Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Family happenings...

What a roller coaster ride September has been... A report on Grandpa: he is home now resting and recovering in his own house. Yay!

A couple weekends ago I attended the bridal shower of my Sister-in-law to be. I have been slaving away on a quilt for her for the last few months. It is still not finished but I did have it done enough to present it to her at the shower, then bashfully take it back to finish it. It is called Deep Blue Sea and was designed by Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt and is available as a free tutorial on the Moda Bake Shop.

This is a picture of me with my Cousin Ashley. It seems like yesterday that I was changing her diapers, now we share glasses of champagne. Boy do I feel old!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Grandparents Day

A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart. ~Author Unknown

My Brother and I spent last evening with our Grandfather, Marshall, who is in the hospital. Last night he was telling us funny stories, swapping information on cholesterol points and telling bad jokes to every nurse who came in to check on him. Today he is in surgery to unblock all those clogged arteries that have kept him in his chair and out of the sunlight. It has been 19 years since his first by-pass surgery and we have cherished everyday of that 19 years.
He has been able to see us grand kids graduate high school, and our first round of college. He partied the night away at my wedding 4 years ago. He will miss my second graduation this Saturday but we hope he will be at my Brother's wedding in 4 weeks. Even if we have to wheel him down the isle in a wheelchair, he will be there.
So to Dr. Longoria and his wonderful surgery team, "work your magic!" And to Grandpa Marshall we will see you roaming the ranch soon..... We love you.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Hive Virtual Quilting Bee Quilt

Finally Finished!

I started off the Hive Virtual Quilting Bee back in May with Kristi's very pink quilt. I am glad to say that it is finished.

I even finished the binding with my machine. I still need some practicing but I loved that it only took me a couple of hours instead of days. I used a great tutorial video by Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara.

You can see that I also broke out of my comfort zone on the quilting and quilted large free motion flowers instead of stippling. I love the affect it has on the back of the quilt. I will definately be using this one again.

4:30 am I think I have a problem...

It is 4:30 am. The husband left at 4 am to go fishing and I can't sleep because I have to finish this monster by next weekend. This is Deep Blue Sea for Betsey and Jared. My brother is getting married October 9th to a wonderful girl named Betsey. Her bridal shower is next Sunday and I am having a panic attack that I will not be able to finish this in time.... So here I am at 4:30 am adding the final borders and attempting to get this basted so I can quilt it all this week.

The pattern can be found on Moda Bakeshop and was designed by Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt fame. By the time I started this monster I could no longer get most of the fabric Nautical and Nice. So after finding the panel and some coordinating fabrics I think it works. It has been a while since I attempted such a large quilt. I am already dreading the quilting process...

Friday, September 3, 2010

Santorini Baby Quilt

Say Hello to Santorini Baby. This was a fun pattern by Katie Cupcake called Vintage Baby. This little quilt is for sale....

I love the Santorini fabric line and I love the pattern however I am not in love with this quilt. I think it is a little to busy for me, plus my dislike of the color pink plays a role. But I know that someone will love this little beauty. It is a baby quilt that would be perfect for a stroller quilt, play matt or for the crib.