New Beginnings

It has been a couple of months since my last post and what a wonderful time it has been. We have welcomed into our family it’s newest member with the birth of LilBit. She entered this world on August 13th and has taken command of daily activities from the very beginning. Her personality is developing and letting us know who is in charge.

Matching outfits for all 3 Girls (Mommy included) for the Fall Activities came together just in time for the Pumpkin Patch at Eckert’s Farm, Belleville, IL. Mommy’s was just a plain white tee with a fabric bow for scrunching up the side of the tee. Precious’s out fit included leggings with a nice 4″ ruffle & LilBit’s outfit was a onesie cut off to create a tee with a 4″ ruffle to complete the look. Notice the 4th outfit? That is for Baby Jenna (Precious’s baby doll). The pumpkin appliqué/embroidery design is from Anita Good Designs.

My friend, Anna, and her two granddaughters along with Misty, myself, Precious & Lil Bit all went apple and pumpkin picking. What a great time we had watching these little wonders twist & pull the apples from low hanging branches in the apple orchard. Little ones are allowed to eat apples that they pick with no charge. Then on to the pumpkin patch where we hunted for small pumpkins they could carry and call their own.

Precious talked PawPaw into taking her for a ride in her red wagon and of course pumpkin had to accompany them for the ride. Wish I had been there to get a picture of the ride.

Here we are over 70, retired and yet still full of life as we spend our days watching the granddaughters grow and develop into loving, caring little one. Mom & Dad are doing such a wonderful job as they make the important decisions & nurture their development. Larry and I just enjoy our time with this growing family and help out as we can.

Never thought we would be at this point in our lives. We are eternally grateful for the opportunity to be grandparents to this family and son and his family. We are truly blessed. Thank You!

Blessing to all.

Ann

Butterfly Placemats

I have had these squares ready to incorporate into projects for sometime. Now that I have a mid-arm quilter, it is time to get with it. I have a twin quilt piece and sandwiched just waiting to be quilted. The quilter is new and I am still learning to how and what to do so small projects seem to be in order before tackling he actual quilt.

This set of placemats fit the need. I love the outcome. They have a internal light weight batting and a blue flannel backing. This gives them just the right amount of weight to stay in place.

Blessings, Ann

Weighted Blanket

I was asked to make a weighted blanket for a child with autism. I had not even heard of this and had no way of knowing what to do. Back to YouTube! One of my best resources of late. After watching about 10 videos and looking at several tutorial on Pinterest I started my adventure.

The lovely Princess and the soft-n-cozy materials along with the beads for filling all came from Joann’s. Not only am I able to purchase everything I need for the project, but the staff there is always helpful.

I delivered the blanket today and hopefully the child will benefit from this project.

Blessings until next time, Ann

My New Toy

i love sewing!!!  Not an expert at any particular area of sewing, but do a little of it all.    I have made some quilt tops and done the final quilting on my sewing machines.  Handling all that bulk is difficult but possible.  Sometimes the results are “ok” and sometimes I just quiver in disbelief at all the errors.

Well, I have the solution – a mid arm free motion quilter: a Platinum 16 by Viking.   I am so excited & anxious. It is set up & I have been practicing.  I even had a quilt ready & waiting.  Just a few more days of practice & I may see what I can do.  All I know is that the only direction is up.

I’ll  let. You know when I have the courage to take that first step.

Ann