Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The bluest skies in all the world are in Seattle

At least that is what Perry Como sang to me in the days of my youth.

I remember being taught at school the difference between the State of Washington and Washington D.C., but Seattle WA meant very little to me in those days.

Now I am going back there for the second visit, this time with my sister, Linda, and we are heading into summer with the promise of those blue skies that Perry told me about.

So looking forward to catching up with son, David and family, Lisa and Jackson.  We are going to enjoy and relax as this is just the start of an 81 day sojourn in the Northern Hemisphere.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sweet Peas group lives on

Even though I have been somewhat remiss in updating my blog this year, our Sweet Peas group carries on in its usual way.

For this particular meeting we decided to have a Swap Out day.  Everyone was invited to bring items from their stash they no longer wanted and we put out everything so they could be shared.  Quite a bit of swapping on the day.  Linda and I managed to share from our stash but inevitably added to it as well.  Something just a little different for us all on the day and what was left over went to an Opportunity/Thrift Shop, so nothing was wasted.

Show and tell continues to play a large part in our gatherings and Andreena brought along this work in progress.

She has been machine quilting this fabric panel and is going to have it framed - it should look quite stunning when completed.

Moira shared this delightful doll that she has been making for her granddaughter, who had put in a special request.

The face was embroidered to endure the test of time as it is anticipated this will be a much played with friend.

The clothing and choice of colours is exceptional.

Some of our group have embarked on a new quilting project so there should be more of that to share in the weeks to come.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Welcome to our world - update

I wrote in February about the arrival of my latest grandchild.

Such occasions demand a quilt from us two sisters.

I had bought a set of 9 fat quarters some time back that were suitable for a boy but at the time I was not sure what I could use them for.  This is obviously why I need a stash, so I can draw from it when needed.

Linda found this quilt pattern and if you're looking for a quick and easy quilt pattern which looks quite effective this one is a good one.

When I finished piecing it Linda applied her skills and did match stick quilting to finish off.  A very good, modern quilting style.

The front of the quilt used 7 of the fat quarters.  I still had 2 of them left and by mixing with some white fabric I was able to make a stripey and modern back.

For future reference, a reminder to Caleb and family regarding where his quilt came from.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Soft and creamy and it's all mine

I was due to have surgery in February this year for a total knee replacement.

Linda asked me what quilt I would like to take to hospital with me.

I had a quilt top made featuring hexagons from the Science Fair pattern waiting to be quilted.

This was my choice and I said to her she could quilt it as she pleased.

I am more than happy with all the lovely soft and creamy feathers that swirl through the hexagon blocks.

You can see images showing even more detail on Linda's blog.

The quilt top was much admired and a great talking point while in hospital and I am now enjoying having it on my bed at home.  CiCi obviously approves as well.

The surgery was a success, thankfully.  It has taken a while to get back to stitching but it is happening.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Welcome to our world

Uncle Rick went to see his new nephew today and so we were lucky enough to get a few more pics. 

This one captures Anna-Clara welcoming Caleb into the family circle - I could not ask for more. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentine's Day Special

My son, Aaron, wrote yesterday to say that their second baby would be delivered by caesarean section on Valentine's Day (London time).

Yes, the first picture came through today of Caleb with a very, very happy father.

This is certainly a never to be forgotten Valentine's Day Special for this family.

I now have the grand sum of three grandchildren - looking forward to seeing more photos.

Apparently a picture is worth more than a thousand words.  No details yet about weight and/or colour of eyes, etc.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Global Santa

It has always been a bit of a mystery how Santa manages to travel the globe and deliver presents to all the children of the world within the space of 24 hours.

This year my son, David, captured an image of Santa at their home in Seattle, WA.

Then, when my son, Aaron and his family got up in London on Christmas morning they found Santa had left goodies at their place as well.

Santa was even clever enough to deliver my two younger sons, James and Rick to me here in New Zealand.

What an amazing Santa we have and how nice it is to have a part in all this goodness.