Plus 2

Several people asked about the quilt on the back of Mom’s chair. That’s one she made from my Plus 2 instructions. I designed and made mine several years ago and when she saw it, she wanted to make one too. Of course, I quilted hers right away and mine is still waiting for quilting!

You can find the instructions on my website at this link.

Here’s Mom’s finished quilt … which is now mine because I quilted and gave her one of my quilts in January (the blue framed 9 patch) and we kitted up her schoolhouse quilt then too – that one got finished this trip – and since both of those had Minkee backs also, she gave this one to me.

The last one

This is the last photo you’ll see of Mom binding this trip. It’s #8 of 8 and the other ones are already washed and ready to go home with her.

All the Hunter’s Star blocks are made and the borders cut and a last minute wall hanging was cut and kitted this afternoon too. Mom’s going to have a LOT of work to do when she gets home.

Chris and Mo are coming to visit tomorrow so our sewing time has pretty much come to an end … we’ll finish up a few loose ends and get everything ready to load in the car during the day tomorrow. We’ll have a couple days next week before we leave to drive back to VA but I’m ready to relax so I don’t plan to work much!

A quick visit

Adam is here for a quick overnight visit to see Mom. We picked him up at the airport, had lunch, went to Michael’s (both my boys are enjoy creative activities as a result of lots of crafty time growing up!), came back to the house …

Played some dominoes… and we got beat by Mom!

Had some more time before dinner so we went up to the sewing room and Adam drew Mom a cardinal while we made some more Hunter’s Star blocks.
I managed to clear away just enough space on the desk!

Dinner out and more dominoes to finish off the evening … we’ll have some time with him tomorrow and then he’ll fly back to Atlanta around dinner time.

Back to work

Mom loved my Hunter’s Star blocks so much she was debating whether she wanted to make a bed quilt for herself … I decided to make it easy for her and offered her my blocks and help getting the rest of the blocks made before she leaves. We made a start today after our company and Keith left … I cut and arranged the fabric for the additional blocks and then we started sewing.

The quilt needs to be 96 inches square so we’re going to have 25 blocks – set 5×5 – and then a number of borders … including a wide 12 inch border to finish it off with cornerstone Star blocks from the same green fabric hanging on the side of the design wall. All this means that we needed to make an additional 17 blocks and we got 5 done this afternoon. I also loaded her last little top on the longarm to quilt later this week.

Some creative time

Keith and Jamie took the afternoon and went for a bike ride, exploring downtown and getting some lunch while they were out. Ann and Mom stayed with me and we pulled out a small wool felt kit I had here and stitched some stockings. Ann loves handwork and has ordered a couple wool appliqué kits and I thought she could use the practice since it’s been a while since she’s done any.

Mom doesn’t like handwork as much but she made one too.

I enjoy handwork, embroidery and small appliqué projects (hand appliqué) but between my quilting, crochet, and knitting I don’t have the time to devote to it and I’m not willing to do less of the others! However, we had a fun afternoon stitching together.

Amazing

Have I mentioned that Mom is approaching her 88th birthday?! You’ve seen that she’s amazing in the sewing room and makes beautiful quilts … LOTS of beautiful quilts … but did you know she used to be a golfer? Today we went to TopGolf… she’s still got it!

She beat both me and Ann the first round but I did manage to squeak by her in the 2nd round.

We had such a good time!

Happy Halloween

We have visitors – my sister Ann and her husband Jamie are here for a few days, visiting from Maryland.

And I got photos from the boys … I was only able to guess one costume. Apparently Rae is JoJo, a singer who wears big bows… and Mo is Elsa

Bree is Jessie the Cowgirl from Toy Story and you can see what Caleb dressed as!