Monday, August 15, 2011

Just the 2 of us!

This past week was fun. My sister and her daughters left Monday morning and didn't get back til Friday evening, late! So it was just Mom and me!! She did have to go to dialysis the three times but the rest of the time we went for drives and went to Tim Horton's for lunch. Someday, maybe there'll be one in Knoxville, but right now, I have to make do in Canada. I don't drink coffee and they only have pepsi products but the sandwiches are always good and they have muffins and donuts like you wouldn't believe!!

I also sewed a quilt top. I don't remember to take pictures of the process like alot of you do but I did remember to take a picture of the stack of 88 half square triangles I cut in 4 different fabrics before I started assembly line sewing them. They did go pretty quickly.
 It was after I'd gotten those done, already having cut a bunch of the squares needed that I realized the directions were wrong....in 2 places! I even emailed the designer to verify the one error which took a day to clarify so I lost that day for sewing. The directions had called for one to cut 15" strips and then cut them 11 1/4 inches wide. Problem was that was the final size of the block. I had to cut 4" off the 15" section on all 13 squares. The other mistake I didn't bother telling her about and just turned the squares correctly and didn't have any problems with it then. This quilt was a kit I bought a couple of years ago in Pigeon Forge at the quilt show they have in March each year. I do like the way it turned out.
 The fabric is what caught my eye at the show and I do love the way it turned out. The pattern, with the kinks out of it, will be a good one. This is a twin size but you could expand it to a queen or king size quilt...
 Yesterday Mom wanted a picture of us to use for her Christmas card so after church we stood in front of some of my sister's trees and my nieces took pictures.  My sister is the one on the right in the purple top. It was all good until a neighbor decided to spray us, from the back, with his hose. That's all we need, for Mom to  be  startled and fall... I was not impressed. We moved to the back yard to take the rest of the pictures then.
 Last Monday was my birthday. My DH is a wonderful guy and he remembers. This year he called Ellen's on Main to deliver flowers. That florist is incredibly creative and her flowers are wonderful.
 It was hard to get a picture of the arrangement because of the huge leaves on each side and all the interesting flowers in the arrangement. I can't take it over the border so it's going to have to stay here. I'm here this week yet so we can all enjoy it.
This week promises to be interesting with potential company here again and just whatever we can come up with to get into yet. Being together with as a family is something I cherish each year!
Carol

5 comments:

LA said...

Great picture of the three of you! Your Mom looks like she's doing well. The quilt turned out beautifully....that's in spite of finding mistakes in the directions!!!!

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Awww what a nice family photo!

Can you press a few blossoms between sheets of wax paper and place them in a book for the trip home?

Bonnie said...

Fourth attempt to post. Here goes. That is a wonderful picture. Family is great but alone time with you mom is also needed. DH is a keeper. The flowers are beautiful.

Linda said...

I am glad you are having such a great time! Happy Birthday!! The quilt looks terrific!

Anonymous said...

Roxie sez
What a fun quilt! You must just sew like the wind!

Lovely family photo. Your mom will have a nice Christmas card.

Hugs to your husband. A man who sends flowers gives his wife much honor.