Winter Wonderland!

January 24th, 2012

We are finally experiencing some (frozen) moisture to accompany our cold weather, and over the past week we have been making the best of it.

The girls are happy to go outside, blizzard or sunshine, day or night!

It’s been too cold for the snow to pack well, but they managed to sculpt a friend the other evening.  The cucumber eyes wouldn’t stick, so they ate them!

Our hill is not practical (or safe) for sledding, so we joined friends at a nearby school.

They found sledding to be icing on the cake!

Actually this looks more like the icing!

It probably won’t last long, so we’re playing outside every day.

We have to take advantage of our Winter Wonderland!

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Tooth #2 is Gone!

January 14th, 2012

Our big girl just keeps growing!  This week Miah lost her second tooth.  She wiggled it out herself, just like the first one, after it was quite loose.

Time to celebrate, again!

Couldn’t pass up sharing this photo of the dolls wearing “no-no’s” on their arms.  These girls come up with the silliest things!

And finally, we’ve enjoyed some cold sunshine this week.  A special thanks to the cousins for the new hats and mittens!

New Year Resolution

January 5th, 2012

I generally don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but I have one this year.  To finish Ami’s 100 Good Wishes Quilt.  I feel comfortable saying that, since I completed the front on January 2!

Since I’m keeping track of the steps (para ti, Sylvia), we’ll go back a few months.  I last posted on this topic in May, and progress has been sporadic to non-existent since then.  Just too many other things to occupy my time.  Imagine that.

Once we finally had enough squares (in June), and the arrangement was chosen, I sewed them into larger squares (four 5″ squares becoming one 9 1/2″ square).

I then completed each square with the white border and red (2 1/2″) square . . . which were then sewn into strips of four.

After Christmas I finally got around to sewing the six strips together.  I have to add that this quilt is actually fun to work on.  Each of the fabric squares tells a story.  There are fabrics as old as me, left over from outfits Mom made us.  Others are remnants from quilts lovingly made for different cousins.  Many were specially chosen for Ami from bolts or stacks in the fabric stores.  One is from the same fabric as Miah’s 100 Good Wishes Quilt.  Some are from shirts or dresses that have outlived that use.  Several come from distant lands:  Bali, Belgium, Camaroon (Africa), Hawaii, Japan, and Spain.  What a special gift for Ami.

Next came the first white border.

Then I sewed strip after strip of remnant fabric to create another border,

And attached it.

Remnants will also be used as more fabric squares on the back.

Now the final white border!

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