Hi everyone! It's been awhile again since I blogged. I'm just not very good at this, but I do love reading the blogs I visit!
We have been having a pumpkin carving party since my daughter was 2 years old. I can remember her sitting on the kitchen counter pulling out all the gooey insides. You won't catch her anywhere near that stuff these days. She came home from Columbus this weekend just to be at the party and she brought a handsome young man with her.
Here are a few pics from our party:
This is Sara and Zack!
This is Evan
This is Carynn
Here you can see the pumpkins that we completed
Lots of good food and fun, it doesn't get any better than this.
So the next phase of my daughter's life has begun. She was able to get a job at a dentist office in Columbus! Very proud of her. There are far too many hygienists from her class that have not been so lucky. Once again, we will be going to Columbus to help her with the move to her "big girl" apartment. At this point, I'm just hoping to live thru the process.
I've been doing a little quilting. I found a cute pattern called "Flurry" on a blog I was visiting. I decided that this quilt needed to be made as soon as possible! I used the "Jingle All The Way" fabric collection and couldn't be more pleased. I have sent it to my longarm quilter already and hope to get it back in time to hang at our quilt show in October. You can see a picture of the pattern (and download it for free) here.
I have a cute Halloween pattern that made last year. It's called Spooks On Parade. As a matter of fact, I made two. You can see what it looks like here. One I gave to my baby sister, and the other one is sitting in a bag in the sewing room just begging to be bound!
That's it for me....hope you are all sewing up a storm!
Yesterday was the last graduation ceremony for my daughter. The Ohio State University graduated over 9700 students yesterday. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day. Today, however, I'm suffering the consequences of sitting in the sun for 4 hours. I have a major sunburn!
Sara surprised us by decorating her hat in a tribute to us! Here's my favorite picture of the day!
That's a great question. Life has been a bit of a roller coaster here.
Sara was home for Memorial Day weekend. We got to spend some time together. Since her college days were almost over, she came home from Thursday thru Tuesday. Lots of shopping and a great picnic at my sister's home.
While Sara was home, Jeff announced that there was something wrong with his toe. Not a good thing, when it is swollen to three times it normal size and is red, red, red! He took antibiotics for five days, and then saw the doctor again on Tuesday. He wanted to admit him immediately, but he felt he could not be admitted until after Sara left to go back to college. I went with him to the doctor on Wednesday, and by 10:30 am he was admitted and by 12:45 he was receiving intravenous antibiotics. They xrayed his foot and found that the bacterial infection had compromised the bone. Hoping for a positive result from the IV's....they gave him a couple of days, but by Thursday night, it had been decided to amputate a portion of his toe. All this is complicated by the fact that he is diabetic and take Coumadin daily. Surgery was Friday morning and he was released Saturday morning. He is still on antibiotics, but he must be feeling good....I can't keep him on the doctor's path to recovery. He is to be non weight bearing for three weeks.
Sunday we left for Columbus. Sara graduated from the College of Dentistry! We convinced him to go in a wheel chair for this one. Not sure what will happen when we go back down this Sunday for her large ceremony.
Does anyone have a chain so I can chain him to his chair??
Quilting has taken a back seat to everything right now, but I'm sure I'll get back to it soon.
This is what you get when you have a wonderful daughter....a magna cum laude graduate of The Ohio State University's Dental program!!
Here is one of those projects that has been hanging around my sewing room for far far too long. I'm going to show it to my baby sister and see if she likes it. If she does, it's going to her house! It's not a queen size bed quilt, but it should be great for a couch quilt, especially if she has her two beautiful grandchildren under it with her!
We received Sara's board results today in the mail. I'm so very proud of her. She passed this test with flying colors. She even got a better score than her college instructor! This is one of three tests, but it puts her one step closer to being a Registered Dental Hygienst! I haven't doing much quilting lately. I'm hoping to get back into it soon. I'm only doing what I absolutely have to do. I did finish sewing on the binding for four quilts that belong to my friend.
So we've been working on our guild's Fall Opportunity Quilt since last Fall. Our show will be in October and we hope to start selling the tickets in March 2011. The ladies have done a wonderful job on this quilt. The applique in the borders is beautiful. I did have a small part in this quilt. I think I made 27 of the connector blocks. Pat Harmon did all the applique by hand (which is just stunning). I think there were four or five other ladies that made the "flower" blocks.
We took the quilt to a local church last week to get a good photo. We like to give each guild member a copy of the photo to help with the selling of the quilt. Below is what we came up with. The quilt is 116 x 117 and presented a number of challenges during the shoot. The close up of the applique was taken by a local professional studio.
Although we are expecting about an inch of ice late tonight, I am doing a happy dance! Not because of the ice, but because I was able to go to Best Buys today and retrieve my laptop. Thanks goodness I had purchased their black tie protection plan. They replaced my screen, the cable from the screen to the mother board, and the motherboard at no charge!!! This is the second time I've sent it back for work, and each time it has been at no charge. Unfortunately, my protection plan runs out in July of this year, so keep your fingers crossed that nothing else will go wrong after that date.
So while I was computerless, I really thought I would get lots of sewing done. Nope, just sat around doing nothing!! What a lazy girl.
I did finish a quilt for the Grand Opening of the quilt shop where I work. It was a hit at the opening! Here's my picture of it.
The quilt pattern is called Fire & Ice. How appropriate for the upcoming weather!