Saturday, December 28, 2013

Christmas Projects......Part 3

I made this quilt for my son-in-law and gave it to him for Christmas.  He also finished his degree in accounting and computers (and my husband says "a minor in rushing his wife to the hospital").  So it's a "combination" quilt.  He literally took his last final a couple of hours after my daughter was released from the hospital.  It's taken him 5 years but he persisted and got it done while working a full time job and trying to keep up with the family.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas Projects....Part 2

I made this quilt for my son Aaron.  It might be the first man sized quilt I've made for him.  I can't get used to him being a man!  It seems like he should still be a little boy.

His sister Calista made this "helmet hat" for him.  He loves it!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Projects

Before Christmas gets too far past, I want to show some of my projects......maybe a day at a time.

Daughter Andrea reminded me that little Nola didn't have a Christmas stocking.  At least 10 years ago I made lots and lots of stockings.  Everybody in the family has one, including my sister and her family.

Each time a baby is born in my immediate family I make a stocking.  So the last one I made was for Wesley 3 years ago.  I found the pattern and got to work.  I wanted to coordinate Nola's with her parents' stockings so the search was on to see if I had any of the fabric left. I found a very little piece of the blue with silver print.  

Here are Andrea and Patrick's stockimgs.

And here's Nola's.  Not bad, uh?

And here they are all together.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Last Minute!

I'm sewing labels on two quilts for gifts at 11:48 p.m. On Christmas Eve.  Sigh.
Merry Christmas, everyone!  God Bless Us Everyone!  (We're watching the George C. Scott version of "A Christmas Carol")

Monday, December 16, 2013

Mid December

It seems like my posts have been "few and far between" lately.  I have good excuses.....really, I do.

Remeber some weeks ago I posted about my daughter’s two surgeries and how close she came to death?  Well, she did it again!  Last Tuesday (exactly 3 weeks after her surgeries) she texted me to tell me that she was unable to breath and was on the way to the hospital.  I met them there and saw that she was barely able to make it through the ER doors.  I scooped up the three kids (who were out of school because of the snow) and took them home with me.  I feared Calista probably had pneumonia.  It was much worse than I feared.  Both her lungs had "extensive" blood clots and she was told it was a good thing she got to the hospital when she did.  She spent 2 days in a critical care unit and will be on blood thinners for at least 6 months.  This has caused quite a setback in her recovery.  I'm once again on "kid duty" and am taking them to and from school.  Yes, the weather has improved and just like we can usually expect in NE Oklahoma, the temperatures are supposed to be around 70 this week after being in the single digits last week. It makes kid duty a lot easier when the weather is nice!

In the middle of all of this, Calista's husband Chris finished his degree with a double major after attending school part time the last 5 years.  He literally took the last final just hours after Calista's release from the hospital.  

Now on to sewing (which has helped me maintain my sanity the past few weeks).  I managed to pack in a lot of it during the snow/ice storm.  I started this:
I got to go to my stitch group Chrisitmas brunch and got these:
And gave this:

I hope to be back soon to show some more.  I'm working on bindings now.  But just in case I don't post again before Christmas, I'd like to wish you all a very merry one!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Christmas decorating

Tim and I did the "minimalist" outdoor decorating this afternoon.  Then our son came over and helped us get the TREES up.  Tim really likes the smell of a real tree and I like the convenience of a fake tree.  So we compromised and got a very small table top real tree and also put up our skinny fake tree.  I'm so glad it's done.  Here are the pictures.  If you've followed my blog at all you will see the same quilts as usual, but they seem almost new since they only come out once a year.  

I got new "greenery" for the fireplace this year.  I LOVE red!