Luckily, I did get right to work on Wednesday, and finished a top which is now winging its way to Char for quilting. Thanks, Char!
And I spent some time admiring the package that arrived on Wednesday - a quilted disappearing 4-patch top that I had sent to Anita in MI, along with 10 blocks of her own making. I plan to get this to a local binding volunteer this weekend and hopefully get it up north sometime next week.
|All done except for the binding. Thanks, Anita!|
|Lovely meander quilting|
|Bright pieced backing, with a piece of that beautiful turquoise fabric thrown in the package to make a coordinated binding!|
|Completed quilt number one - quilted by Sue R|
|Completed quilt number 2 - quilted by Sue R|
|The blue back and binding of quilt number one with meander quilting|
|The two tone purple backing and binding of quilt number two|
Then came Thanksgiving. We spent it at my brother's house, about an hour away. There was so much food that not everything could be made on the stove - here he is making the gravy on the woodstove!
A highlight was meeting my new 4-month old cousin (or second cousin once removed, if we are being specific - I finally learned what all that means). My kids, who have been begging me to have another baby for years now, were thrilled. Don't I look good with a baby? :)
Another highlight was all the games we played, although I'll be honest, I lose nearly everything I play. We played Kick the Can in the dark on Thanksgiving night - lots of shrieking and running and laughing. I feel like I was "it" forever! Then, on Friday, we played the longest, but most fun, game of two-hand-touch football EVER (final score was 105 - 77), played the Settlers of Cataan (I love that game!), and played a couple games of Bid Whist (I need to learn to keep my mouth shut and not bid unless I KNOW I can make bid!). I ran and laughed and had more fun than I've had in quite some time, but this morning, I am typing this blog post in bed - I am tired and sore and feeling twice my age!
Luckily, there are lots of things you can do from bed. Open Friday's mail: 81 blocks, a cone of thread, $30 for batting and postage, and lots of BINDING!
|Lots and lots of pre-made binding! Thanks, Andrea!|
|Beautiful blocks! Thanks, Celine, Sharon, Donna, Diane, Debbie, Leila and the Lake Monticello Piecemakers, Andrea, and (no first name) Backmeier!|
|EDITED - thanks, Jaye!|
And my husband's team has another basketball game today, which I plan to listen to on the radio. During that time, I should at least be able to complete another top to send out for quilting (Anita has graciously offered to quilt another one or two for us). I always think I can get so much more done than I actually do. I think I need to lower my expectations a bit. No matter - the slower I work, the longer I get to admire everyone else's blocks.
There are many things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving season, and one of them is belonging to such a special, generous, talented, creative community of quilters! Thank you for all you have done to help make this project work! Just so you know, we've received 962 quilt blocks to date - that's enough for more than 20 quilts!