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Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Quilt for Michelle!

My friend Michelle from work was diagnosed with breast cancer last spring and is finishing up her treatment now.  She is expected to make a full recovery, which is such a blessing, but she has had a lot of trouble with the last few rounds of chemo.  I made her this quilt to keep her warm and cozy as she gets rest and healing before coming back to work this November. 
I had actually made this quilt as part of a mystery quilt series a few years back.  Even then I knew that I was making it for Michelle since it was called Mexico, and she is our Spanish teacher.  When she got sick, I decided it was time for me to quilt it and give it to her.

Last weekend Evelyn and Ali were baking together and they made these cake balls.  They were so delicious!  Ali put them on sticks after Evelyn poured melted chocolate on them.  They looked like a little bouquet when they were all done.  How cute and yummy!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

You know how sometimes you have to be at the right place at the right time?  This happened to me last weekend.  I just happened to look up at the sky while I was cooking outside and there was this HUGE full rainbow over the eastern part of the sky.  Kenny was outside unloading the work truck and he got to see it too.  If you click on the picture, you will get an even better look and see the colors more vividly.  After I took these pictures, I had to run inside for a minute, and when I came out, it was gone.  To think that I could have missed such a sight! 

The sky over the back yard after the rainbow.  After the hurricane that blew through here last month, we have a few trees that have no leaves.  This is a walnut tree that looks funny because there are really only nuts hanging and not too many leaves.  The squirrels are having the time of their lives with these trees now.  They climb up, knock the nuts off and eat them all over the yard.
 Did I tell you that we already decorated the inside of the house for Halloween?  Yup..about two weekends ago.  I wanted to be able to enjoy it for a longer time, so we cleaned and then decorated on a Sunday evening a few weeks back. 

Millie really does smile in her sleep!

Millie smiles whenever she is sleeping lately.  Must be having good dreams!

I made this little quilt one night while I sat at the sit and sew at my favorite quilt shop!  When Kenny and I went to Vermont, we went to a quilt shop in Chester and I saw these little pictures on fabric.  Of course, since they were chickens, I had to have them.  Sorry about the picture being sideways, but for some reason, I could not align it correctly.  This was an easy little project.

Back to school!

My niece had a little baby girl this summer, so I made this cute girlie quilt for her! My mom and I went to some amazing quilt stores on Cape Cod this July, and I got tons of jumbo rick rack to use on my projects. The pink was perfect for this quilt.

I embroidered the baby's name on the center panel.

I am back to school already (after what seemed like a super short summer vacation) but it feels good to be working again and being with the little middle school kids. This year the kids are great and it looks like we will have a wonderful year.

Over the summer, I did do quite a bit of sewing, but no blogging. I have a quilt that I am making Kenny and it was my mission to get it done so that I could give it to the quilter who does my important quilts. While I do a lot of my own quilting, I only trust Debbie (Divine Quilting) to do the ones that I think will be real heirlooms that take me a long time to piece, embroider, etc.

Later today I will try to post a few of the other things I have done lately. See you soon!