Saturday, April 14, 2012

Quilt Las Vegas Show

Westenskow and Sons recently (okay, almost a month ago) traveled to Henderson Nevada for the Quilt Las Vegas quilt show.  We have been to this show a few times before and we have always loved the warm weather and the people who organize the show.  
This time we had my parents, the five people in our family as well as my brother and his wife.  We are quite the crew as we walk into the show.  My kids have grown up going to quilt shows so they know the rules (NO touching the quilts, and use quiet voices) and for the most part they are pretty well behaved!!

Most of our time is spent in the booth, which looks something like this.  

I have to admit with ipads and smartphones they are much more easily entertained.  

My kids love the whole hotel experience and they are really easy to travel with.  Of course I have to have another picture of them on some kind of electronic device because they never play like normal kids (read in a sarcastic voice!).  They were pretty cute all snuggled up together!

Of course there were many beautiful quilts to look at, here are a few of my favorites.  

Fruit Smoothie - Trip around the Blender by Peg Cummings
This was something new and fun!

Can You Hear the Music by Helen Baczynski.  
The machine quilting was amazing, I'm sad the picture doesn't show it.  

"unnamed" by Darrin Martin.  
This is completely hand stitched and that is pretty amazing in my book!

"Shimmering Sea" by Denise Carrell  
I love the way the colors are put together in this quilt.  

There are vendors all over and I had a great time playing with the long arm machines.  My husband keeps telling me one day when he can manage I will get a long arm.  I'm in no hurry at the moment, but they are a lot of fun to play on!!  I really liked the sit down Handi Quilter, probable because I have been doing so much FMQ on my home machine.  Plus it was thousands of dollars less than any stand up machine.  A girl can dream can't she?

While we were there we put $10 into a raffle to win a gift basket.  There were multiple baskets we could try to win but my daughter L said we needed to put all 12 tickets into the same box so we would have a better chance at winning.  

So I did and look what I won!!

It was a great phone call to receive.  Since we left the show before it was over my parents brought it home.  I had to wait until the next day to open it.  I know, a whole day!!  I was pretty excited to win something.  

Here I am carefully studying everything that came in the basket.  I was much more excited than I look in this picture.

This was everything unpacked, fabric, needles, books, pin cushions, shirt (which I gave to my mom) and lots of other items.  It was a pretty good investment for $10!  

It was a great show, and if you are in the area next year you should stop by, it is a lot of fun!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spring Clothes

I posted pictures of the girls Easter dresses earlier but here they are actually in them!  I think they turned out pretty cute.  

They were not really excited about posing outside the morning before church.  (I'm pretty sure I broke every photography rule with this pic.)  But you get to see the dresses all together and they are smiling!!

Little A's dress.  
She looked so cute and she couldn't stop looking in the mirror after she was ready to go.  

Big K's dress.  
I didn't get a decent picture of her so you get to see her doing one of her many dance moves!  The shirts the two big girls are wearing I found at WalMart and they are the exact match to the fabric in their dresses.  

Big L's dress.  
I was worried about her skirt looking too matronly, but when she was dressed she looked adorable.  Once again she looks to old to me, she is growing up too fast!  

My sister made these spring shirts for my girls.  She used a plain t-shirt and sewed silk flowers to the sleeves.  Her girls and mine had matching shirts for the rest of Easter day.  She said they reminded her of the Chiquita Banana lady.  My girls loved them and I'm sure I will have to talk them out of wearing them everyday!!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Design Wall Monday

Well I think this should count as a design wall. There is something new hanging on my wall!

There are quilters that finish a quilt in just a few days.  I am not one of those people.  I either get bored with a project or I don't have the time/energy to finish it quickly.  For those reasons you have to keep seeing all the small steps of my projects. 

This should be the last time you see Viola's Jewelry Box.  It is finally bound and hanging on my wall. 
I am still in love with this quilt, and it is my husbands favorite quilt I have ever made.  And I have made quite a few! 

Head over to Patchwork Times and see what everyone else has been working on.  You will have to click on the link in the right column, I can't figure out how to link on my phone! 

Have a great week!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

As our family celebrates Easter today I am grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ and the gift of the Atonement that He has given to us. Whether or not you believe the same things I do, I truly hope that each of you find happiness in your lives.  

All of us!!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Design Wall Monday

It has been a long time since I linked up to Design Wall Monday. It feels good to I finally have something to share. I am sad to say I didn't finish my UFO for March. It is close, the borders are the only thing left. That is what I am working on this week.

The next border has the words "My true love gave to me" appliquéd on it. I am halfway through the stitching and then just a few more seams until it is finished.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Mystery Ruffles Reveal

The project with the mystery ruffles is finished! 

I wanted to make  Easter dresses for my girls and I am happy they are complete.  Even a week early! Usually I am a last minute girl so this is out of character for me. 

The two skirts will be paired with peach shirts, leggings and sandals.  The dress at the top will have a white shirt and leggings under it, as well as sandals. 

The pillowcase dress is probably my favorite.  My original plans were to have the two little girls in matching dresses.  But Big K didn't want to have the same dress as her little sister.  Then I planned on making matching skirts for Big K and Big L.  Well that didn't go over to well with Big L.  So to make everyone happy, everyone got something different. 

I can't decide if the skirts need something else like a little flowers or more ribbon.  I know I should be happy with the results but I always look back and wish I had made different decisions.  But I don't have the time to remake them, so I am going to learn from my mistakes and go on.  Plus the girls are excited about their new clothes, it will take all my convincing to make them wait until Sunday to wear them!