Sunday, July 7, 2019


The Bandstand Mini Quilt from Patchwork USA

I feel as if I've been missing in action for ages, though it's really only been about a month. We've been summering at our house, which is my golden chance to take a break from the rat race and enjoy some time with my family. The truth is that I don't do it often enough, so when I get started, it's awfully hard to stop.

The Painted Desert

We got everyone in the family finished with school by the end of the first week in June. The second week was consumed with Vacation Bible School at our church, where I got to dance and sing four times each morning in front of 1200 kids -- a guaranteed route to exhaustion by Friday, let me tell you. After a wonderful Father's Day with my parents at home, we (my husband, I, and our girls) took off on our annual summer road trip.

Me and my sweet sis

This year we traveled to California to see my sister and her family, and then back through Arizona to visit my in-laws. It was a wonderful two weeks spent with family and friends, visiting places that my girls could just barely remember from their early years and making new memories for all of us.

These beautiful ladies drove 3 1/2 hours  -- each way! -- to join me in Altadena.

I also had the chance to meet with the loveliest group of people at Quilt 'N' Things in Altadena for a small trunk show and book signing, which was all kinds of fun.

Last week's field trip to the Texas Capitol Building in Austin

Now that we're back home in Texas, the summering hasn't stopped. It's been one day after another of swimming and reading, day trips and movie nights.

Home grown produce -- just one more reason to love summer

The garden is going crazy with tomatoes and squash and watermelons, which all pair beautifully with backyard barbecues and make-your-own pizza dinners. We've enjoyed mini marathons of Gilligan's Island, the Dick Van Dyke Show, and Scarecrow and Mrs. King. And we've reminded ourselves why popcorn and ice cream cones will never go out of style.

In other words, it's been heaven. And I'm not quite ready to give it up just yet...


  1. It does sound heavenly! Keep enjoying - family time is best. I've been thinking of you, as I have been using some of your fabrics for backing in some baby quilts recently - so fun :)!

  2. You are doing your summer right -- spending time together, relaxing, and having fun (well, maybe except for all that singing and dancing so early in the morn, for a week - haha!) Enjoy the days together. It sure brings back memories for me :-) I'm going to try ordering your book again soon. I had an order in through Amazon, but it kept delaying shipment, so I cancelled the order.

  3. Sew nice to hear about your summer so far. Love your posts.

  4. Love your quilt! U have such a great way with color choices and fussy cutting! And did you grow those watermelons? They are HUGE!! WE could never do it here in the SF Bay Area!! :-) Glad you were able to take time and do some wonderful family trips and visits!! Hugs, H

  5. Enjoy your family time. We all need the break sometimes.

  6. The stuff summer is made of. Enjoy it!! Those watermelons...... WOW.

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