Ok time really is getting away from me, ESP when it comes to blogging!
Just a quick recap from the last few months, I have been very busy with customer quilts as well as working as a respite worker for Wesway. Christmas as always seems to show up before we are ready though as always it was a wonderful time with family, oh and for those who don’t know…Erik and I became engaged!!!!
My oldest was home from with her family (I guess I should acknowledge that Texas is her home) Jerry really enjoyed his visit! At 3 1/2 he sees snow as fun and didn’t care that it was cold out either. His Dad really had fun fort building as well, his Mom while being a great sport has really grown used to the Texas weather.
Jerry and Liam had fun getting reacquainted, and Jerry informed his Mama that Liam isn’t Baby Liam anymore cause he is big now!
On the quilting front I have really enjoyed a new book by Judi Madsen of Green Fairy Quilts called Quilting Wide Open Spaces, such an inspiring to me book. She and her husband also run an online fabric store that I have ordered from numerous times with great satisfaction. So I am always happy to recommend them to others, their prices are awesome to as is there integrity!
Speaking of quilt shops I heard that there is a new shop in town! Super exciting news!!
I attended our Possibilities club tonight, I have missed too many of these meetings due to work this year. (I haven’t even made it out to a guild meeting this year though it looks good for next month!) anyways tonight’s meeting was fun, casual and full of fun and exciting ideas!
And yes I am and have been busy quilting customer quilts for the most part. I will share a glimpse of one as the customer hasn’t seen it yet…lots of fun with freehand and inspired by Judi’s book.
It’s not officially winter, I don’t mind the snow, it’s actually pretty but who said we needed to be plunged into the deep freeze? Hopefully we will be spared the unbearable cold windchill weather over the holidays!
Life as usual is hectic, full and busy. One of my quilt job finishes includes this police patch quilt using 82 different patches and the state colours of West Virginia. It now resides in Florida.
Speaking of southern states, my daughter, Son in Law and 3 1/2 yr old grandsons will be here for Christmas!!
My grandson Liam celebrated turning two by adding at least 50 vehicles to his fleet!
My new sewing room really is coming together! I am loving the colour that I chose and the flooring that is almost finished being installed (the plan is for today!!) and the baseboards too!
Thank you to Taylor and Josh for so much help and to my grandson Liam who would like to be the apprentice too.
I chose to put in a florescent light fixture with daylight bulbs which give me true colour. I love the amount of light I have with hardly any shadows.
I’ve purchased 2 sheets of rigid foam insulation that is 8’x4’ that will become my new design wall.
more to come…
I have a quilt on the longarm and several to follow, as well as this quilt that will be finished soon.
Wolf Song is a kit purchased from http://www.rushintailor.com/ the kit is for a twin but I will be growing it into a queen. The pattern is by Lisa Moore.
Last week flew by, I had a visitor for the week which made each day full and busy…
While Liam was here the kids asked me to try to capture his 10 month picture (tail end of his 10th month) on his quilt. He started walking a few weeks ago and ever since he has been in constant motion.
One day though I caught him sitting still, he had pulled an empty laundry basket off of the table and climbed in..
While visiting Grandma he also managed to cut 2 molars so the first few days of his visit were pretty tough but all in all we managed well.
During naps I was able to finish a few customer quilts
this pile shows 5 of the 6 that I quilted for Emily..one day after she has seen them I will be post some of her quilts!
I also managed to finish this queen size quilt that shows what a Longarm Quilter can do with a pre-printed fabric! This is quilted using Michelle Wyman’s Star Swirl Pantograph.
I was also able to finish a custom Thimbleberries King Quilt that I forgot to take pictures of as well as a flannel lap quilt for Alva which will be shown in my next post.
Did I mention that after Liam went home I went to bed early and slept late!
Just a little peek at what I have on my machine. I’ve been trying some ideas that I’ve had since reading a great book during my holidays.
I’ve really been loving brighter more cheerful colours lately and this little beauty fit right into that.
We really have had a sunny and hot summer a lot more humid than we are used to but I hate to complain, it won’t last much longer.
oh one more thing..oh how I love these boys! We had a very quick but wonderful visit with Sarah, Jerry and Jerry’s other Grandma. The cousins were pretty happy to have more time together.
My grandsons became buddies as soon as they saw each other. During our visit to Texas Liam started sitting unassisted and pulling himself from here to there. He was wide eyed watching his big cousin Jerry and I’m sure thinking of things he’ll do to be like him.
I love these little guys more than I could ever say. How Cute are they together in the stroller! I wonder if they’ll have as much fun shopping in a few years..somehow I think they’ll choose their Dads and Uncles over us girls. But for now we sure had fun.
and being the Grandma, means that when someone gets a little restless why not buy a cookie!
We celebrated Jerry’s second Birthday while we were in Texas.
Jeremy (Dad) made and decorated the cake.
Sarah (Mom) made and decorated the cookies.
Such a sweet family!
The birthday boy..
One morning when Jerry woke up, and I went to get him from his crib..he wanted his hat and bear headed to the living room and..
off he went to start another busy day!
We arrived home last night, I miss them already.
Its been extremely quiet here this last week, all of my girls have been away. Of course Sarah is always away now that she lives in Texas. Emily, Dave and Katie drove down for Jerry’s first birthday. I’m waiting for more birthday pictures…
This was one of Jerry’s first pictures as a cowboy
and a year later at his party!
Yesterday I finally re-quilted my original Summer Wind quilt. I really wish I’d taken some pictures of it to show why I decided to re-quilt it. I had used a panto that wasn’t as dense as I like and also used a wool batting, when it was washed it just did not like it. It is my summer quilt for my bed so I use it and I still love it so it was worth re doing. Thankfully I have a friend who offered to un-quilt it for me. I had been a bit concerned about the stitch holes from before but they have all but disappeared.
I used a Robyn Pandolph backing that I absolutely love and suits this quilt perfectly.
a little sneak peak of some quilting for the Circle of Friends Quilt Shoppe (opening soon)
more to come…
Life has so many ups and downs, and twists and turns. This summer so far for the most part has been wonderful. My little grandson is a total joy and I love the warmer weather and the gardening and being outside! I do love summer.
Over the weekend, Erik and I did a little shopping after seeing his youngest daughter off on a school trip to Cuba and later we were at a birthday party for 2 friends, one 60 yrs and the other 50 yrs.
Sunday had its challenges which leads me to the weeds…… I spent a good part of today pulling weeds and when I say a good part of the day I mean hours, awesome therapy for a mom who needs to pull some weeds from life and sort things out and carry on. It was super hot today which made the job a bit more challenging but in a way a lot more rewarding. There really is something about weeding the garden that soothes me. I think all the weeds are dealt with for now…
3 of my girls knew how I was today and they all showed up and spent time with me. I am truly blessed and of course my eldest brought my little man 🙂
My little cowboy wearing his Canada Day Cowboy hat from a friend of his moms, his little Onesie that says My Mommy’s Canadian Hero and his little John Deer Cowboy boots from him Mamie. He has a Onesie that says Made in Texas as you’ll also see.
We had a nice visit with Sarah’s Mother in law and her parents who came up from Texas for a little visit. It was so nice to meet Jerry’s Mamie and Papa and to see Kathy again. Sarah’s new family is so lovely that is makes it a little easier to let them move south….though I wonder how I’ll really feel when the time comes. My Mom and Dad are to the right of me, 4 generations happening in this picture.
I really love this picture, Jerry is held by his Great Grandmother, Mamie and Kathy Jerry’s Grammy is to the right. Do you think my little guy will grow up with a strong accent too?
and one last picture because how cute is he?? hopefully I’ll be back to my quilting soon, I just haven’t felt my creative self lately but maybe now that the weeds are pulled it will return!
Oh and I am still running and walking almost daily (almost 4 weeks now) I can really feel the difference it makes. I highly recommend getting out there….one step at a time!
and it seems to be flying by!
Our Little Man has already been here for a month………
One thing about living in Canada is that we have a year of Maternity leave, most of the time the Mom uses the full year but parents are allowed to split the time off. Now I realize not all countries have this but we do and now that I’m a Grandma I really think we Grandmas should also get at least a 6 month leave from work to enjoy our little bundles…..or better yet retirement with full pay/benefits etc so that we are available to enjoy and help out.
He has stolen all of our hearts of course, especially mine…
And what can I say about his Mom. I am so proud of my daughter, what a wonderful Mommy our little guy is blessed with!!
On other news We have been to Duluth twice in the last month, first for Erik’s Birthday (just the two of us) and a second trip as a day trip to take the girls shopping.
We took these pictures at Gooseberry Falls, they were amazing! We visited last summer and there was hardly any water compared to this
We’ve also been busy with other projects that have been keeping me outside.
and I’ve always wanted to run….so I’ve been working on that this summer at this point my runs are half walking and half running and I’m out for about 45 min. I think its best to work my way up and avoid any injuries. I’m really enjoying myself!
In less than a month we’ll be heading off on Vacation….a very exciting trip for sure!
for now though I’m still working my full time job and then fitting in everything else and for the last month my quilting has been on a hiatus but the itch is there and it won’t be long before I get back at it.
I hope everyone is enjoying their summers too…