Sunday, September 20, 2015

It's my Birthday!, Visit with Colorado Family, Snake Skins, Machine Quilting

 I had a birthday - I'm still alive and kicking!

I made a quick trip to Denver area to visit my brother David, and his wife Mary.  What a delightful pair they are!  This is a quilt I made for them some time ago.  Mary wanted it in the photo!  8-)

 My brother, the engineer - note the pocket!  Me, having a good visit, looking like my mother.
Their backyard, all full of trees, soil, plants, berms, a hole that was going to be a lake, green things (usually green, if not too dry) and his Solar System that provides INCOME, not a bill!  Rocky Mountains in background, a stunning view.  This used to be out in the boonies, not now.
 That's Mary, retired art teacher.  I wish they lived closer to us. 
 Yes, that's Birthday me, Elaine Adair.
 Bull Snake skins - yikes, I kept watching for the LIVE snakes, maybe in the trees?

Back home again in Nebraska, and I can concentrate on machine quilting my long-delayed project, a Quiltville design called Tumalo Trails.  I renamed it "Cowboy Up" because it looks so "outdoors, friendly, western".  I saw this free MQ design on the Internet by Christina Cameli, called Bear Claws.  Works for me, on this very busy, big quilt.  Only two blocks a day is the goal  -- my shoulders and neck feel it!

 The back. 


  1. ♫♪ Happy ♪♫ Birthday ♫ Elaine ♫♪♪ ♥
    I will remember this as it is my son's birthday too. Wishing you many, many more to come and plenty of sewing goodies too.
    Cowboy Up is gorgeous!

  2. Happy Birthday!!...Love the quilt & the quilting is gorgeous! must visit that website..
    Debra in Ma....a Bonniac.

  3. Happy Birthday! Congratulations! and many happy returns!
    I love to read your blog and see the beautiful quilts you make.

  4. If you look like your mother, she must be a stunning woman. Your quilting is beautiful. I have not seen that video, but I will.

  5. Happy birthday, Elaine! Nice to see you "in person."
    My dad was an engineer. His shirt pocket always looked like your brother's! (One time someone asked him if he were a pen salesman. )

  6. Happy Birthday Elaine. It seems you had a great time with tour brother and sister-in-law. Your quiltg is just beautiful. Hugs from Brazil.

  7. Belated Happy Birthday. Cowboy Up is looking good... and so are you!

  8. Hope you had a great birthday!
    Just curious, do you use the Machingers gloves, or any other "grip assistance" product when you quilt? Wondered if you would have less neck and shoulder issues if you did, but maybe you already are and it just doesn't help enough.

  9. Happy Birthday, Elaine!!! Your quilts are always beautiful but Cowboy Up is stunning. The quilting is so well done and the design is just perfect. Thank you for showing the back, too!

  10. Happy Birthday, Elaine!
    Loved the photos of your birthday visit.
    The quilt is looking good. Interesting new quilting design; perfect with the geometric quilt top pattern.
    I always enjoy your posts. Thank you for blogging.

  11. Happy Birthday Elaine! I just celebrated my birthday on Sunday the 20th so we must almost be birthday sisters.

  12. Happy Birthday (belatedly) - love the Cowboy Up project and so glad you had a good visit!!

  13. I agree that birthdays are a happy time! So what if we are a year older! I've been meaning to tell you as well that since I've been using the Magic Bobbin Washers and the Sewer's Aid, I haven't been having hardly any problem with my quilting! I'm a much happier camper now!

  14. Happy Belated Birthday. Our grandson's birthday was Wednesday, Sept.23. He is now four years old. Looks like you had a great trip.


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