Buzzings from a quilter who bumbles her way through life!

Monday, June 17, 2013

I've returned from my prolonged "adventure" in babysitting and eight days of vacation, driving from California through Utah, Arizona,  and New Mexico. I've been gone for over a month and I brought my grandkids back with me for an extended stay! 
Since I'm signed up for a blog hop that starts on the 26 (my day is the 28th), I have recruited my 10 year old  granddaughter to hop along with me! She did such a great job on her project, which is to be a "stamp" design, that even if I never made mine you wouldn't be disappointed in what you will see. Here's a peak at the back. Let me tell you - it's adorable!!!
Our trip took us to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Tombstone, Arizona, and Carlsbad Caverns. Most of our pictures need to be "gone through", but I did download a few taken in the Tombstone Museum that might be of interest to those of us who sew! If you could go back in time to the 1800's, you might go through a scenario like this: 

Get out the iron so you can press your dress. This iron weighs 21 pounds!(Not to speak of continuously putting it back on the flame to reheat it! was 118 degrees just outside of Tombstone when we were there!) 
You decide to bring the black beaded handbag because it holds a few more coins and you know you will need a LOT!You also clean up your gloves a little so people won't think poorly of you!
Oh, no! You need to fry some chicken to take along for lunches on the trip. Maybe a few apples will help, too!
It's time to catch the stage coach! You hurry down the stairs dragging your heavy wooden trunk and find someone to help you carry it to the station.
  You're ready to go, but after a brief talk with the driver, you find out there is no such thing yet as a Quilt Shop!!! Oh, NO!! You'll have to either rely on the two calico designs the local general store has ordered (the same two that every woman in town has made her family's clothing from), or use up old scraps and clothing!

Aren't you glad we live in this day and age where all we have to do is click a button on the computer?


  1. Glad your back sounds like a fun trip.

  2. You had quite the adventure. I look forward to seeing what your granddaughter has created. She is certainly concentrating on her project. I am glad we live in today's world...I just wish more people were kind to one another. Happy Hearts are Creative Hearts...

  3. When I was a kid, my family used an iron fueled by charcoal. The top of the iron has a space to put burning charcoal and it has a cover so you don't get burnt. Sounds scary but that's how we ironed our clothes back then and it did a really good job too. I love the giant pin cushion and of course the beaded bags. I have thought about making one for myself many times but the amount of time needed is more than I can afford right now.

  4. I LOVE Carlsbad Caverns. I was so scared, the first time I went, that I walked backwards away from the bottomless pit, and fell in a 10-12 foot hole just off the trail. As soon as my father realized that I was ok (only scratches) he laughed! He was never forgiven for laughing. When I went again in high school, I was VERY CAREFUL as I walked. Neat pictures and story you did about the museum. Those ladies were STRONG to be lifting those irons over and over again. At least I only have to lift my cast iron sewing machines once, onto the table. Have fun with your grandkids.

  5. You had a very nice tour, seems that way from your blog. :-)
    Enjoy beeing with your grandchildren and good luck with the hop.
    regards from Sweden.

  6. Oh, Amen! I am glad for quilt shops. I don't mind using up the scraps and good parts of clothing, but aaack! No quilt shops!!!
    Lucky grandchildren and lucky grandparents. Have a wonderful visit!

  7. I am excited to see what your granddaughter has designed for us!

    I am taking a stroll through everyone's blogs to be sure that you all change Sew many yarns to July 1 on any schedule you may have posted on your blog. Thanks for taking the time to do that. :)

  8. I have a friend who has taken bus trips and such down to AZ, NM a couple times from BC. She said that Bryce Canyon was her favorite. What a summer, huh?


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