Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Strings, Trucks and Tractors

I've been working on a few of which is this string quilt. I need to add a white border then the outside border. It seems I have been sewing strips of blue and red forever! The border will be a piano key border of blues and reds. I have lots of them sewn together but not nearly enough to go around the quilt yet. Since I used scraps for this quilt my strips range from 6 inches long to 20 inches long. At least I can see that the pile has diminished significantly now.

I've also put the binding on these 2 Truck/Tractor quilts. One will be mailed off today to my niece in Washington and her new baby boy. I love the brightness of it. They were quilted by Toma in Orem. She does a great job and has them back to me so quickly too.
Happy Quilting! Lynda

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ellie Nicole is here!

We got a call on Monday morning, June 7th, that Nicky was in labor. So we waited around until she actually went to the hospital, then hopped in the car and drove the 2 hours to Logan to be there when little Ellie was born. I love this texting thing. Patrick must have texted us out in the waiting room 100+ times letting us know everything that was happening. Ellie was born that evening weighing 7 lbs 3 ounces and 20 inches long. They came home on Wednesday. I got to stay for a week to help out and what a great time I had with them all.
We took so many pictures of her getting her first bath in the hospital, every outfit she had on, each of us holding her, asleep, awake, yawning, crying, etc etc etc. You know the routine when a new baby comes to a family! She is just a soft, warm, cuddly, smell good, feel good little baby and I so enjoyed my week with her.

It was very hard to leave last night. Nicky is such a good little mother already. I think our children know we love them but have no idea how all inclusive, never ending, overwhelming that love is until they have a little baby of their own. It was just so much fun to watch them love her.

I know I will be finding every excuse to skip work and take a drive to visit them.
Having a baby now is so much different than when I was having babies. We got to be in the room when the nurse gave Ellie her first bath.....right on the bed with Nicky watching so she'll know exactly what to do. Patrick got to wash her hair. She stayed in their room with them so they felt comfortable with her when they came home. ( I can remember my first baby wasn't even with me except to feed her until I came home from the hospital and wondered "What am I supposed to do with this???") They could ask questions and understand all the little changes taking place in the baby and in them. What a great experience!
Now I'm home, heading back to work, ready to get back down to the sewing room and wait each day for my daily picture of Ellie. Oh I love being a Grandma!!!
Happy Quilting.....Happy Life Lynda