I wish I could say that I have lots to show for the long delay in my posting but I don't. I've done a lot of babysitting since my daughter lost her nanny, so that explains where most of my time went.
I'll get straight to the good stuff.
I posted months ago that my son had decided he wanted to try to join the Marine Reserves in the Officer's Candidate School in Quantico, VA. We were very surprised but definitely supportive. This past weekend, we all flew back to DC to attend his graduation ceremony and events. It was really momentous. He has spent the last 10 weeks participating in the most grueling activities and tests. Probably 40% don't make it. So we were really proud.
What did I give him as a graduation gift? My husband and other kids wanted to get him a knife. I sent him a quilt! And it really came in handy for the graduation since we reserved a row of seats using the quilt and it kept our butts warm during the very cold morning .
Here's the quilt laid out:
I had originally made this as a quilt of valor but never managed to send it off. It is being put to great use by a newly commissioned Marine! I thought it was perfect; especially since my son's family doesn't have any of their belongings yet.
A proud mom has to share a picture!
I did work on the blocks for the Cheddarback sewalong and got those first 5 done. I can even say that I really enjoyed the one with the set-in seams!
I also did finish my March mini, Wendy Reed (constantquilter). This was a top I'd started several years ago with a Cheri Payne sew-a-long but never finished. I added a border and added some little birds (sadly the top got some kind of a stain while waiting its completion so I decided to cover it up with birds!!). The border fabric is an Edyta Sitar fabric that is fabulous!
This is a close up of one of the blocks with the birdie sewn on. I think the blocks are maybe 3-4" so it's not very large.
During the past few weeks, I flew up to our cabin to visit my mom and encountered tons of snow. I even had to shovel my way into the driveway in the dark because the plows had blocked it while widening the driveable portion of the road. This is our house number, which is several feet off the ground.
It's warmed up since then and I suspect the snow will be gone this week. There was quite a storm as you probably saw in my friend Lori's posts (humblequilts).
This week I'm only watching my grandkids on Thursday so I'll be getting some sewing done (and maybe even some blog posting)