Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pioneer Day - July 24th

The 24th of July is a holiday in Utah. If you are not aware of Mormon history the saints were driven out of their beautiful Nauvoo, IL; they crossed the plains and many brutal miles of wilderness. On the 24th of July 1847 the Prophet Brigham Young came into view of the Salt Lake Valley and proclaimed 'This is the Place'; this is where the saints will be able to freely worship and live without persecutions. So every 24th of July is Pioneer Day or also known as the Days of '47.

Back on the 12th of July my parents returned from serving a 18 month mission for the LDS Church. They were working/serving in the Guayaquil, Ecuador Temple. On the 24th (Sunday) they had their Homecoming Talk, reporting on what they did and the experiences that had. They live in Monticello, Utah (which is about 5 hours southeast of Salt Lake City) and most of our large family (eight kids) was able to go down, be with them, enjoy each others company, and go to their homecoming.
Since it was Pioneer Day weekend, Saturday their small town of Monticello had a parade, our family was able to get wonderful seats in the shade of the San Juan County Building, especially since it was a blistering 101 degrees. Mom and Dad are on the steps in the center, and yes that is me working on a quilt, that will be given to my parents once it is done, and yes they are aware of the gift, in fact I needed more ideas from Mom letting her have a choice on some of the quilting designs.

At this point I am quilting a rope pattern in one of the white borders, quilting with red thread (my first hand quilted section with colored thread).
"Smile babe", says DH.

Then he yells, "what kind of smile is that?" I tell him to turn around. At that time a firetruck carrying the baseball state champions was passing, shooting water into the crowd from the fire hose. All I could think of is 'please don't get us, my quilt is not ready to be washed!' Luckily we were back far enough and the boys didn't know how to turn it on full blast.
So here are a bunch of photos showing what I have done so far (still working on it).

Here is the rope hand quilted in red thread.

Does Malee approve? After a close inspection...

She is still deliberating...

The answer is YES! The Princess approves!

As you can tell there is a mixture of machine quilting and hand quilting. All the borders are done by hand with the exception of the stitch in the ditch around each border.

This weekend was wonderful, to see most of our family, two brothers and families were not able to make it, on lives in the Philippines and the other had to work; and reconnect with our parents. WELCOME HOME MOM AND DAD!
Gathering for a family picture (which will need to be posted later when it gets emailed to me).


  1. The quilt is beautiful! You do lovely hand quilting. Looks like a lovely time was had by all the family.

  2. The hand quilting is beautiful. I especially love the red rope border. Unlike machine quilting, the hand stitching isn't too stark, even in a contrasting thread. What a treasure this quilt will be when it is finished.

  3. Gorgeous work. I love the colored thread in the quilting.

  4. Hand quilting adds so much don't you think? Beautiful work!

  5. Love the quilt! We manage to tie a few every year, but I'm afraid it would take me an ENTIRE year to actually quilt one.


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