Sunday, June 21, 2015

Garden Wall

This is Sandra's lovely Garden Wall, a Judy Neimeyer paper pieced  and appliqué pattern that lends itself to all over quilting.     I had a hard time deciding whether to quilt all over or start and stop around the applique.   It probably would have been fine to stitch over, it's very "blendy" but in the end I didn't want to take the chance!  This is not stitched in the ditch, it is a tiny step up from an allover design.   I didn't want an awkward design falling directly on top of a flower,  etc. so I started and stopped around the applique and just placed somw curling fill inside the smaller areas.     Handquided panto "FLIGHT of Fancy".
Lovely back too!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rustic Stars

This cool quilt is a variation of a Hunter Star.  The star points were cut from charm squares  and top stitched onto the corners,  then the units were joined.  Fast piecing.  The downside is that the star points are not uniform, intersections do not meet in centers, and some edges are straight and some have the zigzag edges.    Rustic!  Well not really a downside its just that  I love to create straight line quilting between the star points, or a diamond grid with straight line quilting which does require precise piecing.   So I opted to try arcs and I think they worked perfectly! 
The back takes on the appearance of wedding ring quilts or a TN Waltz quilt.  I like it!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Man of the Year!

More family events.   It's been a whirlwind the past 30 days!   Our oldest was nominated just 3 months ago by the Leukemia and Lymphoma as one of 9 total  participants in the North Texas chapter for Man of the Year. You win the title by getting the most donations.  We aren't  well connected socialites and Larry did not have any experience with fund raising of this magnitude nor did his staff.   His office assistants became his campaign managers which he called The A Team (for Anderson).    We were able to attend the Black Tie event held in Dallas that would announce the winners but had no expectations of winning.   We were happy to be together and get dressed up!  Tuxes for the guys, dad got to wear his dress blues one more time.  Missing from the group was Larry's wife, Jenny and oldest daughter Julia that were off to a band competition.  I'm sorry they could not be there but Julia  took a 1st place in her competition so that was important for them to be there. 

The announcer started with Woman of the Year and that winner knew big names...and raised over $400,000!!!  We felt then and there that our son didn't stand a chance at winning the title.   Listen to the drummers before the big reveal!

I've tried and tried and cannot get the video to play as inserted into the blog.   Maybe the link will work!   But it doesn't look like it will.   It's on my you tube

Imagine our surprise when they called Larry's name!!!!    His campaign raised about $48,000.  I have a picture of the total but have forgotten at the moment how much.   I was hoping to join my pictures with photos taken by the family but that hasn't happened yet.   So, I am posting some of my photos of the event.     Here's a facebook quote from Larry:  "I still can't believe Team Anderson won the inaugural North Tx LLS Man of the Year title tonight!!!!!‪#‎mwoy‬ I am truly honored and blessed to have the support of so many coworkers (Patty Weimer, Catherine Close), patients, family, and friends that have made this possible!! Thank you so much for all of you who donated to support blood cancer research and patient assistance programs! There is no better cause than the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!!! Between the 4 candidates for Man of the year and 5 running for Woman of the year we raised $664,627!!!!!!! Wow! I am done with begging for money for a while though."   He even had the presence of thought to thank me on stage...without me he would not have been there to achieve this.  Awwww.   I'm so proud of him, his accomplishments, the way he lives his life and is raising his family.
Lots of pictures but probably 200 photos that need to be sorted through!   Now, back to quilting LOL!

In his James bond voice and with a German accent... Wagner, Dimitric Wagner


all 9 nominees

The "A" team

Man and Woman of the Year and Boy and Girl of the year.   Did they have the gift of speech and entertaining!    The journey they have been on to be standing where they are today.  They are what this is all about.

And why not, here's Julia in the middle after her 1st place award! 
Julia's Oboe/Oboe/English Horn Trio scored a "1" at Texas State Solo & Ensemble competition in Austin.  All 3 are freshman.


Friday, May 22, 2015

Kris & Myka's wedding

Kris and Myka took that leap and set a wedding date for 5.15.15!   I think they took a cue from us with our wedding date of October 10th!   They have been living together for a number of years and even have our grandson to show for that but they had reached that point where the next step was important to them.   We quickly helped pull together what we hope was a memorable and cherished day for them.   In San Diego, you can apply for a certificate to perform a wedding, one time, that day only.  Timing was close but we were able to get that submitted and recorded.  His father performed the ceremony and we all helped write the vows.  We are on about 30 days of rain in Texas, of course we took that to San Diego with us  The first 2 days had flash flood warnings and pouring rain.   They originally had an outdoor beach front wedding planned and the rain had us scrambling to find another venue.   They settled on an indoor area that the restaurant offered where we were holding a dinner after the ceremony; however, the rain stopped and the sunshine came out just about an hour before the event!  The manager, Todd quickly pulled together a small section of the outside deck because no customers yet and set it up for us, calling my husband to see if we would approve.   It was lovely!  On quick notice, we had a family wedding with only 14 of us present, it was Oceanside and all things considered, it could not have been any more special or beautiful to me.  I hope it was for them too.

Exchanging vows with the girls.


The view from our hotel room - the peninsula is where the wedding occurred.

How many can re-create this on their wedding day?  Our building was just the the left of them.

Family Dinner

That corner of the deck is where it all took place.