06 August, 2013

Boiling It Down...

"Light Of Day"
... to bullet points. I've been absent for awhile but only because the summer that stretched out ever-so-lazily before us a few weeks ago kicked into full gear and has left me chasing each day just to keep up!  I'll report a few highlights  from the last few weeks and will, hopefully, be back on track here as well as visiting around blogworld again too!

* You might remember the Centennial Quilts project for my DIL's Daddy's church. The quilts were completed and dedicated a week ago Sunday; one is hanging permanently in the sanctuary and the second one was auctioned off for a HUGE sum following a Homecoming picnic luncheon on the church grounds. I was thrilled for the church and buoyed by the happy realization that the quilt held such value!

* My embroidery machine has kicked into overtime stitching up personalized T-shirts, pillowcases and bibs for little ones. Here's just a small sampling.

* Mason joyfully celebrated his fifth birthday at his neighborhood pool, it was a VERY happy day! Our daughter did a wonderful job decorating for the party with adorable, personalized, buckets filled with pool-appropriate favors for the guests. The food was delicious and a good time was had by all!


* Last Wednesday we were invited to breakfast (at their mountain campsite) by our son and his wife. It was raining when we arrived but our spirits weren't the least bit dampened. Following breakfast we caravaned on down the road to visit Tweetsie Railroad. Gregory loved it; although, I believe, the Tweetsie train was a wee bit bigger (and louder) than he expected! We brought the little ones home with us for the remainder of the week, giving Mommy and Daddy some peaceful time together in the home-sweet-tent.




* The kitchen backsplash tiling project has been completed! Now, onto choosing less obtrusive outlet covers!


* And so it goes; busy days filled with everything good, some sewing related items thrown in for self-preservation!  Those seemingly endless summer days have definitely been numbered after all. The R.A.W. (Row A Week) "Light Of Day" quilt top is growing by leaps and bounds. It is being made purposely to cover our King-sized bed and will measure 115" square at completion; that's big,considering the blocks themselves finish at six inches! I will persevere on this one, begun back in 1997. Now that I have an Accuquilt cutter there are no excuses! Speaking of numering things, I can hardly believe I ever began this project cutting the HST's the old-fashioned way; after all there are 1800 pieces in just the blocks, that's NOT counting the sashing strips! 

*  This is how I begin each morning; stiching pinwheels and mentally planning a schedule for the day ahead as I sew.  This quilt top is growing... this photo shows what half of the quilt top looks like... that's a LOTTA pieces! 

Soon there will be much more to share too, 
Sundance is up to a great big surprise, it's all good!
Life is Good!

12 comments:

cityquilter grace said...

so very true, life is good in spite of sunshine, rain, clouds or hail....enjoying every day one way or another! can't wait to see the pinwheel done

Paula, the quilter said...

It is so nice when an auction quilt raises a lot of money for a good cause. I hope the one I am working on does as well. Thanks for the update.

Quiltdivajulie said...

What a wonderful post -- so many things (all good)! Love the photos of everyone in action!

MJMR said...

Need to tell Mark that his horse is not going any where. (But he does look like the Marboro man)

Karendianne said...

What a joyful post! Warm feelings. ...and I smiled and I giggled.

Laura Davies said...

Love your new kitchen backsplash. And lucky you with the Accuquilt cutter. Have fun with it!

Janet O. said...

I am not surprised at all that your quilt raised a sizable sum!
You have been a very busy woman, and that is a humongous quilt!! Wonderful!

LizA. said...

My goodness, you've been busy! Love the kitchen - the backsplash turned out beautiful. As for those pinwheels, wow! That's a whole lotta pieces. Good for you, keep on plugging away at it. That's going to be a whole lot of binding once you get it pieced and quilted! Mason simply can't be 5 already! It seems like just yesterday he was but a wee babe....

Anne Heidi said...

You have had a very busy summer, and it all sounds great!Your quilt in progress looks really good :-) so does the kitchen :-)

lindsey said...

You have been busy, the party and camp site visit look like they were fun, I love the bucket idea on the table :) and that quilt top is amazing!

Shakerwood said...

We took all the kids to Tweetsie about 20 years ago. You didn't happen to see a glow-in-the-dark paci that my son threw out the train window? It should still be there .......

Carrie P. said...

Yay! for Tweetsie! We took the kids when they were little several times.
your backsplash looks great.