Sunday, April 12, 2015

My busy world

Papa and I made a trip to TN to meet our newest granddaughter:  Annabelle.  Can I just say that she is beautiful????  Grandma was sick with a yucky sinus issue the whole time we visited, so I wouldn't kiss on her.  I'm hoping to go back very soon for our 'first kiss'. 

Grandma also made a difficult decision to go back to work last month.  I have gone from working every other weekend to now working 30 hours a week.... for insurance.   Insurance stinks!  Something we all need, but has gotten outrageously expensive for me. 

On a positive note, I am not feeling as lazy since I've gone back to work.  My days off are spent doing things that must be done.  I had spent too many years just lying around the house, on and off the computer all day, putting off chores that could wait just another day, getting little to no exercise... I can already tell I have more energy than before.  Don't get me wrong, this ole girl is tired at the end of a shift, but it's a good tired.  I hope I can keep this up for awhile.

On a negative note, working is cutting into my sewing time.  I have two projects that need to be done soon and I haven't found the time to work on them yet.  I'll figure it out.... there's nothing like working under pressure, right?

I hope all is well in your world!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Welcome Baby Annabelle

She is here!!

Our 4th grandchild.... our daughter's first baby.... Annabelle Morgan Osborne.

She was born early Saturday morning, weighing 7 lbs 8 oz.  Her mommy is so in love!  My heart melts when I see the pictures of my baby holding HER baby.  (I think baby has mommy's mouth, but otherwise looks a lot like her daddy)

Hubby and I plan to visit her later this week.  I can hardly wait to kiss on our newest addition. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Quilt in the snow

I completed the binding for baby Maverick's quilt last night.

This is the first quilt I've been able to photograph in a snow.  Our part of NC got 5-6 inches of pretty snow last night.

The back had to be pieced together because I realized my fabric wasn't 45" wide.  (it was only 42") Note to self:  watch out for that when using this pattern again!

Baby M. is due to arrive within the next couple of weeks.  I plan to embroider and attach the quilt label today.  I just love babies!!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Winter 2015

It's been an icy and snowy week in our part of NC this week.

click to enlarge to see those sweet faces

Our grandchildren enjoyed time outside with their parents. 

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A sled full of sweetness!

Yesterday we had a surprise "blizzard" that lasted approx. 15 minutes.  Everything was so pretty.

I'll take the 15 minute blizzard any day, over what our northern friends have experienced this winter. 

We are now looking forward to spring!!

Friday, February 6, 2015

She worketh willingly with her hands..

Another 2015 UFO finish for me:

I'm determined to finish up old projects before starting new ones and   I'll probably be at it all year.   I'm not sure if I will have this framed or whether I'll make it into a quilted piece.  So, technically, I guess I'm not really finished, huh?

Sunday, February 1, 2015

More Baby Sewing

I spent my Saturday finishing up burp cloths for Annabelle.

These are from  'leftover' fabrics  that had been used to make cloths for cousins.

And then I made seven more, made from fabrics  picked out just for Annabelle. 

Long story:  my daughter lives 8 hours away and will not be able to come home for a family baby shower.  Instead, we are trying to help her put her nursery together, via long distance.  It's been fun, but I surely do wish we lived closer.  I'm planning to make a trip to TN in two weeks to help her 'nest'.  *sigh*  She will have a smallish shower in TN next weekend.  After that, we can get serious about finishing up her nursery and making sure she has what she needs.  Truth is:  it doesn't take that much to prepare for bringing a new baby home.  However, baby magazines and the big box baby stores make people think they 'need' all kinds of expensive gadgets!  Thankfully, our daughter is a simple kind of girl, who realizes these things.  :)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Annabelle Quilt

First finish of 2015:  Our Sweet Annabelle's Quilt.    Annabelle Morgan is due to arrive in March and I can't wait to meet her!  This is our daughter's first baby and she is planning her nursery in vintage pastels.

The back of Annabelle's quilt.  (quilt pic taken upside down, label in corner).  I quilted this one by machine, using  the walking foot for the entire process.  This was a very relaxing way to quilt and no muscle soreness, like when I attempt free motion quilting.

An embroidered corner label:   This is the first time I've used the corner label and I like the way it looks on the quilt.   This quilt was made entirely from fabric and batting I already had on hand.  It is very satisfying to see the stash being used. 

I have this quilt in the washer now and will pack it up for my trip to TN next month.  I'm planning to go out and help my daughter 'nest' a little before Annabelle arrives.  AND she has promised to take me to Paducah KY for a day trip to see Quilt City USA.  I'm looking forward to our little time together.