05 November, 2007

Stash Diving, Changes, And Other Things...

I'm getting things organized for this upcoming weekend, a quilter's retreat in the mountains... Heaven! Nothing to do but sew and eat and sew some more! The chosen project? 'String Star' blocks, the pattern is found at Quiltville; (Bonnie Hunter does it again)! I constructed this trial block, with the exception of the neutral background fabric everything is from my stash and my overflowing bin o' strings; it went together well! My son and his fiancée have settled on a Carpenter's Wheel quilt for their wedding. Working on these blocks will give me a good refresher course on setting in Y-seams before I begin on theirs.

I finished sewing up 35 totebags over the weekend for Lutheran World Relief school kits, these are being shipped from our church this next week. The bags will contain school supplies for children worldwide as well as for adult literacy programs. Using every scrap of donated fabrics that were too heavy for use in quilts by our quilt ministry, I had exactly enough!

I'm still trying to get used to the time change! I ran out of daylight yesterday cleaning out all of the spent annuals from the patio pots while readying them for the pansies that will winter over and add a welcome spot of color from my kitchen window in an otherwise gray landscape over the coming months. I got them finished up this morning, my Mom and Dad are arriving next week for a visit and I'm hoping that my Dad will help me get the new plants potted up!

The newly-engaged couple spent yesterday afternoon driving in the foothills, just a short drive away; it was a glorious day! They've set the date for next May! (That's soon!!) As I've confessed here before, change is hard for me. It seems like Kyle and Diesel (his dog) and Turbo (the cat) just moved back in. We're all still getting used to each other... and before we know it they'll be gone again. Life moves on, and that's the way it should be. Hannes will miss the cat. Turbo's newest "perch" is in the sun, on the table, in "our" studio. Hannes acknowledges her presence but doesn't even seem to mind anymore.
Life is Good, changes and all!

17 comments:

Julie aka "Quilt Diva" said...

Our son and his fiance announced their engagement in December 04 and they were married in June 05... the time will FLY by for you!! I so understand what you mean about change, and the running out of daylight business... it is now dark when I leave work (YUCK!!).

Julie aka "Quilt Diva" said...

Make that December of 05 and June of 06 (what WAS I thinking!!!)

Kyle said...

I did?

leigh anna said...

kyle did what?

and i'm not sure why we were holding hands like that....
who knows! :)

hope you have a great time away!

quiltteacher said...
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quiltteacher said...

Have a great weekend in the mountians sewing. I know you & Quiltkeemosabe will get lots finished!

Quilt Memories said...

You and Quiltkeemosabie have a great weekend, sew lots and eat even more.DH and I are haeded for Jasper, Ga. to spend a week with my Brother and Sister and their spouses. Should be fun. No sewing but maybe I will get to go to a quilt shop or two.
Almost have the yellow baby quilt quilted, hope to have it finished by the weekend, my brother and his wife are the Grandparents and I would love for them to see it.
Talk to you soon, take care and quilt a lot of memories this weekend.

mamaspark said...

Awe, you will all miss the cat. That's what they do, insinuate themselves into your life! I really love the string star, you will have to let me know how difficult or easy it is to do! Have fun at the retreat.

meggie said...

I think you & Hannes are going to miss Turbo when he goes!
They look a happy couple your son & his intended bride!

Nane said...

Don't you love how cats won't just sit on the table...they want to be on the fabric!!

Marcie said...

Love your star! That project is calling to me also. Way to go on all those tote bags--wow! I am sure they will be appreciated!

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

Love the string star blocks. Would you believe I like doing "Y" seams. I enjoy the challenge to see if I can get everything lined up.

You did a great job getting your 35 totebags finished.

Simonetta said...

Wow!Great and beautiful job! Has they chosen well, I believe that you will do a beautiful quilt, which best gift for them? Well, indeed!
Have a great time with mother and dad! Hugsss :)))

Juliann in WA said...

That bag project is awesome. We do kits for kids too but they just put them in plastic bags. I would love to send them off in nice totes. Thanks for sharing the idea.

Pam said...

Next May - that is soon - you will be busy for the next few months.

I am heading off to retreat this weekend as well - what fun! Have a great time at your retreat!

Nan said...

Oh my, you will be a busy girl for the next few months! Your block is beautiful! I can't wait to see the finished quilt top!
I am having trouble with the time change, too. I wake up much too early these days! As you said, change is good!

Bonnie said...

Next Year I want to go on the quilter's retreat WITH YOU!!! :cD

The blocks look great!
Bonnie