Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Anniversary Update and Studio Work

Last Monday was our 50th wedding anniversary. And if you have been reading this blog, you know that we spent it driving two separate cars from Petersburg, VA to South AL. However, the night before we returned to AL we were able to have dinner with our DS#3 and his wife (they live in MD). While together our son gave us an anniversary card. Now that was nice enough but inside the card were messages from each of our 4 children who live in 4 different states. The messages told of their love for us and their gratefulness that we were their parents. I didn’t cry while reading the messages but as I write this I find the tears trying to break through.

Now, besides the card and messages, there were two cash cards designed to underwrite the anniversary plans that were canceled by our auto accident on 12/26. They had gotten together on this way before Christmas so even they were not sure what we were going to do. However, most of the money we had put aside for that trip (Universal to visit Harry Potter) had been used getting pulled out of the snowy ditch, motel rooms, rental cars, etc. so now we are once again beginning to plan an belated anniversary trip. I cannot even put into words how much I love my children and am so impressed with their thoughtfulness.

Now, to studio work. It has seemed like ages since I was able to spend time in the studio. So today I spend almost all day there. I did some picking up (always have to find the cutting table before I can start something new) and then pulled out the two applique BOMs.

Jan Boots block

The first one is Boot Bash from Molly’s Place. I copied the pieces,

Boot 1 stuck together

placed the pieces,

Boot 1 ready to stitch

And pressed the pieces in place. Now this block is ready for machine applique, which will come later in the month. I have been known to prep 2 or 3 blocks and then just applique away.

Henrietta 1 parts

However, when I started working on Henrietta Whiskers from Bunny Hill I realized that I have to piece the block before I can place the applique. And since I haven’t chosen the fabrics yet, I got stopped. But the applique pieces are ready.

After all that I spent the last part of this afternoon restocking my car and prepping for my WW meetings tomorrow. And what is even better, I am beginning to feel that life is getting back to normal. With any luck at all, I might even have something new to show on Design Wall Monday. Life is good!!


andsewon said...

Happy Belated Anniversary to you and your DH. Wishing you many more happy years!!! Glad the drive this time was uneventful! Sounds like you have some sweet kids for sure. Cute boot there. Yes it is nice to have some all ready to go.
I have yet to finish the snow bound ones!

Lisa (Michael too in photo ;O) said...

happy anniversary and what wonderful kids you have!!!

karenfae said...

glad you finally have your car back and now you can plan a new vacation - have fun!

Janet said...

Happy Anniversary! I'm sure you have wonderful children, because they had wonderful parents. I hope you enjoy your plans. So glad the cars are back home and all is "back to normal". I'm loving the new BOMs too.

Tonya said...

how sweet of your children, happy anniversary and i'm glad things are getting back to normal.....

Wilma NC said...

Happy anniversary!!! And you have VERY thoughtful children. I have a son like that. My daughter, not so much, lol. I love fusible applique. I buy wonder under by the bolt.

McIrish Annie said...

Aren't your kids thoughtful?? I would love to get to see HP at Universal. I'm assuming you have read all the books and seen the movies!

Love your boot block. would love some tips on successful machine applique since i refuse to do the hand stuff! do you use seam a seam 2 lite or something else for the fusible>??

jovaliquilts said...

Happy anniversary! That's quite a milestone -- and what a lovely treasure from your children. :)