Connie and I filled orders this morning and listed all the things I should talk about this week and there are many as it turns out. I always think I don’t have anything to say until we start listing what we think is blogable – is that a word? I remember one time Jo’s kids announced to her about something – “no, you can’t put this on the blog!” Haha!
Becky even said that to me once – something like “you won’t put it on the blog, will you?”
We were at Jodi’s funeral yesterday which was certainly a testament to her faith – the pastor spoke so lovingly about her and it was very plain that they had a wonderful relationship. It’s always fun to see the cousins – we had a great time at our table and we were probably too loud and laughed too much for a funeral but we just couldn’t help ourselves! They served warm, fresh homemade buns that were delicious. I wish I’d remembered to tell the ladies in the kitchen what a nice lunch they served.
Roger Kramer’s private funeral is tomorrow and reception for friends and neighbors is at 4-7 pm in Waucoma.
And here’s some outstanding news about Ben!
He had his last chemo after 1168 days since his diagnosis, over 3000 pills and hundreds of pokes and IV infusions. Connie says he loves everything “ball” and they played some kind of “ball” all weekend at the lake. Doesn’t he look good? And Claire was celebrating her 9th birthday last weekend at the lake. Ben will turn 7 in August.
Next month we’re going to start a new game and I will give you plenty of time to prepare. This is Connie’s UFO game. Find 12 unfinished quilting projects and put them in 12 bags. Number each of the bags 1-12. On the first of every month Connie will draw a number 1-12. We will announce that number and you’ll have 30 days to finish up your corresponding project. Now July 1 is several weeks away but we’re giving you time to find all your UFO’S and if you would like to pick one to work on during June, you’d be one up on all the rest of us. We both used a large index card labeled 1-12 and wrote down our projects. You will not know which one you’ll be working on that month until Connie chooses a number and I post it. After that time you’ll have a month to get it finished. Anybody in? When you finish a project I’ll be happy to post all the photos on one day during the month. Let’s all get together and do this – I know I need a nudge to finish some things and would love to finish one for every new one I start – wow, now that’s a challenge!
Book Review — Countdown to Christmas by Susan Ache
Jo reviewed this book not too long ago and it’s really such a coincidence that my first choice in the book to make is one of Jo’s favorites, too.
You all know how much I like red and white quilts and just take a look at this one.
It’s called Background Music and I’m going to do this in Civil War prints because I have so many. I’d really love to make it like Susan’s but I just don’t have those fabrics on hand.
The premise of this book is really about quilts that can be displayed all year round as well as some Christmas themed quilts. Connie’s theory on books is that she must like at least 3 quilts in a book to make it worth buying. If a pattern is around $10, a book at between $25-30 will only be worth the money if there are 3 projects she wants to make.
Here are my 3 quilts:
Love all the piecing! Susan, if you’re reading this I want you to know that Connie and I both love your new book!
I’ve worked hard on getting my plants outside. Remember this space in front of my house? First picture taken a week ago and the following pictures taken today. What a change!
And more plants by the playhouse and sewing room.
And one more picture from the yard of my Dogwood Pagoda tree in full bloom.
That’s all for today, Gals! Don’t forget Minnesota Quilters in Rochester on Thursday, June 13, 1:00 pm in the food court. I’ll have a sign to hold up so you’ll see where I am. I have a small quilt to put on the longarm this afternoon so I can show you later this week. It’s from Beyond The Battlefield.