Sunday, July 6, 2014

4th of July

Yes, I know I'm late, but I do have a few pics from our 4th of July celebrations. I did manage to put out my few patriotic decorations for the holiday as well.

This is my version of one of  Humble Quilts' doll quiltalongs from a couple of years back.  Lori called hers Strawberry Fields Forever.  The runner is the result of scrounging through my stash to find a scrap of leftover RWB pinwheels I knew I had from a past Veteran's pillowcase donation project.  After I ironed the piece, I decided to add some borders and just make it a "scarf" rather than a quilted tablerunner. 

Then I began over thinking this by wondering if I should make it double-sided with another colorway.  Do you do that? Until a decision is made, here it is unfinished but still patriotic. 

Last year the Rotary Club that puts on the fireworks show for our city, practically in my parents' backyard, cancelled the show due to expenses.  The outcry was loud.  Luckily, this year it was back on and the traditional 4th of July family party as well. I made some carrot cake cupcakes to share for dessert.

They were delicious--dense, chewy, spicy, with walnuts and raisins, and cream cheese frosting.  Yum. Definitely one I'll make again and again.  I found the recipe here:

We had a lovely BBQ party with lots of family present.  I got a good dose of Mimi time too, whenever I could get Cove to myself :)

 Here's Cove with my nephew Andrew, his girlfriend Brooke and her daughter Chloe (19 months).

 Cove has discovered his feet.  Mimi doesn't mind diaper duty as it gives me one-on-one time :)

I sent this (not very good) photo to my daughter Elaine, Cove's mommy, with the caption of "Cove with Great Grands".  My daughter noted of Cove, "He looks skeptical".  Too funny!  Cove was not afraid of the fireworks and stayed up way past his bedtime.  He was so good about being handed around and withstood many many kisses. My 95 year old mother-in-law rocked and sang to him, which he liked. We were mostly all together again at another BBQ at another nephew's house last night.  Love that! 


Vivian said...

Nice to see your blue Strawberry Fields done (maybe Blueberry Fields?). A perfect version for July 4.
I love it when little ones discover their toes. They are so proud of themselves!
Sounds like you're having a healthy helping of family time and enjoying it all.

carol fun said...

Sounds like it was a wonderful holiday! I love the expression on Cove's face with the GreatGrands -- don't you wish you knew what was going on inside his little mind? So precious.

Stephanie said...

Sounds like a festive time with family. I like your patriotic vignette.

Janet O. said...

That is a nice holiday-looking version of Lori's design, whether or not that was your intention when you made it. : )
Good times with family. We used to gather 4 generations together for the holiday, too, but not so much anymore.

Marg said...

Love that last pic, with the expression on Cove's face!
It sounds like you had a great 4th of July. I really like your mini quilt and decorations.

Shay said...

Happy belated 4th Annie.

Family time at your place always looks like a party I'd want to be at!

Mary said...

What a wonderful 4th you had, and it was so nice that Cove took the excitement in stride!

Kate said...

Your house definitely looks patriotic. Sounds like you had an excellent celebration.

julieQ said...

Love your red, white and blue!! And your family glad you had a great day!

Sarah said...

Your red white and blue quilt are lovely. I love the tone of blue you've used. Family times are such fun over holidays.