Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

Wishing you and yours a wonderful New Year! May 2009 bring you happiness, joy, love and prosperity!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Izzy's Blocks


The first set of fabric covered foam blocks were made for Granddaughter Ursula in time for our Thanksgiving trip to Little Rock, AR. This set was made for Granddaughter Isabelle (aka Izzy) and mailed off Friday to Fayetteville, NC. My Aunt Pat came up with the idea and cut up dozens of squares--I stitched them together with foam block inserts. They are kid friendly and, even when thrown, won't cause damage. Thanks, Aunt Pat, for this great idea!
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Martha's Asian Quilt





I had so much fun playing with this one. Martha wanted something different in each round and her wish was my command! DH Daryl used a free pattern (wish I could remember from where...) and did his talented thing to create templates for the four corners and center piece. I used gold on the top throughout and black in the bobbin for the outer most border; however, the other borders gave me a bit of trouble with the black bobbin thread coming through to the top, so I switched to gold in the bobbin. That adjustment gave the added bonus of a bit of bling--besides, you can hardly see the stitching on the top.
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Friday, December 05, 2008

Post Feast Entertainment

Little Miss Ursula can be easily she is with her dad, playing with a dinner napkin after our Thanksgiving feast.

Thanksgiving in Little Rock

DH Daryl and I drove to Little Rock, AR, for Thanksgiving with DD Heather, SIL John, and DGD Ursula. We had a great visit with an incredible dinner made by Heather with assistance from her dad.

We also got out on Friday and drove around the city as it was our first visit. It's a lovely area with lots of huge trees, the Arkansas River, beautiful homes and the President Clinton Library. We stopped by the Old Mill which was a replica of a Civil War era mill made for the movie, Gone With the Wind.

My Aunt Pat came up with the idea of making cloth covered foam blocks for our two granddaughters, Isabelle and Ursula. She cut out dozens of fabric squares for me and I sewed them together, inserting the foam blocks and hand sewing them closed. Ursula got her set at Thanksgiving and Isabelle will receive hers for Christmas. They turned out great and as you can see by the clip below, Ursula (and John) loved them!

I've been busy...

It's been an interesting time for me and hubby. In the middle of October, I had my gall bladder removed--poor thing had lots of stones in it and wasn't functioning properly. It's wonderful to be free of that cranky organ!

Not too long after that, my MIL Darlene made the decision to retire at the end of the year from her full-time job in San Diego and move to New Mexico to live with us. She has always been into sewing and creating, then became a quilter in the last couple of years, and so we will have lots to keep us busy and involved.

I've also become very busy with lots of new quilting customers. I'm up to my earlobes in quilts to finish before Christmas and have another half dozen due after Christmas. No complaints from me! Earlier in the year, I was bemoaning how slow business had gotten--that has since turned around and picked up speed. Yea!