Monday, May 13, 2013

That's how we roll!

Due to what we thought at the time was extremely unfortunate incidents...Chris now has a car for his use as an upcoming new driver.  It's my old Honda CRV (loved this car!).  In the past, it had been Javi's car to use and Chris needed some time behind the wheel to learn the car and get used to driving it.

So we decided to spend some time in the west central part of Indiana.  At least a two hour drive away.
Guess who drove?


We headed out to Shades Park.  Here in glacially flattened corn land...we drool over anything that has heighth to it. 

We have always liked hiking and when the boys (all boys!) came along, we naturally took them with us.  We've hiked up and down from Michigan to Florida, Alabama to South Carolina.

We usually end up in water somewhere along the line!

This is Lady.

She will be ten years young this year!  She has been with us for nine of them and enjoyed many of our adventures.  We didn't get out with her much this winter, so we thought she might like a road trip too.

She loved it!  When the boys headed down the waterfall, she was right there, ready to jump into the water and go!  Since she and I are "young" together, I kept her at the top with me.  We like hiking, but that slope and water logged trail was too much for us that day.

We ended up the day with Pizza Hut and everyone but the driver napping on the way home.
I'm so thankful for these times we get to take away from the norm and get out and experience things like waterfalls, flooded trails, dizzying heights and lots of adventure for the guys!

Not much sewing going on here though.
We're finishing up a lot of classes we "farm" out for the kids.  As a second-semester, high school junior, Chris took a dual credit class at a university up the way.  He also took an English/Composition class from a lady in another town and we have homeschool co-op in a nearby town.
Lots of driving!

We're down to the last two weeks of classes.  Chris has Spanish and Geometry to finish up and Ben finished up his Pre-Algebra so that leaves English, Spanish, Cultural Geography and Science for him to complete.  We also picked up four or five spring soccer games for we're still doing lots of driving, but I love that the boys enjoy what they're doing and get to spend time with the awesome kids on the team!

I did get to put a border on the Rose Star Quilt.

This is Moda's "Rose Parade".  Check out this selvage!

I also got to sit down and try some EPP again.  I have loved the look, but hated the work!  I usually try to figure out how to maching piece instead of hand piece...but sat down Saturday for a couple of hours browsing Pinterest, listening to the radio, watching the bunnies and squirrels in our yard and start a little project.

Hoping you'll join the parties this week to see some incredible projects and finishes at:



  1. Hi! Your rose star quilt is so beautiful and the border is just perfect! I have just paper pieced lots of octagons ... perhaps I could continue with diamonds.

  2. Last try...3rd time? Love the Shades. Honeymooned at Turkey Run. Beautiful quilting going on over there. See you tonight!

  3. Your rose star quilt is stunning! I love how there are so many different things to look at!

  4. I've been noticing how cute selvage can be - now I just need to make my selvage baskets to store my scraps in like I planned. Rose Star is amazing. Good luck with the driving, I love my CRV too :)

  5. That rose star top is incredibly beautiful! Lady is a keeper too! :)

  6. The Rose Star is amazing. But that selvage! Wow. I like your hand pieced diamonds too, love the California Girl in there.

  7. I have a little boy who we are introducing to hiking too and I am so happy to see your grown boys still going at it with you! Lovely rose star quilt and the boarder is beautiful!

  8. Your Rose Star Quilt is beautiful.

  9. Your rose star caught my eye in the Quilt Story link thumbnails, it's gorgeous.

  10. Sorry, I meant WIP Wednesday, not Quilt Story.

  11. Yay! I love your Rose Star quilt :-D How did you get your borders to end right at the points of the stars and the flat bottoms of the hexagon thirds? Did you EPP it on or piece on extra fabric so that you could sew it on with a 1/4" seam? I'm filling in the background for mine and I'm stumped on how to set myself up for that part down the road.

  12. I love hiking---we need to do it more as a family. While we were in AZ we did quite a bit more.

    The diamonds you have started are quite lovely.

  13. Beautiful quilt! Looks like it was a fun hike, too.

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  15. That looks like an incredible place to hike!


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