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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Family News and Sewing Stuff!

Grandson Brandon and Raegan are engaged!

Brandon said she started crying as soon as he got down on one knee

Proud parents! That's our son and daughter-in-law on the right.

Our grandson Brandon surprised his sweetheart Raegan with a  proposal in the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Golden, Colorado on March 17! Both sets of parents were in on the surprise.

Raegan recently graduated from Oklahoma University law school and is studying for the Bar. In August she will begin a job in Dallas, where Brandon already lives and works. She is such a sweet girl! They are planning an April 2025 wedding!

Our beautiful Granddaughter #1 - Sydney - graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX last week. We drove down to our old stomping grounds, attended the ceremony with our son and family.

Our oldest grands - Samantha (Sammy) - soon to be 21, Sydney - 23, and Brandon -25
All of us ate at Olive Garden, then we spent the night with our son and daughter-in-law in The Woodlands.

Not sure why poor Papaw was shoved over to the curb to awkwardly straddle it - lol!
While we were there I was able to give #1 Grandson Brandon his Texas A&M quilt before he headed back to Dallas. He graduated Summa Cum Laude back in 2021, so this is overdue! He was very pleased and even texted me late that night to tell me how much he loved it - words a grandma loves to hear!

#1 Quilt Holder on duty

The back was (obviously) a Texas A&M print

I used this disappearing nine-patch pattern. I struggled with the layout for this and did not want to add more blocks, so the quilt only finished at about 55" x 70" after laundering. It is not quite long enough for Brandon's tall frame, but I have a feeling it will be used as decor rather than warmth! The binding (didn't get a close-up) is the same as the block background pictured above, and I used Spirit #805, a red and black variegated thread by Superior Threads, for quilting. I used the Drift panto  from Urban Elementz for a quilting pattern, although I widened the area between the rows.

Birthday Cake block and Angel Star block

In spite of my resolve to not engage in any sewalongs this year, I have succumbed to three! These are my blocks for the Fat Quarter Shop SewAlong Mercantile. I am joining in with Karen at  Quilts Etc. Karen is a great resource for me (thank you Karen!) as I try something new-to-me. Lori Holt is hosting the sew-along and has tutorials available on her blog.

These is one completed block and the start of the next one for Joy's block of the month and my second sew-along, Say It With Flowers. The little centers are easy to embroider. I hope to have a quilt from this, but I have a concern. Have any of you had any color-bleeding with floss when it is laundered? I have color catchers and wonder if that would keep that from happening.

My third sew-along is Pieces Of My Life with Melva at Melva Loves Scraps (see below)

Left - Flimsy sneak peek and Right - Pieces of My Life blocks
One of my Villa Rosa Quilt Hop flimsies will be a quilt soon. And I plan to catch up with Pieces of My Life memory blocks this week. You can find details of my first memory block post right here.

Hope you are enjoying your week!


  1. You'll be busy this winter making a wedding quilt! So nice you had a good time with your family, blessings!

  2. congratulations for the young couple - I need to get back to work on my RSC quilts including the pattern you are working and hope to get back on schedule with that next month!! That is a pretty place they got engaged at. Love the quilt

  3. What fabulous family news! Congratulations to your Brandon and Raegan and to Sydney for her graduation. You have had a great couple of weeks! What a fabulous quilt. Hearing "I love you" from a grandchild just melts your heart doesn't it? It doesn't matter hold old they are. Hugs

  4. Congratulations to Brandon and Raegan! That's exciting for the whole family. Looks like your quilt for Brandon will be loved, too! Pretty blocks for your different projects! It's awfully hard to say no to these QALs - ask me how I know. :) I love the "Say it with Flowers" block - you chose great colors for that one!

  5. Congratulations to the engaged couple and to the new graduate. Lots of milestones in your family this May. Glad to see you are back in the sewing room and playing with lots of fun projects.

  6. Congrats on the Grandson's engagement! Looks like you have some fun QAL's. I didn't dare start one with so many other things I need to finish, but I will sure enjoy seeing everyone's quilts.

  7. You have had a very exciting spring! What fabulous happy family times. The Aggie quilt is perfect. I have a grandson at A&M too.

  8. What exciting news! I hope I live long enough to see my grandkids get engaged, and to, perhaps, have some great grandchildren. That is such a cute picture of the three of you. I love that Texas A&M quilt, both front and back. Really lovely.

  9. Hi Linda! What a fun, newsy post. Congrats to Brandon and Raegan! What a beautiful couple they make. I'm so glad he enjoys the quilt, too. It turned out fantastic - it's never too late to be wrapped in your love. The Woodlands! We used to visit there every June. Once we ended up at a golf tournament and met The Shark (Norm somebody??) - we went impressed because we don't follow golf at all. Anyway, good luck with your projects. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  10. Such a beautiful family Linda and exciting news too. I love your quilting projects , so lovely.

  11. Congratulations to Brandon and Raegan and Sydney....engagements and graduations are such great news. Love your finished quilt for Brandon. Most floss doesn't run, like DMC, but if you have succumbed to some of the "hand dyed" floss, there could of course be some bleeding.

  12. Wow, so much wonderful news and glorious photos! I had a smile on my face all the way through. I especially enjoyed seeing the photos of you and hubby too. And also loved seeing your beautiful blocks for these SAL's. You are so good at choosing just the right fabrics for each project, Linda. That is always hard for me. I've never known DMC to run,btw.

  13. Congratulations to all them. Exciting news and beautiful photos!! The quilt looks amazing and I love the photo of him hugging it.


  14. You have been busy with family and quilting!! Love B's quilt and I adore those circular blocks!

  15. Love the engagement photos--so joyful, Linda!!! And the quilt gifting photo --he's a very thankful young man!!! Fun quilt blocks, too!

  16. Wonderful family news, so much to celebrate. The quilt looks great, he will treasure it for sure. Lovely to see the other blocks too, yes so easy to get caught into sew alongs.

  17. So much exciting news! Congratulations to random and Reagan on the engagement, and congratulations to Sydney on her graduation. I’m so happy Brandon liked his quilt! I seriously considered the mercantile sew along, but I’m already over-committed, so I had to pass on that one. I do love it, though.


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