Saturday, June 14, 2008

Where To Begin??!!

These once a week posts have got to stop! I have a huge list of things to chat about.....where or where to begin?!!

Pay It Forward!!! Anyone up for a Pay It Forward Challenge? The rules are that the first three people to join the challenge on my blog will receive a handmade gift from me. I will have 365 days to make and send you your gift. In turn, you must do a post on your blog inviting 3 more people to join in and receive a handmade gift from you. If you would like to join, please say so in your comment that you leave. I originally joined Jackie, at Canton Village Quilt Works, PIF the end of March and forgot to post on my blog, so my 365 days will
post date to March!! Chock it up to grandma brain....I just can't seem to focus on what I need to do :-)! Speaking of Jackie, she is having a great giveaway - free quilting on quilt! So hop on over and make a comment :-)!!
Have to share this wonderful photo with you all. This is my niece Beth....so pretty! She's in Paris for a month studying abroad. We have had fun following her blog with all the latest details of her adventures. While she is getting some studying in, sounds to me like there is more fun going on than anyone should have!! I'm jealous Beth...next time you need to take your Mom and Auntie's along :-)! We can't wait till you are home to hear about your travels.
At work on Tuesday we had quite the birthday celebration for Susan. Just a little food to get us through the day. The Tuesday morning group pampered her good, after all she is the queen ever since she saved my life!! Here's a photo of a quilt one of her students made - WOW! Debra did such a great job. She is relatively new to quilting but has jumped in feet first and now she is hooked just like the rest of us! Not much quilty from me though. Baby business is pretty much what we are all about around here and loving every minute of it! A while back Megan had picked out this quilt and fabric for me to make for Luke. The soft colors of the Swell line made up nice in this quilt, and hey look, there's some polka dots and rick rack tucked right in! Matt and Megan have the room all set up and I think Mr. Luke is going to love his new room. I have managed to whittle my binding pile down to 10 quilts, and three of those will be done by Monday, so I might even be able to actually work on a quilt this week. Oh, and my Christmas project a month goal - well let's say I am now 4 months behind:-(! I had to mentioned that because my friend Carol will be sure to remind me to keep me honest:-)!

Megan and I had a shopping/lunch day on Friday and we signed up to take a knitting class. I have always wanted to learn how to knit. There was this really cute felted knit purse hanging in the shop we visited, and the sweet lady helping us said it would be really easy...hmmm, we'll see. Megan plans to knit a small blanket for her sister's baby. Then on Friday afternoon we had this wonderful sighting out front of our house ........it's the Katie mobile.....yeah!!!!!! Katie was home for a quick Father's Day visit. Dad and Katie got in some Mario Cart playing and a round of racket ball and then she scooted back home this afternoon. A whirlwind visit but always nice to have our girl home!!
Today I had this wonderful parcel that arrived. I signed up for the Cyber Stitching Day over at Mrs.Martins Quilt Shop. There are some wonderful goodies inside but I am going to wait a few days to post until the others have received theirs.
I may not be getting much quilting done, but I sure have been doing a lot of blog hopping. I ran across this challenge on Eileen's blog. She is taking sign ups for a Summer Stash Challenge. No buying of fabric necessary. Just make a quilt from your stash, any size you want. Deadline is August, beginning or end. You just need to put the logo on your sidebar and post about what you are working on and your progress...easy, smeasy and hey, USING YOUR STASH! What a novel idea :-)!! Check out her post from June 10!
And finally for tomorrow, a very happy Father's Day to all the wonderful dads out there! My dad has been gone for 23 years, but there is not a day that I don't think about him. I was a real daddies girl. My dad was the best dad I ever could imagine. He was funny, caring, compassionate, always tried to do the right thing and treated people the way he wanted to be treated. He always made me feel special and I was his little princess. I had to laugh, when I was going through pictures to find one to post I ran across this one....he must have been helping with the potty training too. Miss you dad! Tomorrow we will spend part of the day with my second dad, my father in law, who is every bit the man my dad was. I am very lucky to have two wonderful dads! In the afternoon Matt and Megan will be over for a barbeque and to watch the basketball playoff game! Go Lakers!!! See you later alligators.

18 comments:

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

The baby quilt and bumpers are adorable, my grandson is due Aug.6, I think we're on the exact same track...yours must be close to then, too. Love the tribute to your dad.

Janet said...

I think I've got Grandma brain too! (our grandbaby is due Aug 5) My daughters and I are getting a shower together for daughter-in-law, but 250 miles from here!

I love the celtic knot quilt - do you know the pattern? But I really don't need another new project right now!

Stephanie Pettengell said...

That sure is one interesting post, I agree with the grandma brain but mine is a granny brain, and I think that is worse. Keep on posting, I really enjoy your blog.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Wow! You have been busy. Love the idea of the make a quilt with your stash. Hmmm...wonder if I can motivate myself for that one.

Sweet post about your dear father and I am happy to hear that you have a wonderful FIL to share the day with.

Blessings and smiles,
Becky

Chookyblue...... said...

I am just so pleased you didn't show me the cyber parcel.........maybe mine will be in the mial today........gosh the post was quick to you girls.......so much happening on this post..........oh and I see the SSCS logo made it to amazing past swaps..........lol.......

Dandelion Quilts said...

Cheryl...I think that quilt you made for Luke is just darling in the the yellow and green stripes...love the use of the ric rac. HOW Precious!!! I love felted purses...I totally know why you thought it would be fun to learn. I hope you enjoy it.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

I love those photos of you and your dad. They are adorable!!!!! I love the colors of that swell fabric, and you gotta have some rickrack and polkadots dont ya? LOL!!! You just gotta!!!

Leanne said...

Wow see what you can do in a week when you don't work as much....Good luck with the knitting I have just bought some wool to felt a little bag.

Sweet P said...

I got my package from Mrs. Martins on Saturday too. There will a group of us in the US doing the stitching over the weekend. Is that when you'll be stitching too?

~D Spack~ said...

Cheryl: You are so fun. Thanks for all your adventures and yes, thank Susan again from all of us...you know what I'm talking about!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I'm laughing because your life sounds more hectic than mine Cheryl!!! haha Can you squeeze one more thing in? Welcome to the stash challenge. It should be fun. And you are knitting, too! Yikes. I love the pic of your niece in Paris, too. Classic. Lovely post, funny to read all you are up to.

K.C. said...

So wonderful to hear about your neice and her adventure to Paris. It is something for a young one to do such a truly adventuresome thing. That will be something that she will take with her forever. You are right in that she is absolutely beautiful. You are right to take so much pride in her! Kayce

Doe said...

Great post, Cheryl. Love the photos of you and your dad, the baby bumper. Love to hear more of your niece's adventure in Paris. And yes, I would love to join the PIF.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

What a busy week!
All looks great but that quilt that looks like an interlocking pattern is fantastic! I have not seen that design before.
good luck with the binding, 10 sounds achievable, i'd like to get mine to that stage! Tarcey

Mar said...

I adore that baby quilt. Love the colors she picked out and what you did with them, perfect!!

Ulla said...

I'm glad you joined the summer stash challenge! It's a great way to reduce the stash so you can go and buy some new fabrics.
I'm curious to see what your challenge quilt will be like.

Melanie said...

Oh my! What lovely quilts in your blog.

I'm hoping that it's just the time of year but I was panicing about the things I had on my list to make. One is a block a week in July, another is the Autumn Quilt from my stash which I've just started and I'm still hand quilting a Laurel Burch quilt. Then having read about your backlog I feel much better. LOL I'm sure that came out wrong but you know what I mean.

My biggie for today was finishing my first quilt for the stash challenge by Eileen and Ulla. Huge relief. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Nan said...

I love the quilt and bumper pad you made - they are beautiful! I joined the cupcake swap, too - I think it will be a lot of fun!
Love the tribute to your dad, and the accompanying photos.