Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A Little Update and a Link

First, the link. Barb over at Ocean Waves Quilts is doing a giveaway with a wonderful prize! You have until October 22nd to sign up, so check it out and throw your name in the hat, she would love to hear from you!

Things have been busy here, our kids' youth group had their annual pumpkin launch so we spent the last week or so on final details, which means me being available at a moments notice to supervise flag making, power tool use and helping to solve little problems along the way. A wonderful time was had by all. Joshua's giant slingshot threw a pumpkin 460 feet, clearing the field they were shooting in, crossing the road (still pretty high in the air) and landing in the trees across the way.

Jonathan made a trebuchet with his friend, they are both 14. They did all of the work themselves, Jonathan even asked how to use the sewing machine and sewed his flags himself. Unfortunately the practice launches bent the axle holding the weight box and they were unable to do the official competition launches. After a few minutes of intense disappointment he was looking toward next year and what they could do to make the machine stronger to try again.

What quilting time I've had has been spent on the strip quilt, which is coming along nicely. I'm really hoping to have this one finished in the next week or so. I have a couple smaller quilts basted and partially quilted so I think I'll pull those out and finish them. The posy quilt will also get more attention once this one is finished.

It's a chilly, rainy day here, perfect for quilting. I went grocery shopping this morning and have a few quick chores to do and then I should be able to relax and quilt for a good part of what is left of the day.

The house smells like cinnamon, a friend brought me a starter for Amish Friendship Bread and I baked it today. I don't have anyone who wants them, so I'm going to keep it going here and make different versions of the loaf cake style recipe and will also use some to make sourdough bread. Ruthie is in a snuggly mood today and was walking around with this quilt wrapped around her.
Any length of time without Ruthie chatter will probably result in the picture on the right. If she's tired she has no problem settling in somewhere comfy (or not so comfy!) and taking a little snooze.
While I'd love to take a nap today, I know doing so will mean having trouble sleeping tonight. I'm going to get those chores done and hopefully moving around will renew my energy a bit so I can quilt without it putting me to sleep!
Until next time,
Happy Quilting!


Winona said...

Sue, that strip quilt is really pretty. I have been wanting to make one of these. Are the strips sewn on a muslin foundation? Also, how are you quilting it, in the ditch? I love the picture of Ruthie with the quilt wrapped around her. Looks like you have already instilled a love for quilts in your young lady.(grin)

Barb on cape cod said...

Hi Sue, I love the strip quilt! It came out really pretty! I always enjoy seeing the pics of Ruthie. She is a sweetie pie. Barb

Marilyn R said...

I love the strip quilt - you can never get too many fabrics in a quilt as far as I am concerned!

kjquilts said...

You have been busy! The pumpkin slinger sounds like a lot of fun. Boys need to do things like that. I'll bet he grows up to be a mechanical engineer! LOL! Love the string quilt. Ruthie is precious, I remember my kids passing out in odd positions too. Thanks for the comment on my blog. Come back for a visit anytime!

Solstitches said...

The olympic strip quilt turned out so pretty.
Another cute picture of your sweet little girl

Teresa said...

She is such a cutie pie.