Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Our new (old) future home! 2005 Monaco Dynasty


On our return trip from Santa Fe, NM last fall, we stopped in Oklahoma City to check out a motor home that we had seen advertised that had peaked our interest after spending two long weeks feeling cramped up in our Jayco.  Well, the motor home of interest turned out to be a real dud, but the salesman redirected our attention to a 2005 Monaco Dynasty that had come in on consignment. The moment I stepped into it I felt like I was home!  It was spacious, clean and new looking.  If there was a scratch on it, we didn't find it.  We had to really ponder this one but decided, if we wanted to have more space when we went on the road this would take care of that need!

Our first trip in it was to Sequoyah State Park near Wagoner, Oklahoma at the Seminole camp ground.

It rained on us for the first couple of days but we thoroughly enjoyed the entire week.  At night we were surrounded by deer who walked thru the campground feeding.  This park is quiet, clean and the campsites are great!  A great place to visit if you are in the area.
Leon was in his happy place!!


 

Sunday, March 05, 2017

The 2015 Jayco Precept

In May of 2015 we bought a brand new 2015 Jayco Precept.  At first it was the motorhome of our dreams!  We were going to travel the US in it and live our dream "Full-time" life in it!   The more we camped, however, the smaller it became to us.  We pulled out the sofa to make room for 2 recliners that we thought would make a difference.

Our Westies, Charlie and Sam, loved the new recliners!  But still didn't feel like a home we could live comfortably in for a year or more on the road.  We thought about taking out the booth style dining table and seats and adding an electric fireplace but still weren't convinced we would feel at home.  I know now that owning a motorhome, travel trailer, etc. and making into your home on wheels, is something that you have to make your own or you are not going to feel comfortable in and that takes away the enjoyment in the journey.

We took the Jayco on a trip up to Kansas to Lake Wilson last year while visiting grandkids.  The lake is beautiful.  It is located in the center of Kansas.  Two of our son's live near by and came out with the family's for fishing and fun.  Unfortunately everyone caught a stomach flu.  We did have a few days of fishing and fun!







Our first trip out in the Jayco was very nice, although the temp was in the 100's.  We camped at a lovely park in Oklahoma called Cedar Oaks.






Sunday, September 13, 2015

Oregon or Bust??? Maybe not...:(

Might not make it all the way to Oregon and northern California.  More fires have broken out.  Stay tuned to where we will end up!  Only 5 more days!!!!

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Oregon Trail ........ Leon and Patt's Most Excellent Adventure!!

Coming soon!  Our trip to Astoria, Oregon and beyond!  We are finally going to take our trip to the west coast, hopefully before it drops into the ocean.  I must confess, I'm a little leery after all the talk lately by scientist that the "big" one is coming on the western seaboard.  I have always wanted to see Astoria, Oregon every since I saw the "Goonies" years ago.  I fell in love with that town!  I'll be posting photos and experiences along our journey. 

We leave September 19th!!!! 

Friday, June 07, 2013

Finally finished the two quilts for my dear friends in Omaha!  Only took me 3 years to get done with them.  Ha!  Probably a good thing since my quilting has improved so much in the last year, the quilts turned out great.   Here is the Miss Rosie pattern "40T".  It was a fun quilt to make and the longarm stitching turned out great. Not that I'm bragging, but I was very impressed with myself after doing this one!








Then there was this one! Oh my!  This was the hardest quilt I have ever done.  It is a Texas Lone Star.  It was like piecing a puzzle.  But after it was all put together I was very proud of the results. It really turned out beautiful!  The quilting was a challenge for me but I did it!







Monday, March 11, 2013

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Quilt Raffle

My sister, Kaye and I have decided to sign up for the April 20-21st Houston Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in honor of our sister Beth.  Beth was diagnosed with a small tumor in her left breast this past May 2012.  She has since under gone two lumpectomy's and will be finishing up 5 weeks of radiation this Wednesday.  In order to raise money for the event I have donated a quilt that I did last year as a block of the month class I taught in my quilt guild a couple of years ago.  I have raised $1,806.50 so far in donations.  I finished the quilting on it last night.  I still have the binding to do but should have it done this week.  I can't wait to find out who will win this quilt!  It is one of my favorites!
This is the top of the quilt.  It is laying on top of my husbands pool table with all the lights off and only the afternoon light coming in from the side windows.  This lighting captures the shadows the quilting makes.
Here is the back.   It's my favorite!


and one of the blocks,



This was actually my first attempt to do massive feathers in a quilt.  I have always been afraid to do them but they aren't really as scary as they seem.   Once you do the first one the rest get easier and easier. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

May 21st - Boy's Baby Quilt

Just got this one off the frame.  I like the quilting on it. I thought I'd do these all over cresent curves on this quilt because there are no real blocks in it.  I almost cut the pictures apart and framed around them but decided at the last minute not to.  I like it the way it is.  I hope the little boy I made for will too.

This is the back.


Side

A cowboy!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Turning an old TV cabinet into a Quilt cabinet!!

Several months back, my husband I were walking around in a Salvation Army Thrift store. You never know what treasure's you can find in those stores.  You know "one man's junk is another man's treasure"!  Anyway, I spotted a used TV cabinet and while looking at it an idea popped into my head. 

Why not take out the tv base and add a closet rod and turn it into a "quilt cabinet".  Well, that cabinet was in pretty bad shape so I decided not to buy it.   A few weeks ago my husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas.  I thought about that old cabinet and told him that I wanted to look for another one and actually make that quilt cabinet.

Well, lo and behold we found one at another thrift store in Broken Arrow and got a great deal on it!
 




I removed the tv base and polished it up with a good coat of lemony pledge!   



I bought a shower curtain rod at Walmart, inserted it inside the cabinet and "Wala!!"  I have a beautiful quilt cabinet and storage area.


TV cabinet = $100
Shower rod = $10.98
Lemony pledge wipes = $2.00
Quilt cabinet and storage area = PRICELESS!!!! 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Ahhh! Christmas time!

I love Christmas time!  I love making things and sharing them with my family and friends.  I've been out a while with surgery to my back, but everyday I'm getting stronger and more enthusiasts about working on things in my sewing room.  Here are a few examples of what I've done over the past week.



Fun! Fun! Fun!

Sunday, May 08, 2011

"The Reunion"

The sister's arrived on Monday afternoon from Houston, Texas and the first thing we did was something we all love to do.  Present one another with gifts that we either hand made or purchased that we just know the other will absolutely love!  I made travel case caddy's for all and placed them in "Quilt in a Day" zippered project bags.  Little sister, Shirley, made us all koosie's with our first initial embroidered on a wrap around cloth that she did on her embroidery machine.  She also made us "Sister" key chains from wide ribbon! Adorable!  Big sister, Kaye, presented us with the cutest little scissors and shirt magnets that we can wear on our clothes to put those cute little scissors on while quilting.  She also gave us a gift from her daughter, Joni, a bottle of wine with a "sock monkey" (yes, I said sock monkey) cover.  On sock with button eyes!  Very adorable! Beth gave us a variety of wonderful treasures to pick from.  I chose a book by Jennifer Chiaverini which I can't wait to read!  Then the grand finale of the evening was the presentation our our round robin quilts.  They were all so incredibly beautiful.
This first one is Kaye's, then mine, Shirley's and Beth's.  They are all so beautiful!


Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Randall Sister's Annual Quilt Reunion

Since our Mom passed away in 2001, me and my sister’s have been having an annual “Randall Sister’s Reunion”. We got to thinking after Mom and Dad were gone that we didn’t want to lose connection with one another and since we are all quilter’s (so was Mom) that we would do something quilt related. One year we rented a beach house down in Galveston, TX (we are from the Houston area) and quilted for 4 days. We had a blast! It was too cold and windy to get in the water, but we didn’t mind, we just stayed in where it was warm and sewed, laughed, had a few cocktails and enjoyed each others company.  

This year our reunion is going to take us on the road to Paducah!  My sisters, Kaye, Beth and Shirley are going to drive up from Houston, pick me up in Tulsa and head out for all the quilt shops we can hit in a week and of course stopping in Paducah to enjoy a day or two at the big annual show.  I've never been to the Paducah show but my best friend got to go last year and she told me how wonderful it was.  I can't wait! 

I also can't wait to spend some one on one time with my sister's.  We have so much fun when we are together.  We reminisce about when we were little kids growing up in Beaumont, Texas, like how scared we got one night when our Dad told us that he would give us a quarter if we walked all the way around the house, in the dark, by ourselves on Halloween night!  I have to say I shook from the top of my head down to my toenail's walking around that house, but I did it!  And for a whole quarter! 
We get the giggles after sharing a bottle (or two) of wine (or beer) and laughter is always heard when the Randall sister's get together! We also have somber times when memories of our beloved parents come into our conversations.  We miss them so much.

I wouldn't miss this time with my sister's for anything!!

Friday, February 04, 2011

Blizzards in Tulsa, Oh My!

Wow!  Who would have thought it would snow this much this far south!  I thought it would never stop 2 days ago and then Wham!  It did it again.  Charlie and Sam don't mind it though, they like the snow.

Just look how cute they are in their pretty little sweaters!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Aunt Annie Quilt

I finally finished it!  After 2 years, I have finally finished my Aunt Annie quilt!  I call it that because my 3 sisters and I met up in Athens, Texas about 2 years ago at my Aunt Annie's (one of my mom's 4 sister's) house for a weekend quilting retreat.  She wanted to teach us how to make a "Friendship Braid" quilt.  What a great pattern.  Each of us were instructed to bring scraps of fabric that we could share with one another to make our quilts.  Aunt Annie dove into her scrap pile and gave us some interesting pieces too.  This quilt is composed of fabric from the early 50's thru present day and has been purchased in Texas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas, Germany and France!  This is truly a Friendship Braid ya'll!  Each of us has our own quilt.

I quilted mine on my HQ16 longarm out on my back porch.  I decided to use an all over freehand design consisting of leaves, loops and flowers. 

I think it turned out great!  Everytime I look at it I will remember that wonderful weekend spent with my dear Aunt Annie in Texas.  She was a most gracious hostess and even at 86 years old she cooked for us and plotted with my 76 year old Aunt Gayla Ruth for a surprise visit that first evening.  Aunt Gayla Ruth brought us hand crocheted pot holders that she had made from a pattern she was given to her by our Mom.  Aunt Annie also blessed us with wonderful stories about our Mom, which I will always cherish. 
I will try to get a picture of my Aunts and post on my blog. They are all beautiful Texas women!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

What a Wonderful World!

Have you ever wondered what a dog is thinking about when he sits in the grass, smelling the air, feeling the breeze blowing by?  I often wonder that when I see my westie, Sam, sitting outside.  I imagine he is thinking about the birds singing, the little bugs flying around, what's he going to do after he sits in the grass, what's that noise, when's dinner?
I think if he could sing he would be singing "What a Wonderful World" and he would sound just like Louis Armstrong.  He loves the outdoors and sitting in the grass and thinking about his world!