Quilter's Life

Jury Duty

SquaresSquaresSummer seems to be flying by.  There are not enough hours in a day to get everything done that I want to get done and having Jury Duty this week sure didn't help!

I will say that it was an interesting experience to serve on a jury for a criminal case.  I was fortunate to work with a good group of people.  Although deliberations were long and hard, I believe we agreed on the best verdict.  Still.....I was there several days and it really cut into my quilting time. Laughing

It really felt good to get back to my studio today.

Beautiful Applique

BlockBlockWhen this quilt was brought to me to be quilted, I was excited to have the opportunity to work on it.  These beautiful Antique Peonies are appliqued to a white block and set on point.

The creator of this quilt did a fantastic job with the placement of so many pieces in each block.  It couldn't have been an easy undertaking.  The results are stunning.

I outlined the floral pieces in the large blocks and the designs appliqued in the cornerstones.  I quilted repeated loops in the green rails, leaving the center, red rails, unquilted.

One of the best things about being a long-arm quilter is that I get to see many, many different quilts.  I get to work

Happy Fourth

Happy Independance Day to all of you!  We often think of the Fourth of July as a day for picnics, parties, cook outs, swimming pools and fireworks.  While these things are all wonderful fun, I think it is important for us in the United States of America to remember why we celebrate this day.  With this in mind...I hope you enjoy your day whether you are spending it alone or in the company of family and friends.

I have been spending the day with my family. I also had some time to spend in my studio, and will be grilling our dinner in a little while.  This evening, we will enjoy watching fireworks from our own yard.  Our neighbors put on quite a display and we can see the fireworks shows from five of the surrounding towns.

Back to Business

Pink RibbonPink RibbonI am happy to say that my husband is feeling well and doing so much better.  He is back to work and back to being his old self.  I feel like summer has really just begun and I am busy with the normal activities of cleaning, yardwork and, of course, quilting!

Happy Ending

I knew this week would be a very busy one considering we had Father's Day, my son's birthday and my husband's birthday to celebrate.  What I didn't expect was the ugly turn that this week took and the reality that our lives can change in the blink of an eye.

Our world was turned upside down when my dear husband had a heart attack.  Fortunately, he hung on and after an angiogram and the placement of a stent is doing well.

It was obvious my husband was beginning to feel better when his sense of humor began to return.  He had been hospitalized on his birthday and started telling everyone that he knew I was planning to get him something special this year......he just hadn't realized what I had in mind!

Busy busy

I hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday for Father's Day.   I cooked my Hubby's favorite foods and we got to see our son on his first Father's Day! 

This was just the start of our busy week of celebrations. Tommorrow is our son's birthday and Thursday is my husband's birthday.

Today, I did get to do a little bit of fabric shopping.   I needed to pick up some more of the fabrics for the Princess quilts I am making.  Luckily, I was able to find all that I needed and can get back to fussy-cutting the princess squares.

Happy Quilting,
Laurel

Summer

Today was officially my first day of summer break!  Yes, the last day of school was last Friday, but Monday and Tuesday I was working at school to pack up my classroom and yesterday I attended a lengthy meeting with teachers and administration to plan for next year.  So this was really my first day off and I certainly made the best of it.

It felt soooo good to be able to sleep in a little late and take my time enjoying a cup of coffee before my shower.  I ran a few errands, threw in a load of laundry, did dishes and spent the remainder of the day working in my studio. 

The Last Week

This is the last week of our school year.  This is a very busy and very tiring time for teachers.  Finishing academics, IEP meetings, RTI meetings, grades, report cards, taking down bulletin boards, cleaning, packing boxes, finalizing class lists, inventory, book orders, supply orders, and preparing for next year......the list goes on......and trying to keep a class full of eight year olds on task for a few more days!!!

While doing all of this, I, of course, am preparing myself for the projects I will finally have time to complete myself.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is our most solemn holiday.  I am thankful for all who have served in our military, those who have lost their lives, those who have lost loved ones serving our country and those still serving to keep us safe and protect our freedom.

After spending some thoughtful moments to remember what Memorial Day is all about, we usually turn to celebration which is also awesome because we have the freedom to do so.  Memorial Day also marks the unofficial start of summer. 

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers out there! I hope your day is special in a way that makes you happy.

I am spending the day with my husband and our grandson.  In my humble opinion, there should be more days like this in our calendar! Moms are often underappreciated and it is a good thing that there is at least one day when people stop and think about all that their mothers do or have done for them!

I am also excited for my daughter-in-law who is experiencing her very first Mother's Day with her beautiful new daughter.

Enjoy your day!

Happy Quilting,
Laurel

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