Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy Fourth of July! Happy Birthday America!

It is the Fourth of July and very hot here in the Atlanta area.  The shop was open early today for our Saturday Sampler but we closed at 4:00 so I am sitting here waiting for Bill to cook the hot dogs on the grill.  When I was a kid, this was a very special day because we lived near the beach and my parents friends from high school would all come to our house and we would have a big BBQ.  We would go to the beach in the afternoon and come back to the house for food. 

We would always have hot dogs on hamburger buns.  I am sure this started one time when someone forgot the hot dog buns but on the 4th it was always hot dogs on hamburger buns so I stopped at the grocery store to pick up hamburger buns to keep the tradition going.  Actually, I like them this way.  We cut them in half lengthwise and you can fit two on a bun.

I have a few patriotic quilts to show you today.  This first one is actually my first quilt I ever made and it lives in Sweden with my son and his family.  They have almost used it to death.

First completed quilt

It was a quilt as you go log cabin and is the only quilt I ever made this way.  I had lots of red and blue fabrics and made this while I lived in Sydney, Australia.

Next is a quilt I made several years ago.  It is one of the first quilts I ever quilted on my longarm and is a good reminder of how far I have come with my quilting.

4th of July Quilt

Last is one more quilt that is hanging over the door in my living room.  It is a picnic type quilt (of course, we don’t ever go on picnics) and is made with pillow panels for the border.

Americana Quilt

I am not sure when I made it but it was quilted by someone else so it was before the end of 2001 so it is at least 8 years old.

Tomorrow morning I leave for California thanks to Delta.  I have an morning flight so will be there before noon.  My sister will pick me up and later in the day my son and his family from Sweden will come over.  They are currently staying at his father’s house.  On Monday, my daughter and her family will arrive from San Francisco.  I am so excited about seeing everyone.  We haven’t all been together for 2 years.

I hope I can go to sleep tonight!





  1. Have a wonderful vacation with your family. How long will you stay?

  2. You bedroom is all ready and waiting for you.

  3. Have a wonderful time with your family..

    BTW I made that same quilt with the Friendship Stars and Red and White is on my porch now.


  4. Wishing you a fun, safe trip and visit with family.


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