Monday, July 18, 2011


That was a whirlwind.  Life is busy, but isn't it great!  I think this is the longest I've ever gone without posting.  I was trying to keep up until I finally just gave myself "permission" to take a little break.  But I have still been quilting and working, so I have a few things to show you.  First of all, the wedding was wonderful, and I can't wait to show you some photos, but I don't have them yet. (I was a little tied up being in the line, and being cheif wedding coordinator, and mother of the bride, etc, so I didn't get any pics, but that's why we hired a photographer, right?)  So I have been even busier since, trying to catch up on everything I put off.

I have been working on a book I am doing for Martingale.  This is one of the projects.  It won't be out until next year, but I have a lot of quilts to make and write, so I have to use every bit of time I can find to get them all done.

And there seems to be a lot of time available between innings.  So I think baseball and applique are a good match, don't you?

Nothing like a summer evening at a baseball game.  The view is beautiful, and then there's the hot dogs and cotton candy.  Throw in a few fast balls and double plays and watch out for those foul balls.  There's the National Anthem and the seventh inning stretch.  Add to all of that the fun of quilting to make it even better!  

That's why I love applique.  Portable projects let you use bits of time you would not otherwise, so it gets done almost without you even noticing.  When you prep everything before, you don't even have to think, just stitch.  Now that's relaxing!

Now to share with you some pics of my newest grandson.  This is little Gabriel.  Isn't he precious?!
He is still so tiny, and he's 3 weeks old tomorrow.  He was only 5 pounds at birth, but is doing so well.  We have a grand time around here with all of these cute kids. 


I can't wait to see what mischief he'll be into in a couple of years!

What have you been doing this summer?  Do you work on quilts in odd places too?  I want to hear about it.


Impera Magna said...

Oh what a precious little boy! How wonderful!

Kathryn said...

What baseball games do you go to? Here in Allentown, PA, my husband and I have a 9-game plan to see games of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (a play on the term 'pig iron' which is one of the stages of steel production that used to take place here at Bethlehem Steel). They are the Phillies AAA farm team. I don't take sewing with me there, but generally have something in my bag whenever I have a spare moment on the road.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Oh, sweet little wee one! I don't know how you can sew during a game - might be the competitor in me - and I am a yeller and jumper at a game. Enjoy your summer.

Sinta Renee said...

He is just beautiful! Love the sneak peak of one of your new quilts. Can't wait to see the book.
Your designs are amazing.

Barb said...

What a cutie you have there.....I want him......

Love your applique!

rubyslipperz1052 said...

I keep digging in my heels...with appli-kaying...but, EVERY time I see you doing it...well, I feel just a weeeenzeee pulled in. So, I just gotta get a small project...make it a "take along" and stop meee ol' heel diggin'! lol

Wonderful things happenin' for you!
newlyweds and new-leee born! precious memories in the making. Congrats!

I really luv the sneak peak...pretty colors and fun whim-zeee in the flowers. =)


Christine M said...

Gabriel is such a cutie. I love that last photo. Such a serious little face!

The Farmer's Attic said...

Congratulations!!!! Hmmmmm baseball and quilting - need to think about that one. Can't wait to see your new book :)

Have a great week!!!


evelyn said...

Oh what a little sweetheart! You are right, they don't stay little for long. Before you know it, he'll have a baseball bat in his hands!

Shelley said...

Beautiful new grandson! Congratulations!

I take my hand-sewing projects with me wherever I have some waiting to do - orthodontist, doctor's office, airplane, car. I always get lots of curious looks, sometimes even a question or two, and quite a few compliments. I just love it when others are interested in what I'm working on :) Spread the sewing joy!!

Carrie P. said...

Love the colors of your new project.
Yes, baseball and applique go well together. You can get a lot done since the game can be so slow sometimes.
Your grandson is adorable.

Me and My Stitches said...

Such a cute little Grandbaby! I just started prepping a wool applique project for a trip to MN - I am hoping to be able to work on it in the car.

Donna said...

I look forward to your posts whenever you're at the Blog desk. Could I offer a suggestion? Make your font bigger and bolder. Thanks.

MdmSamm said...

Welcome to our world wee Gabriel...and cute well he is much more than that...adorable in a pinch...enjoy your summer my dear and best of wishes at your Utah event..

Samantha said...

I often sew in the car, on long ride car rides down to the beach. It makes the time go faster.
Gabriel is adorable- congratulations!