Saturday, September 27, 2008

Girlfriend Time

For my father in law's 89th birthday my husband wanted to take his dad golfing. It's been a while since Grandpa has golfed, but it used to be their favorite activity together. My husband felt his dad would enjoy driving around in the golf cart and being on the golf course, even if he couldn't play.
This left me with several hours of free time in Salt Lake. My girlfriends cleared their busy schedules and arranged a time for us to get together to quilt and have lunch at Ruth's house. The 4 of us get together often, and our friendship has carried each of us through over the years. These are truly my sisters.

Judi, Nedra, Beth and Ruth

These ladies are fabulous cooks. Judi made this to die for salad. When ever Judi cooks for us we are always so happy because she makes "pretty food".

Ruth's husband and boys just finished this amazing waterfall that goes up their mountain.
A few weeks ago the mountain behind Ruth's house in Draper, Utah caught fire. She was here in St. George when her husband called to say they had to be evacuated and fire trucks were in the driveway. Ruth jumped in her car and immediately started the 4 hour drive home, wondering what devastation she would be facing when she arrived. Twenty- five foot flames came right down to their property line, then abruptly stopped. Prayers had been answered and a miracle took place. No homes were damaged in the fire that consumed 600 acres. They have spent several weeks in a mess, and still have concerns about the possible damage that could occur from Spring run off. While I was there we could see helicopters overhead dropping seed on the charred ground.
You can still see the burn line at the the top of the their property.
Beth worked on the binding of this cute Halloween quilt. We all started this pattern over a year ago when we were in Park City together for a girl get away. Has anyone finished except Beth?

Look what a perfect selection she used for the back ground fabric.

Ruth has finished several Buggy Barn quilts.

Because Ruth was out of town when the fire occurred, several neighbors came and helped her husband remove precious items from their home. The first things they grabbed were pictures and quilts. Since then the quilts have been left hanging over her banisters, waiting to be rehung around the house.
This is my favorite of all of Ruth's quilts. Of course it's made out of Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

Ruth loves working with wool, and has made several quilts where she has incorporated hand dyed wool into the project.

Another Buggy Barn design.

The 4 of us took a block of the month class at Quilts Etc. several years ago. The first block cost $5, and then if you completed 6 and brought them to the next class, the next block was free. We consider this our $5 quilt. (Of course, we don't count all the money put in scrap fabrics, machine quilting, and so on...) And of course the time spent together is priceless.


Material Mary said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I am passionate about fabric and quilting and love to share. My brother lives in St. George and we have been down south a couple of times since last summer. Beautiful part of the state. The pattern for the hotpads is called "witches tales" by Crownhaven Designs. It is a paper pieced pattern for the witches and a milky way design on the cats tails. I took the witch part and put a 1 1/2 in" border around it and quilted and bound the hotpads. Really fun. If you can't locate the pattern, email me at with either a fax or an address and I'll mail you the paper pieced pattern.


Browndirtcottage said...

as usual have given us another fabulous show of great quilts....isn't the Lord so good....that her home was spared.... so many times through the years when the weather has been bad has hailed right up to our turn row and stopped...a turn row is literally a tiny dirt rode the tractors use to turn around in when they are working the fields...this tiny road is often the divider between you and your fellow neighbor farmer.....we have stood in amazement and AWE when all our farm neighbors on all four sides of us have had their crops completely hailed out.....and not a single leaf disturbed on our fields!!!

Nanette Merrill said...

Lovely food, lovely quilts. Your favorite of Ruth's is my favorite too. So pretty.