Thursday, August 24, 2006
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Now, I guess I can get back to work on my Raspberry Tea quilt top. I am also hoping to get the one I designed the pattern for basted next weekend... we'll see if hubby is up to it as we also are having Gentry's party next Sunday. His actually birthday is this Monday and he couldn't be more excited! We have plans for the whole day!!!
I also got some good news on the phone today. My BIL and SIL are expecting a son... due in March. I guess I'll be needing to work on a quilt for the wee one as well. Now, if only I knew exactly what I wanted to do for that. Hmmmm????
Friday, August 18, 2006
I just completed Gentry's ABC quilt! Well, technically I still have some threads to trim off and I want to launder it before wrapping it up. I just finished the binding a few minutes ago and I'm almost too happy to sleep! I'll probably wait to take a picture until his birthday on Monday.
And now tomorrow, I finally get to take the time to do my OC round! Great theme, Kim! I have it all planned out, the fabrics picked out, everything! Just needed to finish Gentry's and the other RR first. I'll be sure to take a picture of it as soon as it is done!
School has been going well... still adjusting to the new routine. But I guess I'm doing okay as my son said he never wants to have another teacher ever, and Hailey claims to feel sorry for the children in her old school that don't have mommies willing to homeschool. What great praise! Now if only I can stop being so tired. LOL!
Jane, by the way, I did finally finish "The Saddlemaker's Wife." I was actually a little disappointed. I felt depressed through most of the story and I didn't connect quite as well as I have with the Benni Harper characters. I really do hope that I'm the only one that feels that way as I do want her book to do extremely well. Now, I'm back to one of my other series... the Needlecraft Mysteries by Monica Ferris. I'm a bit behind and just started reading, "Embroidered Truths." Does anyone else out there enjoy this series?
Sunday, August 13, 2006
I also finished the center block for the RR today. Very simple I know, but at least it is squared off now.
Saturday, August 12, 2006
The first week of school is over and I was actually more relaxed and less stressed by Friday. The kids did great and as usual, surprised me by how smart they are. Still a lot of work, but I'm feeling better about it. Darlene, thanks for the kind comments. People always say that they couldn't do it, but I don't believe it. I mean, as parents we want what is best for our children, and in this case home-school is what is best right now. Besides, how many sacrifices do parents make for their kids on a daily basis! It is just part of the job. And quilt pixie, they do get a "fall break" which isn't something we had as kids, but that's about it and it doesn't make up for starting as early as they do. It really is terrible. I guess I could choose my own days, within the legal limits, but it seems to be easier for the kids to be on the same schedule as others.
Okay, I'm off to get an early start on Gentry's quilt today, so that perhaps I'll get to work on something else later on tonight. The cross-stitch is finished and just needs to be framed. I also ordered the perfect variegated thread for my own quilt and will hopefully get it basted soon. I'm so anxious to start working on it!
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
I have still been working on the two projects for Gentry. His quilt only needs 7 more blocks quilted and I have at least 75% of the cross-stitch done. We are just under two weeks away from his birthday and I need to allow myself a week for the binding, so I need to get those remaining blocks finished this weekend.
I started cutting out the pieces to frame Hailey's block for the RR. We'll see if I can get this block done by the weekend too, as it needs to be in the mail no later than the 15th.
Saturday, August 05, 2006
1. Yourself: loyal
2. Your partner: friend
3. Your hair: thick
4. Your Mother: creative
5. Your Father: hard-working
6. Your favorite item: books
7. Your dream last night: none
8. Your favorite drink: espresso-mocha
9. Your dream home: Victorian
10. The room you are in: bedroom
11. Your pleasure: quilting
12. Your fear: snakes
13. Where you want to be in ten years: Europe
14. Who you hung out with last night: kids
15. What you're not: patient
16. Your best friends: quilters
17. One of your wish list items: security
18. Your gender: female
19. The last thing you did: email
20. What you are wearing: casual
21. Your favorite weather: chilly-autumn
22. Your favorite book: mystery
23. Last thing you ate: egg
24. Your life: blessed
25. Your mood: good
26. The last person you talked to on the phone: hubby
27. Who you are thinking about right now: hubby
The Quilting Barn. Anyway, it sounded so great and informative that I begged my hubby to let this be my reward... keep in mind, that means I went from one class to twelve. And from a store down the street, to one quite far away. Well, he finally said YES! He called to reserve my spot tonight and I'm so happy! It sounds like so much fun, with the re-enactment actress and everything. I can't wait! It is still over a month away, but I'm so excited I just had to share the news. However, hubby did suggest that my next reward be on the small side. :cP
I finally decided what to add to Hailey's block for the Round Robin I'm in. I hope to find time to do that this weekend. I still need to set up my bedroom for "school" before Monday though.
I'm making that slow and steady progress on Gentry's quilt... P thru Z are finished! And the cross-stitch is over half way done. I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel!
And I want to apologize to all of you wonderful ladies that I haven't been posting on your blogs lately. I do take a few moments to stop by look, just haven't had much time to reply, so please forgive me. I'll be better when things slow down a bit, I promise!
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
I still have not finished quilting Gentry's quilt. I was so hoping I could get away with only quilting along the sashing and borders, but I realized I really did need to also quilt inside the blocks. I didn't want to, as I don't want the quilt to be about me and my quilting, I wanted it to be about him and his coloring, etc. So, after many attempts, I'm finally quilting with invisible thread on the actual outline of each picture and letter. You can't really see it, but it does give just a bit of pleasant puffiness to his work. However, I'm not a free-motion quilter, so it is stitch, turn, stitch, stitch, turn, stitch, turn... well, you get the idea. LOL! And it is a pretty heavy and decent sized quilt, with a little machine. I have only done three of the 26 letters and I think I averaged about 30 mins per block! Okay, I know I am slow, you don't have to tell me. And after I do one, it takes about an hour or so to lessen the pain in my neck and shoulders. So, I have to ask myself... is he worth it? Well, yes, of course he is! ;c)
And if the quilt weren't enough, I've also started a little cross-stitch picture for him. I couldn't help it. He saw it on my sister's ebay site and just had to have it. (She is also selling some FQs if you are interested.) Anyway, it has Lumpy and Roo from Winnie-the-Pooh on it. I just couldn't resist, so I'm doing that for his birthday too. And, yes, I know I only have three weeks to get everything done, not to mention planning his party.
I have almost everything relatively planned for home-school... except Social Studies. I have spent so many hours online looking for just the right thing for both kids. And I have found NOTHING. Gentry, I'm not so worried about as he can pick up stuff from what I teach Hailey. However, Hailey will be tested on everything at the end of the year, so I have to teach very specific things! If any of you wonderful ladies are teachers or home-schooling moms and know of something that will cover this list, please let me know. Once I have that problem solved it will just be a matter of getting settled into the new schedule. And what a schedule it is too...
- Bible Study
- Social Studies
- Computer Skills
- Art (on Saturdays at the Art House)
- P.E. & Music (with Daddy)
The kids are so excited! They have their little bins organized with all their new school supplies!
And, yes, as if I don't have enough going on right now... I signed up for a RR. I thought I would make something for Hailey, didn't know what, and then remembered I had a piece of her kindergarten art work that was printed on to fabric. I had no idea what I should do with it, but this seems like the perfect thing. Here it is... if you can't tell, it is supposed to be a kite. I showed it to her and she announced it wasn't her best work. LOL! Now, I have to add something to it to square it off before sending it out for the first round. I'll post a picture of it as soon as that part is done.