Thursday, February 01, 2018

HAPPY 2018

Wishing all our friends and family 
a very happy new year! 
May 2018 bring you many blessings!!

Happy New Year from the Pavones!

We made so many memories on our travels in 2017.
We are truly blessed and fortunate to be able to travel.

Mid-January took us to Nashville where we met great friends and visited the Jack Daniels Distillery, in nearby Lynchburg, as well as a 'behind the scenes' tour of the Jack Daniels Fire Brigade; met friends in Las Vegas; a Caribbean Cruise, in February, with Kathy and Stan (my sis and BiL); and a few RV trips, including trips to Pismo Beach, Buellton, Rincon County Beach, Newport Beach, Thanksgiving week at Del Mar Beach Resort on Camp Pendleton, and our annual trip to El Mirage, AZ, for the month of March for spring training.

When we returned from AZ, we picked up our new puppy, Bailey, a 14 week Brittany, at the San Diego Airport. She flew down from Idaho to become a member of our family. She's a year old now and a great addition to our family, although we will be glad when she stops digging and chewing things that aren't meant for dog (like drip lines, dog beds, paper or fabric scraps!). She is loving and playful, and helping to keep Sydney (now 13) young at heart!

In July, we took a trip of a lifetime cruising the rugged coastline of Norway with Kathy, Stan, and our good friends, the Lauries. It was a fantastic trip. The Norwegian landscapes and fjords are breathtaking and spectacular (my favorite fjord, Geirangerfjord, is pictured on the front of this card). Norway is one of the most beautiful places we've ever seen. It meant so much to walk on the land where our fathers' ancestors are from (although our cruise didn't take us to Skien, 
the actual town, of my dad's ancestors).

Our Christmas gift to our family was taking all 11 of us on a Caribbean Cruise, in mid-December. A wonderful time was had by all, especially the grandkids. They loved everything about the ship, Oasis of the Seas (one of three of the largest cruise ships on the seas): the food, the buffet, swimming in the ships' pools, the Carousel, kids' club activities and more. They also had fun going ashore and swimming or snorkeling in the clear turquoise waters at the beaches of Labadee and Cozumel. It brought us such joy to watch the excitement on our grandkids' faces on this great adventure. Guess we've spoiled them; they can't wait to go on another cruise!!

Sadly, we said goodbye to my mom, Hope (she had Alzheimer's), at the end of Sept., three months shy of her 90th birthday.  She will be missed by so many, and always remembered with love!

            We are thankful for our family, our health, and our friends.
                        Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy 2018!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Meet Bailey

She's an adorable pure bred Brittany with Roan speckling. 
She was born on December 22, 2016, 
in Kuna, Idaho. She came to live with us on April 6. 
She flew to San Diego on Alaska Airlines!

It was love at first site for me; Nick has taken a bit longer!!
Here's Bailey with her mom !
She was one of five females in a liter of 9 pups.

Our old dog, Sydney, turned 13 in December! 
She didn't take long to adjust to Bailey moving in with us. She has taken Bailey 
under her wing, shown her both good and bad habits.  
They play a lot together, but there are times when Sydney lets 
Bailey know she's had enough and is done playing. 

At first Sydney didn't allow Bailey to lay too close to her. Then we had Bailey spayed; 
and, when we brought her home, Sydney knew Bailey might be hurting and Sydney 
laid next to her. Now they sleep side by side most of the time!

Bailey is a lucky pup to have Sydney as her second mom and playmate!

Bailey's also lucky to have Scully as a playmate. 
He's a lovable, rather large, labradoodle. 
The two of them became best of pup friends when they first met. 
He's a month older than Bailey and is a part of our daughter's family. 
These two get to play together frequently. 
Despite the fact he probably has 20 lbs on Bailey, 
she can hold her own when they rough-house!!

Bailey is full grown, about 40 lbs! 
We love Bailey, but not some of the bad puppy habits she hasn't outgrown as yet.
Looking forward to no more holes in the lawn or chewed up drip lines, 
dog beds, or other fabric items!


Some of My Quilty Finishes for 2017

I finished a total of 47 Projects in 2017

The many parts that make up the Bonnie Hunter, Quiltville's, Mystery Quilt for 2016: 
"En Provence," ready to sew together!

Sewing the many parts together, before sewing them into blocks.

 Once the blocks were completed I decided not to make one large quilt. 
Instead, I made one large "En Provence" Table Topper 
and two small "En Provence" Table Toppers, one for my BFF Quilting buddy, Lynn!

My own designs for a couple of baby quilts, made with love for special friends' grandchildren!

And another for a friend's first grandson due to arrive soon!
(A Quilt in a Day Pattern: "How Charming!")

An apron for my granddaughter, Hallee, who loves to help cook and bake.

I finished this John Flynn's "Wheel of Mystery" Quilt early in 2017. 
I started this quilt at a class held at the 
Pacific International Quilt Show in Santa Clara, CA, in Mid-October of 2016.

Hallee and I with her pink Hawaiian quilt I made for her bunkbed! 
It's super cozy with Minky on the back!
 Snuggling with Papa is the best, under Hallee's new Hawaiian Quilt.

A set of 5 placemats for my daughter's new farm table made in her favorite colors!

In 2017, I got into Hexies!! 
These are hand sewn together and I can take them with me, wherever I go. 
They are easy to work on especially when traveling.
I made two Hexie Placemats (for my nightstands in my bedroom to match my Batik quilt),
 and a Hexie Pillow for my motorhome, pictured above.

Two more Hexie Pillows for my daughter's couch!

"In Full Bloom" Quilt by Mckenna Ryan (8 block quilt, 49" X 52").
I love Mckenna Ryans designs! I love all the colors in her patterns. I have made several of her patterns over the years. This one was a true machine appliqued "Labor of Love."
I started this quilt in 2014, when we went on our first USA RV Trip, 
and finally completed it in 2017.

Another Mckenna Ryan, from her series: "Beach Walk, To The Point."
I made this one at a quilt retreat in Orcutt, CA.

When I realized I didn't have any fall quilts, I decided to make more Hexies 
and sew them together for a Fall Hexie Table Runner.

Then I made a "Crazy Nines" Fall Colors Large Table Topper, 
and a smaller Table Topper from the scraps.

"Christmas Pinwheels" Table Topper made with the Lil Twister ruler.

"Christmas Blessings" Wall Hanging made with a cute panel!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

2016 OPAM (One Project A Month) PROJECT FINISHES

During 2016 I finished 40 ProjectS

Among my finishes I made 9 quilts of various sizes, 4 quilted table toppers, clothes for my grandkiddos, 12 hand knit projects, and more. While I finished fewer projects than last year, I did complete 3 big projects that I have been working on for several years, including this beauty, 

"Journey of a Quilter," which is hanging in my sewing room.
  • (1) Knit V-Neck Vest for my grandson
  • (4) Knit Dish Cloths
  • (1) Flannel PJ bottoms for me
  • (5) Flannel PJ Bottoms for my grandkids
  • (1) McKenna Ryan Art Quilt Wall Hanging
  • (3) Knit Dish Cloths
  • (1) "Thyme to Water" Applique Quilt (69" x69")
  • (1) Plastic bag fabric holder
  • (1) Handknit Lacy Sweater Vest for a special lady
  • (1) Handknit Lacy Sweater Vest for my granddaughter, Gigi
  • (3) Half-Sq Triangle Lap Quilts for Charity
  • (1) Mystery Over-sized Queen Quilt in Batiks
  • (2) Northwest Trip Memories Table Toppers 24" sq
  • JULY
  • (1) Baby Quilt
  • JUNE
  • (1) Flannel Baby Burp Cloth
  • (1) Fleece Blanket with Satin Binding
  • (1) Sampler Lap Quilt made with Quilt Blocks Swapped
  • (1) "Taylored Stars Queen Quilt
  • (1) Red White and Blue Round Robin Tablecloth/Quilt
  • MAY
  • (1) Flannel Comfy Shorts for my grandson Seth
  • (1) 84" Tablecloth
  • (1) Hand Knit Long Lacy Sweater Vest for my daughter
  • (1) PJ bottoms for my granddaughter-Hallee
  • (2) Flannel Baby Girl Burp Cloths
  • (1) Hand Knit Scarf
  • (1) "Journey of a Quilter" (started July/2014)
  • (1) "Beachy Stars" Lap Quilt

Friday, December 23, 2016


Highlights of 2016

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

I had the best of intentions for writing blogs, but alas, our busy life got in the way and I didn't make the time to write any! So, here are the Highlights of 2016. It was another busy year filled with family, friends and fun, traveling, RVing, quilting teaching, and much joy. 

We traveled throughout the year. In January our traveling included a trip to a very stormy New Jersey,  and a Caribbean cruise with friends. In July, we flew to Seattle & took a summer road trip with friends (not in the RV) thru the Olympic Peninsula; drove around the Lavender Festival in Squim; ferried to Vancouver Island; stayed in a quaint, boutique hotel close to the waterfront in historic Victoria; spent a day amongst the beautiful flowers of the Butchart Gardens; ferried to Vancouver, Canada; spent a couple days in Whistler; then continued on to the big city of Vancouver; then back to Seattle. The Pacific Northwest is so picturesque and a favorite of ours. Sept we went to Laughlin on our now “annual family vacation;” spent 4 fun-filled days on the Lake Mojave with our adult kids and 5 grandkiddos-always a great time! Oct we went to Santa Catalina Island on our friend’s sailboat. It was a wonderful, relaxing trip; had fun exploring the town of Avalon.

RVing included the month of March in Arizona for Spring Training again; in May, a weekend with family and friends in Julian; spent the 4th of July in Oxnard with my sister and family, then onto Buellton to camp with friends; in Aug at Rincon County Park (on PCH but right on the edge of the beach; for our Annual Thanksgiving week of camping we spent it with friends and family at Del Mar RV Resort, on the Camp Pendleton Marine Base.

Nick did a lot of teaching all over So Cal for the State Fire Marshal’s Office; he worked on beautifying our yards, and helped with our master bath remodel, re-staining our vanity and tiling the floor. Karen went to the Broadway play, ‘Carole King’s Beautiful” with Nicole (a wonderful night of reminiscing back to my college days!)and went to 4 quilt retreats, making many quilts for charity.

Rounding out the year we tried to spend as much time as we could with all 5 of our grandkids (pictured above l to r: Seth-3½, Hallee-5½, Gigi-9½, Micah-6½, and Brody-6½). Every time we are with them it is always fun. They bring us much joy and happiness.

Monday, March 28, 2016

2015 OPAM (One Project A Month) PROJECT FINISHES

  • In 2015 I completed 63 Projects, including 21 placemats, clothes for my grandkids, quilted table runners, quilted table toppers, knit projects and 4 original designed quilts.

  • (5) Hand knit Scarves for the grandkiddos
  • (5) Hand knit wash cloths
  • (14) Special Placemats
  • (3) Personalized Placemats for Grandkiddos
  • (7) Personalized Placemats for Grandkiddos
  • (2) Christmas Log Cabin Table Runners
  • (2) Black Batik Log Cabin Table Runners
  • (1) Cathedral Windows Table Topper
  • (2) Summer Twister Star Table Runners
  • (1) PJ flannel shorts for Seth
  • (1) "Summer Sunset" Wallhanging, my original design
  • (2) Placemats for grandkids
  • (1) Blanket sleeper for great niece
  • (2) PJ flannel shorts for Brody and Micah
  • (1) Sundress for my granddaughter, GIgi
  • (1) Small quilt for a cute boy
  • (1) Button down shirt for my grandson, Brody (his request!)
  • (1) Sun Dress for my granddaughter, Hallee
  • (2) Summer jammies for my granddaughters
  • (2) Sun Dresses for my granddaughters
  • Finished embroidery on "Journey of a Quilter" quilt project! (YEA!)
  • JULY
  • Worked on embroidery blocks for "Journey of a Quilter" quilt project
  • JUNE
  • (1) "Summer Radiance" for AnnaMariaHorner Mini Quilt Swap, my original design.
  • (1) Padded cover for RV Magellan GPS
  • MAY
  • (1) "Wonky Blocks" Original Wallhanging for AlisonGlass Mini Swap on Instagram, my original design.
  • Worked on embroidery blocks for "Journey of a Quilter" quilt project
  • No finishes; worked on embroidery blocks
  • (1) Happy Birthday Wallhanging, my original design
  • (2) Sundresses for granddaughters made with fabric from Tahiti
  • (1) A "Wendy" nightgown for Gigi's Play, Peter Pan

2014 OPAM (One Project A Month) PROJECT FINISHES

During 2014 I completed 34 projects, listed by months!

  • (1) Christmas Crazy Eights Table Runner
  • (3) Embroidered and quilted patchwork pillows
  • (1) Black and White Queen Quick Trip Quilt
  • (2) "Twisting Pinwheels" Table Runners for friends
  • (1) "Happy Stars" Table Runner for a dear friend
  • No finishes! Worked on applique blocks  for "Journey of a Quilter" Quilt while traveling!
  • On the road exploring northern USA in our RV
  • No finishes! Worked on applique blocks while traveling!
  • On the road exploring northern USA in our RV
  • JULY
  • (1) Firefighter Lap Quilt for my hubby
  • (2) Matching Batik Dresses for my grgirls!
  • (1) "Remembering Heroes" Charity Lap Quilt
  • (4) Pillowcases for granbabies
  • JUNE
  • (1) Whirlwind Baby Quilt for a friend's grandson
  • (1) Baby Flannel Burp Cloth
  • MAY
  • (2) Patriotic Lil Twister Table Runners
  • (2) "Ocean Waves: A Star for All Seasons" Table Runners
  • (1) "A Sunset Over the Ocean" Minkie Lap Quilt for a friend
  • (2) Easter Dresses for my granddaughters
  • (1) "Hugs for Anna" Baby Quilt
  • (1) Baby Girl Blanket Sleeper
  • (1) Baby Flannel Burp Cloth
  • (1) "Loving Hugs" Baby Quilt
  • (1) "Horses" Lap Quilt for my grandson, Brody
  • (1) Messenger Bag for Coloring for my grandson, Brody
  • RVing in AZ for Spring Training
  • (1) "Night Watch" Bear Applique Wallhanging for RV
  • (1) "Lucky Penny" Tossed 9 Patch Oversized Queen Quilt for my daughter- I long arm quilted this quilt-my first long-arm quilting project!
  • (1) Friendship Prayer Lap Quilt for a friend

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New Year's Resolutions: to make them or not?

I started the new year out thinking about New Year's Resolutions for 2016.  
Every year I seem to always think about them, but I can't remember if I have ever actually written them down. 
That's not to say that I don't make "to-buy" or "to-do lists," 
because I make those. But actual New Year's Resolutions, nope! 

Holley Gerth describes it so well: "The new year unfolds like pages in a book yet to be written, bringing hope and endless possibilities." 

The beginning of a new year is exciting and fresh. 
It's a time to reflect and look forward to new things. 

Instead of New Year's Resolutions, I'm starting the year out with 
some great ideas and plans: finding "my one word" for the year; for trips; for writing more blog posts; for quilting projects I want to finish (that's a really long list!); and sewing projects I want to make.
I've decided my word for the year is going to be "JOY-JOYFUL!" I'm going to look for the JOY in each day and each situation.

One thing I have always wanted to do, and never have, is read
the Bible in a Year. So, along with my "to-do lists," and finding JOY is each day, 
I've committed to doing just that; I'm joining many who attend
The Fields (my daughter and SIL's church), and reading the entire Bible in 2016!

Here's to a productive and enlightened 2016!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A Look Back on the year 2015!

Hoping everyone had a very Merry and Joyful Christmas, 
filled with much love. We enjoyed Christmas as we spent it with family and  
celebrated the birth of our Savior.

Another great year has flown by, faster than the last. 
It was filled with so many blessings for which we are ever thankful. 
It's hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone, 
and we will celebrate the beginning of another year! 

 Nick celebrated #60! Most Mondays he can be found riding his bike (20 miles) around Mission Bay. He tries to play golf at least once a week. He is "giving back" by doing interview preparations with firefighters who want to promote and teaching in the "fire community."
Karen still loves sewing, having made clothes for all 5 of our grandkids, and quilting!  
She also attended a couple of quilt retreats with her quilting buddies, Nancy and Lynn!

We love our times spent with family and the grandkids who are getting big, too fast. 
Gigi is 8, in 3rd grade, played softball and loved being a part of a team! 
Brody & Micah both 5, started kindergarten. They both love learning.
Brody played t-ball for the first time. 
Micah is in public school, doing skateboard tricks and ever active! 
Hallee, now 4, is basically doing kindergarten with Brody, 
goes to a home preschool 1 day a week, and started dance lessons. 
(Nicole continues to homeschool her kids.) 
Seth, now 2, is fearless, still running, talking up a storm, and knows his colors!

2015 included RVing trips to: Spring Training for Baseball in AZ; Julian; 
back to the state of Montana, for a month of camping @Yellowstone & Glacier Parks with good friends, as well as visiting friends who live in Montana; 
Santee Lakes & Pismo Beach; Del Mar Beach on Camp Pendleton, right on the sand! 
Thanksgiving week we camped at San Mateo campground-the inland campground that is part of San Onofre St Beach; it was one of the coldest Thanksgivings we've had, but we enjoyed our time together with family and friends. 

Our family vacation together took us to Laughlin/Lake Mojave, Nevada, for Labor Day weekend. All the grandkids loved riding in the boat (or helping Papa driving the boat!), playing on the big tube in the perfect, private cove we found. 
The big kids did some water sports (wake skating and wakeboarding), too! 
To top it off, Nick won big @ Keno! 

Best trip of 2015, was, by far, our 10 day Tahitian Islands Cruise. We sailed with my sister, Kathy and her fiance, Stan, and we had a fabulous time. Tahiti has the most beautiful teal ocean waters!

My mom, Great Grandma Hope is ever happy these days, albeit forgetful. She has Alzheimers but continues to have a healthy appetite and smiles a lot! She turned 88 on Christmas Day!

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year filled with family, friends, adventures and blessings!