Monday, May 30, 2011

Looks like I am back in my old ways ---

but here I am posting on my blog.  The most important thing that has happened to us in the last couple of months is that WE CLOSED ON OUR HOUSE IN VA LAST WEDNESDAY!! We had it on the market since February 2010, and moved back to GA in late June, so this day has been a long time coming. It had just been 5 weeks before then that we got the call from our agent that a prospective buyer wanted to make an offer, but during some of that time we've been very nervous about it all working out. And we didn't say anything to anyone outside our family because we didn't want to jinx anything. I am now beginning to feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. It is really nice to own only one house!

Quilting-wise I don't feel like I've done much, but I have been working some on the handquilting on Allie's quilt.
  I also now have a design wall of sorts. I am in the process of organizing the closet in my quilting room, and have managed to move the stack of plastic containers that was where I wanted the desgn wall to be. A couple of days ago I hung up a big piece of batting and now have 14 blocks of the Simple Simon quilt on it. This is the one I started in the Stashbusters class at A Scarlet Thread in March.

After seeing the Just One Star project mentioned on Vesuviusmama's blog I decided to make 4 stars for that.
  They were due to Moda by May 1. Hopefully they accepted mine as I didn't get them mailed until April 29.

Our middle daughter is expecting her second daughter in early September. I made this quilt for Reilly,
   who is now 21 months old. So now we have started thinking about what to do for new baby. The colors they are using in her room are purple, lime green and teal, using this nursery collection. We went to A Scarlet Thread last week and saw this pattern that she liked - then we noticed it was by the same designer as Reilly's quilt! We also liked this one and are considering a shadow box design or this Spinning Star. Yes, they are quite different, but I am going to try making a few sample blocks of each to help us decide what we like best.

Nephew Eric graduated from high school this past Friday - we went to his graduation and to his folks' house the next day for a big family party. Our 2 GA daughters were there with there families, and DH's two sisters and his brother-in-law, along with all of his brother's family and several from the brother's wife's family. Another Braves game last night - and an exciting win at the end. Our Beach Week is coming up beginning next Saturday. We'll be going back to Hatteras Village in the Outer Banks of NC for the 13th year. This year only our middle daughter and her family will be coming, but we expect to have fun as usual. I'll be taking along the hand-quilting, and perhaps some of the Grandmother's Flower Garden flowers to work on. I only have about 13 whole flowers and 10 halves to make and attach to be finished with the top of that one. When I just now looked back at my older postings to see what I had said about it last, I realized that I've only finished one new flower in the last couple of months, but I've made a lot of white hexagons and attached most of the last ones I've made to the quilt.