I finished the last blocks in my 8two8 swap this weekend. Sarah
requested word blocks from everyone. We were each to sew our name and
three words from a list she provided. I chose bird, care, and home as
I had never tried free piecing letters before. It was much easier than I thought it would be! It was even FUN. I sketched out the words before starting and then cut strips of the letter fabric and built up from there.
We have a lot to be thankful for this year. We are all healthy, have enough food to eat, have a warm home, and loving, and supportive friends and family.
We are enjoying a wonderful family weekend without homework (M finished
his homework Wednesday!) and the usual routine of lessons and
Yesterday we had a lovely afternoon of food and games with friends. I contributed a couple of pies to the meal. The pumpkin pie was made with one of our pumpkins using the recipe found here. It was delicious!
We have been doing some crafty things too. I'll probably share some of that later.
Thanks to all of you who stop by and make this such a wonderful place for me. I hope you are also having a wonderful weekend of fun with your family and friends.
Over the years we have tried to celebrate the 1000 day anniversaries in our family. It is sometimes hard to do as they are of course not annual events and always occur at different times of the year. This also makes it fun. Kids who have summer birthdays get to celebrate during the school year and vice versa. Yesterday, M turned 6000 days old!
Also on the theme of celebrating at different times of year, we had our Thanksgiving dinner yesterday! D will have his wisdom teeth out Wednesday so it was nice for all of us to enjoy the turkey with trimmings.
Really, can there be such a thing as celebrating too often, being too thankful or having too many wonderful meals together?
We also enjoyed a walk in the new county park near us where I took these photographs.
You may have noticed that I really like quilts. I like making them. I like looking at them. I like sleeping under them.
I really like quilts that have a LOT of quilting in them. After washing they get very crinkly and drapey. They make me want to snuggle up under them.
This quilt has a lot of quilting in a mix of traditional and modern designs. I put traditional feathered wreaths in the yellow blocks and then quilted all of the background white with a more modern swirl design. The animal print blocks were left free of quilting as were the triangle star points. This makes those star points float a bit on the design. I like how the combination looks here.
I finished and washed it just in time for a show tomorrow. I love how it looks and feels after the wash. I would tell you how big it is but I forgot to measure it before setting up my booth tonight. If I still have it when I come home tomorrow I'll let you know.
My grandmother always said that you should have at least ten quilts in your cedar chest when you get married. She also said that when she was first married and had a house heated with a wood stove she slept with five quilts on their bed in the winter. Later, when I was grown and used to visit her in the winter I would sleep in her guest bed under two or three quilts that she had made. We sleep under two quilts during our Michigan winters. I still have a lot of quilts to make if the next generation of the family is going to have the proper number of quilts.