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Sunday, February 24, 2008

What Our Kids Know...

Well, last time I commented that I couldn't post any pictures because I couldn't find the cord to my camera. Lo and behold ~ leave it up to my 10 year old to inform me that my computer has a port to put my camera card in...I don't even *need* to have a cord!!!! Thank goodness for technology-savvy little boys...

On the quilting front ~ I spent a few days at the vacation house this week with some friends. I completed an easy Turning Twenty Around the Block quilt top for my uncle and began a quilt for my SIL. Even tho I vowed this year to make sure the emphasis was on ME and projects for ME, these other things have seemingly worked their way in. I guess I just can't say no. Plus I know how comforting a quilt can be ~ and wanted to make sure that each of my uncles had one to cuddle up with while going through surgery, chemo and radiation. Here is a pic (not the greatest) of the first Turning Twenty Around the Block that I made for my Uncle Chub:

He loves horses so I used a line from Wilmington Prints (I believe) that had horses, cowboy boots, horseshoes, etc. I really like the way it turned out! And it was fast...I had the top put together in a day.

Here are a few pics of the quilt I made for my niece, Gracie. It's a line of fabrics from Piece O' Cake Designs and I think it turned out really cute! I'm a little behind as it's been in my UFO bin for a year or was supposed to be given to her when she was born and she turned 1 year old in December of 2007. Better late than never!

I decided to get really creative towards the end of putting it together and decided that I would add prairie points in each of the fabrics in the corners. Just a little something extra that I think turned out really cute!

I've also almost finished my nephew's quilt. It was made using a "peek-a-boo" pattern and it was a true PIA. The binding has been machine sewn on...I just need to either hand tack it down or machine finish it. That's on my list for this coming week.

I'll post more pictures as the quilts get done. My other uncle's comfort quilt is going to the long-armer this week as soon as I pick up some backing fabric! :)

Family-wise, it's been an eventful start to the new year. Miss A has to go for a surgical consult this week ~ we're thinking she needs to have her tonsils and adenoids removed as she's been having problems sleeping and is developing sleep apnea. Our youngest son had to have it done a couple of weeks before he turned 3 years old so Miss A isn't far behind as she will be 4 in April.

Youngest A is going to be 19 months on the 1st of March. Where oh where does the time go? I am 'over' the "I *need* to have another baby" syndrome/whine...but I still miss when they were little. I probably always will...

We have just returned from a few trips. We visited Seattle for five days in January for hubby's work. It was a fun trip and a nice break from the everyday blahs at home. Will and I were both ill with strep before we left ~ I was fine while we were gone ~ then Jim and I both returned home with strep AGAIN. Miss A also was sick and Austy had an ear infection. We almost needed a vacation from our vacation!!

We've been traveling to Minnesota to do some relative-visiting, too. I have two uncles who are both dying of cancer and the visiting was long over due. Spent a short-day in the Cities, visited with my stepdad, and came home in the WORST weather I think I have ever traveled in. Blizzard warnings, blowing snow, reduced visibility and 2" of ice on the Interstate for 60 miles. We were glad to be back home after that trip.

One of my many goals this year is to keep up better with my blogging. I've been working on cleaning and reorganizing my studio (again!) and hope to be able to get to the point where I can leave a project out and continue working on it whenever I have a few free minutes. I *really* hope to knock down my L-O-N-G list of UFOs (and maybe start a few new projects, too!).

Don't forget to visit my sister site ~ Treasured Threads. We are the largest supplier in the US of Australian designer quilt related patterns. We're growing more and more everyday and are always adding something new!


Blogger Teresa said...

Nice fabric selections! Isn't it amazing how our children just seem to be born knowing how to work technology. I have to get my 4 year old grandson to start the dvd player for me!

7:55 AM

Blogger Tina J. said...

I'm so glad I decided to check on your blog today! THERE'S A NEW POST!!! WOO HOO!!!

I absolutely LOVE the Gracie quilt!!! And the one for your uncle is beautiful! I've been feeling the itch to get on to another quilt myself. My mother has requested that I make her one this year too. (yep, the same woman who couldn't understand why I'd want to begin a new hobby...quilting?!?)

I hope everyone's well at your house for a while. I know my boys and I have caught every bug that's gone around the last few months too. Can't wait til summer!

It was really good to see a new entry and get a little update on you. Don't wait so long next time, lady!

Tina J.

11:34 AM

Blogger Greenmare said...

the pictures were worth the wait! Isn't it great when the kids can help us with these things? More winter weather is on the way so stay away from MN and WI for a bit!

5:17 PM

Blogger loulee1 said...

Wow, great quilts. Looking forward to more pics now you can! LOL I'd do something like that too.

4:08 AM

Blogger The Carolina Quilter said...

I love these two quilts--especially the little girl one with the big G and the prairie points. And I can relate to the sickness--our Joanna, the eight year old has her second bout with the flu after having had strep and flu six weeks ago and my MIL around the curve from us has her yearly bout with pneumonia.

2:51 PM


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