Independence Day Traditions

patrioticnewsletter-01 I can’t believe that it’s almost Independence Day!! I love this time of year! Red, white and blue paving the streets, BBQs, fireworks,  picnics, carnivals, family time, the list goes on forever! In my family,  we have two Independence Day traditions. The first is to participate in the Morro Bay Family Fun Day.  We love to kick it off with the bicycle parade. We all decorate our bikes and  helmets and then cruise along the waterfront in a pack of several hundred people of all ages. The kids have always loved it and I love every chance they get to be creative! We then spend the day having fun and participating in whatever else is going on in Morro Bay! We drink lots of lemonade and usually eat lots of super yummy food! Later that night, the family helps me get packed for my traditional road trip the next day! 4th of July The tradition for the 5th of July is to get up at 4am and start out on a 750 mile road trip to Sisters, Oregon.  I get to see good friends such as Valori Wells and spend the week teaching! This year I’m teaching a few classes on the “Color Strata” quilt and also some “Endangered Species” quilts. It’s going to be a fun time!  It really is a cool gig, I enjoy being involved in the happenings of the Quilter’s Affair classes and the Annual Outdoor Quilt Show. If you get a chance to come, you definitely should!  This quilt was featured a few years back at the show. It’s called “And the Flag Was Still There” IMG_20140712_083130_432 Below is one of the quilts headed to the show with me! I’ve been wanting to make a Man Sewing Missouri Star quilt for awhile and finally got around to it!  What do you think? Man Sewing Missouri Star Mini Quilt I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures of our Independence Day festivities and also of the Outdoor Quilt Show! Have a fun and safe weekend everyone!

Coming Home Quilt

There is something majestic about seeing an eagle. Whether it’s flying overhead, your favorite team’s mascot or even on a quilt, eagles are beautiful creatures. Eagles are especially beautiful if you live in the US like me! They represent freedom and the birth of our great nation!

Coming Home Quilt

This fun quilt was originally made for Quilted In Honor. Quilted In Honor (QIH), led by Island Batik, is a fund raising initiative for Operation Homefront, one of the top military fund raising organizations, and is intended to harness the collective power of the quilting industry to give back to the ones that need it most. I was so happy to work with such a great organization and help those who have protected our freedoms. 

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