I have many many projects in the works, but we've a little re-arranging going on in our house. DS#1 has moved out, moved into his own place. I know this is great for him, and I know it means we've done our parenting job in raising a independent, confident self-supporting child, but there's a hole in my heart. I miss him everyday. I miss knowing he's sleeping upstairs, I miss being able to look in his eyes and read what's going on with him and I miss hearing the laughter of the friends hanging out here for game nite.
But he's happy, he's supporting himself and he's figuring it out., so I guess I should be happy.
Can't quite work up happy yet....
So better to stay busy, right? For the first time in 13 years, I have a guest room. After years of being a mocha colored man-cave, I painting the room and girling it right up. So of course, a new quilt is in order, right?
Well I just got this new book
OMG it's a bea-u-ty! and great recipes too! but what else would you expect from Blackbird ladies?
I started a new applique project from this book for the bed, and got one block prepped.
These are big blocks (20x22) but all those leafy shapes are a pain to prep. But I like how it all comes together, and there's only 9 blocks, so I'll turn down the whining, forge ahead and prep some more.
At least I'm putting my angst to work for me, right?
Sometime you just have to tote....don't you agree?
maybe it's because you need a project that you know you'll finish in this century, or because you want to actually use one of those patterns you bought, or maybe, like me, you have a lot of c--p (rhymes with slap) to carry around.
This is a great big bag by Barbara Brandenburg and very easy to make. I made a few adjustments to the size and added pellon to make the bag a little more substantial, but that's just me...
Eventually when you hang out with Sister Mary Kraft (the quilter formerly known as Sister Mary Cadbury) you're going to have to do some redwork. She's the local queen of embroidery, so here's a little warning: if you are not interested in redwork, stay clear of her.
But I went to Lancaster with her, so of course I bought a redwork-ish pattern, and given the heat of the last week, it seemed like just the project to work on.
Here's the pattern I decided to start my redwork journey with:
I'm new to this whole embroidery thing, so needless to say I did not have any of the appropriate floss. You probably already know this site, but I found 1-2-3 Stitch and they were fan-tabulous. I ordered and 2 days later, my Weeks Floss arrived. L.O.V.E. that, you know I have no patience, when I order something it should just magically appear!
And I bought this little book to help with the adventure....
it's an adorable little gem with great illustrations for the embroidery impaired.
Two of my most favorite people on the planet are turning into teenagers today.
These are my babies and in the blink of an eye, they are becoming independent people. I'm just a little terrified of the years ahead, two teenagers at the same time is definitely going to be a challenge. It used to be that the same discipline and rewards could be used on both of them, but now their personalities are so different that I'm gonna have to get a little creative!
But I am cheered by the gift I received today.
Today, TWO of my three children said those three words every mother longs to hear: