Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sisters, Oregon 2009

Sisters Quilt show 2009

We had a great time or should I say I did. It is tradition for the girls and I to go and for Sean to come up for the weekend at least, some years it's been more. Along the way I convinced my mom and my Sister to do classes with me during the week now that Jennifer is gone it something my mom and do together. I've gone for the past 10 years in row. So, I'm not ashamed to say this week is really about me, but the girls really are starting to love it, too.

This year I took two classes. The first class was called Magnolia by Sue Spargo. She is a folkart quilt artist. She works with wool and embellishments. It was a two day class and it was awesome. She is pretty amazing! I had a lot of fun.

The second clas I took was from Freddy Moran called ," Little House in the Big woods."She is hoot! She didn't start quilting until she was 60! She has two books out with Gwen Marsten. (Collarborating quilting) I love that she throws out the traditional quilting rules and their are no mistakes. You just add a little or take away.

Some of the Ladies from Gee's Bend. They are pretty amazing. I was able to go to lecture and hear them sing. This is the latest buzz in the quilt world, a lot of professionals are being influence by them and their Art.

Some of the Gee's Bend quilts.

My aunt Connie, Grandmie, Fiona, Uncle Richard and Aida. My Aunt is avide quilter and machine embroiderer. They come and see the show also. This year we were able to meet up and have lunch and take advantage of their swimming pool. The girls were loving that!

I made the girls dresses for the picnic and lecture on Friday night. Of course, we Fiona was not cooperating and when Jean Wells asked to take her picture she wouldn't do it. I was so disappointed! Jean Wells started the Quilt show 30 plus years ago. I made the dresses out of quilt panel dipicting the town of Sisters and the quilt show.(I got the panels last year)

Saturday Morning is the big Outdoor Quilt show. They hang all the quilts entered on the sides of the buildings and shut down Main street. It is pretty inspiring. They have kids area to promote the next generation of quilters. My girls are on their way! I've trained them well!
Here is Aida who is with one of the volunteers who just happens to be good friends of ours from West Linn.(Heidi Farnbach)
Aida and her finished product, which I'm told is Pooh new blanket and pillow.

Fiona and one of the volunteers. She was quite miffed that they would not let her run the sewing machines because she knows how.

Saturday Afternoon we met up with the cousins who came up for the day. Oh, and the purple outfits weren't planned! Aren't they cute.

Fiona was the photographer this year. Here are some pictures for you to enjoy.

Mainstreet, you kinda get an idea of the amount of people that come. They usually have about 10,000 poeple come on Saturday to see the quilts. The last few years they've closed the main road, so you don't have to worry to much about traffic coming through the middle of town. This year they had the most quilts they've every hung. 1,300! Pretty amazing.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

May\ June\ July 2009 Happenings

Fiona's 8th Birthday. We did cupcakes with the neighbors and played games in the yard.

Adventure Science Center with Grandpa Jim, Grandma Judy and Grandmie. They all came out a few days before Aida dance Recital and Fiona's Baptism. We went to the planetarium and do the Space activities.

Morning of June 13th started off with Aida's Dance Recital. She was wonderful, except for not getting to watch the others dancers- Which upset her greatly!

Family picture minus uncle Rory and Aunt Michelle and Gavin. Gavin was done with the dancing!

Fiona's Baptism June 13th. What a Special Evening. I can't believe she is already eight!

Fiona and her dad. Grandma Judy made her Baptismal dress. It is a special tradition as she made mine when I was a little girl.

"Our little family"

Sean and Fiona with Nana and Papa.

Geri (Nana), Rory(Uncle), Michelle and Gavin(Aunt and Cousin),Sean(Dad), Julie(Mom),Mike(Papa), Pattie(Grandmie), Judy(Grandma), Jim(Grandpa)
Lilly(Cousin), Fiona, Aida

We left for Oregon about a week later, baring a minor set back with our car, but it all worked and ended up taking the Durango. We spent few days in Denver with my brother Jared and his family and got to see my brother Joseph and Uncle Paul. Check out Moyer Mayhem, I didn't do a very good job getting pictures!

We finally made it to Oregon and Grandma and Grandpa house in North Bend. I think it was the thought of going to the Beach that kept the girls going on the last day and half. The first thing we did when we got in town was go to Sunset Beach. I didn't realise how much we missed the Beach this last year until we got here! It was a beautiful day.

We went up to Portland pick up Sean and spend time with the Gates side of the family for the 4th of July weekend. Fiona got to spend the night with her friend Angel that first night we were in town. They picked up without a beat, like they'd never been apart.

Monkey Ryan with the girls on the 4th. We had Picnic and fireworks at Willamette Park in West linn. Yes, and we can't forget Sean got his iphone!

All the Cousins- Lilly, Haddie, Aida, Quinn, Cooper and Fiona playing in the water.