Sunday, July 8, 2012

Finished Melon Patch Quilt [and Oregon Vacation]

Wow. The summer has been going by so quickly. I haven't been around for the last month, but I've definitely been busy! Since I last posted, I finished two quilts and went with my family to Oregon for my BFF's wedding. We got back on Friday, decompressed for the weekend, and are recharged for a new work week tomorrow. Or as recharged as you can get having to start a new work week. =(

This is the quilt I made for Natalie and her new hubby, Ross.

Melon Patch Wedding Quilt for Natalie and Ross

I used a fat quarter bundle of Anna Maria Horner's Innocent Crush in the potpourri colorway and Kona white to make this melon patch quilt.

If you remember, one of my quilt guild friends, Andrea, asked us to make melon patch blocks for her month in our local guild bee.

Bee Block for Andrea

I loved it so much that I wanted to make an entire quilt out of it. Although, I opted to alter the composition a bit to make series of white blocks and series of colored blocks as opposed to alternating white and colored quadrants.

The quilt measures approximately 64 inches square. I quilted it in meandering loops, and machine-embroidered a label on the back to commemorate the day.

Melon Patch Wedding Quilt for Natalie and Ross

It's not perfect, but it works.

I made her open the quilt while I was there so I could see her reaction, and she didn't disappoint!

They bought a house a few months ago and so they held the wedding there.

Natalie and Ross' wedding, Salem, OR

It was nice and cozy even if it rained a lot. (Isn't the picture of Natalie, Ross, and Ross' daughter in the upper corner so adorable?!)

We drove up to Oregon a couple of days before the wedding and spent some time sight-seeing. We visited Multnomah Falls on our way to Salem and had a good time hiking up to the falls.

Multnomah Falls, OR

Multnomah Falls, OR

My sweet baby unfortunately had an ear infection and then woke up with a crazy rash the day of the wedding. She's still a cutie though and was a good sport despite not feeling well.

Salem, OR

The day after the wedding, we left Salem and headed to Rockaway Beach on the coast where we rented a beach house for the rest of the week. My kids absolutely LOVED playing at the beach. I, however, do not love cleaning up sand several times a day.

At Rockaway Beach, OR

Over the next few days, we spent time exploring the coast. We visited the Peter Iredale shipwreck. My son is absolutely fearless. Here he is climbing on the shipwreck. Good thing he didn't cut himself on the rusty ship's frame.

Peter Iredale Shipwreck, OR coast

We also headed up to Astoria and climbed the Astoria Column, where I incidentally ran into a coworker who I didn't know would be in Oregon. Small world.

Astoria Column, Astoria, OR

We tossed off a couple of balsa wood airplanes. My son would have climbed up and down the column all day if we had let him.

On the fourth of July, we drove out to the Cape Meares lighthouse near Tillamook. I've been to Oregon several times and I can never get over how absolutely gorgeous it is! The mister kept saying that we should move out there. If I could handle constant rain I could maybe consider it.

Looking out at the Pacific from the Cape Meares lighthouse near Tillamook, OR

Throughout the trip, we did a lot of kid and baby carrying. Thank goodness my sister came with us and offered an extra set of hands so we weren't outnumbered.

Hiking to Cape Meares lighthouse near Tillamook, OR

That night, we headed down to the beach to watch the fireworks. My three-year-old was pretty much terrified, but the rest of us had a good time.

July 4, 2012 - Waiting for fireworks at Rockaway Beach, OR

We headed to Boise the following morning and then the rest of the way to Utah the following day. We had a such a great time, but it was good to get back to our routines at home.

Later this week I'll be posting about the quilt I made for the beach, so stay tuned.


Barbie Mills said...

The quilt really turned out beautiful, and I'm so glad you had such a great trip with your family! It looks like you had a fabulous time.

-A said...

I have an idea . . . we can move to Oregon together so we aren't the only family deserters. Glad you had a good trip and I love the quilt. I'm a big fan of the white block/color block choice.

Naturally Carol said...

I am sure they would've loved your quilt! What a fabulous time you had exploring more of the country.

Debbie said...

What an awesome quilt! And what a fun get-away! Hubby & I hiked up to M. falls once - NOT an easy hike! ;-/

felicity said...

Yes it rains here in the PNW but the summer weather is perfect! Looks like your trip was lovely! And the quilt you made is just beautiful - love it!

The Thompsons said...

What a fun trip! Glad it was alright even though she was sick. And, your quilt is lovely.

thepalmierifamily said...

Oh that looks like a fun vacation! It's fun to vacation, but it's hard never having a break from the 3 little ones- they can't go play in their rooms while you sew and decompress. Now that we live close to the beach (1 hour away), we go about once a week. My kids have so much fun! Lo-oved your quilt for your friend.

Katie B. said...

Your family is gorgeous! It looks like an awesome vacation. And the quilt--so beautiful.

Kelsey said...

Beautiful quilt!! Looks like you had an awesome trip too :)

Kati said...

I'm so glad you had a good time. Vacation with kids is always an adventure. Love how that quilt turned out!

Gmama Jane said...

I'm new to your blog but enjoyed the family pictures very much. I'm all about family! I've never been to Oregon and hope to go now that hubby and I are retired. We plan to buy a camper this fall so hopefully Oregon will be on our *out West* trip. Your baby's picture was soooo adorable. Those precious little soft cheeks make me wish for a 6th grandbaby! Our youngest is 4 and I'm getting little baby fever again!! Loved your blog.
Gmama Jane
BTW, my old eyes don't see those word ID things very well so for all of us of a certain age would you consider turning it off? I turned mine off when a blogging friend suggested I would have more comments. I had no idea it was even on!!! Especially since I never saw it. just food for thought

Jade Graham said...

This is no surprise though. It's just hard to do because those foods taste so good! חבילות נופש לברצלונה


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