Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

It's hard to believe that this decade is now gone. It seems like we were so worried about Y2K last year instead of 10 years ago! Looking back, we have been blessed with family, friends, and our health. In the last decade, both of our sons married and started families. Two daughters-in-law and six grandchildren have joined our family along with spouses of nieces and nephews and a number of great-nieces and great-nephews. We have both retired and been able to do some traveling. We haven't forgotten the hard and sad times - we just try to keep going forward.

We are looking forward to 2010 - a new year and a new decade.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Alek's Quilt

Alek Jeffrey was born November 23. Here are photos of his quilt:

The pattern is called Take Five. Every quilt I make with this pattern looks very different due to different fabrics and the change in the number of borders.

Alek's parents decided to not find out the sex of the baby ahead of time. That seemed to be the thing to do this year so I often found myself looking for unisex fabrics. It was a fun challenge!

I especially liked the border on this quilt.

Alyssa's Quilt

Great niece Alyssa Joy was born November 17. Here are pictures of her quilt.

The fabric and the idea for the quilt (no pattern) came from a quilt shop in Roanoke, VA.

I really like the material on the back too.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A Blizzard!

Yesterday at 2 PM, the National Weather Service changed our Winter Storm Warning to a Blizzard Warning. I was in the car on my way home but still an hour away. I made it home fine and we don't plan to go anywhere for a day or so. This morning I took pictures. This shows the first twelve inches. We've had 2 or 3 more inches since then.

I love the trees with the snow on them.

This picture is looking across the street.

Here is Ray cleaning up the sidewalk.

Our neighbor plows our driveway. It took a long time this morning with the deep snow. He just finished clearing it a second time. I think the snow is over. Now we have wind and the temperature is falling.

Mack's Blanky

Since Griffin was getting new quilts, I thought Mack needed a new blanky too. (I recall giving Jackson quilts and coming home and immediately making Grace a new one.)

Mack's blanky is a Minkee like material on both sides. One side is plain green and the other side is green and white.

I decided the plain side needed an appliqued dump truck. Mack told me that dog is driving the truck.

Griffin wasn't at all interested! Stress?

Monday, December 7, 2009

Griffin's Quilts

I wanted to make a black and white string quilt for the baby but then I decided it really did need color. So this string quilt has a few strings of color and then color piping between each log strip.

The back is rather striking!

This quilt has minkee, regular cotton fabric, and chenille - lots of textures. It is just the right color for our newest grandson.

I found the pattern for this animal quilt when we were in northern Wisconsin and I just had to try some variation of the pattern. I'm not sure which is my favorite animal - it was fun to make all them!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Frosty the Snowman Wallhanging

I was making a snowman wallhanging and Mack told me it was Frosty the Snowman so this is the Frosty the Snowman wallhanging!

I was at Quilt Day Camp about three weeks ago at Lucky 2 Be Quilting. and saw a snowman apron. So I took the pattern, changed the hat, the mittens, and the placement of the arms, and this is the result. It is hanging in our family room and I like it!

Another new grandson!

Griffin Michael was born to about 4:25 AM on Friday, December 4. He weighed 6 pounds 14 ounces and was 20 inches long. He, his mom, and his dad are all doing fine!

Welcome little fellow!


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