Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Princess and the Pea?

Tomorrow afternoon, the boys and I are headed to New Jersey on the bus with my husband's basketball team.  While there, we are going to deliver our first 6 quilts to Project Linus New Jersey on Friday, and then meet with Victoria Wolfe (of 15 Minutes of Play and Bumblebeans fame) on Saturday to learn more about the quilt drive taking place on her side of the river.  My plan is to alternate recipients - I want to make sure they are going to people in both New York AND New Jersey.

So, in anticipation, I laid out all 6 quilts on my bed for photos.  Let me tell you, I am so tempted to cuddle down underneath all of that warmth and beauty!  Or lie on top and pretend I'm the princess from The Princess and the Pea!
I'll sew the binding on tonight and then hand stitch it down on the bus tomorrow.  Thanks, Mary Ann, for assembling and quilting.  

A completed quilt donated by Mary Ann - thanks!

A completed quilt donated by Anita.  Thanks, Anita!  This is my favorite!

Another completed quilt donated by Anita.  Thanks again, Anita!

Can you believe Anita completed and donated THREE whole quilts?  Thanks again, Anita

I love this quilt, so had to put up another photo - thanks, Maria!

And look at all the other quilt blocks that arrived yesterday - 132 more blocks bringing our total to date up to 461.  That's nearly enough for 11 quilts!

Week one of my READY TO QUILT workshop is done at the elementary school.  If I do this again, I will definitely limit the number of kids in my workshop.  Honestly, I didn't think that many people would be interested, but I have 23 third through fifth graders and ten K through second graders.  I thought the younger kids would be harder, but nope!

Nevertheless, I think the classes were a success.  All of the kids made a bookmark out of upcycled denim and a fabric of their choice.  They disassembled the jeans for the denim donation quilt.  And they all began designing and picking out fabric for their composition book cover.  I don't know what the protocol is for sharing photos of those kids, so here are my two goofballs with their bookmarks.

And last night was a cub scout Pack Meeting.  I brought in a bag of ties so the boys could learn how to tie a tie, led by none other than my son, Jason, tie tying expert extraordinaire!

and I also brought 3 international students from the University, so the boys could learn about languages and cultures in other countries (from left to right, China - Rwanda - Vietnam).  Look, they are learning how to tie a tie, too!

And finally, we collected our Operation Christmas Child boxes to send to kids overseas, and look how many the boys packed!  I love the variety of expressions on their faces.

Please know that I'll be out of town until Sunday morning, so there won't be any new names added to the My Heroes list until I get back.  I'm so excited to spend a couple of days away from work - work has been kicking my butt lately!