Chris visits

We had a short overnight visit from Chris, Becky, and the girls on their way home from their spring break cruise with Becky’s family. Rae was very busy playing with my neighbor’s little girl and somehow I didn’t manage to get a photo of her but Becky gave me this one of the girls taken on the cruise that I want to get printed and framed.

Mo enjoyed library time ….

…and cuddle time. She is SOOO sweet!

Keith’s nephew Andrew moved to the area recently so he was able to join us for dinner in spite of the last minute invitation! Keith was great, he went out to the store and fixed dinner for everyone so I got to sit and spend time with both my girls.

My boys

It doesn’t take much to make me happy … a short visit from Adam this week to be followed by a short visit from Chris (with his family) on Saturday.

I’m so thankful to have these two in my life. I am blessed to have a very special relationship with both of my boys.

Things get busy when you’re working and raising a family (and living in another state) and I’m lucky that they make it a priority to spend time with us.

On my design wall

I can’t stand to have my design wall empty so I started making 9 patch blocks so I could put the Hexagon flowers up on the wall as I appliqué them. It’s going to be a simple little quilt but I just couldn’t stand the thought of tossing those flowers!

I also got one of the Charm Square quilts trimmed and the binding machine stitched on, I’m working on hand stitching the binding down now so I’m making progress on April’s goals.

A quick visit

I picked Adam up at the airport at 1:30pm … he’s here just for a quick overnight visit. We had lunch at the Hard Rock in the airport. Funny, he says he’s never eaten at one even though he has a big collection of shirts that are about to become his t-shirt quilt.

The reason he’s here for a visit is we’re passing along the old Subaru (it’s not THAT old) to him so he flew in to drive it home to GA. He’s happy!

Keith had it cleaned and gassed up … and left a little surprise for Adam…. growing up Adam was always allowed to take the change off the entryway table for lunch or whatever … then as he got older, I’d give him our saved change – it was always a nice bonus for him. When Keith cleaned out the car, he left the coins for Adam. I love our little family traditions!

We had dinner out tonight … it’s a short visit but so nice to have some time with Adam!

I’m still pretty tired from my trip so I’m planning for tomorrow to be a day of rest but I did pull out my Hexagon Flowers UFO today – I may have been a little over optimistic about what I’m going to accomplish before the next trip but I’ve made progress on the Ripple Afghan so that’s good! I even wove in some of the ends already.

April’s Precut Party

We have a loose definition of “precuts” for our 2019 Precut Party – Stephanie pulls a new precut for us each month and we work on new projects and UFO’s. April is “shapes” and I had to give that a little thought before deciding what I’d focus on during the month. At first, I thought I might start a new Tumbler quilt but I’m traveling again in less than 3 weeks so I’ve decided to focus on a couple UFO’s rather than starting a new quilt.

Goals for April

  • Work on Hexagon Flower UFO and get it to the finished top stage.
  • Work on Apple Core UFO – any progress will be good!
  • Quilt 2 tops
  • Bind both Charm Square quilts that I quilted in March.
  • Make progress (or finish!) crocheting the Ripple Afghan.

Are you playing along with our monthly Precut Party?! What shape will you work with in April?!

Heading home

Friday night was spent at Ann’s house in Maryland and we had dinner out with Ann, Jamie, and Ben.

Saturday morning, Mom and I drove back to Virginia. I spent the night there enjoying some more time with Maureen and Mom before heading to the airport this morning. I’ve got a travel day ahead and will arrive home at 9pm, just in time to welcome Adam for a very brief visit tomorrow!

I never mind flying since I always carry along my activity bag … my Kindle, my iPad, and some knitting. I started this Be Simple scarf last Sunday night before leaving home but didn’t work on it at all this week. I’ll make some progress on it today while I listen to my audiobook.

Pattern – Be Simple Variation – a free pattern available on Ravelry.

Yarn Wollmeise Pure, fingering weight

Needle size – 6

This pattern is a favorite of mine and I’ve knit it several times … I think this was the last one I knit and I love how it turned out!