Monday, January 10, 2011

Updates and New Beginnings

Happy After Holidays! I LOVE the holidays and this past holiday season was a particularly joyous one for us. After many years of financial struggle, things seem to be looking up and we had our least stressful holiday in a very long time. We still have a ways to go, but feeling like we're making progress, and not peddling in vain, sure helps a lot!

The newlyweds are doing very well and are hoping to close on their first house early next month. Brian was able to find a job in his field so reluctantly left a job he enjoyed, but didn't pay very well, for one with better pay and a brighter future.

With the lease not being up on their apartment, an opportunity presented itself for Joshua, our oldest, and he is going to sublet and spend the next few months looking for a place he can afford with a friend who will be needing a place to live. It will be a big change, but one he is ready for and quite excited about. It's a little easier to see your kids leave the nest when they are staying in the same tree! Both the new house and the apartment are within a couple of miles of our house.

Rachel took some classes at the Community College last semester and is taking a full load during the one coming up. Before she starts that, she'll be taking a 10 day trip to Africa with an organization through which she's sponsored a child for almost 3 years. She will get to meet the little boy who calls her his "Jesus mother" and spend a day with him. She can hardly wait. My little town girl is flying on her own to Paris to meet up with the group that will leave from there to go to Africa. She's well prepared and so looking forward to this adventure.

Jonathan and Lucas are also doing well, they are keeping busy with schoolwork and friends. Jonathan and Joshua went winter camping this past weekend, on one of the coldest weekends we've had this winter, and enjoyed themselves thoroughly. Lucas will often don shoes and coat and run around outside all by himself, tossing a ball around, practicing his juggling, looking for ice patches to break up and generally just wiggling off some energy.

Ruthie is doing wonderfully. She loved "mismas", is getting more and more verbal, and has found her sense of pretend, which is a hoot and is also developing a sense of humor. She keeps herself busy from the time she gets up until she goes to bed at night and we are all excited and entertained watching her learn.

As usual, it's rare for me to go a day without quilting. I worked on Rachel's quilt (pictured at right) up until 3:50pm on Dec 23rd, she got home from work at 4:00. She had no idea I was making the quilt and was so very surprised when she opened the box. The kids were most excited to see that gift opened, I think, they were all in on it.

The Christmas quilting was followed by a quilting job that I got a few weeks before the holidays, which just went out in the mail this morning.

I also got a baby shower invitation just after Christmas, the shower is this Saturday so I've been hard at work finishing a quilt for that, it's pictured at left, still in the hoop and on track to be finished for the shower.

Once the baby quilt is finished, finally, after a couple of months of delays, I can get back to work on my new venture. A series of events, many of them precipitated and/or encouraged by Bren have led me to designing patterns and also taking in quilting work. A new venture means a new blog to focus on it, this one will remain predominantly about my family and personal quilting...though I'm sure there will be some crossover!

Visit me at Quilt in Piece Designs and hopefully watch me grow from the ground up. And I do mean ground, it's quite empty over there!

It's rare for me to be without something in my hoop, so once the baby quilt is done, the Celtic and Posies will be getting some attention.

I also have to quilt the "Tablecloth Quilt", but have decided that will make a better anniversary gift than birthday one, so I have some time. I do plan to mark and baste that one in the next few weeks.

So that is my very long update. There is a lot going on right now and I look forward to each day!
Happy Quilting!


Linda said...

How very exciting! I've bookmarked your new site so I can keep up on your patterns, etc! Your family is looking wonderful. Isn't it exciting to see them grow and progress and become their own people! You have a wonderful, wonderful January--I'll look forward to hearing from ou again in February.
Lurking Linda

Cootie Bug Connie said...

Hi, Sue ... I enjoyed reading your post and getting caught up with your news. What gorgeous quilts you have in the photos ... as usual, you always have so many and I sigh when I see how busy you stay and little I produce, LOL.
Wishing you and the family a very wonderful and blessed year. Hugs.
xo c

Winona said...

Wonderful update, Sue. I love those red and white quilts. I sure wish you luck on your new pattern design business. You definitely have the talent for it.

Mad about Craft said...

Lovely to hear of all your 'doings'!!

Diana Davis said...

Oh Sue! Your quilts are just gorgeous! (I'm so jealous!)
As usual Ruthie is just a doll. Can only imagine her playing pretend! How sweet for Rachel to be called Jesus mother! That is just precious.
It's good when your kids move out, and not too far away! One of mine is about 200 miles away; the other two are right here in my town. My daughter lives right up the street from me!

mouse said...

I always love your updates and getting to see your beautiful quilts, and I am glad that your family is doing so well! :) I can't wait to see your new projects and patterns on your new site and wish you luck in building everything up :) Also--everyone who sees the sunflower table topper that you made compliments it and asks if I made it--I only wish!!

Happy New Year!