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girls weekend away

In early April, I met up with my mom and sister, my aunt and cousin in Ellensburg and we had girls weekend away!  We have done this every spring for quite a few years and it is always fun! On the way to Ellensburg I made a stop at Palouse Falls State Park. I had heard it was pretty spectacular with all the spring rains and runoff.  I wasn’t disappointed, it was beautiful! The amount of water coming over the falls was amazing and the hills surrounding were starting to green up.  If you ever get a chance to stop and check it out this spring do, it is worth the 2 miles in on the gravel road.

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The next day us girls traveled up north to Birch Bay, WA.  It was raining and continued for the most part of the stay!  That didn’t stop us from exploring the area.  We pretty much stopped at every antique shop from Birch Bay to Bellingham and even found a few fabric and yarn shops!  I love to shop for antiques, it is so much fun and if you look long enough you can find some treasures.  I really like listening to mom and my aunt talk when they shop.  So many things bring back memories of their past and then they laugh and giggle telling us about it.  I love this time together, we talk, eat junk food and chocolate, laugh and have no place to go or schedule to keep.  We just pile in the suburban, I drive and my copilot sister, tells me where to turn.

The day is was supposed to not rain too much, we drove into Canada.  We explored White Rock and walked out on the pier.  It was a little windy and chilly but no rain!  the second stop in Canada was at the Capilano Suspension Bridge.  It is such a fun place. we all walked across the bridge and then my sister, cousin and I explored the treetops and the hiking paths. It’s not really hiking but walking along the canyon on a boardwalk. You should check this place out if you are ever in Vancouver BC.

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On our way home, it just happened that is was the only sunny day day of the entire trip! It worked out great for us to stop at Roozengaarde Tulip Farm in Mt. Vernon. The tulips were just coming into bloom and the daffodils were in full bloom. In past years, we drove by and viewed the  fields from the car, but since not all the fields were in bloom, we stopped at the garden and boy was it worth it! Lots of pretty gardens with spring flowers and fields in bloom close by.  They also sell fresh cut tulips, of which I purchased and brought home for Easter.

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In this last picture, I have the tulips in 3 tumblers I picked up at an antique shop. Just one of the treasures I found on the trip!  Looking forward to the next girls weekend!

 

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Enjoy the many laughs and joyous times you spend with family.  God will bring these memories to your mind and it will bring joy and sweet smiles to your soul when you need it the most.

 

 

 

 

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its spring and the wheat is growing…

The days have been getting warmer and longer.  The fields are turning green and the wheat is taking in the sunshine and rain.  Mark has a great way of expressing it, God is irrigating the wheat for us again!  Praise God, because we need the rain and the sunshine.  The farm work gets kicked into high gear in the spring, as the weeds also start to shoot up.  Farming is so much like life. Just when I’m feeling good about how life is going, something will  come up and make me doubt and complain.  Just like all those weeds in my wheat field, I need to get rid of the doubt and stop the complaining.

Mark has been putting in long hours on the sprayer getting rid of those weeds and giving the wheat a boost with some fertilizer. We should see the results soon with the wheat shooting up and the weeds getting knocked out.  Just like the wheat, I need help getting back on track, for me that means spending more time with Jesus.

 

Here are some shots I took of Mark spraying and the growing wheat fields.

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I took this one this morning!  It was a beautiful day today.

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Quilting is still going on….

I managed to work on a wall quilt/table topper, right now it is on the wall.  It has been in the works for a while, but I wanted it done before Easter and it was.  I used fabric I had in my stash.  I just love it when I don’t have to run to town to finish a project. It pays to buy fabric even when I don’t know at the time what it is going to be for. Gotta have a good stash to be a quilter!

 

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Carson’s Quilt…

is almost ready to be quilted.  I just need to move my frame back in the house and get started.  It will have to wait for a little while though, I am going on a girls trip only with my mom, aunt, sister and cousin to the Oregon coast for a few days.  I’m sure I will have some pictures to share when I get back.  The wheat will be even taller and greener!

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progressing slowly….

I thought I had better share with you my slow progress with Carson’s quilt.  I have been working on some blocks that will be the main focus. It has been fun and challenging.

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Last fall I had visited family in Nebraska and my aunt showed me a quilt that had barns on it.  I asked her where she got the patterns for the barns and it was in an Eleanor Burns quilt book on American Barns.  It took me awhile to find a book, but finally found one on her website,  I should have looked there first!

I reworked a barn so it would look similar to our own barn and made the silo look more like a grain bin.

 

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The ruler on the book was a must for the next block. I wanted a tractor pattern and found one on Craftsy.  It was a paper pieced pattern that looked difficult, but it was the only one I liked so it just had to be done.  The only experience I have with paper piecing has been at a one hour class many years ago.  So the next best teacher is the internet and I found a YouTube video.  The Add-A-Quarter ruler was the main tool she suggested and I have to say it was worth the money.  I looked locally at a couple of fabric stores but to no avail, so Amazon is where I picked one up.

This is my work in progress.

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This week is Holy Week and Easter is coming. I have lots to do in preparing for Resurrection Sunday. We will have family here on the farm and Church to celebrate our Risen Lord, and of course a feast to prepare and eat together!

It is still pretty cold here, but I managed to take a few pictures of some spring flowers that are making their appearance in my flower beds.

 

He is Risen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Change is a Good Thing

I’ve decided to take a look back and then move forward with flowerswheatandfabric. Honestly, I struggled with continuing on, but I so much enjoy writing and documenting my journey of life and the things that bring me joy. I just need to carve the time to do it.

Mark and I were just talking about how fast this last year flew by. I know we have the same amount of time as anyone else, but so much has transpired and changed this last year.   “Change is a Good Thing”, I have said this most of my adult life and as I have reflected upon the year 2014, I can say most enthusiastically that indeed, “Change is a good thing!” I will add that it is not always an easy task.

1 Corinthians 7:17, Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned them, just as God has called them.

This verse has been a great reminder that all the paths that my life encounters are never a surprise to God but an orchestrated plan that God has already overseen and it is my job to trust and have faith that every change will bring glory and praises to Him.

One of the most happiest and celebrated changes was the marriage of our son, Jesse to his beautiful bride Heidi, on the first of February.  Farming as a way of life is continuing on, we have a nurse nearby and a grandbaby will join our family this April!  Change is a good thing!

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In April, we helped relocate Marks folks nearer to us. This was a big job, but one that helped them to be able to live with some assistance and yet be independent.  They are a half hour from the farm and it has been a good change!  Along the same lines, my mom also had some significant changes.  She went through two knee surgeries in the first half of the year and has been experiencing difficult back pain since. A house in town was purchased and now we just need to move her in!  This will be a good change for her!  These ‘good’ changes were not necessarily easy, but through all situations God’s blessings are always realized.

Spring and summer bring flowers and color and this past year was no different. I managed to plant my garden and it was the best one yet! I harvested plenty of tomatoes, Okra, salad fixins, strawberries and raspberries!  I am looking forward to that again this year!

September was a month I was anxious for. Our daughter Hannah was moving closer, in town actually!  A friend asked me a couple of months ago how I managed to have both our kids living nearby.  I responded, I had nothing to do with it. God has plans that are greater than mine!  This change is a good thing!

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Traveling and taking time to enjoy friends and family outside our normal scenery is something Mark and I enjoy and would love to do more often. I love taking pictures of the places we have explored so here are a few!

These were taken on our trip to Utah!

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of course I have to add a sunset at the beach!

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Wall Hanging Done!

It did take me a little longer than I had hoped, but midway while machine quilting; I wondered if I should start over!  So I stopped and left it alone for a couple of months.  When I took it out to reevaluate, I decided to dive in and finish it. I’m so glad I did.

 

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This quilt was quite the project.  My goal was to somehow bring an African influence into the quilt.  Since it was made for my daughter Hannah, who had lived in Burkina Faso for two years, I wanted it to remind her of that time in her life.  Seeing first hand, where she lived and ministered, has helped me to visualize this quilt into being.

 

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Life in Burkina is hard, and never perfectly in line, so the imperfect log cabin squares and quilting lines are so appropriate.  (Thank goodness, because machine quilting straight lines are harder than you think!)

 

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Hannah actually hasn’t seen the finished quilt. So here it is Hannah! Made with love for my beautiful daughter.

 

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We are just finishing up Rapeseed harvest here on the farm. Here are a few pics of the guys doing the work.

Mark (Boss Man)

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Jesse (Combine Operator)

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Wheat harvest is next and I should update you on my garden too!

 

 

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starting where I left off

Wow! I can’t believe I have been away from blogging for so long.  Last fall seemed to go by so fast and then the holidays and it is spring!  Somewhere in between winter arrived and has now passed.  Yay! No writing about the winter doldrums for me!  So, I think I will just jump in like it hasn’t been that long!

I have done some quilting this winter and actually got a couple of quilt tops ready to be quilted. Lately I have been working on a wall quilt for my daughter Hannah.  It started out as an experiment as I tried a new technique for me, inspired by a quilt book I bought.  Modern Quilting by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pederson.

When I was in Burkina Faso a year ago last November, I bought some Ghana Batik fabric and now wanted to do something with it.  So I looked for some fabric to go with it and here is what I found.  The top piece is from Ghana.

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I needed a neutral and found the gray material at my local quilt store, Becky’s Fabrics, and then started the process of basically sewing and cutting at the machine.  I loved it and did make a few blunders from time to time, overall the process was pretty cool and I’m sure I will sew more of these quilts.

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I have the top done, but forgot to take a picture of it before I pinned it to be ready to quilt. So you will have to wait until it’s done to see the whole piece.  It won’t be 7 months, I promised my daughter I would get it done this spring!

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I thought I would post a few pictures of my travels these last 7 months. These were taken at Clearwater Beach on the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Florida.  I was told that the best sunsets are here and I have to say it is very true, they were beautiful and it was a lot of fun watching the pelicans catch their dinner!

Clearwater Beach

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It is good to be back blogging again.  Next time I should be done with that quilt!

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bringing color to my life

Living here in Eastern Washington, summers tend to turn to many beautiful shades of brown.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the color brown, especially the gold tones, but this girl loves all colors, the brighter the better when it comes to flowers.

 

Iris are so easy to grow and they take a back seat row in my garden space.

 

 

 

 

Hollyhocks are one of my favorite, I would love to grow more but I’m finding out they need a little help to keep them standing straight!

 

 

Look what came up this year, a Lilly!   I don’t even remember planting it.  If you look closely you can see a bee.

 

 

Flowers pots are my container of choice, simply because I don’t have to weed them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t have flowers without a little treat for the humming birds.

 

 

There is nothing better than sitting on our front porch, eating homemade ice cream and watching the flowers grow.  Did I say homemade ice cream, that just might have to be another blog!

 

 

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