Packs.  And I really love this line of fabrics-they are so bright and pretty!

Wild Thing quilting

Wild Thing, by Camille Roskelley, copyright 2008 by Thimble Blossoms

Size: 60″ x 68″

Fabric: City Weekend, from the Oliver + S fabric collection, produced by Moda

Mar 31

We’ll Be There

Brian and Mark are BYU Young Ambassadors and this year the group made three music videos and had a Facebook vote on which one would be uploaded first.  The video with Brian’s song, “We’ll Be There” was introduced first.  Scott and I were in Springdale, Utah visiting Zion National Park on our annual getaway for his birthday and watching the votes come in.  We came in off the trail and sat down in the restaurant just before 6:00 pm when results were to be announced.  Scott had me whip out my phone and we saw that Brian’s video was first, so we sat there in the restaurant and watched it, then posted on fb.  We got a call from Brian saying he saw I’d posted and I was told him I was ecstatic.  He said, “Are you going all fangirl on me right now?”  Yes, I am!

In case you didn’t see my fb posts and missed the video, here it is:

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You can see other videos from the 2013-14 group on their YouTube channel.

Mar 27


This is my annual post whining about snow falling in late March on my blooming crocus and daffodils.

I should be used to it, but I’m not.

Feb 26

BYU Young Ambassadors 2014 trailer

It’s a quiz! Can you spot the dancing Brian? We counted eleven appearances, but you have to be quick! Although there are shots of the band, there are no shots of the sound crew, so you’ll have to trust me that Mark is the A1 sound guy for the group. :)

Feb 24

Broadway Revue 2014

On Friday night we attended BYU’s Broadway Revue, presented by students of the BFA Music Dance Theatre Program.  This is Brian’s major and he was one of the performers in the show.  In addition, he arranged a mash-up of three Jason Robert Brown songs that were performed by him and four other students.  One of them was Jack and he wrote a nice part for him.  The mash-up was totally awesome!  We love this show every year, as it showcases the students in different numbers which are choreographed and directed by students.  Brian was also featured in the closing number, “Steal Your Rock and Roll”, from Memphis.

Mark and Sarah are behind Brian.

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This little girl was holding her program in one hand and her mom’s hand in the other and staring at Brian while he was talking to friends after the show.  I asked her if she wanted to talk to him and she shyly nodded her head, so I grabbed Brian and told him someone wanted to talk to him.  He turned and saw the little girl I was indicating and immediately dropped to one knee and focused on her and spoke right to her for a few minutes.  I got my phone out and got a picture just as he was getting up, but before that he was totally focused on this cute girl.  Heart sigh!

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Feb 24

Gentle Spectrums 2014

I had an invite from RIEDEL Fascination to join one of her new reading challenges and I’m always game for a new one.  These go February 1st, 2014 – February 28th, 2015 so we’re not spending the holidays finishing books and posting wrap-up posts.  Great idea!  Also she’s not big on lots of picky rules so they are fairly straightforward.

Gentle Spectrums 2014

I am joining Gentle Spectrums and choosing option (B) GENTLE SUBJECTS

Fit one book title into each category.

Trees, flowers, grass, gardening & crop-sowing references.

A building, rooms, a room or building’s parts.

Culture names, locations ~ lakes, towns, famous spots.

Synonyms, gems, ruins, geological formations.

Types of relatives, last names, full names.

A title of 5+ words (articles are fine).

Lame puns or quotations, outrageous, silly; actual cheeses!

Mystical, eerie (enchanting content fulfills title; no debunked ending).

Any words approximating weather or seasons.

Positive messages, conveys pleasant images!


Feb 15

Monopoly perpetual reading challenge

Thanks to Bev at My Reader’s Block, I’ve been tempted by a super fun challenge-Book Monopoly.

I’ve joined the group that sponsors this at goodreads @ Crazy Challenge Connection and I’m ready to play.  I’ll update this post with my rolls and the book I read for each turn.


Start on Go. Go to www.random.org/dice, and roll one six-sided die. Move forward that number of spaces, and read a book that fulfills one of the options for that space. When you’ve finished the book, roll the die again and continue around the board until you finish the game. You cannot roll the die for your next move until you’ve completed reading for the space you’re on. Be sure to count your spaces correctly! If you have to go backwards and land on a space you’ve already landed on, you must choose a different option than you did the first time around. When you go all the way around the board once, you can stop or you can go again for another round – or two or three : ) If you go around more than once, you may choose the same option you did in previous round(s), but of course, you’ll have to use a different book.

Any book format counts, as long as the book is at least 150 pages long. For e-books and audiobooks, check the number of pages Goodreads lists for the hardback copy of the book. Rereads are acceptable as long as you read the whole book and not simply skim it, and cross-challenge posting is encouraged. Ready … set … GO!

GO - Everyone starts here.

Turn #1: Rolled a 4, landed on INCOME TAX: Go to your Goodreads TBR list; read one of the first 10 books listed. Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett - 2/26/14 – 3 stars (likable characters)

Turn #2: Rolled a 4, landed on VERMONT AVE.: Read a book set in one of the New England states
Murder With Puffins by Donna Andrews – 3/1/14 – 3.5 stars (screwball cozy mystery)

Turn #3: Rolled a 2, landed on VISITING JAIL: Roll the die again, move forward and do the task for that property. Rolled a 3, landed on STATES AVENUE: Read a book whose title starts with S.
Sentenced to Death by Lorna Barrett - - 3/13/14 – 3 stars (mystery with red herrings)

Turn #4: Rolled a 2, landed on PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD: Read a book with at least two generations of the same family OR a book set in a place you’d like to visit OR a book in which a character’s career is essential to the story.

Feb 08

Sleeping in luxury

After 18 years of sleeping on this:

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we finally got a new bed!  We got an Intellibed because they are awesome and we have connections, and it is totally sweet!  So comfortable!  I can’t wait to go to bed each night.  Happy dance!  Squeeee!

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