March 20, 2014

More Quilts

     The quilts in the last post were done well over a year ago. The summer of 2013 saw three new quilts for more grandchildren of my sister. The ages of the children were 6,4 and 2.
This is the quilt for the six year old girl (she is now seven). I love the light colored print. It has sayings like "sugar and spice, Mother's helper, thank heaven for little girls" and more. It also says Six over and over in the pinwheel pieces.
The pinks and greens are good colors for this little lady.
I pieced the back of the quilt so it is not too horrible and includes fabric from the front.

The next quilt is for a very active four year old boy. 
 Tools for building and construction stuff, a helicopter and train are some of the item appliqued on the quilt.
 I thought the bright colors and bold prints would be right for this little boy.

An easy going two year old gets the bears gone fishing quilt. Like the others, I did not heavily quilt  it, because I fine that the quilts are softer and less stiff if I do not do too much. Especially for a child's quilt, I want it to be comfortable to cuddle. 

 The back of this quilt was easier to plan with strips of the front fabric.

February 11, 2014

It has been a while since I have posted and a lot has happened. I will start in the sewing sphere. I have made quite a few quilts for the grandchildren of my sisters and brother. Seven quilts I think. Let's see... Savanna's was done after Nicholas' quilt.

And I made one for Kaity.
It was nice to see her open it. Kids have to me, a surprising reaction to getting a quilt. Usual things that kids like, like electronics and gifts of games or music cards are always a hit, but a quilt is different. They like it, but are more appreciative when they get to take it home and try it on their bed.
Then I did a couple for the sweeties in Minnesota.



I tried something different with this baby's quilt, doing outline of critters for quilting. I haven't been brave enough to do free motion quilting because I haven't the patience to practice, but some day I am going to have to force myself to try.
This was a new concept for me. I tried using patriotic colors, red and  blue for the US, with gold for the Spanish flag  included. I had a pattern as arranged above, but when sewing strips together managed to confuse myself and put it together wrong. I didn't switch it back because I realized after too much work to rip it out. Learning experience for me, as each quilt is when I try something new.
It's still bright and interesting and will keep a little boy warm.

April 5, 2011

Winter is almost over!

We've had a bunch of big storms and more snow days off from school than we have ever had in recent years. It was one heck of a winter. No sign of it inside though (unless you look at the boots and gloves) because we were never without the pellot stove. The pellets Dick bought this year were called Okanagan - burned better with less ash than others he has tried.
Outside it was a different story.
My deck is under here somewhere -- really it is.

November 13, 2010

Fall Visits

Amber is my cousin's daughter. She has visited Maine twice this fall with her children, Alexander and Sophia. They are adorable kids and my mother loves to have them visit. The funny part of this last visit was how much the kids liked Dick. He was a kid magnet!












Uncle Donald came with Amber on the last visit also. Mom was very happy to see her brother.
Amber has a big event coming up in December - in fact it's a big event for the whole family!

November 9, 2010

Birds and Other Critters

Last March, Rocky (or Rocketta) visited. Repeatedly. Night after night. We knew birds could not eat as much as was disappearing - at night. A friend loaned us his wildlife camera. This is what we found out - said racoon visited often. Three times a night. Breakfast, lunch and dinner racoon style. We removed the seed at night. A couple months later a huge racoon became road kill.







In June, this lady was hit around 3 am and for the rest of the night, the police and the local critter remover were busy. This was the same night the local teen graduation-party-in-the-pit occurred. The truck on the back of the flatbead going by in the background has one of the trucks that was hauled off when the police raided the teen's "campsight." They hauled the vehicles off at $200.00 per - if the kid handed over the keys. $200.00 more if they didn't.



We saw all kinds of color this summer. Bluebirds, finches of all kinds.







November 8, 2010

Another UMO Graduation

University of Maine has to hold graduation ceremonies twice on graduation day because there are so many earning degrees. This was the afternoon ceremony.
The governor was the guest speaker.


It was a Big event last May - Keely graduated from UMO. We're very proud of her! Lots of the family and her friends attended graduation and after that we gathered for pizza. It was a fun day.

November 1, 2009

More from the Village

This is where OSB used to be produced, over a hundred jobs lost in the area when it closed. A similar plant in Canada near her is doing well. So much for NAFTA.


This is called the scale house, where wood on the trucks is weighed.

Wood from the trucks is stacked outside the pulp facility.



This is part of the pulp-making facility.

Woodland Public Library, which needs a new roof.

This is the old shopping center and bank. A local doctor now has his offce in the former bank, which is on the right end.

This is the center of a small park on Main Street, not far from the old shopping center. It has a few small flower beds and a play area for children.


The "Courts", located next to the elementary school, is a recreation area for teens. The surfaces aren't in great shape to play basketball or tennis, but people try anyway. You just never know which way the ball will go once it comes back off the surfacce.

Like any New England town, there are several churches. This is a church on Broadway, which also houses the local food pantry.


On the left is the entrance to the Catholic Church.




On a more personal note, this is the new metal roof on my parents' house.