Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Or, more to the point, purse emptier. Abigail loves to find something and completely empty it. Then she will proceed to put much of it back. This day, it was my purse. I have a small laundry basket that holds some of her toys. On a good day, the basket is full and sits near the piano. More often than not, however, the basket has been tipped to it's side spilling all the contents. And where is Abigail? Laying right in the middle of it all flinging the toys she doesn't want behind her.
Anyone who comes to the door will know immediately that this is a house with children.
Friday, October 1, 2010
While most of the country experienced a blasting summer, we here in the Pacific Northwest had a pretty cool and mild summer. This in turn is giving us a glorious fall. The tree in our front yard is always the first tree in the neighborhood to change color and loose its leaves. Usually the leaves turn and fall off in 2 days. This year we were able to have at least a full week to enjoy the colors.
We had a wonderful week of rain. Now, others I know hated that week. But living in the desert, we don't get much rain. And I loved the good, solid downpours and the thunder and lighting show that accompanied a few of the rainstorms. Arthur wanted to run around in the rain. Since it was a little cool and getting on toward evening, I found a rain poncho for him to wear.
For one week Arthur's cousins stayed with Grandma. Their mom (Brian's sister) is due to have her fourth baby on November 3, so the kids stayed with Grandma to give her a little break. Arthur ended up spending 4 nights with them all. What a blast they all had.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Wednesday is a homeschool meet and greet and a local park which I'll be going to with the kids. I doubt Brian will come along as he has many video projects he really needs to get going and finished.
A couple days ago I received an e-mail from the Redmond teaching director of Community Bible Study (CBS) asking if I would be a substitute core leader. The training day is on Thursday from 9-2. I'm planning on leaving Arthur with Brian, but will bring Abigail with me.
We end out August with the State Fair in Salem! That will be a fun time, I hope. And in the midst of it all we are house sitting for Brian's mom. So, busy times! Better go do some cleaning so I don't fall behind!
Friday, August 20, 2010
I just love this picture!
Today was a full, busy day and I feel great about what I was able to do. Things started a little slowly as I slept in and Abigail didn't wake until 9:30. Hearing the neighbor mow the lawn inspired me to do the same. The morning was cool (70's) and the lawn was getting long. Brian tends to think that if the grass hasn't covered your shoes, it isn't considered too long. I tend to lean more toward the mow every week idea. Since it hadn't been touched in 2 weeks, it was due for a trim. I fertilized the lawn and really gave it a good soaking throughout the day. That in itself is a chore having to move sprinklers all over the lawn trying to make sure every part gets hit with water. But now the lawn looks great and should really green up.
I made sure painter's tape blocked off everything around the windows in the bedroom, bathroom and my sewing and also the bathroom door. I primed the bedroom and then painted all the places I had taped off.
You can see the baseboard molding in the bathroom and the painted trim around the door. The molding has been stained and sitting in the shed for two years waiting to be used. Feels good to have that project done.
In the shower, the trim along the ceiling is painted as well as the trim and frame around the small window. My sewing room window has also been waiting to be painted for quite a while. Now all it needs is a nice window treatment. I wonder if I have any fabric on hand that will look nice?
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
My shoulders and neck need a little bit of a break, so I'm not planning on doing any work on the house until tomorrow evening. We (Arthur, Abigail and I) will be walking to the bank and store first thing in the morning to deposit a couple checks and get Arthur some toothpaste. If the weather cooperates, I'll then spread some fertilizer on the lawn when we get back. I'm hoping to also take the kids to Pappy's Pizzeria, but we shall see how the morning goes. That's a lot of walking for me and bike riding for Arthur. He has a "new" two-wheeled bike with training wheels, but he's very timid on the bike. The training wheels tend to move while he's riding and it makes him nervous.
Oh, I can hear my bed calling me. Unfortunately, I don't think Abigail's crib is calling her. Maybe she'll just kick and play on my bed while I relax with a movie.
Monday, August 16, 2010
It looks like a pretty basic mini blind. Not too big, not too scary. That is until I tried to install it in Brian's office. I'll get back to that in a bit.
This morning I debated on what I wanted to tackle next in the house. Two windows were ready to paint, but I wanted to finish all the caulking first. In order to finish caulking I would need to get trim for the bathroom. Since I have no car for the week, that would mean walking to Lowe's. Arthur ended up spending the night at Grandma's house last night, so I wouldn't have him with me. I love taking walks with Arthur, but it can be a struggle if I want to walk quickly. So, that made up my mind. I loaded Abigail in the stroller and off we went.
I also needed just a few things at the grocery store (peanut butter, tuna, lunch meat), so I stopped there and then bought some trim at Lowe's. I was home by 12:30 and set to work measuring, cutting and nailing trim around the shower. When my brother-in-law installed the tile around the tub, there was a 1/4" - 1/2" gap around the top of the tile. I now have the trim up and caulked and ready to paint!
I also found the trim designated for the baseboard in the bathroom. I cut a piece that was to go under the heater and it was too tall. I ended up unscrewing the heater from the wall, placing the trim in the right spot and screwing the heater back in place. There are some tricky spots to deal with around the vanity, so I'll wait until I'm more alert tomorrow to tackle that.
Okay, now the blinds. It should be simple, really. On either end of the window where you're hanging the blinds, screw up a bracket to hold the blinds. Well, that's where I had problems. I think my drill is giving up the ghost. I had charged it all day yesterday and the drill started wimping out on me after the first screw. I struggled with each screw. It was like there was a sheet of metal 1/4" in the window frame that would not let the screws go through. I fought to get the screws in, holding a heavy power drill over my head and pushing with all my might. I finally had all four screws in an hour later. Upon snapping (or trying to) the blinds into the brackets I just put up, I found that one bracket was positioned right over the wand and gave no room for the bracket. The other side was already snapped into place and I could not free it. So, holding the blinds over my head, I tried to unscrew the bracket, move it over 1/2" and screw it back in place all with one hand. My arms felt like lead when I finally finished. It took me almost 3 hours to get those blinds put up. Tomorrow, I get to put blinds in Arthur and Abigail's room. Oh, joy!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
In April, the first car I ever bought died. We knew it was going to go soon. Our prayer was that it wouldn't cause any injuries when it went. Brian drove to a meeting on a Thursday evening in the beginning of April. When he came out the car wouldn't start. Someone was able to give him a ride home. The next day he wanted to try it once more before getting it towed to the mechanic. Upon arriving at the car, he knew there was no way he was going to start it. A huge black, green puddle spread out from under the car. The car was pronounced dead the next day. It needed a new engine. A used one would cost $2,500 and a new $3,000 and the car would still have all the other problems our 210,000 mile car had.
We began to pray, again. Brian's specific request was that we could follow through with our promise of not incurring any new debt in obtaining a car. We began praying privately on Monday, Wednesday we shared our specific request with friends and on Friday a free car was sitting in our driveway. God is good!
I don't have a picture of the new car, yet, but it is a 1993 Chevy Cavalier with 130,000 miles. It has it's quirks, the main one being a very loud squealing belt, but it runs well and transports us to where we need to go. I miss my green, Ford Escort wagon, but it served us well lasting for 10 years and 216,111 miles. Goodbye, my friend!
to replace windows and that would be happening on Tuesday. From Tuesday through Thursday windows in three rooms (the bedrooms and Brian's office) were torn out and replaced, new siding put up and new trim around the windows and edge of the house. I'll have pictures of the windows and talk about it more later in the week.
Because of the new windows going in, I needed to do some caulking around the interior windows and sills. I decided to also go around to the trim that's been needing some for a while. Once I add a little bit of trim in our bedroom window, I'll be able to paint it all.
I walked through the house yesterday and made a list of everything that needs to be done. All those little, finishing jobs that pile up but seem to be really hard to get motivated to do. Well, I'm motivated! Brian left today for a week of summer camp, so I can work away in the house without bothering him.
My mother-in-law tore up some carpet in her house and had a large roll of decent blue carpet. My sewing room is in a converted garage with concrete floors. I had small squares of carpet here and there, but they kept shifting and didn't cover everything. I emptied the sewing room, rolled out the carpet and moved everything back in on Friday. I love what the carpet does to the room.
It actually feels like a real room instead of just a section of the garage. Since the washer and dryer are in the room, I didn't have the carpet go all the way to the wall. It stops about 5 inches in front of the machines. Perfect if there happens to be an over-flow.
Tonight, I learned a very important lesson about wallpaper: this is not a one-man job.
I bought 2 rolls of border wallpaper from the thrift store last year. I loved it and thought it would be perfect for the room. I matched the paint to the colors in the wallpaper and painted the room. After trying to cut and install trim for the first time around the ceiling, I lost steam and never put the paper up. Tonight I decided that enough was enough. Time to put up the border. The directions seemed simple enough and I didn't need any other tools other than water and a sponge. Well, it was not so simple and I'm glad I had two rolls. The first roll didn't get completely wet when it was submerged in water the first time and just wouldn't stick. I tried to get it wet again, but that just made it worse. That roll is now lying face down in my kitchen for the back to dry while I try figure out what to do with it. The second roll also gave me difficulties, but I did finally get it up. I just hope it is still up in the morning.
The border had stylized lined drawings of cats with a saying in script below them: Once, cats were all wild, but afterward they returned to houses.
I just love this border! I would put it all around the room, but the other 3 walls are very textured and the paper won't stick. I wonder what I could do with that first border? I'm sure the paste mostly came off, but who knows?
I think tomorrow I'll work on cutting trim for the bathroom or paint the window sills in the kids' room and Brian's office. It will depend on what I already have or need to buy.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
He came, he saw, he spent
By Henry Payne / The Michigan View
In the latest stop on his “Recovery Summer” tour, rock star President Barack Obama landed in Holland, Michigan Thursday, insulted its congressman, handed American stimulus dollars to a Korean corporation, and proclaimed Obamanomics a success even as Michigan has lost 94,000 jobs since his Recovery Act was enacted.
All in all, another day in the life of an increasingly unpopular president who seems to be living in an alternative universe.
But the green economy looks like a lot of green for the well-connected. The president handed $150 million in stimulus money over to Korean CEO Peter Bahnsuk Kim of LG Chem. LG Chem is an $11 billion Korean conglomerate that hardly seems a candidate for the American Recovery Act. No wonder the program is so unpopular.
Accompanying Obama was Governor Jennifer Granholm - Obama praised her as “one of the best governors in America” even as she presides over the nation’s second highest unemployment rate – who has been complaining that Washington Republicans are denying her the $500 million in stimulus money she needs to plug Michigan’s Medicaid budget hole. So here she was in West Michigan celebrating $150 million for Corporate Korea. Huh?
Obama said his benevolence would create 300 jobs in Holland – but that’s $500,000 per job. At least it’s a bargain compared to the $ $1.25 million per job Obama spent on two solar companies in Arizona over the July 4 weekend.
The president cheered that LG Chem batteries will go into GM’s electric plug-in Chevy Volt "so when you buy one of these vehicles, it will be stamped 'Made in America.’” But precious few Americans will buy the $40,000 Volt (that’s BMW 3-series sticker territory) as they are targeted at well-healed consumers making over $100,00 a year in places Silicon Valley.
West Michigan is suffering 12 percent unemployment yet President “Audacity of Hope” had the audacity to suggest that the stimulus “efforts we took we are no longer bleeding jobs." In fact, since his $1 trillion Recovery Act was passed a year ago, Michigan has lost nearly 100,000 jobs.
Obama couldn’t even get his manners right. Ever the partisan, he took a shot at his host, Holland Congressional representative Pete Hoekstra who was in the audience. Despite opposing the Recovery Act, Hoekstra attended the ground-breaking ceremony, he told The View, “out of respect for the office of president.”
The respect was not returned. "Some made the political calculation that it's better to obstruct than to lend a hand,” sneered Obama at the end of his remarks. “Now that doesn't stop them from being at ribbon cuttings, but that's OK."
And then the president jumped in his 10 mpg Caddy limo and headed to the next stop on his tour to transform what Americans drive.
Henry Payne is editor of The Michigan View
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Every year on the second Saturday of July, Sisters, Oregon is blanketed in quilts. Literally. Quilts from all over the country are displayed outside on the buildings. This is quite possibly the largest outdoor quilt show in the world, but don't quote me on that.
I took the kids and we left about 9:15am. We hit a bit of traffic as we entered Sisters (Nothing like what was coming from Bend - that was really backed up!) and parked at 10am. I met up with two other ladies that I met through QATW. I had brought the bookcase quilt with me to show them. When I unfolded it and held it out, suddenly we had a group of other ladies surrounding and whipping out their cameras. I felt like a rock star! I may just have to make another one of these and display it at the show next year.
We stayed in Sisters until 4:30. Arthur didn't walk around looking at quilts with me the whole time. There is a nice little playground in a lovely, shaded park which we visited a couple times. It gave a chance for Arthur to just run around with other kids, for Abigail to stretch out on a quilt on the ground and for me to take my sandals off and rest my feet. We did see a lot of quilts and Arthur had fun pointing out the ones he liked and thought I should make. (Yeah, right, kid!) Because he liked them, he insisted he needed to be in the pictures.
There was raffle for a pretty cool bike, but I sadly did not win. However, I did come away with sore feet and newly burned arms. It was a good day and I just hope Abigail sleeps through the night tonight. I need to sleep!Veronica
Thursday, July 8, 2010
After many posts and a lot of work, the bookcase quilt if finally complete. It only lacks a label, but I'm waiting for instruction on what exactly should be on it.
I really enjoyed making this quilt. It was a bit intimidating at first because I didn't have an actual pattern. In doing some web surfing, I did find someone who gave some general instructions on how to make the books. I'll have to work on making slanted books as those gave me the most difficulty. I felt like I was doing everything backwards and I never did seem to cut the fabric correctly.
The quilting for the background came easy: a meander using black thread. On the shelving I used a tan in the top and black in the bobbin. I really struggled to find the right way to quilt the books and knickknacks on the shelves. After much thought and some discussion with a woman at the local fabric store, I decided to use invisible thread in the top and black in the bobbin and do stitch in the ditch (or outline) for the books, etc. It was the best choice for showcasing the books without fear of the quilting taking away from the piecing.
Now, to pack this up and send it off. Boy, I wish I could keep it! I'm very happy with how it turned out.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Then, I was nearly fired from my job.
"You have a job?!"
Yes. My title is wife and mother. Now, some may poo-poo my role in the household as degrading, unfulfillable, chauvinistic. And when I start to have a pity party and become very selfish, I begin to agree. However, being a wife and mother is completely the opposite. There is nothing more satisfying than to see a clean and organized home, a happy husband and children excited to do things with me.
So, how did quilting nearly get me fired? Trying to quilt every day became a very self-centered activity. Those dishes would pile up in the sink and begin to spill onto the counter because I would rather quilt than wash them. The kids would get one less story at night because I wanted to rush them into bed so I could quilt a few minutes in the evening. My husband would wander around with shorts and *gasp* black knee socks because I thought that HE should do the laundry once in a while if he wanted his other socks washed.
My internal argument was that quilting made me happy. I need to quilt every day to stay happy. But, I wasn't happy. My household was falling apart. I was feeling despondent by the piles of laundry, dishes, clutter, cleaning encroaching on every thought. Plus, Abigail decided that evenings would be her time to be cranky, clingy and not go to sleep until midnight.
I can hear some shouting, "What about that husband?! Make him do the dishes!" And it's taken me almost 10 years to unfetter myself from the shouting throng. When I take my focus off myself and what I want to do and the "rights and privileges" I'm "missing out" on, an amazing thing happens. I'm happy doing my housework and spending time with my family.
Does this mean that I won't do any more quilting? Not in the least! Just for now, while the children are little and rely completely on me, quilting will be an occasional pastime when time allows. There will time for quilt retreats, sewing parties, lazing around the house later. For now, I have a baby to feed, a son to read stories with, a husband who desperately needs some clean underwear.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
After finishing the binding on the bookcase quilt Friday night, I went through some e-mails and needed to send Brian the info for my flight on Sunday. Only then did I realize that my flight was on SATURDAY! At midnight, I dashed up stairs, woke my parents and let them know that I had to get to the airport the next morning in time for a 6am flight! While Mom held Abigail to keep her happy (she woke when I hastily laid her down in my panic) and Dad checked information on line, I ran around the house and threw everything into suitcases. It took an hour to get everything packed. Since Abigail was now asleep and my folks went to bed to get a couple hours sleep before getting up at 4am, I decided to take a shower. I was too sweaty and keyed up to sleep. Eventually, I did fall asleep around 2:30.
I was sure Arthur would have a fit when I woke him to leave, but he took everything in stride. He never realized that we left a day earlier than I said we would. That, however, was the easiest part of the day. When we got to the Muskegon airport, it took at lest 10 minutes for them to print my boarding passes and tag for my luggage. Mom timed it.
The first stop was Chicago. For some reason, United Airlines decided to change my route from Chicago to Portland and sent me from Chicago to San Fransisco to Portland. In Chicago, my next flight was delayed an hour. Unfortunately, I only had an hour lay over in San Fransisco. Our plane landed in San Fransisco 2 minutes after my flight to Portland left. No, I wasn't on that flight.
I arrived in San Fransisco at 10:50am and didn't leave until 9:55pm. Yes, if you are counting on your fingers that is 11 hours in the San Fransisco airport. They first put me on standby for a flight at 2:30, but the flight was too full. I was guaranteed a seat on the flight at 7:30 which would get me to Portland around 10pm. Then we would have the 3 hour drive home. I went to customer service and had them change my flight into Redmond. The flight was later, but it would get me directly home and at least an hour or more earlier.
The kids did exceptionally well for such a long, tedious day. They both fell deeply asleep on the last flight into Redmond. I couldn't get Arthur to wake up when we landed. I carried Abigail down to the tarmac and put her in the stroller. I then dashed back into the plane and carried Arthur out. It took me several minutes to try to wake him up and not a single person offered to help me. I had a sleeping Arthur, Abigail in the stroller, a large diaper bag and 2 wheeled carry-ons. Eventually, I woke Arthur up enough to have him walk into the airport. Redmond has recently remodeled their airport and for some reason decided that our tiny airport needed a mile long hike into the terminal.
We finally made it into the terminal and baggage area. Guess what? No luggage and not a single person around. We stood around for 40 minutes waiting for a worker to show up, but nothing. A janitor told us that they would pop in and out every now and then, but they didn't that night. So, we finally got home at midnight and fell into bed.
Now, here is the main question: Did I do any quilting? Yes, I did. I packed the hexagons that I was making for the doll quilt and worked on them while waiting in the airport.
Sunday, Day 44, I spent most of the time unpacking and washing clothes. The missing suitcase was delivered that afternoon and I was very happy to have it back and in tack. I took a little down time to make the rest of the hexagons.
Monday, Day 45, all the little hexagons are being turned into flowers. I have 13 flowers in all. I also cut and sewed the green background fabric for the flowers.
Tuesday, Day 46, I have the background prepared and am sewing the flower hexagons down. Unfortunately, I'm late in getting this quilt done. It should have gone in the mail yesterday.
Wednesday, Day 47, the doll quilt is nearly done. I am sewing the binding down right now and will be able to get this in the mail tomorrow.
Whew! That catches me and you all up to date! It's now time to feed my daughter and get ready for bed.
Friday, June 11, 2010
After the mall, we drove through the pouring rain to meet a fellow quilter that I met on QATW. We had a great time and the kids were very well behaved. It's always nice to meet other quilters.
With only an hour before my aunt and cousins showed up for dinner, I set up the machine to quilt the rest of the quilt. I've got about 1 1/2 rows done, 4 1/2 to go. If I can get Abigail to stay asleep, I'll try to quilt for about half an hour. This quilting is going quickly and I'd like to get to the halfway point tonight. Although, I'm starting to feel pretty tired. Maybe I should just get to sleep and really work hard on it in the morning. Tomorrow's the last day! Since I'm meeting my sister for dinner, I'd like it done by then. Nose to the grindstone!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
My poor Dad strained his back this morning picking up Abigail. He said he just lifted wrong. So, he stayed home while Mom, the kids and I all went to the zoo. We had a great time! Arthur and Abigail were both very good (it looked like it was going to be iffy with the way Arthur started off in the morning!) and we stayed for about 2 1/2 hours.
After dinner, we loaded Mom's and Arthur's bikes into the pickup truck and headed to Vanessa's apartment. There are some wonderful bike trails around her apartment and beyond, so Vanessa, Arthur and I went for a short bike ride. It may have lasted longer if Arthur hadn't seen a little boy that lives a few doors down playing outside. Those two have become fast friends in the couple times they've played together. I would have liked to ride longer. I think I'll take Arthur out tomorrow for a ride around in the neighborhood.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
It was a good thing we went to the gardens yesterday because today was cold, windy and wet. We had been hoping to go to the zoo, but it was just too miserable for that. In the morning, the kids and I went with my mom to her school so she could show off the grandkids and attend a meeting. After lunch, since it was raining, we headed out to the mall play area. Arthur found some great friends and they chased each other the entire time.
I was able to get a couple more shelves done on the quilt. I had hoped to do more, but just ran out of time. Even though Grandma and Grandpa entertain Abigail and Arthur quite a bit, I'm still needed at times.
Abigail has been getting used to eating mashed bananas and rice cereal. She loves the bananas! She's also getting stronger and trying to pull herself up into more of a sitting position. My parents are rooting for her to crawl before we leave, but I'm happy to say that I don't think she will. Brian would be sad to miss out on that milestone.
Monday, June 7, 2010
We are all worn out! Right around 10:00 this morning, we loaded up the car (Vanessa's car that was on loan) and drove out to Fredrick Meijer Gardens. It's quite an amazing place to see. We didn't leave until 4:30. Arthur fell asleep almost before we left the parking lot. I think everyone got at least a little bit of a burn. I am lucky enough to look like a lobster.
Even though I was worn out, I still made it out to the fabric store. I needed different thread to finish quilting Vanessa's quilt. One of the ladies there helped me think through what to do with the books and I think I'll do a stitch in the ditch. She thought that would be the most striking with the many books. I did one row of quilting on the shelves and really like how it's turning out. Only 8 more to go, then the books. Hmmm....I better get moving on this!
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
The weather was perfect, even the mosquitos thought so. We had brats and beans and stuff and visited for a while. My uncle gave a box filled with the Wilton yearbooks she had and a tub filled with her cake decorating tips. Any time I'm sitting for a spell I'm flipping through these books. I can't wait to get started!
After lunch, we all headed to Vanessa's new apartment nearly 3 miles away. She had the fixings for ice cream sundaes. Yummy! I'm ashamed to admit that I had two. The men all worked at putting Vanessa's new bedroom suite together. It had just been delivered earlier in the day.
We were back home by 6 and I was able to get a couple hours in quilting the bookcase quilt. I'm nearly at the end. Only one more row to do.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Tomorrow, the family is coming over for a visit, so I won't be quilting until the evening.
I love coming to Michigan to visit and get a little break with Arthur (I don't seem to exist when Grandma and Papa are around), but I am starting to miss my husband a little bit.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
After I fiddled with it for a while, Mom sat at the machine. It only took her a few moments of trying everything she could think of to get it working. For some reason, the machine has to be threaded with the feed dogs UP and then you can drop the feed dogs and quilt to your heart's content. And that's exactly what I did.
I'm doing a meander quilt stitch in the black background and then will switch to a cream or tan thread for the rest of the quilt. I've done most of the black in one row out of six. I'm really pleased with how well it's going. Mom's Janome is smooth and quiet. I should be able to get this done in no time.
Tonight we all, Vanessa included, went the the Grand Rapids Children's Museum. Thursday nights is a discount rate of $1.50 a person as opposed to the $7.50 regular fare. Arthur loves the museum and a trip to Michigan just wouldn't be right without a visit. Abigail was as good as gold during the outing. I just hope tonight she will sleep!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
I did pull out my hexes and made a few more. It looks like I'll need to cut more fabric. First, I'll sew the ones I have into flowers and see what I still need.
Monday, May 31, 2010
We had a very relaxing morning. Arthur did decide that 7:30 was a perfect time to get up, but we just knocked around in our pjs until 10 or so. By 11 we were heading to the airport with a quick stop at Subway for lunch. Getting to the airport we saw that the flight was delayed an hour. That gave Arthur more time to run around on the playground before going through the security check point.
Once at our gate, we saw that our flight was delayed again. The problem was that there were storms in Chicago. Great! We finally boarded our plane and then were told that Air Force One was in Chicago and we had another hour delay, while we sat on the plane. In fact, the stewardess mentioned that we would get off the plane, but we never did. Finally, we were on the way.
As we approached Chicago, the stewards went through and let us know where our connecting gates were and how much time we would have. Our gate, of course, was in the furthest terminal and we would have to book it. If the airplane had been able to pull up to the gate right away, we would have had an hour to get through the airport and into our seats. However, we sat for half an hour waiting for the gate to clear.
Finally, we got off the plane rushed to the info boards to see that our last flight to Muskegon was cancelled. Sigh. A lady passed and heard that we were stranded and offered her room at the Hilton that she wasn't going to use and then we headed to customer service to get a new flight. While we were in the 100+ person line, a worker pulled us out and took us to the United office to help us directly. Thank you Irma! She rescheduled our flight for the next morning and we walked across the street for the night in the Hilton.
Whew! I did sew some hexes while in the long flight from Portland to Chicago. I have 6 flowers done and need to make 7 more.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Today was our first day of travel. Brian's sister and family were in town this weekend, so I didn't get nearly as much done in the house as I would have liked. At least I was able to get packed. Since it is the last Sunday of the month, the church had a potluck lunch after the service. Yum! I love potlucks!
Once the car was loaded we got on the road and drove to Portland. While I sat in the passenger seat I worked on hexes. These are for the doll quilt swap I joined and they are turning out really cute.
We met Brian's aunt and uncle at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Portland. It just wouldn't be right to be in Portland and not visit our favorite restaurant. During dinner we found out another of Brian's aunts had sickness running through her house. The original plan was to spend the night at her house, but a friend of ours offered a bed for us.
Tomorrow, the flight doesn't leave until 1:30 so we will have a leisurely morning.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
The top of the bookcase quilt is done! Now to baste and quilt it. I had hoped to baste it tonight, but that just didn't work. We'll be gone most of the day at the in-law's, maybe I could baste it there. Hmmm....
I'm tired, so I'm not going to talk about much else. I have tomorrow morning to get ready for our trip to Michigan. How did the time go so fast?
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Saturday, Brian's sister and family are going to be at his mom's house. We are all going to get together to celebrate Memorial Day. I wonder if I could bring my sewing machine. Hmmm....that's very tempting! I'll wait to see how far I get. I'll also need to pack on Saturday for me and the kids.
Abigail had her 6 month checkup this morning. She is 27.5 inches long and that puts her in the 92nd percentile for her length, but she weighs 14.05 pounds which puts her in the 7th percentile for her weight. The doctor said he wasn't too concerned, but he did want me to try getting more calories in her. So far she has been exclusively breast fed. I had tried to start her on some baby rice cereal once, but she was not feeling well and that didn't go over very well at all. Tonight, I mixed up just over a tablespoon of cereal and she ate it all up! Hooray! I need to go back to the doctor in 5 weeks so they can remeasure her and see how she's doing. I think she will be just fine.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I was only able to make one block tonight. I was completely wiped out and Brian suggested that I should take a break and go to bed. I will after watching a couple episodes of The Office.
Abigail has finally rolled over! We were all very excited to watch her. So far she only rolls to the left.
I'm too tired to say anything else.
Monday, May 24, 2010
This is a give away hosted on another blog that I follow. Looks like fun.
I've been able to get a lot done today. I have enough blocks for 3 full shelves and a little extra. That may not seem like a lot, especially since I have to do 6 rows, but many of the blocks I did today were applique. That is always more time consuming than regular piecing. I'm not done for the night, either. Once I can get Abigail to sleep, or at least happily occupied, I'll be making more blocks. I'd love to be able to get the blocks all done tonight.
Friday I asked Brian to pick up the pictures of Abigail from the WalMart photo studio. When I checked them out, we were missing one sheet of a second pose and had an extra sheet in the original pose. I called and they told me that I was given the spec sheet instead of what I ordered. Since it was nearly closing time I told them I'd be there on Saturday. When I got there Saturday morning, they did not have the sheet I had ordered. The lab would have to send a new one and it wouldn't get here until June 8. I want to take these to Michigan so I asked if they could have it sent to the Michigan WalMart, but she said something about needing to pay shipping. She would try to call the lab and get a rush on it. I was supposed to hear from them by today on what they are going to do, but haven't heard. I'll ask tomorrow since I'll be there getting pictures of Arthur and Abigail together. Should be fun. Arthur hates getting his picture professionally taken.
Back to the sewing room!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Tomorrow is Saturday and I've told Brian that I really need to have some unbroken time to work on this. He tried to keep Abigail happy for a while earlier tonight, which worked for about 10 minutes. Then she decided that she had absolutely ENOUGH! Mommy, the feeding machine, came to the rescue.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Well, anyway, here is the project I'm working on now.
I won't say anything more about it at the present time. I should hope to be able to post a picture of the completed quilt at the beginning of the next month.
On the home front...
Abigail is nearly rolling over. She gets about 3/4 of the way to her left and then rolls back.
Her big thing right now is dancing. She will wiggle her head back and forth and move her limbs up and down, all with a huge grin on her face. It's quite cute and I'll have to figure out how to add a video from my camera to this blog. Brian says that a couple days ago she was getting a bit cranky on his office floor. He asked her if she wanted to dance and she began her routine. Too cute!
Arthur has become a test of my patience. I'm working on trying to come up with more individual and mind engaging activities for him. Of course, this is also a test for my own laziness and procrastination. Maybe that's why God gave me children!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Yes, that's right. I haven't blogged for a week. I haven't quilted, either. Our precious angel has become quite clingy and needy in the evenings. From roughly 6pm - midnight she wants to be held while I or Brian am standing or finding some food or comfort from me. It's wearing and I am not getting much more than the dishes done.
Tonight, however, Brian took Arthur to see the Redmond High School's performance of Peter Pan. Abigail was in a pretty content mood, so I was able to make one quilt block. It felt good to be back in my sewing room. Since I've gotten much of the house in order, I can sneak into the sewing room throughout the day and work on a block or two. I would love to have this top completed by Monday. Get the whips out and keep me going!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
The second Thursday of the month is our doll club meeting. Over the last several years the club membership has really dropped. We are down to 6 or 7 regular attenders and 11 paid members. I had actually considered dropping from the group, too. I was feeling a burned out from making dolls due to some really bad swaps and I've never wanted to be a doll collector. I was going to let my membership lapse in April 2005 when it was time to renew, but then the club threw a wonderful baby shower for Arthur. I didn't feel right saying thanks for the gifts but now I'm quitting. So, to make it more interesting for me to be part of the group, I took on doing the newsletter. I enjoy making the newsletter and I think the ladies enjoy reading it.
After attending this month's meeting in LaPine, I stopped at Grandma's house to get Arthur. We visited for a bit and got home around 5. The weather has turned gorgeous! Brian and Arthur went to the track for an hour and I napped with Abigail for a bit. My eyes were so tired I began to wonder if I'd make it home. When I woke from my nap, I had a headache. Oh, well! I can always sew tomorrow.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I had hoped to get all the dishes and laundry and clutter taken care of tonight while Arthur spent the night at Grandma's house, but the reality was quite different than the dream. My mind just needed a break. Instead, I watched a DVD of The Office, enjoyed a nice dinner at The Fountains and just vegged in front of the computer. Boy, I needed that!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Some fellow quilters on QATW have posted pictures of their completed BOM tops. Oh, I wish I could do everything that I'm seeing them do! But, I'm going to stick to my plan. I can't keep changing my mind or this will never be a finished quilt!
I spent most of my time trying to get the perfect butterfly applique pattern drafted. It took many sketches and enlarging on the photo copier, but I got my butterfly ready. I also traced a Sunbonnet Sue and Sam and a heart. I have all the parts drawn out and ready to cut. I can feel my eyes getting tired, so I won't do any cutting now. The weather is supposed to be getting warmer over the next couple of days. If I can get these blocks ready to applique, I can take them with me when I take Arthur to the park. I love to have handwork ready to take with me wherever I go.
Monday, May 10, 2010
I had a very relaxing day. So relaxing that I didn't do any quilting. But then, Sundays are always a bit in the air of what I can get done. The mornings we spend at church and many times we spend the afternoon at the in-law's home. We didn't end up getting home until dinner time and then the evening just slipped away.
There's always tomorrow.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
I also nailed down the designs I'm doing for the applique. I have a couple blocks on each side that need to be done. One side will have Sunbonnet Sue and hearts, another will have Sunbonnet Sam and hearts, the third and fourth will have a butterfly and flowers. Once I get the dreaded chores done tomorrow (tons of dishes and a mound of laundry) then I can cut out the templates and fabrics for the applique.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Most of the day I spent away from home. I drove our doll club to Salem for a doll program. Abigail came along with us and did a great job. I was, however, exhausted when we got home. I didn't trust myself to start sewing anything new. I have learned from past experiences an important formula.
Sewing + Tired = Many Mistakes compounded with Tears
Friday, May 7, 2010
Tomorrow I don't know what I'll work on.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
For the second day in a row I can't hear anything out of my right ear. It's really thrown me off. I haven't felt much like doing anything, but I did get Abigail to the photo studio at Wal-Mart for her 6 month pictures. And, of course, I made some yo-yo's. I did about 6 today and seem to be about halfway through the pile of circles I cut out a few days ago.
I'm down to 3 weeks before leaving for Michigan! I have to get some things done!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
That, however, did not leave much time for quilting. While getting Abigail settled for bed I made a few more yo-yos. I'm not sure how many more I need to do before I've used up all the circles I cut out, but the little jar next to the bed that I'm putting them in is getting quite full.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I found a new quilting addiction: fabric yo-yos. These little things are so cute! I went through all of my 30's reproduction fabric and cut one circle from each. I now have them next to my bed and make them while feeding Abigail. I can usually get 2 done during each feeding. Is there a plan for all these little yo-yos? Why, yes!
I have been following a Block of the Month (BOM) on the QATW website at the beginning of the year. Most of the members sailed through the blocks and we've done the steps in nearly a third of the time allotted. I'd like to make my quilt bigger, large enough to fit on our queen-sized bed. I added a vine border and was debating what kind of flower to add. I believe I'll add some yo-yo flowers. I'll lay it out in a couple days to see how it looks. The rest of the yo-yos I am going to make a mobile for Abigail.
Monday, May 3, 2010
However, I should not be spending my day working on these. The hexes are just for something late at night just before falling asleep. I have a little basket next to my bed with templates and fabrics, needle and thread. What I need to work on during the day are a couple projects that MUST be done before the end of the month.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
This is the first block I made with hexagons. The Grandmother's Flower Garden (GFG) quilts traditionally are made of "flowers" like the one above with an outline of white, green or black connecting all the flowers. The early ones, nearly 100 years ago, would have flowers that were all the same or similar. I don't plan on making a traditional GFG quilt. Each block is going to be a combination of pink, cream and brown, but the location with alternate. And I'm not going to separate the blocks with a "path" of a different colored hexes. I'm going to sew the blocks right together.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
The rules are simple.
I must quilt every day. "What does that mean, exactly?", you might ask. Well, that means that I must, in some way, sew with thread or cut fabric for a quilt. This could be hand sewing a few hexagons together, tracing template pieces onto fabric for a Dear Jane block, strip piece blocks for a border, baste layers together or quilt a design in a quilt. But the day must have some kind of progress toward a quilt finish.
I may not claim fabric petting or purchasing as quilt progress. This also includes looking through my own fabric for the perfect piece. Even though that may get me closer to my goal, this can take hours and many times sidetracks me from the ultimate end - finish a quilt.
So, with saying all that welcome to my
Year of Quilting
I dug out some hexagon flower blocks I made last summer. Originally, I had planned to just make a bunch until they reached a twin or queen bed size. I think now that I will make a doll quilt size. I sewed one row of pink blocks around a cream center. The quilt will be browns/pinks/creams.
On the 28th of April, I finished and mailed a doll quilt to my swap partner Kala on Quilting Around the World. I had great fun making this little quilt. The designed is inspired by a wall hanging I saw while searching for doll quilt ideas online. Oh, I hope she likes it! I like how it turned out, but now I'm second guessing what her tastes might be. I guess we'll find out in a few days.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Arthur loves his little sister. He is always wanting to find ways to make her smile or laugh. A few days ago it was time for his evening bath. Abigail was in a cheerful mood and Arthur wanted me to bring her in the bathroom while he played in the tub. I needed to use the restroom first so I told him I would set everything up once I got out. I left them both smiling in the living room.
Once I was finished in the bathroom, I started the water running in the tub and went out to get Arthur ready for his bath. I was very surprised to see Abigail laying on the floor right outside the bathroom door grinning happily up at me.
My first thought was, "Did she move down the hall by herself?" Then I briefly wondered if someone else was in the house and had moved her. Cautiously I called out to Arthur. "Why is Abigail here?"
He told me that he brought her down the hall. He had carefully wrapped her blanket around her body and dragged her by her feet down the hall and stopped her by the bathroom door. I told him he had to be very careful with her and dragging her down the hall wasn't a good idea. Arthur answered, "But, Mom, she liked it. She smiled the whole time!"
Abigail did get a little rug burn on the back of her head, but was none the worse for wear.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Since the fabric I received had mermaids, seahorses, starfish and fish, I decided to have some fun quilting it. I found some simple designs of fish and seahorses and did some loose outlining of seahorses, fish and starfish. I also did some very representational bubbles and seaweed.
Friday, January 1, 2010
As you may have noticed, I haven't posted in quite a while (most of 2009, in fact). It was quite a year!
The big news was the birth of our daughter Abigail Rose. I found out that I was pregnant at the end of February. I already had tickets to visit my family at the end of May, so I decided to wait until I flew out to Michigan to tell them. There were a few close calls in the next 3 months, but I was successfully able to surprise my family.
Abigail was born on October 29th at 8:00am by C-section. She weighed 7 pounds and was 20 inches long. One of the first questions I'm asked is, "How does Arthur like his new sister?" My answer, "He LOVES her!" He loves to talk to her, sing and tell her stories and try to comfort her when she cries. It's very sweet.
Since the pregnancy was so unexpected this year, it threw me for a loop and I failed on every single one of my New Year's Resolutions. We are now in a new year and, once again, I've made a list of resolutions. This year, however, the list is much shorter and I think much more manageable. Now that I've said that, Abigail will turn into a screaming baby and I won't have any time to do anything!
Oh, well! It will be interesting to see what this year holds!