Friday, September 28, 2012

Seven Days in September!

The past seven days have been full for me! I'm the Membership Chairperson for our quilt guild and since our fiscal year is beginning shortly, our membership renewals are also in full swing. I think I'm caught up with a lot of the paperwork but everywhere I look in the office, there are turquoise forms laying about! (We color code by year and some of our forms are then that color.)
This little guy, our first grandchild, was born last Friday, September 21. Unfortunately, Connor and his parents live many miles away and we won't see them until Christmas. Pictures and Skype are great but nothing's as good as some in person time which we're looking forward to very much!  
 Then last weekend, my daughter and I drove up to Kansas City to do some shopping. She was looking for clothing and shoes and I was looking for, what else, fabric! In fact, fabric for the "In Living Color" challenge I told you about in my last post.
I've settled on a theme but that's about all I can tell you, for now, since we're supposed to keep this "confidential". Someone from the challenge committee has been known to read this blog so I better be good. By the way, I don't want you to think I bought that whole bag of fabric. It also contains fabric from my stash which I plan to use in the challenge quilt.
Because my schedule's been crazy lately, I haven't had as much time to work on  my hand sewing projects as I'd like. This is the Jubilee+5 Garden Quilt and I don't think you can see it but I've big stitch quilted a few more blocks since my last post. This isn't a portable project so I don't get to work on it as much as I'd like.
 My reproduction of Ann Ruggle's hexagon quilt is portable so I've been taking it along with me to work on while I visit my mom at her nursing home. I can usually get an hour's worth of English Paper Piecing in while I'm there. I usually spend part of my Tuesday's at Schowalter Villa in Hesston, Kansas. Many of the residents and workers are interested in my quilting and I'm enjoying hearing their quilt stories!
As you can see, I have all of the pink/brown flowers done but I've only been able to sew part of one on to the center (at the top).
Because someday, maybe even this winter, I would like to start working on a Phoebe quilt of my own, I signed up to take an Applique class at one of our local quilt shops. This really wasn't a good time for me but I'm not sure my life is going to slow down anytime soon.
Last night was our first session and this is all I got done! Its a good thing you can't see those curves aren't the smoothest but I guess its OK for my first time at needle turn applique. I think I will hide this block in the lower left hand corner of the wallhanging I'm hoping this becomes! (That's where I hide all the blocks with "personality".) Only three more hearts to add to this block. Don't know why the background looks so blotchy and am hoping the camera just took a weird picture.
I hope the past seven days in September have been good for you!
Until next time, Mayleen


  1. I can only imagine how difficult it must be to have to wait to hold your gorgeous grandson. All the best with your applique lessons - Phebe is certainly an amazing quilt to aspire to. Cheers, Carole

  2. Congratulations grandma! What a lovely little treasure. I hope Christmas comes quickly for you.

  3. Congrats on your new grandson! he is tooo cute.
    Your hexie project looks great.
    Good luck with the applique' classes. your block looks good. I don't know why the digital camera does that, I've had that happen too.

  4. It's great to see your busyness, and even more wonderful to know your grandson has arrived! Congratulations! Believe me, I know how difficult it is to not be around to see one's first grandson. Mine was born in Australia (three years ago) and I didn't get to see him for several months. Keep up with Skyping; it helps a little. With all your doin's I hope you've had time to make his play quilt! Love the Jubiliee+5 Garden quilt!

  5. Aww Mayleen he is so cute I just love the little cheeks! I feel your pain of having to wait to see your grandson. We also live a fair distance from our daughter(she is now pregnant with our first grandchild) so visits will be no where near as often as I'd like. For the most part I feel blessed to have children with great careers and a special someone to share it with, I only wish it didn't have to be so FAR away. It makes my heart ache....but then I think of how happy and healthy they are, so I tell myself to just get over it!!
    Congrantulations Christmas will be here before you know it!

  6. oh congrats he is just so adorable, love those cheeks...its hard when your children don't live close isn't it? Christmas will be here soon
    good for you learning how to applique before you know it you will be appliquing watching tv and not even thinking about it!
    good luck