Thursday, July 10, 2008

Am I Too Late?

For the 4th of July? I suppose the biggest news is that we left for Birmingham with 5 Buttons and a Sophie. But we came back with 5 Buttons, a Sophie and a Bailey! Isn't she sweet? She's about 8 weeks old now and was a stray that my mom's next door neighbor found. Or rather, Bailey found her. The neighbor was at church and Bailey walked up to her and meowed- it had to be pitiful because she was only 5 weeks old then and when she meows now it's pitiful. Angel (neighbor) just happens to work for a vet and he checked her out and gave her shots and gave her a clean bill of health. And, of course, Amanda wanted her. So she's Amanda's cat- that lives with us. And, yes, she's in the clean clothes.

We were also able to see my brother and his family. I've actually seen them 4 times in the last year. I think that's a record since we moved away. There was a big cookout to celebrate my parent's 40th wedding anniversary so we saw lots of family on Friday. We also visited my Grandma again. She's in hospice care now but that's a good thing for her because they let her have more medications to manage pain and that type of thing. She was very happy to see all 14 of us

(my family, my brother's family and my parents) but she tires quickly so it was a short visit.


I also came home with a partially finished quilt that my maternal grandmother started but didn't finish before she died. It is completely hand sewn and my mom has had it for quite a while but she doesn't quilt and neither do I so I'm not sure how to remedy that but I'll think of something. I'm not going to get a quilting frame for this one quilt and I surely don't have room for it but maybe if I get a big enough hoop I could quilt it like that? I love the aqua that grandma used and I think it's pretty cool that I could finish something of hers. It will probably take a long time for me to do it but I really do want to finish it. Just don't expect too many updates on my progress, K?




7 comments:

Christy said...

I inhereted some unfinished handwork projects too. Not sure if I'll ever do it, but it's so special to have them and just know that, if inspiration strikes, I'll be ready :)

Amy said...

It is special to have something that my grandmother actually touched. I don't have anything else like that so it's really special to me. My mom says I get my creative side from her. And I've *always* wanted a quilt.

Tisra said...

Well, when my mom died, she was working on a baby quilt for the baby in my belly (Grant). I brought it home and worked on it off and on for year and was FINALLY able to use it with Lael (nearly 5 years after she died) because Mary did the binding for me when I was too far pregnant to want to do anything. Getting to actually use it on one of my kids was pretty darn special. So, no matter how long it takes you, the reward is great and will be well worth it!

Mary said...

Just let me know if you want any help with it Amy. I know you probably wouldn't want to set it up here or anything because it would be too far away to work on but I do have a large hoop you can borrow. I also have a few years of quilting under my belt if you want any tips. I'm sure Tisra can give you a few also. If you get into it and feel like it's too much, let me know. I love to quilt. It's therapy for me. My grandmother made that same pattern for my sister Kristy's quilt...it's called Sunbonnet Sue if you didn't already know. There is a website www.sunbonnetsue.com with some history and patterns if you are interested.

Oh...and the cat is cute!

Amy said...

Well, Mary, I'll take all the help I can get. I'm pretty sure I have to put a back and batting on so it's just the top that's finished. I didn't know it was called sun bonnet sue- my mom always called it little dutch girls.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you took the quilt. I've always wanted to finish it for you but, didn't know how to get started. Since you have you grandmothers genes I'm sure you will finish it. G-ma Lucille said they called it "the little dutch girl" quilt. Bailey is so cute. It was great on the 4th having everyone to help us celebrate our 40th.

Mary said...

Now that you say that...I've heard it called that too.