Thursday, October 7, 2010

The baby has gone home

I am totally bummed that my niece and her parents have gone home to Miami.  We had the most wonderful visit with them this last week.  Zella is just an amazingly beautiful little girl.  Her smiles are just intoxicating.

I am now trying to figure out how to get them to move back here so I can see them all the time.  My only saving grace is that we will be headed down to their neck of the woods in a few months for Christmas.

Ran had so much fun with her.  He was amazing.  Every morning the first thing he would ask is if he was going to get to see Zella again after school.  I think feeding her was his favorite.  It was so wonderful to see how gentle he was with her.  To every ones amazement though he has NOT asked us about having a baby brother or sister - which is a good thing since he is going to be our one and only!

Ted, Gennis & Marczella - if you are listening - Please come home!  I promise you will never need to hire a babysitter!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Some finished blocks

This is one of the two large blocks - they are equal to the size of 4 for the regular square blocks

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Annapolis Rocks!

Haven't posted in a bit 'cause we were off to Annapolis for 10 days.  I had a Fundamentals of Wetlands class there and hubby and son tagged along.  what a beautiful town!

While I was in class all day the guys got to go off exploring and having a great time.
They went to the Zoo & the children's museum
I really did enjoy my class.  We got to see some really wonderful restored wetlands.  In the evenings I got lots of appliqueing done.  I haven't done the last few embroidery details yet, so no pictures.  I have 3 blocks done and another 3 that just need the final details.  At this rate I may actually be done before fall.

After class was over on Friday we hit the road for the National Zoo in Baltimore.  It was absolutely wonderful. 

On the two weekends we spent time in Pennsylvania with close friends and their family.  The kids had a blast together. Especially when we took them to Chocolate World in Hersey.  Ran really enjoyed playing with little Helena.  And when he and Kenny weren't screaming at each other they were great friends!
It was a wonderful trip - lots of driving but well worth it.  We were home for 3 1/2 days and then we hit the road again.  We went to our families cabin on the west side of Michigan for a 4 day mini-vacation to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary.

Monday, May 17, 2010

A fun time in the city

This weekend was a blast! 

We spent Saturday with work friends and their kids.  We went to Belle Isle, rode the People Mover and took in a puppet show at PuppetART Dertoit.  

Another block done

This is my first block that I finished.  I am pretty happy with how it turned out, since this was my first ever attempt at hand applique.

Here is my second block.  This one has a few wonky parts - but hey, I am still learning. 

The part that gave me the most trouble were the circles.  I just couldn't seem to get them round.  In the end I stitched them to interfacing and turned them right side out.  They still aren't very round, but that is probably my fault since I don't think I took enough time when sewing the circles on my machine. 

Not to mention I caught my thumb in my machine when I was finishing up the sewing, so I did all the hand stitching with a bunch of band-aids on my thumb.  I got it caught between the machine and the needle screw - I have a few nice gashes and a very large blister and MAN does it hurt!  I have got to learn to take my time!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

1 down 20 to go

I am so excited that I have finished the first of my quilt blocks.  This is my first time ever doing applique quilting and I am officially done with my first block and on to my second!  Tomorrow I hope to take a picture of it!

I think I found a picture today of the quilt finished at Quilter's Muse Virtual Journal, made by an anonymous quilter.  This is the closest I have come so far to finding a photo of the finished quilt.  The pattern does not have a picture or even a sketch of the pieces together - only the individual block diagrams.

Monday, May 10, 2010

There has to be a first

Well, it was only matter of time before I started my own blog. I spend so much time reading other people's blogs, so it was only natural. I guess I also needed a place to vent.

I have been doing my fair share of sewing and quilting lately. Yesterday I was told by my hubby that it was rude of me to bring my hand work with me. I am not sure about that.

I started my first applique quilt this weekend. It is a pattern that my mother bought from Better Homes and Gardens back in 1976. They are appliqued butterfly blocks. This is a first for me, so I guess I am learning as I go. I am almost done with the first block.